85th Annual ACHE Conference

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"Leaders, Innovators, Change Agents: Continuing Higher Education’s Role in Improving Access and Success"

Join us in Charleston, South Carolina
October 16-18, 2023

Certification Tracks

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Please note: Certification tracks run simultaneously. As a result, when registering, please select only one track.

Leadership Certification Track: The Value of Differences: From Transactional to Transformational Leadership

2023 Conference Rates


Early Bird 

May 1, 2023 - July 24, 2023


July 25, 2023 - September 22, 2023


September 23, 2023 - October 6, 2023

ACHE Member  $549.00 $599.00 $619.00
ACHE Student Member $349.00 $349.00 $369.00
ACHE Retiree Member $299.00 $299.00 $299.00
ACHE Non-member/Guest $699.00 $749.00 $769.00
ACHE Student Non-member/Guest $369.00 $369.00 $389.00


*Certification track sessions begin on Sunday, October 15, 2023 and continue through Wednesday, October 18, 2023. 
Leadership Track $150.00 $150.00 $150.00

DEIB Track

$150.00 $150.00 $150.00
*Note: Certification tracks may only be purchased in combination with event registration. Attendees can only select one certification track. 

Keynote Speakers

Sarah Ancel, M.A. 

Founder and CEO, Student Ready Strategies

Sarah Ancel founded Student-Ready Strategies to accelerate the nation's progress toward a more equitable postsecondary system that serves all students. Sarah has a unique combination of local, state and national experience in higher education policy and practice and a proven record of successful student-focused reforms. She is a policy expert, a strategic and tactical implementer, and a keen analyst of data, environment, and opportunities. She is a leading national voice in serving non-traditional student populations more effectively. 

Before forming Student-Ready Strategies, Sarah served as Senior Vice President for the national nonprofit Complete College America. Sarah grew and coordinated support for its 46-member Alliance of States and its network of CCA Fellows. She provided policy consultation, coordinated with funders, delivered in-state technical assistance, and developed and launched a strategy for returning adults. Before joining CCA, Sarah served as Associate Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Policy for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. In that role, she was responsible for implementing the Commission’s strategic plan, including developing and advancing the Commission’s legislative priorities. She came to that role after spending nearly a decade contributing to the fiscal management and oversight of Indiana’s state and local governments.

​Sarah holds a master’s degree in economics from IUPUI and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Indiana University Bloomington. She served as an adjunct professor for her alma mater for three years and currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Liberal Arts.

Yolanda Watson Spiva, Ph.D.

President, Complete College America

Dr. Watson Spiva’s over 25-year career in postsecondary education spans a range of executive leadership, general management, federal government, public affairs, operations, and academic officer positions. Dr. Spiva serves as the President of Complete College America (CCA). Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, CCA is a bold national advocate for dramatically increasing college completion rates and closing equity gaps by working with states, systems, institutions, and partners to scale highly effective structural reforms and promote policies that improve student success. Dr. Spiva is the former President & CEO of College Success Foundation (CSF), a national non-profit college readiness, access, success, and scholarship organization headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Dr. Watson Spiva has also held various positions with the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC, and Atlanta, GA. She has been awarded the prestigious Turknett Leadership Character Award for outstanding leadership in the nonprofit sector. Dr. Watson Spiva earned her undergraduate degree in economics from Spelman College, her master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago, and her Ph.D. in higher education from Georgia State University.

Mike Krause

Mike Krause became a member of the John M Belk Endowment team after 15 years in various public policy and higher education leadership roles, including service as a state higher education executive officer and as the founding director of Tennessee Promise. A proud adult learner, Mike attended college as a non-traditional student after serving for six years in the United States Army. He began his higher education journey as a community college student and was later awarded a bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay State University and a master’s in public policy from Vanderbilt University.