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From the President's Desk: Justify your trip to ACHE 2015!

August 03, 2015 6:02 PM | Anonymous

Regis GilmanDear Colleagues, 

Both as President of ACHE and Dean of the School of Continuing Education at Eastern Illinois University, I’m sensitive to the costs associated with conferences and travel, particularly in lean budgetary environments. In considering how we build the conference agenda, we strive to take into account your needs as CE and distance learning staff. We’ve asked ourselves: How will the content impact the mastery of your current skillset? How will it further increase value by allowing you to add or gain new skills to remain competitive in your field? Take a look at this three step guide to help you and your boss legitimize your trip to ACHE 2015 in St. Louis.

1. Select Your Perfect Agenda

First, I encourage you to choose the most appropriate agenda for your institution or organization. With over 50 sessions from leaders in the field of continuing education, we offer an array of excellent professional development presentations. Our sessions focus on: 

  • Credit Programming
  • Non-Credit Programming
  • Online Programming
  • Post-Traditional Students
  • Student/Client Support Services
  • Marketing / Social Marketing
  • Budget and Finance
  • Leadership 
  • Workforce Development
  • Military Education
  • Degree Completion
  • Corporate Training
  • Prior Learning Assessment
  • Competency Based Education 

To find conference sessions that relate directly to you and your organization, visit our visit our schedule page to see our presentations in full detail. – View Full Schedule Here

2. Anticipate to Strengthen Your Networks

Second, I’d like to emphasize that networking and learning from colleagues is at the heart of ACHE. You will meet professionals from across the field who share your passion for continuing higher education. You’ll be able to strengthen existing relationships and make new connections during our concurrent sessions, workshops, roundtables, dinners, outings, and ceremonies. Pre-conference networking is critical as well. We want each conference attendee to be making connections prior to the conference using ACHE’s Twitter, Facebook Group,  or LinkedIn Group page as a great way to connect with colleagues new and old to then meet in person at the Conference in St. Louis.  Remember to use our official conference hashtag - #ACHESTL

3. Plan to Make Your Trip Cost Efficient 

Third, note that additional cost savings come from Early Registrations, multiple registrations for the same institution, and savings through breaks and meals provided as part of the conference.  You’ll find ACHE always a great value.  Find out more about our conference location - the beautiful Saint Louis Union Station Hotel - travel details, and links to registration on our conference website. – View Travel Details and Registration Links 

Three more months and the conference will be here. Keep checking the website for updates on keynotes, exhibitors, special events, etc.  I can hardly wait to see you again. 

Regis M. Gilman

Regis M. Gilman
2015 President, ACHE
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