Five Minutes with ACHE - December 7, 2022

Five Minutes with ACHE,
December 7, 2022 - Volume 12

ACHE Executive Committee

Susan Elkins, Ed.D.
Alex Read, M.A.
Patti Spaniola, MBA
Vice President
Tina Marie Coolidge, Ed.D.
Immediate Past President

Board of Directors

Anne Rapp, Ph.D.
LeSondra Jones, M.A.
Terry Ratcliff, EdD
Michael Edmondson, Ph.D.
Jessica Applewhite
Bryan L. Best
Kate White
Stacey Rosenberg

New ACHE Home Office

Thank you to Past President Dr. Clare Van Ness and Cal State Chico for serving as the new ACHE Home Office this year!

We are so grateful for Dr. Van Ness’s service as Interim Executive Director and for the work of Ms. Leslie Saligan, who will assist Dr. Van Ness with our ACHE Home Office duties for the coming year! While many of you know Dr. Van Ness well since she served as ACHE President, you may not know Ms. Leslie Saligan, who has joined us this year as a student employee to assist with ACHE duties. Again, many thanks to Dr Van Ness and Ms. Leslie Saligan for stepping up to the plate to serve ACHE in this most important role!
Leslie Emily Saligan
ACHE Administration Coordinator
Leslie has enjoyed working with ACHE because it has allowed her to work with outstanding administrators. Leslie is a California State University, Chico student and will earn a B.A. in Social Science in Spring 2023.
ACHE Canadian Partners Spotlight
Sherry Blok, M.A.
Higher Education Leadership, Continuing and Professional Education
"I loved my experience at ACHE and plan on getting involved with the organization and bringing more of the Canadian perspective to the conference next year. Everyone was so warm and welcoming – I not only walked away with a great experience, but also friends and dear colleagues."
Can you share how and why did you become a member of ACHE? 
In my various roles throughout my career, it has always been very important to me to be engaged in the field through professional associations. Learning, the networking, the opportunities just sort of came to me because of my engagement. In my role as Director of Programs at Continuing Education at Concordia University in Montreal Quebec, I was looking for a new association that would support my professional goals with a strong community of practice. After attending three days in New Orleans, I knew I found my people. 
Tell us the story. What got you engaged with ACHE? Why do you stay engaged with ACHE? 
I am a newcomer to ACHE; I was inspired by the energy at the conference. Everyone was so welcoming and inclusive. They were there because they believe in the importance of this professional community of practice. The organizers were very intentional to make the first-timers welcome and as a result, I made meaningful connections with professionals from a different higher-ed institutions across the US. As a Canadian, I have always looked south of the border for professional development due to the number of institutions across the US – bringing different perspectives and insights. I have a strong American identity growing up on the Canada-US border, so I always feel very much at home. 
What is the greatest leadership lesson you’ve learned from your experience with ACHE? 
It can be intimidating for anyone new joining a new association. Even with my long professional history, stepping into a room with a new group of people can be scary for this shy extrovert. ACHE members were so friendly and welcoming - it set the right tone for me to just jump in and get my feet wet. As leaders, we must remind ourselves that many people approach new experiences with apprehension and when leading we need to create an environment where people feel important, valued and part of the greater collective. By doing so, we will encourage participation and engagement. 
How has being a part of ACHE enhanced your professional competencies and/or your career progression? 
I attended the DEIB track at the conference. In fact, this workshop was one of my goals for attending the conference. The facilitator put us on a reflective journey to explore our attitudes and behaviors which was the right approach when learning about DEIB. It is not textbook stuff – if you truly want to influence change, you must live it. Since the conference, I have been working with my team on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI – that is what we call it at Concordia). Very applicable to our Strategic Goals at Concordia. 
What is something unique or special about your ACHE Region that you would like to share with others? 
Do I have a region? I would love to float – possibly to the southern region in winter!
Is there anything else you would like to share with readers about your experience with ACHE? 
The people are wonderful, and I feel like I’ve made friends for life. I look forward to bringing my professional experience forward to contribute to the growth and development of the association.  

Mark your calendars:

ACHE Upcoming Events

Feel the Love Event: December 9, 2022
Spring 2023 Webinar Series:
February 1
February 8
February 15
February 22
March 1
Summer 2023 Webinar Series:
July 12
July 19
July 26
August 2
August 8

ACHE 2023 

Call for Proposals

"Leaders, Innovators, Change Agents: 

Continuing Higher Education's Role in Improving Access and Success" 

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2023 

The Association for Continuing Higher Education is excited to invite you to join us in historic Charleston, South Carolina, from October 16-18, 2023, for the 85th Annual Conference and Meeting of ACHE! The Program and Conference Planning Committee is pleased to welcome our domestic and international members, leaders, innovators, and change agents from the ranks of faculty, students, and administrators in the higher education community to submit proposals for conference sessions. 
The theme for the ACHE 2023 conference, "Leaders, Innovators, Change Agents: Continuing Higher Education's Role in Improving Access and Success" is an opportunity to share innovative and creative initiatives, discuss best practices, and learn about successful strategies for positive change that lead to greater access to higher education opportunities and success in completing degrees, certifications, and credentials that lead to a productive career in the workforce of today and the future!  From continuing education non-credit courses and certificates to associate’s and bachelor’s degrees to graduate and professional degrees and continuing professional education….. Come join us to learn about best practices and innovation in continuing higher education and see the transformative power of education in developing the next generation workforce, a stronger society, and most importantly….a better quality of life for our students and generations to come!                                                                                                                   
Topics for proposals include, but are not limited to the following:  
  • Leadership: Share leadership successes and strategic initiatives that have specifically focused on greater access and success for students. These initiatives can range from implementation of programs for students, professional development for faculty, professional staff and/or students, showcase how departments/institutions are focusing on access and success for underrepresented populations or providing pathways/access toward degree completion. What budget models, tuition strategies, grants, etc. are utilized to fund these programs and to lead to stainability for the future? 
  • Innovation: Tell us about innovative practices and programs that have led to greater access and success for students. Describe best practices in establishing those innovative practices and programs that impact access to educational opportunities, roles and responsibilities of the department/institution, examples of successful outcomes in innovative programs and practices that contribute toward improving access and success. 
  • Change Management: Describe successful change initiatives across your institutions and beyond that have impacted access and success such as but not limited to the following:  Prior Learning Assessment, Competency-Based Education, Certificates/Certificate Programs, Stackable Credentials, and other initiatives that have brought about positive change in student access and success. Describe change management processes that were utilized to bring about the desired change.  
  • Access: Discuss initiatives, programs, processes, and/or efforts that led to greater access to higher education for various populations, especially focusing on efforts to reach populations that are underrepresented in higher education. What strategies worked for various populations; how were those strategies funded; how were they institutionalized over time; what specific results were achieved? 
  • Student Success:  Submit proposals that chronicle ways that you have improved student success on your campuses, including but not limited to improving retention rates, improving graduation rates, serving those with some college but no degree, connecting students to careers, improving processes that relate to student success, and other related topics that have a positive impact on overall student success. 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): Share innovative efforts that address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across your institutions. Tell us about programs and practices that have proven effective in improving DEI metrics and moving your institutions/units forward in improving access and success for diverse populations, especially those that have helped close the gap in critical measures such as retention and graduation rates. 
Themes to Focus On:  
  • Recruitment/Retention/Graduation 
  • Transfer Initiatives 
  • Dual Credit/Early College/P-16 Partnerships 
  • Students Services and Support 
  • Workforce Development, Degree Completion, Certificates, Stackable Credentials & Non-Credit Programs 
  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) 
  • Competency-Based Learning 
  • Professional Development 
  • Business/Industry Partnerships 
  • Underrepresented Populations 
  • Degree Completion Programs 
  • Adult Learners/Non-Traditional Populations 
Who Should Submit Proposals? 
  • Faculty 
  • Staff 
  • Students 
  • Administrators 
Note: For Business Partners/Vendors who are interested, please contact Dr. Matthew Bergman, University of Louisville, at 
Proposal Format/Submission: 
Proposals should be submitted via the ProposalSpace platform by Friday, March 31, 2023. Those submitting proposals will be notified of acceptance by Friday, May 19, 2023, in conjunction with the conference registration deadlines. Please address the following in your proposal. 
  • Complete description of the content 
  • Connection to the conference theme 
  • Application of content to practice 
  • How you will engage the audience  
THANK YOU for your interest in submitting a proposal for the conference!!
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