Celebrating our 85th Anniversary:
A Historic Year for ACHE!!
As we enter this historic 85th year for the Association of Continuing Higher Education (ACHE), we express our deepest gratitude to the many ACHE founders and leaders from the past for their 84 years of leadership and dedication to the ACHE family! We will continue to stand on your shoulders forever!
This year we’ll spend lots of time celebrating the past but also looking forward to the future! And, as an organization, we’ll go back to the basics... the very foundation of what has made us successful for the past 84 years. Using the acronym, BASICS, the presidential priorities will focus on the following:
B- Build budget for organizational sustainability
A- Add members and partners
S- Simplify and implement strategic plan
I- Increase Information and (I) Engagement
C- Celebrate 85th Anniversary at Conference in Charleston
S- Support scholarship through the Journal for continuing higher education and other scholarly activities
Now, you’ve heard from me regarding the BASIC presidential priorities...But we also want to hear from you... on what you want for the future! At the close of my remarks at the 84th Annual Conference in New Orleans, we were thrilled to have approximately one-third of the attendees who were either first or second timers, along with many others who have been very loyal to ACHE for decades. Those of you who were in attendance will recall that I asked the following three quick questions of everyone -- both the past and future of our ACHE membership.
Why did you join?
Why did you stay, or for the new members with less than 5 years, why will you stay?
Who can you bring with you…..beginning with our 85th annual conference in Charleston next year??
Please answer these questions to yourself today, then we will include a Survey Monkey questionnaire in the next edition of Five Minutes to capture your responses and use your input in the planning process for the future as we continue to “Celebrate the Past and Look Forward to the Future” throughout this historic year!
Happy 85th Anniversary, ACHE!!!!