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  • January 05, 2018 1:00 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Happy New Year, Colleagues!

    While September always holds the allure of a new start, I particularly like the promise that a new year entails at our institutions. Our students resolve to return to school, learn a new set of skills, complete a degree (finally!), or launch a new career; as continuing education professionals, we consider innovative strategy and practice which provide our students with more numerous, accessible and affordable options.

    As a continuing education organization, networking and sharing of best practice is our lifeblood.

    In 2018, resolve to get involved in ACHE!

    Not only will you reap the rewards of professional development, but your institution will ultimately benefit through your knowledge of the best in continuing education programming nationally.

    • Attend a regional conference in the spring semester! The regional meetings are a great outlet to get involved locally and become energized and inspired by what’s new in the higher education community.
    • Recommend a colleague (or sign yourself up) for the 2018 Emerging Leader Institute, which will take place June 20-22, hosted by our colleagues at Loyola-Chicago.  The third cohort of ELI will prove to be a transformative experience!
    • Submit a workshop proposal for Newport 2018, the 80th ACHE Conference. In addition to a great opportunity to showcase innovation and success stories from your institution, Newport 2018 includes a track for scholar-practitioners to present applied research.
    • Join a standing committee, or volunteer for the 2018 Conference Planning committee! If you have interest, feel free to contact me and I’ll expedite your request.

    Here’s to a wonderful 2018 - I look forward to seeing you at regional events in the coming weeks!

    With Warmest Regards,

    Bill Boozang, Ed.D.
    ACHE President, 2018
    Boston College
  • December 22, 2017 10:00 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    As 2018 opens, Dr. Bruce Busby will begin service as the Editor of the Journal of Continuing Higher Education (JCHE).  "After working with Royce Ann for the past year, I am looking forward to continuing the great work she has done to make JCHE a premiere resource for professionals in higher education," he said of his new role.

    Dr. Busby also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, which is the journal of the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), and he has previously served as Executive Director of the Association for General & Liberal Studies (AGLS) and the Editor of AGLS Perspectives.  

    Dr. Busby served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and Dean of University College and Associate Provost at St. Cloud State University.  Since retiring, he has come to thoroughly enjoy spending time traveling, working in interim positions through the Registry for College and University Presidents, and hanging out with his grandsons Rylan (9) and Renner (6) and his granddaughter Aubree (5).

    Dr. Belinda Biscoe, Executive Vice President of ACHE said, "Dr. Bruce Busby is an exceptional researcher and higher education administrator.  He brings numerous gifts to the position, including having been editor of many journals.  He is also an excellent writer, a great thinker, and someone who has spent decades in higher education.  He will bring a wealth of knowledge, experiences, and innovative ideas to ACHE's Journal.  As you may have noticed at the ACHE Annual Conference, Dr. Busby is open, engaging, and participatory in the learning process.  Just as Princess Diana called herself 'The People's Princess,' I believe we will find Dr. Busby to be 'The People's Editor,' focusing on the needs and desires of our members, so please reach out to him with your thoughts and input."

    Dr. Busby told us that one of the best ways to connect with him is through the ACHE Annual Conference.  "The absolute best interactions occur at the ACHE's Annual Conference--Check out JCHE's Information Session or invite me for a beverage.  We are also adding a new link to the ACHE Homepage to make it even easier to connect to the Journal, its Editors, and the Editorial Board.  I look forward to seeing everyone in New Port 2018!"

    In the meantime, you can reach Dr. Busby directly:

    Bruce Busby, JCHE Editor

    Dr. Biscoe added, "A big welcome to Dr. Busby!  We are excited to have him as our new editor!"  Please join us in welcoming new Editor Bruce Busby to the ACHE family.

  • December 15, 2017 5:35 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    At the close of 2017, Dr. Royce Ann Collins will complete four years of service as the Editor of the Journal of Continuing Higher Education (JCHE).

    Although Royce Ann will continue to be actively involved in ACHE, she is stepping down as Editor of the Journal in order to spend more time writing and publishing research articles herself.  When asked how she would spend her "free time," she responded "Free Time - right!  I get my weekends back."  

    "I plan to stay connected to ACHE, because I believe in the organization.  ACHE truly helped me as a young professional in the late 1990s and early 2000's, so I am very proud of giving back to it and the membership by serving as the Editor of JCHE for four years."

    She will remain Associate Professor of Adult Learning as well as Leadership and Graduate Program Director for the department at Kansas State University - Olathe.  In addition to teaching graduate courses and mentoring doctoral students, she is looking forward to using the case study research she has collected on adults in higher education and developing it for publication.

    During her four years as Editor, Royce Ann shared that she is most proud of being able to publish some issues that were very timely for practitioners.  "It was important to me for every article provide a theory to practice section.  I think many researchers have lost sight of the purpose of research which is to help the practitioner."

    "I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to serve ACHE. It is a community that provided me ample opportunities to grow as a professional.... Remember: JCHE is for you, the professional. Let us know what you are doing. We look forward to publishing your story" (Collins, 2017).

    ACHE Past President Clare Roby said, "As editor of JCHE, Royce Ann has worked tirelessly to promote scholarly research that expands the body of knowledge in the field of continuing higher education. She has encouraged ACHE members to submit articles for the Journal through conference sessions and webinars and has been an incredibly valuable resource for the Association. We are very grateful for her dedication and hard work."

    ACHE President Bill Boozang added, "Royce Ann’s expertise and leadership have resulted in a continuation of the highest quality standards for the JCHE, providing a forum for continuing education scholarship. Royce Ann is highly valued by the organization for her professionalism, collaborative nature, and vision for the Journal."

    Please join us in wishing a very fond farewell to Editor Royce Ann Collins as she continues her journey in continuing higher education!

    Royce Ann Collins (2017) From the Editor, The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 65:3, 149-150, DOI: 10.1080/07377363.2017.1373559)

  • December 08, 2017 3:00 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Have you planned your spring professional learning experiences yet?  Take advantage of the ACHE Spring Regional Events near you -- or try one that is not so near you -- as a way of staying engaged with colleagues and best practices in continuing higher education throughout the year.

    2018 ICCHE-ACHE Great Lakes Region Joint Conference

    Learning to Change examines all aspects of continuing higher education and the role that learning plays in both personal and organization change and asks: How do we help learners change their lives as we manage the changes required to serve our missions? 
    February 7-9, 2018
    Chicago, Illinois
    More information

    2018 ACHE West Regional Conference

    Degrees of Influence:
    The Forces Shaping the Future of Higher Education

    ACHE West has created a dynamic forum for conversations about the status and future of higher education among society’s stakeholders—scholars, academic leaders, business and industry, and policy makers.  Come share how you are charting the future of Higher Education and learn how other sectors have adapted to changing business climates, so you can better navigate your own.

    February 21-23, 2018
    Salt Lake City, Utah
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    2018 ACHE Great Plains
    Regional Meeting

    Adult Learner: 
    Imagine the Workforce Future

    Join us at the beautiful Broken Arrow campus of Northeastern State University for the 2017 ACHE Great Plains Regional Meeting! We look forward to having you on our campus for some incredible ACHE-Style conversations and networking. Panel discussions from Community Colleges, Career Techs and Universities on Workforce.

    March 8-9, 2018
    Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
    More Information

    2018 ACHE South
    Regional Conference

    Cultivate Your Community: Partnerships & Relationships in Higher Education
    ACHE South is a dynamic network of diverse professionals who are dedicated to promoting excellence in continuing higher education and to sharing their expertise and experience with one another.

    April 10-12, 2018
    Austin, Texas
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    Mid-Atlantic Spring Conference 2018

    Join us in Annapolis as we explore this theme - Ahead of the curve: Innovative ideas and strategies you can implement tomorrow.

    April 11-13, 2018 
    Annapolis, Maryland
    Details coming soon

    New England Spring
    Webinars and Events

    Details coming soon

  • December 01, 2017 12:00 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Dear ACHE Colleagues,

    What an incredible experience at the 2017 annual conference in Portland, Oregon, and a job well done by Past-President Clare Roby and her planning committee! What a wonderful opportunity for professional development, fellowship and fun!  Thanks to all of you who contributed to the conference. As an organization with volunteer leadership, board and committees, the time, commitment and dedication of our membership shines through in our conferences and professional development opportunities.

    As the fall semester and 2017 conclude, we have the opportunity to take stock of our current work and look ahead toward the opportunities and obstacles that we face locally, and higher education faces nationally.

    As such, you are likely well aware of current federal tax reform package (H.R. 1 (115)), a version of which the House has already passed and Senate will vote on during the coming days.  As this package currently stands, it has an adverse effect on the post-secondary populations that many of us support. Under the current plan, graduate assistantships (tuition waivers) will be taxed as regular income, making graduate education an unaffordable prospect for many of our students. Interest on student loans will no longer be tax deductible under the proposed legislation. 

    Access and affordability in post-secondary education are at risk in the current legislation. I encourage you to call and email your representatives to articulate the potential impact of these changes.  It is a turbulent time rife with reform that impacts higher education, with the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act looming as well. As an organization, ACHE must provide the voice for those who seek mobility through affordable education options.

    I look forward to the year ahead, especially seeing you at the regional meetings in the coming months. Feel free to reach out with questions, concerns and comments anytime.

    Warmest Regards,

    Bill Boozang
    ACHE President, 2018

  • November 20, 2017 9:32 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    As ACHE President, it is my pleasure to welcome
    three new Directors at Large to the Board and
    one new member of the Executive Committee. 
    It is also my pleasure to introduce the Executive Committee
    officers who are in new positions.

    Eloy Chavez, Amy Jordan, and Marc Wilson join the Directors at Large.

     Eloy Chavez

     Amy Jordan

     Marc Wilson

    • Eloy Chavez, Dean, College of Extended Learning, Northeastern State University
    • Tina Marie Coolidge, Program Manager II, School of Education, Drexel University
    • Amy Jordan, Director of Special Projects and Full-time Faculty, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Loyola University Chicago
    • Tim McElroy, Dean, Northeastern State University campus at Muskogee, Oklahoma, Northeastern State University
    • Marthann Schulte, Academic Strategist (Efficacy and Research Specialist), Pearson Online Learning Services
    • James Shamlee, Program Coordinator, Military Services & GoArmy
    • Patti Spaniola, Director of Continuing Education, University of West Florida
    • Marc Wilson, Executive Director of Counseling, Southern New Hampshire University

    Amy Johnson, formerly a Director at Large, joins the Executive Committee as Vice President, while Bill Boozang, Dorothy Williams, and Clare Roby obtain new offices.

     Bill Boozang

     Dorothy Williams
    President Elect

     Amy Johnson
    Vice President


     Clare Roby
    Immediate Past President

    Belinda Biscoe
    Executive Vice President 


    • President: Bill Boozang, Boston College Certificate Programs & Corporate Outreach
    • President Elect: Dorothy Williams, Professor/Consultant
    • Vice President: Amy Johnson, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, East Tennessee State University
    • Immediate Past President: Clare Roby, Associate Dean of Regional and Continuing Education, California State University - Chico
    • Executive Vice President: Belinda Biscoe, Vice President for University Outreach, University of Oklahoma

    Please join me and all of us on the ACHE Board in welcoming our colleagues!

    William Boozang, Ed.D.
    Boston College Certificate Programs & Corporate Outreach
    ACHE President

  • November 10, 2017 4:44 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Kerri White, Ed.D. recently joined the ACHE Home Office Team at the University of Oklahoma (OU) where she manages ACHE’s social media, and writes and edits much of the content for ACHE’s three weekly online newsletters:

    • ACHE News You Can Use,
    • ACHE Career Opportunities and Professional Development, and
    • Five Minutes with ACHE.

    Kerri is an ACHE Emerging Leader Institute graduate and brings a uniquely intelligent, curious, and fun attitude to her work, which is reflected in her writing.

    Kerri’s primary role at OU Outreach is Arkansas/Louisiana Technical Assistance Coordinator for the South Central Comprehensive Center. In this role, she coordinates and provides strategic planning and capacity building technical assistance to state education agency leaders and staff.

    Prior to coming to OU, Kerri served as Assistant State Superintendent at the Oklahoma State Department of Education where she focused on Educator Effectiveness. She is a former secondary mathematics teacher and curriculum designer.  Kerri’s passion is improving the lives of students through adult professional learning, systems improvement, and policy implementation.

    Invitation to ACHE Members and Regional Chairs

    To ensure that future ACHE communications meet the needs of its members, Kerri invites Members and Regional Chairs to contribute in two ways: (1) submit feature ideas for future newsletters and (2) actively check in and post on ACHE’s social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn).  

    Newsletter Feature Ideas:

    • Include a special focus on regional happenings.
    • Invite others to join your regional events or webinars.
    • Share a success from your program or institution.
    • Describe how you've applied an ACHE grant, scholarship, or professional learning experience to improve your practice.
    • Pass along news articles of likely interest to your colleagues.

    Send submissions, ideas, and questions to Because the three newsletters have different topics of focus, your submission could appear in any of the three.

    Social Media Engagement Ideas:

    • On Facebook, comment, like, or share posts from ACHE to your network of friends.
    • On Twitter, retweet, reply, or tag ACHE in your original tweets relating to topics of interest to ACHE members.
    • On LinkedIn, share an article, start a discussion, and engage with your colleagues in professional dialogue through the Featured ACHE Group.

    Please help us welcome Dr. Kerri White to the ACHE Home Office Team as she brings her tremendous experience and talent to the organization as we focus on an exciting year of professional learning and networking.


    Belinda Biscoe, Ph.D., Vice President
    University of Oklahoma Outreach and College of Continuing Education
    ACHE Executive Vice President


    William Boozang, Ed.D.
    Boston College Certificate Programs & Corporate Outreach
    ACHE President
  • October 27, 2017 4:03 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who attended


    the 79th Annual ACHE Conference & Meeting
    in Portland, Oregon this week!

    Take a peek at a few special moments from the conference experience, and start imagining yourself at the 2018 ACHE Conference and Meeting next year.

  • October 20, 2017 10:13 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    We are tying up the final details and
    rolling out the red carpet to meet you at 


    the 79th Annual ACHE Conference & Meeting
    in Portland, Oregon next week!

    We want to say a very special thank you to all of our sponsors for helping us make this an informative, useful, and productive conference for all of you, our ACHE members.  Please take "Five Minutes" today to learn about each of our sponsors' contributions to the continuing higher education community.

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  • October 13, 2017 5:45 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the winners of the 
    ACHE 2017 Scholarships!  

    These winners will be honored during 

    the Annual Awards Luncheon at


    the 79th Annual ACHE Conference & Meeting
    in Portland, Oregon later this month.

    Kathie Nicoletti, University of Oklahoma

    ACHE’s 2017 Memorial Staff Scholarship

    Laura Parker, University of Oklahoma
    ACHE's 2017 Graduate Student Conference Grant

    Maria Cherjovsky, University of Central Florida
    ACHE's 2017 Wayne Whelan Scholarship

    Learn more about or donate to these scholarships.

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