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  • February 09, 2018 5:28 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Join us at the 2018 ACHE West Annual Conference February 21-23 in Salt Lake City, Utah to hear from our dynamic Keynote Speakers.

    Don't miss high-energy concurrent sessions presented by your peers, engaging speakers, and robust networking at the top conference for professional, continuing, and online education.

    Register now!

    Make your travel plans and reserve your room in the ACHE block at the Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown (Use code: G-ACHE) TODAY! Conference pricing is only guaranteed through February 9.
  • February 02, 2018 11:57 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Greetings from Scottsdale, where I’m attending a conference of coding boot camp administrators.  This summit was a rare opportunity for me to meet with continuing education deans, directors, and non-credit coordinators outside my usual ACHE crowd.

    Aside from great programming over the last few days, this conference provided plenty of networking occasions, and shared insight related to our programming, challenges, and opportunities - truly great wisdom from seasoned continuing education administrators. 

    Yet there’s another sentiment to which many related in our conversations: the sense of isolation on campus when a majority of our colleagues are involved in the “day school” function, and simply don’t understand the work that we do to further the mission and purpose of the institution.

    This isn’t necessarily an “us vs. them” dynamic, as increasingly more of the non-traditional students who we serve enroll in our programs, year after year - soon to be in the majority of post-secondary enrollments. Given that CE is characteristically enrollment-driven, entrepreneurial, and often competitive, we simply don’t take the time for community building within our institutions, as well as among other institutions on-region.

    In thinking of the people that I’ve met over the last few days, several have moved across state or across the country recently, in pursuit of the next position. As such, they don’t have outlet or opportunities to readily foster relationships with counterparts and colleagues in the area.

    This is why our ACHE regional conferences are so important, as well as the interactions, which take place in between our meetings. I look forward to seeing all of you at the regional events. As part of the spirit of our organization, we enthusiastically welcome newcomers at every event. Are you aware of someone new to town, or new to your division? Invite them to coffee or lunch next week, and offer a personal invitation to join us at the upcoming conference. Share the organization’s role in your personal and professional growth. Relate the value of the organization in meeting your goals as a higher education professional. 

    Over the upcoming weeks, I look forward to seeing old friends, meeting professionals new to the organization, and sharing best practices and emerging trends in professional and continuing education. 


    With Warmest Regards,

    Bill Boozang, Ed.D.
    ACHE President, 2018
    Boston College

  • January 26, 2018 11:53 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Laura Parker
    University of Oklahoma

    2017 ACHE Graduate Student Conference Grant Recipient

    Ms. Parker's recognition at the 79th Annual ACHE Conference and Meeting by 2017 ACHE President Clare Roby

    ACHE's Graduate Student Conference Grant
    The purpose of the ACHE Graduate Student Conference Grant is to provide financial support to graduate students interested in attending the annual ACHE meeting. The Association members believe that their interest and future contributions to the field of continuing higher education will help maintain the vitality of the organization. The ACHE Graduate Student Conference Grant covers the awardee's conference registration fee, travel and lodging up to a maximum of $1500.

    The 2017 recipient was Laura Parker, an instructor at the University of Oklahoma Center for English as a Second Language (CESL).  Here is her story!

    My name is Laura Parker, and I am an instructor at the University of Oklahoma Center for English as a Second Language (CESL). I have my master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) through Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, and am currently working on my Doctorate of Education in Adult Education at Capella University. I heard of the ACHE Annual Conference in Portland, OR and was excited to apply for the ACHE Graduate Student Conference Grant for the opportunity to attend. I have never participated in the conference before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised, made connections I wouldn’t have made and learned more in-depth what ACHE was all about.

    Ms. Parker with Dr. Belinda Biscoe, ACHE Executive Vice President and Vice President for University Outreach, University of Oklahoma

    A First Timer’s Perspective
    As a first-timer, the annual ACHE conference was fantastic! Everyone was welcoming and friendly, and I felt like I was among friends that I have known for a long time. The ACHE annual conference gave me an opportunity to network with other professionals in the field of adult education and provided me with the tools and strategies to further develop my skills in teaching university-level English as a Second Language (ESL). It also allowed me to gain insight into leadership within the continuing higher education arena and helped with research ideas for the ESL classroom and with my doctorate studies in Adult Education. The atmosphere was laid back and comfortable, and the number of attendees was perfect.

    Key Learnings and Applying New Knowledge
    The breakout sessions were engaging and informative. I was able to immediately make networking connections through Dr. Covelli and Ms. Hearn’s LinkedIn workshop. 

    As an instructor at the University of Oklahoma Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), I was able to take what I learned from Natasha Teetsov’s session on “Creating a Student Ambassador Community” and develop an ambassador program at CESL. I successfully piloted the ambassador program Fall 2017 session with three students and will have a total of eight students to start Spring 2018 session.

    Ms. Parker with the Student Ambassadors at the CESL Graduation

    As an instructor of international students, plagiarism is a big issue with some students, and teaching how not to can be a challenge. The workshop “Plagiarism: Helping the Adult Learner to Avoid it,” by Dr. Bonhomme, helped me to identify solutions and approaches to help students avoid plagiarism. Since the conference, I have been able to share the valuable information with my colleagues at CESL.

    Finally, I recently presented at the annual Oklahoma TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) conference this past November, and the information gained from the workshop “Convert a Presentation to a Publication” by Royce Ann Collins, gave a step-by-step process on how I may be able to convert a presentation into a publication. 

    My Professional Next Steps
    My future professional plans are to present at the 80th Annual ACHE conference, continue to grow the CESL Student Ambassador Program, and continue my research on instructor professional development through my doctorate program in Adult Education.

    Make an Impact in 2018
    You can make an impact on the life of a current graduate student's career trajectory by giving to the 2018 ACHE Graduate Student Conference Grant. 
  • January 19, 2018 11:34 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    We’ve had good success at Loyola University Chicago in the School for Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS). A healthy upswing in the number of students (despite our limited marketing budget), rising persistence rates, increasing affordability through scholarship funds, growing student satisfaction, and a highly rated online program are markers of our success.


    Our growth in SCPS has been substantial. The number of credits generated has risen 230% over the past 5 years. This success in admissions has come on a limited ad budget. We spend $300,000 each year, plus some resources from the broader university. This advertising campaign produces about 2900 inquiries per year. We’ve experienced a big jump in enrollment after admission. In the past we enrolled about 60% after admission, and we are now better than 80%. We’ve added resources in our admission office, and we are making progress toward the benchmark of 29% of inquiries starting an application and 80% of those matriculating.

    Rising persistence rates

    Our students used to have a persistence rate of around 50%, not uncommon among adult learning programs. Adults struggle with many distractions in their lives, not the least of which are work and family. This leads to lower persistence rates. However, with the changes we’ve made to support persistence, we now have 80% of our students persisting. How have we accomplished this? 

    Orientation, provided both online and in person, is required in advance of the fall and spring semesters and is taught by our Assistant Dean with support from the entire faculty and staff. Requiring completion of our Mastering Learning Tools mini-course has led to greater tech familiarity and better performance in the first course.  The good on-boarding processes followed by our Admissions Advisor have resulted in nearly 80% enrollment by admitted students and also led to good persistence. We provide the required entry course (3-credit Introduction to Degree Completion) for free. In this course we require a plan for graduation and a financial plan for completion, and we refresh students’ writing skills, all of which enables greater persistence.

    Systematic follow-up with non-enrolled students helps us prevent and recover from stop-outs. We email them, write to them, and call them. Our structured school requirements (an entry course, a career course early in the program, and a capstone at the end) provide a clear structure to the student experience, enhancing persistence.

    SCPS distributes nearly $500,000 each year from funded scholarships contributed by our many donors. We’ve improved scholarship processes by making the awards annual and providing a web-based tool to help students gather their applications in one spot. Helping students use prior learning assessment and being transfer-friendly are other ways in which we bring down the cost of the degree.

    The SCPS Ambassadors program has played a key role in our success. Ambassadors are current students and alumni who volunteer at information and orientation sessions and assist with Mastering Learning Tools. They testify to the value of the SCPS experience.

    Satisfied students persist, and our scores in the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Adult Student Priorities Survey are outstanding. In this survey, this question predicts overall satisfaction: There is a commitment to academic excellence. SCPS scores very highly on this question.

    Online program rated #14 in the nation: Why?

    Our engagement with students was significant in this ranking of #14 in the country, but we are also pleased with the way in which the survey rates our work with faculty. Good faculty development, including new faculty orientation, regular development sessions, and twice-yearly interactive faculty meetings, is essential. We provide instructional design support for every faculty member. We mentor new faculty, engaging peers in the work of inducting new faculty. We meet at least twice a year with the Faculty Advisory board (composed of both part-time and full-time faculty), take serious questions to them, and follow their advice.

    Student Demonstrates Benefits of Online Learning

    "Once they introduced the online component to our program no one was more excited than I was," SCPS student Robin May-McMorris says. "It provides comfort, convenience, and flexibility."

    Since 1914, Loyola University Chicago has fulfilled its mission of educational outreach and inclusiveness by offering a wide range of educational options to a diverse community of students and professionals. Our goal is for our students to lead, succeed, and create meaning in their lives. We continue in our mission of providing unwavering support for working adults who wish to advance their education.

  • January 12, 2018 10:18 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Have bags.  Will travel.  

    For professional learning, that is!

    In the coming months, many professional learning opportunities will arise, but none will be more focused on meeting your professional needs in continuing higher education than those offered by ACHE.  

    Today, we spotlight two excellent ACHE opportunities! 
    2018 Emerging Leaders Institute
    Newport 2018

    2018 Emerging Leaders Institute
    June 20-22, 2018
    Loyola University
    Chicago, IL

    The ACHE Emerging Leaders Institute is designed to provide professional development and leadership training to continuing education professionals.

    "The Emerging Leader Institute provides an extended opportunity for mid-career professionals to connect with like-minded individuals. There is an openness to learning and sharing that is beneficial for everyone involved, regardless of your specific job responsibilities or title."
    - Erin, Cohort 2

    "The ELI was a valuable experience as I connected with others focused on continuing higher education from my university as well as universities across the country.  I learned about emerging trends in this field and how I might contribute to the conversation with my own leadership experiences."
    - Kyle, Cohort 2

    Contact us at (423) 439-8661

    Application Deadline: April 16, 2018

    $1950 ACHE Members
    $2350 Non-ACHE Rate

    View the application or



    80th Annual ACHE Conference and Meeting
    October 8-10, 2018
    Newport Marriott
    Newport, RI 

    "The absolute best interactions occur at the ACHE's Annual Conference!"
    - Bruce, 2017 First-Timer

    The Program Committee for the 2018 ACHE Conference & Meeting in Newport, RI invites members as well as thought leaders in the higher education community to submit proposals for conference sessions and workshops.

    The 2018 ACHE Conference will provide the opportunity for both continuing education professionals and students of education to showcase solution-driven concepts which enhance program delivery; increase access to high quality, accessible and affordable higher education options; and share evidence-based practice that is both impactful and replicable in our member institutions.

    Proposal Submission Deadline:
    March 30, 2018

    We hope you strongly consider participation in these two events and recommend these opportunities to your colleagues.

  • 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
    More Information

    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
    More Information

    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

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