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Diversity Statement Established By ACHE West Board

ACHE West Board has established a diverisity statement that is represenative of the thoughtful people in our organization delivering a rare and valuable culture of inclusivity where our differences are recognized as a competitive advantage and everyone has a voice at the table.

ACHE West believes continuing higher education has a responsibility to meet the access and needs of our communities. We strive to understand and embrace the history and culture of our communities, and how this impacts experiences, approaches and access to education. We pledge to create a culture of belonging and community that values, recognizes, and honors differences so everyone feels welcome and empowered to be their authentic self.

ACHE 81st Annual Conference and Meeting was in October 2019 in Denver, CO

As the landscape of higher education continues to change, we, in continuing higher education, are still the hub of partnerships, innovation, and collaboration across many sectors.  We absolutely remain committed to serve students at all levels with non-credit, technical, undergraduate, and graduate programs and new offerings such as badges. The ACHE 2019 call for proposal conference committee is seeking proposals for concurrent sessions and workshops that address the 2019 theme of Partnerships: Innovation and Collaboration.  Submissions should fit into one or more of the four tracks identified below and address issues in those tracks or touch on relevant areas not mentioned.  

2019 ACHE West Regional Conference was HOT in Tucson!

ACHE West regional meeting was March 4 - 6, 2019 in Tucson, AZ.  The conference proved the theme, The West is the Best!

We opened with a keynote presentation from Dr. Jenni Murphy, Dean at the College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State. She discussed how her path to success did not follow a straight line. She was the first in her family to earn a college degree, and used her education and restaurant experience to climb the corporate ladder. Her talents in hospitality led her to become a corporate trainer, opening restaurants and entertainment centers across the nation and overseas. During a career transition, she applied for a program manager position at CCE and fell in love with it. Over 15 years later, with several leadership positions and a doctorate from Sacramento State under her belt, Murphy went from associate dean to interim dean and on June 1 took the helm as dean – serving as a living, breathing CCE success story. She is passionate about the role of continuing education for our regional workforce, as well as across the nation.

Next, Dr. Larry Galizio, CEO of the Community College League of California spoke how his statewide association is supporting and advocating for all 114 California community colleges. Prior to this, Dr. Galizio was president of Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon. From 2004-2009, Galizio served three terms in the Oregon Legislature which included chairing the Ways & Means Committee on Education. Dr. Galizio was also the Director for Strategic Planning for the Chancellor’s Office of the Oregon University System, and for 16 years was a full-time faculty member and director of debate at Portland Community College.


Lastly, we met Dr. Sheena Brown, Assistant Professor and Director of the Human Services, University of Arizona - South. We learned about her work assisting both documented and undocumented migrants plays a key role in human service work. Understanding the current political environment (local, national, and global), and addressing public misconceptions concerning migration issues are core concepts necessary for all future human services professionals. Understanding the learners, and the community in which they intend to serve allows us to close the gaps between human services practice and education. Working relationships between the human services program, the students, and the community stakeholders ensures program development meets the needs of the community. Dr. Brown is interested in the intersections of ethnicity, gender, class, and colonialism, and how these factors contribute to marginalization and oppression within higher education. Research aims to provide insight into understanding the characteristics of ‘reentry’ learners within an online learning environment, with a focus on social and cultural backgrounds. The inclusion of innovative adult-learning strategies aims to create a supportive environment for all reentry adult students, by better accommodating their needs for retention and successful degree completion.

2018 ACHE West Regional Conference was a Success!

ACHE West regional meeting was February 21 - 23, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The theme for this year’s meeting was Degrees of Influence: The Forces Shaping the Future of Higher Education. 

We heard from Melissa Loble, Vice President of Partners and Programs for Instructure about the College Degrees of the Future: From MOOCs to Credentials. 


Matt Langie, MarketLinc CMO discussed the The Power of Human Engagement in a Digital World

A digital-only journey is insufficient for some customers. In order to not only drive conversions, but to capture the loyalty and devotion of customers, you must present an opportunity for human-to-human interaction which, in turn, creates revenue lift that would be otherwise lost.

The conference wrapped with a discussion with Beth (Noymer) LevineAuthor of Jock Talk: 5 Communication Principles for Leaders as Exemplified by Legends of the Sports World.  Beth gave a substantive yet down-to-earth business book that entertains while it teaches leaders and aspiring leaders why and how they should shape their communications in order to be more effective and impressive.

The ACHE Emerging Leadership Institute is extending the deadline for entries until March 10.

The ACHE Emerging Leadership Institute is extending the deadline for entries until March 10.

ELI gives you the opportunity to:

  • Meet leaders in higher education innovation for discussion of relevant, contemporary issues.

  • Network with other emerging continuing education leaders from across the country.

  • Sharpen focus on professional pathways in higher education

The 2017 ACHE West Regional Conference was a Success!

ACHE West regional meeting was February 22 - 24, 2017 in San Fransisco. The theme for this year’s meeting was “Innovate, Create, and Elevate.” We enjoyed our time together and the dynamic presentations helping us all create and elevate innovation on our campuses.


During the conference we discussed how continuing education is poised to become hub of innovation on our campuses improving opportunities, supporting on-demand learning, creating financing options, adopting competency-based models, improving career services, partnering with companies to create custom employee training programs, serving significantly more international students, mastering social advertising and conversion optimization and cultivating strategic public-private partnerships.

ACHE Announces the Emerging Leader Institute (ELI)

The Association for Continuing Higher Education invites your participation in the 2016 ACHE Emerging Leader Institute.  The Institute will take place June 13-16, 2016 at Loyola University Chicago.  The cost to participate is $1950 for ACHE Members ($2450 for Nonmembers) includes program, room and board.  All details regarding the program and application process are attached.


  • Rev. Michael Garanzini, SJ. Chancellor, Loyola University Chicago

  • Dr. Paul Leblanc. President, Southern New Hampshire University

  • Dr. Roger MacLean. Dean, School of Extended & Lifelong Learning, University of Montana


ACHE West Adopts New Bylaws

West Regional members voted to enact new bylaws.  The new bylaws are posted on the 'About Us' link.  The purpose of the bylaw changes were to better clarify regional officer roles, to clearly articulate meeting rules, and to set the stage for future success of the West Region.  

2016 ACHE West Regional Conference Announced

ACHE West is pleased to announce that our West Regional Conference will take place from February 24 through February 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  The conference will be hosted by California State University, Los Angeles at their new Downtown LA campus.  Look for more details and a request for proposals coming soon!

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