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Another April conference

The 2008 MPAEA conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 23-26 at the Downtown Radisson.

Contact board member Scott Greenfield for more information at (801) 402-0700 or email
For Conference Registration, go to

Spring cleaning

I spent this morning organizing my office and clearing my desk. Here's a picture of my C File. I fully expect to need something I've tossed within the week, but I plan on being out of the office a lot in April so people won't be able to find me to ask for stuff I can't find...

Continuing your education

I've stored my coffee in the refrigerator for years, but after reading this--no more!

The worst place for your coffee: the refrigerator or freezer
Think that you're preserving freshness by stashing it in the fridge? Think again. Every time you take it out of the fridge or freezer, you expose it to fluctuating temperatures, which produces condensation. "The moisture leeches out flavor — it's like brewing a cup of coffee each time," says John McGregor, PhD, a professor in the department of food science and human nutrition at Clemson University. The best spot to store beans or grounds: in an opaque, airtight container kept on the counter or in the pantry.

More from The 16 Worst Places to Stash Your Stuff at

Summer school meeting in April

The Southern, Middle States and Northeastern Regions of the North American Association of Summer Sessions are holding a joint conference in April.

Sail Into Summer!April 23 - 25, 2008 Sheraton Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VAThe conference will use the roundtable format to discuss ideas and strategies to help your respective schools. Topics will focus on the conference theme and on areas that are vital to having a successful summer. The conference will be held in the busy port of Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk is home to the world's largest naval base, and is a city rich in Virginia and United States history. Nautical themes are found in every facet of this city, making it the perfect place to "Sail into Summer!" For information see

"Lousy Smarch weather..."

I was echoing Homer Simpson as Kathy and I walked bundled up in the cool, overcast weather this morning at Willow Springs Park. For more Simpson's quotes, see the A.V. Club's Beyond "D'oh!": Simpsons Quotes For Everyday Use at

Turning grades in on time


Flying to Memphis for ACHE South?


Continuing education and the recession

Although it’s unclear whether we are actually in a recession, the next academic year looks troubling. It’s conventional wisdom that higher education and continuing education do well in poor economic times because (1) people who cannot find jobs return to school to increase skills and (2) people afraid of losing jobs return to update and learn new skills. High gas prices may increase enrollments in continuing education programs, especially online and outreach programs where students do not have to drive to campus. I expect the University of Phoenix to start touting high gasoline prices as another reason to enroll at their institution.

Education is often seen as a relatively recession proof area (although salaries are often tied to the economy). Teacher education programs may thrive, and Rachel Zupek at lists education as its top recession-proof job: With more teachers retiring and an increasing number of students enrolling
in grades K-12, the demand for skilled teachers …

Tennessee Tech's Susan Elkins

Recently had lunch with Susan Elkins, Vice President for Extended Programs and Regional Development at Tennessee Technological University, as I was passing through Cookeville. A longtime friend and colleague, Susan just may be the hardest working educator in continuing education. Just as an example of what she's doing beyond her normal job responsibilities, Susan is currently deeply involved with three large conferences. She's co-chairing the ACHE National Conference and meeting that occurs in November, she's helped plan the ACHE South meeting that starts next month in Tunica, and she's working to contract keynoters for the TACHE conference in Memphis, also next November. She is past president of TACHE and the TTU Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, and she is a graduate of the Tennessee Board of Regents Leadership Institute and the University of Tennessee Leadership Institute. She will become Chair of ACHE South in two years. Susan, it's been great working with you on a s…


ACHE President Chris Dougherty recently visited the ACHE South Regional Conference. See the story and a picture at his blog at


I'm in Nashville for the RODP Undergraduate Curriculum Committee meeting. If you've never visited, here's the skyline. Find more Nashville pictures from Chip Curley at

More principles

From the Southern Regional Educational Board's Principles of Good Practice for Electronic Campuses.

Curriculum and Instruction
Each program or course of study results in learning appropriate to the rigor and breadth of the degree or certificate awarded. A degree or certificate program or course offered electronically is coherent and complete. The course or program provides for appropriate interaction between faculty and students and among students. Qualified faculty provide appropriate supervision of the program or course that is offered electronically.Academic standards for all programs or courses offered electronically are the same as those for other courses or programs delivered at the institution where they originate.Student learning in programs or courses delivered electronically should be
comparable to student learning in programs or courses offered at the campus where they originate.Institutional Context and Commitment

Principles of good practice

Doing some quick-and-dirty research on best practices in continuing education. Here's an oldie but a goodie, one I've used in program evaluation self-studies. I've taken this from the Adult Higher Education Alliance website but it's available at other places as well.

The Principles of Good Practice for Alternative and External Degree Programs for Adults were published in 1990. Download the Principles of Good Practice (PDF/84KB).


Principle 1: Mission Statement
The program has a mission statement that reflects an educational philosophy, goals, purposes, and general intent and that clearly complements the institutional mission.

Principle 2: Personnel - Faculty and Academic Professionals
Faculty and academic professionals working in alternative and external degree programs share a commitment to serve adult learners and have the attitudes, knowledge, and skills required to teach, advise, counsel, and assist such students.


Call for proposals

57th International Conference
American Association for Adult & Continuing Education
November 11 - 14, 2008
Denver, Colorado

Share your expertise, your successful programs, or your research with a collegial audience.

We encourage you to submit a proposal for a concurrent session or roundtable discussion. Our conference participants are practitioners, graduate students, instructors, faculty, academic advisors and/or administrators of adult and continuing education programs that include the workplace, educational institutions, educational organizations, government, military, and community programs.

Submit online by May 18, 2008 at

If you have questions, please contact our Program Team: Clare Klunk, Jean Fleming, Lilian Hill, Linda Sayre, and Mary Cooper, at

Death rays

Not content with the death of Steve Irwin, stingrays have claimed another victim, killing a woman on a boat in the Florida Keys. Be afraid. Be very afraid. While attending the ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting this fall, you can tempt fate and impress your colleagues by petting stingrays at Stingray Reef at Opry Mills Mall in Nashville.

What's up with this early Easter?

Today is Good Friday and I am enjoying a day off from work. Easter is Sunday, and it's the earliest Easter in some time. (You may have gotten the email.) March 22 is the earliest Easter can take place and April 25 the latest. According to, the last time Easter fell so early was 1913, and the next time will be in 2160.

Determining Easter's date is complicated. According to Wikipedia:

the canonical rule is that Easter day is the first Sunday after the 14th day of the lunar month (the nominal full moon) that falls on or after 21 March (nominally the day of
the vernal equinox). For determining the feast, Christian churches settled on a method to define a reckoned "ecclesiastical" full moon, rather than observations of the true Moon as the Jews did at the time. Eastern Orthodox Christians calculate the fixed date of 21 March according to the Julian Calendar rather than the modern Gregorian Calendar, and observe the …

Call for proposals

The IACE Hall of Fame has contacted ACHE about hosting their Symposium at our Annual Conference and Meeting in Philadelphia in 2009. It's a rather eclectic collection of individuals--many prominent scholars on the academic side of our field but also some folks with somewhat ... mmmm... shallower credentials. But Hall of Fames are like that, as Pete Rose would attest. I would encourage you to look at their website and think about worthy ACHE members for nomination. Someone like Bill Barton from the University of Tennessee, who I believe was president of both ACHE and UCEA comes to mind. And recently retired Wayne Whelan. And Carol Aslanian. I think we can come up with several worthy names. Please let me know your thoughts on including them in Philadelphia. Here's the information about their current call...

International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame

University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma
September 7-9, 2008

Extending the Reach of Adult and C…

Call for proposals

The Adult Higher Education Alliance has issued a call for proposals for its conference next fall.

Call for Proposals Animating Change in Adult Higher Education MOBILE, ALABAMA OCTOBER 1-4, 2008 *
To animate is to give life, to inspire, to cause motion and to make spirited. To animate through adult education is to enliven the dialogue and include voices in the room that are not often heard. To animate through adult education is to increase participation and democratization within our institutions and in our communities. Adult higher education’s purpose is to expand our lives--and life is achieved through participation in community.

Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday May 16th, 2008

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE (AHEA) At the heart of the Adult Higher Education Alliance (AHEA) is our commitment to promote creative and effective teaching and learning opportunities for adults. Central to that mission is the goal of fostering a rich exchange of ideas about theories and practices relevant to our …

Continuing your education

How can we help close the U.S. black-white achievement gap? A freaky discussion can be found at

LERN in Nashville


Fred Bayley is conducting a one-day seminar from LERN next week.

Vanderbilt University, Nashville
Tuesday, March 25

For more information go to

TACHE planning

President Sue Fulmer starts the TACHE Executive Committee meeting. It's held in conjunction with the 2008 conference planning committee meeting on the campus of Volunteer State Community College. It's the 40th annual meeting of the organization. That's half of Sam Brackstone, TACHE Treasurer, on the right.

Continuing your education

I'm at the TACHE conference planning meeting in Galletin, TN. In the meantime, here's the number two best opening lyric in rock and roll, according to Spinner:

"I was born in a cross-fire hurricane"--The Rolling Stones' 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' See # 1 and the whole list at

Save the date

2008 Annual Conference and Meeting
Nashville, TN
November 8 - 11 Opryland Hotel

To promote this fall's conference, I'll be highlighting scenes from Music City. Here is the statue of Athena, found in the Parthenon (Y'all may have thought the Parthenon was in Greece...). Notes the Encyclopedia Mythica:
Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, war, the arts, industry, justice and skill. She was the favorite child of Zeus. She had sprung fully grown out of her father's head. Her mother was Metis, goddess of wisdom and Zeus' first wife. In fear that Metis would bear a son mightier than himself. Zeus swallowed her and she began to make a robe and helmet for her daughter. The hammering of the helmet caused Zeus great pain in the form of headaches and he cried out in agony. Skilled Hephaestus ran to his father and split his skull open and from it emerged Athena, fully grown and wearing her mother's robe and helmet. She is the virgin mother of Erichthnonius.Take a virtual t…

Continuing your education

Seven Stupid Thinking Errors You Probably Make

Confirmation Bias
Hindsight Bias
Clustering Illusion
Recency EffectAnd the rest at....

North Carolina continuing educators to hear one of ETSU's own

Brenda White Wright, here pictured with me at the ACHE Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, will be speaking at the North Carolina Adult Education Association conference next week. Brenda entered our adult degree program when I first started at ETSU nearly 2o years ago and is now close to finishing her doctorate. She's a tremendous speaker and the folks across the mountains will be thunderstruck! I understand ACHE rising star Jeffery Alejandro was instrumental in bringing her in. 2008 NCAEA Conference Adult education programs: Do they work for working adults? East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina March 12-14, 2008 For more information on Wright click here.
REGISTER HERE: Click here to download registration form.
CONTACTS: Jeffery Alejandro, NCAEA Conference Chair

Rolling on the river

Don't miss the Dinner Cruise aboard the Tunica Queen!

ACHE South 2008 Conference
April 7 - 9, 2008 · Tunica, Mississippi

Join your fellow ACHE South members at the Chair's Reception at the RiverPark and Museum before boarding the Tunica Queen for a spectacular 12-mile view of a legendary Delta sunset on the mighty Mississippi River on Monday, April 7. Bring some type of wrap for the cruise-the wind off the Mississippi River could be brisk! The attire for this event is informal. To learn more about the RiverPark and Museum and the Tunica Queen, visit the ACHE 2008 Conference website at Reservations must be made by March 1, 2008, to receive the ACHE South 2008 Conference group rate. Reservation requests after this date will be honored on a space-and-rate availability basis so register now at at

The perfect mint

Energy+breath mint. These mints were the hit of the last meeting I attended. What better boost in the afternoon after a cup of coffee?