Call for Proposals

ACHE South Conference 2012

Theme:  “Racing to Excellence: Maintaining Traditions, Embracing Innovation”

The 2012 ACHE South Conference is being held in Lexington, Kentucky – Horse Capital of the World.  The city’s racetrack, Keeneland, celebrates its 75thanniversary in 2011.  The history of the track, its development just after the depression and its unique vision of a track that reinvests in the community, inspires the theme for this year’s conference.  As continuing educators we are often called upon in difficult economic times to reinvent our institutions, attract new populations to our colleges and universities, and think creatively about higher education’s responsibility for community and regional development.  In this way, one of our most important traditions is embracing innovation.  As an academic community we are also committed to lifelong learning, exceptional student service, and business and industry outreach. 

Topics for proposals consistent with this year’s Racing to Excellence theme include but are not limited to:
  • Joyful Victory*: Tradition of Commitment to Lifelong Learning – innovative programs, accelerated degree programs, military education, study abroad, service learning, programs for returning veterans, experiential learning, adult learning, literacy programs, service-learning/civic engagement, graduation requirements
  • It’s Tricky*: Innovation with a Mission business and industry partnerships, workforce and professional development, web marketing, internal and external communication and promotional strategies, budgeting, student surveys, responsiveness to learner needs, adult student degree-completion programs, access through distance learning, student research, placement of continuing education within the institution, inclusion of civic and community engagement practices in the curriculum and throughout the institution
  • Dialed In*:  A Tradition of Service- value of continuing education, civic and community engagement practices, promotion and tenure policies revisited, restructuring  faculty enrichment and rewards, military admission and tuition policies, curricular flexibility for adult degree-completion programs, global competitiveness and offerings, financial aid for adult students
  • Smart Bid*:  Innovative Programs- nontraditional delivery methods, technology, customer service, certificate programs, customized training, off-campus locations, alternative scheduling, hybrid courses, programs for the military, developmental (remedial) programs, service-learning or community-based learning in the curriculum
    *Dialed In, Smart Bid, It’s Tricky, and Joyful Victory are all names of 2011 North American Racing Starters
Guidelines for Concurrent Session Proposals:  Concurrent sessions will be 50-minutes in length, with session times on Tuesday, April 24, Wednesday, April 25, and Thursday, April 26, for a total of 12-15 different presentations.

To propose a concurrent session, please provide the following items of information in the format below:
  1. Name, Institution, Mailing Address, Telephone, Fax, E-mail for all presenters
  2. Title of presentation.
  3. Abstract of presentation (70-80 words)
  4. Brief biography of presenter(s)
  5. One page double-spaced Presentation Summary, including pertinence to conference theme.
  6. Special AV equipment needs.
Submit Proposals online to by November 7, 2011 Questions about proposal submission should be directed to Sharon Woodward, Western Kentucky University,

Those submitting proposals will be notified of the decision by December 9, 2011.


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