ACHE South Chair: Julie ShankleACHE South is one of eight regions of The Association for Continuing Higher Education, 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. The regional division allows us to develop even closer personal connections and tighter support networks.

I am sure to be biased, but I think ACHE South is special. Let me tell you why.

We have a broad-base. Our membership includes many types of continuing education units, focused on military student support or lifelong learning, summer camps for high school students or fully online programs. We cover credit, non-credit, part-time, full-time, and everything in between. You are sure to find among our members professionals facing the same challenges you encounter in your daily work.

We have members at every level of academia-coordinators, counselors, faculty members, deans, directors, chancellors, from enrollment to marketing, from budget officers to event managers. We have the fresh eyes of those new in the field and the support of mentors with years of experience.

We “get real.” We talk about the issues facing our industry--funding for public institutions, federal aid, disruptions and innovations like competency based –ed and MOOCs. We challenge each other and discuss what works and what doesn’t. This spring at conference I heard, “Let's stop giving bad advice” and “Don't let someone live rent-free in your head.” If you have questions, you're sure to get straight answers here.

We celebrate. We remember to stop and celebrate our successes. We support each other through our awards and scholarship programs. We encourage each other to present at conference, demonstrating what works, what doesn't and what just might be the next big thing. And we always, always, make time to dance!

I encourage you to explore this site for member profiles, news and updates. Perhaps the best way to get to know ACHE South is to attend our conference in April. You may find, as we all have, a professional development home among our membership. I invite you to join us.