Brian Van Horn, dean of the Center for Continuing Education and Academic Outreach, was elected president of the Association for Continuing Higher Education at its annual meeting and conference earlier this month.
The Association for Continuing Higher Education began in 1939 as the Association of University Evening Colleges.
Now it has become an organization dedicated to serving the entire spectrum of continuing higher education in the United States and internationally. The Association for Continuing Higher Education is an organization of professionals from adult continuing education units worldwide, along with other industry professionals whose primary interest is adult continuing education.
One of the primary goals of the association is to emphasize the importance of lifelong learning and excellence in continuing higher education. Belief in the values of professional development and service guide the mission of ACHE.
“ACHE is an international organization that represents the growing masses of adult students who return to college campuses every year. Gone are the days of traditional students only. Adult students make up about half of all college students today and serve a major role in universities,” Van Horn said. “It’s imperative that we continue to serve the traditional student, but we also have to adapt to the unique needs of the non-traditional learner as well. ACHE embraces this challenge and serves as the premier organization for this work.”