American Association for Adult and Continuing Education
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This AAACE website is designed to provide information about AAACE and related areas in adult and continuing education, invite new members to join, and provide appropriate services to present members to facilitate their continuing professional growth. Please send any comments or suggestions to

Welcome to the 64th Annual AAACE Conference!
"Evolutions and Revolutions in Adult Learning!"
November 17-20, 2015
Oklahoma City, OK
Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel and Spa

Registration now open!
Early Bird Deadline: September 14th!

Special Event: Held in conjunction with the AAACE Conference is the 2015 International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame induction. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Hall honors leaders in the fields of continuing education and adult learning, and serves as a record of inspiration for the next generation of continuing education leaders. The induction ceremony will be held Wednesday evening, November 18th, followed by a reception. The ceremony and reception are open to all AAACE attendees. A special dinner and Hall of Fame presentation will be held prior to the ceremony. You may make reservations for this event when you register for the conference.

To learn more about the Hall, please visit their website:

Click here for additional conference information, the latest updates, and to register for the conference and your hotel! Be sure to check back often!!

The 34th Annual Research-to-Practice Conference will be held November 15-17, 2015 as a pre-conference of the AAACE conference in Oklahoma City.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Accessibility and Sustainability." Adult and/or higher education practitioners, academic scholars, and students are encouraged to submit proposals for concurrent papers, roundtable sessions, or posters at the conference.

For more information on the conference please visit our website at:

What's Happening at AAACE

"AAACE'd It" Webinar Series

July Webinar Postponed: Organizing and Moderating an Online Discussion Group or Community of Practice. Keep checking the website, newsletter, and email for new date.

“AAACEd It!” Selected as Name for New Webinar Initiative

The AAACE board recently formed a subcommittee to create operational procedures and support mechanisms for implementation of an association-wide educational webinar initiative. All current AAACE members were invited to help name this fledgling program. A webinar subcommittee selected the winning name from among nine suggestions based on factors such as: impact as related to the AAACE's mission; creativity; and marketing potential; among other considerations. AnnMarie Marlier, PhD, Dean of Graduate Programs & Faculty Development at Midland University, proposed the winning name: “AAACEd It!.” According to AnnMarie, “It works with the organization name and our commitment to excellence through the continuing education of adults.” AnnMarie was previously a student member of AAACE, and is renewing as a higher education professional. She will receive both an association mug and one-year individual membership for her efforts

Updates from the Field (click here for more)

"Cultures of Program Planning in Adult Education: Policies, Autonomy, and Innovation"

Dates of the conference: September 28th - 29th, Monday from 11:30 am to Tuesday 13:30 pm
Venue of the conference: Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

For more information, click here. For the conference program, click here.

For the recently released publication
 In the "American Heritage" series, click on "Federal Adult Education: A Legislative History 1964-2013". This history was written by Dr. Gary Eyre, first Executive Director of AAACE.

From the Preface: "This “American heritage” history traces the roots of federal involvement in adult education in order to place federal adult education acts into historical perspective.This history is one of many education resource documents; however, it is the first resource that contains the history of adult education acts from 1964 to 13 years into the new century—2013."

The National Council for Literacy (NCL) announces the NCL 2015 Literacy Leadership Awards, which were held in Washington DC on May 14, 2015. More information (including a list of previous award winners) here:
National Coalition for Literacy: Find out more about the newest blog and PIAAC information sheets from the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) on their new website! 

Join the AAACE-NLA listserv: The National Literacy Advocacy List sponsored by AAACE. Click here to request to subscribe.The purpose of the list is to provide subscribers with information about national issues that affect adult literacy/basic/secondary education and English for Speakers of Other Languages.

The IX World Assembly of the International Council for Adult Education in June 2015. . . .click here to read more, and visit the website at

From the 2014 AAACE Conference
November 4-7, Charleston, SC

"Adult Educators: Making a Difference!"

Keynote presentations now posted! Please access through the Conference Home Page by clicking on the Quick Link "Conference Keynote Presentations."

The complete conference program book is accessible at

Conference photos (keep checking for new photos!) may be accessed at

Please visit the Conference Home Page to view the recipients of the top three Outstanding Poster Awards!

 Benefits of AAACE Membership

What are the benefits of being a AAACE member? We'd like to highlight just two!

  • Members have online access to AAACE journals! When you log in as a member on the AAACE website (upper right corner), you will find a link to instructions for setting up your online account. You may also just click on the journal (left side of website) that you selected with your membership. Go to the "Subscribe" tab and then click the link that says "Activate you editor/society member subscription."
  • Members enjoy discounted conference registration rates!

Join today and discover the many other benefits of being a AAACE member. A listing of all benefits for individuals, students, and affiliate organizations is provided hereJust click here for a new member application. Click here to renew your membership and find out what you've been missing! Or, if you wish to update your membership profile, please click here.

Past AAACE Conferences

The AAACE conferences have been held all over the United States in places such as Cleveland, Denver, and Norfolk.  Each conference has included participants from over 43 states and more than 15 countries, providing opportunities to participate in 180 individual, multiple and roundtable concurrent presentations, general sessions, and pre- and co-conferences. Following are the program schedules for 2014, Charleston, SC, 2013, Lexington, KY,  2012, Las Vegas, NV, 2011, Indianapolis, IN, 2010, Clearwater Beach, FL, and 2009, Cleveland, OH.

Members Helping Members (MHM)

MHM matches those members who are interested in finding out about particular topics or in need of specific skills with those who can provide ideas or assistance. Please click here to find out more and to participate.

Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education

Every ten years since the 1930's, AAACE publishes a handbook that addresses the current issues, research and practices in the field of adult and continuing education. The 2010 Handbook is available from Sage Publishing. Click on the Handbook on the left to order a copy. To review the table of contents of the past Adult & Continuing Education Handbooks click here.

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