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!

Call for Proposals for AAACE Closed!Thank you for the tremendous response! Once again we will have a diversity of professional, highly informative concurrent sessions, roundtables and posters that illuminate our theme, "evolutions and revolutions in adult learning!"

Proposals for the CIAE International Pre-conference Closed!

Click here for additional 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.  

Proposals may still be submitted until May 18th!! For more information on the conference please visit our website at:

Framing Effective Advocacy Messages

Using PIAAC Data

A Webinar Series for Adult Educators

Strengthen your ability to advocate for adult education using the most recent data on U.S. adults’ skills from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. This webinar series will provide information and strategies for use at local, state, and national levels. Each webinar will combine a focused presentation on the research findings with a segment on effective messaging and a research-to-practice response by a local adult education advocate.  Click here for more information and to register.


What's Happening at AAACE

Association Management Opportunity

The application process for association management for AAACE is now closed.


“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.
According to J. Bernard Bradley, subcommittee chair and director of the Commission for Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT), “procedures are now in place for AAACE leaders, including commission directors, special interest group (SIG) chairs, and board officers, to request and sponsor live educational webinars on topics relating to the broad field of adult education.” The AAACE board has recently subscribed to the Go-to-Webinar platform, which accommodates both electronic registration and webinar hosting functionalities. Technical assistance is provided to approved webinar sponsors for quality assurance purposes and to ensure consistency across presentations. Select recorded webinars are archived for viewing on demand by members.

 Additional information on the new “AAAACEd It!” initiative will be posted on the association website over the next few weeks. A recent webinar also informed AAACE leaders of the processes for approval and setup of future presentations. Registration information for webinars will be shared with AAACE members as they are approved. Committee members include: J. Bernard Bradley, subcommittee chair; Fred Prasuhn, technical facilitator; Nancy Fire; and Steve McCaskey.  

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."


Updates from the Field (click here for more)

The Latest: 

The National Council for Literacy (NCL) announces the NCL 2015 Literacy Leadership Awards, which will be held in Washington DC on May 14, 2015. More information (including a list of previous award winners) here:

Call for Papers: International conference “Cultures of Programme Planning in Adult Education." Click here to access information on the conference.

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.



 Announcing: 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 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!

What conference participants say:

"A great conference that supports adult and continuing education. The networking is a great opportunity to share ideas with colleagues."

"The annual conference is, in addition to the journals and publications, the best reason for being a member."

"As the premier professional organization in the broad field of adult education, I participate as frequently as I can."

Call for Proposals for AAACE (Nov. 4-7) - Closed April 25th. THANK YOU to everyone who submitted a proposal!!!

Call for Proposals for Papers for the International Pre-Conference - Closed May 23rd. THANK YOU to everyone who submitted a paper for presentation!

Call for General Editorship of Adult Education Reference Work

The American Association of Adult Continuing Education (AAACE) has been asked to partner with Wiley-Blackwell Publishers in the creation of a multi-volume, hybrid print and online, comprehensive reference work on the field of adult education. For more information on this reference work, click here.

 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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