DACE (Deans of Adult and Continuing Education), founded in 1995, is comprised of the deans and directors of adult and continuing education programs at Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. They meet annually at either an AJCU institution or an international Jesuit institution to discuss new initiatives and collaboration. DACE works closely with AUSJAL (Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Latin America) and JesuitNET (Jesuit Distance Education Network).
Through annual DACE meetings and an active listserv, conference members share best practices in adult education, new program initiatives and models for program delivery that have proven successful, current and future market demands regionally and nationally, ideas for collaboration among institutions, strategies for advocating for adult students and navigating traditional higher education structures, creative community collaborations and alternative revenue streams, effective marketing strategies, and has effectively served as a collegial community of support and networking for members, both seasoned and new.
At the October 2012 meeting, the DACE Conference committed to building an online community through Regis University’s platform. The intent is to use this course shell for the posting of scholarly articles on adult and continuing education, sharing of best practices and ongoing conversation regarding projects, problem solving, collaborations etc.