Posted on: May 12, 2021
Author: Casandra Blassingame, IACET CEO
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Greetings and Happy May!

Legacy of Dr. Grover J. Andrews

Before I begin, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the life and legacy of Dr. Grover J. Andrews. Dr. Andrews passed away on March 26, 2021 at the age of 91. For those of you who remember, Dr. Andrews was a pinnacle force in the research that led to the development of the CEU and was instrumental in establishing the International Association (Accreditors) for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Amidst many successes and accolades, he was a known scholar who conducted extensive research in the continuing education and training space and provided leadership for the instructional services division of the Georgia Center Continuing Education and retired in 2001 as interim director of the Georgia Center. We will continue to uphold his legacy and contributions to our industry through our work here at IACET.

Accepting Research Grant Proposals

We are beginning to reposition ourselves as an authority for research in the continuing education and training space by committing to raising funds for scholarly awards and projects aimed at refining and strengthening standards of good practice. The Grover J Andrews Endowment Fund provides these opportunities for scholars all over the globe! Requests for proposals have been extended and we encourage you to submit. Appropriate research is those that further the mission and vision of IACET, promote new or defining principles relative to continuing education and training, or maintain the industry position of IACET as a leader in the continuing education and training community.

Who is eligible? Accredited Providers, Members of the Commission, Council, or Committees, Individual Members, Graduate Students, and Faculty. That means you!

Join us for our 1st Fund-raising Activity

This year, we continue celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the CEU! Join us for our first fundraiser to support the Endowment Fund that supports CET research activities. June 9, 2021 at 3pm EST. Our Development Officers have put together an amazing event that will allow us to come together to this kick-off event leading up to the Annual Conference! Click here to register today!

Standards development and accreditation and training is our business. We are here to improve the quality of continuing education and training through accreditation. Our staff and commission review teams stand ready to provide you with the best possible customer experience. If you are reading this communication and you are not accredited, ask yourself why? Then call us to see how you can begin the journey to providing your specific industry with learning experiences that are IACET Accredited!

We look forward to working with you!

About the Author


Casandra Blassingame, MEd, is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  She is a recognized leader in adult and continuing education and has over 20 years of experience in higher education, continuing and professional studies, and workforce development.  Prior to joining IACET as CEO, Casandra was the Vice President of Education Services for the American Gear Manufacturers Association where she led the organization’s effort in achieving and maintaining IACET accreditation.  She has also served as an IACET commissioner, reviewing dozens of applications, and an IACET Board Member.

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