2018 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference

May 31 – June 02, 2018
Hilton Columbus Downtown | Columbus, Ohio

The 2018 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference will focus on how student affairs practitioners can develop effective approaches to support students who struggle to complete their degree.

This year, the 2018 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference will be co-located with the 2018 Symposium on Collegiate Financial Well-Being. As a registered participant for this conference, you will receive access to attend sessions for both programs.

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The 2018 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference will focus on how student affairs practitioners can develop effective approaches to support students who struggle to complete their degree. Further, the conference programs will elaborate on how to address factors woven into students’ experiences which may impact their success and completion, such as being a member of an underrepresented student population; being low income; first generation; living with a disability; DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status; experiencing homelessness or food insecurity; or work and family obligations.

Attend this conference to:

  • Expand knowledge about students who struggle to complete their degree and initiatives that seek to engage/re-engage students in their own persistence and retention;
  • Understand the various support systems and relationships required for persistence, retention, and degree completion of traditionally disenfranchised student populations;
  • Learn about economic barriers for low income students;
  • Recognize the role of technology in serving these student populations; and
  • Recognize mental and emotional stressors that may impede students from degree completion.

Check back often, as the website will change as programmatic details are confirmed. To view the last conference's proceedings, take a look at the website or the program book


Conference Benefits

The 2018 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference is an incredible opportunity to engage with professionals within student affairs, academic advising and many other functional areas to discuss effective approaches to support students' degree attainment. In addition, being co-located with the 2018 Symposium on Collegiate Financial Well-Being provides registrants with a two-for-one conference experience.


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If you have questions about Continuing Education, please contact Teri Gillmor at tgillmor@naspa.org.


 

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Audience

This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Graduate
  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Senior Level
  • Vice President for Student Affairs

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Call for Programs

The call for programs deadline is January 19, 2018.

The Conference content advisory committee seeks proposals that effectively advance the understanding of closing the achievement gap for underrepresented and historically disenfranchised students. Presenters will be asked to identify the content level of their session; foundational, intermediate, or advanced. Additionally, the content advisory committee will select programs based upon their relationship to the Conference's learning outcomes.

Presenters will be asked to identify the content level of their session; foundational, intermediate, or advanced. Additionally, the content advisory committee will select programs based upon their relationship to the Conference's learning outcomes.

For detailed instructions on how to sign-up, take a look at document for an example.


SIGN-UP TO REVIEW PROGRAM PROPOSALS

Our program proposal review process is critical to the success of the Conference. We encourage you to sign-up to be program reviewer here and look for 2018 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap Program Reviewer, or click this link to navigate directly to the position description.

For detailed instructions on how to sign-up, take a look at this document for an example.


Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Expand knowledge about students who struggle to complete their degree and initiatives that seek to engage/re-engage students in their own persistence and retention:

    • How do student affairs professionals create and sustain cross-campus student success initiatives that are culturally relevant to students? What support models offer compelling results for acclimating students to college life (peer mentorship, etc.)
    • What are effective retention methods programs and technologies that have been implemented to retain students who the institution identifies as students of promise from departing the institution? How is the success of these programs and technologies being measured?
    • What initiatives exits or are being created to ascertain why students stop persisting or drop out? What interventions exist or are being created to effectively address those causes? How are institutions assisting student of promise in re-engaging with the campus if they have had to drop out?
    • How are parents or other caring adults engaged in the student retention and persistence process?

  • Understand the various support systems and relationships required for persistence, retention, and degree completion of traditionally disenfranchised student populations:

    • What pre-college and transition programs are most effective in preparing students for success in college? What relationships with postsecondary institutions are necessary to facilitate degree attainment? How is success in these programs measured?
    • With research suggesting most first generation student attend institutions within 100 miles of home, what approaches can institutions take to recruit local students? What tactics are institutions using to engage and support the families of students?
    • What training and supporting measures can colleges and universities use to best work with undocumented students, DREAMers, and DACA stats students?
    • How do colleges and universities eliminate barrier for non-traditional students including students who wish to re-enroll after separation, transfer students or veterans to a higher education environment?
    • How do colleges and universities facilitate opportunities for equitable access and resources for students with disabilities?
    • What support models are effective at retention and persistence of first generation, men of color and other underserved student populations?

  • Learn about economic barriers for low income students:

    • How do student affairs professionals, particularly those in enrollment management, train staff and support students in understanding the financial responsibility of college (cost of attendance, financial responsibility post-graduation, and financial crises)?
    • How do student affairs professional help student stay engaged while working part-or full-time to meet their financial basic needs?
    • How are student affairs professionals and institutions assisting students who are experiencing economic crisis?
    • What tactics are career counselors and academic advisors using to support students' post-graduation success? (Efforts to support job attainment etc.) How do such efforts differ for students who are at-risk of not completing college?

  • Recognize the role of technology in serving these student populations:

    • How can the development of online engagement and support strategies be applied to the retention and persistence of students of promise?
    • What are "high-tech, high-touch" intervention measures that can create an efficient approach to increase student achievement?
    • How are technologies utilized to measure engagement, learning outcomes, program assessment, and student persistence? How can this data be leveraged to support future initiatives?
    • How do student affairs and academic affairs engage with information technology to coordinate technologies and resources?

  • Recognize mental and emotional stressors that may impede students from degree completion:

    • What health and wellness efforts do campuses offer to help any student wit personal care (such as getting adequate sleep, managing stress levels, and healthy eating)?
    • What are the best practices student affairs practitioners are implementing for partnerships with faculty and/or academic affairs to support the mental health needs of students or promise?
    • What programs and resources do campuses offer to specifically meet the mental health and wellness needs of students of color, queer students, foster youth, non-majority religious students, native students, low socioeconomic status students and students with disabilities?



Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.

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Submission Timeline
  • November 17, 2017
    Call for Programs Opens
  • January 19, 2018
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • January 26, 2018
    Program Reviews Completed
  • February 16, 2018
    Presenter Notification Emails Sent
  • February 22, 2018
    Presenter Confirmation Deadline
  • February 23, 2018
    Program Schedule Posted Online

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.

Questions?

Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2018 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference.

Robert Valderrama
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext 1177
Email: rvalderrama@naspa.org

Schedule

The schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. As details are finalized, this schedule will be updated.

Thu, May 31

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshops
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Keynote
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions I
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions II
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Opening Reception (Light Fare Provided)

Fri, Jun 01

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast (Provided)
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Morning Panel
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mini-Institutes
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions III
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions IV
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
VPSA & SSAO Reception - By Invitation Only
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions V/Flash Sessions

Sat, Jun 02

7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast (Provided)
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Closing Keynote
9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Participants' Choice Presentations
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions VI

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Our committee is eager to see your pre-conference workshop proposals by January 19, 2018.

Pre-Conference Workshops - Call for Proposals Due January 12, 2018

Thursday, May 31st • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

To submit your pre-conference workshop proposal, please submit your proposal via the link above no later than January 12, 2018.

Registration

Registration as a member is based on your individual membership status. For more details on member statuses check here.

  • If you are employed by a college or university that is a NASPA institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate.
  • If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242.

For questions about membership and to check if your institution is a current member, contact our membership team at 202-265-7500.

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Registration Fees

Early-Bird
before 03/16/2018
Regular
03/17/2018 to 04/27/2018
Late
after 04/28/2018
NASPA Member
$450
$500
$575
Pre-Conference Workshop
$85
$90
$95
Non-Member
$650
$700
$775
NASPA Student Member
$155
$185
$230

Questions?

Tonya Murphy
Member Services Coordinator
Email: events@naspa.org
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183

Robert Valderrama
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
Email: rvalderrama@naspa.org
Phone: (202) 719-1177

Policies

View Registration Policies

Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is April 6, 2018 less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to refund@naspa.org. This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues.

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting theView Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to events@naspa.org.

Sponsors


If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the 2018 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference please fill out the exhibitor application form and e-fax back all pages to 202-204-8443 or scan and e-mail to kjerde@naspa.org by April 27, 2018. Questions? Contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at kjerde@naspa.org

Venue

Hilton Columbus Downtown


Hilton Columbus Downtown
Columbus, OH

All conference activities will take place at the Hilton Columbus Downtown.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Hilton Columbus Downtown starting at $189/night (not including 17.5% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Thursday, May 10, 2018. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM NOW

A small overflow block has been secured at the Hyatt Regency Columbus starting at $168/night (not including 17.5% state and local taxes). The Hyatt Regency Columbus is approximately 0.3 miles or a 7 min walk to the Hilton Columbus Downtown. The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Thursday, May 10, 2018. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM NOW

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hilton Columbus Downtown
401 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
614-384-8600
$189 - Single/Double
Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
614-463-1234
$168 - Single/Double
  • Travel

    Columbus is serviced by John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH). The hotel is approximately 8 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    Shuttles
    For more information regarding shuttle providers to and from CMH, please visit the Shuttles, Buses & Limos section of the CMH website.

    Taxis
    For more information regarding taxi cab service, please visit the Taxis page of the CMH website. Taxi fare from CMH to the Hilton Columbus Downtown is approximately $30 one-way.

    Rental Cars
    For more information on available rental car companies and contact information, please visit the Rental Cars page of the CMH website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Columbus in May-June are around 80 degrees F during the day and 60 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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