2017 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference

June 15 – June 17, 2017
Washington, D.C.

The 2017 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 2017 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference will be co-located with the 2017 Symposium on Collegiate Financial Well-Being. As a registered participant for this conference, you will recieve access to attend sessions for both programs.

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The 2017 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.

 

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Audience

This event is most likely to influence these groups.

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

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Call for Programs

Call for programs is now open with a deadline of March 3, 2017Announcements of program selection will be made by April 10, 2017.

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.

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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 Program Reviewer -2017  NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference underneath the header Educational Programs.

For detailed instructions on how to sign-up, take a look at 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
  • January 17, 2017
    Call for Program Reviewers Opens
  • March 3, 2017
    Call for Programs Closes
  • April 10, 2017
    Program Status Notification
  • April 17, 2017
    Program Acceptances Due

Writing Tips

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

Schedule

The schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. The tentative schedule with specific program titles, presenters, and abstracts will be released in March 2017.

Thu, Jun 15

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
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions II
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Opening Reception (Light Fare Provided

Fri, Jun 16

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast (Provided)
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions III
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Mini-Institutes
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Afternoon Keynote
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions IV
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Flash Sessions

Sat, Jun 17

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.
Concurrent Sessions V
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions VI
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Symposium Closing

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Submit a Pre-Conference Workshop Proposal before March 3, 2017!

09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Our call for programs is currently open through March 3, 2017. We invite all attendees to submit a proposal for a Pre-Conference Workshop which will occur between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017.To submit, follow this link.

Registration

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. 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. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.  If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types. For information on group rates and registration policies, please click the Registration Policies button.

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Registration Fees

Early-Bird
01/17/2017 to 04/17/2017
Regular
04/18/2017 to 05/19/2017
Late
after 05/20/2017
NASPA Member
$425
$475
$550
Non-Member
$625
$675
$750
NASPA Student Member
$130
$185
$235
Pre-Conference Workshop
$65
$85
$90

Questions?

Tonya Murphy
Member Services Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183

Robert Valderrama
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 719-1177

Policies

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Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is April 8, 2016, 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 [email protected]. 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. 

Group Registration Discount: NASPA offers a discount for members registering in groups of two or more individuals from a single institution. To apply for this discount send a request in writing to [email protected] prior to applying payment to registration orders. Please include all registrants’ full names, the institution name, and the title of the event. The membership department will follow up for any additional information required and provide a personalized discount code each member of your group can use when processing payment.

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 [email protected].

Venue

Washington Marriott Wardman Park


Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, DC

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park starting at $219/night (not including the 14.5% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Thursday, May 25, 2017. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date so please make your reservation as soon as possible.  Took book your reservation online,  please click the "book your hotel room now" button below. To book a room by phone, please call 1-877-212-5752 and reference "NASPA Student Affairs Administrators"

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For hotel questions, please contact:
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202-328-2000

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Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20008
202-328-2000
Room Rates To Be Available in February 2017.

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