2019 NASPA Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference

June 16 – June 18, 2019
Orlando, Florida

The 2019 NASPA Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference will convene scholars and practitioners in beautiful Orlando, Florida to promote student learning and success by strengthening assessment, improving educational quality, and developing intentional persistence programming.

This year, the 2019 NASPA Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference will be co-located with three other events to comprise the inaugural 2019 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education. As a registered participant for this conference, you will receive access to attend sessions across all conference offerings.

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Institutional leadership must create an environment which builds capacity, as well as encourage an organizational culture that includes comprehensive assessment as part of strategic planning. Similarly, institutional leaders have a unique role to play in providing an environment and education that encourages student persistence, especially for under-served, low-income, adult, part-time, and minority students. 

The NASPA Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference has been designed to address these important issues in assessment and persistence, as well as to provide a forum for experienced professionals to advance their skills by discussing assessment and persistence with practitioners and policy-makers.

Attend this conference to:

  • Explore student learning in relation to institutional assessment and persistence practices
  • Build a culture of assessment on campus
  • Advance skills, build knowledge, and gain a depth of understanding in assessment practices
  • Facilitate student engagement and success through intentional persistence programming
  • Improve retention, persistence, and achievement for all students, especially minority, low-income, adult, part-time, and under-served students.

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

Institutional Team Attendance

NASPA encourages institutional team attendance at this event. By having a multidisciplinary team, colleges and universities increase the probability of successfully implementing improved assessment and persistence programs when they get back to campus. The best assessment of student learning and outcomes requires collaboration from both academic and student affairs. The committee encourages campuses to send representatives from the following areas in order to allow for substantive conversations around how to create change on your campus:

  • Vice Presidents for Student Affairs 
  • Student Affairs Educators
  • Provosts
  • Faculty Members
  • Academic Affairs Administrators
  • Educational Researchers
  • Institutional Researchers
  • Testing Officers
  • Assessment Professionals 

Continuing Education

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

NASPA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5120. Programs that do not quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Click here for more information on Continuing Education and frequently asked questions.

If you have questions about Continuing Education, please contact Teri Gillmor at [email protected].


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

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


Let others know you are coming!

Call for Programs

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.


Our program proposal review process is critical to the success of the 2019 NASPA Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference. We encourage you to sign-up to be program reviewer via the button below, which will navigate you directly to the position posting.


Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Fundamentals of Assessment

    Effective assessment becomes easier to understand and manage when grounded in a solid foundation of knowledge. Sessions in this theme provide an understanding of foundational assessment concepts by exploring topics that align with fundamental assessment skills and knowledge. Sessions in this theme may include the following topics:

    • Defining the philosophical purpose of assessment and common terms used in assessment practice;

    • Writing and assessing institutional, departmental, and activity level learning outcomes;

    • Formulating and effectively moving through an assessment cycle;

    • Addressing ethical, institutional, and political issues in assessment method implementation, analysis and reporting;

    • Developing an assessment process within a student affairs division or department; and

    • Engaging and training staff in quality assessment implementation.

  • Assessment Methods and Measurements

    A strong foundation of knowledge grounded in methods and measurements is necessary for effective assessment. Sessions in this theme provide foundational or advanced concepts of methods (e.g. case studies,portfolios, interviews/focus groups, use of national datasets, rubrics, etc.) and data analysis. Sessions in this theme may include the following topics:

    • Explaining the use of a specific method that aided in data acquisition that impacted a campus decision;

    • Discussing data analysis techniques, to include how to share results with various audiences; and

    • Sharing best practices for creating successful data analysis collaborations which positively impacting the student experience.

  • The Role of Data in Institutional Decision Making

    Institutions and their departments rely on relevant and timely data to inform their practices. Sessions in this theme provide foundational to advanced concepts of how data is collected, analyzed, and acted upon. Sessions in this theme may include the following topics:

    • Demonstrating how institutional data is communicated to various stakeholders and acted upon;

    • Identifying strategies for data collaboration and integration between academic units and student affairs;

    • Using data from multiple sources to describe learning outcomes achievement; and

    • Collecting and using data in the accreditation process.

  • Institutional Persistence & Retention Initiatives, Financial Aid, & Enrollment Management

    Institutions provide a variety of programs and structures to support persistence and retention. Among these structures, intentional and advanced consideration for typical transition hurdles (e.g. financial aid, enrollment challenges, successful transition to campus etc.) is critically important.Sessions topics in this learning theme may include:Examination into the importance of strategic and inclusive enrollment management plans that view completion as an institutional priority.

    • Discussion of how university programs (e.g. orientation, academic advising, bridge programs) improve student retention;

    • Examination of the curricular and co-curricular early intervention programs that impact student persistence and completion; and

  • Persistence of Special Student Populations

    This learning theme highlights institutional efforts to support persistence and student retention initiatives for specific and diverse student populations including first generation, low-income, minority (e.g. racial, religious, sexual orientation, etc.), adult, part-time, transfer, veteran, disabled, and other underserved students. Sessions in this theme may include the following topics:

    • Programs/services that have demonstrated improvement in persistence for diverse student populations;

    • Collaborations that exist at institutions that demonstrate improvement;

    • Partnerships across administrative functions in support of institution-wide persistence and completion efforts (e.g. TRIO, NCAA, Student-at-Risk programs and other administrative units); and

    • Examples of collecting and sharing data on sensitive or protected (e.g. disabled, students seeking counseling, etc.) populations.

  • Integrated Assessment, Persistence, and Retention Practices

    Higher education leaders must create an infrastructure that connects assessment with student persistence, degree completion, and job placement. Sessions in this theme provide examples of how programs, initiatives, and strategies connect assessment to institutional outcomes. Sessions in this theme may include the following topics:

    • Demonstration of how student interventions, programming, or services been connected to institutional outcomes;

    • Examination of which data collection and analysis methods are most effective for demonstrating the connection between student affairs programming and institutional outcomes;

    • Consideration of the ways in which co-curricular student experiences connect with institutional outcomes; and

    • Discussion related to student success and learning’s integration across assessment, persistence, and retention practices.

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Submission Timeline
  • February 1, 2019
    Call For Programs Deadline
  • March 4, 2019
    Program Decision Notifications
  • March 15, 2019
    Presenter Confirmation Deadline

Writing Tips

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


The schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. For a printable schedule at a glance, click the button below.

The schedule is subject to minor changes.

Full Schedule

Sat, Jun 15

8:00 a.m.
Registration Desk Open and Accessibility Desk Open
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Full-day Pre-conference Institutes

Sun, Jun 16

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration and Accessibility Desk Open
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Half-day Pre-conference Workshops
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On your Own)
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
First-time Attendee Session
12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Exhibit Hours
1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Conference Welcome and Opening Panel
3:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
4:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Scholarly Paper Presentations
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception

Mon, Jun 17

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration and Accessibility Desk Open
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Conference Exhibit Hours
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions & Conference Plenary Session
9:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Extended Learning Sessions
9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Breakout Sessions & Conference Plenary Session
11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Breakout Sessions & Conference Plenary Session
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Conference Break (Lunch on own)
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Afternoon Roundtable Discussions
3:05 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.
Breakout Sessions & Conference Plenary Session
4:05 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Afternoon Networking Break
4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Learning Labs

Tue, Jun 18

7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Registration and Accessibility Desk Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Closing Speaker
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
11:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

The planning committees for the 2019 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education are working to select pre-conference sessions that will enrich and enhance your attendee experience. Pre-conference workshops are typically 3 hours, pre-conference Institutes are typically 8 hours, and both will require participants to pre-register for a fee. More information on pre-conference options will be available no later than January 18, 2019.

Pre-Conference Institute

Saturday, June 15th • 09.00 AM – 05.00 PM

Pre-Conference Workshop

Saturday, June 15th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM


Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an 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 then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

The 2019 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education converges four events into one. Please select the conference which is most applicable to you, though you are welcome to attend sessions and presentations from any conference on site.

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Registration Fees

Early Registration
before 04/13/2019
Regular Registration
04/13/2019 to 05/17/2019
Late Registration
after 05/17/2019
NASPA Member
NASPA Student Member

Half-day Pre-conference Fees

Early Registration
before 04/13/2019
Regular Registration
04/13/2019 to 05/17/2019
Late Registration
after 05/17/2019
Member and Non-member Price

Full-day Pre-conference Fees

Early Registration
before 04/13/2019
Regular Registration
04/13/2019 to 05/17/2019
Late Registration
after 05/17/2019
Member and Non-member Price


Jake Frasier
Assistant Director of Professional Development
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Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1180

Tonya Murphy
Assistant Director of Constituent Experience and Services
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Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183


View Registration Policies

Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by April 12, 2019, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is April 12, 2019, 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.

Substitutions: Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to [email protected]

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].


If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the The 2019 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education please fill out the exhibitor application form and e-fax back all pages to 202-204-8443 or scan and e-mail to [email protected] by May 6, 2019. Questions? Contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at [email protected].


Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
Orlando, FL

All conference activities will take place at the Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld starting at $189/night (not including 12.5% occupancy fee). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Friday, May 24, 2019. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Our special room rate includes a reduced resort fee of $20, which includes: 2 Bottled waters nightly, high-speed room internet, local/domestic long distance calls and in-room bottled water, transportation to Premium Outlets, and 10% discount for a Tradewinds Restaurant dinner. Additionally, hotel guest will receive 50% discounted self-parking as well as complimentary use of the health club and gym facilities for the duration of the conference.


Hotel Room Rate/Night
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
6677 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, FL 32821
$189 Single or Double
  • Travel

    Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld is located 13 miles from both Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM), 18 miles from Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), and 42 miles from Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB).

  • Transportation

    For more information regarding shuttle providers to and from local airports, please visit the Transportation section of the hotel website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Orlando in June are around 90 degrees F during the day and 70 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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