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February 2, 2023

Call for Programs Submission Deadline

April 28, 2023

Early Bird Registration Deadline

June 5, 2023

Regular Registration Deadline

June 1, 2023

Hotel Block Deadline

2023 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education

In-Person Conferences Student Success Career and Workforce Development Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice

The NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education is a convergence of three conferences in one registration! The conferences offer outstanding professional development opportunities that will shape your learning experience.

To learn more about each of the conferences themes and learning outcomes, visit the pages below:

NASPA Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference

NASPA First-generation Student Success Conference

NASPA Dismantling Systemic Barriers to Student Success Conference


Presented By


The NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education convenes the student success-focused community to engage in important professional development, exchange innovative ideas, and network with peers. You will engage with content from the Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference, First-generation Student Success Conference, and the Dismantling Systemic Barriers to Student Success Conference.

The Dismantling Systemic Barriers to Student Success Conference is a convergence of the former Student Financial Wellness Conference and the Closing the Achievement Gap Conference with the addition of exciting expanded content. This new conference, launched in 2021, joins the Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference and the First-generation Student Success Conference. Conference programming will foster important dialogue to uncover pervasive barriers and prompt strategic change in institutional approaches for serving students and advancing outcomes.

In addition to a robust selection of educational programming, the conferences will offer multiple dynamic keynotes, thought-provoking pre-conference workshops, exhibit hall offerings, and active engagement with attendees and presenters.

The NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education is your opportunity to take a cross-functional approach to student success when it has never been more important.

The 2023 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education will soon be available to begin planning your conference experience.

To learn more about each of the conferences' learning outcomes and themes, visit the pages below:

Call for Volunteers

The 2023 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education (SSHE) Conference Advisory Committee (CAC) call for volunteers is now closed. 

About the Volunteer Position:

The commitment to the CAC includes monthly conference calls (December 2022 - July 2023) with the committee and NASPA staff, advising the NASPA team on planning elements and execution of the conferences, co-chairing a sub-committee of interest, and reviewing/selecting program proposals (February 2023). Please note that, while encouraged, there is no requirement to register for the conference as a participant, unless selected as a presenter. There will be no travel required.


The 2023 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education will offer an innovative way to engage through: 

  • Multiple days of curated content facilitated by subject-matter experts from all three conference tracks;
  • Educational sessions and connections to presenters and attendees;
  • Thoughtful presentations from featured speakers to strengthen your knowledge base;
  • Opportunities to engage and network with other attendees across conferences, and;
  • An exhibit hall for real-time engagement with sponsors & exhibitors.

We hope you’ll join us!

Call for Programs

The 2023 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education Call for Programs is now OPEN.

The 2023 Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education planning committees invite program proposals from higher education professionals. We welcome you to submit a program for this dynamic series of conferences and join us in June to optimize your own programs and services in the company of the largest student success event in the field.

The conference planning committees encourage program proposals regarding proven practices with content that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to bring back to their campuses.

Please note: all presenters must register to attend the 2023 Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education in-person.There will not be any virtual presentation opportunities.

For questions about proposal submission, contact SSHE – [email protected].

Additional Information

Program Types
  • General Interest (50 minutes): The most common educational opportunity at the virtual conference, usually consists of the presentation of a program, data, research, or theoretical concept, followed by audience questions and a brief discussion.
  • Learning Lab (30 minutes): Designed to give participants actionable ideas and tools to take back to their campus. Presenters will share ideas for 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions.
  • Scholarly Paper (60 minutes): Provide an opportunity for presenters (usually 1-2 scholarly papers are presented in a panel setting) to briefly share a synopsis and key findings from scholarly papers as part of a 60-minute education session. Scholarly papers often focus on results of quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods studies or report the findings of studies that use historical and philosophical methods.
  • Poster Session: Designed for sharing research or program evaluation. Participants will visually represent their data and present their content to conference participants.
  • Roundtable Discussion (50 minutes): Less formal ways to engage other attendees around a central topic or program area. Roundtable discussion sessions will be held concurrently throughout the event in a specific space. Facilitators usually provide a brief introduction to a topic (5-10 minutes) and then lead a discussion with several prompting questions. Please note: Roundtables are meant to generate discussion and engagement amongst participants, there will be NO A/V used in any roundtable sessions. This includes no PowerPoint or similar presentations, audio or video clips, etc. No A/V will be provided or permitted for roundtable sessions.
  • Extended Learning (75 minutes): Provide additional time for audience engagement or discussion. This format is also appropriate for panel discussions, skill demonstration, and practice, or multi-institutional case study presentations. There are a limited number of extended general interest session opportunities.
  • Product Educational Session (50 minutes): Third-party organizations and companies have an opportunity to present relevant educational content to conference attendees. Presentations typically include institutional partners in the sharing of educational practices or technology.
  • Pre-conference Workshop (Half-day, 3-hour): Offered before the beginning of the conference, half-day workshops are designed as highly specialized opportunities to discuss and engage in a specific topic or program. Half-day pre-conference workshops will require participants to pre-register for an additional fee.
  • Pre-conference Workshop (Full-day, 6-hour): Full-day programs held prior to the conference. These events are usually coordinated directly with the applicable conference committee or a related NASPA constituent group. Full-day pre-conference workshops will require participants to pre-register for an additional fee.
  • Meetings and Networking Events Space Request: NASPA Constituent Groups, Knowledge Communities, and/or Divisions are welcome to submit a space request for meetings, networking events, or receptions. Please note that space is limited at the conference venue and not all requests can be guaranteed a meeting space. 
Conference Learning Outcomes & Themes

Program proposals will identify one of the conferences that best matches the content submission. Note: Programs may only submit to one conference. The Conference Advisory Committee will recognize and consider programs that are collaborative and appeal to attendees at more than one conference.

  • Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference (APDA)
  • First-generation Student Success Conference (FGSS)
  • Dismantling Systemic Barriers to Student Success Conference (DSBC)

Conference Themes

Program proposals will select one theme from the conference selected that most aligns with the presentation proposal.

Successful Proposals

Program reviewers rely on a well-written description to enhance their understanding of the content and goals of the presentation. The conference planning committees encourage program proposals with proven practices and content that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to bring back to their campuses.

Successful proposals should include: 

  • Lengthy description about session content that you will present.
  • Relationship of the program to the conference themes outlined below in 'Conference Themes & Learning Outcomes'
  • Identification of the program format (e.g., lecture, panel, debate) including methods for participant involvement (e.g., discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis).
  • Discussions of replicability: to what extent can the information presented in this program be replicated at other institutions?
  • Evidence of the conceptual foundation for proposal content including ways the program content is grounded in research, relevant experience, a cogent model, or appropriate theory.
    • Program proposals should establish a clear connection to the research, framework, model, or theory included in their discussions.
    • A list of references to relevant research, models, or theory must be listed in the "References" section. 


  • Draft and save your work in a word processing program to ensure you keep a copy for your records. When you are ready, copy and paste the your description and outline into the text box below. 
  • There are no word limits on this section. Please provide enough details so that program reviewers can understand the breadth, depth, and scope of your program. This description will not be printed in the program book, website, or otherwise.
  • Ensure correct spelling and grammar.
General Proposal Writing Tips

For additional tips, please visit NASPA’s Program Submission Guidelines: https://www.naspa.org/events/program-submission-guidelines.  

Call for Reviewers

Ever wondered how to add your perspective to shape the programming of a NASPA event? Did you know that program submissions are evaluated and ultimately selected for presentation by volunteers just like you? If you have been looking for a meaningful way to engage with NASPA, participating as a program reviewer is a low-commitment, high-impact way to start. Lucky for you, we are currently seeking volunteers from every professional level and functional area!

The 2023 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education Planning Committee invites you to volunteer as a program reviewer for the 2023 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education! 

We are seeking professionals from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about their work in student affairs, and bring both practical and scholarly expertise in all functional and content areas within the field.


If you are interested in serving as a program reviewer, please click the link below! 


Registration as a member is based on individual membership status at the time of the event. If your current membership will expire prior to the event, you will have the option to renew at the time of registration to receive the member rate.

If you are not a current member and are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as a professional affiliate member for $80. If your institution is NOT a member, you can join as an associate affiliate member for $250. Both membership types provide access to the individual member rate for the event. Please visit the membership section of the NASPA website to learn more about membership types and benefits. We hope you’ll consider joining today!

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may qualify for a NASPA Foundation Membership Scholarship or NASPA Foundation Professional Development Access Scholarship, which can be used for this event.

For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.

The Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education converge three events into one. Please select the conference which is most applicable to you, though you are welcome to attend sessions and presentations across any of the conferences.


Early Registration
11/14/2022 to 04/28/2023
 Regular Registration
04/29/2023 to 06/02/2023
Late Registration
06/03/2023 to 06/23/2023
NASPA Member 
 $495  $545  $620
Non Member
 $695 $745 $820
   NASPA Student Member
 $225  $275  $350
One Day Registration Rate


$273 $310


Registration Policies

Refunds will be given for cancellations less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined. Please allow 30 business days for processing. To inquire about the status of a refund after 10 business days, please send an email to [email protected].

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].

Please note, individual NASPA memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Additional registration questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to [email protected]. For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.

Special Registration Types

The 2023 Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education offers special registration types to individuals and institutions as a part of their participation in certain NASPA programs.

Individuals, institutions, and organizations that identify as any of the registration types below will receive separate communication regarding conference registration. Please do not send an email requesting a passcode.

  • Exhibitor/Sponsor
  • FS/FgF Cohort Institution
  • First-gen Center Partner

The one day registration type is ideal for presenters and attendees that are local to the Kansas City venue location. Registrants will be asked to identify which conference date (June 25 - June 27, 2023) they plan to attend.

  • One Day Registration


Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

Kansas City, Missouri


All conference activities will take place at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center


NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendee lodging at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center at $194/night (not including state and local taxes).

Hotel Room Rate / Night

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

2345 McGee Street Kansas City, Missouri 64108

+1 816-841-1000

$194 - Single/ Double


Hotel reservation cut off date is Thursday, June 1, 2023


Reserve a Room Today!

Additional Information


On-Site Parking

Daily: $23


Daily: $32

Electric Car Charging Station

The average temperatures in Kansas City, Missouri are around 39 degrees F during the day and 21 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

Please note, the hotel and meeting areas may be cooler temperatures. A sweater or jacket is recommended.

The Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center is approximiatley 35 miles from Kansas City International Airport
Visit Airport Website:
Airport Transportation:
Super Shuttle


The schedule has been designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. As details are finalized, this schedule will be updated. Registration to one conference grants access to content over all three conferences. Please note: the schedule is subject to change based on presenter availability. 


2023 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education Schedule At a Glance

All times are Eastern Standard Time and are subject to change

June 23
June 24
June 25
June 26
June 27
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Registration & Help Desk Open

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration & Help Desk Open

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Full-Day Pre-Con Workshops

7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration & Help Desk Open

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Half-day Pre-Con Workshops

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Opening Plenary

3:20 PM - 6:20 PM

Concurrent Sessions

6:20 PM - 8:00 PM

Opening Reception

7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration & Help Desk Open

8:30 AM - 12:05 PM

Concurrent Sessions

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Keynote Plenary

3:05 PM - 5:55 PM

Concurrent Sessions

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Networking Receptions

7:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Registration & Help Desk Open

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Keynote Plenary

COVID Information

Event Safety During Ongoing Public Health Emergencies

With ongoing public health emergencies, NASPA is prepared to manage our place-based events with the health, safety, and well-being of our attendees, staff, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers in mind. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, NASPA staff, service providers, and others are expected to abide by our code of conduct and all polices in effect for any event sponsored by the Association.

We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for all of our conferences regularly and coordinate with trusted national resources, state and local public health agencies, and the hotels/venues hosting our events.

In all cases, we will continue to assess the risks in the area local to the event and the current status in the United States. In keeping with the Association's duty of care and the responsibility as host, NASPA has implemented safety requirements for many of our place-based convenings.

We reserve the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of any current and ongoing public health emergencies.

For more information, please visit the Global Health, Safety, and Responsibility page.

Continuing Education


NASPA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5120. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


More information on continuing education will be available soon. 




Sponsors and Exhibitors

Interested in exhibit and sponsorship opportunities at the 2023 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education? To submit a completed application or if you have questions, please contact Fred Comparato via email by clicking below, or call (202) 719-1179.

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Future Conferences

June 2024 TBD
June 2025 Denver, Colorado