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February 14, 2020

Call for Proposals Deadline

April 24, 2020

Early Registration Deadline

March 20, 2020

Regular Registration Deadline

June 5, 2020

Hotel Reservation Deadline

NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education

Workshop Student Success Career and Workforce Development Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice

The NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education will provide those committed to student success from across the institution with dynamic keynotes, thought-provoking workshops, and engaging networking opportunities using a cross-functional approach to student success. The convergence of four unique conferences will create a space for attendees to share ideas, strategies, and evidence-based research on strategies to dismantle barriers related to student success.


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Call for Proposals Now Open!

Submit your evidence based practice or research by February 14, 2020



The 2020 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education brings together four distinct conferences with intersectional outcomes in a unique opportunity for you to learn, network, and engage. As a registered attendee, you have access to programming for any of the four conferences. With a diverse offering of dynamic keynotes, thought-provoking workshops, and engaging networking opportunities, the 2020 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education is your opportunity to take a cross-functional approach to student success.

2019 Proceedings

With over 1,350 attendees from across the nation (and 10 international locations), the Conferences on Student Success and Higher Education engaged its attendees through dynamic keynotes, thought-provoking workshops, and engaging networking opportunities using a cross-functional approach to student success. To view last year's proceedings, check out the 2019 Program Book. 

 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 tgillmor@naspa.org.

Learn more about the conferences of #SSHE20:

Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference

Designed to address critical issues related to campus programming, student success, and outcomes assessment. The conference provides a forum for professionals to advance their knowledge and skills of assessment and data analytics and data's role in student persistence. To learn more about this particular event, click here.

Closing the Achievement Gap Conference

This conference provides an avenue for thought leaders and practitioners to to share ideas, strategies and evidence based research on ways to dismantle barriers related to student success. The Conference will explore the various factors woven into students' experiences which may impact their success and completion. To learn more about the details of this particular event, click here.

First-generation Student Success Conference

This conference will examine a breadth of topics critical to advancing the hollistic outcomes of first-generation students. The confernce program will consider the vast intersectionality of first-generation students, the systemic and institutional barriers to success, and evidence based practices to student support and services. To learn more about this event, click here.

Student Financial Wellness Conference

This conference will address the complexities of college students' financial security and wellness. Participants will learn effective strategies (i.e. emergency aid grants, food pantries, peer education) for helping students improve their fiscal health during college and remain financially stable after graduation. To learn more about this event, click here.

Call for Proposals

The NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education invites proposals from professionals from across the academy committed to dismantling barriers to student success. We welcome your submission for this dynamic series of co-located conferences and invite you to join us to optimize your own programs and services in the company of over one-thousand other colleagues from across the globe.

The conference planning committees encourage 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/participate at the event.

Submit Your Proposal By Feb. 14, 2020!

If you are interested in supporting NASPA's second largest in-person conference, please submit your information via this reviewer interest form by Febuary 7, 2020

Helpful Tips and Considerations

Successful Proposals Should Include:
  1. Lengthy description about session content that you will present.
  2. Relationship of the program to the conference themes outlined on the website.
  3. Identification of the program format including methods for participant involvement (e.g., discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis).
  4. 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.
Session Types:
  • Pre-Conference Workshop - (approximately 3 hours): These are half day workshops taking place immediately prior to the opening of the conference. Content should be rich, with a significant amount of audience interaction.
  • Concurrent Session - (60 minutes)
  1. Panel - An interactive panel which combines experts in the topic sharing key knowledge and engaging with attendees.
  2. Workshop- An interactive workshop that explores ideas and knowledge derived from professional practice and/or research. These types of sessions should contain a high level of audience participation.
  3. General Interest - A presentation which a presentation might include research, campus and/or community programs, partnerships, and background information. This session is intended for individuals or concise group presentations on trending topics
  • Mini-Institute - (90 minutes): Sessions that are highly interactive and teaches best practices on student affairs fundraising. The extended timeframe allows for increased audience participation and engagement.
  • Toolbox Session (approximately 20 minutes): 30 minute sessions 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. An example of a session title appropriate for this format is "10 New Ideas to Engage with the Parents of New Students."
Proposal Writing Tips:

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

Learn more about the #SSHE20 Conferences Themes

Leadership Curriculum and Programs

Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

  • Credit and non-credit courses with unique and innovative syllabi, curriculum, and pedagogy
  • Successful cohort-based leadership programs (i.e. emerging leaders, multi-year programs, identity groups, leadership studies programs)
  • Strategies for overcoming development issues and lack of funding for leadership programs
  • Supporting partnerships between academic affairs and student affairs


Technology, Research, and Assessment in Leadership Programs

Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

  • Evidence-based practice including assessment findings and implications from leadership programs
  • Connections between leadership education, student success, and persistence
  • Use of technology to facilitate leadership development (i.e. virtual portfolios, social media, digital communities, and communication)
  • New research and scholarship with implications on leadership education and practice
  • Applying the new CAS Standards for Student Leadership Programs, International Leadership Association Guiding Questions, or other guiding documents in the field for program development and review


Leadership Development Theory and Models

Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

  • Effective strategies for translating theory into practice for today's diverse student population
  • Application of leadership theory and models in student learning and development
  • Translation and application of leadership theories to leadership skills
  • Consideration of developmental readiness when planning and implementing programs


Leadership in Context

Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

  • Connections between leadership education and student activism, civic engagement, and/or political engagement
  • Role of leadership education in career readiness and development of professional competencies
  • Intersections of leadership education and other functional areas such as service-learning, multicultural education, and international education
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to leadership education through various academic and curricular settings
  • Explorations of the purpose, aims, and intentions of leadership education
  • Professional and identity development of leadership educators

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

The planning committees for the 2020 NASPA Student Success in Higher Education Conferences are working to select pre-conference sessions that will enrich and enhance your attendee experience. Pre-conference workshops will take two formats (full-day and half-day) and require participants to pre-register for a fee. Pre-conference sessions are designed as highly specialized opportunities to discuss a specific topic or program 

Please check back often as pre-conference workshop information will be uploaded once finalized.


Full-day Pre-Conference Sessions:

First Forward Workshop

The First Forward Workshop is a dedicated professional development opportunity for the 2020-21 First Forward Cohort, and optional to the 2019-20 First Forward Cohort. To register for the First Forward Workshop, please contact Deana Waintraub Stafford (FirstForward@naspa.org) to receive your unique registration code. While registering for the Workshop, we welcome you to also register for one of the four co-located events as part of the 2020 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education.

Using CAS Standards to Create and Assess Programs and Services that Lead to Student Success

Strengthening the capacity of college and university departments to facilitate student success has never been more important. CAS Standards can be used to develop, implement, and assess programs and services that are documented as leading to student success outcomes. In this session, participants will explore the diverse ways to use the CAS Standards and the CAS cross-functional frameworks to enhance program and service delivery. Participants will leave with a plan for implementing CAS self-assessment and program review practices in ways that make sense for the diverse functional areas and institutional types in which we work.


Melissa Brown, Director of Assessment and Strategic Initiatives, The University of Tennessee
Daniel A. Bureau, Associate Vice President for Student Academic Success, The University of Memphis
Gavin Henning, Professor of Higher Education and Program Director, Master of Higher Education and Doctorate of Education Programs, New England College
Nicole Long, Executive Director, Planning and Strategy, University of Delaware

Register Today for NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education

The convergence of four unique events creates a space for attendees to share ideas, strategies, and evidence-based research.

Register Today


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.

Registration Fees
Early Registration
before 04/24/2020

Regular Registration
04/24/2020 to 05/29/2020

Late Registration
after 5/29/2020
NASPA Member
$475 $525 $600
$675 $725 $800
NASPA Student Member
$175 $225 $300
Pre-conference Workshop Fees

Early Registration
before 04/24/2020

Regular Registration
04/24/2020 to 05/29/2020
Late Registration
after 5/29/2020
Full-day Pre-conference Fees
$125 $145 $150
Half-day Pre-conference Fees
$75 $95 


*Please note, all pre-conference workshops require additional registration

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot


This conference converges four events into one. Please select the conference which is most applicable to you, though you are welcome to attend sessions and presentations selected by any of the conference committees.



General Event Questions:

Jake Frasier
Associate Director, Professional Development

Registration Questions:

Tonya Murphy
Assistant Director, Constituent Services
202-265-7500 ext 1180

First Forward Workshop Questions:

Deana Waintraub Stafford
Assistant Director, Center for First-generation Student Success


Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by April 24, 2020, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

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


Sponsors and Exhibitors

If you would like to sponsor or exhibit at the 2020 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education please fill out the exhibitor application form below and e-fax back all pages to 202-204-8443 or scan and e-mail to kjerde@naspa.org by May 15, 2020.

Become a Sponsor/Exhibitor




All conference activities will take place at the Hilton Baltimore.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront starting at $189/night (not including 15.5% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Friday, June 5, 2020. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Reserving a room within our block by using the hotel's dedicated meeting website or toll-free telephone number not only benefits you; it also helps to support the conference. When you book within our conference block, you help NASPA keep meeting costs as low as possible and enable us to provide some of the important features meeting attendees have come to enjoy, such as networking receptions, exhibit area coffee breaks, and off-site transportation.

Reserve Your Room Today


Hotel booking information:

Hotel Room Rate / Night
Hilton Baltimore
401 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
$189.00 - Single/Double
$209.00 - Triple
$229.00 - Quad

About Baltimore

We are thrilled to bring the 2020 Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education to the bustling city of Baltimore. We hope you will take some time to experience the great things the city has to offer. Visit this website for more information on all that Baltimore has to offer during your visit.

Show Your Badge Program

Baltimore is bursting with restaurants and attractions all around town. Our "Show Your Badge" provides attendees with special offers at restaurants, attractions, museums and shops. Just show your badge at the participating establishments to receive a special promotion or discount. For more information on the "Show Your Badge" program, please visit this website.


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

The taxi stands are located just outside of the baggage claim area on the lower level. For more information regarding taxi cab service, please visit the Transportation page of the BWI website. Taxi fare from BWI to the Hilton Baltimore is approximately $25 one-way.

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