2019 Academic Affairs Winter Meeting

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Thursday, February 7, 2019 to Saturday, February 9, 2019
Amelia Island, Florida

"Leading Change: The What and the How"
Higher education is confronting a series of challenges: reduced funding, increased expectations, growing skepticism, alarming polarization, rapidly developing technology, and burgeoning competition. Whatever the pressure, the result is invariable the same. These challenges require institutional change, and often radical or transformational change. These challenges pose two core questions: what changes are needed, and how do we accomplish those changes?  

About the Conference

Our conference this year will focus on those two key issues: the what and how of change. We’ll have a series of plenary and concurrent sessions that examine one or the other of these two issues, or presentations that combine the two issues, describing both a critical change that was accomplished and the processes that were used to effect that change.

We’ll also have a broad array of other issues we typically present in our academic affairs conferences, addressing prominent academic issues in the academy. In particular, the conference will have presentations and discussions that focus on several critical areas:   

  1. Faculty Issues: What are the emerging practices involving faculty hiring, professional development, academic freedom, and the use of contingent faculty? 

  2. Academic Policies and Practices: How are campuses addressing issues such as free speech, tenure, etc.?

  3. Student Success: What are some of the insights gleaned from Re-Imagining the First Year of College (RFY) project and the Frontier Set (FS) project?

  4. Instructional Innovation: What are the most promising instructional innovations?  

  5. Career Preparation: How do we help students meaningfully explore career options in the dynamic, global workforce, particularly in the first year?

As we did this past summer in Seattle, we also plan to have a provost-only track that provides an opportunity for chief academic officers to talk with their peers about the unique issues they confront. 

We designed this conference to be an opportunity for learning, sharing and rich exchanges between colleagues, all set in the relaxed atmosphere of the Amelia Island Plantation in north Florida. We hope you will join us.

Exhibit Table Instructions for Sponsors

Download the exhibit table instructions here (pdf) -- available soon

Call for Proposals

Click here for the Call for Proposals.

Please note: If you are a meeting sponsor or a prospective meeting sponsor, please contact Ramona Crawford at Crawfordr@aascu.org for information on how to submit your session information.

Schedule top

Download Preliminary Schedule-at-a-Glance (pdf) - Last updated on September 13, 2018

Fees top

Unless otherwise noted, registration fees include all program sessions and materials, the opening reception on Thursday, breakfast on Friday, lunch and the closing reception on Saturday, refreshments, and all breaks.

Provost / CAO: $695
If you are the provost or CAO of an AASCU member institution, your registration fee is $695. This rate includes participation in a special program for provosts and acting CAOs beginning on Friday afternoon and continuing through noon on Saturday. All other representatives from your campus should pay the reduced registration fee (see below).

Other Campus Representative: $595 
Provosts are encouraged to invite other individuals from their campuses (i.e., deans, associate provosts, student affairs representatives, faculty members) to attend the meeting. These individuals should pay the reduced registration fee of $595.

Non-Member: $795
Individuals who are not employed at AASCU member campuses should pay the non-member registration fee.

Sponsor (without fee waiver): $695
Sponsor (with a fee waiver): $0

Spouse / Partner / Guest: $150
This registration fee includes the opening reception on Thursday, breakfast on Friday and Saturday, and the closing reception Saturday afternoon. 

Registration Information top

Click here to access our online registration system.

Please note: In order to register, you must first sign in to your AASCU account. If you do not already have an AASCU account, you can create one by clicking the "create a new account" button under the sign-in box.

When you register, please be sure to select the correct registration category (i.e., Provost/CAO, Other Campus Representative, Non-Member, Sponsor or Spouse/Partner/Guest). See "Fees" above for a description of each category.

If you need assistance with the registration process, please contact Felicia Durham, AASCU's Meeting Registrar, at durhamf@aascu.org or (202) 478-4673.

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Omni Amelia Island Plantation

39 Beach Lagoon Rd.
Amelia Island, FL 32034

Reserve your room online here.


Cancellation & Refund Policytop

If an individual must cancel their registration (or that of their guest), they will receive a full refund if the cancellation is received before 5p.m. EST on Monday, January 14, 2019. There will be a $200 cancellation fee after January 14th. Special circumstances will be handled on a case-by-case basis.