2018 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting

2018 AA Summer Meeting

Thursday, July 26, 2018 to Saturday, July 28, 2018
Seattle, Washington

"The Changing Landscape of Higher Education: Opportunities Disguised As Challenges"

American higher education is undergoing dramatic and rapid change. For many, that change is seen as a threat. But for the optimists among us, the change represents enormous opportunity.  For our students, change means more meaningful activities, greater levels of engagement, and higher levels of learning outcomes. For low-income students, first-generation students and students of color, the changes represent hope and possibility. For faculty, change represents new ways of working with colleagues that may be more stimulating and exciting. Change also represents new approaches to teaching that allow faculty deeper levels of engagement with students.  For institutions, change represents opportunities to cast off old models and build a more sustainable institutional future.  Change offers new possibilities for organization and structure. Change can create 21st century models of higher education, more responsive and adaptable than the legacy structures from the last century.

About the Conference

In our conference in Seattle, we will explore a number of ways that challenges can be viewed as opportunities. We will continue to focus, as we have for the last several years, on changing models of student success:  predictive analytics, pathways, intrusive advising, etc.  We’ll be reporting on the outcomes from our three year project, Re-Imagining the First Year (RFY), as well as providing reports from our Frontier Set (FS) work.  We will also be looking at faculty issues and concerns such as shared governance, contingent faculty, new approaches to professional development, support for department chairs, etc.  We’ll be considering other campus-wide issues such as free speech, sexual assault, collaboration with student affairs, and a variety of others.

We deliberately design a wide-ranging focus in our program to provide choices and variety that will appeal to our very mixed audience.  We also plan a provost-only track within the program to offer opportunities for provosts to work with other provosts on issues of special interest to them.  
We hope you will join us for a rich and substantive conference in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest.       

Call for Proposals

The continued success of our conference is built upon the many substantive and timely presentations our members offer about work on their own campuses. This summer we have added a poster session to expand the opportunities for shared learning within our meeting timeline.

The summer 2018 Call for Proposals is now closed.  Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal.  Presenters will be notified by email if they have been selected (both selected and non-selected) by May 15.  

Schedule top

Click here to download PDF of the program at-a-glance.
Click here to download PDF of the Final Program.

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 / Chief Academic Officer (CAO) : $650
If you are the provost or CAO of an AASCU member institution, your registration fee is $650. All other representatives from your campus should pay the reduced registration fee (see below). This includes the provost-only program beginning on Friday afternoon (including dinner) and concludes mid-day on Saturday.  

Other Campus Representative: $575  

Provosts are encouraged to invite other individuals from their campuses (deans, associate provosts, student affairs representatives, faculty members, etc.) to attend the meeting. These individuals should pay the reduced registration fee of $550.

Non-Member: $750
Individuals who are not employed at AASCU member campuses should pay the Non-Member registration fee. 

Sponsor with fee waiver: $0; Without fee waiver: $625

Spouse / Partner $175

This registration fee includes the opening reception on Thursday, breakfast on Friday and Saturday, lunch and the closing reception on Saturday.  

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). 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, by email at durhamf@aascu.org or by phone at (202) 478-4673.  

RFY Campus team members with registration questions should contact the RFY Program Director, Jo Arney  by email at ArneyJ@aascu.org.  

Accommodations top

Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Seattle, WA

900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004-4272
Phone: (888) 421-1442

The special conference room rate is $224 per night, plus tax.

To obtain this rate you can reserve by phone at 1-888-421-1442 and reference the event name "Summer Academic Affairs" or click here to reserve online. This room rate will be honored until July 3, 2018 or until the room block is full, whichever comes first.

Optional Activities top

We are collecting R.S.V.P. information for the following events as part of your meeting registration.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Pre-Conference Workshop for Women Provosts - $50 additional fee (includes lunch)
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Workshop for women currently serving the in the role of provost or chief academic officer for an AASCU institution

Pre-Conference Workshop on International Education
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
China: Building Sustainable Academic Partnerships in Challenging Times
In this interactive workshop, leaders of non-profit organizations and government agencies will share policy updates, program details and their own perspectives on building sustainable partnerships between AASCU institutions and higher education institutions in China. The goal of the workshop is to provide AASCU university leaders with strategies for increasing and enhancing academic educational exchange initiatives with China.  

Pre-Conference Workshop for New Provosts 
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Workshop for Provosts or Chief Academic Officers who have been newly appointed or who are in their first year in the position (does not include lunch)

Friday, July 27, 2018

Breakfast for Provosts of Color 
7:30 am - 8:45 am
Open to all attendees

Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28, 2018

Provost-Only Program 
July 27: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
July 28: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Specialized content for serving Provosts or Chief Academic Officers only (including interim or acting Provosts); begins on Friday afternoon with a Provost-only presentation followed by dinner; continues on Saturday morning with Provost-focused sessions and a discussion forum; concludes at 12:00 pm on Saturday. All costs are included in the Provost fee for attendance.

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, July 9, 2018. There will be a $200 cancellation fee after July 9. Special circumstances will be handled on a case-by-case basis.






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