2019 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting

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Thursday, July 25, 2019 to Saturday, July 27, 2019
Minneapolis, MN

"Responding to Challenges Through Innovation”

Challenges confront higher education in virtually every part of the enterprise:  funding, governance, teaching, technology, equity, outcomes, and purpose.  It’s obvious that many of these challenges will not go away any time soon; indeed, if anything, the number of challenges seems to be increasing.  In the academic part of the system, critical challenges include helping under-prepared students, designing intrusive and effective advising, creating pathways that students understand, tracking and responding to student progress, creating engaging learning environments, assessing and increasing learning outcomes, designing a coherent general education curriculum, developing more contemporary majors, designing effective, early career planning, and a host of other issues. The campuses that survive and thrive will be those that innovate.  

About the Conference

In our Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, we will continue the focus of the recent winter meeting on innovation in higher education.  We’re interested in what innovations are currently being tried on different campuses.  Who is leading innovation and why are they doing it?  What are the innovations being attempted?  What innovations are successful?  What are the obstacles to innovation?  How do we build a culture of innovation?

We’ll also have the broad array of other issues that we typically present in our academic affairs conferences, addressing prominent academic issues in the academy:  faculty issues (hiring, professional development, academic freedom, contingent faculty), academic policies and practices (free speech, tenure, etc.), instructional innovation, and a variety of other academic issues.  A core strand running through this conference will be a focus on student success, engaging participants in the recent work AASCU has undertaken thru Re-Imaging the First Year and the Frontier Set.  Our conferences are deliberately eclectic, with a wide range of topics that appeal to the broad range of experiences and interests of our diverse set of participants.

We also use a variety of formats: presentations, poster sessions, small group discussions and other ways to engage participants in engaged, interactive activities. Our conferences are first and foremost learning events, where participants can gather ideas and interact with colleagues in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.

Schedule top

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

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) : $695
If you are the provost or CAO of an AASCU member institution, your registration fee is $695. 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: $595  
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 $595. 

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

Sponsor with fee waiver: $0; Without fee waiver: $595

Spouse / Partner $195
This registration fee includes the opening reception on Thursday, breakfast on Friday and Saturday, lunch on Friday, 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. 

Accommodations top


Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

AASCU Academic Affairs Summer Conference Booking Website: 

Room Rates

The special conference rate is $219 for a single/double room plus 13.15% state and local taxes (current tax rate may change). 
Hotel Cut-Off Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Air Travel

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AASCU is pleased to partner with American Airlines to provide discount travel for all meeting attendees traveling to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) and the St. Paul Downtown (STP) airports.  

All travel booked via American airline will receive a 8% discount off published fares ( excluding basic economy and non-discountable fares)  

The discount can be booked on-line at  www.aa.com for AA/AE flights only, without a ticketing charge, allow at least 1 business hour for AA.com loading. Use the Authorization Number 6779DY as the AA.com Promotion Code.    

  • AADVANTAGE members may accrue mileage on MCD fares.
  • AADVANTAGE upgrades are allowed after ticketing, subject to the rules of the AAdvantage program.

Optional Activities top

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

Thursday, July 25, 2019

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 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 26, 2019

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

Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27, 2019

Provost-Only Program
July 26: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
July 27: 9:00 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 reception and meeting; 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 8, 2019. 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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