2019 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting
Thursday, July 25, 2019 to Saturday, July 27, 2019
"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,
Click here to download PDF of the program at-a-glance.
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:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (202)
1001 Marquette Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
AASCU Academic Affairs Summer Conference Booking Website:
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
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
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.