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.

Pre-Conference Workshop Information

  • International Education
    February 7, 2019
    9 am-12 pm
    Open to all

    Policy, Programs & Perspectives in Building Academic Partnerships in the Americas

    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 the America (including the Caribbean). The goal of the workshop is to provide AASCU university leaders with strategies for increasing and enhancing academic educational exchange initiatives with higher education institutions in the Americas and Caribbean. There will be a roundtable discussion about challenges/successes recommendations for next steps and a summary of how AASCU can help members increase educational exchange opportunities. AASCU CAOs will return to their campuses with innovative models for increasing bilateral student mobility and deepening institutional partnerships between the US and the Americas as well as gaining access to information regarding policy, program and funding opportunities.

  • Rural Serving Institutions
    February 7, 2019
    9 am-2 pm
    Contact: CabralesJ@aascu.org

    During this pre-conference, we invite our rural-serving institution colleagues to learn and share unique opportunities and challenges facing your respective institutions. Participants are encouraged to share on the following topics: 

    • Economic Development 
    • Faculty Recruitment
    • Defining Rural-Serving Institutions (RSIs)
      • Regional Stewardship

    • Enrollment Trends
    • Diversity and Equity
    • State/Federal Policy Issues

    A preliminary agenda of the pre-conference will be shared a week prior to the 2019 Academic Affairs Winter Meeting. There will be a mix of presentations (data/policy) and opportunity for in-depth conversations and we hope you will consider joining us to provide your valuable insight.

  • Frontier Set
    February 7, 2019
    9 am-2 pm
    By Invitation Only
    The 6 Frontier Set institutions will come together to share learning and begin understanding the solution network processes, support and opportunities for each AASCU institution in the Frontier Set to develop clear goals and measurable outcomes for developmental education, digital learning and advising as they continue to move the needle around student success on their campuses.

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Download Final Schedule-at-a-Glance (pdf) - Last updated on January 29, 2019
Download Final Full Program (pdf) - Last updated on February 5, 2019

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. 

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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.

Travel Directions

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is located just across the St. Marys River from Georgia and adjacent to the historic city of Fernandina.

A short 45 minute drive from downtown Jacksonville, and 29 miles from Jacksonville International Airport. Private and corporate aircraft charters can also fly directly to Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport, four miles north of the Resort.

Amelia Island Plantation Community Association does not permit motorcycles on the property.

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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.




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