2020 Academic Affairs Winter Meeting

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Thursday, February 6, 2020 to Saturday, February 8, 2020
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Transformation Continuum: Student · Institution · Community · World

As every educator knows, the result of authentic learning is the transformation of the student. It happens as a student fundamentally changes through deeper comprehension and understanding of new concepts and ideas. The transformation of the individual has far-reaching implications, extending to families, communities, and potentially the world. While the transformation of the student may be at the heart of our work, our institutions, the ways that we are organized, and how we do our work have remained relatively static. Whereas most of our institutions are experiencing unprecedented internal and external changes, few have realized the kind of transformation that will be necessary to thrive in the years ahead.

About the Conference

The theme of transformation, defined as “a thorough or dramatic change in form,” will serve as a thread for our conversations at this year’s meeting. Inspired in part by AASCU’s work on student success with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we will expand this conversation to all aspects of the academic enterprise on our campuses while exploring the following questions:

  • What are the drivers of institutional transformation on AASCU campuses?
  • Where do we see "deep and pervasive" change?
  • How do we lead our campuses through the kind of transformation in our structures, priorities, and commitments that will be necessary to sustain our work?
  • What are the requisite conditions necessary for this kind of transformation?
  • How do we know transformation when we see it?

We’ll also cover a range of issues of interest to academic leaders, in the areas of student success, civic and community engagement, international education, teacher education, learning innovation, learning spaces, curricular transformation, and enrollment management. We have designed this conference as an opportunity for learning, sharing and rich exchanges between colleagues, and we look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

Pre-Conference Workshop Information

  • AASCU’s Frontier Set 
    February 5-6, 2020 
    By Invitation Only

    During this pre-conference, the six Frontier Set institutions will come together to accelerate transformation efforts through process mapping as a way to build capacity in continuous quality improvement strategies. Participants will tap into the pulse of their campuses’ internal perspective on quality, gain perspective on how their campuses are performing in relation to student success, take steps with structured ways to perform better and measure student success outcomes, and understand the use for utility and benefits related to the scale of improvements.
  • Pilot Cohort – Student Success Academy #2
    February 5-6, 2020
    By Invitation Only 

    The mission of AASCU’s Center for Student Success (CSS) is to accelerate institutional transformation for equitable student success by providing specific and customized supports in the core areas of structure, leadership, and evidence. During this Student Success Academy pre-conference, CSS will work with a “Pilot Cohort” of institutions to refine supports for a new series of cohorts open to all AASCU members, scheduled to be launched in the summer of 2020.

    This academy includes space and facilitation to discuss self-identified student success priorities, challenges, and opportunities to overcome those challenges. By the end of the academy, teams will have:

    • Participated in a case-making exercise, where they will “pitch” and receive feedback from peers related to their student success priority/priorities;
    • Brainstormed and held discussions with peers on how to operationalize equity;
    • Set targets on key performance indicators for the priority/priorities, with CSS-developed benchmarking templates and other tools;
    • Developed a targeted engagement plan for the priority/priorities, with CSS-provided facilitation, tools, and templates; and
    • Received training and tools to co-develop and implement strategies with the larger campus community in pursuit of their priority/priorities. 

  • Participants will return to campus with innovative ideas, tools, frameworks, guidance for facilitation, and action plans for improving educational and career outcomes and closing equity gaps for their students.

  • Rural-Serving Institutions Rountable
    February 6, 2020

    AASCU is committed to providing a space for our rural-serving institutions to speak freely about the challenges, opportunities, and promising practices on their campuses. Given it is an election year, preparing our students with the knowledge, skills and experiences to be informed and engaged citizens is top of mind.  AASCU’s American Democracy Project Executive Director, Felice Nudelman, will join this session to facilitate a candid conversation of how rural institutions can utilize some of ADP’s programming – from Voter Education and Engagement, Candidate Debates Live Streamed Across Campuses, Political Ideology Diagnostic, Digital Polarization and Media Literacy, Global Challenges to Bridging the Gap between Academic and Student Affairs – in what is sure to be an exciting and challenging campaign year.

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Fees top

Unless otherwise noted, registration fees include all program sessions and materials, receptions and most meals.

Presidents, Chancellors and Provosts: $695

Presidents, Chancellors and Provosts of an AASCU member institution. We encourage our campus leaders to invite other individuals from their campuses (i.e., deans, associate provosts, student affairs representatives, faculty members) to attend the meeting. These individuals pay the reduced registration fee of $595 (see below).

Other Campus Representative: $595
Associate provosts, deans, student affairs administrators and representatives, faculty members, etc.

Frontier Set Participant (by invitation only): $495

Pilot Cohort Participant (by invitation only): $495

Spouse/Partner/Guest: $199
This registration fee includes the opening and closing receptions and most meals.

Non-Member: $795
Individuals who are not employed at AASCU member campuses.

Sponsor (without fee waiver): $595

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Click here to access our online registration system.

Please note: In order to register, you must first sign into 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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InterContinental New Orleans
444 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 525-5566

AASCU Academic Affairs Winter Conference Hotel Booking Website

Room Rates
The special conference rate is $209/night for a single/double room plus 15.2% applicable government tax + $2/room nightly occupancy tax (tax is subject to change without notice). 

Hotel Cut-Off Date: Friday, January 17, 2020

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 Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).  

All travel booked via American Airlines will receive a 5% discount off published fares (excluding basic economy and non-discountable fares).           
The discount can be booked online at www.aa.com for AA/AE flights only without a ticketing charge; allow at least one hour for AA.com loading. Use the Authorization Number 9120DA as the promotion code.    

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We are collecting RSVP information for the following events as part of your meeting registration: 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

  • New Orleans Architecture Tour -  Price: $70 pp
    10 a.m.
    This tour features a 3-hour private bus tour that will transport you through several neighborhoods while sharing the history of this amazing city through the lens of its beautiful buildings. Neighborhoods include the French Quarter, Warehouse District, Lower Garden District, Uptown, Marigny, Bywater, and Esplanade Ridge.

Friday, February 7, 2020

  • Breakfast for Women Provosts
    7:30 a.m.– 8:20 a.m.
    Breakfast for women currently serving in the role of provost or chief academic officer

  • Community of Student Success Practitioners Dinner 
    6 p.m.
    Please join us! Members of the Community of Student Success Practitioners are meeting for dinner at the Grand Isle Restaurant. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing Melissa Welker, Director, Frontier Set by January 24, 2020. The meeting is informal and intended to provide an opportunity to meet other student success professionals in a relaxed atmosphere and learn how to get involved with this new professional community. Open to all attendees with RSVP. Attendees are responsible for all costs related to the dinner.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

  • Breakfast for Provosts of Color 
    7:30 a.m.– 8:20 a.m.

  • Culinary & Tastings Tour - Price: $90 pp
    1 p.m.

    Roam the streets of the New Orleans and treat your taste buds to some of the best eats that NOLA has to offer, while learning about the history behind the city’s iconic cuisine and locations. This walking tour starts at Tujague’s, which celebrates 160 years of serving Creole cuisine. The tour then heads to Antoine’s, the oldest restaurant in New Orleans, followed by a stroll through the French Quarter to Coterie Restaurant & Oyster Bar for their famous chargrilled oysters.  The tour ends at Palace Café for their famous crabmeat cheesecake.

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 5 p.m. EST on Monday, January 17, 2020. There will be a $200 cancellation fee after January 17. Special circumstances will be handled on a case-by-case basis.




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