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!

Call for Proposals

The continued success of our conference is built on the many substantive presentations our members offer about work on their own campuses. While we encourage you to submit proposals that directly address the theme of the conference, we welcome submissions on the range of issues of interest to academic leaders—student success, civic and community engagement, international education, teacher education, learning innovation, learning spaces, curricular transformation, and enrollment management. The call for proposals will close on Monday, December 9, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Submit a proposal

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.

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

Provost/CAO: $695

Provost or Chief Academic Officer (CAO) of an AASCU member institution. This rate includes participation in a special program for provosts and acting CAOs. 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 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: $150
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 Summer 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: Wednesday, January 15, 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:

Friday, February 7, 2020

Breakfast for Provosts of Color 
7:30 a.m.–8:20 a.m.
Open to all attendees.

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.

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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