2019 Annual Conference Call for Presentations

2019 Annual Conference

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is now accepting session proposals for the 2019 Annual Conference, scheduled from Dec. 9-11, 2019, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. Coinciding with the Commission’s 100th anniversary, this year’s conference theme is Innovating for Student Success: New Ideas, Practices, and Services in Higher Education.

Student success equates to institutional success. As institutions respond to increasing challenges of shifting student demographics, expectations, and financial needs, the institutional practices that impact on students’ goals to be successful lead to a need for measurable institutional improvement. The emphasis on continuous improvement in accreditation encourages institutions to experiment and incubate innovative methods, practices, delivery systems, and services to advance their missions and strategic goals. The 2019 MSCHE Annual Conference will highlight the innovative and adaptive ideas, practices and outcomes from our member institutions that demonstrate comprehensive change related to student success.

Proposals addressing the innovation theme may include, but are not limited to the following student success topics:

  • High-Impact Practices for Student Success
  • Student Achievement
  • Student Advisement
  • Digital Learning
  • Remedial Education
  • Career Readiness
  • Student Outcomes

Proposals that address innovative approaches to Standards I-VII will also be considered. These topics may include:

  • Recruitment and Retention Strategies
  • Institutional and Educational Effectiveness Assessments
  • Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal Processes

Presenters are expected to share research results, best practices, or conceptual analyses.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, your application and abstract must be received no later than April 22, 2019. Proposals from various institutional types (community colleges; public, private, non-profit, and for-profit institutions; research universities, etc.) are encouraged. Applications from non-member institutions or commercial entities will not be considered.

Selection Criteria

While proposals related to the conference theme will be given primary consideration, we are also seeking proposals that address best practices in the accreditation process and in meeting any of MSCHE’s Standards I-VII.

Presentation Details

Presentation Abstracts should be approximately 500 words in length. Abstracts should describe the issues that will be discussed, summarize the main points of those issues, and identify how the audience will be able to use the information when they return to their own campuses. (Please note, no commercial/product promotion or endorsement is allowed in the presentation.)

Individual presentations must be 45 minutes in length (inclusive of an appropriate question and answer period).

Panel presentations (two-four presenters) must also be 45 minutes in length (inclusive of an appropriate question and answer period), and ideally will include representatives from different institutions. The moderator (the person completing this application) is responsible for ensuring participation of all panelists.

Presentations will be scheduled on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, between 10 am to 5 pm, or Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, between 10 am to 12 pm. Applicants must be available for their presentation on either day during these times. MSCHE is the sole authority for scheduling sessions.

Application/Proposal Deadline

Application/Proposals must be submitted no later than April 22, 2019. The Commission will notify all applicants of their proposal status after June 1, 2019. If accepted, applicants will be sent a speaker agreement along with further instructions for presentation. (If accepted, the applicant listed as the primary presenter on this proposal will receive a 25 percent discount on their conference registration. All other conference-related expenses are the responsibility of the presenter and any co-presenter(s). All participants are expected to provide their own laptop computers/software.)

Important: Before submitting your proposal, please have the required information on hand:

  • All presenter(s) details, including contact information, title, and institution name
  • Proposal information, including title (50 characters) and abstract (500 words)
  • You will be able to cut and paste into the submission form
  • The submission form needs to be completed in one session; there is no ability to save
  • Click here to see a screen-by-screen preview of the submission form.

Click here to Submit Application/Proposal
Application deadline: April 22, 2019

Questions? Email AnnualConference@msche.org.