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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition


Proposals

The National Resource Center invites online proposal submissions. Concurrent session, roundtable discussion, poster session, and exhibitor presentation proposals are invited on topics addressing a range of student transitions within and across higher education sectors.

The Proposal Deadline Has Passed

 

Concurrent Sessions

These 60-minute sessions allow for 30 to 45 minutes of formal presentation and 15 to 30 minutes of discussion. This session type is best for those wishing to make formal presentations with questions and interaction. There are three types of concurrent sessions.

These sessions are appropriate for presentations of quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method studies on students' transition, learning, development, performance, retention, and other relevant issues.

Selection Criteria

  • Relevance of topic to the students in transitions
  • Potential contribution of the research findings
  • Soundness of study design and analysis
  • Reasonableness of interpretation and implications

These sessions are appropriate for presentations addressing and highlighting specific programs/initiatives that have been instituted, assessed, and shown to be successful on a particular campus.

Selection Criteria

  • Relevance of topic to the students in transitions
  • Appropriateness of initiative to institutional context
  • Quality of the assessment design
  • Implications for institutional improvement or advancement

These sessions are appropriate for presentations addressing emerging trends and current issues. Examples include: college completion, characteristics and needs of underrepresented student populations, special serving institutions, campus civility, global citizenship, teaching and learning, etc.

Selection Criteria

  • Relevance of topic to the students in transitions
  • Command of literature base
  • Importance of topic as a perennial/emerging trend or issue
  • Implications/adaptability for practice

  

Vendor Presentations

These sessions provide vendors the opportunity to network with conference participants in a formal setting providing information on publications, products, or services. Presentations are scheduled in a 60-minute time slot during the conference. If selected, your company must register as a vendor in order to present.

Selection Criteria

  • Relevance of topic to student transitions
  • Implications/adaptability for practice

 

Poster Sessions

These sessions allow for 60 minutes of informal interaction delivered primarily through the use of visual display and handout materials. The poster session host should expect to make brief remarks, share information, and answer questions about the presentation topic. Numerous poster sessions will be scheduled concurrently, and conference delegates will be free to move from one poster session to another. There are two types of poster sessions.

These sessions are appropriate for presentations addressing and highlighting specific programs/initiatives that have been instituted, assessed, and shown to be successful at a single institution.

Selection Criteria

  • Relevance of topic to the students in transitions
  • Appropriateness of initiative to institutional context
  • Quality of the assessment design
  • Implications for institutional improvement or advancement

This type of poster session is appropriate for presenting research results focused on students in transition.

Selection Criteria

  • Relevance of topic to the students in transitions
  • Potential contribution of the research findings
  • Soundness of study design and analysis
  • Reasonableness of interpretation and implications

 

Facilitated Dialogues

These sessions are designed to promote open dialougue around a significant or major issue or theme. Rather than making a formal presentation, session facilitators will encourage and maintain substantive discussion among participants. Facilitated dialougues should not emphasize any one program or institutional initiative, but rather give all session attendees an opportunity to share ideas and learn from one another's experiences. This session type is best for those presenters wanting to share ideas and gain information from other conference participants in an open forum.

Selection Criteria

  • Relevance of topic to students in transition
  • Appropriateness and potential value of learning outcomes