NASPA announces a fresh, innovative approach to the NASPA Annual Conference that will redefine and surpass expectations from any previous conference experience! The event is a four-day gathering of student affairs professionals who come together to learn, grow, and be inspired. Whether you’re presenting or an active participant, the NASPA Annual Conference is the single best professional development and networking opportunity for you.
Early bird prices end January 10, 2014.Register
Attending the conference is only half of the experience. Last year was our most social conference ever and we have even more planned this year. #NASPA14 will be your gateway to enlightening back-channel discussions, new networking opportunities, and the latest news and updates.
NASPA has been my professional home for over 30 years and I’m so proud to serve as your conference chair! Our conference themes are relevant to higher education practice, our speakers and sessions will inspire and engage you, and the location has everything we need to learn, network, and play. See you in Baltimore!
Higher education is going through an enormous transformation. Learning is no longer confined to four walls within traditional brick and mortar institutions. From Massive Online Open Courses to predictive modeling, we are only beginning to understand the needs of the new higher education.
We must build capacity among educators to use data to make informed decisions, define what it means to be engaged, and demonstrate learning at every turn. Ultimately, we must articulate the impact we have on preparing students to meet the demands of employers and the global society.
The 2014 NASPA Annual Conference theme addresses these challenges by inviting the exploration of how the student affairs profession will lead, innovate and transform how learning is defined as we move rapidly into the next phase of higher education.
How do student affairs educators participate in defining the right measures of accountability for today’s higher education?
How are the changing demographics of today’s society affecting the nature of student affairs work?
How do we engage students in the intersections between freedom of speech, civility, respect and dignity?
What evidence do we have that the work we do has an impact on student persistence and success?
What will student affairs look like when many students are learning online?
How are policy issues – immigration, workforce training, etc. – outside of higher education affecting the student affairs profession?
What does the student affairs profession look like in a transformed higher education environment?
In 2014 we’re shaking things up with sessions that aim to inspire and involve beyond the usual PowerPoint presentation! You decide the topics, you lead the conversation, and you discover the solutions.
Lesley-Ann Brown, Ph.D
For me the NASPA Conference is my annual student affairsfamily reunion. We celebrate one another (award ceremonies), we eat and connect (networking), and we share invaluable information related to best practices, trends, and research in our field (program sessions, keynote speakers), and we plan for the future (business meetings, KC meetings, and NUFP Board meetings).
Annually I leave the conference full; full of joy, full of knowledge, full of hope and full of inspiration. I always looking forward to subsequent conferences or as I like to call them reunions.
The NASPA Annual Conference is vastly different than those ofother professional associations. It is not about content delivery, best practices, current trends; although all of that is there and important.
But for me, this conference is about renewal. Lifelong friends, not professional acquaintances. Sharing of passion, of hopes, dreams, triumphs and disappointments. It’s a conference of love…for each other, for our work and for the student experience.
Sherry L. Mallory, Ph.D.
My favorite part of the NASPA Annual Conference is the people—the chance to connect with others who are as passionate about the work they do with students as I am. There’s so much wisdom, inspiration, and knowledge shared each day, in the keynotes, the educational sessions, the knowledge community meetings, the receptions, and the informal hallway conversations. Every year, I leave the conference exhausted. Yet, at the same time, I’m energized, educated, and eager to share what I’ve learned.
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New Orleans, LA
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