2019 Call for Proposals

We will meet in New Orleans October 28-31 and hope you will consider submitting a proposal to present. The Call for Proposals will open in late January. You may sign up to receive emails  so you don’t miss it, or check back at that time. You may want to review the 2018 Call for Proposals for general information about the process. Please note there will be some changes.

The Process

Professionals in Higher Education will be invited to submit a proposal for the National Symposium on Student Retention. This is an opportunity to share your programs, research and new ideas with a diverse group of your peers. It is distinguished from other conferences in that all papers presented at the symposium will go through a multiple stage review process and be published in the conference proceedings.

  • Authors submit proposals for papers, panels, posters, tutorials, workshops and roundtable discussions
  • Proposals will be reviewed for appropriateness of topic, method of information dissemination and proposed treatment of research
  • If the proposal is accepted, authors of papers and panels will be contacted and invited to submit a paper for peer review. Posters, workshops, tutorials and roundtables do not require a paper
  • Papers that score sufficiently high in this process will be accepted for publication and presentation at conference

Best Practices Awards

All accepted papers will be considered for the following annual prizes, which are awarded to the winners’ institutions: Best Practices in Student Retention Award ($2,000); Institutional Research Leadership in Student Retention Award ($1,000); and the Director’s Award ($750). In addition, poster submissions will be judged on-site for the Best Poster Award ($500). Please see our news for the press release on last year’s winners.

  • 1/31/19
    Call for Proposals opens
  • 3/18/19
    Proposal submission deadline
  • 4/1/19
    Notification of acceptance
  • 5/20/19
    Paper submission deadline
  • 5/28 – 7/22/19
    Paper review and decision process
  • 7/23/19
    Notification of paper acceptance