HEDS 31st Annual Conference
June 13–17, 2015
Portland, Oregon

The 2015 HEDS annual conference will take place at the Embassy Suites in downtown Portland, Oregon. The annual conference brings together people from small colleges and universities in an informal setting to present on and discuss topics related to assessment, institutional research, and institutional effectiveness. We welcome participants from all colleges and universities—you do not have to be from a HEDS institution or an institutional researcher to attend this conference or submit a proposal.

HEDS conferences are designed to facilitate good conversations and networking opportunities. There are few concurrent sessions so that participants have the opportunity to attend sessions together. Meals are included in the registration fee to allow conversations to continue before and between sessions. There are also opportunities for group dinners and outings, such as dinner at Mama Mia Trattoria, the Best of Portland Walking Tour, and Brewvana Brewery Walking & Tasting Tour. Registration for the conference will open on March 30.

Keynote speakers and topics

  • William C. Hiss, principal investigator, on his study about optional testing policies for college admissions
  • Gina Johnson (University of Denver) on the future of institutional research 
  • Jon McGee (College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University), Richard Detweiler (Great Lakes College Association), and Frank Boyd (Illinois Wesleyan University) on the marketplace for higher education
  • Josipa Roksa (University of Virginia) on postcollege outcomes

Submit a Proposal

We encourage individuals at all points in their careers who are engaged in institutional research, assessment, or institutional effectiveness, or who are in other ways using data to improve their institution’s effectiveness, to submit a proposal. You do not have to be from a HEDS institution or be an institutional researcher to submit a proposal.

Presentation topics may include the following:

  • Using evidence to support campus decision making
  • New approaches to gathering, analyzing, or presenting data
  • New approaches to assessing student learning
  • Case studies of successfully using evidence to improve student learning in courses, departments or programs, general education, extra- or co-curricular activities, athletics, or any other area of student life during college 
  • Case studies of successful approaches to accreditation or other accountability requirements
  • Other successful approaches for using evidence to improve any aspect of institutional effectiveness

For full consideration, proposals must be received by April 8, 2015.

We will update this website with registration details and a full schedule as information becomes available.