HEDS Annual Conference
June 26–29, 2016
Asheville, North Carolina

The 32nd HEDS Annual Conference will take place at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. 

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. We invite you to 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 good conversations that start before and between sessions to continue over meals. There are also diverse opportunities for group dinners and outings.

Conference Highlights

Keynote Speakers

  • Keston Fulcher, Director of the Center for Assessment and Research Studies, James Madison University
  • Will Miller, Executive Director of Institutional Analytics, Effectiveness, and Planning, Flagler College
  • Charlene Senn, Professor in the Applied Social Psychology Graduate Program, University of Windsor

Preconference Workshops

There will be two concurrent workshops on Sunday afternoon, June 26: one on the HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey and one from representatives at IDEA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving learning in higher education. The cost for either of the preconference workshops is $100. We will provide more details soon.

Combined Poster Session and Reception

On Tuesday evening, June 28, we will hold a combined poster session and reception. Conference participants can visit poster presenters' displays, converse with them to find out more about their work, and exchange ideas with one another.


The cost of registration for the entire conference is $500. This fee includes a reception on Sunday and Tuesday; breakfast on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; lunch on Monday and Tuesday; and coffee, beverages, and snacks throughout the conference. The registration fee for a single day on Monday or Tuesday is $250 and includes lunch and break services. Undergraduate students who attend the conference to co-present do not have to pay the registration fee. We will post a link to our online registration form soon.

Optional Outings and Group Dinners

Each year we plan outings in the evening and faciliate groups to go out for dinner. We will post information about this year's options soon.

About Asheville

Nestled along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, and the Pisgah National Forest, Asheville is a vibrant city filled with unique restaurants and shops, craft breweries, galleries, and a prevalent live music scene. It's also home to the famous Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt's mansion constructed in the 1890's, with gardens and park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.

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