HEDS Annual Conference
June 18–21, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio

The 33rd HEDS Annual Conference will take place at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

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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 be an institutional researcher to attend this conference.

We design the HEDS conference as a gathering of collegial practitioners who can learn from one another regardless of their career point, title, job responsibilities, or institution type. We believe we can all work together for the benefit of our institutions. Therefore, we hold few concurrent sessions so that everyone can attend sessions together. Several meals are included in our registration fee to allow conversations from sessions to continue; and optional group dinners and outings give you more time to connect with colleagues at many different institutions.

Conference Highlights

Keynote Speakers

  • Mary Ann Coughlin, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Springfield College
    Institutional Effectiveness, Student Success, Data-Informed Decision-Making Culture: Ask Not What Your Institution Can Do, Ask What You Can Do?
  • Lee Cuba, Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College; Nancy Jennings, Associate Professor of Education Emerita at Bowdoin College; Suzanne Lovett, Associate Professor of Psychology at Bowdoin College
    Practice for Life: Making Decisions in College
  • Erika Farfan, Director of the Office of Institutional Research at Kenyon College
    Means, Bias, and Trends: What We All Bring to the Conversation
  • Scott Jaschik, Editor and cofounder of Inside Higher Ed
    Scrutiny of Higher Education: Are the Right Questions Being Asked?

Read more about the keynote presentations.

Sunday Preconference Workshops

There will be two concurrent workshops on Sunday afternoon, June 18. The cost to attend any one of the following workshops is $100.

  • Using National Student Clearinghouse Data to Understand Student Flow and Outcomes
    John Nugent, Director of Institutional Research and Planning, Connecticut College
  • Optimizing your Analysis Workflow with R and Rstudio
    Rich Majerus, Director of Advancement Strategy and Analysis, Colby College

Read more about the preconference workshops.

Combined Poster Session and Reception

On Tuesday evening, June 20, 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.

Optional Events, Outings, Group Dinners

On Sunday, June 18, we will host a newcomers session for people new to HEDS and an evening welcome reception for all conference participants and their friends and family. You may also want to attend a group dinner at Nicholson’s Tavern & Pub on Sunday, and on Monday, June 19, you have the opportunity to sign up for a walking tour of Cincinnati or a brewery tasting tour. In addition, we will facilitate groups to go out for dinner each night.


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. More>>