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2014 HEDS Annual Conference
Call for Proposals

The Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) will host its 30th Annual Conference at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine on June 15–18. HEDS is a consortium of 122 private colleges and universities from across the country that share assessment and institutional data to advance the missions of member institutions. The HEDS Annual Conference brings people from small colleges and universities together in an informal setting to present on and discuss topics related to assessment, institutional research, and institutional effectiveness.

Invited speakers at this year’s conference include:

  1. Katie Bardaro, Lead Economist and Director of Analytics, PayScale
  2. Corbin Campbell, Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Principal Investigator of the College Educational Quality (CEQ) project at Teachers College, Columbia University
  3. Christine Keller, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  4. Anne Goodsell Love, Associate Provost for Assessment, Wagner College
  5. John Pryor, Senior Research Scientist, Gallup-Purdue Index

HEDS conferences are designed to facilitate good conversations and networking opportunities. Participants have the opportunity to attend sessions together because there are few concurrent sessions, meals are included in the registration fee to allow conversations to continue before and between sessions, and there are opportunities for group dinners and outings.

We invite proposals for the 2014 HEDS Annual Conference. We encourage individuals at all points in their careers who are engaged in institutional research, assessment, institutional effectiveness, or are in other ways using data to improve their institution’s effectiveness, 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 methods or case studies of using evidence to assess and improve student learning
  • Demonstrations of new technologies 
  • Case studies of successful approaches to accreditation or other accountability requirements
  • Other interesting approaches to using evidence to improve institutional effectiveness

We welcome participants with an interest in institutional research, assessment, and institutional effectiveness from all colleges and universities—you do not have to be from a HEDS institution to submit a proposal or attend this conference.

Presentation Formats

When submitting a proposal, please select one of the following presentation formats:

  1. Presentation (45 minutes) – A presentation on a single topic by one or more individuals. Please allow 10 to 15 minutes for Q&A with the audience.
  2. Panel discussion (45–60 minutes) – Panel discussions consist of shorter presentations representing the different perspectives of each panel member, followed by open discussion and Q&A with the audience. 
  3. Poster (75-minute session) – The equivalent of a conference presentation, but with individual or multiple presenters providing an overview of their work on a 3- by 4-foot display and describing the details of their work through a series of conversations with small groups of people as conference participants walk around to the different posters.

Feel free to reach out to colleagues and students at your institution who might be able to lend their experience and expertise to the conference. We will waive the registration fee for students who copresent with you. We also encourage you to consider collaborating with a colleague or two from another institution to offer a wider perspective on a chosen topic. If you have an idea for a presentation but are not aware of colleagues doing similar work, please share the idea with us, and we will try to bring a group together.

How to Submit a Proposal

Please submit proposals for the conference to Kirsten Skillrud at . Conference proposals should include:

  1. Title of session or poster
  2. Name, title, institution, and email address of each presenter or panel member
  3. Topic area – assessment, institutional effectiveness, institutional research, or other (please describe)
  4. Type of presentation – presentation, panel discussion, or poster
  5. Short abstract (no more than 250 words) describing the content of the presentation, panel discussion, or poster. Please note that we will use the abstracts in the conference program, and we will post the program on the HEDS website, so your abstract should only include information that can be shared publicly.
  6. Learning outcomes – Briefly describe at least two things that conference participants will learn from your presentation, panel, or poster.

For full consideration, proposals must be received by April 1, 2014.