Call for Proposals

The deadline to submit proposals has passed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal.

2017 HEDS Annual Conference Call for Proposals

The Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) invites proposals for its 2017 Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 18–21 at the historic Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio.

HEDS is a consortium of 141 private colleges and universities from across the country that share assessment and institutional data to advance their missions. The HEDS Annual Conference brings together people from small colleges and universities in an informal setting to present and discuss topics related to assessment, institutional research, and institutional effectiveness.

HEDS welcomes proposals from people at all colleges and universities. HEDS membership is not required.


Submit a Proposal

We encourage people 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. Presentation topics may include the following:

  • Successful approaches to using evidence to support campus decision making
  • New approaches to gathering, analyzing, managing, 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 other areas that impact students
  • Case studies of successful approaches to accreditation or meeting other accountability requirements
  • Case studies of successful collaborative efforts across departments, offices, or other units to use evidence to improve your institution’s effectiveness


Presentations from the 2016 HEDS Annual Conference included:

  • Developing Student-Led Focus Groups to Improve Institutional Learning
  • Multi-Institution Collaboration to Make Sense Of and Use the Results of a Sexual Assault Survey
  • Three Perspectives on the Connection between Assessment and Faculty Development
  • Designing and Implementing Online Dashboards to Track Student Success in STEM Disciplines
  • Approaches to Developing a Data-Informed Peer Group
  • Methods of Calculating Departmental Productivity
  • A Panel Discussion of the Role of IR and Data in Diversity and Inclusion: A panel discussion


Download last year’s schedule at a glance and presentation abstracts.


Presentation Formats

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

  • Presentation (approximately 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.
  • Panel discussion (approximately 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.
  • Poster (75-minute session) – The equivalent of a conference presentation, but with individual or multiple presenters providing an overview of their work on a three- by four-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 co-present 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 collaborative 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. Likewise, if you have an idea for a presentation format that differs from the three formats that we described above, please contact us to let us know what you are thinking.


How to Submit a Proposal

Please submit proposals for the conference by filling out the proposal submission form.

If you have any questions about the 2017 HEDS Annual Conference, please contact Kelly McDorman.

You will be asked for the following information in the form:

  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. For brevity, we will also remove citations from your abstract for the conference program.
  6. One or two sentence description of your presentation, panel, or poster. We may use this description on our website or in conference materials.
  7. 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 10, 2017.