HEDS Annual Conference

HEDS Annual Conference

The 2018 HEDS Annual Conference will be June 17-20 in Spokane, Washington at the DoubleTree by Hilton City Center.

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.


Upper Falls Spokane, Washington


We are excited about Spokane for many reasons, including:

  • A lovely and environmentally friendly hotel that is in the heart of downtown. The riverfront location is within walking distance of a vibrant district of shops and restaurants. The hotel also offers airport shuttles.
  • Riverfront Park, which serves as a 100-acre showcase for Spokane Falls. Trails and footbridges provide amazing views of the water.
  • 80 restaurants within 8 blocks
  • Wineries, craft breweries, and museums
  • Lots of outdoor recreation options including hiking, biking, and rafting
  • Ideal weather in June when the average high is 74 degrees


We will post additional information about proposals, registration, and more in early 2018.


Riverside Spokane, Washington

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?


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


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>>


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