2020 Call for Proposals

The Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) invites proposals for its 2020 annual conference, which will be June 21-23, in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Clayton Plaza Hotel. The deadline for proposals is March 27, 2020.

HEDS is a community of colleges and universities committed to sharing data, knowledge, and expertise to advance undergraduate liberal arts education, inclusive excellence, and student success.

We invite proposals from anyone who is working with evidence to improve student learning, inclusive excellence, and student success at any college or university. We will share, discuss, and explore our work in a relaxed, friendly, and candid atmosphere.

Learn more about what you will experience at the HEDS Annual Conference here.

Presentation Formats

When submitting a proposal, you will need to 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.
  • Roundtable Discussion (60 minutes) – Interactive, hour-long conversation on a current topic or issue relevant to small colleges and universities. The discussion leader (presenter) will: start with brief opening remarks on why they were interested in the topic and their experience with it on their own campus; help keep the conversation going, as needed, with prepared questions; encourage participation from all participants; do a short wrap-up at the end with highlights from the conversation; and take notes during the discussion that can be shared with all conference participants.
  • Custom format (45-60 min) – We’re glad to consider proposals for other approaches to a session. Please email Kelly McDorman if you have an idea.

Please note that we may ask you to adjust your presentation time or combine your presentation with others on a similar topic to create a joint session.

Thinking about a proposal? Here are some questions to help you brainstorm ideas.

  • Has your institution developed new programs or made other changes to increase retention? How well did these changes work? Who did you work with to implement the changes?
  • How has your institution partnered with students to promote assessment or faculty development?
  • How is your institution making connections between all the areas that impact student success – e.g., financial aid, health services, advising, academic support?
  • What new approaches to assessing student learning have you developed?
  • Do you have an example of when you, faculty, or staff successfully used evidence to improve student learning in a course, department, or program? In general education? In extra- or co-curricular activities?
  • How have various parts of your campus successfully worked together on accreditation or other accountability requirements?
  • What lessons did you learn from your last accreditation review that could help others?
  • Have you developed new approaches of gathering, analyzing, managing, and/or presenting data to better help improve student success and inclusive excellence?
  • Do you have an example of a time when different areas of your institution (departments, programs, offices, etc.) collaborated to use evidence to improve your institution’s effectiveness?
  • How have you connected assessment with faculty development?
  • How have faculty and staff partnered to promote student success or inclusive excellence?

How to Submit a Proposal

Please submit proposals for the conference by filling out the proposal submission form here. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McDorman.

In keeping with the mission of HEDS, preference will be given to proposals that (1) are focused on advancing undergraduate liberal arts education, inclusive excellence, and student success; and/or (2) include presenters from multiple offices across a campus or presenters from multiple institutions. If your institution sends a team from different areas of your campus to present at the conference, you and your colleagues will each receive a 10% discount on your registration fees.

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

  1. Title – Title of your presentation, panel, or roundtable discussion.
  2. Type of Presentation ­– Presentation, panel discussion, or roundtable discussion.
  3. Contact Information ­– Name, title, institution, and email address of each presenter or panel member. Please include information for everyone who will make a substantial intellectual contribution to the presentation, even if they can’t attend the conference, so we may give them credit in the program. We will list people in our conference materials in the order you enter them in the proposal.
  4. Proposal Narrative (no more than 500 words) – Describe the content of the presentation, panel, or roundtable discussion. For a roundtable discussion, include three to five questions that you will use to guide the discussion.
  5. Program Abstract (no more than 150 words) – Briefly describe your session for the conference program.
  6. Connection to Mission – Briefly describe how your session connects with the HEDS mission of advancing undergraduate liberal arts education, inclusive excellence, and student success.

For full consideration, proposals must be received by March 27, 2020.

Presentations from recent HEDS Annual Conferences included:

  • Using Mixed Methods to Inform a Campus Outlook on Diversity and Equity
  • The Great Lakes Colleges Association’s Shared Languages Program: Helping Small Colleges Maintain Sustainable Language Offerings
  • Small College. Big Assessment: A Case Study of Successful Multidisciplinary Writing Assessment
  • When Students Drive Assessment: A Case Study of the Impact of Student-Led Focus Groups
  • Navigating the Technical and Political Maze of Conducting a Climate Study
  • Don’t GET Ready, STAY Ready for Reaffirmation
  • Making Networking Work for You
  • A Validity Analysis of Course Evaluations
  • Student Success and Effective Assessment Equals Transformation: Review of Claflin University’s Quality Enhancement Plan
  • A Longitudinal Examination of Attrition Using National Student Clearinghouse Data
  • Whose Data Is It Anyway? Data Sharing Across Campus Departments and Campuses
  • Approaches to Student Success and Retention from an IR Perspective

Learn more about previous conferences here.