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2019 HEDS Annual Conference Call for Proposals

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The Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) invites proposals for its 2019 Annual Conference. The HEDS Annual Conference will be held June 16-19, in Asheville, North Carolina, at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. The deadline for proposals is March 15, 2019.

HEDS is a consortium of 145 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 2018 HEDS Annual Conference included:

  • STEM Degree Completion Among Underrepresented Students
  • Assessing Introductory Courses: Creating Conversations About Learning Through Student Surveys
  • Approaches to Student Success and Retention from an IR Perspective
  • Assessment of Curricular Inclusivity
  • Doing More with Less: Developing an Institutional Research Student Intern Program

Learn more about previous conferences here.

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.
  • 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.

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.

How to Submit a Proposal

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

If you have any questions about the 2019 HEDS Annual Conference, please contact Kelly McDorman.

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

  1. Title of presentation, panel, or roundtable discussion.
  2. Type of presentation ­– presentation, panel discussion, or roundtable discussion.
  3. 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.
  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. Learning outcomes – Briefly describe at least two things that conference participants will learn.


For full consideration, proposals must be received by March 15, 2019.