HEDS Annual Conference

Submit a proposal by March 15th.

2019 HEDS Annual Conference

The 2019 HEDS Annual Conference will be June 16-19 in Asheville, North Carolina, at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. The conference begins with an evening reception on Sunday, June 16th and ends about noon on Wednesday, June 19th. We invite you to submit a proposal.

The HEDS Annual Conference brings together people from small colleges and universities to present on and discuss the use of evidence from institutional research, assessment, educational development, college success programs, and any other area to advance undergraduate liberal arts education, inclusive excellence, and student success. We welcome participants from all colleges and universities—you do not have to be from a HEDS institution to attend this conference.

The cost of registration for the entire conference includes several meals: a reception on Sunday; 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 includes breakfast, lunch, and break services. Undergraduate students who attend the conference to co-present do not have to pay the registration fee. Register here.

 

Ashville North Carolina skyline

Asheville, North Carolina skyline

 

The HEDS Annual Conference is an informal and collegial conference that’s designed to promote conversations among colleagues. Topics at previous conferences have included: new approaches to assessing student learning; case studies of successfully using evidence to improve student learning in courses, departments or programs, general education, or any other area of student life during college; new approaches to gathering, analyzing, managing, or presenting data; case studies of successful approaches to accreditation; and other successful approaches for using evidence to improve any aspect of institutional effectiveness. See more about presentations at recent HEDS conferences here.

In addition to having interesting presentations and opportunities for thought-provoking conversations, the HEDS Annual Conference also provides great vacation opportunities. Whether you are traveling alone or with your family and children, interested in outdoor activities or museums, Asheville has something for everyone. Learn more here.

 

Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina

Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina

 

We will also offer some optional events to help you experience Asheville. On Monday, June 17th we will have a private, guided tour of Biltmore House. On Tuesday, June 18th, we will host a walking tour of downtown Asheville. You can learn more here.

 

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.

 

Registration

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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