Now Open: 2018 NCAN National Conference Call for Proposals

January 29, 2018
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By Sara Melnick, Deputy Director 

It’s that time of year again! The exciting Call for Proposals season for the NCAN National Conference is upon us and we want to hear from you, our members. 

Maybe you’ve increased FAFSA completion this year. Or your organizational culture has changed in such a way that staff are commonly using data to close the opportunity gap in your community. Perhaps your community has a particularly effective collaborative that is offering students workplace learning opportunities and preparing students to meet the labor market needs of local employers. Whatever it is, if your organization has a promising practice to share with the field, we encourage you to submit a proposal to present at the 2018 NCAN National Conference, Building Bridges to Success.

This year's conference will take place Sept. 24-26 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh, PA. More than 1,000 people attended the 2017 conference in San Diego, CA, where we presented four pre-conference sessions and over 70 workshop sessions. We anticipate the same for this year. We will accept proposals through Friday, March 16.

This year's proposed presentations must fall into one of the following major topics:

  • Connecting College and Career Success
  • Data Into Practice
  • Equity and Opportunity
  • Financial Aid and Literacy
  • Management and Leadership
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Postsecondary Access and Readiness
  • Student Success in Postsecondary Education

Click here for detailed descriptions of each of these major topics.

This year, we are requesting that proposals fall into one of two session formats: 

  • Effective Practices sessions: “traditional” NCAN conference sessions of either 60 or 75 minutes in length.
  • 7-14-28 presentations: seven-minute, fast-paced presentations with no more than 14 slides with no smaller than 28-point font. We encourage you to submit a proposal to present in this innovative format that has been very popular over the last two years!  

For more information on these formats, click here

Submit a proposal now!

Last year we received many more proposals than are time slots available, so this process has become increasingly competitive. Pro tip: The majority of submissions we receive fall into the areas of postsecondary access and student success. Increase your chances of being selected by submitting a high-quality proposal related to one of the other major topics listed above!

NCAN will host a webinar on Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. Eastern, during which we’ll provide an overview of the conference, walk through the process for submitting a proposal, and offer some tips for writing a winning proposal. Register here

We encourage you to submit a proposal by the March 16 deadline and join us in Pittsburgh!

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