Tips and Considerations When Submitting Program Proposals
The Planning Committee will be looking for a balance of sessions that address the following and are targeted to undergraduate students, graduate students and new, mid, and senior level Student Affairs professionals:
Exemplary or creative campus programs that have been shown to impact student learning, development, success, or retention
Research, assessment projects, models or applications of theory that inform and can improve services to diverse student populations
Issues of importance to new professionals or those considering careers in student affairs
Proposals from inexperienced as well as experienced presenters, researchers, and practitioners are earnestly solicited. Presenters will be allowed 60 minutes for their presentation. Your proposal will be evaluated by members of the Planning Committee using these six standards:
Clearly stated purpose and objectives
Timeliness of the subject matter
Topic's contribution to the field of Student Affairs and its services
Creativity in an approach to a situation or in ways to manage it
Adaptability of ideas to a variety of workplace settings
Consistent with conference theme (Reinvent - Rediscover - Reshape)
Suggestions for Writing a Good Proposal
Adapted from the ACPA 2014 Convention Program Team website
Pick a topic you know a good deal about
Connect topic to professional competency areas (download document below)
Provide supporting research and data within the body of the program proposal
Applying relevant theory can strengthen your proposal
Avoid unnecessarily large presenting teams
Stay within the word limit for all of the fields
Capitalize major words in session title
Don’t put everything in all capital or all lowercase letters
Include outline of session agenda
Select a session format that best addresses your program’s learning outcomes
The planning committee is looking for a variety of program types. Please consider using one of the program formats below or employing a different type of format:
Workshop: presenter(s) will provide an opportunity to exchange information in an interactive format, allowing learning to take place through action.
Structured Presentation: presenter(s) will share programs, strategies, or interventions relevant to higher education in a traditional presentation format.
Roundtable Discussion: presenter(s) will facilitate a discussion around a particular topical area. This is an opportunity for participants to actively share strategies and best practices.
PechaKucha: a style of presentation where the presenter shares 20 slides at the rate of 20 seconds per slide (the entire presentation is complete in 6 minutes and 40 seconds). This fast-paced presentation style will allow many members to have an opportunity to present on an area of interest or passion within higher education.
Other: in the spirit of our theme of reinvent - rediscover- reshape we encourage presenter teams to utilize a unique presentation format that best relates to their presentation topic. This could be a hybrid of the above presentation formats or a different strategy.
All presentations must be 60 minutes long, with the exception of PechaKucha submissions
Your session title should be no more than 10 words
Program abstracts have an 80 word limit. This is the text that will go in the conference booklet
Program descriptions have a 750 word limit. This needs to include the following: 1. Introduction: includes the purpose, rationale, and an explanation of how the program connects with the conference theme 2. Relevant conceptual/theoretical framework: if applicable, this should include a brief review of the literature 3. A program outline