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2018 Annual Conference
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October 28-30, 2018

Submit a Session Proposal Venue & Travel Information Conference Agenda Keynote Speakers Pre-Conference Workshops Senior Leadership Forum Networking Excursion Sponsorship Opportunities

Conference Details

Conference Highlights  Who Should Attend? 
  • Keynote speakers focused on critical issues in summer session, student success, analytics and related areas
  • Pre-conference workshops and meetings for new summer administrators as well as on other topics
  • Special meeting for senior administrators (Provosts, Deans/Associate Deans, Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, and Associate/Assistant Vice Provosts etc.)
  • Concurrent sessions related to summer and special sessions that are interactive and promote sharing of knowledge, effective practices, research, and ideas
  • Opportunities for both formal and informal networking as well as community gathering
  • Access to commercial and non-profit exhibitors and sponsors

Higher educational administrators, faculty, staff and graduate students who work directly with or supervise areas that include:

  • Summer, winter, or special sessions
  • Enrollment Services professionals (Registrar, Financial Aid, Admission)
  • Pre-College and K-12 programs
  • Student Life, Campus Life, or Student Affairs
  • Student Success and Retention
  • Budgeting and Finance
  • Marketing and Communication

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Registration will open in June!  See below for Tentative Registration Rates

Registration Type

Early Bird Registration Rate 
(Applicable through August 31, 2018.  Rates increase by $65.00 starting on September 1, 2018)

Member Rate $700
Non- Member Rate $875
Guest (with a member) $315

Member and non-member rates include sessions, breaks, lunches, and awards dinner. Online registration closes  on October 19, 2018.

Additional Tickets  Ticket Cost 
 Cultural Excursion and Networking Reception (Attendee) $20 
Cultural Excursion and Networking Reception (Guest)  $50
Awards Banquet (Guest) $125 

 Submit a Session Proposal

Session Proposals will be accepted Mid-April through June! Check back for further details!

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Venue & Travel Information

The 2018 Annual Conference will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

Newly renovated the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland is located in the Lloyd District within walking distance of the Portland Memorial Coliseum as well as the Portland MAX light rail system. Rooms are $169 per night plus tax.


Rooms in the room block must be reserved by October 8, 2018. Space is limited so Book Now!

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers sponsored by:  

Opening Keynote Speaker

Closing Plenary Speaker

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Conference Agenda

The annual conference features a full agenda of pre-conference workshops, plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, and opportunities for networking and sharing.

2018 Conference Agenda Coming Soon!

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New Administrators Workshop (2 Days) COST: $175

Saturday, November 11
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

500 – 7:30pm (Dinner)

Sunday, November 12
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Audience: Summer/Special Session Directors, Program Managers.  (All are welcome)

Facilitators:  Troy Hargrove, Associate Dean, Enrollment Management and Partnerships
Saint Louis University
Alicia Bingham, Coordinator, Summer & Winter Sessions, Western Kentucky University

The Jon C. Neidy New Administrator’s Workshop is for YOU!  We like to call it Summer Sessions 101 because this two day pre-conference workshop provides a valuable opportunity for new – or almost new – Summer Session Administrators to share experiences and learn together. 

The purpose is to provide an overview of summer session administration and the basic skills for success in the field.  Four key areas of Summer Session administration will be covered: Organization, Curriculum and Program Planning, Finance, and Marketing. This highly interactive workshop will provide you with an opportunity to reflect on what you already know about your university, administration, faculty, and programs, and merge your knowledge with new information

IPEDS Data and the Public Face of Your Institution COST: $75 per 4 hour session

Sunday, November 12
8:00 am - 12:00 pm. This session is repeated 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Audience: AVP, Directors, Program Managers, Data Analysts, Assessment Professionals

Facilitator: Sandra Kinney, Senior Director for Institutional Research and Planning at Georgia Institute of Technology

This workshop stresses the importance of accuracy and consistency in data reported to IPEDS based on the potential impacts the data has on state and federal reporting. Examples of real IPEDS data used in the public domain are incorporated, enabling participants to understand the role of governmental and non-governmental entities in IPEDS reporting and the potential impact that summer sessions have on national and state performance metrics. 

Pre-College Programs: A Playground of Opportunity COST: $75

Sunday, November 12
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Audience: New pre-college professionals and experienced pre-college administrators

Facilitator: Chris Cofer, Executive Director, Summer@Syracuse, Syracuse University

Pre-college programs exist in as many varieties and formats as there are institutions of higher education offering them. This interactive pre-conference session will explore the spectrum of program formats along with the challenges and benefits they provide to our institutions. The workshop will provide the core concepts and ‘to-do lists’ for newly hired staff in existing programs as well as aid administrators who have been tasked with creating pre-college programs at their institutions. Experienced pre-college administrators will have the opportunity to evaluate their operations and practices with insights to alternative and new approaches to increase outcomes.

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Senior Leadership Forum

This forum is for experienced, higher-level administrators.  Topical Speakers offer insights, best practices, and strategic perspective on a variety of topics of concern to college and university leaders.  Open forum discussions typically cover issues directly and indirectly related to summer and other special sessions, especially since these are now such an integral part of students' progression plans as well as college/university/departmental funding models.

COST: $0 for NAASS Member Institutions. $85 for Non-Member Institutions.

There is no fee for this forum as long as attendee's institution is a member of NAASS.  Pre-registration for the forum is required, but registration for the conference, while encouraged, is not mandatory.  Sunday brunch is provided and  all Forum attendees are invited to attend the plenary session and opening reception immediately following the Senior Leadership Forum.   

Sign up on registration form.

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Cultural Excursion & Networking Reception


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Sponsorship Opportunities


For more information on Sponsorship visit our Sponsorship Page:

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Conference Planning Committee

Conference Planning Team


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