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Conference Details

View highlights from the NAASS 2017 Annual Conference: “Building Bridges for Student Success”

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
 View Conference Presentations HERE

Appalachian State University Elon University Seattle University University of Nevada, Las Vegas
American University of Paris Emerson College Dept of Professional Studies Skidmore College University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Baylor University Florida A&M University Southern Methodist University University of Oklahoma
Bemidji State University Georgetown University St. Ambrose University University of Pennsylvania
Boston College Georgia Institute of Technology St. John's College Summer Academy University of Saskatchewan
Boston University Hampshire College Stanford University University of South Carolina
Bowling Green State University High Point University Stevens Institute of Technology University of South Florida
Brandeis University James Madison University SUNY Oswego The University of Tampa
Brown University Kansas State University SUNY, Buffalo State College University of Virginia
California  State University, L.A. Marist College Syracuse University Virginia Commonwealth University
California State University, Long Beach Montclair State University Trinity Western University Virginia Tech
California State University, Monterey Bay NC A&T State University Truman State University Washington State University
California State University, Sacramento North Carolina A&T State University University of California - Davis Washington University in St. Louis
Carnegie Mellon University North Carolina State University University of California, Los Angeles Western Carolina University
Case Western Reserve University Old Dominion University University of Central Missouri Western Kentucky University
Clemson University Oregon State University University of Colorado Boulder Winona State University
College of Charleston Purdue University University of Connecticut Winthrop University
Colorado State University Radford University University of Hawaii at Manoa Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Columbia University Rhode Island School of Design University of Illinois at Chicago Yale University
Creighton University Rutgers University-Newark University of Iowa
Delaware State University Rutgers University-New Brunswick University of Manitoba
East Carolina University Saint Louis University University of Montreal

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Registration Type

Early Bird Registration Rate 
(Applicable through October 2, 2017.  Rates increase by $65.00 starting on October 3, 2017)

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 29, 2017.

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

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Venue & Travel Information

The 2017 NAASS Annual Conference took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As described on, this city was “recently named one of the "Best Places to Travel in 2016" by Travel + Leisure, rated the nation's "No. 1 Food City" by Zagat and named among the "Top Destinations on the Rise" by TripAdvisor. ” With world-class attractions, restaurants, and accommodations, your time in Pittsburgh will be an enriching one.  

Conference Venue and Hotel Information:

The Omni William Penn Hotel

History defines elegance in this classic, downtown Pittsburgh hotel. Since opening the doors in 1916, Omni William Penn Hotel has played a starring role in the city of Pittsburgh, hosting movie stars, politicians, heads of state and leaders of business and industry.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers sponsored by:  

Opening Keynote Speaker

Dr. Timothy Renick is Vice Provost and Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University. He has served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Honors Program. Since 2008, he has directed the student success and enrollment efforts of the university, overseeing among the fastest improving graduation rates in the nation and the elimination of all achievement gaps based on students' race, ethnicity or income level. Dr. Renick has testified on strategies for helping university students succeed before the U.S. Senate and has twice been invited to speak at the White House. His work has been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and CNN and cited by President Obama. He was named one of 2016’s Most Innovative People in Higher Education by Washington Monthly and was the recipient of the 2015-16 Award for National Leadership in Student Success Innovation. He currently is principal investigator for a $9 million U.S. Department of Education grant to study the impact of proactive, predictive-analytics-based advisement on ten-thousand low-income and first-generation students nationally. A summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Renick holds his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.

Closing Plenary Speaker

Dr. Ken Smith has served as Virginia Tech’s vice provost for academic resource management since January 2013. As vice provost, Ken provides institutional leadership on issues related to academic budgets, academic capital outlay planning, academic space management and institutional data and continuous improvement processes. He is currently leading the university’s current efforts to implement a new performance based budget system, including designing and implementing new methods for data sharing and predictive analytics to inform resource allocation.

Prior to his appointment as vice provost, Ken served as associate provost overseeing the budgetary and fiscal operations of the academic support units in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. Before coming to the provost’s office, Ken served as Assistant Director for Budget Operations in the Virginia Tech Office of Budget and Financial Planning and as a budget analyst in the Commerce, Resources and Trade section of the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget. He began his career as budget analyst in the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Ken holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech, and earned both a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also proud to have served in the United States Air Force and the Virginia Air National Guard. Ken currently resides in the river city of Radford, Virginia with his wife Carolyn and their two children Anna and David.

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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.

For the most current schedule, please click here

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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


This year NAASS will hold the cultural excursion at the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History.  Docent-led tours of the exhibits will be offered prior to a cocktail reception in the Hall of Sculpture.  Transportation from the Omni William Penn will be provided.

The Carnegie Museums of today are a lot different than the Carnegie Museums founded by Pittsburgh industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. But then, Andrew Carnegie would have expected nothing less, since he created his museums to be places of exploration that are constantly changing. 

Today, they are a collection of four creative, inspiring, thought-provoking places of exploration: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. Educating young people and attracting lifetime learners of all ages. They are the largest, most far-reaching cultural organization in the Pittsburgh region, known throughout the world for our vast art and scientific collections and our scientific research. And we’re a community leader in educational outreach.

Cost: $20.00 for attendees.  $50.00 for guests of attendees. Sign up on registration form.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Maxima Cum Laude Sponsor

Summa Cum Laude

Egregia Cum Laude


Magna Cum Laude


NAASS is grateful for supporting vendors who help keep registration costs down for attendees, while getting acknowledgment and exposure to attendees for potential business. There are five levels of sponsorship, which range from $5,000 at the Maxima Cum Laude level, down to the Cum Laude level of $500. Each level has Annual Conference events that can be supported either as an individual sponsor or co-sponsor. Benefits consist of exhibit space, an ad in the program book, participant mailings list, complementary conference registrations, recognition on the NAASS website and the availability to send out eblasts to members (dependent on the level of support).

  • Maxima Cum Laude $5,000
  • Egregia Cum Laude $2,500
  • Summa Cum Laude $1,500
  • Magna cum Laude $1,000
  • Cum Laude $500

View more details or become a sponsor

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Conference Planning Committee

Conference Planning Team
Chair: Steven P. Girardot, Georgia Tech
Vice-Chair: Daphne Rankin, VCU
Vice-Chair:  De Morris Walker, Georgia Tech
Dennesha Diaz, Georgetown University Jeanie Kline, Old Dominion University
Susan Delap , University of Central Missouri Tiffany Onorato, Stevens Institute
Lowell Davis Western Carolina University Rachel Miller, University of Virginia
Paula Broadwick, Montclair Nathalie Kokorudz, Univ Illinois- Chicago
Catherine Crummett, James Madison University Amy Yearwood, CMU
Toni Constantino, Marist College Gary Simon, University of Tampa
Esteban Olivares, Georgetown University Kathleen Barnes, University of South Florida
 Maurine ("Reni") PowellOregon State University Patricia Suske, UNLV 

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