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Program and Proposals:
Email Mark Simpson, Director of AACRAO's Technology & Transfer Conference

Other Inquiries:
Email meetings@aacrao.org
Call (202) 293-9161

Call for Proposals


More than 500 higher education professionals attend AACRAO’s Technology & Transfer Conference to explore how technology integrates into campus operations, and how strategic planning can foster innovative approaches to employing transfer credit and policies to facilitate academic mobility and improve student success. 

Our program focuses on three primary areas:

  1. Technology
  2. Transfer
  3. Universal issues affecting the admissions, transfer, technology, enrollment management, registrar, financial aid, information technology, and student success space throughout higher education.

If you are helping to develop the future of technology and/or transfer practices on your campus, AACRAO invites you to share your ideas and experiences by submitting session proposals for our 2020 conference. Presenting provides unparalleled opportunities to share projects, initiatives, white papers, etc. as an individual, a team, or as part of a panel of experts. Your contributions are vital to making the Technology & Transfer Conference a continued success. 

Presentation Topics

We encourage proposals that showcase future trends, innovations, professional development, best practices, and stories of lessons learned. We seek proposals specifically targeting the following topics:

Women in Technology
Sessions should focus attention on women’s leadership and engagement in technology, including barriers and challenges; mentor relationships; networking; career advancement; and work-life balance.  

Engaging with Emerging Technologies: AACRAO’s Innovation Hub
The Innovation Hub identifies and highlights emerging technologies and innovative solutions to help institutions improve services and facilitate student success. Innovation Hub topics include: Chatbot, Blockchain, Data Integration, and Data Visualization. Relevant sessions will be assigned to the Innovation Hub program track.

Below is a list of suggested topics. All submitted topics will be considered, though we encourage submissions on affordability, access, student success, and the application of complex policy and governance. 

  • Technology-Focused Topics
    • Building Digital, User-first, Campuses (Governance, Responsive Design, Mobile, etc.)
    • Emerging Technologies
    • Innovations in Learning Management Systems
    • Innovative Technologies (Chatbot, Blockchain, AI, Data Visualization, Data Integration)
    • Modernizing & Supporting our Foundational Solutions (CRM, SIS, LMS, Document Management, Degree Audits, etc.)
    • Social Networking Applications
    • Student Records & Systems (Comprehensive Student Records, Student Identity, Data Exchange, Paper & Electronic Transcripts, etc.)
    • Transforming Teaching and Learning through Technological Innovation
    • Women in Tech
  • Transfer-Focused Topics
    • Assessing Prior Learning & Transfer Credit
    • Public Policy and Transfer Legislation
    • Curricular Alignment with Degree Pathways
    • State, Regional, and National Transfer Initiatives or Partnerships
    • Transfer Admissions (SEM, Articulations, Advising, Marketing, Scholarships and Aid, etc.)
    • Transfer Centers of Excellence (Data Trends, HS/Dual Enrollment Programs, Guided Pathways, Governance, Reverse Transfer, etc.)
  • Universal Topics
    • Academic Planning, Advising, & Degree Audit
    • Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
    • Class and Room Scheduling
    • Data Security and Governance (FERPA, Identity & Access Mgmt., PCI, etc.)
    • Engaging Students Where and When they Need it (One Stop Solutions, Early Alert, Intrusive Advising, etc.)
    • Implementing AACRAO’s Professional Competencies and Proficiencies into Your Work
    • Special Populations (military, non-traditional, etc.)
    • Student Success & Early Alert Systems

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Selection Criteria

We are committed to providing a comprehensive, non-promotional, diverse program relevant to all institutional types.

Proposals from community colleges, private institutions, system offices, and groups consisting of representatives from multiple institutional types are especially encouraged. All proposals will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic, the breadth and/or depth of the topic, the presenter’s knowledge, the alignment with AACRAO’s core competencies and learning outcomes, and the presenter’s strategies to engage the audience.

If your session is selected, you may register for the meeting at a discounted rate. 


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Corporate Presentations

What classifies as a Corporate Presentation:

  • If you are employed by organizations offering goods and services
  • Subject matter promotes company's product

Sessions submitted through the regular proposal form will be reviewed for appropriate content and may be reclassified as a corporate presentation, which would dictate a presentation fee. For information on corporate presentations and fees, contact AACRAO’s Marketing Department at (202) 263-0287, or via e-mail at corporateinfo@aacrao.org.

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