2020 NASPA Annual Conference

Core Content Areas

2020 NASPA Conference Core Content

The 2020 Conference Leadership Committee seeks conference proposals focusing on the four core content areas, Defining Student SuccessCollaborations and PartnershipsAdvocacy and Activism, and Redefining and Realigning the Student Affairs Profession. Expand the headers below to read more about the framing questions for each of these content areas.

Please ensure that you read each section and select the question to which your program relates. Conference proposals will be reviewed and scored on your content focused on the following areas.

Click on the plus signs below to expand the conference core content areas and view the questions under each area. These are an important part of your submission(s):

  • Defining Student Success

    As student affairs professionals, we must be innovative in our design of cross-divisional approaches that contribute to student success. We must create a holistic and supportive university environment in a manner that resonates with today’s college students, and empower our students to navigate the myriad issues threatening to disrupt their success.

    • How do universities provide an effective “menu of options” for the continuum of mental health care needed by students within a culture of campus care?
    • What non-traditional or creative approaches exist regarding campus safety?
    • What programs and practices leverage technology to effectively contribute to student success?
    • What programs and practices, for online learning students – those who never step foot on a physical campus – are proving to be effective in contributing to student success?
    • What programs and practices leverage technology to effectively contribute to student success?
    • What is the reach/delivery/impact of university support services abroad or on satellite campuses around the world?
  • Collaborations and Partnerships

    With diminishing resources and budgets, collaborations and partnerships are necessary to support student success in higher education. Collaboration encourages creativity and innovation, builds relationships, offers a greater depth of knowledge, benefits all parties personally and professionally, and introduces us to new people and ideas. We must seek, encourage, and cultivate new partnerships inside and outside of institutions. We must challenge ourselves to form relationships and partnerships outside of the established frameworks and traditions of our institutional structures.

    • How do you establish and sustain partnerships with other organizations to support student success?
    • How have you creatively engaged external stakeholders, other higher education communities, or local/regional community to discuss and/or solve an issue?
    • What are considerations for partnership participation?  What are ways to incentivize or encourage collaboration across stakeholders/communities?
    • How do you engage students in collaborative opportunities?
  • Advocacy and Activism

    Higher education is under scrutiny from the government, parents, employers, and others who question its value proposition. Student affairs educators must provide the best environment for students in an increasingly diverse student population with shifting expectations from stakeholders. We have a responsibility to improve the narrative about the true value of higher education by educating and inspiring students for leadership in our communities.

    • How is the political and social environment in which colleges and universities operate changing, and in what ways do these changes create challenges and opportunities for student affairs educators?
    • What is and how do we communicate the research that contributes to increased understanding of the impact of higher education on society?
    • How does your day-to-day work translate into the learning, skills, attitudes, and competencies that students need in the work environment and to be civically engaged in their community?
    • How does proposed legislation and/or enacted legislation change our work and in what ways have we changed/modified our practice to adapt to new legislation (or proposed legislation)?
    • What opportunities exist for academic and community partnerships focusing on civic engagement?
  • Redefining and Realigning the Student Affairs Profession

    Current leaders of the student affairs profession inspire and transform lives within the profession. However, as the field and its leadership diversifies, generationally, demographically, and functionally, tensions now exist among the existing narratives and the lived experience of some student affairs professionals. We must continue to evolve and investigate how the demographics of students who enroll in our campuses change the ways that we evolve and realign the student affairs profession.

    • What can senior leadership and the new generation learn from each other? How do we create a reciprocal relationship between the generations?
    • What does it mean to be a “professional?” As a profession, how do we change the narrative and redefine professionalism to allow authenticity in all relationships?
    • How do the Association, graduate preparation faculty, and senior leaders prepare and socialize student affairs professionals “responsibly and authentically?”

NASPA Guiding Principles

In addition to the core content above, the Conference Leadership Committee wants to ensure that your programs have a focus on the principles below:

  • Integrity

    Committed to high moral principles exhibiting authentic, honest, just, and ethical behavior.

  • Inclusion

    Seeking ways to ensure access, voice, acknowledgement, opportunity, and participation at all levels.

  • Inquiry

    Supporting research and scholarship to add to the knowledge base of the profession and ensure that data informs practice.

  • Innovation

    Continuously seeking improvement through new and creative approaches.