Higher Education Conferences Worth Checking Out

Emily Coleman
Emily Coleman
ELL academic support specialist; Ph.D. candidate in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies with Education concentration
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Higher education professionals will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge on a variety of topics by attending conferences all over the country in person or virtually. Professionals will be able to share their thoughts and listen to others about how to overcome obstacles still remaining from the pandemic, diversity, leadership, and educational programs.

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) National Conference

Leading Change
September 23-25, 2021
Seattle, WA & Virtual

This national conference is an opportunity for professionals to learn about the latest trends related to college admissions and college counseling. Professionals in college admissions will get the chance to meet many new colleagues, attend sessions and hear from inspiring speakers. Those in attendance will gain valuable skills to take back to their home institutions. Attendees will be able to earn continuing education credits for certain sessions. The NACAC is giving attendees the choice to attend in person in Seattle, WA or participate virtually.

Global Inclusion 2021

Diversity Abroad Annual Conference
October 25-29, 2021
Atlanta, GA & Virtual

This conference is for education professionals, students and stakeholders committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education and cultural exchange according to the Global Inclusion 2021 website. Attendees will identify and share best practices for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Conference goers will also learn about the newest trends and resources. Professionals will have the opportunity to meet new colleagues and to create professional relationships. They will engage in critical dialogue through thought-provoking speakers and innovative sessions. This is the first year with the new branding of Global Inclusion. It used to be known as the Diversity Abroad conference. The new name of Global Inclusion is meant to include all aspects of global education including: career advancement and belonging, international student services and cultural exchange, education abroad, and global engagement at home.

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting

Educating For Democracy
January 19-21, 2022
Washington D.C. & Virtual

The 2022 Annual Meeting will bring educators from all over to look toward the future and address the obstacles in place for those students who are seeking a liberal education. This conference will showcase and examine new models, practices, and solutions to help overcome these barriers under the theme of Educating For Democracy. This conference is a hybrid model which will allow attendees to travel to Washington D.C. and attend the conference in person or register as a virtual attendee and watch the live streamed sessions.

AAC&U Conference

General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment
February 10-12, 2022
San Diego, CA

Educators from all fields of higher education are invited to this conference. Attendees will join in sharing efforts to create intentional and integrated general education programs, to assess current practices, and to generate evidence of high-quality learning for all students. This conference will give attendees valuable time to reflect on their current practices and identify new best practices that will provide many benefits to their students and institutions. AAC&U has a variety of conferences throughout the year in addition to its annual meeting.

NAFSA: Association for International Educators Annual Conference and Expo

Building Our Sustainable Future
May 29 – June 3, 2022
Denver, Colorado

NAFSA is the world’s largest association dedicated to international education. Professionals from across many fields who are interested in global education should attend this conference. NAFSA 2022 will showcase best practices, new strategies, and innovations for a pathway to a sustainable international education future. The pandemic caused many challenges and barriers in international education. Attendees will be able to discuss these issues and share the many ways on how they were able to overcome them.

American Council on Education (ACE)

ACE2022 Annual Meeting
March 5-7, 2022
San Diego, CA

This conference is one of the top higher education events in the country. Over 2,000 higher education professionals attend this annual meeting. Attendees from all different types of institutions explore fresh perspectives for practical solutions on campus, network with top leaders from all different higher education sectors and bring data-driven insights back to campus according to ACE. ACE’s mission is to be an organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice.

NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Annual Conference
March 19-23, 2022
Baltimore, MD

This conference will return to an in-person format for the 2022 annual conference. Colleagues will be able to talk about the challenges they overcame and discuss innovative new best practices. There will be educational sessions, keynote speakers, general interest sessions, poster sessions, and scholarly paper sessions from professionals in student affairs. Student success has been a major concern for higher education leaders. Identifying issues that have arose due to the pandemic and sharing how they have overcome them will certainly benefit all attendees.

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged higher education in ways that no one could have ever predicted. Now is the time for higher education professionals to come together and attend conferences to share their challenges and how they overcame them. Whether virtual or in person, these opportunities to network with other people in the same field are priceless.

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