We invite you to share your insights and knowledge with colleagues as a presenter of an educational session at the 2017 Moving the Needle Conference in Seminole, Florida!   Moving the Needle Conference tracks are designed to address higher education’s most pressing challenges, encourage cross-institutional collaboration, and share best practices and strategies.  The proposal site is now open.  The deadline to submit your proposal for consideration is August 31, 2017.

Important Dates

  • Proposal Submission ends August 31, 2017
  • Notifications of accepted proposals will go out in September

Submit a Proposal

What are the session formats?

  • Interactive Presentation (60 minutes)
  • Demonstration (60 minutes)
  • Panel (60 minutes)

Research topics should include purpose, methodology, results, and a discussion of implications.

Demonstrations should include tips, system or research tool, and demonstrate its functionality, system requirements, and benefits.

The 60 minutes includes introductions and the question and answer period.

What types of presentation topics are accepted?

Presentations should address an array of trends and topics to reflect the diverse needs and interests of institutions engaged in and trying to get a better sense of using data analytics to drive student engagement.  There will be a mix of both technical and non-technical sessions geared toward driving a data-informed organizational culture to improve the student life cycle.

These are the four themes:

Clarify Path to Student’s Goal

  • Example:  Removing barriers to access
  • Example:  Academic pathways, learning plans, and orientation

Help Students Choose and Enter Pathway

  • Example:  The changing role of the academic advisor
  • Example:  The critical role of career assessment

Keep Students on Path

  • Example: Student Life – activities, internships, guest speakers, etc.
  • Example:  Student engagement beyond the classroom

Ensure Students are Learning

  • Example:  Faculty’s role in student success
  • Example:  Closing the teaching and learning gap

Presentations that include case studies showing the use and value of data analytics in solving a business/institutional issue are strongly encouraged.

What are the session proposal guidelines?

  • Session title
  • Session description (300-500 words)
  • Presenter information, including professional contact information (affiliation, title, email, address, etc.), and a brief bio (100 words or less)
  • Outline target audience, learning objectives/goals, content, and takeaways participants can readily use

What are the reviewers looking for?

Proposals that are geared to our knowledgeable, highly educated, and experienced audience; present new information on various points of view; experienced presenter(s); timeliness and relevance of the topic; usefulness of information; and potential to attract and engage conference attendees.  Proposals that seem designed to promote a particular company or product will not be accepted.

How do I submit a proposal?

Please click on the link below to submit your session proposal(s) for review.

Submit a Proposal

Who can I contact for further information?

Patrick Booth
Tel: (727) 341 3050
Director, Online Student Services
St. Petersburg College