2018 Academic Affairs Winter Meeting
Thursday, February 8, 2018 to Saturday, February 10, 2018"Public Universities in Challenging Times"
San Antonio, Texas
These are tumultuous times. Screaming headlines, breaking news alerts and social media feeds chronicle a dizzying array of issues confronting our country. We often find ourselves in a media frenzy, fixated on the latest pronouncement or the most recent news item. In the cacophony that surrounds us, it is easy to lose sight of core questions and central issues in the academy.
About the Conference
For state colleges and universities, there are a few key questions: What is the purpose of our institutions? What is our social contract? What are our obligations to our students?
I think we have two core obligations to students.
First, we must help students develop their capacities as citizens in a democracy in a diverse global community. How do we create programs to engage them in thoughtful and reflective dialogue? How do we help students build the capacity to listen to others, to value and respect difference? How do we help students engage appropriately and productively in the issues or challenges of the day?
Second, we must prepare students for the dynamic working world. How do we help students consider appropriate career choices in the rapidly changing and often confusing global job market? How do we help students explore options or develop skills in realistic and meaningful ways?
These obligations to students create the context for our Academic Affairs Winter Meeting and prompt us to consider new and emerging programs, policies and practices.
In particular, the conference will have presentations and discussions that focus on several critical areas:
- Engaged Citizens: How do we help students develop a sense of political agency and give them tools and strategies for political engagement? How do we develop and encourage critical thinking that allows students to engage with contemporary opportunities and challenges? How do we help students participate in community discussions and dialogue about contentious issues on our campuses, such as the removal of statues or the renaming of buildings? How do we help students examine contemporary issues such as the status of immigrants, legal and illegal? How do we use our disciplines as lenses through which to view these questions?
- Career Preparation: From the time students arrive at our institutions, how do we help them meaningfully explore career options in the dynamic, global workforce? How do we begin that process in the first year, rather than wait until the last year? How do we provide experiential learning that helps ground student decision-making? How do we provide opportunities for students to develop the 21st-century skills or global competencies? What new roles could exist for Career Advising Centers throughout the undergraduate and graduate experience?
- Teaching and Learning: What new classroom models and designs make a difference to today’s students? How do we create new approaches to course-taking and curriculum design to maximize student engagement and learning outcomes for students of all backgrounds and experiences? What new digital teaching tools seem to affect student outcomes? What new assessment methods could we use to guide practice?
- Faculty Roles: How is the old faculty paradigm of teaching, scholarship and service changing? What are new models of faculty support? What are new approaches to faculty development? How is faculty governance changing? What are new models for hiring and retaining contingent faculty?
- Student Success: Keeping with our program themes from the past few years, we will also have a conference track that focuses on student success. We plan to have many innovative presentations about the work going on in both our signature Re-Imagining the First Year of College (RFY) project, which involves 44 AASCU campuses, and the Frontier Set (FS), which involves 31 cross-sector campuses and systems.
As you can see, the program for our Academic Affairs Winter Meeting is deliberately eclectic, providing a rich menu of program choices that reflect the needs and interests of our participants.
As we did this past summer in Baltimore, we also plan to have a provost-only track that provides an opportunity for chief academic officers to talk with their peers about the unique issues they confront.
We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!
Exhibit Table Instructions for Sponsors
Download the exhibit table instructions here (pdf)
Call for Proposals
The Call for Proposals for this meeting is now closed.
Please note: If you are a meeting sponsor or a prospective meeting sponsor, please contact Adrienne Vincent at
email@example.com for information on how to submit your session information.
Unless otherwise noted, registration fees include all program sessions and materials, the opening reception on Thursday, breakfast on Friday, lunch and the closing reception on Saturday, refreshments, and all breaks.
Provost / CAO: $650
If you are the provost or CAO of an AASCU member institution, your registration fee is $650. This rate includes participation in a special program for Provosts and acting Chief Academic Officers beginning on Friday afternoon continuing through noon on Saturday. All other representatives from your campus should pay the reduced registration fee (see below).
Other Campus Representative: $575
Provosts are encouraged to invite other individuals from their campuses (deans, associate provosts, student affairs representatives, faculty members, etc.) to attend the meeting. These individuals should pay the reduced registration fee of $575.
Individuals who are not employed at AASCU member campuses should pay the Non-Member registration fee.
Sponsor (without fee waiver): $625 (with a fee waiver): $0
Spouse / Partner / Guest: $150
This registration fee includes the opening reception on Thursday, breakfast on Friday and Saturday and the closing reception Saturday afternoon.
Registration Information top
Click here to access our online registration system.
Please note: In order to register, you must first sign in to your AASCU account. If you do not already have an AASCU account, you can create one by clicking the "create a new account" button under the sign-in box.
When you register, please be sure to select the correct registration category (i.e., Provost/CAO, Other Campus Representative, Non-Member, Sponsor or Spouse/Partner/Guest). See "Fees" above for a description of each category.
If you need assistance with the registration process, please contact Felicia Durham, AASCU's Meeting Registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 478-4673.
La Cantera Resort & Spa
Hill Country, San Antonio
16641 La Cantera Parkway,
San Antonio, Texas 78256
As of January 9, 2018 the AASCU room block at the La Cantera Resort is full.
Cancellation & Refund Policytop
If an individual must cancel their registration (or that of their guest), they will receive a full refund if the cancellation is received before 5p.m. EST on Monday, January 22, 2018. There will be a $200 cancellation fee after January 22. Special circumstances will be handled on a case-by-case basis.