Annual Conference

CONFERENCE THEME: GEM Defined: A New Kind of Rhythm

April 8 - 11, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency - New Orleans, LA

The Annual Conference features dynamic speakers and is designed with numerous educational sessions to meet everyone’s needs - whether they’re new in graduate admissions and graduate enrollment management, a seasoned veteran, or somewhere in between. The educational sessions will provide new approaches and creative strategies across a variety of topics related to our field, including admissions policies and processes, career and staff development, graduate student support and financial aid, legal and ethical issues, marketing and recruitment, student services and others.

Held each year in April, the conference brings over 900 GEM professionals together under one roof to gain insight and knowledge from peers and experts in the field.

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now open, and the deadline to submit is September 22, 2014. Submit a proposal for an education session using our electronic submission system. You will need to create a new login and password as this is a new site.

We know our membership has vast expertise, and we want to capitalize on those strengths. Consider presenting or facilitating a discussion on topics that would contribute to the professional or personal development of your graduate enrollment management colleagues. Your NAGAP Board and the Education and Conference Planning Committees are excited to make this conference the best one yet!
There are four different formats for conference education sessions: Presentations, Panels, Rapid Fire Sessions and Special Interest Forums (i.e. roundtable discussions).  As you think about your area of interest or expertise, consider which format best aligns with your educational content, personal style or comfort level.

NAGAP 28th Annual Conference Categories for Education Sessions

Goal:  Proposals should be generally aligned with the theme of the 28th Annual Conference and focus on the various aspects of the graduate enrollment management life cycle from prospective students through alumni engagement.
Please note that suggested topics in each category can be found on the NAGAP web site. These are just suggestions.  You may identify a topic of your choice as it relates to the category.

  1. Recruitment and Marketing
  2. Financing Education
  3. Admissions Operations
  4. Student Services
  5. Alumni Relations and Engagement
  6. Enrollment Modeling and Strategic Planning
  7. Career, Staff and Personal Development

Presenters may use these rubrics below by which each submission is judged to get a better idea of what the Conference Planning and Education Comittees are looking for when they review the submissions.  

  1. Panel Discussion Rubric
  2. Presenations Rubric
  3. Rapid Fire Session Rubric
  4. Special Interest Forum Rubric




Program & Registration Details

The Registration Brochure provides full details about the conference including registration details, session topics and schedule, networking events and hotel information. - Available in January

Registrations will open for the conference in January.

Registration Fees:

Early-Bird Conference Deadline (Register by March 13, 2014)

Current/New Member - $485

Non-Member - $660

Conference Registration (Register by April 11, 2014)

Current/New Member - $560

Non-Member - $735

On-Site Registration (After April 11, 2014)

Current/New Member - $660

Non-Member - $835


Need help articulating the value and importance of your attendance to the NAGAP Annual Conference? We have created a template letter you can use to do just that. Download Template Letter


Conference Itinerary Planner - available in mid-March

Create your conference itinerary by using the NAGAP 28th Annual Conference itinerary planner! You can search on presenter name, view sessions by day, click on the title of each session for the session description and presenter information and get a head-start on planning the education sessions you will attend.





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Moderators and Recorders

Interested in becoming more involved at the 2015 Annual Conference? Consider volunteering as a Moderator or Recorder for an education session. More information, including the opportunity to sign up, will be available in February. In the meantime, brief descriptions about the roles and responsibilities of each position are included below.

Moderators arrive to their assigned room a few minutes early to assist the presenter(s) with any A/V or other needs. They are also in charge of introducing the session presenter or panelists to the audience at the start of the session. Moderators’ other responsibilities include making sure the session stays on time, reminding attendees to take notes during the session to assist them in providing feedback via the conference evaluation survey, being prepared to ask a question or two if the members of the audience don’t have any, and closing the session with any additional announcements that might be necessary. Moderators fill out their own brief survey of the session and presenter(s) and are presented with a small token of appreciation for their participation.

Recorders are assigned to a particular session and are responsible for writing a summary of that session for publication in NAGAP’s Perspectives. Summaries should be approximately 200-300 words and are generally due to the Publications Committee shortly after the conference ends. Recorders are presented with a small token of appreciation for their participation in addition to being published.

Sign up to volunteer coming in mid-Feb.

Learn more in the Orientation PowerPoint.

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Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities

The NAGAP Annual Conference provides multiple marketing opportunities in a fun environment. Contact us today to learn more about being a sponsor in 2015. For more information, click here.