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ST. LOUIS • FEBRUARY 2-4, 2022
VIRTUAL • FEBRUARY 23-24, 2022

REGISTRATION OPENS FALL 2021

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CALL FOR
PROPOSALS

If you've developed a promising transfer program, service, or research project, we want to know more!

As a NISTS 2022 presenter, you’ll have the opportunity to share your insights and lessons learned with hundreds of higher education professionals who are specifically focused on improving transfer student success. Attendees hold a variety of roles within student and academic affairs and hail from both two- and four-year institutions throughout the country.

Proposal Deadline:  Tuesday, August 31st at 11:59 pm PST

What to Expect for NISTS 2022 

This year’s annual conference will include both in-person and virtual presentation options. If you have the funds to travel (and it is safe to do so), we hope you’ll join us in St. Louis for a conference experience that features face-to-face presentations and networking opportunities. For those who cannot travel, the subsequent virtual conference experience will allow you to present live or on-demand via our easy-to-use conference app. 

 

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

Without question, the events of the past year have irrevocably changed life as we know it. We've had to challenge ourselves to grow personally and professionally, and we're still unraveling all the ways higher ed can and should adapt. In this new normal, we continue to push for equitable access and success for racially minoritized students and those from under-resourced communities, reengaging those most disrupted by the pandemic. 

 

In doing so, we focus on the student's transfer journey. It is a collection of moments - some that can propel them forward and others that can stall their momentum. Embracing this mindset requires our work to center diverse student identities and needs in the broader context of the transfer student experience, leading us to create intentional student interactions across our institutions. 

Using a holistic lens unbound by academic discipline or functional area, the NISTS annual conference connects you with like-minded professionals who care about  transfer students. Together we will replenish our reserves, reignite our passion, and build our momentum by exploring practical, research-based strategies for improving transfer programs and services and building transfer-inclusive cultures.

No matter your role, whether you work at a two- or four-year institution or are involved in research, policy, or a statewide system; you play a critical role in setting a bold vision for the future of transfer. Join us for this unique opportunity to celebrate what's working, acknowledge what's broken, and advance transfer moments toward tangible movement!

 

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR

The NISTS annual conference is only as good as its content, so we’re relying on you to propose sessions that address a variety of pressing issues and obstacles related to the transfer student experience. There are numerous topic options, and we’re eager to see your creative approach to ensuring that your transfer students are successful.

 

Whether you focus on research, theory, or a specific policy, process, or program, please be sure your proposal is tailored to meet the goals and expectations of this conference. We cannot accept sessions that do not directly address transfer students or the professionals who support them on their journey.

 

In addition, please keep in mind that conference attendees are interested in practical information, specifically how they might utilize your insights within their particular context. The strongest sessions are informative and interactive and also address how the material is relevant to institutions/systems of various size, scope, and sector.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Proposals are due by 11:59 pm PST on Tuesday, August 31st. Final decisions will be announced in mid-late October. Proposals will be evaluated in a blind review process using the NISTS 2022 Proposal Evaluation Rubric, which includes the following broad categories:   

 

  • Detail & Organization:  The background and rationale for the session is thoroughly explained in a clear and logical order.
     

  • Learning Outcomes: The proposal includes real-world learning outcomes and adequately explains how those objectives will be met.
     

  • Engagement Strategies:  The use of audience engagement strategies is fully explained and reflects the basic principles of adult learning.
     

  • Significance & Applicability:  The topic is relevant and important to the transfer field and is applicable to various institution types and sizes. 
     

  • Evidence of Expertise:  The proposal is based in theory, relevant research, and/or demonstrated best practices and includes assessment or outcome data.
     

Reviewers will assess proposals on their ability to promote general understanding, practical applicability, and skill development across a range of conference attendee experience levels. When drafting your proposal, please keep in mind that some sessions may be assigned to alternate formats due to space constraints and technology limitations. 

RIGHT OF REFUSAL

NISTS reserves the right to refuse proposals that are not consistent with our mission and goals, as well as those that promote a for-profit product or service from organizations which are not confirmed conference sponsors.

 

SESSION FORMATS

When submitting your proposal, you must designate your session as one of the following concurrent session formats. You will have the opportunity to specify whether you prefer to present in-person or virtually. 

Please note that all presenters must be prepared to submit a copy of their presentation slides and handouts approximately three weeks prior to the event start date so that we have plenty of time to upload the materials to the conference app. Detailed instructions, as well as tips and suggestions for delivering both in-person and virtual presentations, will be emailed to all confirmed presenters.
 

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP (3 hours)     <In-Person Only>

 

All pre-conference workshops are scheduled for three hours, which includes a fifteen-minute break. Enrollment is limited to 35 or fewer participants who must pay a fee to participate. Although workshops may be tailored to a specific functional area, participants will likely have a range of experience levels and may include a mix of practitioners, faculty, and administrators. All transfer-related topics and ideas are welcome, but we are particularly interested in interactive workshops that include opportunities for networking, learning, reflection, and practice.
 

 

CONCURRENT SESSION (50 minutes)     <In-Person or Virtual>

All concurrent sessions are scheduled for 50 minutes. Presentations styles may vary, but a minimum of 10 minutes must be reserved for audience questions and answers. 

Please note that virtual concurrent session presenters must have access to a strong, reliable internet connection during their presentations. Virtual sessions will be delivered via Zoom using the conference app, and most standard features like chat and breakout rooms will be available to facilitate virtual audience interaction. NISTS will handle all the scheduling logistics, and a conference volunteer will be assigned to kick off the session and monitor technology throughout.

 

ON-DEMAND VIDEO (30 minutes)     <Virtual Only>


On-Demand Video sessions may last a maximum of 30 minutes and, for obvious reasons, preclude real-time interaction with the audience. Presenters must pre-record their presentation videos, then send us the .mp4 file to upload to the conference app. There are lots of quality, easy-to-use video resources available, so we encourage presenters to be as creative as they’d like in producing their video presentations.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS (gallery)     <In-Person or Virtual>

 

In-person poster presentations will be showcased in a two-hour gallery during the Opening Reception (date and time tbd). All posters will be displayed on a 4’ x 8’ bulletin board, and presenters will be expected to informally describe their ideas, report findings, and answer questions from a variety of conference participants. 

 

Virtual posters must be submitted in PDF format and can be traditionally styled or take the form of a presentation slide deck.


 

When submitting your proposal, you must also designate your session as one of the following session types. [Session Type Descriptions]

  • Educational

  • Facilitated Discussion

  • Research Spotlight

  • Educational Partner/Sponsor Session

 

SESSION THEMES

 

We believe it takes all of us working together, beyond silos, to effectively support transfer students’ diverse identities, needs, and pathways. All conference sessions should prioritize evidence-based and culturally relevant practices and align with at least one of the following broad session themes. These themes intentionally blur traditional boundaries between functional areas and across 2-year, 4-year, and blended institutional types. [Session Theme Descriptions]

 

  • Credits and Degree Pathways

  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • Leadership and Strategic Planning

  • Matriculation Trends and Issues

  • Partnerships and Collaboration

  • Special Populations

  • Transition Programs and Services

 

HOW TO SUBMIT

 

 

Please review the Proposal Checklist for a detailed list of required information. All proposals must be submitted online using the University of North Georgia’s InfoReady Review platform. Presenters will be required to accept the terms of the  Presenter Agreement  prior to submitting their final proposal.


 

INFOREADY INSTRUCTIONS
 

  1. Create an Account. Access the InfoReady Application Portal then click Register under the Login for Other Users section. Provide your name, email, and password and click Create Account. If you've previously created an account, then your login information should still work.
     

  2. Confirm Account. After creating your account, you will receive an automated email requesting account confirmation. You must use the link provided in the email to verify your account and enable proposal submission.
     

  3. Log In. Access the InfoReady Application Portal and login using your newly created account under the "Login for Other Users" section. Select the "NISTS 2022 Call for Proposals" application and follow the prompts to submit your session proposal.

 

QUESTIONS

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need additional information: 
emily.kittrell@ung.edu or 706-867-4498.