FEBRUARY 23-25, 2021



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

As a NISTS 2021 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:  Monday, August 31st at 11:59 pm PST

The NISTS 2021 proposal window is closed, but we hope you'll consider presenting with us at NISTS 2022 in St. Louis, February 2-4.

Please note that the information below was drafted prior to our pivot to a virtual conference experience. Although most details are still applicable, NISTS 2021 presenters and attendees will notice some changes at the conference, particularly to concurrent session formats. 


Transfer students need transfer agents to support them as they navigate the transition between institutions—people like you who understand college processes and resources, then share that knowledge freely and intentionally to ensure their students’ success.


Using a holistic lens unbound by academic discipline or functional area, the NISTS annual conference will help you examine this crucial role and connect with like-minded professionals who care about the transfer student experience as much as you do.


Join us to explore practical, research-based strategies for improving transfer programs and services and for building a transfer-receptive culture. 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’ll elevate your transfer knowledge and advocacy skills and leave feeling ready to influence change.



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.


Proposals are due by 11:59 pm PST on Monday, August 31st. Final decisions will be announced on or around October 21, 2020. Proposals will be evaluated in a blind review process using the NISTS 2021 Proposal Evaluation Rubric, which includes the following broad categories:   


  • Detail & Organization:  The proposal is thorough and well written; it is clear and organized; and it uses a professional tone and has proper grammar and spelling.

  • 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 proposal is creative, timely, and noteworthy. The topic is relevant and important to the transfer field and is applicable to various institution types and sizes. 

  • Presenter Expertise:  The proposal is based in theory, relevant research, and/or demonstrated best practices and includes assessment or outcome data. Based on the information provided, the presenter seems qualified to lead the session and offers an important or unique perspective. If applicable, the session includes presenters from a variety of roles, disciplines, and institutions, offering a fair portrayal of the collaboration or partnership being discussed. 

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 the review process is highly selective. Unfortunately, we receive many good proposals we cannot accept due to space limitations. 


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.



When submitting your proposal, you must designate your session as one of the following concurrent session types. [Session Types]

  • Educational

  • Facilitated Discussion

  • Research Spotlight

  • Educational Partner/Sponsor Session



Pre-conference workshops are scheduled to occur on Wednesday, February 24th from 8:00 am – 11:00 am. Enrollment is limited to 35 or fewer participants who must pay a fee to participate. 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.
[Previous Workshop Topics]




All concurrent sessions are scheduled for 60 minutes. Presentation topics and styles may vary, but a minimum of 10 minutes must be reserved for audience questions and answers. 





Poster presentations will be showcased in a gallery format during the Opening Reception on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, from 5:00-7:00 pm. 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. 





We believe it takes all of us intentionally working beyond silos to effectively support transfer students. When drafting your proposal, please align your session with at least one of the following session themes, which are intentionally designed to blur traditional boundaries between functional areas and across 2-year, 4-year, and blended institutional types. [Session Themes]


  • Curricular Alignment or Degree Pathways

  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • Matriculation Trends and Issues

  • Partnerships and Collaboration

  • Special Populations

  • Transition Programs and Services





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 created an account to submit a proposal for NISTS 2020, your previous 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 2021 Call for Proposals" application and follow the prompts to submit your session proposal.





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


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