NWCCU Annual Conference

2023 NWCCU Annual Conference: Disruptive Innovations for Student Success

November 8-10, 2023

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The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is now accepting proposals for its 2023 Annual Conference, Disruptive Innovations for Student Success. The conference will be held on November 8-10, 2023, at Hyatt Regency in Seattle, Washington.

NWCCU is seeking proposals that showcase innovative practices and research related to disruptive technologies, pedagogies, and practices that are transforming the landscape of higher education and enhancing student success, particularly efforts to close equity gaps.

NWCCU encourages submissions from a diverse range of perspectives, including faculty, staff, administrators, student services, and researchers. Proposals should be tied to NWCCU’s Standards for Accreditation and reflective of the theme, Disruptive Innovations for Student Success.

Some topics to consider:

  • Innovative teaching and learning practices that enhance student engagement, motivation, and achievement
  • Strategies to promote student access, belonging, and success that result in measurable improvements in addressing inequities, enhance diversity, and create a sense of inclusion on campus
  • Accreditation as a catalyst for change
  • Role of Artificial Intelligence and other technologies in higher education
  • Supporting career readiness and professional development for students
  • Emerging strategies pertaining to financial viability and effective resource management
  • Developing a culture of assessment and data-informed decision making
  • Implementing and assessing quality improvement measures
  • Experiential learning, leadership development, and other high impact practices

Proposals will be reviewed by the conference program committee, and selected presenters will be notified in early July.

Proposal Criteria

NWCCU encourages proposals that:

  • Connect directly to one or more of NWCCU’s Standards for Accreditation
  • Speak to the conference theme, Disruptive Innovations for Student Success
  • Offer new viewpoints, insights, and innovative practices
  • Foster audience engagement and participation
  • Provide tangible takeaways that the audience can apply to their own institutions

Session Format Options

All concurrent sessions will be 50 minutes in length, including Q&A. There is an opportunity for a small number of presentations to be held as two-hour workshops.

  • Concurrent sessions will be held on Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10, 2023 – applicants must be available for their presentation on either day
  • Workshop (two-hour) sessions will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2023

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should be submitted by June 12, 2023, via NWCCU’s online portal. Presenters will be asked to include the following:

  • Presentation title
  • Presentation description (short description of the session to be published in program; should pique attendee interest – limited to 100 words or less)
  • Presentation overview (a detailed outline of the presentation’s goals and what will be addressed – limited to 500 words or less)
  • Connection to NWCCU’s Standards for Accreditation
  • Learning outcomes and audience takeaways (limited to 100 words or less)
  • Audience engagement (limited to 50 words or less)
  • Brief biographical information for all presenters, including headshots (limited to 100 words or less per presenter)

Selection Criteria

NWCCU’s conference program committee will carefully review all proposals and select the ones that best align with the conference theme, expertise of the presenter, accreditation standards, and other important criteria such as the quality and clarity of the proposal, feasibility within the available space, and the value it offers attendees. To ensure that your proposal meets all necessary requirements, please review the submission guidelines and dates.

Registration and Conference Considerations

NWCCU agrees to provide a discounted general conference registration for up to two presenters for the 2023 Annual Conference, so long as each presenter registers for the conference before September 15, 2023. All other conference-related expenses, including but not limited to travel expenses, are the responsibility of the presenter.

NWCCU will provide the following equipment to all presenters: An 8′ tripod screen, 3K projector, cabling, microphone. Presenters must provide their own laptop to conduct the presentation.


If you have any questions about the proposal submission process, please contact Jordan Kamai, Director of Educational and Institutional Initiatives (jkamai@nwccu.org).

We look forward to your submissions and to an exciting conference that will explore the latest disruptive innovations in higher education and their potential to improve student success.

Submit Proposal Here

Deadline: JUne 12, 2023