Call for Proposals

The deadline for proposals has passed.

This conference will bring together researchers, faculty, change agents, administrators, and policymakers to focus on transforming undergraduate education. We will address critical questions related to institutional change in higher education and foster connections between researchers and change agents across fields. There will be opportunities for cross-disciplinary discussion and collaboration as we work together to bring about institutional change and to define the future of this work.

We invite submissions of both early and mature projects that focus on all aspects of institutional change, including change outcomes, change processes, and contexts of change. We encourage submissions from groups as well as individuals (see session formats for more information about proposal types). Please consider working with colleagues to create a thematic symposium or workshop.

We invite submissions related to topics such as:

  • Institutional change and transformation
  • Impact and outcomes of change efforts
  • Examinations of change processes
  • Change strategies and tactics
  • Assessing and measuring change
  • Motivations for change
  • Planning and developing change initiatives
  • Identification and development of change agents
  • Change efforts that benefit underrepresented students

We are also particularly interested in projects related to the work of our current ASCN working groups:

  • Working Group 1 - Guiding Theories of Change
  • Working Group 2 - Costs and Benefits of Change
  • Working Group 3 - Change Leaders
  • Working Group 4 - Demonstrating the Impact of Change
  • Working Group 5 - Equity and Inclusion
  • Working Group 6 - Aligning Incentives with Systemic Change

Proposal Guidelines:

  • Proposals must be submitted by November 11, 2018 at 11:59pm EST
  • Presenting authors must register for and attend the conference
  • Abstracts for all session proposals are limited to 300 words (or less)

Session Formats:

For more information about each session format, see below. The review criteria below should also be helpful as you develop your proposal.

The conference intentions and processes that are referenced in the questions below can be found here:

Poster Presentation

Pre-Conference Workshop

25-minute Presentation

Thematic Symposium

Review Criteria:

This information is intended to be helpful for you and your team as you craft your proposal. All proposals will be evaluated by a team of reviewers, using a Likert scale. They will consider:

  • Is the proposed session appropriate for this conference in terms of theme and focus?
  • Is the proposed session grounded in and informed by research and theory?
  • Does the proposal provide a sufficient overview of the topic or question that will be explored?
  • Is the proposal complete, with appropriately detailed responses to all questions?
  • To what extent will the proposal provide an opportunity for cross-disciplinary interaction or discussion?
  • What is the potential for the proposed session to have a broader impact by advancing our understanding of systemic change in higher education?


If you have any questions about the proposal submission process, please contact Kate White (kate.white at