Conference Overview

Thriving with Change

The Accelerating Systemic Change Network (ASCN) and APLU's Network of STEM Education Centers (NSEC) invite you to join us in-person in Minneapolis, MN for the 2023 Transforming Institutions Conference. This conference brings together researchers, faculty, STEM education centers, Centers for Teaching and Learning, STEM librarians, change agents, administrators, and policymakers to focus on transforming undergraduate education. Transforming Institutions is a meeting for ALL institution types, and we encourage 2-year college faculty and administrators to participate. This conference will address critical questions related to institutional change in higher education and foster connections between researchers and change agents across fields.

We thank NSF and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) for their support.

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The Transforming Institutions Conference will provide a diversity of presentation formats that address important topics in institutional change and transformation. During the conference, we will:

  • connect researchers, change agents, administrators, and policymakers to focus on transforming undergraduate education;
  • create a space wherein participants can see the ways in which their work interacts and overlaps across disciplines;
  • identify and discuss key questions regarding change in higher education;
  • highlight early and mature projects touching on outcomes, processes, and contexts of change, among other themes;
  • encourage team formation and development while considering levels of power and buy-in as needed for change.


The Transforming Institutions Conference brings together these themes into a robust and immersive program with a variety of sessions and formats. All are invited to submit abstracts for presentation and poster sessions. Sign up for the Transforming Institutions Interest List to receive timely updates about registration and program availability.

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  • Nathan Grawe, Professor of economics at Carleton College
  • Archie Holmes, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas System
  • Mark Mitsui, Retired Community College President
  • Susan Singer, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Rollins College and President-elect, St. Olaf College
  • Kathryn Svinarich, Chief of Staff in the Office of the President and Associate Professor of Physics, Kettering University
  • Karen J. Solomon, Ed.D. Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer, Higher Learning Commission


We ask participants to attend the entire conference and to participate fully in the sessions and events. We encourage all participants to create a welcoming and encouraging work environment that honors all levels of experience with institutional change. Visit the Code of Conduct page for more information.

Expectations for Participants in ASCN Activities: In order to provide a productive and safe work environment and foster the free exchange of ideas, discrimination and harassment are prohibited in any ASCN activity. This commitment applies to all participants in all settings and locations in which ASCN committee meetings, workshops, and conferences are conducted where employees, volunteers, sponsors, vendors, and/or guests are present. ASCN requires its meeting participants to conduct themselves professionally and treat other participants with respect. Failure to comply will result in participants being asked to leave the activity.


The Transforming Institutions 2023 Conference will take place June 12th and 13th. Key dates:

  • Presentation submission deadline: March 8, 2023
  • Proposal review period: March 8, 2023 to March 22, 2023
  • Notification of proposal status late March/ early April
  • Registration opens in April
  • Early registration deadline: May 15, 2023
  • Registration subsidy request deadline: May 15, 2023
  • Poster submission deadline: May 15, 2023
  • Cancellation deadline: June 1, 2023
  • Standard registration deadline: June 7, 2023
  • Conference begins 8:30am CT, June 12, and concludes at 6pm CT June 13th.

Registration and Abstract Submission

We welcome participation from all who are interested in transforming undergraduate education, including researchers, center directors and staff, STEM librarians, change agents, administrators, and policymakers focused on institutional change. All participants are invited to submit an abstract to be considered for inclusion in the program.

Registration Fees*

Registration fee includes two breakfasts, two lunches, and a reception. Hotel nights are not included in the registration cost. Hotel rates at the Royal Sonesta are $199/night for either a Deluxe King or Deluxe Two Queen room.

Before early registration deadline (May 15): $435

After early registration deadline (May 15): $525

*Cancellation policy: Registration cancellations must be made in writing to Bradlee Wahid Cotton ( No refunds will be given after the cancellation deadline of June 1, 2023.

Registration Subsidies

Limited funding is available to support participation in the in-person Transforming Institutions 2023 Conference. Registration subsidies will be awarded based on financial need and ensuring a diverse representation of institution types at the conference. An example of the need for a subsidy is student status. You must register by the early registration deadline to be considered for a subsidy. We will contact only those individuals who willnotreceive a subsidy.

If you are interested in a subsidy, please email with the following before May 15th:

  1. Name (as stated in your registration), 
  2. The email used for registration
  3. Career stage, position within your institution  
  4. Institutional type, expected support from your institution
  5. The subsidy amount requested 


The 2023 Transforming Institutions Conference will take place in person in Minneapolis, MN. Detailed information about travel, lodging, and event spaces can be found on the Travel and Accommodations page.

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