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21 Higher Ed Conferences You Should Attend in 2023

As a professional in the higher education industry, you’re well aware of the constantly changing trends, strategies, and laws surrounding education. Conferences are an excellent way to network and collaborate with peers while learning about the most pressing issues and trends from influential individuals and industry leaders.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top higher ed conferences for you to attend in 2023! Below you will find some of the most popular and informative higher education conferences that focus on key issues like enrollment growth, education, policy, and innovation.

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Growing Enrollments / Marketing

EMA Annual Conference

When: September 2023 (Exact dates TBD)
Where: Orlando, Florida

The Enrollment Management Association’s annual conference brings together an innovative group of thought leaders to discuss how schools can attract more students, grow their community, and deliver on their mission.

Throughout the three day event, attendees will learn about various topics to help grow enrollments from some of the leading minds in the education space. Topics include everything from robot-proofing your students to seizing opportunities and transforming higher education as a whole.

You can also attend pre-conference workshops where you’ll learn about topics like:

  • Admission Training
  • Future Leaders
  • Boarding School Access

Fill out this form to register for this year’s event!

UPCEA 2023 Annual Conference

When: March 22-24, 2023
Where: Washington DC

The University Professional and Continuing Education’s (UPCEA) annual conference is one of the most recognizable higher education conferences, registering thousands of attendees each year. 

Throughout the event, attendees will hear discussions about the rapidly expanding part technology is playing in education, trends to take note of, and how students have adapted to succeed with these modern changes.

UPCEA focuses on teaching higher ed professionals on topics like:

  • Online Leadership and Administration
  • Professional and Continuing Education
  • Alternative and Non-degree credentials
  • Marketing and Enrollment Management

If you’re interested in attending UPCEA’s 2023 conference, you can register for the event on this page.

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RNL National Conference

When: July 25-27, 2023
Where: Nashville, Tennessee

Ruffalo, Noel, and Levitz (RNL) describe their annual conference as “The most comprehensive conference covering the key issues in higher education enrollments today.”

Over 120 sessions are offered during the event, providing insights on topics like undergraduate enrollment, graduate and online enrollment, campus marketing, financial aid management, student success, and strategic enrollment planning.

The RNL National Conference is geared towards high-ranking professionals like:

  • Presidents
  • Chief Enrollment Officers
  • Chief Academic/Student Affairs Officers
  • Directors of Admissions
  • Directors of Financial Aid
  • Deans
  • Campus Marketing Professionals
  • Campus Retention Teams

If you want to learn more about the conference or need any specific questions answered, you can use this form.

WACUBO

When: April 30-May 3, 2023
Where: Phoenix Arizona

Each year, The Western Association of College and University Business Officers hosts a conference dedicated to improving the quality of education in the western United States.

Though the conference has not published a comprehensive schedule for the 2023 conference yet, they have offered an exhaustive list of pre-conference workshops, speaker sessions, and networking opportunities in years past.

You can expect the conference to include topics like:

  • Title IX
  • Mental health
  • Racism
  • Budget development
  • Multi-generational workforces

AMA Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education

When: November 2023
Where: TBD

The American Marketing Association (AMA) strives to be “the most relevant force and voice shaping marketing around the world.” Members of AMA take pride in being a part of a community that supports each other and promotes unique thought leadership from all members.

While AMA focuses solely on marketing, they hold a conference geared specifically towards higher education called “The Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education”. This conference is a must for any higher ed professional who’s looking to grow enrollments through proven marketing strategies.

During the conference, attendees will learn about topics such as:

  • Talent Management
  • Project Management
  • Student Curated Content
  • Utilizing Social Media
  • Growing Enrollments

If you’re interested in attending the event, you can learn more and register on AMA’s website.

Education

National Resource Center: The First Year Experience

When: February 3-6, 2023
Where: Los Angeles, California

The National Resource Center’s annual conference on the first-year experience focuses on the student experience, especially for current and incoming freshmen. Throughout the event, higher ed professionals swap stories, scenarios, and successes they’ve experienced to support first-year students’ development and success better.

Throughout the event, you’ll learn about a variety of topics, including:

  • Improving the first year
  • Creating stronger partnerships between students and schools
  • Student health issues
  • Bridging generational gaps
  • Faculty training
  • Teaching tools

If you’re interested in attending, you can use this link to register!

NASPA

When: April 1-5, 2023
Where: Boston, Massachusetts

The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) gathers like minded individuals to network and enrich professional development. Each year the conference hosts over 4,000 attendees and offers over 1,200 pre-conference workshops and speaking sessions from seasoned professionals with proven success.

The NASPA Annual Conference focuses on:

  • Centering Student Affairs in an Institutional Context
  • Infusing Scholarship into Practice
  • Embracing the Future of the Profession

If you’re interested in attending the 2023 NASPA Annual Conference, you can register to participate on this page of their website.

Policy

SCCE: Higher Education Compliance Conference

When: June 11-13, 2023
Where: Phoenix, Arizona

The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) offers knowledgeable insights into higher ed compliance to those who attend. During the event, attendees will learn from experienced professionals about various topics, offering proven solutions to some of the most common issues in higher ed compliance and ethics.

Some of the topics they discuss are:

  • Title IX
  • Clery Act
  • Privacy and Security
  • Data Breaches
  • Compliance training
  • Risk assessments
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Investigations

If you’re interested in attending, you can register for the event via their website.

AHEAD: Master Classes for Seasoned Professionals

When: May 22-24, 2023
Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Association on Higher Education And Disabilities (AHEAD) specializes in making education accessible to those with disabilities. Their conferences shed light on the biggest challenges facing students with disabilities while offering actionable solutions for those who want to make their schools more inclusive.

During the event, attendees can expect to learn about:

  • Disability Services
  • Laws & Policy
  • IT Accessibility
  • Students on The Spectrum

Visit The Next Chapter’s website to learn more about AHEAD and register for the conference.

CUPA-HR

When: October, 2022 (Exact date TBD)
Where: San Diego, California

The College and University Professional Association’s(CUPA) HR conference hosts higher ed professionals from across the country to discuss leadership skills and policy trends throughout higher education institutions. In addition, the conference offers it’s attendees the opportunity to network with other higher education professionals and learn from prominent leaders, CEOs and Founders in the education space.

The sessions offered at this year’s event cover topics like:

  • Academic HR
  • Data & metrics
  • DEI/Cultural competence
  • Professional Development
  • Risk Management
  • Strategy
  • Talent Management

If you’re interested in attending this year’s event, visit CUPA-HR’s website for more information.

NACAC Conference

When: September 2023
Where: TBD

The National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is an organization that was created with the goal of bringing people together to support a shared cause. Their mission is to “empower college admission counseling professionals through education, advocacy, and community.”

Each year, NACAC’s annual conference brings together thousands of higher education professionals to share ideas and attend presentations from prominent industry leaders.

These presentations include topics like:

  • Community Building
  • Enrollment Management
  • Creative Outreach
  • Recruitment Strategies
  • Student Experiences

You can find more information about registration and speaking topics on NACAC’s website.

Innovation

NEIC

When: November, 2023 (Exact date TBD)
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

The National Edtech and Innovation (NEIC) Conference is aimed at educators from schools, districts, community colleges, adult learning centers, and universities to teach higher ed professionals about the latest trend in ed tech and school innovation.

During the three day event, participants network with their peers while discussing the transition to digital learning, closing the digital divide, and identifying the required skills to develop professionally.

You’ll also hear leading professionals speak about topics like:

  • Teaching with technology
  • Digital infrastructure
  • Personalized learning
  • Leadership
  • Student data and privacy laws

If you want to learn about edtech and innovation, you can fill out this form to register for the event.

NFETC

When: January 23-26, 2023
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana

The National Future of Education Technology Conference (NFETC) gathers some electric and innovative education leaders to explore the exciting potential technology brings to the classroom. For over 40 years, the NFETC has hosted crowds of eager professionals looking to stay ahead of the curve by networking and learning from like-minded experts.

This year’s session topics include:

  • Technology trends
  • Cultivating future leaders
  • District leadership
  • Campus safety/security
  • Digital content integration

To learn more and register for the event, you can visit NETC’s registration page on their website.

COSN

When: March 20-23, 2023
Where: Austin, Texas

This year Consortium for School Networking (COSN) conference takes a look back at the last three years of hardship the world endure while looking as we emerge into a new era of learning. The event discusses the increased digital footprint schools have implemented over the covid-19 pandemic and emphasizes the “Three R’s”; Reimagine, Redesign, Renew.

ASU + GSV

When: April 17-19, 2023
Where: San Diego, California

Since 2010, The Arizona State University + Global Silicon Valley (ASU GSV) Summit has connected individuals who are determined to transform how people learn and work. Each year the event offers actionable insights and enlightening experiences that focus on human-centered connections.

Throughout the event, a diverse group of attendees from over 137 countries get together to network with educators, investors, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders to discuss industry trends, highlight up and coming edtech companies, and hear from some of the world’s most influential speakers.

In the past, ASU GSV has brought on prominent speakers like:

  • Two former U.S. presidents
  • Four former world leaders
  • Current and former Governors
  • Former U.S. secretaries
  • Academy award winners
  • Grammy award winners

If you would like to attend one of the largest higher ed conferences of the year, head over to their website’s registration page.

Ellucian

When: March 26-29, 2023
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana

The Ellucian Live conference is a four day event that recognizes the impact education has on future generations. As a leading higher education solutions provider, Ellucian is passionate about sharing their expertise with those who can make a difference in the education industry. Each day, the event emphasizes a particular topic, such as industry and student success. For each subject, they dive deep into the most pressing issues and provide solutions that attendees can take advantage of in their professional endeavors.

Last year’s event hosted over 5,000 in-person and virtually, with that number expected to increase for the 2023 conference.

If you would like to network and learn with thousands of peers, you can get updates and register for the event on Ellucian’s website.

Online Learning Consortium

When: April 18-21, 2023
Where: Nashville, Tennessee

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) annual conference is dedicated to improving the quality of digital education by forming a collaborative community of higher education professionals to network and discuss tips, best practices, and the future of online learning.

Since 1999, The OLC has prided itself on being a trusted source of information on digital learning. For over two decades, educators have turned to the OLC for expert guidance and resources to provide quality learning experiences online.

This year’s conference will feature topics such as:

  • Blended teaching and learning
  • Industry connections for student learning
  • Instructional technology and tools
  • Leadership and advocacy
  • Open learning
  • Process, problems and practices
  • Student support and success
  • Teaching and learning practice

To learn more about the event and register for attendance, Visit their website.

NACA Annual Conference

When: March 30-April 1, 2023
Where: St. Paul, Minnesota

The National Association For Campus Activities (NACA) holds conferences across the country throughout the year, encouraging attendees to make meaningful connections while learning from experts, creating long-lasting memories, and exchanging ideas with peers.

NACA defines their organization as a place where members can transform the college campus and amplify the campus experience through inclusive learning, meaningful connections, and engaging entertainment.

This year’s event will feature several prominent topics, including:

  • Campus traditions
  • Career development
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Learning outcomes
  • Values & ethics

For more information, head over to NACA’s conference page.

NAGAP Summit

When: April 12-15, 2023
Where: New York, New York

The Association for Graduate Enrollment Management (NAGAP) is determined to engage and improve enrollment management professionals through collaboration, education, and research.

As the only organization dedicated to addressing the concerns of professionals in the graduate enrollment management environment, NAGAP gladly promotes and educates participants on their key focus areas.

These focus areas are:

  • Chapters
  • Fiscal Management
  • Recognized leadership
  • Promoting a culture of GEM scholarship
  • Recruitment and retention of members

To find out more about what NAGAP offers to its members, you can read through its website.

AACRAO Annual Meeting

When: March 26-29, 2023
Where: Aurora, Colorado

The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) annual meeting offers a variety of higher education professionals the opportunity to learn, network and advance.

Throughout the event, participants will network with a worldwide network of industry professionals to explore and engage the latest news and trends while finding solutions to the unique and challenging issues inside higher education.

Common topics discussed throughout the event include:

  • Transfers
  • Career development
  • Enrollment management
  • Admissions & Recruitment
  • International credential evaluation
  • Promoting equity

To learn more about the event, get updates, and explore past sessions, head on over to their conference page.

CASE-NAIS Independent Schools Conference 2023

When: January 29-31, 2023
Where: New York, New York

The Council For Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) hosts many events throughout the year. Their Annual Independent Schools Conference focuses on innovation, sustainability, data, research, and workplace development for independent schools and advancement professionals.

During the event, CASE will provide attendees with the mentorship and information needed to for newcomers and mid-level professionals to succeed.

Learning objectives for the event include:

  • Best practices
  • Current trends
  • Advancement strategies
  • Parent engagement
  • Professional relationships

To learn more about the event and register as an attendee, head on over to the CASE registration page.

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Quintin Maddigan

Quintin Maddigan

Quintin is a creative strategist with a B.F.A. in Advertising, specializing in advertising strategy. His skills include copywriting, digital content creation, Adobe Creative Suite, and campaign strategy.

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