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Video: Tips for Submitting a Top-Notch Presentation Proposal for NCAN's 2020 Conference

Friday, February 28, 2020  
Posted by: Jamese Carrell, Member Services Associate
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The call for proposals for the NCAN National Conference is here! We’ve recorded a webinar to offer tips and tricks for submitting a winning proposal.


If you have questions about specific aspects of the proposal submission process, you can use the following timestamps to jump between topics in the video:

  • 2:30 – Major Topic Areas
  • 4:00 – Session Format Types
  • 5:28 – Who Attends the NCAN Conference
  • 13:37 – Learning Outcomes
  • 17:25 – What We Look for in Effective Practices Submissions
  • 19:00 – How to Engage Your Audience
  • 21:33 – What We Look for in World Café Submissions
  • 22:59 – What We’re Not Looking For in Submissions
  • 23:48 – What Could Work in Your Submissions
  • 23:34 – Visual Aids and Other Considerations
  • 26:05 – Questions? Email conference@ncan.org.
  • 26:19 – Contact the Presenters: NCAN's Member Services Associate & Manager

We are seeking promising practices to share with practitioners in the college attainment space. Maybe you’ve increased FAFSA completion this year or leveraged technology to scale program services. Or perhaps you’ve integrated diversity, equity, and inclusion practices into your organizational culture. We encourage you to submit a proposal to present at the 2020 NCAN National Conference, "Marching Toward Equity: NCAN’s 25th Anniversary Conference."

This year's conference will take place Sept. 14-16 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. Over 1,100 people attended the 2019 NCAN National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, where we presented over 90 workshop sessions. We anticipate similar numbers this year.

We will accept proposals through midnight PT on Friday, March 27.

This year's conference proposals must fall into one of these major topics, which will later translate in our conference tracks.

We are also offering two session format types:

  • Effective Practices Workshops are traditional conference workshops with a panel and/or presentation and time for audience Q&A. Attendees will leave these workshops with a new idea or strategy to implement when they get home. Effective practices workshops are 60 minutes long.
  • World Café Presentations are brief, small-group presentations followed by a discussion period. Each presenter leads a 15-minute segment consisting of a seven-minute presentation and eight-minute discussion with a small group of attendees; and several of these similarly themed intimate roundtable presentations will take place simultaneously in a large room. After 15 minutes, attendees rotate to a different table/topic, and presenters lead another presentation/discussion cycle with the new group. World café workshops are also 60 minutes long, so attendees can participate in three roundtable discussions during each 60-minute workshop.

We encourage you to submit a proposal by the March 27 deadline and join us in New Orleans! ⚜️