2020 NCAN National Conference


NCAN 2020 Conference Update: Because of uncertainty about whether we can safely gather in New Orleans on Sept. 14-16, NCAN is planning for several contingencies, including the possibility of incorporating virtual elements into this year’s conference. As of today, we are planning to proceed with the 2020 conference as scheduled but we are monitoring the rapidly evolving public health situation and will reassess if necessary. We expect to launch registration for the 2020 conference in July.

NCAN's Call for Proposals is now closed for the 2020 NCAN National Conference, Marching Toward Equity: NCAN’s 25th Anniversary Conference.  Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal. Presenters will be notified of their proposal status by June 1.

The 2020 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.

The major topics of discussion at the 2020 NCAN National Conference will be:

  • Data Into Practice
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
  • Equity and Opportunity
  • Financial Aid and Literacy
  • K-12 Practices for Postsecondary Success
  • Organizational Leadership and Capacity Building
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Postsecondary Access and Readiness
  • Student Success in Postsecondary Education and Careers

For a detailed description of each major topic area, as well as this year’s hot topics, click here.

  • Data into Practice
  • Financial Aid and Literacy
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Organizational Leadership and Capacity Building

Conference sessions will be presented in two formats:

  • Effective practice 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 cafĂ© 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 cafĂ© workshops are also 60 minutes long, so attendees can participate in three roundtable discussions during each 60-minute workshop.

We hope to see you in New Orleans!

The city of New Orleans is located on the Mississippi River in southeastern Louisiana and is famous for its history, food, music, art, multicultural events, Mardi Gras and fun! New Orleans is also known as the "birthplace of jazz." We are excited to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of NCAN in this distinctive city.