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October 15, 2023

Application Deadline

November 15, 2023

Applicants Notified About Application Status

December 6, 2023

Early Registration Deadline

January 9, 2024

Regular Registration Deadline

January 2, 2024

Hotel Reservation Deadline

January 14, 2024

Last Day to Register

2024 NASPA Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs

In-Person Faculty-led Institutes Supporting the Profession AVP or "Number Two" Mid-Level Senior Level

The NASPA Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs is an intensive four-day program designed for professionals considering a move to the vice president for student affairs position or for those simply seeking to learn more about the role. It is an application-based program; individuals in mid-level managerial positions or higher are encouraged to apply.

About the Institute Model

This exclusive professional development program is an institute. Unlike conferences where participants choose to participate (or not) in concurrent sessions, during this institute, all attendees will participate in the same cohort experience and are expected to engage fully in all aspects of the program including meals. It is a very intensive experience, and the program will run into the evening each day.

A Note for AVPs/"Number Twos" Considering Applying for This Institute

If you are an AVP (or the equivalent) who is in the first two years of your first AVP (or equivalent) role, NASPA recommends you to attend the 2024 NASPA Institute for New AVPs instead of this institute. This program is offered every other year, and your application for the 2024 institute will be encouraged.

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About the Institute

The NASPA Institute for Aspiring Vice President for Student Affairs Officers provides an engaging and supportive environment for you to learn and reflect on your personal goals and aspirations. It is an application-based program offered every other year and allows time for in-depth discussions and small, faculty-led coaching sessions. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with experienced VPSA faculty members as well as participate in content sessions on topics such as transitioning from being a divisional actor to an institutional leader; effectively navigating institutional politics; leading change with a justice, equity, diversity and inclusion lens; bringing your full self to the role; assessing institutional fit during your VPSA search; demonstrating readiness for the VPSA role; managing up, down, and across; and more.

You should apply if:

  • You hold a master’s degree and/or a terminal degree.
  • You hold a mid-level manager position or higher in student affairs.
  • Your responsibilities include staff supervision, budget management, and designing and implementing programs.

Through presentations, small group discussion, and one-on-one meetings with faculty, participants will:

  • Explore a variety of career paths, objectives, and strategies among a diverse group of participants and VPSA coaches;
  • Gain relevant insights and knowledge into different institutional types and demands when applying for and assuming a VPSA position;
  • Develop skills related to practical issues such application materials preparation, working with a search firm, managing resources, supervising at the executive level, and navigating institutional politics; and
  • Learn how to build and maintain relationships as the VPSA with cabinet-level peers, the president, and governing board members.

Institute Faculty

Accomplished vice presidents for student affairs from a variety of institutional types will serve as the Institute's faculty.

Invited Speakers

Information on the invited speakers for the 2024 NASPA Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs will be coming soon!

Invited Speakers

Venue

All institute activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.   

Hotel Room Rate / Night

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

265 Peachtree Street, Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30303

Single/double: $229

 Reserve a room!

 

NASPA is arranging special room rates for institute attendees at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Click here to reserve a room in our hotel block.

Please only book your hotel AFTER you have been accepted into the institute.

Reserving a room within our block by using the hotel's dedicated meeting website or toll-free telephone number not only benefits you; it also helps to support the institute. When you book within our institute block, you help NASPA keep meeting costs as low as possible and enable us to provide some of the important features meeting attendees have come to enjoy. 

Reserve a Room Today!

Travel

HARTSFIELD-JACKSON ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (ATL)

Hyatt Regency Atlanta is easily accessible to the World’s Busiest Airport. Hartsfield-Jackson is about a 20-minute ride by car (depending on traffic and time of day), and rental cars, taxis and shared ride services are easily available from the airport.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Atlanta’s MARTA transit system runs to and from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Fares are $2.50 each way. From the airport, Hyatt Regency Atlanta guests can board any Northbound trains and Exit at the Peachtree Center Station. The Peachtree Center Station is connected to our hotel through the Peachtree Center Mall.

Transportation Centers:

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) – 11 miles

Peachtree Station (Amtrak) – 3 miles

Public Transit Centers: Peachtree Center MARTA Transit Station  – 0.4 miles

Parking

VALET PARKING

Valet parking is available in a protected, underground garage for $55 per night.

This includes 24 hour access to your vehicle with in/out privileges. Vehicles are picked up in the Motor Lobby, located on level LL3 of the Atrium Tower.

Parking at the hotel may be limited due to high demand.
 

SELF PARKING

Though there is no official hotel self-parking, Hyatt guests may elect to self-park at designated off-property locations and enjoy discounted rates with no in/out privileges. As events in the city warrant, parking costs at non-Hyatt facilities are subject to change without notice.

We do not recommend parking in any open, unsecured lots.

Click HERE to find additional parking options near the hotel. 

Weather

The average temperatures in Atlanta, Georgia are around 53° F during the day and 33° F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

Please note, the hotel and meeting areas may be cooler temperatures. A sweater or jacket is recommended.

Global Health and Safety

With ongoing public health emergencies, NASPA is prepared to manage our place-based events with the health, safety, and well-being of our attendees, staff, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers in mind. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, NASPA staff, service providers, and others are expected to abide by our code of conduct and all policies in effect for any event sponsored by the Association.

We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for all of our conferences regularly and coordinate with trusted national resources, state and local public health agencies, and the hotels/venues hosting our events.

In all cases, we will continue to assess the risks in the area local to the event and the current status in the United States. In keeping with the Association's duty of care and the responsibility as host, NASPA has implemented safety requirements for many of our place-based convenings.

We reserve the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of any current and ongoing public health emergencies. 

For complete and most up-to-date policies and procedures related to health and safety during our place-based events, please refer to this page: https://www.naspa.org/events/global-health-and-safety  

Institute Schedule

This exclusive professional development program is an institute. Unlike conferences where participants choose to participate (or not) in concurrent sessions, during this institute all attendees will participate in the same cohort experience and are expected to engage fully in all aspects of the program including meals. It is a very intensive experience, and the program will run into the evening each day. Please plan your travel so that you are able to participate in the entire institute.

The institute faculty team is hard at work designing an outstanding program for the selected cohort. The institute will begin at 1:00 p.m. on January 24 and will conclude at 12:30 p.m. on January 27. Please check back soon for more details about the full institute schedule.

Institute Schedule
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:45 PM

Institute Check-in

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Institute Welcome and Introductions

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

A Day in the Life of the VPSA: Realities of the Executive Role

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Break

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Beyond Concrete Criteria and Credentials: Seeking Mission and Value Alignment

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Break

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Introduction of Coaching Teams

Each day during the Institute, participants will gather with the same small group facilitated by one of the Institute faculty members.

5:15 PM - 6:00 PM

Break

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Institute Reception

7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Optional- Institute Outing: Dinner (no-host) with Institute Participants

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast Available

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Introduction to Day 2

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Career Advancement: Strategically Mapping Your Steps to Next-level Leadership

10:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Break

10:55 AM - 12:05 PM

Individual Consultations with the Institute Faculty | Personal Reflection Period

12:05 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM - 1:25 PM

Transition Time

1:25 PM - 2:10 PM

The Executive Lens: President Georj Lewis on the Vital Partnership with the VPSA

2:10 PM - 2:30 PM

Break

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The Various Roles of the Vice President of Student Affairs: Institutional Leader, Cabinet Member, Presidential Confidante

3:30 PM - 3:40 PM

Transition time

3:40 PM - 4:55 PM

Coaching Teams

4:55 PM - 5:20 PM

Break

5:20 PM - 7:00 PM

Individual Consultations with the Institute Faculty | Personal Reflection Period

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast Available

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Transition time

9:10 AM - 9:25 AM

Introduction to Day 3

9:25 AM - 10:55 AM

Identity Conscious Leadership and the Centering of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging as a VPSA

10:55 AM - 11:15 AM

Break

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Featured Session with Kevin Kruger, NASPA President

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Available

12:50 PM - 2:25 PM

Individual Consultations | Personal Reflection Period

2:25 PM - 2:35 PM

Transition Time

2:35 PM - 3:35 PM

Building High-performing Intergenerational Teams as a VPSA

3:35 PM - 4:00 PM

Break

4:00 PM - 5:10 PM

Coaching Teams

5:10 PM - 5:20 PM

Transition Time

5:20 PM - 6:05 PM

Individual Consultations | Personal Reflection Period

7:15 AM - 8:20 AM

Breakfast Available

8:20 AM - 8:30 AM

Introduction to Day 4

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Exhilarating and Challenging: Choosing the VPSA Life

 

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM

Break

9:40 AM - 10:30 AM

Optimizing the Executive Job Search: Insights from a Search Firm Professional

10:30 AM - 10:40 AM

Break

10:40 AM - 11:20 AM

Coaching Teams

11:20 AM - 11:30 AM

Transition Time

11:30 PM - 12:00 PM

From Insights to Impact: Closing the Institute with Forward Momentum

Apply

The NASPA Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs is an intensive four-day program designed for professionals considering a move to the vice president for student affairs position or for those simply seeking to learn more about the role. It is an application-based program; you should apply if:

  • You hold a master’s degree and/or a terminal degree.
  • You hold a mid-level manager position or higher in student affairs.
  • Your responsibilities include staff supervision, budget management, and designing and implementing programs.

Enrollment in the Institute is limited, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applicants must submit an application not later than October 15, 2023 for consideration. A completed application includes a current résumé and responses to several short answer questions.

Notifications about application decisions will be made on a rolling basis and not later than November 15, 2023.

Accepted applicants will receive information regarding how to register for the institute. Because space is limited and because applications will be considered on a rolling basis, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Registration

A Note for AVPs/"Number Twos" Considering Applying for This Institute

If you are an AVP (or the equivalent) who is in the first two years of your first AVP (or equivalent) role, NASPA recommends you to attend the 2024 NASPA Institute for New AVPs instead of this institute. This program is offered every other year, and your application for the 2026 institute will be encouraged.

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status at the time of the event. If your current membership will expire prior to the event, you will have the option to renew at the time of registration to receive the member rate.

If you are not a current member and are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as a professional affiliate member for $80. If your institution is NOT a member, you can join as an associate affiliate member for $250. Both membership types provide access to the individual member rate for the event. Please visit the membership section of the NASPA website to learn more about membership types and benefits. We hope you’ll consider joining today!

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may qualify for a NASPA Foundation Membership Scholarship or NASPA Foundation Professional Development Access Scholarship, which can be used for this event.

For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.

 

REGISTRATION FEES

Last day to register is January 14, 2023 

Early Registration

Through December 6, 2023

Regular Registration

Through January 9, 2024 

Late Registration

Through January 14, 2024 

NASPA Member
$845 $945 $1045
Non-member
$1045 $1,145 $1,245

 

Accepted applicants will receive information regarding how to register for the institute.

Continuing Education

SAEC Approved CE Program

Certificants who attend the 2024 NASPA Institute of Aspiring VPSAs can earn up to 11 credit hours CSAEd Core or a maximum of 1.5 credit hours for CSAEd SJI, depending on what sessions they attend during the event. Sessions may only count for one type of certification. Credit hour(s) available for particular sessions are noted in the description of each session within the app.

This institute has been approved by the Higher Education Consortium for Student Affairs Certification to provide CE credit for Certified Student Affairs Educators (CSAEd). Programs that qualify for CE credit in this program are clearly identified in the program abstract. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of this program.

To receive CSAEd credit for the 2024 NASPA Institute of Aspiring VPSAs, please complete and submit the Certified Student Affairs Educators Request Form. In addition, attendees must complete the online conference evaluation, which will be emailed to you shortly after the institute. A PDF certificate will be sent via email after the form has been processed.

 

Sponsors

If you would like to sponsor the NASPA Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs, please contact Fred Comparato at 614-204-5994 or at [email protected]

Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors!