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April 30, 2021

Early Registration Deadline

May 31, 2021

Regular Registration Deadline

NASPA Virtual Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education

Virtual Conferences and Institutes Student Success Career and Workforce Development Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice

The 2021 NASPA Virtual Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education is a convergence of three conferences in one registration! The conferences will offer outstanding professional development opportunities that will shape your learning experience. Use the #SSHE21 hashtag to connect and engage with potential attendees and presenters across social media!

Update: Given our desire to provide a safe experience while recognizing the financial challenges and travel restrictions at many institutions, we were able to negotiate a new agreement with our Denver venue that allows us to host the 2021 conferences as a fully virtual experience for all attendees.

  • Registration is now open! Register at the early rate until April 30, 2021.



Presented By


The NASPA Virtual Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education convenes the student success-focused community to engage in important professional development, exchange innovative ideas, and network with peers. You will engage with content from the Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference, First-generation Student Success Conference, and the inaugural Dismantling Systemic Barriers to Student Success Conference remotely through a virtual event platform.

The Dismantling Systemic Barriers to Student Success Conference is a convergence of the former Student Financial Wellness Conference and the Closing the Achievement Gap Conference with the addition of exciting expanded content. This new conference will debut and join the Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference and the First-generation Student Success Conference. Conference programming will foster important dialogue to uncover pervasive barriers and prompt strategic change in institutional approaches for serving students and advancing outcomes.

In addition to a robust selection of educational programming, the conferences will offer multiple dynamic keynotes, thought-provoking pre-conference workshops, exhibit hall offerings, and active engagement with attendees and presenters.

The NASPA Virtual Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education is your opportunity to take a cross-functional approach to student success when it has never been more important.
Take a look at the 2020 NASPA Virtual Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education program book to learn about last year's programming and events.

To learn more about each of the conferences' learning outcomes and themes, visit the pages below:


The 2021 NASPA Virtual Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education will offer an innovative way to engage remotely through: 

  • Multiple days of curated content facilitated by subject-matter experts from all three conference tracks;

  • Educational sessions and connections to presenters and attendees;

  • Thoughtful presentations from featured speakers to strengthen your knowledge base;

  • Opportunities to engage and network with other attendees across conferences, and;

  • An exhibit hall for real-time engagement with sponsors & exhibitors.

We hope you’ll join us!



Registration and Pricing

One registration grants access to conference speakers, sessions, and special features from all three conferences! When registering, please select the conference that best aligns with your interests.

Registration is now open! 

Registration Fees

Early Registration
February 12, 2021 - April 30, 2021

Regular Registration
May 1 - May 31, 2021

Late Registration
June 1 - June 25, 2021

NASPA Member
$155 $185 $215
$255 $285 $315
NASPA Student Member
$75 $85 $95
Half-Day Pre-conference Workshops
$20 $30 $40
Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshops
$40 $50 $60


Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join NASPA as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee. If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

If you are experiencing financial hardship, please visit the NASPA Foundation Membership Scholarships or NASPA Foundation Professional Development Access Scholarships which could be applied for #SSHE21.

Pre-Conference Workshop Registration

Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshops (4-hours): These workshps are held prior to the conference and offer participants an in-depth study and learning experience. Pre-conference workshops will require participants to pre-register for a fee.

Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshops (2-hours): These workshps are held at the beginning of the conference and are designed as highly-specialized opportunities to discuss a specific topic or program. Pre-conference workshops will require participants to pre-register for a fee.

Register Today

Registration Policies


Please note that there is no "Bill Me" option in the registration. The online registration system will accept the following credit cards for payment:

  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express

Changes in payment method or credit card after the initial payment is processed are NOT permitted. Please be sure that you are using the appropriate credit card for this transaction.

It is preferred that registration be paid by credit card. If this is not possible for you because of your institutional policies, please email sshe@naspa.org to request an invoice for check payments.

Please note, all registrations needing to be paid by check must be submitted by June 1, 2021. All check payments must then be received within 30 days or your order will be canceled.



Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to refund@naspa.org.


Registration Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/refund deadline less a $50.00 administrative fee is May 7, 2021. This program may be canceled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel-related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues. Please click here to submit a refund request. Refunds will not be processed after May 7, 2021 for any reason.

Individual NASPA memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Please allow 30 business days for processing. To inquire about the status of a refund after 10 business days, please send an email to refund@naspa.org.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Additional Membership Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to events@naspa.org.

Call for Programs

Call for Programs (Now Closed)

We invite you to help shape the conversations at this year’s conferences by submitting your program. The #SSHE21 Conference Advisory Committee encourages proposals sharing evidence-based practices with delivery that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to advance institutional efforts. Please note that the CFP has been adjusted to reflect the virtual format. If you have any questions about your submission, please email sshe@naspa.org.

Check out the program submission outline below to learn more about the different sections of the proposal and learning outcomes for each conference.

Extended Deadline: March 19, 2021


Call for Reviewers (Now Closed)

Serving as a program reviewer is a professional development volunteer opportunity that affords you a behind-the-scenes look into the evidence-based practices and promising programs your colleagues intend to showcase at #SSHE21.

Extended Deadline: March 19, 2021


Program Submission Outline

General Outline

Program Submission Outline:

Program Title
Program Abstract
Program Type
- General Interest Session (60 min)
- Learning Lab (30 min)
- Scholarly Paper
- Poster Session
- Pre-conference Workshop (2-hour or 4-four)
Program Outline
Learning Outcomes (1 - 3)
Presenter(s) Information
Conference Selection
- Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference (APDA)
- First-generation Student Success Conference (FGSS)
- Dismantling Systemic Barriers to Student Success Conference (DSBC)
Conference Theme Selection
- Click here to view APDA learning outcomes and themes.
- Click here to view FGSS learning outcomes and themes.
- Click here to view DSBC learning outcomes and themes
Professional Compentencies, Content Area, and Intended Audience
Scholarly Paper Upload (if applicable)
Presenter Background

Review NASPA's Program Submission Guidelines for tips on writing a program proposal.  

Please note, the scholarly papers and posters do not need to be finalized or peer-reviewed for consideration. A completed paper or poster that adheres to appropriate citation formats may be required for the accepted conference program proposals.

Call for Programs Worksheet

Call for Programs Worksheet

This document is a snapshot of the Call for Programs (CFP) submission form. Use this worksheet to plan your responses to each of the questions in the CFP, then copy and paste your responses into our online submission form (sign-in to NASPA profile required).

Click here to download worksheet (Word Document; .docx)

Please note, this is NOT how program proposals will be submitted to the conferences. Please do not submit this worksheet.

For questions about proposal submission, including how to use this tool, contact SSHE – sshe@naspa.org.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Interested in exhibiting and sponsorship? Please email Kristie Jacobsen Jerde at kjerde@naspa.org or call her at 218-280-7578.

2021 Conference Advisory Committee

The Conference Advisory Committee (CAC), in partnership with the NASPA conference planning staff, provides overall support of the Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education (SSHE), serves as an advocate for the SSHE conferences experience, ensures that conference programming and activities are linked to the learning outcomes of the conferences, and assists with the development of the overall attendee experience.

Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference 
Marisol Cardenas, M.S. Cal Poly Pomona
Tim Kresse, M. Ed. Miami University
Kim Kruchen-Spaulding, M. Ed.
University of Colorado Boulder
Pamelyn Shefman, Ph.D.
Alvin Community College
Dismantling Systemic Barriers to Student Success Conference
Carrie Ben-Yisrael Washington State University
Carlos Cruz, Ed.D.
Dallas College
Brendan Greisberger, M.A. The Ohio State University
Martina Martin, Ed.D.
University of Kentucky
Jacob Popovich, Ph.D. Columbus State Community College
First-generation Student Success Conference
Lamesha Brown, Ph.D. St. Cloud Technical & Community College
Whitley Johnson, M.A.Ed
University of Miami
Alicia Sanchez, MBA
Wichita State University
Jennifer Schoen, M. Ed
Northeastern University
Gourjoine Wade, Ed.D.
Grambling State University

Future Conferences

June 2022 Baltimore, Maryland
June 2023 Kansas City, Missouri
June 2024 TBD
June 2025 Denver, Colorado