Request for Proposals

Recommended topics for Workshops and Poster Sessions

Monday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 15, 2016


  • Integration   Cultural programs that support and promote students’ sense of belonging and transformation by elimination of dispositional, institutional and situational barriers.
  • Innovation   Improvement of the recruitment, retention and completion rates of underrepresented populations by creating innovative teaching and learning strategies in and out of the classroom.
  • Collaboration   Visionary and collaborative community engagement partnerships and programs with two and four year institutions, K-12 schools, parents and/or community agencies.
  • Inclusion   Leading applied research and assessment on accessibility and equity for underrepresented students in higher education.
Types of Proposals

Applicants may submit paper proposals for a 60-minute session or an interactive poster session referenced as an interactive showcase presentation. Research presentations and conversations that consider the complex nature of a student’s sense of belonging and success will be favored.

Applicants may submit proposals in one of the following formats:

  •  A PANEL of multiple presenters on related issues.
  • A PRESENTATION by one or more authors on a single topic.
  • A WORKSHOP with audience interaction and active learning around specific outcomes and applications.
  • A SHOWCASE OR POSTER PRESENTATION with creative presentations during the evening reception designed for audience interaction.

Conference planners will do their best to accommodate presenter preferences in light of conference goals and timing.  To facilitate this dialogue, proposals in multiple formats are welcome.

Concurrent sessions (Panels, Paper Presentations, Workshops) Concurrent sessions explore and demonstrate innovative practices and programs or applied research findings related to student success. Concurrent sessions will be offered in 60-minute blocks. Interaction and participant engagement are key elements of these conference sessions, though there may be elements of more traditional presentations as well. Proposals should be submitted using the online form at

Interactive Showcase Presentation Showcase presentations are a vibrant way to showcase research findings, innovative practices and programs. To emphasize their value and importance as a way to disseminate information, presenters should network with others interested in similar topics and access rich feedback. The poster session will take place in conjunction with a reception. Although showcase presentations should be self-explanatory, presenters must be in attendance during the full reception being held on Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. We encourage interactive, creative and innovative approaches.

Proposal submission

Proposals will be subject to blind peer review by an Oakland University committee that includes both faculty and staff. The following are the five primary evaluation criteria used in the review of proposals. Preference will be given to proposals reflecting the conference theme. Participation in a poster session is encouraged. Administrators, faculty, academic staff and students in higher education and individuals in other organizations focused on student access and achievement in higher education are encouraged to submit proposals.


  1. Relevance to the conference theme
  2. Clarity and coherence of the session description and plan
  3. Relevance to the interest of the conference participants
  4. Contributions to new or innovative practices for student, staff and faculty development.
  5. Likelihood that the session will stimulate active engagement of participants.


Submission of proposals will close on January 15, 2016

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