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NACUBO invites you to submit your content ideas for the NACUBO 2022 Annual Meeting which will be hosted July 16–19, 2022, at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Denver.

We are looking for proposals that—

  • Are innovative and cutting edge
  • Provoke discussion and audience engagement
  • Facilitate learning and competency development

The submission deadline is Monday, November 15 at 5 pm ET. Submitters will be notified of decisions by January 31, 2022.

If a proposal is accepted, NACUBO expects all speakers and panelists to be present in-person. We will not be accommodating online speakers or panelists for this event.


Meeting Theme: The Power of Together

NACUBO is excited to reconvene our members as we host the NACUBO 2022 Annual Meeting in Denver. We look forward to reconnecting with colleagues as we reflect on what we have accomplished and the progress we have made in the higher education community. Join your peers as we renew our commitment to working together to tackle and solve the complex challenges that lie ahead for our institutions and the students we serve. Together, our insights will help our colleges and universities thrive.


Session Content

NACUBO encourages proposals that showcase future trends; offer unique ideas; share interesting stories/case studies; foster diversity, equity, and inclusion; and accelerate innovation. We welcome proposals that think broadly and boldly about the future of higher education, as well as those that take deep dives into the tactical and practical skills necessary for effective higher education business operations. Session proposals should focus on one or more of the following questions and themes:

  • How will business practices evolve to serve future generations of students and ensure access, affordability, and success?
  • How can we equip and empower institution leaders to make prudent, strategic decisions to shape the next decade and beyond?
  • How do business officers address today’s operational challenges and “future-proof” their institutions and their economic models?
We will be evaluating sessions best suited to the needs of business professionals at colleges and universities. To assist us in evaluating sessions, please —
  • Include as much detail as possible about the presentation in your description. Be clear about your topic, session format, and how you plan to make your session interactive.
  • Include at least three learning objectives for your presentation. When writing learning objectives, focus on the participant and the specific knowledge, skills and abilities that can be achieved from your presentation. Learning objectives should complete the sentence, “After completing this session, attendees will be able to...”
  • Provide audience takeaways. Tell us what an audience of higher education business professionals will gain by participating in your session.
  • Gear the presentation toward an audience at the intermediate to advanced level of understanding, rather than basic treatments or overviews.
  • Identify your audience, if applicable. NACUBO continues to focus on programming of interest to institutions of similar type and size. If your presentation specifically addresses the needs of a specific group (for example, community colleges or small institutions), indicate this by adding it to your proposal description.
  • Describe how your presentation will incorporate NACUBO’s principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Topic Areas

We are seeking presentations that address the most pressing, current, and emerging issues facing higher education. Potential topic areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Accounting trends and best practices
  • Bringing sustainability or energy efficiency to business operations and/or facilities
  • Campus partnerships (internal and external collaborations)
  • Communicating financial information effectively to stakeholders
  • Data-informed decision-making
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the business office
  • Connecting mission and fiscal resources
  • Effective benchmarking to improve performance
  • Endowment management
  • Enrollment management
  • Exploring challenges specific to certain segments of the higher education sector, particularly community colleges, HBCUs or other minority-serving institutions, regional public institutions, small colleges, and/or systems
  • International risk management, including emerging regulations
  • Leveraging analytics for short- and long-term planning
  • Navigating COVID-19 challenges
  • New business models (e.g., non-traditional revenue streams, maximizing facilities)
  • Process transformation (e.g., reporting, budgeting, cost containment, new systems)
  • Governance best practices and collaborating with the governing board
  • Strategic partnerships, including mergers and consolidations
  • Student success initiatives
  • Tax management
  • Treasury and debt management
  • Technological innovation to improve/enhance services and compliance
  • Workforce challenges


Guidelines for Submission

Submission of a presentation does not guarantee participation in the program. Please review all details below before submitting.

Key Dates

  • The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 15 at 5 pm ET.
  • Acceptance notifications will be sent by January 31, 2022.
  • Educational sessions will take place Sunday, July 17, through Tuesday, July 19.

NACUBO Membership

  • NACUBO membership is required to speak at the NACUBO annual meeting. For additional information, visit our membership page.

Speaker Considerations

  • Do not submit proposals unless each speaker listed in the proposal is available to present in person at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center during the program dates.
  • Include all presenters that will take part in the presentation. Do not list co-presenters without definite commitment that they will be on the session. The co-presenter(s) must agree to all the terms and conditions for participation. There is a limit of four speakers per submission.
  • Each proposal must have at least one speaker from a college or university. Any submission that does not include a presenter from a college or university will be considered incomplete and will not be accepted. Product Demonstrations and Corporate Showcases are the only session formats that do not require a college/university speaker.
  • Selected speakers/co-presenters from colleges and universities will receive a discounted registration rate for the meeting. Speakers will not receive any royalties, honorarium, reimbursement of expenses, or other compensation from NACUBO in connection with the program.
  • All selected speakers will receive an official confirmation letter.
  • Speakers must complete an agreement form to be confirmed for a session.

Session Details

  • Proposal submission topics cannot be changed after the review and selection process.
  • NACUBO reserves the right to revise presentation titles or edit the session description of selected presentations for NACUBO promotional and program publications.

Thank you for considering these elements while putting together your proposal. We look forward to your submission!

Submit a Proposal

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