The Higher Education Accounting Forum brings together campus and industry accounting experts and offers an opportunity to share effective strategies, showcase solutions, and have provocative discussions. NACUBO invites you to submit a proposal to present a session at the 2024 Forum, which will take place April 28–30 in Atlanta.
The program committee will be evaluating sessions best suited to the needs of financial professionals at colleges and universities. It is important to note that, rather than basic overviews, we are looking for more in-depth and practical treatments of accounting, reporting, and financial management topics. Some key considerations as you prepare your proposal:
- Include as much detail as possible about the presentation. Be clear about the content, how you plan to engage your audience, and what the takeaways will be.
- Include 3 learning objectives. The learning objectives should complete the sentence, “After attending this session, you will be able to...”
- Gear the presentation towards an audience at an intermediate to advanced level of understanding, rather than basic treatments or overviews.
- All proposals, except for corporate showcases (see below), must include at least one speaker from a college or university. For proposed panels, the number of corporate presenters may match but not exceed the number of presenters from a college or university. All speakers must be NACUBO members.
- NACUBO encourages submissions that include panelists that focus on our principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Corporate Showcase Session Opportunities: New in 2024!
We are seeking thought leaders from audit firms and sector businesses for corporate showcase presentations on our listed topics. If selected, there is a $5,000 sponsorship fee to present these sessions, which will be part of the program as concurrent sessions. These are competitive opportunities: only three corporate showcase sessions will be selected by NACUBO’s program committee. Preference will be given to substantial, thoughtful, and relevant content. Corporate showcases do not need to be presented with campus experts (but can be if desired). Additional sponsorship options are available to raise your visibility with attendees.
Examples of specific topics include (but are not limited to) the following and should be generally related to accounting, reporting, financial management, and the work environment:
- Audit preparation and responding to audit recommendations
- Effectively communicating financial information
- Federal compliance topics
- Practical readiness and advice for implementing new accounting standards
- Using analytics to assess transactions, risk, and controls
- Fraud mitigation strategies and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Managing in an uncertain economic climate
- Supporting and maintaining the workforce
- Declining number of accounting graduates and the future business office
- Campus Infrastructure: Planning, budgeting, accounting, reporting, analyzing
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion topics
- Process or business model transformation
Guidelines for Submission
- The deadline for submissions is Monday, December 4, 2023. Proposals may be submitted at any time until 11:59 pm ET on the deadline date.
- Acceptance notifications will be sent by January 15, 2024.
- Submission of a presentation does not guarantee participation in the program.
- All speakers must be NACUBO members for the proposal to be considered.
- Include all presenters that will take part in the presentation. All presenters must agree to the terms and conditions for participation. There is a limit of 5 speakers per submission.
- Each proposal must have at least one speaker from a college or university, unless the proposal is a corporate showcase (involves a sponsor fee to present as explained above).
- Once all sessions are confirmed, all speakers will receive an official confirmation letter and must complete an agreement form to be confirmed for a session.
- All speakers must register for the program. Selected speakers 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, unless otherwise noted by NACUBO.
- NACUBO reserves the right to revise presentation titles or edit the session description of selected presentations for NACUBO promotional and program publications.
- Proposals cannot be changed once submitted.