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Friday, October 11, 2013
  University of Massachusetts Amherst


Online registration is currently closed. To register, please come to the on-site registration during the times listed below or call the Conference Registration office at 413-577-8102.

This year’s theme, “Transitions,” recognizes that change is fundamental to students’ higher education experiences and that student success hinges on the thoughtful negotiation of turning points, shifts and evolutions. The most obvious of these transitions is the move from high school to college but there are many others - transferring from a community college to a four year institution, moving into a campus residential environment, declaring a major, changing majors, transferring institutions, moving off campus, developing self-authorship, and graduating - to name a few.

This conference explores these pivotal points and looks at practices that help students successfully navigate them. Also, at a time when higher education is going through its own transitions, we will consider the impact of larger institutional changes and how they impact student success. The conference is designed for faculty members, administrators, and professionals in both academic and student affairs, from 2- and 4-year educational institutions who are seeking new ways of thinking about and promoting student success in higher education.

This fourth annual conference will include keynote presentations by
Adrianna Kezar, Professor of Higher Education, University of Southern California and Co-director, Pullias Center for Higher Education and Becky Wai-Ling Packard, Professor of Psychology and Education, Mount Holyoke College; Director of the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership. Participants can also expect workshops, panel presentations, and other sessions designed by presenters from 2 and 4-year institutions.

For more information visit the conference website at

A block of rooms has been set aside at the UMass Amherst Campus Center Hotel for conference attendees. For reservations call 877-822-2110 by 9/12/2013 and use the group code CSS13C. Reservations can also be made online using the link above.

call for proposals
Proposals for sessions will be accepted and reviewed from June 27 through July 25. Please click the link above for more information.

Early Bird Registration  -  $145 

Registration after August 16  -  $165
Presenter Registration  -  $
UMass System Registration  -  $ 125

Graduate Student Registration  -  $45

Institutional Teams of 3 or more  -  $125 per person (first 3 registrants must register on the same day)
UMass Amherst Faculty and Staff: A limited number of registrations are available at no charge. This option has currently reached its capacity. If you wish to be added to the waitlist please select the waitlist option on the registration page.
Exhibitor Registration - $600 for 1 table or $1200 for 2 tables 

(Exhibitors: Please use the registration form on the following page. Include your company name in the "Affiliation" field.)

All registrations received after September 26th will be assessed a $40 late fee.

Cancellation Deadline: cancellations received by the close of business on October 3rd will receive a refund minus a $60 cancellation fee. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after October 3.

If you have any questions please contact the Conference Registration office at 413-577-8102.