Call for Proposals Guidelines

NACUBO welcomes proposal submissions that offer in-depth and practical treatments of issues facing the higher education sector, showcase solutions, initiate provocative discussions and share effective strategies with our annual meeting audience.


  • Altovise (Al) Davis
  • Manager, Program Development
  • 202.861.2586
  • Email

Proposal Preparation Tips

  • NACUBO tries to ensure that we offer timely, relevant and diverse content that will appeal to a wide variety of attendees from many types of institutions. We are looking for educational content that spotlights new approaches and resources.
  • Include as much detail as possible about the presentation in your description. Be clear about your topic and how you plan to make your session interactive.
  • Include 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.
  • Provide audience takeaways. Tell us what an audience of higher education business office professionals will gain by attending your session.
  • Gear the presentation toward an audience at the intermediate to advanced level of understanding, rather than basic treatments or overviews.
  • A typical session at the annual meeting is 60 minutes long, but session length may vary depending on the session style. Please review session styles prior to submitting.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by NACUBO members from a variety of institutions as well as NACUBO staff. The reviewers will be looking for value added to the field and the level of theoretical vs. practical application.
  • Content submitted for this program may also be considered for publications, online learning programs or other conferences/workshops.
  • Proposals are also being accepted for TECHTalks, Snapshots, and Posters. Sessions will take place Sunday, July 12, 2020 through Tuesday, July 14, 2020. There will be 8-10 educational sessions running concurrently in two to three time slots per day, with some sessions occurring off schedule.

Programming Focus

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, we encourage you to indicate this by adding it to your proposal description.

Speaker Registration

If a proposal is accepted, the listed speakers from colleges, universities, and other non-profit organizations will receive a registration discount for participating. This discount is not applicable to additional speakers who receive permission to participate post-acceptance. Speakers from corporate/for-profit organizations must pay the full conference rate, whether member or non-member.

Guidelines for Submission

  • Deadline for submission is November 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm ET.
  • NACUBO is accepting proposals from both member and non-member organizations. Priority will be given to members.
  • Selected speakers are responsible for all expenses incurred in conjunction with the NACUBO 2020 Annual Meeting including registration, housing and travel.
  • Each proposal must have at least one (1) presenter from a higher education institution. Any proposal that does not include a presenter from a college or university will be considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete proposals may be deleted after November 4, 2019. Incomplete proposals include submissions that do not include speakers with full contact information.
  • Submitting a proposal does not guarantee participation in the program.
  • Do not list speakers without definite commitment that they will be on the program. There is a limit of 4 speakers per submission.
  • All speakers must agree to all the terms and conditions for participation, including being responsible for expenses incurred in conjunction with the meeting.
  • Do not submit a proposal unless each presenter is available to appear on any day of the annual meeting. Accepted proposals will not be assigned a specific speaking date and time until two months prior to the annual meeting.
  • The primary submitter will be notified of acceptance by January 21, 2020.
  • All speakers/co-presenters associated with a selected session must register for the meeting and are responsible for the cost of their registration.
  • All speakers must complete an acceptance form in order to be confirmed for a session and will receive an official confirmation letter if accepted.
  • Proposal submission topics cannot be changed after the review and selection process.
  • NACUBO reserves the right to revise presentation titles, reassign the identified track, or edit the session description of selected presentations for NACUBO promotional and program publications.
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