Session Styles

Please read the following descriptions carefully, and indicate in your proposal submission the most appropriate format for your proposed presentation. The typical educational session at the annual meeting is 75 minutes in length, but session length may vary depending on the presentation style.

Single Speaker

A presentation by a single speaker on a focused subject. Single speakers for educational sessions must be from a college or university.


A panel session generally will include two to four presenters each speaking for 15 to 20 minutes discussing a common theme/issue, followed by 15 to 30 minutes of discussion/Q & A.


A presentation style not covered above. Please describe how you plan to deliver your presentation in the proposal description, and bear in mind we are looking for instructional sessions that aim to help participants increase their understanding and skills on topics that address current challenges in the higher education industry.

Interactive Discussion

A highly interactive session that involves audience participation and small group discussions between participants. Discussions could be used to generate ideas, assess levels of skill and understanding, or solve problems. Sessions generally include two to four presenters each speaking for 5-10 rehearsed minutes about a key topic, followed by 30-50 minutes of free-ranging discussion among presenters and audience.

Deep Dive

A deeper dive session emphasizing interaction designed to thoroughly explore a subject, or develop a skill or technique. For example, presentations might provide updates on specific content areas, discuss new techniques, processes, procedures, or methods, or describe how knowledge from another discipline can be applied to a problem or topic. The goal is to provide interactive learning opportunities for attendees. Workshops can be 90 to 150 minutes in length.

Alternative Session Offerings


A concise 7-to-10-minute presentation on a specific subject. Snapshot sessions focus on an idea, project, workflow, etc. If you’ve always wanted to speak at NACUBO, but haven’t felt like you had enough to say for a full session, this is a great opportunity for you.


A graphic presentation of information, using graphs, photos, diagrams, and a small amount of text. Posters presented at the Annual Meeting highlight campus success stories that depict different aspects of efficiency and sustainability (both financial as well as environmental). Topics run the gamut from operational and strategic planning, major physical plant utility infrastructure replacement, residential savings, organic composting, water savings, behavior changes, net zero buildings, parking applications, Green Revolving funds, alternative financing, business case process improvements, and other elements that all improve campus energy, efficiency and costs. More Info »