25 Higher Education Conferences to Attend in 2022-2023

Our tracker of virtual, in-person and hybrid higher education leadership conferences for the upcoming academic year.

By: Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey 
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Since March 2020, higher ed conferences have been canceled, postponed, or pushed online. Many are returning to in-person formats for 2022-23; a few are staying fully virtual; and others are adopting hybrid models to accommodate attendees’ concerns. Some that have not been held since 2019 have set return dates, while others are bidding farewell after one final in-person conference. No matter the format, many more sessions are now available to registrants as on-demand content – a trend that seems likely to stay.

Of course, networking at virtual events simply is not the same, and many are happy to return to informal conversations and gatherings with old colleagues and new coworkers without the need for a web cam.

Here is our guide to the college leadership conferences that typically dot the higher education professional development calendar, with a breakdown of the current plans for how each will be held in 2022-23.

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Higher Ed Conferences to Watch for in Fall 2022

Leadership in Higher Education Virtual Conference

Although the 2021 conference was virtual, the organizers of the Leadership in Higher Education Conference will hold an in-person event in Baltimore for 2022. Unique this year, the conference will tackle academic and administrative leadership by utilizing six paths: leadership and professional development; diversity, equity and inclusion; institutional culture and climate; student recruitment, retention and success; academic leadership topics; and a special program on need-to-know topics.

HighEdWeb

The annual HighEdWeb conference has returned to an in-person format for 2022, taking place in Little Rock, AR. This event for digital professionals in higher education has previously covered topics including data tracking and reporting; programming languages; social media strategy; designing for accessibility; and more. In-person registration has closed, but attendees can still attend the online events.

AAC&U Transforming Global Learning Practice: Time for Action

Amid recent global crises, including the pandemic, educators are looking to reframe global learning to embrace and emphasize individuals who have been historically excluded. The conference will bring together these leaders as they respond to the call for action at local, national and global levels.

2022 Annual Convening: BREAKTHROUGH

Breakthroughs are necessary in higher ed to impart change in students and society. Leaders will gather in Atlanta, GA, to explore innovations, perspectives and practices for higher education’s equitable and impactful future. This conference will center on creating the future of higher education.

Social Media Strategies Summit: Higher Education

The Social Media Strategies Summit shares and elevates best practices in social media marketing from today’s leading colleges and universities by the people managing those accounts and developing those strategies. This conference features presentations and discussions on topics including, unpacking emerging trends in new platforms, auditing your social media initiatives and creating a successful social media strategy.

EDUCAUSE Annual Conference

Providing a hybrid format with options for in-person networking and virtual attendance, the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference will be held at the Colorado Convention Center. Representatives in information technology thought leadership will present discoveries and explore strategies for development and success.

ContentEd

  • Website: http://contentedlive.com/
  • When: November 3-4, 2022
  • Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Attendance: In-person
  • Cost: Starting at £749 (+VAT)

ContentEd will return to  Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, Scotland, for the 2022 in-person conference. Presented by a variety of international experts, this year’s conference will  center on development and advancement of content strategy. Speakers will address a variety of topics, including recruitment marketing, alumni engagement and more.

AAC&U 2021 Transforming STEM Higher Education

Although organizers at the Association of American Colleges & Universities kept their fingers crossed for an in-person gathering in late 2021, they ultimately decided a virtual format was best. For 2022, there is a return to an in-person format in Arlington, VA. The conference will focus on the lasting impacts of the pandemic on STEM, as well as the impacts of racially motivated and socioeconomically driven events in recent years.

AMA Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education

For more than 30 years, the American Marketing Association has hosted its annual Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education as an opportunity for higher ed marketing professionals to bond over challenges and share best practices relating to their work — and this will not change for 2022. With the option to attend virtually or in-person, this conference features interactive and on-demand content covering brand and marketing strategy, content creation, audience development, and more, with an overarching theme of navigating an industry that has evolved.

AACRAO SEM Meeting

The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers will gather in-person for their annual Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Conference in 2022. Taking place at the Westin Harbor Castle in Toronto, Ontario Canada, the conference will focus on topics such as social justice and equity, managing resignations, online learning’s impact on access and equity, and meeting the needs of international and adult learners.

UPCEA 2022 MEMS (Marketing. Enrollment Management. Student Success.)

After virtual conferences in 2020 and 2021, UPCEA goes live in the Big Easy’s French Quarter. Leadership from institutions of all sizes are invited to discuss components of marketing and enrollment management in current higher education.

Higher Education Conferences Happening in Winter 2023

GMAC Annual Conference

This year’s conference, presented jointly by the Graduate Management Admissions Council and MBA Roundtable, will allow academic and administrative program-level deans and directors to gather in-person to explore strategies and to solve current challenges by learning from international leaders in education and management.

NASPA Strategies Mental Health Conference

Student affairs professionals will engage in workshops and discussions addressing prevention of sexual assault and alcohol and drug abuse prevention at the collegiate level, as well as approaches to address mental health and to promote well-being.

FETC (Future of Education Technology Conference)

  • Website: https://www.fetc.org/
  • When: January 23-26, 2023
  • Where: New Orleans, LA
  • Attendance: In-person
  • Cost: Starting at $360

Celebrating 43 years of exploring new technologies and best practices in ed tech, the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) returns as an in-person event in New Orleans, LA, for 2023. The themed theaters of the exhibition hall, hands-on sessions and in-depth workshops will allow attendees to immerse themselves in the newest products and services shaping teaching.

DREAM 2023: Chicago

The in-person conference for Achieving the Dream since 2020 will center on four themes: access, mobility, momentum and community impact. With representatives from more than 300 organizations, presenters will discuss evidence-based strategies that are transforming higher ed. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

2023 NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students

With the increased enrollment of military-connected students, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators will host a three-day conference to guide professionals who are developing and navigating programs to assist these students. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Higher Education Conferences Happening in Spring 2023

CUPRAP 2023

The annual spring conference for College and University Public Relations Association of Pennsylvania will be held at the Lancaster County Convention Center and Marriott Penn Square in March. More information will be provided as it becomes available. 

AAC&U Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success

After a return to an in-person format in 2022, the American Association of Colleges and Universities will host the annual conference on diversity, equity and student success in Henderson, Nevada. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

2023 UPCEA Annual Conference

Boasting record attendance for the in-person event in spring 2022, the University Professional and Continuing Education Association will meet in Washington, D.C., in March 2023 to focus on partnerships, resilience, access and inclusion in higher education. 

AACRAO Annual Meeting

Known for popular presenters since 2014, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers will meet at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Conference Center for the March 2023 conference. More information will be provided as it becomes available. 

NASPA Annual Conference

After 4,000 connections made and 1,200 pre-conference attendees during the 2022 conference, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators will be welcoming attendees to Boston for the 2023 conference. More information will be provided as it becomes available. 

NAGAP 2022 Graduate Enrollment Management Summit

Mark the calendar for the April 2023 conference hosted by the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals in New York. With a growing list of exhibitors and presenters, the conference is a must attend for those dedicated to graduate enrollment management. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

University of Illinois Web Con

In its 23rd year as a virtual conference, the University of Illinois Web Con showcases web technology and tools to content producers, social media marketers, web developers and more. The two-day event will include high-tech and low-tech presentations, as well as content regarding diversity, inclusion, anti-racism and allyship as these topics relate to web development and marketing.   

Confab

Confab will be abandoning the in-person event after the spring 2023 conference. First hosted in 2011, Confab has been dedicated to content strategy; however, after much consideration in light of the pandemic, the team has decided to have “one last hurrah” before venturing into new territory. 

Higher Education Conferences Happening in Summer 2023

HETL Conference 2023

The University of Aberdeen will be hosting the 2023 International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association conference in June. Focusing on re-imagining education through collaboration and compassion, the conference will encompass four themes: inclusive, interdisciplinary, international and sustainable. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

 

Did we miss any higher ed conferences? Have any of these been updated already? Let us know on Twitter @volthighered.

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey 

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey 

Freelance writer

Writer, editor, and communications strategist Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey has published in DAME Magazine, The Frisky, Philly Love Notes, and Curiosity Magazine, amongst other publications.

Jillian has an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers University Camden campus and a BA in English Literature/Creative Writing from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their pets. Follow her on Twitter: @jillianivey.


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