Higher Education Conferences to Attend in 2024

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

By: Volt

Since March 2020, higher ed conferences have been canceled, postponed, or pushed online. Many are returning to in-person formats for 2024; 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 2024.

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Higher Education Conferences Happening in Winter 2023-24

2024 AIEA Annual Conference 

The Association of International Education Administrators 2024 Annual Conference is the only conference specifically for those leading international education at higher education institutions. The conference will be held February 18-21, 2024, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC.

Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience

The 43rd Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience provides a forum where higher education professionals can share experiences, concerns and accomplishments related to supporting student learning, development, and success in the first college year.

InsightsEDU 2024 

InsightsEDU is limited to marketing and enrollment professionals in higher education at a university or college. According to the organization, this is one of the few higher education conferences that focus exclusively on the adult learner enrolled in online education programs.

Hannon Hill Virtual Higher Education Web And Marketing Conference

For three days, Hannon Hill’s clients and the higher ed community at large will come together to learn and share experiences on how they amplify their web content to reach prospective students and increase enrollment.

Elements of Practice + Policy of AI in Education

This Summit is designed to provide valuable and actionable insights into the latest trends, best practices, and cutting-edge technologies in the field of artificial intelligence and generative text in higher education for WCET members.

Higher Education Conferences Happening in Spring 2024

SXSW EDU Conference & Festival 

  • Website: https://www.sxswedu.com/
  • When: March 4-7, 2024
  • Where: Austin, TX
  • Attendance: In-person
  • Cost: Starting at $595

This year SXSW Edu will have a more dedicated focus on effective practice and institutional leadership by introducing two new tracks: Teaching & Learning and Leadership for Tomorrow, which replaces the previous Practice & Pedagogy track. More information on the agenda and learnings will be available soon.

2024 NASPA Annual Conference

The NASPA Annual Conference is the premier student affairs professional development event. The 2024 conference will be held in Seattle, Washington, and will include three focus areas: Navigating the Opportunities of Uncertainty; Care in Chaos; and Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging.

2024 CUPRAP Spring Professional Development Conference

Each year CUPRAP holds a Spring Professional Development Conference in March. The 2024 conference will be at the Lancaster County Convention Center and Marriott Penn Square on March 13-15.

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

AAC&U’s 2024 Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success will focus on these topics and more. The conversations at the conference will be open to educators, students, administrators, policymakers and community members.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Conference 2024

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Conference is a three-day professional development event specifically designed for HBCU professionals and advocates. Discuss new solutions, share best practices and collaborate with colleagues to increase efficiencies in managing enrollment and improving student outcomes.

UPCEA 2024 Annual Conference

This year’s conference will address themes such as growing higher ed’s impact through expanded access and innovation (focused on emerging topics such as AI), broadened inclusivity, policy advocacy, organizational transformation, engaging faculty and other critical partners and building individual networks.

AACC 2024 – Racing for a Better Future Conference

  • Website: https://aaccannual.com/
  • When: April 5-9, 2024
  • Where: Louisville, KY
  • Attendance: In-person
  • Cost: Starting at $400

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) will host a premier professional development conference for leaders and stakeholders in community colleges on April 5-9 in Louisville, Kentucky.

AACRAO Annual Meeting

During the AACRAO 109th Annual Meeting, professionals from various higher education disciplines will gather together April 7-10 in Columbus, Ohio, to engage and discuss the ever-changing landscape of higher ed.

OLC Innovate 2024 – Education Reimagined

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is a group of higher education leaders and innovators who work to advance quality digital teaching and learning experiences. OLC Innovate 2024 offers both an in-person and virtual higher education conference for educators of all experience levels on April 10-13 in Denver, Colorado and on April 23-25 virtually.

2024 Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference

HLC’s Annual Conference is geared toward administrators in the higher education community, including administrative professionals, faculty members, CEOs, presidents and chancellors. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago from April 13-16, 2024.

ASU+GSV Summit

The ASU+GSV Summit for 2024 is set to be a transformative three-day event, gathering some of the world’s foremost experts in business, entrepreneurship, higher education and education innovation. With a mission to foster a future in which all individuals have equitable access to opportunities, the summit emphasizes the pivotal role of scaled innovations in education and workforce skills delivery. The summit will be held April 14-17 in San Diego, California

2024 Graduate Enrollment Management Summit

NAGAP will host the 2024 Graduate Enrollment Management Summit to connect industry professionals April 24-27 in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Digital University Week – Inside Higher Ed/Times Higher Education

Digital University Week, hosted by Inside Higher Ed and Times Higher Education, brings together leaders in higher education’s digital transformation to explore the opportunities and challenges of a digital-first future on May 6-8 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Higher Education Conferences Happening in Summer 2024

NAFSA 2024 Annual Conference & Expo

NAFSA 2024 Annual Conference & Expo will be held May 28-31 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Learn, network and connect with international education professionals while exploring “Resilience. Renewal. Community.”

The NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education is a convergence of three conferences in one registration! The Conferences convene the student success-focused community to engage in important professional development, exchange innovative ideas, and network with peers. You will engage with content from the Assessment, Planning, and Data Analytics Conference, First-generation Student Success Conference, and the Dismantling Systemic Barriers to Student Success Conference.

Engage Summit

The Engage Summit is a roadmap for AI readiness in higher ed. This conference is a guide to understanding and applying AI at an institution by exploring the strategies and tools to step into the next generation of student engagement. June 25-26 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

EduWeb Summit 2024

EduWeb is a community of higher education professionals and industry partners passionate about advancing their marketing, communications, and digital work from colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. In 2024, eduWeb will celebrate its 19th year. The annual conference and trade show has grown to attract attendees from 16 countries and all 50 states.

RNL National Conference 2024

The 2024 RNL National Conference gives a chance to hear the best strategies, solutions, and advances that will help your institution be more successful than ever. The conference will feature more than 100 sessions across six conference tracks. More details about the agenda, speakers and entertainment will be posted soon.

2024 AMA Summer Academic Conference

2024 AMA Summer Academic Conference in Boston, MA will demonstrate the responsibilities of marketing to promote innovative, sustainable, inclusive and equitable technology-based offerings that advance the quality of life for humanity and the earth.

Higher Education Conferences Happening in Fall 2024

NACAC 2024 Conference

NACAC Conference 2024 will bring over 6,000 attendees to Los Angeles to share best practices, inspirational ideas, cutting-edge research and professional stories at the premier event for college admission counseling professionals.

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




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