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We have several exciting opportunities for you to share your knowledge, expertise, and best practices at the conference. In addition to concurrent sessions, we will also have a block of time dedicated to “rapid-fire” discussions and roundtable discussions. The rapid-fire and roundtable discussions will have specific topics that relate to our theme of student success and also reflect feedback from you, our most important asset.

The deadline for these proposals is Friday, April 19, 2019!



NCLCA has entered an agreement with Innovative Educators to livestream some of the concurrent sessions. NCLCA will select four presenters for live streaming. These presenters will be required to:

  • Provide NCLCA with slides for the presentation and a digital copy of any handouts at least five weeks prior to conference.
  • Release the rights to their presentation in order to allow Innovative Educators to livestream their presentation during the event and provide the session on an on-demand basis afterwards.
  • Participate in a training session with Innovative Educators.

Presenters may opt out of allowing their session to be considered for livestreaming. However, preference for selection and scheduling may be given to presenters who are willing allow their sessions to be livestreamed. 


Successful proposals in the past have centered on topics such as:

    • Best Practices
    • Student success and retention
    • Program/center start-up
    • Training programs
    • Hiring and staffing
    • Funding
    • Early/academic alert and intervention
    • Academic coaching
    • Documenting your success
    • First year or second year student programs
    • Programs designed for at-risk students
    • Programs designed for special populations
    • Technology
    • Campus partnerships
    • Marketing
    • Strategic planning/outcomes development

    Applicants should apply for the type of session that best supports their topic.

    Concurrent Sessions

    • Presentation covers a full period (50 minutes)
    • Provide research and/or data
    • Provide information that can be used to guide long-term planning
    • Provide information which may be theoretical in nature
    • Provide information that may be general in nature
    • Presentation may be live streamed to participants online
    • Bottom line: The participants leave with information that may be used to guide action

    To submit a Concurrent Session proposal, please click the link below: 


    Rapid-Fire Discussion

    What are rapid-fire discussions and what are the topics that I could submit a proposal on?

    • Rapid-fire discussions, aka “lightning” discussions, are designed to be short-length presentations on key issues in our field followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask thought-provoking questions about the topic
    • Each topic can have up to 3 presenters who will each have a maximum of ten minutes to discuss their perspective on the topic
    • Attendees will have the opportunity to ask each presenter in-depth questions about the topic.

    Topics include:

    • What is student success, specifically, and how do we move beyond the buzz words?
    • What are important considerations for measuring student success?
    • What are the unique ways in which learning centers contribute to student success and how do we know this?
    • What are important considerations centered around technology and its use that help enhance learning center efficacy?
    • How do we create welcoming and inclusive spaces in our learning centers?
    • How can learning center directors find new sources of funding, revenue, and/or development dollars in an era of declining fiscal resources?
    • How have you leveraged creative partnerships on your campus to help enhance student success?
    • How have you engaged in research at your learning center and what are you doing with the results?
    • How has strategic planning and the development of measurable outcomes enhanced your learning center?
    • What are current and future challenges for the field of learning assistance and how will you respond?

    To submit a Rapid-Fire Discussion proposal, please click the link below: 


    Roundtable Discussions

    Roundtable discussions provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss critical issues and share approaches, best practices, questions/concerns, and even opportunities for us, as a profession, to continue exploring and researching. Roundtable discussion leaders provide an introduction on a given topic and a brief overview of what works well at their center/ institution and what challenges/opportunities they are exploring. Please remember, our attendees also contribute to the conversation, which means part of your role is to help facilitate dialogue!

    Possible topics include:

    • Strengthening our affiliates
    • Quantitative reasoning in LCs
    • Small college learning center issues
    • Assessment and evaluation of student success/role of LC
    • Data analytics programs and the role of LCs
    • How best to serve students with small staff/limited resources
    • Fostering buy-in for LCs/student success on your campus

    To submit a Roundtable Discussion proposal, please click the link below: 


    For the convenience of the attendees, during conference check-in, all presenters will provide a digital copy of their materials (presentation and handouts) for publication on the NCLCA website after the conference. 

    Questions about developing and or submitting a proposal should be directed to Diana Garland, NCLCA Professional Development Officer: DianaGarland@missouriState.edu

    Other questions about the conference should be directed to Geoff Bailey, Vice President and Conference Chair gkbail01@louisville.edu

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