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The NCLCA Board of Directors and the Conference Planning Committee are excited to announce the theme for this year’s conference, Unleashing the Power of Your Learning Center. The theme is a call for learning centers and educational institutions to organize, resource, and operate learning centers at their peak efficiency in order to empower greater student success.

We are seeking proposals for sessions that are closely focused on issues of concern to learning center administrators and professionals. We invite you to share your research and experience concerning learning center practice, research, or theory. How does your learning center engage with students? How does your learning center measure and improve student outcomes? How is your learning center working with faculty and other professionals to meet institutional goals?



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
    • 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

    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


    Mini-engagement sessions

  • Engage with the audience for a shorter period of time (30 minutes)
  • Provide activities that are immediately transferable for training, workshops, etc.
  • Bottom line: Participants leave the session with all the information they need to put the idea into action


    Digital Poster Sessions

    • Presenter is available for a full period (50 minutes)
    • Engage with the audience for a shorter period of time (approximately 15-20 minutes)
    • Audience is free to rotate between the rooms to view other digital poster sessions
    • Uses graphics to illustrate dynamic research
    • Bottom line: Participants gain insights that may lead to additional research or action

    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. 

    All proposals will be submitted to a committee for review. The committee will judge submissions based on the following criteria, and will judge proposals as “accepted,” “rejected,” or “returned with revision suggestions.”

    • Does the proposal address a topic that is specifically tied to issues relevant to learning center administration and relevant to an audience of learning center professionals?
    • Specific to concurrent sessions: Does the proposal describe an interesting and interactive method of presentation that encourages participants to apply new information to their own centers?
    • Specific to mini-engagement sessions: Is the proposal immediately applicable to most learning center spaces? Does it make participants think?
    • If applicable: Is there positive feedback from past NCLCA conference presentations?


      Late submissions will only be considered if space is available. No extensions are planned. 

      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 Martin Golson, Vice President and Conference Chair golsonm@apsu.edu

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