Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

2020 Program Proposals

Submit a Program for the 2020 Conference!


The Programming & Development Committee is excited to announce program submissions are now being accepted for the 2020  annual conference in Bellevue, Washington! Our local arrangements team is preparing for another outstanding conference, and the Programming Committee is excited to announce the return of Tracks to the programming curriculum.  Click here to continue reading.

NWACUHO strives to enrich the housing profession through the promotion of best practices, professional development, collaborative sharing of ideas, and the examination of future trends relating to the administration of the physical, financial, social and educational  components of university and college housing programs.

To foster a diverse and well-rounded programming guide for the 2020 Conference, presenter-hopefuls will be asked to self-classify their program submission using one of our Programming Tracks.

We ask that you consider contributing your time and energy to present your experiences, best practices, programs, successes, and/or challenges as a housing professional. We also ask for you to partner with, and recommend, other colleagues to join us in presenting at this year’s annual conference. As you’re considering what to submit, think about and reflect on your areas of expertise and learning; as well as addressing major issues in higher education housing today.

The program proposal form is now open, and you may start here with our Program Submission Guide.

As you begin preparing, please keep in mind that program proposals will be due November 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. If you have any questions please contact Bob Lambert at pres-elect@nwacuho.org.

The Programming Committee is excited to learn what the membership will be teaching and learning at this year’s annual conference. We hope you consider sharing your expertise with your colleagues across the region!

Bob Lambert
Chair, 2020 Programming Committee
President-Elect, NWACUHO



We are collecting program-submissions using a Google Form. Because you cannot save your progress, we highly recommend first completing your submission in a Word Document using the guide below. The following outlines the information you will be required to submit with your proposal.  Click here to prepare your submission.


You will need to supply the following information for each presenter:

  • Primary Presenter Name
  • Primary Presenter Institution
  • Primary Presenter Title
  • Primary Presenter Professional Level
  • Primary Presenter Years in Field
  • Primary Presenter Email address
  • Primary Presenter Phone number
  • Primary Presenter Mailing address
  • Primary Presenter – First time presenter at NWACUHO? (yes/no)
  • Name(s) of co-presenter(s):

There will be a primary presenter for each proposal. All correspondence will be sent to this primary presenter.


This is the title that will appear in the program guide and the mobile application. The title is limited to 100 characters or fewer and should draw the participant’s eye while accurately capturing the essence of the presentation. Titles that draw the eye, but do not actually identify the point of the workshop, often leave the participant frustrated.


Program Summary/Description is an abstract of the session you will present. Please note this information will be available for participants in the conference program guide, and this description should effectively and concisely inform the participants what content and experience level to expect in the presentation. Program Summary/ Descriptions are limited to 600 characters or less.


You will identify three learning objectives for your program (600 characters or fewer for each learning objective). Learning objectives are statements that indicate what the participant will know or be able to do as a result of participating in your session. While your program description above is a general sketch of what you will be doing in your session, the learning objectives are an extension of that description by indicating what the participant will actually get out of your session. These learning objectives are used extensively in the review process to select programs that meet the needs of our participants.


Please identify a brief outline of how you plan to achieve the learning objectives of your session. Be specific about the learning strategies you plan to use so that participants are actively engaged with the content, and indicate the amount of time you will spend on each section of your outline. As you are planning your session, it’s important to remember that if you are using the experiences of your individual campus, you should clearly identify how the lessons learned and strategies used on your campus can be applied to a variety of campus settings and different situations in your presentation. Your outline should be limited to no more than 3000 characters, and be easily understood by reviewers. Additionally, it should be clear to the reviewers that the plan for your session will clearly allow participants to achieve the three learning objectives for the session. If submitting a Round Table Discussion proposal, please include the prompts and/or questions you plan to use to facilitate the 60-minute program time.


You will choose one of the following program session types:


This session type allows the presenter(s) to share their content with attendees from a wide range of campus and program types. Using a transferable lens, a collaborative information share session allows presenters to share their knowledge in a manner that can be applied to varied types of institutions or curriculum.

Example: I want to tell you about a process, experience or philosophy that you can carry with you for the rest of your career. Due to its structure, you can implement this back on your campus regardless of size, type or model.  


This session type allows the presenter(s) to present on their findings and/or experience with a specific program on the presenter(s)’ campus. The main focus of this presentation is to educate attendees who work at a similar type institution as you on how you do things. In the program abstract, include the type of professionals who will most benefit from your session.

Example: I want to tell you about something I/we did on our campus and how it went. 


This session type allows the presenter(s) or host(s) to bring together multiple individuals to discuss a common topic/ theme in an interactive fashion, allowing time for the audience to ask questions.

Example: The four of us makeup a wealth of knowledge in this arena, and would like to facilitate a Q&A with a room of interested individuals.


This session type allows for the presenter(s) to engage their attendees through an interactive activity either in small groups or as a room. In the program outline, include the prompts and/or activities you plan to employ to facilitate the 50-minute program time.

Example: Today we will learn by doing. Using hands-on activities, I will educate you on a topic


It is important to our audience that they are attending sessions that will best help to inform their practice. For this reason, we ask that you tailor your program with one specific target audience in mind.


This audience group will consist mostly of graduate students who balance classroom work and the day-to-day implementation of housing and residence life operations.


This audience group will consist mostly of entry level professionals and/or support staff that work directly or indirectly with the day-to-day implementation of housing and residence life operations.


This audience group will consist mostly of mid-level professionals, faculty, and/or support staff who coordinate services and programs and oversee the implementation of housing and residence life operations.


This audience group will consist mostly of mid- to senior-level professionals and senior academic partners who oversee the development, direction, and implementation of housing and residence life operations on their campuses.


You will be asked to define your target institution type: Public or private, non-faith-based or faith-based, and enrollment size. You may select more than one target type.


We recommend that you choose a primary track for your presentation that is based in the ACUHO-I Core Competencies and Body of Knowledge for Campus Housing Professionals. Please select up to four (4) tracks that you believe your program best fits into:


  • Crisis Management
  • Resident Educational Services
  • Student Behavior


  • Ancillary Partnerships
  • Conference Services
  • Evaluation and Planning
  • Fiscal Resources and Control
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Occupancy


  • Facilities Assessment
  • Master Planning
  • General and Preventative Maintenance
  • Capital Project Management
  • Sustainability
  • Inventory Control and Materials Handling


  • Diversity / Social Justice
  • Leadership
  • Employment Policy
  • Organizational Change
  • Career Development


In addition to the program proposal process, NWACUHO will be offering a limited number of programs a spot in our Featured Sessions schedule that will address topics of interest to the membership and enhance the program slate.  The Program Committee will reach out to subject matter experts in the field once the topics are determined.


Once you have finished preparing your proposal with the above-required information, you are ready to submit the proposal. Remember, once you begin the form you will need to complete all pages and submit. If you leave the page and return later, you will need to start over.

Click here to submit your proposal.

The deadline to submit your proposal is November 15, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

All submissions will be reviewed after the November 15th deadline, and you will be notified by the Programming Committee by the first week of December  with their decision. If you have any questions, please contact the Programming Chair, Bob Lambert, at pres-elect@nwacuho.org.