Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

2019 Program Proposals

Present at NWACUHO 2019!

The Programming Task Force is excited to announce program submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 annual conference in Portland, Oregon! Our local arrangements team is preparing for another outstanding conference, and the Programming Task Force is excited to announce the return of Tracks to the programming schedule. 

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 2019 Conference, presenter-hopefuls will be asked to self-classify their program submission using at least 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 Monday, December 3, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. All members who submit a program proposal will be notified of their status by December 20th. If you have any questions please contact Janie Sacco at pres-elect@nwacuho.org.

The Programming Task Force 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!


Janie Sacco
Chair, 2019 Programming Task Force
President-Elect, NWACUHO

Before You Submit

If you are looking for resources to prepare an educational session for adult learners, be sure to review Practices for Improving Learning During Conference Presentations presented by Dr. Pam Schreiber, Assistant Vice President and Executive Director for Housing & Food Services at the University of Washington.

Information Required

Presenter Information 

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

  • Email Address
  • Primary Presenter Name
  • Primary Presenter Institution
  • Primary Presenter Title
  • Primary Presenter Number of years working in the field
  • Primary Presenter Email 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.

Program Session Type

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 make up 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.

Target Audience

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 who are in their first three years of professional experience. They 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 professionals who have four to seven years of experience. They have a significant amount experience overseeing and implementing housing and residence life operations on a daily basis.

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 also supervises full-time professional staff.

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.

Program Track 

In addition to selecting your target audience, you will also need to select up to three tracks into which your program fits. The tracks include the four NWACUHO core purposes and ACUHO-I core competencies.  You can learn more about the ACUHO-I core competencies at the following link: https://www.acuho-i.org/resources/core-competencies?portalid=0.

  • Residence Life: Crisis Management, Residential Educational Services, Student Behavior
  • Operations: Ancillary Partnerships, Conference Services, Evaluation and Planning, Fiscal Resources and Control, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Occupancy
  • Facilities Management: Facilities Assessment, Master Planning, General and Preventative Maintenance, Capital Project Management, Sustainability, and Inventory Control and Materials Handling
  • Universal Practice: Diversity / Social Justice, Leadership, Employment Policy, Organizational Change, Career Development
  • NWACUHO Core Purpose: Promoting a best practice
  • NWACUHO Core Purpose: Examining future industry trends
  • NWACUHO Core Purpose: Fostering the collaborative sharing of ideas
  • NWACUHO Core Purpose: Encouraging professional development

Program Title 

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 Abstract

This is the information which will appear to participants in our conference guide. The abstract should include the topic which you are presenting, the target audience for your program, and at least one major take away of the program. Program Abstracts are limited to 600 characters or less.

Program Summary/Description

Program Summary/Description is a detailed overview of the session you will present. This description should explain how you will be achieving the learning objectives you have outlined for the session. This description should also explain how you will connect your session to the programming tracks which you have selected. You will also use this session to explain why you have selected your target audience and how you will make your content relevant to that audience. Finally, you will explain why your program falls into the tracks you have selected. Program Summary/ Descriptions are limited to 800 characters or less.

Learning Objectives

You will identify three learning objectives for your program (150 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.

Program Outline

Please identify a brief outline of how you plan to achieve the learning objectives and summary/description 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. Completing a clear outline is an essential part of the review process as it demonstrates how your program session will flow and what strategies you will use to engage participants. 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.

Your outline will be used to make room placements and suggested room set-up. Please include any information that may be relevant for the Program Task Force to consider. Examples include: We will have a quiet reflective activity as part of our session so it will be important to not be near a room that has a loud activity planned, we will be mobile as part of session so it will be important to have an adaptable space set-up, etc.

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.



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 program proposal!

The deadline to submit your proposal is December 3, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.