Advising Matters: Facilitating Student Success through Experiential Learning

Virginia Tech’s 8th Annual Undergraduate Academic Advising Conference

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Inn at Virginia Tech

Call for Proposals

We are now accepting proposals for this year's conference, entitled "Advising Matters: Facilitating Student Success through Experiential Learning." This year's theme was selected to intentionally discuss and generate solutions to proactively address the unique challenges which may impact student academic success.

Breakout sessions and workshops will provide members of the academic advising community multiple opportunities to enhance their professional development and overall well-being. We are looking for interactive, innovative and engaging presentations that will help get attendees prepared for advising when working with first generation students and other populations. Successful proposal themes may include:

  • Students on probation
  • Mental health issues
  • Advising first year students
  • Academic preperation
  • Working with parents
  • Advising and student retentions
  • At-risk students
  • Advising special student populations
  • Managing culture shock/stress
  • Preparing for family responsibilities that conflict with academic responsibilities
  • Dealing with lack of understanding from family about academic responsibilities
  • Handling financial difficulties
  • Distance learning

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals should include your presentation title and a brief abstract (100 words max) describing the learning objectives. The title does not have to incorporate the conference theme but would be helpful. Abstracts will be included in the conference program and on the conference website.

CLICK HERE for a Proposal Submission Form. Proposals are due by December 1, 2017. The accepted proposals will be notified by December 8, 2017. Due to budgetary constraints registrations waivers will not be extended to conference presenters. Please direct any questions to Mrs. Chenaye` Blankenship at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..