2016 Regional Conference Call for Proposals Now Open

ashley-speakerThe HighEdWeb Association will provide up to four grants to teams in different regions of the country who respond to our request for regional conference proposals (RFP). These grants will constitute the funding and resources to hold 2016 HighEdWeb Regional Conferences.

To complement the association’s grant funding, HighEdWeb will also provide:

  • a planning calendar
  • branding and naming guidance
  • tips on how to gain local sponsorship
  • templates for the conference program
  • templates and instructions on maintaining the conference website
  • a list of Association support contacts

Proposal submissions

Here’s an idea about what kinds of questions will be asked on the RFP:

  • Name of chairperson
  • Roles and names of other committee members. For example, each regional conference needs individuals to handle financial matters, marketing and communication, technical matters, and logistics.
  • First and second choices for regional date
  • First and second choices for regional location
  • Essay (less than or equal to 500 words): Why a regional should be held in our area.

Aaron-listeningIn addition to these questions, there will be a list of requirements for participation in the regional grant process. These requirements help the Association set the appropriate numbers of attendees, presentations, and expenditures for the event.

We will take proposals until Sept. 9, 2015, and then the Regional Support Committee will evaluate them. We’ll announce the locations of the regionals at the annual conference in Milwaukee, and conferences will be held during the first and second quarters of 2016.

Submit a proposal

Questions? Contact regionals@highedweb.org.

 

On Carolina, Conferences & Cancellations

A core part of HighEdWeb’s mission is to provide outstanding professional development to Web pros working in higher education. We are committed to providing the highest possible quality experience to our members – both those attending our events, and those who are the volunteer army that makes HighEdWeb the premier Association by and for Web professionals. We get to do this in several ways, including through our Academies, our Annual Conference, and our Regional Conferences.

We recently canceled our upcoming regional conference in South Carolina. We know this is disappointing; the scheduled speakers and keynote were absolutely top-notch and best-in-field – as we’ve rightly come to expect from our community. A number of folks have asked why we made the decision to cancel, and frankly, it was a hard call to make. But sometimes in the course of planning events, factors beyond our immediate control – jobs, commitments, venues, staffing — change unexpectedly. And sometimes, very rarely (like, “sighting-a-unicorn-picking-four-leaf-clovers-under-a-blue-moon” rarely), a kind of perfect storm happens, and we realize we would rather take the hit and call an event off rather than even slightly entertain the remotest possibility of providing a less-than-excellent experience.

Which all goes to say, we’re sorry that we had to cancel but we appreciate your understanding. All those registered to attend the SC Regional are getting full refunds immediately; please contact us ASAP if you have any questions or concerns as we go through that process. We hope you’ll consider the three Regional Conferences scheduled for later this spring (Detroit; Ithaca; Tuscaloosa), as well as our big Annual Conference this October in Milwaukee.  And we’ll do our best to keep the unicorns distracted until then.

Questions or concerns? Drop me a line: president@highedweb.org

HighEdWeb Announces … Regionals 2015

The Higher Education Web Professionals Association’s mission is to “strive to advance web professionals, technologies and standards in higher education.” We do this in a variety of ways, including providing top-notch professional development opportunities in our conferences and workshops.

And exactly because they are such an important part of our mission, we’re particularly excited to announce the 2015 HighEdWeb Regional Conference schedule:

HighEdWeb Regional Conferences are designed to be smaller one- or two-day events, highlighting the knowledge and presentations of Web professionals in your area. Local, low cost and a great value, Regionals are the perfect way to get in your spring professional development — and are a great prelude to our big HighEdWeb Annual Conference, to be held this October in Milwaukee, WI!

Regional Conference registration is limited, so be sure to visit your region’s conference website to learn more about these events.

Want to Host a HighEdWeb Regional?

HighEdWeb 2014 Regional New EnglandThe Higher Education Web Professionals Association will provide up to five grants to teams in different regions of the country who respond to our request for regional conference proposals (RFP). These grants will constitute the funding and resources to hold 2015 HighEdWeb Regional Conferences.

To complement the association’s grant funding, HighEdWeb will also provide:

  • a planning calendar
  • branding and naming guidance
  • tips on how to gain local sponsorship
  • templates for the conference program
  • templates and instructions on maintaining the conference website
  • a list of Association support contacts

HighEdWeb 2014 Regional MichiganSubmit a proposal

We will take proposals until Thanksgiving (November 27, 2014), and then the Regional Support Committee will take a look at them over the Christmas break. We’ll announce the locations of the regionals in January 2015, and conferences will be held during the first and second quarters of 2015.

Request for Proposal document

Higher Ed Experts Lends Support to Regionals

Higher Ed Experts has always been a strong supporter of conferences held by the Higher Education Web Professionals Association (HighEdWeb). In 2014, the company has committed again to Silver-level Keynote Sponsorship for all of the association’s regional conferences.

Higher Ed Experts will be the Silver-level Keynote Sponsor for all four of HighEdWeb’s 2014 regional conferences:

As a part of this sponsorship, each 2014 HighEdWeb regional conference will give away one Higher Ed Experts scholarship (worth $800) to one of its attendees. This scholarship will enable the winning attendee to enroll in one of Higher Ed Expert’s four-week online professional development courses.

Call for 2014 Regional Conferences

Have you attended one of HighEdWeb’s regional conferences, or heard the great buzz about the regionals, and thought that your institution would be an ideal future conference host? Then we invite you:

Submit a proposal by June 30 to host a 2014 HighEdWeb regional conference in your area.

“Planning a regional event, while work-intensive, gives both planning committee members and conference attendees an incredible opportunity to make a positive impact on our community and the field of higher education,” said Steve Lewis, Higher Education Web Professionals Association board member. Regional conference committee members also gain the opportunity to network with peers and interact with presenters, to present ideas to the larger community, and to engage in quality professional development at a reasonable cost.

A limited number of regional conferences will be approved. The location and number of each will be based on the strategic goals established by the governing board of HighEdWeb, and will be decided by factors including:

  • Location in relation to other proposed regionals.
  • Location in relation to the 2014 annual conference in Portland, OR.
  • Proposed committee and staffing.
  • Regional institutions and host facility.
  • Success of past conferences in the area, if applicable.

Please note that all potential regional conference hosts must submit a proposal each year, regardless of past history or experience of hosting a HighEdWeb conference. As well, if there are multiple applications from a given geographic region, only one will be approved and other applicants will be encouraged to work with the approved regional committee.

Submit your 2014 regional conference proposal via our online application, see our website for more information, or contact Tonya Oaks Smith, HighEdWeb regionals conference chairperson, at tosmith@ualr.edu or @marleysmom.  The 2014 regional conference schedule will be announced at the HighEdWeb annual conference this October in Buffalo.

Call for 2014 Regional Conferences

It’s intense. It’s rewarding. It’s hosting a 2014 HighEdWeb Regional Conference. And we want you to find out how great it is firsthand:

Submit a proposal by April 30 to host a Spring 2014 regional conference in your area. The 2014 regional conference schedule will be announced at the HighEdweb annual conference this October.

“Planning a regional event, while work-intensive, gives both planning committee members and conference attendees an incredible opportunity to make a positive impact on our community and the field of higher education,” said Steve Lewis, Higher Education Web Professionals Association board member. Regional conference committee members also gain the opportunity to network with peers and interact with presenters, to present ideas to the larger community, and to engage in quality professional development at a reasonable cost.

A limited number of regional conferences will be approved. The location and number of each will be based on the strategic goals established by the governing board of HighEdWeb, and will be decided by factors including:

  • Location in relation to other proposed regionals.
  • Location in relation to the 2014 annual conference in Portland, OR.
  • Proposed committee and staffing.
  • Regional institutions and host facility.
  • Success of past conferences in the area, if applicable.

Please note that all potential regional conference hosts must submit a proposal each year, regardless of past history or experience of hosting a HighEdWeb conference. As well, if there are multiple applications from a given geographic region, only one will be approved and other applicants will be encouraged to work with the approved regional committee.

Submit your 2014 regional conference proposal via our online application, see our website for more information, or contact Tonya Oaks Smith, HighEdWeb regionals conference chairperson, at tosmith@ualr.edu or @marleysmom.