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MCC Advising Conference Proposal Form

Advising: Collaborate - Validate - Empower

In the Omaha-Metro area students often take courses at more than one institution over an extended period of time. Regardless of where students begin their academic journey, we all have a responsibility and shared interest in helping students successfully complete their academic goals. While pursuing their educational goals, students face challenges such as lack of resources, money, time, and other disparities that affect their ability to succeed. How can we best support and guide them? How can we help students learn to advocate for themselves? How can we strengthen advisor to student relationships with a foundation of trust? How can we support students in this transition between institutions? We want to collaborate with area institutions to help students achieve these goals!

The Advising Department at Metropolitan Community College invites proposals for the 2022 Advising conference. We seek proposals that focus on institutional collaboration to support student accountability, growth, development and success. We invite proposals that have a strong focus on student support in higher education, impact advising, appeal to conference participants, and that are applicable for participants after the conference. We are seeking a wide range of presentation topics relating to academic advising from a variety of advising professionals in our region. Proposals should:

  • State a clear purpose and key objectives
  • Relate to advising in a climate of change
  • Focus on connection and community
  • Contribute to the field of academic advising
  • Reflect a creative perspective
  • Engage a wide audience
  • Be grounded in evidence-based research, when applicable
  • Use sound writing practices
  • Encourage interaction from the audience

The Conference offers three distinct tracks:
1.) Conceptual: Collaborative Best Practices (MCC & UNO staff ONLY)
2.) Relational: Advisors and Students/ Advisors and Faculty
3.) Informational: Advising and Higher Ed.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, June 9, 2023 (new deadline).
Proposals will be reviewed in blind format as they are received. Proposal authors will be notified of decisions by mid-June.

Proposals should include your presentation title, learning objectives, and desired format (See format descriptions below).

Please include a brief abstract describing your presentation and the desired learning objectives. Abstracts will be included in the conference schedule and on the conference website. Please limit abstracts to 130 words.

Format options for conference sessions include poster, video or topic presentations, panel discussions, interactive training activities, and round-table discussions. Poster or topic presentations and panel sessions discuss current issues in advising. Some are based on research, some share best practices, and some are developmental, while others are theoretical. The format may be mostly lecture with a discussion following, a panel session followed by questions, or a more informal discussion. Round-table sessions are less-structured discussions on relevant advising topics that generate audience/presenter interaction. All sessions will be approximately 45 minutes long.

Concurrent presentation format

45-minute session by one or more presenters addressing a specific topic related to the field of academic advising and inviting questions/comments from participants.


The MCC's annual Advising Mini-Conference will take place in-person. Every presentation room will have an assigned facilitator to assist with technology. Other presentation needs may be available upon request.

Propose A Session

*Special instructions for video upload below:
We invite participants to submit videos related to the Conference theme. We welcome videos showing early results as well as well-researched results. Videos can and should be submitted independently of a paper submission, although videos describing work in a submitted paper are welcome too. Selected videos will be included in the electronic proceedings and will also be prominently displayed during the online conference. Authors of selected videos will also be given the option for their submission to be included in the MCC's Advising Conference 2023 You Tube channel.

Videos should be able to stand on their own and adequately present their topic. All material presented in the videos (including soundtrack) should be original, from the authors, or the authors should have proper permission to use it. They must be between 2 and 5 minutes long, narrated in English, and have closed-captioning.

Videos will be accepted in MPEG (.mpg), QuickTime (.mov), AVI (.avi), MP4 (.mp4), or Matroska (.mkv) file formats. In the interests of producing a video that is as platform agnostic as possible, we suggest using one of the following codecs:

  • H.264 (preferred)
  • MPEG 1
  • DivX or Xvid

Please note that these videos will appear as a file in the HTML directory structure of the electronic proceedings. Any variance from the suggested formatting may result in difficulties playing the file on different platforms.

The Call for Proposals in now OPEN!

i.e. xxx-xxx-xxxx
(include name, degree, position title, Academic/Student Affairs unit, and academic institution)
Type or paste your abstract in the box above. Do not include your name in this section. Provide a concise (130 words or less) summary of the proposal. (Abstract word limit = 130).
Type or paste your proposal in the box above. Do not include your name in this section. Provide a detailed explanation of the objectives of your presentation as well as how you plan to meet these objectives.
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For additional information, contact Rachel Wachter,