Zooming in on Change, Community, and Connection

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that colleges and universities are far more agile and resilient than many previously believed. The question now is, how can we sustain this agility and resilience? From technology innovations to adapting advising modes, we learned much this past year. As higher education institutions plan for resuming normal operations, how do we build on lessons learned during the pandemic? How can we maximize the best outcomes of our pandemic responses to create advising models needed to foster community and connection.

Join us as we engage in two days of learning and community building at our virtual, summer Advising Conference

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The Call For Proposals for 2021 MCC's Summer Advising Conference IS NOW CLOSED

The Conference Planning Committee would like to welcome presentation proposals.


Open May 1st – June 9th, 2021.


Criteria for selection of poster/presentation/video: Proposals will be evaluated on:

  • Relevance to the themes of change, community, and connection
  •  Impact on advising
  • Appeal to conference participants
  • Creativity, ingenuity, and applicability for participants after the conference.

Eligibility for submission: Those who are involved in advising- administration, faculty, full-time & part-time advisors, administrative staff and graduate students are invited to submit proposals. We encourage novices and experienced presenters alike. Share your research, best practices or techniques with colleagues in the region for navigating a new normal, and supporting students  and staff as they transition safely back to campus.

The conference offers three  distinct tracks:
1.) FYE Best Practices (Internal ONLY)
2.) Collaborations: Advisors and Students/ Advisors and Faculty
3.) Advising and Higher Ed.

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, and roundtable 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. Roundtable sessions are less-structured discussions on relevant advising topics that generate audience/presenter interaction. All sessions will be approximately 1 hour long.