MCC Advising Conference Proposal Form

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? How do we build on lessons learned from technology innovations and adapting advising models as higher education institutions plan for resuming normal operations sometime in the future? How can we maximize the best outcomes of our pandemic responses to create advising models needed to foster community and connection?
The Advising Department at the Metropolitan Community College invites proposals for the 2021 Advising conference. We seek proposals that focus on Change, Community, and Connection that is emerging in higher education and its impact on advising, appeal to conference participants, creativity, ingenuity, and applicability 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.) FYE Best Practices (Internal ONLY)
2.) Collaborations: Advisors and Students/ Advisors and Faculty
3.) Advising and Higher Ed.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
Proposals will be reviewed in blind format as they are received. Proposal authors will be notified of decisions by mid-June.

Concurrent presentation format

60-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 online via Zoom. 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 fro their submission to be included in the MCC's Advising Conference 2021 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 formatsl. 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 closed.

For additional information, contact Dr. Neena Nizar,