Shift Summit is the higher education conference focused on making student financial success a national priority. We are currently accepting speaker proposals centered on helping higher ed administrators, student financial aid, and enrollment professionals reinvent the student enrollment and retention experience.
Millions of students drop out of higher ed every year due to financial barriers. Shift is bringing leaders from institutions across the US together to drive innovation, share successes, discuss challenges, and recognize achievements. The outcome of this annual conference is to elevate student financial success as a national priority.
The goal of these sessions will be to shift thinking from antiquated financial aid systems — the number one barrier to enrollment and graduation — to an innovative model that eliminates financial complexity. Together we will open the doors to millions more students, from all backgrounds, putting an end to debt without a degree.
This year's event will be entirely virtual and will use emerging formats and technologies for both live and pre-recorded sessions. With no travel required, higher education professionals can enjoy live sessions and on-demand access to the most valuable and relevant content.
Shift is reinventing the conference experience to help you reinvent the student experience.
Share your expertise and present alongside pioneering thought leaders at the conference shaping the future of higher ed access.
Shift content is organized around three key student financial success themes. We're interested in case study examples and creative ideas that attendees will be excited to take back to their schools. Include storytelling, quantitative results, and actionable takeaways in your submission.
Cut Through Complexity
Complexity, confusion, and outdated systems throughout the financial aid process stack barriers between students and the funding they need to pursue their academic goals. These obstacles hit underserved populations the hardest, but they aren’t felt by just students. College and university staff are also trying to work with outdated technology and processes that leave them overwhelmed and overworked. Together, we can discover creative solutions to create streamlined, automated systems that benefit students and staff.
Unlock Every Dollar
Funding higher education is becoming increasingly difficult for students, resulting in declining revenue for institutions. A lack of information along with the time-consuming scholarship search process leads to millions of award dollars getting left on the table each year. Institutions are challenged to unlock every dollar available for existing and incoming students— but they need resources to make that happen. Emerging and sometimes overlooked funding solutions can help students bridge small and large financial gaps. Financial security for students means increased enrollment and retention for institutions.
Chart Personal Pathways
Each student faces a unique set of financial and personal obstacles on the path to their degree. Customized advising that meets the needs of every individual student feels unrealistic— but does it have to be? There are ways to offer students personalized and timely advising to ensure every student meets academic and financial fit. Creating scalable solutions that allow students from all walks of life to realize their own personal path is the future of student financial success.
Shift sessions are thirty minutes. Viewers should leave with specific knowledge and actionable skills about various aspects of the topic and how it relates to their institution.
Presidents & Provosts
Vice President/Director of Enrollment and/or Admissions
Vice President/Director/ Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Other personnel at community colleges, four-year public/private colleges and universities
Present data from your experience that brings new insight
Shift perceptions and motivate clear action
Be authentic and vulnerable
Don't be afraid to speak about failure as well as success
Word Count: 350
Key Takeaways: 3
May include links to video content that supports your abstract