The 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.
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.
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.
Millions of students drop out of higher ed every year due to financial barriers. The financing journey is complicated, comprehension of financial commitment is low, and debt without a degree is rising. Shift brings the higher education community together from across the country 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.
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 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 is the number one barrier to getting students the funding they need to pursue their higher education goals, and it hits underserved populations the hardest. We're looking for the most creative examples of how institutions have overcome confusing, arduous systems that resulted in higher enrollment and retention numbers. Case studies with quantitative data are encouraged, as well as innovative ideas that attendees can put into practice right away.
Unlock Every Dollar
As higher education professionals, we know many students don't understand their options regarding available scholarships, emergency funding sources, and financial aid. The result is students give up before they start. In this track, we're seeking presentations focused on unique ways schools use new and emerging funding options like ISAs, reverse scholarships, and balance forgiveness to help students unlock every available funding source. We are also interested in innovative strategies that drive efficiency, automate processes, use data to reduce costs, and help schools do more with less to secure their institution's financial health.
Chart Personal Pathways
Can schools implement scalable solutions that allow every student to realize their own personal path to Student Financial Success? Could that engagement start before students even apply? We're looking for speakers in this track to share how they've used technology, teams, and processes to keep students on a path to success. We want to hear what it takes to give every student a meaningful experience and roadmap for financial success from their first day researching college options through graduation.
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