NCCI Annual Conference

About the NCCI Annual Conference

The Network for Change and Continuous Innovation’s (NCCI) Annual Conference features Keynotes, General Sessions, and concurrent sessions designed to educate its attendees. The Conference provides unparalleled opportunities for members and non-members to share insights and solutions regarding continuous improvement, process improvement, strategic planning, Lean, project management, and innovation in higher education. The Annual Conference is held in July of each year, just before the National Association of College and University Business Officers’ (NACUBO) Annual Meeting.

The 2017 Annual Conference will be held July 27-29, 2017, in Minneapolis, MN. Check this page for updates.

Learn how the NCCI Annual Conference can make a difference at your institution

Teresa Hartnett speaks about the benefits of networking at the Annual Conference, implementing best practices, and engaging with academic and administrative change leaders.

Annual Conference Information

The 2017 NCCI Annual Conference will take place July 27-29 at the Hilton Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Click on a tab below for additional information about the Conference.

Conference Hotel


Hilton Minneapolis

1001 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN

Phone: (612) 376-1000
Fax: (612) 397-4875

The Conference room rate is $175 per night, plus taxes and fees. The hotel will honor that rate, based on availability, from Tuesday July 25 through Sunday July 30.

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Registration Fees


Early Bird
Prior to 5/1

After 5/1 

Member $650 $750
Member Group (3 or more) $650 $700
Non-member $875 $975
Speaker $650 $700
Guest (ticket for evening receptions) $50 $50
Pre-Conference Workshop – Half-day $125 $125
Pre-Conference Workshop – Off-site and Full-day $200 for off-site and Pre-Conferences requiring purchase of materials $200 for off-site and Pre-Conferences requiring purchase of materials


Registration Cancellation Policy

All cancellations emailed or postmarked prior to July 13 will be subject to a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations emailed or postmarked after July 13 will forfeit all registration fees. Forfeited fees cannot be applied to future meetings. Substitutions from within the same institution are permitted at no additional cost. All substitutions must be made in writing and accompanied by a completed NCCI Conference Registration Form. Exceptions due to extraordinary circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 Schedule at a Glance


Thursday, July 27

7:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration
8:30 am – 4:30 pm Full Day Preconference Workshops
8:30 am – Noon Half Day Preconference Workshops
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Half Day Preconference Workshops
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm First-time Attendee Networking Reception
5:15 pm – 6:45 pm Opening Networking Reception
7:00 pm Networking Group Dinners

Friday, July 28

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration
7:30 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00 am – 10:00 am Opening Keynote
10:15 am – 12:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Annual Business Meeting and Awards Lunch
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Networking Reception
6:45 pm Networking Group Dinners

Saturday, July 29

7:30 am – 8:30 am Full Breakfast
8:45 am – 11:30 am Concurrent Sessions
11:45 am – 1:30 pm Keynote and Closing

Conference Program

Coming soon!

About Minneapolis

Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota with a population of more than 400,000. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River across from Saint Paul, Minneapolis features a vibrant downtown with restaurants, theaters, parks, lakes, and family attractions.

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The Value of the Annual Conference

Read a powerful testimonial about the NCCI Annual Conference from Mark Robinson, Head of Change at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland. “Presentations were many and varied, all were extremely interesting and relevant, and were delivered by excellent speakers,” said Robinson.

I was able to make excellent and personal connections with participants and I really got a strong sense of community in this group. People went out of their way to help, offer advice, and [help me] make links with others I would benefit from meeting.

NCCI Annual Conference Future Dates and Locations

Be a part of change and innovation in higher education for years to come!

NCCI 2018

July 19 – 21, 2018
Long Beach, California

NCCI 2019

July 11 – 13, 2019
Austin, Texas

NCCI 2020

July 9 – 11, 2020
Washington, D.C.


The keynote addresses, preconference workshops concurrent sessions at the NCCI Annual Conference are designed to meet the needs of leaders in higher education at all levels of experience with change.