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 was held July 27-29, 2017, in Minneapolis, MN. Check out our photo gallery here!

We are now accepting conference proposals for the 2018 conference! Check below for details.

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 2018 NCCI Annual Conference will take place July 19-21 at the Hilton Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Click on a tab below for additional information about the Conference.

2018 NCCI Annual Conference – Making Waves: NCCI at the Helm of Change
July 19-21, 2018 Long Beach, CA
Submit Your Proposal by 9:00 a.m. (EST) Friday, December 7, 2017

NCCI invites proposals for the 2018 Conference that reflect new and future ways of addressing the complex issues and challenges confronted by higher education. Strategy and improvement efforts related to academic, operational, financial, technical, and campus community engagement are of great interest for the 2018 Conference. We especially seek proposals that will enrich participants with practical, imaginative, and innovative applications for assessment, design, planning, implementation and highly effective leadership practice.

Conference tracks will be organized around the following themes and presentation submissions must identify a first and second choice for tracks:

  • Process Improvement: Learn about tools, techniques and best practices for process improvement in a University environment.
  • Strategy: Strategic initiatives on various topics that help move initiatives forward.
  • Navigating Change: Provides case examples of successfully navigating the changing workforce, demonstrating the value of higher education and of continuous improvement in higher education, and adapting and evolving higher education.
  • Leadership Development & Engagement: May include leadership development, teamwork, and campus engagement initiatives.

Presentations may be structured as:

  • Presentation with Discussion and Q&A
  • Interactive Learning Session: Facilitated Exercise or Experiential Learning of a New Tool, Skill, Model
  • Panel Discussion with Q&A
  • Other (will require explanation during submission)

New approaches, opportunities to learn new skills, and a spotlight on new resources are of high value for the 2018 Conference. We welcome 60 and 90-minute session proposals and Pre-Conference workshop proposals (3.5-hour and 7-hour formats). Based on attendee feedback from previous conferences, 90-minute sessions are highly encouraged to be interactive learning sessions engaging participants with a facilitated exercise or experiential learning.

To make your proposal submission easy, our online form will prompt you through a summary of your presentation’s subject and content, its most critical learning objectives and target audiences, and a description of the methods you will use for delivery and audience engagement.

Proposal Guidelines
Acceptance decisions are emailed in mid-January 2018.
Speakers receive the NCCI member early bird conference registration rate.

Responsibilities of presenting include the following:

  • All speakers listed in the proposal are confirmed to be available for the presentation on any conference dates, respectively July 19 (Pre-Conference proposal) or July 20 & 21 (60 or 90-minute session proposal)
  • Selected speakers are responsible for all expenses incurred in conjunction with the NCCI 2018 Annual Conference including registration, housing, and travel
  • All speakers will complete conference registration shortly after registration opens
  • Speakers will provide their presentation for posting to the NCCI website and will create an account in the Guidebook app to be linked to their presentation by June 25, 2018
  • Speakers will complete a Session Speaker Agreement form and return it to NCCI headquarters with the requested information by the date indicated, so that we can do our best to meet any unique equipment, scheduling, or special setup needs
  • Speakers must provide laptop computer(s) needed for their conference presentation.

Submit Your Proposal before 9:00 a.m. (EST) Friday, December 7, 2017 using the online form.
Please note: The website will close at this deadline.
Proposal and other related questions are welcomed by the 2018 Conference Chairs:
Kelly Block 217-333-8011 and Lisa Earls 701-777-3576.

Thank you.

Are you interested in submitting a proposal? Click here to begin your application.

Click here to preview the narrative questions.

Conference Hotel

Hilton Long Beach

701 West Ocean Boulevard

Long Beach, California, 90831-3102


The Conference room rate is $219 per night, plus taxes and fees. The hotel will honor that rate, based on availability, from Thursday, July 17 through Sunday, July 22.

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Registration will be available in mid-March 2018! Please check back then!


Registration Fees


Early Bird
Prior to 4/30

After 5/01

Guest (ticket for evening receptions)
Pre-Conference Workshop – Half-day
Pre-Conference Workshop – Off-site and Full-day


Registration Cancellation Policy

All cancellations emailed or postmarked prior to July 8 will be subject to a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations emailed or postmarked after July 8 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

Click here for a pdf version of our 2017 Conference-at-a-Glance!

Tentative 2018 Schedule

Thursday, July 19

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 20

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 21

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


Tentative 2018 Conference Program

Thursday, July 19, 2018
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Registration
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Pre-Conference Full Day Workshops
 8:30 AM -12:00 PM Pre-Conference Half Day Workshops
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Pre-Conference Half Day Workshops
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Local University Site Visit & Presentation
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
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 20, 2018
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:00 PM Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Keynote
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Concurrent Sessions
11:30 – 12:30 PM Concurrent Sessions
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Annual Business Meeting and Lunch
 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Concurrent Sessions
Communities of Practice: Change Management, LEAN, Shared Services
3:30 – 5:00 PM Concurrent Sessions
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Networking & Awards Reception
6:45 PM Networking Group Dinners
Saturday, July 21, 2018
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:45 AM – 10:15 AM Concurrent Sessions
Awards Panel Discussion
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Concurrent Sessions
11:45 – 1:30 PM Lunch
12:15 PM-5 Programming is Tentative



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, CA

NCCI 2019

July 11 – 13, 2019
Denver, CO

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.