Across the country, higher education solutions providers are continuously exploring and developing new and innovative approaches to accomplish big goals. There are greater demands on the higher education community to improve learning outcomes, access and attainment, global connectivity, business practices, and much more.
The American Council on Education represents nearly 1,800 college and university presidents and other senior level executives at related associations. For over a century, ACE’s Annual Meeting has been the country’s most distinguished higher education event, convening more than 2,000 leaders from all higher education institutions and associations across the United States. ACE works to ensure a pipeline of prepared leaders in higher education, public policy, research, internationalization and global engagement with a focus on improving accessibility. By convening representatives from all sectors, ACE works to collectively tackle the toughest higher education challenges.
The American Council on Education seeks proposals to help bring innovative thinking directly to attendees of ACE’s 101st Annual Meeting.
ACE invites higher education solutions providers to submit non-commercial proposals for Partner Sessions and Focus Zone Presentations that will address best practices in key areas such as:
- Data Analytics
- Media, Marketing, and Communications
- Strategic Partnerships
- Academic Delivery and Assessment
- Student Success
- Access, Retention, and Completion
ACE offers two types of presentation options during ACE2019 through which higher education solution providers may share white papers, research, innovations, and best practices. Proposal submission required.
Focus Zone Presentations | $6,000
ACE Corporate Members may apply for an opportunity to present one of these non-commercial 30-minute presentations, held in meeting rooms adjacent to the Solutions Hub, providing an opportunity to showcase higher education thought leadership, spotlight recently released white papers, innovations, case studies, new research, and more. These sessions are intended to provide practical education for senior higher education administrators. Up to 14 sessions will be offered on Sunday and Monday.
- Presentation description and speaker(s) featured on the ACE2019 website, mobile app, and printed program.
- Logo recognition on Focus Zone Presentation signage displayed throughout the conference.
- Opportunity to upload a digital brochure (PDF Format) to the sponsored Focus Zone Presentation listing in the ACE2019 mobile app.
- Opportunity to upload the PowerPoint presentation in the sponsored Focus Zone Presentation session listing in the ACE2019 mobile app.
- Session featured in one pre-ACE2019 e-blast highlighting all confirmed Focus Zone Presentations.
- Session featured on ACE social media post in advance of event.
*Assumes a company is an ACE Corporate Member at the time of proposal submission and at the onset of ACE2019. Memberships are for 12 month periods and expire September 30th of each year.
Partner Sessions | $15,000
ACE Corporate Members may apply for an opportunity to deliver a non-commercial 75-minute presentation during ACE2019. Up to 6 sessions will be held during regular concurrent session blocks; limit of one Partner Session per scheduled time slot. Sessions are intended to provide practical education for senior higher education administrators. All session proposals MUST include at least one C-suite executive from a college or university who will co-deliver the presentation; preference will be given to proposals that include an ACE member institution.
- Presentation description and speakers featured on the ACE2019 website, mobile app, and printed program.
- Logo recognition on signage displayed before and during the sponsored Partner Session.
- Opportunity to upload a digital brochure (PDF Format) to sponsored Partner Session listing in the ACE2019 mobile app.
- Opportunity to upload the PowerPoint presentation to the sponsored Partner Session listing in the ACE2019 mobile app.
- Session featured in one pre-ACE2019 e-blast.
- Session featured on ACE social media post in advance.
- Complimentary banner ad for one week in ACE’s Higher Education & National Affairs newsletter.
- Complimentary banner ad in Higher Education Today blog to promote session.
Partner Sessions ONLY
- Partner Sessions must include a cabinet-level presenter from a campus with whom the solutions provider has worked.
- Preference will be given to proposals that include an ACE member institution.
See examples of accepted Partner Sessions.
See examples of accepted Focus Zone Presentations.
Questions? Contact the Advancement Office.
Please be sure that all of the required elements outlined below are included in your Microsoft Word document. You may also submit (AT THE SAME TIME as the proposal) any related documentation (e.g., related white papers, printed research materials) that may support the proposal.
Please note: By submitting a proposal, your organization agrees to the associated sponsorship fee for the Focus Zone Presentation ($6,000) and Partner Session ($15,000), if the proposal is accepted. Submission does not guarantee acceptance for a session during ACE2019.
- Corporate Membership is required prior to submission.
- Include a 75-character session title to be used in the Annual Meeting Final Program, website, and mobile app.
- The proposal abstract should be a 150-word summary of the presentation as it will appear in the Annual Meeting Final Program and on the Annual Meeting website and mobile app.
- Partner Session proposals should include three learning outcomes/audience takeaways.
- Focus Zone presentations should include at least one learning outcome/audience takeaway.
- You may upload supporting documents, such as a white paper or other research, upon which your proposal is based. Gear the presentation towards intermediate to advanced level of understanding, rather than basic treatments or overviews.
- Partner Sessions must include a cabinet-level presenter from a campus with whom the solutions provider has worked. Preference will be given to proposals that include an ACE member institution.
- Proposals selected will add to the quality of the Annual Meeting program and offer a non-commercial, objective, and diverse treatment of issues related to the key topic areas identified for ACE2019. ACE aims to offer timely, relevant content that will appeal to a wide variety of attendees and expose our members to new approaches and resources.
- Submission of a presentation does not guarantee inclusion in the program.
- Proposal submission topics may not be changed after the review and selection process has been completed.
- ACE reserves the right to work with presenters to revise presentation titles, reassign the identified topic area and edit session descriptions for ACE promotional and program publication purposes.
Questions? Contact the Advancement Office.
Key Considerations for Proposal Preparation
- Gear the presentation toward intermediate to advanced level of understanding, rather than basic treatments or overviews.
- Proposals selected will add to the quality of the Annual Meeting program and offer a non-commercial objective, and diverse treatment of issues related to one of the issue areas outlined on the Overview tab. ACE aims to offer timely, relevant content that will appeal to a wide variety of attendees and expose our members to new approaches and resources.
The following criteria will be used to evaluate session proposals. Please consider these criteria as you prepare your proposal.
- Offer a non-commercial, objective, and diverse treatment of issues
- Geared towards intermediate to advanced level of understanding, rather than basic treatments or overviews
- Speaker/presenter has sufficient knowledge, expertise, and authority to address the topic
- Relevant to a wide audience rather than pointing to a niche solution or a project of limited interest to higher education leader
- Timely, relevant content that will appeal to higher education leaders and introduces new approaches and resources
- Learning outcomes or key takeaways align with the described engagement strategies
- Engagement strategy appropriate to an audience of higher education leaders
- Multiple aspects of diversity are reflected in the session description and/or speaker selection: diversity of perspective, opinion, gender, ethnicity, and/or location
Questions? Contact the Advancement Office.