African Student Recruitment Conference & Exhibition (ASRC) 2018

THEME: OPPORTUNITIES IN A CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT

November 7 - 9, 2018
Holiday Inn Hotel Wembley, North London
United Kingdom

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ASRC invites the submission of proposals for its 2018 conference at the Holiday Inn Hotel Wembley, North London. The conference will begin in the morning of November 8 and end in the evening of November 9. Please note that session presenters are required to register for the conference. There is a special rate of £180 for registration.

SESSION FORMAT

There are two types of sessions for which proposals may be submitted:

  • 1) Plenary Sessions: Plenary sessions are 60 minutes long and may include a maximum of 3 presenters. A minimum of 30 minutes of interactive dialogue with session attendees is required.
  • 2) Facilitated Roundtables: Roundtables are 40 minutes long, focused on specific topics, and presented/organized by a maximum of 2 facilitators. The idea of the roundtables is to delve into the deeper issues of particular topics and focus on developing solutions, approaches, strategies, or innovative thinking. They demand interaction from all participants. Facilitators briefly introduce the topic and provide background information (note that this should not be a presentation and should not involve a slideshow), then pose questions to facilitate the discussion. The outcome of each roundtable session is a collegial discussion and an exchange of ideas providing a range of perspectives and take-aways for participants. Facilitators are requested to submit the discussion outcomes in writing to ASRC for posting on the conference website within two weeks of the conference.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

Indicate the type of session format for which you are submitting a proposal.

  • 1. a plenary discussion or
  • 2. a facilitated roundtable discussion.
  • Plenary Sessions should focus on lessons learned, challenges and issues encountered, and how those were addressed. Sessions should not be a “show and tell” of a university or a program. Presenters are requested to keep details or case studies from specific universities or programs to a minimum; these can illustrate points but should NOT be the focus of sessions.
  • Facilitated Roundtable Discussions should pose a series of discussion questions and should NOT include any formal presentations or a slideshow.
  • Target audience is specifically international education providers that are currently recruiting from Africa or looking to do so and sessions should focus at the strategic leadership level.
  • B. Full Session Description

    (Detailed description of your proposed session – maximum 500 words)
    Include a content outline describing the major theme(s), challenges, lessons learned, successes and failures, application possibilities for other institutions, etc. that will be addressed in this session. In addition, please include the goals of the session, take-aways for leaders, and the methodologies to be used in the session. Remember to include a minimum of 30 minutes for discussion in the plenary session. If there is more than one presenter, explain what each presenter will discuss. Please be as complete as possible and remember that the content needs to have wide applicability, comparative perspectives and an analysis of "lessons learned" useful to international education providers.

    Facilitated Roundtable sessions must describe the topic in detail, the questions posed to participants, and desired outcomes. It should be clear from the description that there is no formal presentation or slideshow planned. For the Facilitated Roundtable sessions, explain what you will discuss, how the discussion will be moderated, expected outcomes and how outcomes will be collected and distributed. You are also asked to state learning objectives for the session in 50 words or less.

    C. Additional Comments

    The session chair will serve as the key contact on the session and is responsible for communicating all session information and details with presenters.

    ** IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SESSION PROPOSERS

  • Please pay very careful attention to the exact format, language and word limitation required: no more than 75 words for the abstract and for the bios.
  • Biographies may include presenters’ positions and major work accomplishments relevant to the presenter’s session topic.
  • The biography should be written in the third person and consist of full sentences.
  • Proposals must be complete at time of submission – it is not sufficient to note “information to be added later.” Incomplete proposals will not be considered in the review process.
  • Proposals submitted without an abstract, full description, or complete and correctly formatted will not be considered.
  • The Conference Committee reserves the right to recommend a different session format, combine sessions, and schedule sessions. Scheduled session times may not be changed.
  • Proposals must be targeted to international education providers in Africa
  • SELECTION CRITERIA

    Proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Advisory Committee and evaluated with the following criteria foremost:

  • Relevance to student recruitment in Africa
  • Connection/Applicability to the conference themes
  • Originality and quality of the proposed session
  • Relevance to international audiences
  • Presence of multiple perspectives
  • Diversity of Presenters (i.e., regional, institutional)
  • Realistic allocation of time, including substantive time for discussion among session participants
  • Background and experience of presenters
  • Note again that sessions should not promote marketed products, programs, universities or services in any way.

  • Session proposals should NOT be a “show and tell” but rather a focus on challenges, trends, and lessons learned, with ample time for discussion.
  • We will NOT accept proposals that promote a product, program, university, or service.
  • Sponsorship opportunities exist for those with services, programs or products available on the market to assist in this effort, but these services, programs, and products are not acceptable topics for sessions.
  • The Conference Planning Committee will have to choose among many proposals, some of which may be similar, and will seek balance among topics and areas of importance to the audience. Proposals of equal merit cannot in all instances be selected when the result would be an imbalance in the conference’s overall coverage of topics, audiences, and regions.
  • Please also note that proposers may be asked to collaborate with others who have proposed a similar session on a combined session.
  • KEY DATES

    • May 25, 2018, 6:00PM GST – deadline for submitting proposals
    • August 24, 2018 – deadline for early conference registration
    • November 2, 2018 – deadline for regular conference registration






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