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Proposal Format

We are inviting proposals focusing on college students’ academic survival and success from the points of view of college faculty, learning assistance and student support professionals, administrators, and high school teachers.

This is a conference for serious practitioners who are passionate about helping all students, especially those who are underprepared or underrepresented, to survive and thrive in college and beyond.  This is the forum where they share lessons learned from evidence-based decisions and real experiences in the classroom, as well as tutoring, mentoring, advising, or counseling sessions.  

The title, summary and abstract of the proposal should attract the attention of the targeted audience.  The title, summary and abstract will appear in the Guidebook Program.

The ABSTRACT should be 200-300 words and include (1) a clear purpose, (2) methods or techniques, (3) educational or scientific importance, (4) learning objectives and intended outcomes (5) relevance to TASS audience, (6) delivery style and session structure including audience interaction, (7) results/conclusions including specific data on the effectiveness of your program, process and/or initiative, and (8) data sources.

45-minute presentations is the standard presentation format at TASS. Leave at least 20 minutes for Q&A at the end of your session.

90-minute presentations (two subsequent 45-minute sessions) may be requested in the Comment box. Your abstract will have to include a clearly explained rationale for an extended time.  An example of a double time slot might be when an individual is presenting an innovative classroom strategy and wants ample time to have participants try out the strategy during the session. Another example could be a panel that would include three or more presenters focusing on one topic. You may also request a 90-minute time slot if you are planning to facilitate a focus group. Your Summary of Proposal must indicate if your proposed session is an extended-time workshop, a panel, a focus group, or any other specific format.

75-minute presentations is a suitable alternative between the standard 45-minute format and an extended 90-minute format. Your abstract will have to include a clearly explained rationale for an extended time.

30-minute learning lab presentations: 30-minute learning labs are suitable for those who want to present some actionable ideas and strategies and do not need an entire 45-minute slot for that. Another example is a presentation of a work-in-progress project where the presenters seek feedback from the audience. Leave at least 10 minutes for Q&A at the end of your session.

Please indicate which presentation format you prefer under Comments on the Online Proposal Submission Form.

Proposal Review:

All proposals are reviewed by the TASS Proposal Review Committee. The proposal review deadline has been extended to December 10, 2023. Notifications as to your acceptance status will be made within a month of the proposal submission date.

Abstracts will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Targets students’ under-preparedness and success in various areas
  • Contains innovative ideas and makes a significant contribution to the field
  • Presents a practical skill/method/approach based explicitly on sound theory and research
  • Provides evidence that practice has been assessed and proven effective
  • Provides an accurate depiction of learning objectives and intended outcomes
  • Involves audience engagement and allows time for discussion, hands-on application, and Q&A
  • Uses clear language to present the purpose of the session, methods/techniques, delivery style and session structure, as well as the other components of the abstract listed above.

To view a sample proposal that meets the above criteria click here: Sample TASS Proposal

To view a session evaluation form used during the conference, click here: Presenter-Session Evaluation.

Proposal Review Committee

  • Molly Minus, Professor of Education, St. Edward's University, Chair (
  • Victoria Appatova, Professor of English, University of Cincinnati
  • Kristin Conley, Associate Professor, Developmental Curriculum, Ferris State University,
  • Dana D"Angelo, Clinical Professor, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University
  • Lori Howe, Assistant Instructor Professor, Honors College, University of Wyoming
  • Louann Sears, Assistant Professor of English, Director of Learning Resources Center, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
  • Denise Wilkinson, Professor of Mathematics, Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Ann Wolf, Retired Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction - Reading
  • Olena Drozd, Manager, Glenn Hubert Learning Center and Testing Center, Barry University
  • Jodi L. Robbins, Office Manager, TRIO Programs, University of South Carolina Sumter
  • Alison Baker, Assistant Director for Student Transition and Support, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Dawn Lopez, Associate Professor of Accounting, Johnson & Wales University
  • Tanya White, Professor, Humanities, Bluegrass Community College
  • Nicole LaCapria, Director, The First Generation (RISE-Gen 1) Program, Seton Hall University

Submit your proposal online

If you have questions regarding proposals, please e-mail Presenters are expected to register for the conference and pay the registration fee by February 1, 2024.