2015 Summer PDI

Summer Institute for New Graduate Enrollment Management Professionals


Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 8:30am to Friday, July 10, 2015 - 3:00pm

Time Zone: 

  • Pacific Time


The Cosmopolitan - Las Vegas, Nevada

For 20 years, NAGAP has been educating graduate admissions and enrollment management professionals through its series of Professional Development Institutes. Summer Institute specifically focuses on the needs of those who have been working in the field, or in their current positions, for less than three years. Additionally, professionals with more experience in undergraduate, graduate, faculty, or related higher education environments, have also found this conference to be useful and appropriate.


Scheduled session topics include:

  • Welcome to Graduate Enrollment Management
  • Legal Issues in Graduate Enrollment Management
  • Data-Informed Decision Making
  • International Graduate Enrollment Management
  • An Introduction to GEM Marketing
  • Student Services in a GEM Model
  • National Trends in Graduate Education and their Implications
  • Inclusive Excellence in Recruitment and Retention

Plenary: What is your drink? What Starbucks can teach you about recruiting and working with graduate students

Agenda for 2015 Summer Institute

When and Where:

The 2015 Summer Institute for New Graduate Enrollment Management Professionals will be held on Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. The sessions are expected to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and conclude by 3:00 p.m. on Friday.

Who Should Attend:

The Summer Institute focuses on introductory topics and is designed primarily for graduate admissions and enrollment management professionals with three years of experience or less. It is offered in a setting that promotes discussion, interaction and networking among all of the participants.

Registration is Closed

Early Bird Registration (by June 10)

  • Members: $600
  • New Members: $825 (includes single membership)
  • Non-Members: $850

Regular Registration (by June 25)

  • Members: $700
  • New Members: $925 (includes single membership)
  • Non-Members: $950

The registration fee includes:

  • Attendee registration
  • All session materials
  • Continental breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday
  • Reception on Thursday evening

To keep costs down and to provide participants with free evenings, dinners are on your own.

Cancellations received in writing prior to cancelation date will be eligible for 100% refund minus a $50 processing fee.  If a registrant cancels after the deadline or fails to attend the Summer Institute and payment is not received, the registrant’s school will be billed and held responsible for full payment.    

Hotel Reservations:

Reservations must be made by June 17, 2015 to guarantee the Institute rate of $149 per night for the standard single/double room including complimentary wireless internet.  A mandatory $25 resort fee and 12% county room tax are also charged per night.  Upgraded rooms are available for an additional fee. The Institute rate is available from July 7 until July 12, 2015 to accommodate additional personal travel days.

Attendees must contact The Cosmopolitan directly to reserve a room online or by calling 855-435-0005 to make a reservation. Please be sure to request group code ID SNAGA5 to receive the conference rate.  Attendees can reserve a room with a credit card. One night’s deposit is required when making the reservation. Room reservations can be cancelled without penalty up to 48 hours in advance of the arrival date.


NAGAP encourages its members to apply for a Summer Institute fellowship.  Fellowships are a great way to stretch professional development dollars.

  • What it Covers: Two fellowships are available for NAGAP members.  Each fellowship covers the registration fee, hotel accommodations for two nights (Wednesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 10) and air travel (up of $500).
  • How to Apply: To apply for a fellowship, provide your contact information and a 250-500 word essay via the link below. Fellowship applications must be submitted by Friday, May 15, 2015.
  • What to Include: The essay should include your assessment of the state of graduate enrollment management and how it pertains to your institution and to you as a new professional.  Also state how you think the Summer Institute would assist you in your professional development.    
  • Recipients Responsibility: Fellowship recipients must agree to submit an essay about their experiences at the Summer Institute.  Their essays will later appear in an issue of NAGAP’s Perspectives.

Please contact Kathryn Kendall, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment, State University of New York at Buffalo, at kkendall@buffalo.edu, if you have any questions. 

For questions or more information, contact:

Tracey Sheetz – Attendee Liaison
Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
West Virginia University
(304) 293-1544
tracey.sheetz at mail.wvu.edu

Payment Questions:

Cathy Webber
NAGAP Data Administrator
(913) 895-4616 x 4791 phone
(913) 895-4652 fax
cathy.webber at goamp.com


Please note that there is currently an ongoing labor dispute between the Culinary Workers Union and the Cosmopolitan Hotel.  This is not a dispute between NAGAP and the union.  The Cosmopolitan is a non-union hotel and, as such, has assured us there will be no disruption of services as a result of ongoing labor negotiations.  The hotel’s highest priority continues to be the comfort provided to NAGAP members and their other guests.