2016 Winter PDI

Winter Institute for Advanced Graduate Enrollment Management Professionals


Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 8:00am to Friday, January 22, 2016 - 3:00pm

Time Zone: 

  • Pacific Time


Omni Rancho Las Palmas - Palm Springs, CA

For 21 years, NAGAP has been educating graduate admissions and enrollment management professionals through its series of Professional Development Institutes. Over an intensive two days, attendees will discuss graduate enrollment management opportunities and challenges faced by senior-level administrators who typically have five or more years of experience.


Session topics for 2016 include:

  • Demographic Trends, College Prices, and the Future of Graduate Education
  • Tips to Successfully Select, Implement, and Utilize a CRM
  • Considerations for Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Student Population
  • Addressing Legal and Ethical Issues in GEM
  • A 3600 View of Trends in Graduate Programs
Keynote Speaker:

Trent Gilbert will be joining us as our keynote speaker.  Trent currently serves as Vice President for Enrollment Management at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois.  He is one of the nation’s leading experts on recruitment strategies and has counseled admissions offices, presidents and boards of trustees across the country on issues facing higher education.  Trent has been quoted across mainstream media, and has been featured in both U.S. News and World Report and University Business Magazine.

Agenda for 2016 Winter Institute

When and Where:

The Winter Institute for Advanced Graduate Enrollment Management Professionals will be held on Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort. The sessions are expected to begin at 8:30 am on Thursday and conclude by 3:00 pm on Friday.

Who Should Attend:

The Winter Institute focuses on advanced topics and is specifically designed for graduate admissions and enrollment management professionals with five or more years of experience.

It is offered in a setting that promotes discussion and interaction among all participants. Enrollment is limited; therefore, early registration is strongly encouraged.


Early Bird registration deadline is December 4, 2015
Member fee is $625
New Member (includes membership through 6/30/2016) is $850

Regular registration deadline is January 4, 2016 - Registration is now closed
Member fee is $725
New Member (includes membership through 6/30/2016) is $950

There are two methods available for registration

  • Register now and pay now by credit card
  • Register now and pay later by credit card or check

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.

How to register:

Registration is now closed 

Confirmations will be e-mailed to registrants within one week of receipt of registration.

Cancellations received in writing prior to the 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 Winter Institute and payment is not received, the registrant’s school will be billed and held responsible for full payment.

Hotel Reservations:

Hotel Reservations must be made by December 29, 2015 to guarantee the Institute rate of $185 per night plus tax for the standard single/double room including complimentary internet access. Upgraded rooms are available for an additional fee.

Click here to make your reservations.


NAGAP encourages its members to apply for a Winter Institute fellowship. Fellowships are a great way to stretch professional development dollars.
One fellowship is available for NAGAP members. The fellowship covers the registration fee, hotel accommodations for two nights (Wednesday, January 20 and Thursday, January 21) and air travel (up to $500).
Click here to apply for a fellowship. For more information please email Kathryn Kendall, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment, State University of New York at Buffalo, at kkendall at buffalo.edu. Please include “NAGAP Fellowship” in the subject line.
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 professional, as well as how you think the Winter Institute would assist you in your professional development. Fellowship recipients must agree to submit an essay about their experiences at the Winter Institute. Their essays will later appear in an issue of NAGAP’s Perspectives.  
Fellowship applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST on Monday, November 16th.

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