27th Annual Conference

CONFERENCE THEME: Managing Change in Graduate Enrollment Management: Navigating Uncharted Territory


Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, May 3, 2014 (All day)

Time Zone: 

  • Pacific Time


Manchester Grand Hyatt - San Diego, CA

The Conference features dynamic speakers and provides numerous opportunities to learn new approaches, receive updated information on all aspects of graduate enrollment management, share useful tips, exchange creative ideas, and connect with fellow NAGAP members. Various educational sessions are designed to meet the needs of everyone from a new graduate admission and graduate enrollment management professional to an experienced veteran. Learn new approaches and strategies in a variety of topics related to our field, admissions policies and processes, career and staff development, graduate student support and financial aid, legal and ethical issues, marketing and recruitment, student services and many others.

CONFERENCE THEME: Managing Change in Graduate Enrollment Management: Navigating Uncharted Territory

April 30 - May 3, 2014 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt - San Diego, CA

The Annual Conference features dynamic speakers and is designed with numerous educational sessions to meet everyone’s needs - whether they’re new in graduate admissions and graduate enrollment management, a seasoned veteran, or somewhere in between. The educational sessions will provide new approaches and creative strategies across a variety of topics related to our field, including admissions policies and processes, career and staff development, graduate student support and financial aid, legal and ethical issues, marketing and recruitment, student services and others.

Held each year in April, the conference brings over 900 GEM professionals together under one roof to gain insight and knowledge from peers and experts in the field.



Program & Registration Details

The Registration Brochure provides full details about the conference including registration details, session topics and schedule, networking events and hotel information.

Advanced registration for the conference is now closed. Registrations will be taken on-site at the conference. Download the registration form and bring it with payment directly to the conference.

Registration Fees:

Early-Bird Conference Deadline (Register by March 13, 2014)-Closed

Current/New Member - $485

Non-Member - $660

Conference Registration (Register by April 11, 2014)-Closed

Current/New Member - $560

Non-Member - $735

On-Site Registration (After April 11, 2014)

Current/New Member - $660

Non-Member - $835




Conference Itinerary Planner 

Create your conference itinerary by using the NAGAP 27th Annual Conference itinerary planner! You can search on presenter name, view sessions by day, click on the title of each session for the session description and presenter information and get a head-start on planning the education sessions you will attend.




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Manchester Grand Hyatt - San Diego, CA

Experience San Diego, California hotel living on a grand scale at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. The best of San Diego is right outside our door. Wake to the sun sparkling off San Diego Bay, indulge in breakfast on the boardwalk at Sally’s, then head out to Seaport Village or enjoy a coastal cruise, a walk through the Gaslamp Quarter or a day at San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld or Balboa Park.

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

One Market Place

San Diego, CA 92101


Guests may call the central reservations line at 1-800-233-1234 if changes are needed to reservations.

Reservation Deadline: April 1, 2014



Airport/Resort Transportation Information

The hotel is located approximately 3 miles from the airport and will take 10-15 minutes to get there from the San Diego International (SAN) Airport.

San Diego Taxi - San Diego taxi service is available on a first come, first serve basis from the lower level curb of all terminals at San Diego International Airport. Approximate cost from SAN International to Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego is $10 - $15.

San Diego Airport Shuttle Service - NAGAP is pleased to partner with Super Shuttle to provide NAGAP Conference attendees a special discount of $1 one way and $2 round trip. More information is available at http://groups.supershuttle.com/nagap.html.

Amtrak Train Station - Located only five blocks from the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. For scheduled service call 800-872-7245 or visit http://www.amtrak.com/home.

Parking - Self-parking - overnight guest: $28. Value parking - overnight guest - $38.

San Diego Trolley - Simply cross the street to catch the convenient San Diego Trolley offering budget-friendly San Diego transportation to Tijuana, Mexico, Fashion Valley, Mission Valley shopping centers, Old Town, Qualcom Stadium, throughout downtown San Diego and into East County.




Things To Do

Visit www.sandiego.org for a long list of fun activities in and around San Diego!



Moderators and Recorders

Interested in becoming more involved at the 2014 Annual Conference? Consider volunteering as a Moderator or Recorder for an education session. More information, including the opportunity to sign up, will be available in February. In the meantime, brief descriptions about the roles and responsibilities of each position are included below.

Moderators arrive to their assigned room a few minutes early to assist the presenter(s) with any A/V or other needs. They are also in charge of introducing the session presenter or panelists to the audience at the start of the session. Moderators’ other responsibilities include making sure the session stays on time, reminding attendees to take notes during the session to assist them in providing feedback via the conference evaluation survey, being prepared to ask a question or two if the members of the audience don’t have any, and closing the session with any additional announcements that might be necessary. Moderators fill out their own brief survey of the session and presenter(s) and are presented with a small token of appreciation for their participation.

Recorders are assigned to a particular session and are responsible for writing a summary of that session for publication in NAGAP’s Perspectives. Summaries should be approximately 200-300 words and are generally due to the Publications Committee shortly after the conference ends. Recorders are presented with a small token of appreciation for their participation in addition to being published.

Sign up to volunteer coming in mid-Feb.

Learn more in the Orientation PowerPoint.



Community Service Project

The Need

After working with gang members for five years, Reality Changers Founder, Christopher Yanov, felt that it was just not right that most inner-city teenagers today know more people who have been shot or killed in the street than people who are on the road to college.

The Solution

As a response, Reality Changers began in May 2001 with four eighth grade students near downtown San Diego with the hope of building first generation college students. Starting with just $300 to its name, Reality Changers has now given more scholarship awards to college-bound students than any other single organization in San Diego County since 2006 and became California’s leading tutoring program for scholarships in June 2009.

Reality Changers consists of three core programs:

  1. COLLEGE TOWN for selected 8th-11th graders who will become first generation college students
  2. COLLEGE APPS ACADEMY for all 11th and 12th graders seeking to gain admission to college
  3. ALUMNI NETWORK for all program graduates seeking professional connections and lifelong friendships

Today, Reality Changers’ 500 current members and 500 program graduates have earned approximately $40,000,000 in scholarships. The U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has met and visited with Reality Changers on three occasions and has declared the program a "model for the nation", and most recently, Reality Changers was featured in a nationwide documentary on PBS.

To donate, please visit http://www.realitychangers.org/ and click on the "Donate" tab to help us build more college students! Please make sure that you donate on behalf of NAGAP so that we can track how much members and conference attendees give. NAGAP will match the donation up to $500.




Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities

The NAGAP Annual Conference provides multiple marketing opportunities in a fun environment. Contact us today to learn more about being a sponsor in 2014. For more information, click here.