2020 Summer Professional Development Institute

The Mission of NAGAP is to support, advance and engage graduate enrollment professionals by promoting integrity, excellence and collaboration through education and professional development.


Thursday, July 16, 2020 (All day) to Friday, July 17, 2020 (All day)
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Time Zone: 

  • Mountain Time


Las Vegas, NV


 Scheduled session topics include:

  • Introduction to Graduate Enrollment Management (GEM)
  • Recruitment & Marketing
  • Student Support & Services
  • Admissions Operations
  • Financial Aid, Grants, & Scholarships
  • Advising & Retention
  • Graduation & Alumni Relations                                                         

When and Where:

The Summer Institute will be held on Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The sessions are expected to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and conclude at 3:00 p.m. on Friday.

Planet Hollywood
3667 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Reservation deadline: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Rate: $149 plus tax per night

For guests that prefer to phone in their reservations, they may call our Reservation Center at 866-317-1829 to secure a reservation on your group block. Please be sure to mention you are with NAGAP or use the code SMNAG0. Guests should be aware that a processing fee per reservation will be incurred if they choose not to use your dedicated weblink

Who Should Attend:

The Summer Institute specifically focuses on the needs of those who have been working in the field, or in their current positions, for fewer than three years. Additionally, professionals with more experience in undergraduate, graduate, faculty, or related higher education environments have also found these conferences to be useful and appropriate. 

Online registration for the NAGAP Summer PDI will open this Spring. 
Registration - $625 (member)

Note: If you are not a current NAGAP member the fee will be $875, which includes NAGAP 2020-2021 membership. 

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.

Confirmations will be emailed to registrants within one week of receipt of registration. 

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


NAGAP encourages its members to apply for a Summer Institute Fellowship, which is a great way to stretch professional development dollars during a time of increasing financial challenges. Two fellowships are available for NAGAP members. Each fellowship covers the registration fee, hotel accommodations for two nights (Wednesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 16) and air travel (up of $500).

Fellowship applicants are required to be current NAGAP members, and provide an essay which should respond to the following:

  • Assessment of the state of graduate enrollment management,
  • How it pertains to your institution and to you as a GEM professional, and
  • How you think the Summer Institute would assist you in your professional development.

Click here to apply for a fellowship. 

Fellowship applications must be submitted by Monday, May 11, 2020. 

Please contact Kathryn Kendall, Sr. Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Online Programs, State University of New York at Buffalo, at kkendall@buffalo.edu, if you have any questions about the fellowship.

Questions? Refer to the Professional Development Institute Frequently Asked Questions document. 

For additional questions or information about attending the conference, contact:

Ariana Balayan, Attendee Liaison
Associate Director of Graduate Admission
Suffolk University
Phone: 617-573-8043
abalayan at suffolk.edu

or NAGAP's Executive Office at: (913) 222-8655

Sponsoring at a Professional Development Institute is a great way to advertise your business. There are several sponsorship options. For more information contact Amanda Ostreko, chair of the PDI committee, at amandao at ku.edu.

Payment Questions:
NAGAP Data Administrator
Autumn Menefee
(913) 222-8620 phone
amenefee at kellencompany.com