2017 Winter Professional Development Institute

Winter Institute for Advanced Graduate Enrollment Management Professionals


Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:00am to Friday, January 13, 2017 - 5:00pm


San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino - San Juan, Puerto Rico

For 22 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 2017 include:

  • Getting the Most out of your CRM
  • Gathering and Utilizing Data for Successful Enrollment Management
  • Considerations for Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Student Population
  • Addressing Legal and Ethical Issues in GEM
  • Marketing Strategies for SEO, Social Media, and Content Marketing

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Julie Posselt will be joining us as our keynote speaker. Dr. Posselt currently serves as an Assistant Professor of higher education at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. She is the author of “Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping,” a book about how faculty evaluate graduate applicants for doctoral programs across all disciplines. Her research examines institutionalized inequalities in higher education and organizational efforts aimed at reducing inequities and encouraging diversity

Click here for the program agenda.

When and Where:

The Winter Institute for Advanced Graduate Enrollment Management Professionals will be held on Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13, 2017 at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 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.


Registration is CLOSED.

Fees range from $625 (early-bird members) to $950 (regular non-members). Member and non-member rates are available; non-member rates include membership for the year.

There are two methods available for registration

  • Register online 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.

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 20, 2016 to guarantee the Institute rate of $180 per night plus tax for the standard single/double room including complimentary internet access. Upgraded rooms are available for an additional fee. The Institute rate is available from January 9, 2017 through January 16, 2017 to accommodate additional personal travel days.

Attendees must contact the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino directly to reserve a room. If you do, please be sure to mention the NAGAP PDI to receive the conference rate. Attendees can reserve a room with a credit card. One night’s deposit is required when making the reservation. You may cancel room reservations without penalty up to 48 hours in advance of your arrival date.


Mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus have been reported within Puerto Rico. Based on the CDC guidelines, the risk of infection is very low for the majority of people. However, the CDC encourages women who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant as well as anyone with a compromised immune system or chronic disease that makes them more susceptible to severe infection to consult with their physician if they are concerned about traveling to Puerto Rico. For all travelers it is recommended by the CDC that you wear long sleeves and pants and use bug spray containing DEET to prevent mosquito bites. We strongly encourage attendees to pack these items.  

NAGAP staff will continue to monitor and report any other advisories in preparation for your travels. We also suggest that you check with your own institutions/universities for travel advisory concerns and/or restrictions.

Based on the CDC information and our contract for the event, we do not have plans to relocate at this time. Cancellation of PDI registrations will be subject to NAGAP’s standard cancellation policy as stated in the meeting materials. 

CDC ABOUT ZIKA for updates and information about Zika

PLAN FOR TRAVEL information from CDC

We look forward to seeing you, safe and healthy, in Puerto Rico!

Monica Evans-Lombe, NAGAP Executive Director


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 and Thursday) and air travel (up to $500). Applications are typically due in mid-November.

The 2017 Winter PDI Fellowship application submissions is closed. 

For questions or more information, contact:

Katie Beczak – Committee Chair
Assistant Director
Graduate and Part-time Enrollment Services
Rochester Institute of Technology
Phone: 585-475-6768
kmbges at rit.edu