2020 Fall Professional Development Institute

Advanced Graduate Enrollment Management Professionals


Monday, October 26, 2020 (All day) to Friday, October 30, 2020 (All day)

Time Zone: 

  • Eastern Time


Virtual - registered attendees will receive information regarding the platform soon.

2020 Fall PDI

Strategic Planning in GEM: COVID Special Edition

This event will be scheduled in 90 minute Sessions from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT each day. 

The NAGAP Professional Development Committee is excited to announce the first ever Fall Professional Development Institute.

Join us to discuss strategic planning for GEM during COVID. The Fall Institute is designed for both incoming, as well as seasoned GEM professionals.  Additionally, professionals with more experience in undergraduate, graduate, faculty, or related higher education environments have also found these conferences to be useful and appropriate. Enrollment is limited; therefore, early registration is strongly encouraged.


Sessions & Speakers

Full Agenda

Virtual Fall Institute FAQs

Topics on the Fall Institute agenda include:

  • Marketing/Recruitment
  • International Student Issues
  • Data Collection and Survey Tools
  • Mental Health/Self-Care


Fall PDI Agenda

Monday, October 26

12:00 PM   

12:30 PM  

Conversation with a GEM Professional about how they addressed COVID 19 challenges and are planning for this year

Kathleen Costello, Director, Graduate and Recruitment, Clemson University

Andy Crawford, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, Bentley University Graduate School of Business

Will Fenton, Director of Graduate Recruitment, Drexel University


Tuesday, October 27

12:00 PM   

12:30 PM  

The NEW Enrollment Marketing Benchmarks (and the recruitment tactics that are getting the best results)

Tony Fraga, CEO, DD Agency


Wednesday, October 28

12:00 PM   

12:30 PM  

 Supporting the International Graduate Student Journey during COVID19

Ravi Shankar, Assistant Provost and Director of International Services, University of Rochester

Dr. Jane Gatewood, Vice Provost for Global Engagement, University of Rochester

Dr. Sonja Knutson, Director of the Internationalization Office and Interim Director of ESL and the Writing Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Melissa Sturge-Apple, Vice Provost & University Dean of Graduate Education, University of Rochester


Thursday, October 29

12:00 PM   

12:30 PM  

 GEM Data Trends

Dr. Hironao Okahana, Vice President of Research and Knowledge Development, Council of Graduate Schools


Friday, October 30

12:00 PM   

12:30 PM  

Reimagining Graduate Student Well-Being: Strategies & Partnerships that Promote Graduate Student Mental Health and Well-Being

Dr. Kerry Wilks, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Wichita State University

Dr. Jessica Provines, Assistant Vice President for Wellness and Director of Counseling and Prevention Services, Wichita State University

Dr. Algerian Hart, Associate Dean of the Graduate College and Professor of Kinesiology, Missouri State University


Registration fees:

Current and New Members:  $100
Non-Members: $200

Registration Deadline is October 21, 2020.

Who Should Attend:

The Fall 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. To maintain this setting, enrollment is limited; therefore, early registration is strongly encouraged.


For additional questions or information about participation, contact:

Ariana Balayan, Attendee Liaison
ariana.balayan1 at umassmed.edu

or NAGAP's Executive Office: (913) 222-8655 or [email protected] 

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.

Questions about Registration or Payment:

Brianna Wilson, NAGAP Account Coordinator
(913) 222-8655
[email protected]