28th Annual Conference

CONFERENCE THEME: GEM Defined: A New Kind of Rhythm


Wednesday, April 8, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, April 11, 2015 (All day)

Time Zone: 

  • Central Time


Hyatt Regency New Orleans - New Orleans, LA

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.


Conference Handouts 

Downlad conference handouts via the NAGAP 28th 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. You will need to create a new login and password to access the itinerary planner.

Presenters will also be adding their presentations to this site. Check back to see if presenters have added their session handouts. Final handouts will be added to this site after the conference.


We've Got An App for That!

Where is that session I want to attend? Is that exhibitor here? What’s for lunch? Find answers to all of your conference logistic questions by downloading the Guidebook Conference App. NAGAP encourages attendees to download the app so that you can plan your day with a personalized schedule, including alerts. You can also browse lists for attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors. View maps of the conference venue to help find your session room. Attendees can also post photos and view live Twitter feeds.

To get the guide, choose one of the methods below:

  • Download 'Guidebook' from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace
  • Visit http://guidebook.com/getit from your phone's browser
  • Scan the following image with your mobile phone (QR-Code reader required, e.g. 'Red Laser', 'Barcode Scanner')
  • The guide will be listed under the "Download Guides" section of the application. Search NAGAP 2015 Annual Conference

NAGAP’s Conference App is sponsored by:

Tweet Along With Us!

Don’t miss a session or takeaway with #NAGAPLearns on Twitter.

Tweet your takeaways and view others. After the conference, we’ll compile a full list of all conference takeaways for attendees.

Twitter Giveaway! Tweet what you learn in sessions using #NAGAPLearns for a chance to win a prize each day!

NAGAP’s Twitter Board is sponsored by:


Getting Around the Big Easy

Numerous streetcar lines, including the Loyola Avenue Streetcar which passes directly in front the hotel, can take travelers on a scenic tour of New Orleans’ most famed attractions including the famed French Quarter, Bourbon Street and Garden District. Streetcar fare is $1.25 each way and Jazzy Passes for unlimited rides are $3 per day. For more information about New Orleans transportation options including New Orleans streetcar access and limousine service,  please contact Hyatt E-Concierge.

Shuttle Bus to the Hyatt Regency New Orleans

NAGAP is pleased to provide complimentary shuttle service from several off-site hotels to the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Please review the Shuttle Bus Schedule carefully when planning your trip to the conference sessions and to Mardi Gras World on Thursday evening.

List of Local Area Attractions:

Mercedes-Benz Superdome – 0.1m

Champions Square – 0.1m

Smoothie King Center – 0.2m

Julia Street Art Galleries – 0.2m

World War II Museum – 0.7m

French Quarter – 0.8m

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – 1.1m

Aquarium of the Americas & IMAX Theater – 1.1m

Port of New Orleans – 1.8m

Mississippi Riverfront – 2.2m 

Airport Transportation Information

The hotel is located approximately 12 miles from the Louis Armstrong International Airport. Taxi service runs approximately $33.00.

NAGAP is pleased to partner with Airport Shuttle to provide a discounted rate of $35 roundtrip on airport/hotel shuttle service to the Hyatt Regency. You must make your reservations at least 24-hours in advance online only to receive the discount. Please visit NAGAP Airport Shuttle Discount to make your reservations.

For information on parking, maps and directions please click here


Moderators and Recorders

On behalf of the NAGAP Conference Committee, we would like to invite you to become a Moderator, Recorder and/or Volunteer. This is a great opportunity to give a small amount of your time and make a substantial contribution to the professional development opportunities for your fellow NAGAP members and GEM colleagues. If you are interested, please follow the link below to select, one, two or all three of these volunteer opportunities!

Volunteers help to stuff tote bags/packets, organize gifts, work at the registration desk, and/or assist with the fun run off site event.

Recorders provide 200-400 word summaries of conference sessions for publications in NAGAP's journal, Perspectives. To accomplish their task, Recorders attend sessions, take notes and highlight the main points of the presentation or panel.

Moderators introduce the speaker(s), keep the speaker(s) on the schedule throughout the session, and should be prepared with 1-2 questions to ask the speaker(s) in the event that the audience does not have any questions.

You can sign up for you selections here. Please make your selections no later than March 23. Confirmation of assignments will be provided by March 23.

Learn more in the Orientation PowerPoint


Chapter Meetings

Chapters representing various regions and disciples will be meeting at the Conference on Wednesday, April 8. Please feel free to join your chapter in New Orleans! 

8:00 - 11:00 am 1:30 - 2:30 pm 2:30 - 3:30 pm  8:00 - 3:30 pm
JGAP - Imperial AB BAGAP - Imperial 10 CAGAP - Imperial 10 BIOGAP - Imperial 11
  CAPGAP - Imperial D MAGAP - Imperial C  
  EngineerGAP - Imperial 10 NEGAP - Imperial D  
  PAGAP - Imperial C NYGAP - Imperial AB  
  TxGAP - Imperial 12    

Community Service Project

The Need

In New Orleans, music is everywhere: the clubs, the churches, the streets, the schools and in the air. It’s celebrated as an essential part of life—past, present and future. Native son Louis Armstrong said it best: “What we play is life.” America’s original musical art form – jazz – originated in New Orleans, and over time, so did many other styles – rhythm and blues, funk and rock and roll.

Through the years these traditions have been handed down from one generation to the next. New Orleans musicians understand the importance of teaching the younger ones this heritage, allowing them to carry on the city’s vibrant musical culture that continues to make the city such an exceptional place.

The Solution                               

The mission of the Trombone Shorty Foundation is to perpetuate the musical heritage of New Orleans through music education, instruction, mentorship and performance to prepare young, under-served musicians for success in music and in life.

The Foundation established The Trombone Shorty Music Academy in 2013 and added a new program, The Fredman Music Business Institute, in 2014, both partnerships with Tulane University. The programs offer quality music performance and music business education to motivated high school students by nurturing their talent and allowing them to prepare for a career in music.

The programs provide:

  • Experienced, professional teachers, tutors and mentors
  • A relaxed, fun and supportive atmosphere that inspires and motivates
  • A comprehensive understanding of New Orleans’ musical traditions
  • Experience in music performance, reading and writing
  • Instruction on the business side of the music industry

Supporting the Trombone Shorty Foundation:

  • Preserves and perpetuates New Orleans’ unique musical culture
  • Provides students a way to express themselves and to pursue their passion
  • Offers under-served youth positive social interaction
  • Enhances students’ brainpower and academic performance

To Donate

“I want to be one of the people that has the impact musically for the next generation to continue this thing.” – Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews

Visit the Trombone Shorty Foundation website to donate. List NAGAP as your “purpose” for donating, as NAGAP will match donations up to $500. NAGAP will also collect donations at the conference.

Donations are tax deductible and support the Trombone Shorty Foundation’s efforts to cultivate the talent of young musicians through an intensive musical immersion and mentorship program that carries on the great musical legacy of New Orleans.

Information provided with permission from the Trombone Shorty Foundation.

Program & Registration Details

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

Registration is now closed. You can register onsite at the conference. Bring the completed form, download the registration form, and payment with you to register onsite.

Registration Fees:

Early-Bird Conference Registration - Now Closed

Current/New Member - $485

Non-Member - $660

Conference Registration - Now Closed

Current/New Member - $560

Non-Member - $735

On-Site Registration (After March 16, 2015)

Current/New Member - $660

Non-Member - $835 


Pre-Conference Institute

Bridging the Gap between the Strategic & Operational Functions of GEM to Improve Enrollment Planning

Wednesday, April 8 - 9:00am - 1:30pm

Learn more about the program, fees, fellowship opportunities, etc.



The Hyatt Regency New Orleans is now sold out of rooms for Saturday, April 11, and almost sold out for Friday, April 10. We are unable to secure any additional rooms at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans for April 10 and 11.

Please contact A Room With A View for information on the designated NAGAP overflow hotel.   They will secure the lowest available rates within walking distance of The Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel.  In the event that rooms become available at The Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel due to cancellations, A Room With A View will notify conference attendees and help transfer reservations back to The Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel in the order in which they were booked.  

 A Room With A View can be reached at 1-800-780-4343

 International Attendees can reach them at [email protected]

 This is a FREE SERVICE for all NAGAP attendees



Home to the NAGAP 28th Annual Conference, Hyatt Regency New Orleans is conveniently located near all of New Orleans attractions and just across the street from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Champions Square. This elegant hotel reopened in October 2010 after extensive renovations and features state of the art technology and beautifully redesigned guest rooms. For a complete list of hotel features, please click here.

Internet Access: NAGAP is pleased to provide complimentary wireless high-speed internet access in your guest room.

NAGAP Conference Hotel Rates: NAGAP Conference Hotel Room Rate is $230 single/double occupancy and $255 triple/quad occupancy. The conference rate will be honored three nights pre/post of the conference dates based on availability. The deadline to confirm your reservation at the special conference rate is Monday, March 16, 2015.

Reservations may be made online at Hyatt Regency New Orleans. You can use the number below to call the hotel if you prefer. Please request group code G-NGAP when calling to make reservations, no group code is needed if you book online, just select “attendee” from the drop down menu.

Hyatt Regency New Orleans

601 Loyola Avenue

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 70113

Tel: 504-561-1234

Fax: 504-587-4141 

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 2015. For more information, click here.


Call for Vendor Presentations

The Call for Vendor Presentations deadline has now passed.

NAGAP offers opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors to conduct presentations for the explicit purpose of promoting your services and products. Vendor Presentations are intended to supplement your participation in the Exhibit Hall.



Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals deadline has now passed.

There are four different formats for conference education sessions: Presentations, Panels, Rapid Fire Sessions and Special Interest Forums (i.e. roundtable discussions).  As you think about your area of interest or expertise, consider which format best aligns with your educational content, personal style or comfort level.

NAGAP 28th Annual Conference Categories for Education Sessions

Goal:  Proposals should be generally aligned with the theme of the 28th Annual Conference and focus on the various aspects of the graduate enrollment management life cycle from prospective students through alumni engagement.
Please note that suggested topics in each category can be found on the NAGAP web site. These are just suggestions.  You may identify a topic of your choice as it relates to the category.

  1. Recruitment and Marketing
  2. Financing Education
  3. Admissions Operations
  4. Student Services
  5. Alumni Relations and Engagement
  6. Enrollment Modeling and Strategic Planning
  7. Career, Staff and Personal Development

Presenters may use these rubrics below by which each submission is judged to get a better idea of what the Conference Planning and Education Comittees are looking for when they review the submissions.  

  1. Panel Discussion Rubric
  2. Presenations Rubric
  3. Rapid Fire Session Rubric
  4. Special Interest Forum Rubric