29th Annual Conference

CONFERENCE THEME: Embracing Collaboration in the Student Lifecycle: Instrumental to Success



Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 6:00pm to Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 12:30pm

Time Zone: 

  • Central Time


Omni Hotel - Nashville, TN

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.

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NEED-TO-KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - read this imporant informaiton before you leave for the conference

Conference Handouts 

Download conference handouts via the NAGAP 29th 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 login and password as this login is different than the Precis submission site login you used if you submitted a proposal.

Making Use and Sense of National Graduate Education Data

presented by: Jeff Allum,Chris Connor, Chris Ferguson, Roberta Bell

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.

View the Final Program

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 2016 Annual Conference

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 #NAGAPLearnsfor a chance to win a prize each day!

NAGAP’s Twitter Board is sponsored by:

Airport Transportation Information

NAGAP is pleased to partner with Jarmon Transportation to provide discounted shuttle service from the Nashville Airport to the Omni Nashville Hotel. Shared shuttle service is $14 per person one-way or $25 per person round trip and should be booked in advance. Private door-to-door service is also available at $30 one-way for one person and each additional person is $10 for groups of 10 or fewer. Click here to book a reservation.

To locate the Jarmon counter upon arrival at the airport, proceed to the escalator for level two to claim your luggage. Upon collecting your luggage take the escalator down to the bottom level which is ground transportation. Proceed toward the main doors, but do not go out the doors. Look to your right before you exit the doors and you will see the Jarmon counter. 

Taxi service is a flat rate of $25 to the downtown area, plus an additional passenger charge of $1 when the accompanying passenger and the original passenger are going to same destination.  

Local Information – What to see and do

View the conference committee's blog, Nashville in a Nutshell, for everything you need to check out while in Nashville. 


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 registration form and payment with you to register onsite.

Registration Fees:

Early-Bird Conference Registration - by February 22 - CLOSED

Current/New Member - $495

Non-Member - $670

Conference Registration - Feb. 23 - March 23 CLOSED

Current/New Member - $570

Non-Member - $745

On-Site Registration - after March 23, 2016

Current/New Member - $670

Non-Member - $845

Pre-Conference Institute

Making Use (& Sense) of National Graduate Education Data

Presenter: Jeff Allum, Assistant Vice President for Research and Policy Analysis, Council of Graduate Schools

Wednesday, April 13 - 9:00am - 1:30pm

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

Registration Fees:

Current/New Member - $195

Non-Member - $245

NAGAP Graduate Fair hosted at Belmont University - SOLD OUT
Tuesday, April 12 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Table Registration Fee:  $100

Capacity is limited (i.e. approx. 100 tables); schools will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more details, visit the Graduate School Fair page on our website.


NAGAP is experiencing excellent registration numbers this year which has exhausted our housing options due to a strong demand for rooms in Nashville during the conference. Once these room blocks are sold-out NAGAP will not be able to offer any additional group room discounts. 


The Headquarter Hotel is the Omni - We also have two Overflow hotels - the Homewood Suites by Hilton and Holiday Inn Express. 

Omni Nashville - THE HOTEL IS SOLD OUT

250 5th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203 

NAGAP Conference Hotel Rates: NAGAP Conference Hotel Room Rate is $249 single/double occupancy and $269 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 March 23, 2016.

Holiday Inn Express Nashville Downtown
920 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Telephone:  1 (615) 244-0379

Room Rate $259 + taxes

To make reservations please call (615) 244-0150 and request the NAGAP Rate or book online at HolidayInnExpressNashville. Deadline to make reservations is March 23, 2016Rooms may sell-out prior to the cut-off date.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville-Downtown - SOLD OUT

706 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37203


Moderators and Recorders

Interested in becoming more involved at the 2016 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

Every year, NAGAP works closely with a local charity to support its work in our host city. The 2016 Conference Planning Committee has chosen Thistle Farms as the charity in Nashville. Thistle Farms is a community that provides housing, food, healthcare, therapy and education for women who have been victims of prostitution, trafficking and addiction. This unique social enterprise consists of a bath and body care company, the Thistle Stop Café and paper and sewing studios to both raise money and teach skills for its residents.
There will be a variety of ways at the 2016 conference to support Thistle Farms and their work. In addition to highlighting the organization at lunch, there will be opportunities to sample and purchase their products, and possibly win a gift basket in a raffle!  To learn more about Thistle Farms, visit their website at:  http://thistlefarms.org/


Visit the Thistle Farms donation site. Add NAGAP as the name of your “tribute” in order for your donation to be counted toward the amount that NAGAP will match (up to $500). NAGAP will also collect donations at the conference. Attendees will have the opportunity to see, sample and purchase Thistle Farms products during the conference as well!


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 2016. For more information, click here.