Summer Institute

for New Graduate Enrollment Management Professionals

July 10-11, 2014 | Las Vegas, Nevada


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

Tentatively scheduled session topics include:

  • Introduction to the Profession of Graduate Enrollment Management
  • Legal Issues in Graduate Enrollment Management
  • GEM Best Practices
  • International Graduate Enrollment Management
  • Graduate Orientation and Student Services
  • Graduate Marketing and Social Media
  • Demographic Trends, Financial Support, and the Future of Graduate Enrollment
  • Recruiting Underrepresented Graduate Students
  • Plenary: When generations collide and what Starbucks, American Girl, Apple and Disney can teach us about recruiting graduate students

Agenda for 2014 Summer Institute

When and Where:

The 2014 Summer Institute for New Graduate Enrollment Management Professionals will be held on Thursday, July 10 and Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. The sessions are expected to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and conclude by 3:00 p.m. on Friday.

Who Should Attend:

The Summer Institute focuses on introductory topics and is designed primarily for graduate admissions and enrollment management professionals with three years of experience or less. It is offered in a setting that promotes discussion, interaction and networking among all of the participants.


Registration is now closed.

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 June 27, 2014 will be eligible for 100% refund minus a $50 processing fee.  If a registrant cancels after the deadline or fails to attend the Summer  Institute and payment is not received, the registrant’s school will be billed and held responsible for full payment.    

Hotel Reservations:

Reservations must be made by June 17, 2014 to guarantee the Institute rate of $149 per night for the standard single/double room including complimentary wireless internet.  A mandatory $25 resort fee and 12% county room tax are also charged per night.  Upgraded rooms are available for an additional fee. The Institute rate is available from July 8 until July 13, 2014 to accommodate additional personal travel days.

Attendees must contact The Cosmopolitan directly to reserve a room online or by calling 855-435-0005 or 702-698-7575 to make a reservation. Please be sure to request group code ID SNAGA4 to receive the conference rate.  Attendees can reserve a room with a credit card. One night’s deposit is required when making the reservation. Room reservations can be cancelled without penalty up to 48 hours in advance of the arrival date.


NAGAP encourages its members to apply for a Summer Institute fellowship.  Fellowships are a great way to stretch professional development dollars.

Two fellowships are available for NAGAP members.  Each fellowship covers the registration fee, hotel accommodations for two nights (Wednesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 10) and air travel (up of $500).

To apply for a fellowship, e-mail your name, title, institution, contact information (including address, phone, fax and email) and a 250-500 word essay saved as a Microsoft Word document to Kathryn Kendall, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment, State University of New York at Buffalo, at [email protected]. Please include “NAGAP Fellowship” in the subject line.

The essay should include your assessment of the state of graduate enrollment management and how it pertains to your institution and to you as a new professional.  Also state how you think the Summer Institute would assist you in your professional development.  Fellowship applications must be submitted by Friday, May 16, 2014. 

Fellowship recipients must agree to submit an essay about their experiences at the Summer Institute.  Their essays will later appear in an issue of NAGAP’s Perspectives

For questions or more information, contact:

Tracey Sheetz – Attendee Liaison
Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
West Virginia University
(304) 293-1544
tlsheez at

Payment Questions:
Jennifer Allen
NAGAP Data Administrator
(913) 895-4616 x 4777 phone
(913) 895-4652 fax
jennifer.allen at

Please note that there is currently an ongoing labor dispute between the Culinary Workers Union and the Cosmopolitan Hotel.  This is not a dispute between NAGAP and the union.  The Cosmopolitan is a non-union hotel and, as such, has assured us there will be no disruption of services as a result of ongoing labor negotiations.  The hotel’s highest priority continues to be the comfort provided to NAGAP members and their other guests.