Pre-Conference Forum Information

CEP Pre-Conference Forum

The Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) invites proposals for the 2017 ASHE-CEP Pre-Conference Forum on November 8-9, 2017.  The primary purpose of CEP, as stated in its by-laws, is to facilitate the participation of scholars from ethnically minoritized groups in the affairs of the Association.  The CEP Pre-Conference Forum consists of two components: the presentation of research/scholarly papers, roundtables, and symposia, as well as mentoring/professional development sessions as part of the CEP Mentor-Protégé Program.  The ASHE General Conference program will and should include sessions focused on race and ethnicity, as well as other aspects of diversity.  The CEP Pre-Conference Forum is distinct from the General Conference in that it exists to offer an opportunity for attendees to focus both intensively and extensively specifically on issues of race, ethnicity, and racism in higher education and the intersections of these factors with other social identities and hierarchies of privilege.

Selection for presentation during the CEP Pre-Conference Forum is competitive; every submitted proposal is not accepted. The evaluation process reflects the same level of rigor and high expectations for quality that are applied to submissions for the general conference program.  Proposals which engage a critical analysis of the effects of racism and ethnocentrism, through the lenses of systematic and internalized dominance and/or internalized oppression would be especially provocative.  Proposals which entertain the intersections of racism with other hierarchies of marginalization and privilege (e.g., social class, ability, assigned sex, gender identity and expression, sexuality, religion/spirituality/faith, and global/transnational) also are encouraged. 

All proposals for the CEP Pre-conference Forum should be submitted by selecting the COUNCIL ON ETHNIC PARTICIPATION.  Options and descriptions for CEP proposal formats are the same as for the general conference except for the poster presentation format which is not being solicited by CEP this year.  Proposal format instructions available here should be followed.  Please direct questions to the CEP Chair, Dr. J. Luke Wood ( or the 2017 CEP Pre-Conference Program Co-Chair, Dr. Christopher Newman ( 


CIHE Pre-Conference Forum

The ASHE Council for International Higher Education (CIHE) will convene its 26th Annual Forum beginning Wednesday, November 8th through noon on Thursday, November 9th, 2017.

The theme for this forum is “International Higher Education and Power” which contributes to the theme of the general conference (Power to the People).
International higher education is a key force in shaping a democratic society and promoting global citizenry. The notion of international higher education has evolved over the years and has taken many forms, to the extent that the playing field for most universities is now the global landscape. Universities around the world are involved in cross-border partnerships through branch campuses, twinning programs, scholar exchange programs, the recruitment of international students and faculty, study abroad and exchange programs, the exporting of educational services and degrees programs, internationalizing the curriculum, and massive open online global course delivery. At the heart of international higher education is the creation of a democratic society, which includes celebrating diverse cultures and languages, cultivating global perspectives, and enhancing capacity development and peace-building among nations. International education is vital to preparing citizens to work and live outside our own contexts.  
However, there are serious concerns facing international higher education such the increasing competitiveness of recruiting highly skilled international students and scholars; the imbrication of internationalization strategies with global systems of stratification, oppression and inequality, and neo-racism; the increase in loan debt for students and families in being able to afford studying in another country; the equitable treatment and self-determination of international students and scholars in accessing support services in their host country; the complex immigration and visa policies for global scholars; the sustainability of international education initiatives and programming, and the impact that turbulent political climates have on higher education, locally, nationally, and internationally. In the throes of this complexity, how can international higher education give power to the people? Whose interests play out in the realm of international education and beyond? How do power structures shape the lives of international scholars (e.g., within the host country, within higher education institutions, or personally)? The CIHE 2017 forum invites proposals that critically engage with these important issues and debates, particularly from interdisciplinary and/or innovative standpoints, including but not limited to:

  • To what extent is/should international higher education contribute to the global good? How can internationalization foster alternatives that lead to a more humane and equitable power distribution? What does that look like in terms of policy, practice, and research?
  • How can we innovate international higher education and create new frameworks, discourses, and methodologies to subvert dominant ethnocentric paradigms?
  • What is the role of higher education internationalization in fostering power to the people in a sustainable, non-ethnocentric, and non-xenophobic way? What is the role of constituents within higher education institutions––including students, faculty, and international education practitioners––in promoting global perspectives, capacity building, and self-determination that does not exacerbate existing social, cultural, and economic inequities? What would this look like in policy and practice?
  • Is higher education internationalization the best and/or only way to foster as sense of ethics and global citizenry, particularly in turbulent times? Do these programs benefit the public realm in an equitable way? 
The 2017 CIHE forum is aimed at the review and analysis of research on these critical issues developed in economics, sociology, political science, other social sciences, humanities and cross-disciplinarily, in a comparative perspective, as well as at the building of a new agenda for further research and rationale for public policy.

The International Forum will engage participants from a wide range of countries in active discussions, to address higher education issues from a global perspective, and to advance knowledge about the practice of higher education internationally. We invite proposals for research and scholarly papers, symposia and roundtable discussions, which fall both within and outside the theme of the forum. Due to the interactive nature of the pre-conference, symposium and roundtable proposals that encourage active participation and generate interest across a broad audience are especially welcome.
All proposals for the International Forum should be submitted until May 5, 2017 through the online conference proposal submission process, selecting the COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION. All ASHE members, as well as researchers, practitioners, and students across the world are invited to participate. Direct questions can be addressed to the CIHE Forum Chair, Dr. Anita Gopal or Program Co-Chair, Dr. Jon McNaughtan. More information about the 2017 conference:


CAHEP Pre-Conference Forum

Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs (CAHEP) invites proposals for the 2017 ASHE-CAHEP Pre-Conference which will be held on Thursday morning November 9, 2017.  The mission of CAHEP is to enrich the teaching and learning experiences of graduate students and faculty in the Association's constituent Higher Education Programs within North America and around the world. Towards that end, the purpose of the Pre-Conference is to facilitate the exchange among program coordinators/directors, faculty, students, and other interested members of the Association.  The CAHEP seeks proposals to present research and scholarly papers or facilitate roundtables and symposia about innovation in higher education programs and supporting graduate student success.  Given the important role of higher education in, and the role of higher education programs in supporting the education for institutional leadership, we welcome conference proposals that philosophically, practically, and/or empirically address the following:

  • New, innovative, or creative approaches to program delivery and structure (including but not exclusive to teaching, curriculum, learning, mentoring);
  • Effective  practice related to higher education program outcomes (including but not exclusive to differentiation between the Ed.D. and Ph.D, M.A. and M.Ed., internships, comprehensive exams, etc.); 
  • Preparation of administrative leaders, public policy leaders, and teacher-scholar leaders;
  • Recruitment and retention of students, faculty, staff, and administration

All proposals for the CAHEP pre-conference should be submitted through the online conference proposal submission process, selecting the COUNCIL FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS. Please direct questions to the Pre- Conference Chair,


CPPHE Pre-Conference Forum

The ASHE Council on Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE) will hold its 17th Annual Forum from Wednesday, November 8th through noon on Thursday, November 9th.  The Council especially encourages the submission of proposals that examines the link between public policy and equity. Considering the changing political climate and possibility of the reauthorization of the higher education act, we also plan to focus the pre-conference on topics related to federal policymaking, programs included in the higher education act, and emerging national higher education policy issues.
The Forum provides ASHE conference participants the opportunity to explore and discuss significant public policy issues that affect higher education in the U.S. The Forum examines the role of higher education research in informing decision-making in the public policy arena, while simultaneously exploring how key actors shape public policy. The Council invites proposals from researchers, policymakers, and public policy analysts for policy relevant research and scholarly papers and symposia. Proposals that emphasize active dialogue and audience participation are particularly welcome. The CPPHE Forum generally features more applied work than is found on the general conference program.
All proposals for the CPPHE Forum should be submitted through the online conference proposal submission process, selecting the COUNCIL ON PUBLIC POLICY IN HIGHER EDUCATION. Please direct questions to the 2017 CPPHE Vice Chair, Tiffany Jones, at  

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