CPPHE Pre-Con Forum

2023 Call for Proposals
Proposals Due: April 25, 2025, 4:00PM Central/Minneapolis Time

The ASHE Council on Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE) encourages the submission of proposals that examine the link between public policy and higher education. The CPPHE Pre-Conference Forum examines the role of higher education research in informing decision-making in the public policy arena, while simultaneously exploring how the places and spaces that higher education occupy shape how policies are formed, how policies are implemented, and how policies are evaluated. 

The CPPHE Pre-Conference Forum provides participants the opportunity to explore and discuss significant public policy issues that affect higher education in the U.S. at the local, state, and federal levels. CPPHE invites proposals from researchers, policymakers, and policy analysts for higher education policy-relevant research, scholarly papers, and symposia. Proposals that emphasize active dialogue and audience participation are particularly welcome. Additionally, CPPHE encourages proposals that bring together researchers and policy actors as partners to help research inform policy. The CPPHE Pre-Conference Forum generally features more applied work than is found in the general conference program.

In light of this year’s conference theme, Higher Education Research: Purposes, Politics, & Practices, we invite researchers to submit proposals that address a question posed by ASHE President Ana Martínez-Alemán: What is the purpose of higher education research and what are the politics that shape it? Dr. Martínez-Alemán encourages us to “think about higher education beyond your current front yard, beyond your views of the cultivated roses of today.”

As such, we invite proposals on topics and issues which address urgency, uncertainty, and possibility. While we welcome all proposals that focus on higher education policy, we particularly encourage scholars to submit proposals that address the translation of policy research to policy action (including activism and advocacy), the responses of policymakers to natural disasters, the global pandemic, racial injustices, and other significant events that disrupted higher education, and the interaction among different levels of policymaking (local and state; state and federal; local and federal) to address timely higher education topics.

Please note that the CPPHE Pre-Conference Forum is different from the General Conference section Policy, Finance, and Economics. Authors can submit to either the general conference or the CPPHE Pre-Conference; however, the same proposal may not be submitted to both.

Proposal formats accepted

Research Paper


Scholarly Paper


Interactive Symposium


Self-Designed Paper Session


Performance, Visual, and Digital Scholarship


Works in Progress




Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Tentative Time: 8:00am-6:00pm Central/Minneapolis Time
Hilton, Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Welcome 8:00am-8:10am
Breakout Sessions 8:15am-9:30am
Breakout Sessions 9:45am-11:00am
Breakout Sessions 1:00pm-2:15pm
Breakout Sessions 2:30pm-3:45pm
Breakout Sessions 4:00pm-5:15pm
CPPHE Business Meeting & 20 Year Anniversary Recognition (Open to All CPPHE Members) 5:15pm -6:00pm
ASHE General Conference Welcome Reception 7:00pm-9:00pm

View the full schedule for the 2022 CPPHE Pre-Conference. If you missed the 2022 CPPHE Pre-Conference, you can purchase on-demand access to the recorded content through May 1, 2023.

2023 Registration

Council on Public Policy in Higher Education Pre-Conference Forum Registration

 Early Registration: Through 8/5/23
11:59pm Central/Minneapolis Time

 Regular Registration:
8/6/23 - 10/15/23 11:59pm 
Central/Minneapolis Time

 Late Registration:
10/16/23-11/10/23 11:59pm 
Central/Minneapolis Time

General Member 85 105 135
Graduate Student Member 70 85 105
Retired, Emeritus, Part-Time, Post Doc 75 100 130
Non-Member 135 150 185


2023 CPPHE Pre-Conference Chair:

If you have technical or logistical questions about submitting a proposal or the pre-conference:

  • Email ASHE Conference Staff at conference@ashe.ws
  • Call the ASHE Office at (202) 660-4106