Pre-Conferences

ASHE's four Councils each host a Pre-Conference Forum. These are open to any conference attendee, regardless of Council membership.  Each Pre-Conference requires a separate registration.

The 2021 Pre-Conference Schedules will be available in August 2021. The ASHE Staff and Pre-Conference Chairs are working on the best format for pre-conferences and the general conference (see the January 2021 message to the ASHE membership). While Pre-Conferences are typically held on the Wednesday and Thursday morning prior to the conference, this may change for 2021. We will provide more information about this in summer 2021 as conference planning continues.


Council for Advancement of Higher Education Programs (CAHEP) Pre-Conference Forum

Thursday, October 28, Tentative Time: 10:00am-4:15pm Eastern/San Juan Time

The mission of the Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs (CAHEP) is to enrich the teaching and learning experiences of students and faculty in the Association's constituent Higher Education Programs as well as to facilitate exchange among program coordinators/directors, faculty, students, and other interested members of the Association and externally. In keeping with this year’s conference theme of Spanning and Unsettling the Borders of Higher Education, the 2021 CAHEP Pre-Conference will feature research that promotes place-consciousness—attention to the land, communities, and geographies where higher education programs are situated—as well as attends to and critique the boundaries and borders of and within higher education programs.


Council for Ethnic Participation (CEP) Pre-Conference Forum

Friday, October 29, Tentative Time: 9:00am-6:00pm Eastern/San Juan Time

The primary focus of the Council for Ethnic Participation (CEP) is to maintain and guide the integrity of the structural diversity of ASHE. The CEP Pre-Conference Forum offers opportunities for attendees to focus intensively, extensively, and specifically on issues of race, ethnicity, and racism, and the intersections of racism with other interlocking systems of oppression. Following the 2021 theme, the 2021 CEP Pre-Conference will be a space of convergence, bridging critical theories and thoughtful praxis; it is an alternative space to think through settler colonial capture and the conceptual constraints that reproduce these practices in higher education; it is a site of creativity that invites new questions, embodied rhythms, and tools that might chart liberatory futures even as they contend with anti-Blackness and interlocking systems of oppression. The Pre-Conference will end with the annual business meeting, including the awarding of the 2021 CEP Mildred García Awards and the 2021 CEP Founders Service Award.


Council on International Higher Education (CIHE) Pre-Conference Forum

Monday, October 25, Tentative Time: 10:00am-4:30pm Eastern/San Juan Time

The mission of the Council on International Higher Education (CIHE) is to provide a forum for the dissemination of and exchange of ideas on research and theory on higher education from comparative, contrasting cultural, and international perspectives. The 2021 CIHE Pre-Conference will host sessions that incorporate a comparative dimension in their methods or theoretical frameworks or explore practices and structures that have international implications. The Pre-Conference will end with the annual business meeting, including the awarding of the 2021 CIHE Award for Significant Research on International Higher Education.


Council on Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE) Pre-Conference

Tuesday, October 26,Tentative Time: 10:00am-4:30pm Eastern/San Juan Time

The purposes of the Council on Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE) are to promote research on, and to advance understanding of, the processes and impacts of public policy in U.S. higher education, as well as to help inform decision-making in the public policy arena. The Council also serves as an incubator and facilitator of future policy-relevant research and as an ongoing network for the exchange of ideas and information. The 2021 CPPHE Pre-Conference will examine 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 Pre-Conference will end with the annual business meeting, including the awarding of the 2021 CPPHE Excellence in Higher Education Public Policy Award.