Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback from last year’s conference, the NAVPA 2017 conference will again feature thematic content across four concurrent tracks, designed to meet the needs and interests of diverse professionals across campuses. These tracks are:
School Certifying Official (SCO) Challenges and Best Practices: This track will provide VA-led training, and will also seek to identify and address some of the common challenges facing SCO duties and certification of educational benefits. These challenges may include: proposed policy changes, mitigating student debt letters, internal audits, reporting and communication challenges.
Campus Program Challenges: This track will identify challenges with engaging veteran/military affiliated students and other key stakeholders on or off campus. Challenges may include: communicating with commuter students, low turn-out, new student orientations, on-campus events, staying relevant, veteran/military affiliated student retention, and engaging/training staff and faculty.
Community Collaboration Opportunities: This track will identify collaboration opportunities and collaboration best practices. Opportunities may include working with entities both on and off campus such as other Veterans’ Services Organizations (VSO’s), local government offices, and neighboring colleges. Some opportunities that will be discussed are collaborating and coordinating with: local mental health resources, engaging local VA, identifying and vetting quality VSO’s, and teaming up with other colleges and universities.
Leadership Challenges & Academic Success: This track will identify leadership challenges such as: creating buy-in from stakeholders, inspiring senior leadership, effectively leading a Veterans Department, addressing campus concerns, anticipating, influencing and leading change. How can we help our veteran/military affiliated students with their academic success?
Across all four tracks, each session will address specific challenges, and seek creative discussion and brainstorming by session attendees to generate new ideas that may mitigate or resolve these challenges. We encourage participation! Big ideas will be shared with the larger group, so that conversations can continue even after the event.
Call for Proposals: we are now accepting session proposals for the 2017 conference! Proposals are due on or before May 5, 2017. For more information about session proposals or to submit a proposal, please click here.