The 2020 NASPA First-generation Student Success Conference will convene scholars and practitioners in Baltimore, Maryland from June 29 - July 1, 2020, to discuss how higher education professionals across the academy can develop effective approaches to support and improve the outcomes of first-generation college students.

This conference will be co-located with three other events, the Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference, the Closing the Achievement Gap Conference, and the Student Financial Wellness Conference to comprise the 2020 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education. This gathering will provide those committed to student success from across the institution with dynamic keynotes, thought-provoking workshops, and engaging networking opportunities using a cross-functional approach to student success. The convergence of four unique conferences will create a space for attendees to share ideas, strategies, and evidence-based research on strategies to dismantle barriers related to student success.

About the First-generation Student Success Conference

The 2020 NASPA First-generation Student Success Conference will examine a breadth of topics critical to advancing the holistic outcomes of first-generation students. The conference program will consider the vast intersectionality of first-generation students, the systemic and institutional barriers to success, evidence-based practices and approaches to student support and services, the role of assessment and evaluation, opportunities to build celebratory campus environments, and strategies for building networked campus approaches to scaling support. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the Center for First-generation Student Success while engaging with, scholars, and advocates in multiple presentation formats, research discussions, and networking events.

As a registered First-generation Student Success Conference attendee, you have access to attend offerings for any of the four conferences through one registration fee. With a diverse offering of dynamic keynotes, thought-provoking workshops, and engaging networking opportunities, the 2020 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education is your opportunity to take a cross-functional approach to student success. For more information, click here.

  • Understand the lived experiences and vast intersectionality of first-generation college students across academic years, institutional types, and sectors.

  • Discuss systemic and institutional barriers first-generation students face in higher education and identify strategies for advancing change.

  • Identify and utilize strategies for supporting first-generation students and bridging gaps in cultural capital through asset-based programmatic approaches, services, and skill building.

  • Discuss and implement approaches for creating an engaged campus community that identifies, supports, and celebrates first-generation college students.

  • Recognize and engage with scholarly literature and current research critical to understanding and advancing first-generation student outcomes.

  • Consider evaluation, assessment, and data strategies for understanding and improving institutional and programmatic first-generation initiatives.

2019 Proceedings

With over 1,400 attendees from across the nation (and 10 international locations), the 2019 Conferences on Student Success and Higher Education engaged its attendees through dynamic keynotes, thought-provoking workshops, and engaging networking opportunities using a cross-functional approach to student success.

Check out the Highlights from the Inaugural First-generation Student Success Conference.

Call for Programs

The 2020 NASPA First-generation Student Success Conference committee seeks proposals that effectively advance the understanding of holistic success and improved outcomes specific to first-generation college students across all institutional types and sectors. Presenters will be asked to identify the content level of their session; foundational, intermediate, or advanced. Additionally, the content advisory committee will select programs based upon their relationship to the Conference's learning outcomes.

The Call for Programs will open soon

The Call for Reviewers is OPEN! Click the button below and select to review programs for the 2020 NASPA First-generation Student Success Conference. 

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The schedule is designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. To view last year's proceedings, check out the 2019 Program Book.

The schedule is subject to minor changes.

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

The planning committees for the 2020 NASPA Student Success in Higher Education Conferences are working to select pre-conference sessions that will enrich and enhance your attendee experience. Please check back soon for more information.

Pre-Conference (Full-Day)
Sunday, June 28th • 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Full-day pre-Cconference sessions are full-day programs held the day prior to the conference. These events are usually coordinated directly with the applicable conference committee or a related group and typically last eight (8) hours. Pre-conference sessions require participants to pre-register for a fee.


Pre-Conference (Half-Day)
Monday, June 29th • 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Half-day pre-conference sessions will be offered the morning before the official conference kick-off. Pre-conference sessions are designed as highly specialized opportunities to discuss a specific topic or program and typically last three (3) hours. Pre-conference sessions require participants to pre-register for a fee.


Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee. If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

This conference converges four events into one. Please select the conference which is most applicable to you, though you are welcome to attend sessions and presentations across all four events.

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Registration Fees
Early Registration
before 04/24/2020
Regular Registration
04/24/2020 to 05/29/2020
Late Registration
after to 05/29/2020
NASPA Member
$475 $525 $600
Non-NASPA Member
$675 $725 $800
NASPA Student Member
$175 $225 $300
Half-Day Pre-Conference Fees
Member and Non-Member
$75 $95 $100
Full-Day Pre-Conference Fees
Member and Non-Member
$125 $145 $150


Hilton Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore Hilton

All conference activities will take place at the Hilton Baltimore.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront starting at $189/night (not including 15.5% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Friday, June 5, 2020. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Reserving a room within our block by using the hotel's dedicated meeting website or toll-free telephone number not only benefits you; it also helps to support the conference. When you book within our conference block, you help NASPA keep meeting costs as low as possible and enable us to provide some of the important features meeting attendees have come to enjoy, such as networking receptions, exhibit area coffee breaks, and off-site transportation.


Travel: Baltimore is serviced by Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). The hotel is approximately 10 miles from the airport. Depending on travel options, you may consider looking into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA; 37.5 miles) or Dulles International Airport (IAD; 50 miles)


  • Shuttles: For more information regarding shuttle providers to and from BWI, please visit the Transportation section of the BWI website.

  • Taxis: The taxi stands are located just outside of the baggage claim area on the lower level. For more information regarding taxi cab service, please visit the Transportation page of the BWI website. Taxi fare from BWI to the Hilton Baltimore is approximately $25 one-way.

  • Rental Cars: For more information on available rental car companies and contact information, please visit the Transportation page of the BWI website.

Weather: Temperatures in Baltimore in July are around 90 degrees F during the day and 75 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.