Unfortunately, the NASPA Board of Directors regrets to announce the cancellation of the 2020 NASPA Annual Conference due to the ongoing threat posed by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The City of Austin deemed it necessary to cancel all conferences that are over 2,500 individuals and the World Health Organization has identified COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The Placement Exchange will be shifting to a virtual experience to occur during the same time period as the original onsite event: March 25 - March 28, 2020. The Association’s first priority is to the health, safety, and well-being of our participants, our staff, our corporate sponsors, and exhibitors. With individuals attending the conference from all over the world, we know that this is both disappointing and challenging from a planning perspective.

Information about registration and policies can be found on the NASPA Annual Conference, The Placement Exchange, and the NASPA Connected Conference registration pages.

The NASPA Annual Conference is Canceled.

Plan Your Trip

We’re very excited to see you next year in Austin. At the same time, we recognize that many of our California colleagues will not be able to join us in Texas. NASPA is thrilled to share that we will have a “Connected Conference” in California to simultaneously engage our NASPA family in California with those who will be in Austin! Please stay tuned for more information about how you can engage with the Connected Conference next year. 

The NASPA Annual Conference is Cancelled.

Here is your #firstgen guide to #NASPA2020!

Core Content Areas


    SA Pros must be innovative in our design of cross-divisional approaches that contribute to student success. We must create a holistic and supportive university environment in a manner that resonates with today’s college student.


    Collaboration encourages creativity and innovation, offers a greater depth of knowledge, and introduces us to new ideas. We must cultivate new partnerships inside and outside of the academy.


    Higher education is under scrutiny from many who question its value proposition. Student affairs educators must provide the best environment for students in an increasingly diverse student population with shifting expectations from stakeholders.


    As the field and leadership diversifies, generationally, demographically, and functionally, tensions now exist among the existing narratives and the lived experience of some student affairs educators. We must evolve and realign the profession.

Call For Programs

The Call for Programs for the 2020 NASPA Annual Conference is closed! Get connected with colleagues now and prepare your proposal. The deadline to submit is September 3, 2019. Don't wait until the last minute!

The Conference Leadership Committee invites you to submit a program for the NASPA Annual Conference to be held in Austin, March 28 - April 1, 2020. From “Keep Austin Weird” to the revolution that is South By Southwest (SXSW), Austin is not your typical Texas city! Join your colleagues in the “Live Music Capital of the World” to develop a vision for the future of higher education and student success. 

View the #Firstgen Guide to #NASPA2020 and begin shaping your #firstgen experience.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference Workshops are full- or half-day learning sessions which take place on Saturday and Sunday before the conference.

First-gen Pre-Conference Workshop: Access Granted: Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities for First-generation Students

Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, in Austin Grand - Salon F Hilton

As first-generation college students are increasingly present across higher education, completion rates for this population lag behind continuing-generation peers. This achievement gap is due to systemic barriers preventing success coupled with too few intentional opportunities to support this population. This workshop will partner national data and evidence-based practices with approaches being used at multiple institutional types to shift high impact practices into tailored first-generation solutions that result in improved student outcomes.

Led by Whitnee Boyd, Coordinator of Special Projects, Texas Christian University; Dawn Bruner, Director of Parent & Family Relations, University of Rochester; Jessica Bowers Chukwu, Assistant Director of Student Success Initiatives Rice University; and Carli Rosati, Assistant Director of Student Success Initiatives, Rice University

*Additional registration required; simply add PC 08 to your cart.


Pre-Conrerence Pricing

Join colleagues and experts for an opportunity to discuss the guiding principles of the 2020 NASPA Annual Conference in depth. These sessions cost an additional fee, and are not included in the Annual Conference registration. You must be registered for the 2020 NASPA Annual Conference in order to attend a pre-conference workshop.*