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7th Annual Call for Presentations
The Call for Presentations is now closed

Please send any questions regarding the breakout sessions, workshops or poster sessions to Donna Duffey, Program Chair,
Notification concerning your proposal will occur by midnight Eastern Standard Time on Friday, May 8, 2009

7th Annual NACCE Conference
October 11-14, 2009
Chicago, IL
Call for Presentations
Entrepreneurship: The New Frontier for Student
Independence in a Global Economy
Finding Your Opportunity in Today's Economy



Share the exciting ways you have been able to generate access to and success in entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial thinking at your community college.  This is your opportunity to share your best practices and inspire others to increase their entrepreneurship offerings.

One-hour breakout sessions, 2.5-hour workshops and poster sessions are the foundation of NACCE’s educational programming.  These presentations will give conference attendees an opportunity to learn about all aspects of entrepreneurship at a community college, best practices, and practical applications.

Proposals for preconference sessions, breakout sessions, workshops and poster sessions are invited through a “Call for Presentations”.


About the Conference
The NACCE conference is a place where entrepreneurially minded community college professionals gather together to identify opportunities and create positive organizational and community change. Through entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurship education, and student business incubation programs attendees will learn how their community college will make an impact in their community’s economic future.

Who will attend?
Innovative community college faculty and administrators interested in infusing entrepreneurship throughout their campus. Past attendees have included Presidents, Vice Presidents (Academic Affairs, Economic Development, Student Services, Institutional Advancement etc…), Deans, Directors, Faculty (full/part time/adjunct in a variety of disciplines), leaders in business support organizations (SBDC’s, companies interested in advancing entrepreneurship in their communities etc...).


What is a Preconference Session?
Preconference sessions are facilitated by recognized leaders and provide in-depth coverage of current entrepreneurship related topics. Preconferences are fee-based, three to six hour sessions that deliver practical knowledge and applications. Preconferences augment the conference by allowing for in-depth interactions. Lecture only presentations will not be accepted. Selections for a preconference are competitive and based on quality and rigor of content.

What is a Breakout Session?
A breakout session is a 60 minute interactive presentation on topics that are of interest to the attendees of NACCE’s Annual Conference. Each session typically includes one or more individual presenters or a panel of presenters.

What is a Workshop?
A workshop is a 2 ½ hour block of time where participants learn and interact through structured group exercises. Workshops cover a variety of interest areas for individuals who want hands-on experience.  Workshops include multiple individuals or a panel of presenters.

What is a Poster Session?
A poster session is a traditional paper-based poster showcased on a 36" x 48" poster board, with a presentation to small groups of attendees lasting about 6 minute.  Attendees are encouraged to review the poster session displays within the one hour allotted for this part of the conference educational program. Presenters are expected to stay with the poster during that time for discussion and to answer questions. Posters will be set up throughout the entire conference. Presenters are encouraged to have ample handout materials available for participants. Please note: No electrical support or internet connections are available in the poster session area.


Submission Guidelines:

·         All abstracts must be submitted via the NACCE conference website Online Session Submission at by midnight Eastern Standard Time on Friday, March 27, 2009.

·         Each session abstract must have the following components:

·              Presentation Title
Approximately 10 words that accurately and enticingly describes your session.

·              Presentation Description
Provide 50 words for the Conference Program Guide and the NACCE Conference web site that clearly, persuasively, and accurately tells attendees what to expect from your session. Attendees should be able to clearly determine the scope and level of the session and its appropriateness to their needs. Session descriptions should answer the following question: "What will be learned that will have practical benefit to the attendee?"

·              Presentation Overview
Provide a brief overview of your proposed activities, visual aids, and handouts. Describe how you plan to ensure audience involvement. Traditional lecture-only presentations are strongly discouraged.

·         All session submitters must submit a brief biography (maximum of 150 words) for each proposed presenter.  Each biography should include the presenter’s name, title, organizational affiliation and email address.

·         All presenters must attend the conference on the assigned day of their presentation.

·         Breakout session presenters, workshop presenters, and poster session presenters must register and pay the registration fee to attend the NACCE Conference. 

·         Sessions should include innovative ideas or approaches, or best practices. Submissions judged by NACCE Program Committee reviewers to be simply advertisements for products or services or overly promotional in nature may not be accepted.

·         NACCE encourages organizations to submit as many proposals as they wish.  NACCE reserves the right to combine session proposals and to balance the number of breakout sessions, workshops and/or poster sessions submitted by any given individual, company or organization.  NACCE also reserves the right to edit session titles and abstracts for marketing purposes.

·         Presentations submitted by businesses or consultants will be especially valuable if paired with a technical or community college.

·         NACCE encourages session submitters to collaborate with other colleagues by submitting a symposium proposal or a session with a common theme or focus.

·         It will not be possible to guarantee a particular day and time for any presentation.

·         Please send any questions regarding the breakout sessions, workshops or poster sessions to Donna Duffey, Program Chair,

·         Notification concerning your proposal will occur by midnight Eastern Standard Time on Friday, May 8, 2009.

·         General criteria used in selecting proposals for workshop presentations:

·              Appropriateness of the topic to the conference theme or identified track.

·              Clarity of title, description, and presentation plan.

·              Description of learning outcomes expected from the session.

·              Engagement of participants in active learning opportunities.

·              Relevance and importance of the topic.

·              Originality of the topic or distinction of perspective.

·         Session categories are listed below. Please identify which session area your presentation best fits into, as well as the level of difficulty.


Session Category Summaries:


1. Entrepreneurship Curriculum & Experiential Learning

Suggested topics include credit and credit-free curricula development and implementation, entrepreneurship integration in technical and liberal arts courses, associate degree development, program and class scheduling, student assessment, desired outcomes, case studies, experiential learning, alternative delivery models, distance education, learning communities, and creating credit and credit-free certificates.


2. Professional Development—Supporting Faculty in Teaching Entrepreneurship Education

Suggested topics include creation and implementation of faculty development training for teaching entrepreneurship, including infusing entrepreneurship across campus, effective mentoring, effective teaching methods, measures for evaluating faculty performance, and opportunities for development from team teaching and interdisciplinary interactions.

3. Entrepreneurship Outreach and Specialty Programs
 Suggested subjects include developing, implementing and managing a student/community business incubator, connecting entrepreneurship education and business incubation, creation and management of an entrepreneurial resource center, creating a pipeline from high schools through entrepreneurship education, outreach to at-risk youth, outreach to existing businesses, and outreach to family businesses, marketing and awareness of your entrepreneurial offerings.

Suggested subjects include entrepreneurship offerings for (i.e.): women, +50 generation, disabled, minority, and international students: motivations for studying entrepreneurship, unique needs or challenges, importance of mentoring and networking among, how to accommodate students' need for balance between work, school, and family, encouraging entrepreneurship among unique populations, developing business skills vs. helping to incubate a "big" idea, obtaining capital, and generational motivations.

4. Linking K-12 & 2-4 Institutions Through Partnerships

Suggested subjects include developing successful K-12 educational linkages, connecting with 4-year institutions, connecting community colleges with four-year institutions (articulation, knowledge sharing), international collaborations, and technology transfer.


5. Sustainability—Keeping Entrepreneurship Offerings on Track

Suggested topics include traditional and non-traditional ways of raising money for start-up and existing programs, creating angel investing/microloan opportunities for start up businesses in your local economy, connecting with your foundation and development office, developing private/corporate interest in investment in entrepreneurship education, creating a win-win investment situation, and techniques in leveraging private investment and grant funding.

In addition ways of defining objectives for entrepreneurship education, developing outcomes and performance indicators for your objectives, measuring effectiveness of implementation, and using evaluation data for continuous improvement, demonstrating entrepreneurship program value/worthiness using metrics.

6. Community Colleges, Economic Development Agencies and Community Based Programs

Suggested topics include model partnerships with Small Business Development Centers, SCORE Chapters, and other economic development authorities. Collaborations, cross-marketing, and win-wins between agencies and community colleges will be of interest.



Beginner:  Appropriate for individuals who currently are just starting on the path, and will need things broken down and explained in layman’s terms. 

Intermediate:  Appropriate for individuals who have something up and running and want to improve their offerings. 

Advanced:  Appropriate for individuals who have been working in the field for some time and are looking for fresh ideas to advance their work.


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