Call for Proposals


The Southern Regional Education Board is excited to announce the 2024 Student Success Summit, taking place at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky from Sept. 9-11. 

This year, the summit’s theme is Empowering Every Learner: Unlocking Student Potential for Economic Mobility and Community Growth, focusing on the relationship between postsecondary student success and a thriving south. SREB invites proposals that resonate with this central theme and contribute to the organization’s mission to support states as they advance all levels of education to improve the social and economic vitality of the SREB region. Sessions will be held Sept. 10-11.

SREB is accepting proposals between now and July 31, 2024. To assist prospective presenters, we have identified the following focus areas to provide guidance and structure to proposal submissions:

1. Access to Postsecondary

Postsecondary access encompasses the acquisition, understanding and effective use of information regarding institutional requirements, admissions processes, financial obligations, testing, college culture, academic expectations, challenges and available resources, enabling students to make informed choices about their educational pathways.

Potential topics could include:

  • Building partnerships between K-12 schools and higher education institutions;
  • Supporting first-generation college students;
  • Innovations in financial aid and scholarships
  • Enhancing transfer pathways between dual enrollment, two-year and four-year institutions

2. Retention

“Retention is a measure of institutional success. It refers to a college or university’s capacity to keep students engaged and enrolled in their programs until they successfully complete their studies, typically culminating in a degree. Retention encompasses all the efforts institutions make to prevent students from leaving the college or university—whether to transfer elsewhere or stop their higher educational journey entirely.” (Student Persistence vs. Retention in Higher Education (

Potential topics could include:

  • Strategies for improving first-year retention rates
  • Professional development for faculty and staff
  • Recruitment and retention of faculty
  • Building a sense of belonging and community on campus

3. Persistence

“[Persistence] refers to a student staying enrolled and continuing their academic journey from term to term until they achieve their educational goals, typically earning a degree or other credential. Persistence speaks to a student’s determination, drive and use of resources to overcome challenges, adapt to new environments and push through obstacles to reach objectives.” (Student Persistence vs. Retention in Higher Education (

Potential topics could include:

  • Integrating mental health services into campus support systems
  • Effective approaches to student support services
  • Supporting non-traditional and adult learners in persisting to degree completion
  • Best practices in academic advising and mentorship

4. Attainment

Graduation to postgraduate opportunities refers to the transition from completing an undergraduate degree to pursuing further education, entering the workforce, or engaging in personal growth endeavors. 

Potential topics could include:

  • Career pathways and workforce development
  • Technological advancement for future careers
  • Apprenticeships and experiential learning opportunities
  • Mentorship for students pursuing graduate studies


We also ask submissions to consider their relation to SREB’s Five Priorities of 2024: Artificial Intelligence in Education, Longitudinal Literacy, Career Pathways, Teacher Workforce and Postsecondary Student Success.

Session Types
  • Program, Paper or Panel Session: Traditional sessions for presenters to discuss innovative papers, programs or projects related to postsecondary student success. These session types typically have time at the end for audience questions, although SREB encourages audience interaction throughout.
  • Workshop: Interactive sessions equipping participants with practical skills, strategies or tools to address challenges or promote student success within their states, institutions, departments or programs.
Submission Guidelines

As we prepare for the upcoming Student Success Summit, we eagerly invite you to contribute your expertise and perspectives to our collaborative platform. We encourage the submission of proposals that reflect the diverse experiences and viewpoints across our 16-state compact. With most sessions allotted 50 minutes, we encourage concise and dynamic presentations, with no more than four speakers per session. 

We aim to gather a wide range of proposals from a diverse array of contributors and encourage everyone, including emerging scholars and historically underrepresented groups, to submit their proposals. Your contributions play a vital role in shaping the summit’s agenda and fostering discussions that propel student success initiatives forward.

Submission Requirements Include:

  1. Presenter(s) Information:
    1. Name, title, agency/institution, email address
    2. Biography (limited to 100 words)
  2. Session Details
    1. Proposed session title (10-12 word limit)
    2. Session description (limited to 60 words)
    3. Intended audience
    4. Desired learning outcomes for participants
  3. Elaborate Program Description: (limited to 500 words) 
    1. Context and Purpose of the session
    2. Topic and type of content to be presented
    3. Significance of the session to Postsecondary Student Success and its relation to Economic Mobility and Community Growth


  • Paid conference attendance is required of all session speakers. SREB will not provide compensation for traveling to, or presenting at, the event.
  • If you are proposing a panel, you will be responsible for coordinating and submitting the panel’s speakers, bios and questions prior to the event.
  • SREB will review all proposals and retains the right to edit or suggest changes to session content.
  • For questions, reach out to or

Submit Your Proposal