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HED Summit 17

Higher Ed Summit 2017

Join for the 5th Annual Higher Ed Summit, co-hosted by The University of Texas System

Austin, Texas April 27th-29th, 2017

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Join The University of Texas System,, and leading colleges and universities from across North America for an exciting two and a half day innovation journey. Hear insights from industry experts, attend meaningful breakout sessions, and collaborate with peers and partners to learn how technology can transform your institution into a truly Connected Campus. Get inspired to innovate with Salesforce!
  • Collaborate with leaders and innovators in higher education to solve challenges you’re facing
  • Leverage ideas and best practices to disrupt the status quo and revolutionize how you connect with your prospects, students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors, and more
  • Innovate using social, mobile and cloud technologies to accelerate success
  • Transform your college or university into a Connected Campus
When: April 27-29th, 2017 Where: Hilton Austin, Austin TX [/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]Agenda[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]


The agenda has something for everyone. The breakout sessions feature a breadth of topics of Innovation within: Recruitment, Student Success; Advancement; Community Engagement & Marketing; General; and Technical. We’ve also added “How To” sessions to provide more in-depth discussion or hands-on exploration of key topics. Check back frequently as we will update the schedule after all speakers are selected. Agenda is subject to change. Join the conversation on the Higher Ed Summit 2017 group on the Power of Us Hub. Full Schedule

Thursday, April 27

8:00am-9:00am Breakfast and Registration
9:00am-10:15am Welcome & Keynote
10:15am-10:45am Break
10:45am-12:00pm Plenary Session: Clayton Christensen
12:00pm-1:00pm Network Lunch
12:00pm-2:00pm Volunteer Activity: Graduation Bag Stuffing
1:00pm-5:45pm ​Breakout Sessions​ ​​& Workshops​​
5:30pm-7:00pm ​Volunteer Activity: Speed Mentoring - High School Students/ Campus Tour

Friday, April 28

8:00am-9:00am Breakfast
9:00am-9:45am Plenary Session​ - Fireside Chat​
9:45am-10:00am Break
10:00am-12:00pm Breakout Sessions​ & Workshops​
12:00pm-1:00pm Networking Lunch
12:00pm-2:00pm Volunteer Activity: ​Speed Mentoring​ -​ College Students
1:00pm-3:45pm Breakout Sessions​ & Workshops​​
2:00pm-3:00pm Volunteer Activity: ​Speed Mentoring​ -​ Americorps Members
4:00pm-5:00pm Plenary Session​ - John Maeda
5:00pm-7:00pm Cocktail Reception​ & Awards Ceremony​

Saturday, April 29

8:00am-9:00am Breakfast
9:00am-11:00am Breakouts & Workshops
11:00am-12:00pm ​Plenary Session
12:00pm-12:15pm ​Closing Remarks
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Due to an overwhelming response from the community and firm capacity constraints, the 2017 Higher Ed Summit is officially sold out. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your Account Executive or email us directly at [email protected] We hope you can join us at one of our many other events throughout the year. Stay up to date on all upcoming events. You can also sign up to receive recorded sessions on demand after the Higher Ed Summit. Ticket Price* General Admission: On and After 2/1/17 - $250.00 *These prices are for attendees from higher ed institutions. If you are from a non-higher ed institution the ticket price is $2,500. Included in your ticket:
  • Continental breakfast
  • Lunch on Thursday and Friday
  • Refreshments and snacks
  • Cocktail reception (hosted bar and appetizers) on Friday evening
  • Two and a half days of amazing content, networking and learning with your peers
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Summit Awards for Excellence in Higher Education

For the first time ever, we will be celebrating your success, in innovation and excellence using Salesforce, with community-nominated awards at the Higher Ed Summit! The finalist and categories include: Overall Excellence in Operational Efficiency:
  • Auburn University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • University of Florida
  • Santa Fe College
Overall Excellence in Student Success:
  • Cornell University
  • Arizona State University
  • University of North Texas
Overall Excellence in Innovation**:
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Wisconsin
  • The University of Texas System
**A committee comprised of executives will be selecting the winner for the Overall Excellence in Innovation category. Votes are in, and we can’t wait to celebrate everyone’s success at Friday night’s reception during the Higher Ed Summit. The winner in each category will be recognized at the Higher Ed Summit reception on Friday, April 28th. Have questions? Reach out to us on the Power of Us Hub. We can’t wait to celebrate excellence in our community with the Summit Awards! [/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]Hotels & Travel[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]

Special conference hotel rates:

All conference activities will be held at the Hilton Austin, located in exciting downtown Austin, Texas. All of our room blocks for Higher Ed Summit have sold out. We recommend booking accommodations at the many hotels in downtown Austin. We recommend the following nearby hotels: Also, don’t forget Airbnb! Hilton Austin Hilton Austin - ROOM BLOCK IS FULL 500 E 4th Street Austin, TX 78701 Phone Number: (512)482-8000 Rate: $239/night All conference activities held here Hyatt Place Austin Downtown Hyatt Place Austin Downtown - ROOM BLOCK IS FULL 211 E 3rd Street Austin, TX 78701 Phone Number: (512)476-4440 Rate: $235/night .2 miles from Hilton Austin JW Marriott JW Marriott Austin - ROOM BLOCK IS FULL 110 E 2nd Street Austin, TX 78701 Phone Number: (512)474-4777 Rate: $269/night .4 miles from Hilton Austin [/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]Sponsors[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]


The Higher Ed Summit is a great opportunity to meet partners from across the Higher Ed community. Thank you to all of the sponsors of Higher Ed Summit 2017.

Higher Education Summit Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Sponsor Huronacf solutions

Gold Sponsor

Sponsor AppirioDeloitteSponsor Enrollment

Silver Sponsor

7 SummitsApex ITAxiomBalancebluewolf an IBM CompanyCirrus InsightClear ScholarEigenXEMS ConsultingFontevaHeller ConsultingJitterbit
modactoMapAnythingPatron ManagerroundCornerSierra CedarTargetX
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What is the cost of registration? Registration is $250 for full time employees of higher education institutions. Before February 1st, we offered an early bird rate of $200. For those who are not full time employees of higher education institutions, the fee to attend is $2500. Where and when is Higher Ed Summit 2017? Higher Ed Summit 2017 is cohosted by and The University of Texas System in beautiful Austin Texas, April 27th - 29th. The majority of our conference activities will take place at the Hilton Austin, located on 4th Street in Downtown Austin. What if I need to cancel my conference registration? All cancellations must be emailed to [email protected] by date noted below to receive full or partial refunds.
  • Full Refund -​ Cancellation must be received by 11:59pm (PT) on Friday, March 31, 2017.
  • 50% Refund -​ Cancellation must be received between 12:00am (PT) on Saturday, April 1, 2017 and 11:59pm (PT) on Sunday, April 9, 2017.
  • No Refund -​ No refunds will be given for cancellations that occur on or after 12:00am (PT) on Monday, April 10, 2017.
Can I transfer my registration to someone else? Transfers within your university, company, or department will be accepted through Wednesday, April 19th. Please contact us at [email protected] to make the transfer. Are there any discounts available for registration or travel? No, we do not currently have discounts available for registration or travel. How do I attend if I am not a full time employee of a higher ed institution? While the General Attendee rate of $250 is only available to full-​​time employees of higher ed institutions, we welcome consultants and other attendees to join us for a fee of $2500. Please note that all registrations using the General Attendee rate are subject to verification. How do I secure a hotel room in Austin? has blocks at three Austin hotels for Higher Ed Summit:
  • Hilton Austin, $239/night (the majority of conference activities will take place at the Hilton Austin) - ROOM BLOCK IS FULL
  • Hyatt Place Austin Downtown, $235/night
  • JW Marriott Austin, $269/night
When you register for Higher Ed Summit 2017, you have the option to book a room with our preferred hotels. When you select a room during registration, the hotel will book your room within one week and send you a confirmation directly. If you choose to stay at our preferred hotels, you must book by March 8th to secure a discounted rate. Our hotel room blocks will fill quickly and we will update this website once room blocks are full. How do I request a receipt from the Hilton for my hotel deposit? When booking with the Hilton, you will be charged a one night deposit plus tax. To request a receipt for your records, please call (512)482-8000 and press 0 to speak with a Hilton Austin staff member. Let them know you need a receipt and be prepared to provide your confirmation number, found on the confirmation email from the Hilton. Are meals included with my registration fee? Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day, as well as a reception with appetizers and cocktails on Friday night. What is the airport nearest to the Higher Ed Summit? The nearest airport is the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The Hilton Austin, where the majority of our conference activities will take place, is approximately a 20 minute drive from the airport or a 30 minute bus ride. I want to speak at the Higher Ed Summit 2017. What do I need to do? We are so glad you want to share your story at Higher Ed Summit! The call for session proposals was closed on February 8, 2017. If you are chosen to be a speaker, you will be notified and your conference registration fee will be refunded. If you submit a proposal, please do not wait to be notified to register for the conference. Register ASAP and you will be refunded if you are selected to speak. I want to sponsor Higher Ed Summit 2017. What do I need to do? We are thrilled you want to sponsor the Higher Ed Summit 2017! Please visit our Sponsor tab for more information. I have a question not answered in these FAQs. How do I get an answer? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions you may have! [/wptabcontent] [/wptabs]

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