Top Higher Education Conferences to Attend in 2022

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The higher education industry is experiencing significant changes to curricula, teaching methods, technology, student affairs, recruitment, and retention. Accelerating these changes even further was the emergence of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which impacted nearly every facet of higher education.

Additionally, academic institutions—and their leaders—are faced with increased scrutiny from the academic community, accreditors, students, and parents. Now, more than ever, effective and flexible leadership is critical to an educational institution’s success. 

One way for leaders in higher ed to stay ahead of the curve is by attending the nation’s top higher education conferences. These conferences are an excellent opportunity for education professionals to develop valuable connections, exchange innovative ideas, share best practices, and learn new skills. 


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Of course, it can be difficult to properly budget for these events and to keep track of each event’s status. For instance: Which conferences have been adjusted? Will there be any changes to the conference format moving forward, such as shifting to a full virtual experience?

Knowing the status of these higher education conferences for 2022 is critical to mapping out your schedule to gain the most value for you and your institution.

That’s why we’ve put together an updated list of the top higher ed conferences for your team to consider in 2022. Use this list to narrow your choices for any upcoming must-attend conferences, so that your school can stay abreast of emerging trends in the ever-evolving landscape of higher education.

Top Higher Education Conferences of 2022

1. NACAC National Conference

Date: September 22–24, 2022

Format: In-Person

Location: Houston, TX

This year, guests can attend the NACAC National Conference in Houston, TX, where speakers will focus on the individual and collective resilience of all counseling and admission professionals. They will reflect on how NACAC members have evolved through newly created solutions, pivoted tactics, and expanded strategies despite the challenges throughout the years.

Thousands of counseling and admission professionals are drawn to the annual event to collaborate and learn about the latest trends, innovations, technologies, and best practices for leaders in higher ed. The three-day event features more than 100 educational sessions along with dozens of presentations, workshops, seminars, and more.

2. Diversity Abroad Annual Conference

Date: October 3–7, 2022

Format: In-Person

Location: San Francisco, CA

The 10th annual Diversity Abroad Conference will be hosted in San Francisco, CA in 2022. The theme Global Inclusion, will be a main topic of discussion, similar to prior years.

The conference provides a comprehensive national forum on issues of access, diversity, equity, and inclusivity in global education. Hundreds of education professionals, student leaders, employers, and leading graduate programs will meet online to work toward addressing and accelerating systemic and equitable change in all aspects of global education and cultural exchange.

3. Leadership in Higher Education Conference

Date: October 6–8, 2022

Format: In-person

Location: Baltimore, MD

The Leadership in Higher Education Conference helps new and experienced higher ed leaders learn innovative strategies, trends, and best practices for effectively managing staff and resources. This conference covers both academic and administrative leadership in a supportive and collaborative environment. This helps build on existing leadership skills while providing actionable strategies to give participants the additional assets needed to improve efficiency and effectiveness in their positions.

4. NACADA’s Annual Conference

Date: October 23–26, 2022

Format: In-Person

Location: Portland, Oregon

The NACADA’s 2022 Annual Conference will be held at the Oregon Convention Center this year in Portland, Oregon. This year’s conference will “encourage all of us to reflect on where we started and honor those who built the foundation for our academic advising careers in higher education.” The speakers, sessions, and workshops will provide a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas pertaining to quality academic advising. Attendees will be able to share their experiences, research in the field, and utilize this networking event to make new connections with like-minded thought leaders.

5. ACE2023—The American Council on Education’s Annual Meeting 

Date: April 13-15, 2023

Format: In-person

Location: Washington, DC

The American Council on Education’s annual meeting will take place in April of 2023. It’s regarded as the most distinguished higher education event nationwide with more than 2,000 executive leaders in higher ed regularly attending the annual conference each year. The topics of discussion typically focus on data-driven insights and thought-provoking content.

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