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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Reminder - 17th Annual ACT Southwest Region Post Secondary Conference

This popular conference will be held at the beautiful Gaylord Texan Resort ooverlooking Lake Grapevine. Please note that the hotel registration deadline is March 19th. The Gaylord Texan Hotel contains over four and a half acres of indoor gardens and winding waterways and is just six minutes from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, 30 minutes from Dallas Love Field and within driving distance for all of our friends from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. The SW Regional Post Secondary conference is conveniently scheduled to begin the afternoon of Wednesday April 10th and conclude after Friday morning brunch on April 12th. Thus, only requiring the maximum of a two night stay. However, we have blocked a limited number of rooms for additional nights as there are a myriad of other activities to experience ranging from an opportunity to shop at the enormous Grapevine Mills outlet mall, sight see at Bass Pro shops or catch the Wednesday night Texas Rangers baseball game.

This informative conference provides you and your staff with a great low-cost opportunity for professional development and includes insightful messages from keynoters Dr. Belle Wheelan, President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Sarita Brown, President of Excelencia in Education, Washington DC. As a non for profit partner of higher education, ACT is sensitive to budget constraints that many are experiencing. Thus, we are able to offer this conference at a very low cost of $170.00 per person. This cost includes four complete meals. The conference registration link and conference agenda can be accessed here.

The 17th Annual ACT Southwest Conference provides post secondary administrators, from both student and academic affairs, with the opportunity to learn more about best practices associated with testing/assessment(including the latest information on Next Generation Compass) , student recruitment, institutional research, course placement, remediation, accreditation and retention related strategies. Most all session presenters are post secondary administrators who will share expert insight relative to how they have been successful in achieving critical institutional goals on their respective campuses. This conference continues to grow in attendance each year as it provides a wide array of campus administrators with an opportunity to gather valuable information relative to what others across the nation are doing to ensure optimal enrollments, increase student persistence and enhance overall institutional effectiveness.

If you are unable to join us in April, we ask you to please consider forwarding this email to other administrators or staff members that you believe would benefit from attending. Again, please note that there are a limited number of hotel rooms remaining to conference attendees at $149.00 per night. We anticipate these to fill so be sure to secure a room ASAP as we expect to fill our allotment before the hotel registration deadline of March 19, 2013. You can contact the hotel at 1-866-782-7897 to RSVP and mention the ACT INC GROUP rate. We are looking forward to seeing all past attendees, and a significant number of new attendees, this spring at the beautiful Gaylord Texan Resort.

Don Pitchford PhD
ACT Account Executive
Austin, Texas


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