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2017 CASP Conference

CASP 2017

                                                 CASP 2017


Call for Proposals

The College Academic Support Programs (CASP) Conference is an annual conference jointly sponsored by the Texas College Reading and Learning Association (TxCRLA), Texas Association for Developmental Education (TADE) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).  The 2017 CASP Conference will be on October 22-24 at the San Luis Resort Spa and Conference Center in Galveston, Texas. San Jacinto College, Pasadena, Texas, is the site sponsor for CASP 2017, “Charting Pathways.”

CASP offers professionals in developmental education, learning frameworks/student success, and learning assistance programs an opportunity to stay abreast of current issues regarding research, best practices, state mandates, and classroom methodology.  This conference committee welcomes proposals from learning assistance staff, faculty, teachers-in-preparation, graduate students, researchers, program administrators, and curriculum developers related to our conference theme, “Charting Pathways.”  Proposal topics could include, but are not limited to, ways developmental education is currently charting new pathways within the state and our institutions, ways we are making pathways in developmental education easier for all students, and pathways that have been traveled and are still working for all our students.


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Call for CASP 2017 Proposals



Title – Only the title, presenter’s name(s), and institution will appear in the conference schedule in the conference program.  The title is important to draw in participants to the various sessions.    Choose a title that will be clear to the intended audiences.  The title is limited to 12 words.  Longer titles will be edited by the conference committee.

Abstract – The abstract will appear in the conference program and helps participants decide which presentation will be most valuable to their interests.  Limit the abstract to 50 words or less.  Longer abstracts will be edited to 50 words and may lose the intended meaning set forth from the presenter(s).

Summary - The summary does not appear in the program for sessions other than pre/post conference sessions, but it is useful to the program committee during the proposal selection process.  Summaries should describe the objectives and content of the presentation including the program rationale, techniques, recommendations, and evaluation results, as well as any other relevant research.  The presenter(s) also need to include how they will actively engage the session audience.  Summaries are limited to 150 words. 

Strands – Strands reflect the theme and/or the audience for the conference.  The CASP 2017 conference strands are listed below.  Please choose one strand for the proposal.


  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) & High School or Workforce to College Partnerships (BASE, literacy programs, HB-5 initiatives, contextualized instruction)
  • Developmental Math (Math courses, Paired courses, Emporium Styles, Boot Camps, Accelerated Models)
  • Developmental English/Integrated Reading and Writing (Reading, Writing, Integrated Reading and Writing, Developmental English, Paired courses, accelerated models)
  • First Year Experience & Learning Frameworks (First Year Experience Courses, Student Success Courses, College Experience Courses, Learning Framework Courses, Alternative Student Success Courses, Student Success Boot Camps)
  • Learning Support (Advising, Administration, Assessment, Early Alerts, Learning Labs, Tutoring, Supplemental instruction, Summer Bridge, TRIO, At-risk students and Special Populations, ADA, Peer Mentors)
  • Research (Each session will consist of three 15 minute presentations followed by a Q&A.  Session presentations will be grouped by theme.)
  • New Technology and Innovation (In-class, Online, Hybrid, Student Response Systems, Active Learning Techniques, Websites, Technology Tools)


SESSION FORMATS - choose from the four session formats. 

  • Pre or Post Conference Institutes (half-day) – Presenters conduct institutes in a workshop format to provide hands-on training and to explore topics of interest in greater detail and depth.  Effective presentations will engage participants in activity, critical thinking, and application.  Pre-Conference Institutes will be held Sunday afternoon, October 22.  Post-Conference Institutes will be held on Tuesday afternoon, October 24.
  • Concurrent Sessions (50 minutes) – These sessions will offer practical applications to address areas of higher education with a specific focus on the CASP 2017 Conference strands.  Concurrent sessions will be limited to 50 minutes and should include at least 5-10 minutes for questions from the audience.
  • Research Strand Sessions (20 minutes) – Presenters give a brief overview of their research and findings, allowing approximately five minutes for questions and comments from the audience.  Research Strand presentations will be grouped together by topic if possible.
  • Poster Sessions (50 minutes) – Poster sessions allow presenters to display and discuss best practices and research with conference participants in a more relaxed environment.  Presenters will be assigned a specification location with a table and chair during the Sunday evening Conference Welcome, an ideal time to reach the broadest audience at the conference.

NOTE:  The conference committee reserves the right to accept proposals contingent on the presenters’ agreement to revise proposals into alternative formats (example – change a concurrent session to a poster session or an institute to a concurrent session).  Presenters are strongly urged to submit no more than two proposals.


  • All presenters must register for the conference and pay full-fees by the registration deadline of October 1, 2017.  There will be no exceptions to this point.
  • When two or more people are presenting, the primary presenter is responsible for notifying all presenters about the status of the proposal.
  • If the proposal is selected, the program committee requests that the conceptual content remains unchanged.  The original title and abstract will be printed in the conference program. 
  • The program committee respectfully requests presentation proposals that have not been previously presented at a CASP conference.


  • Conference proposals should show clarity of purpose and significance for the conference audience.  Quality of research and indications that the presentation is engaging, well organized and well prepared are important.  The conference committee seeks balance in the range of topics, level of expertise, subjects covered, and the professional and geographical distribution of presenters.  Presentation from technical/vocational schools, two-year colleges, and four-year institutions will be reviewed.


  • April 2, 2017 – CASP 2017 Proposals due to program committee by midnight Sunday, April 2.
  • May 1, 2017 – Proposal lead presenter is notified by email of his or her acceptance as a presenter at CASP 2017
  • October 1, 2017– CASP Conference registration deadline for all CASP 2017 presenters
  • October 22-October 24: CASP 2017 in Galveston, TX


  • Draft and polish your proposal on the Proposal Worksheet that follows this page.
  • Submit your best presentation.  Each person may submit no more than two presentations.
  • Proposal submissions will be accepted online. If you are unable to complete the online form, please email the proposal co-chairs.  Put “2017 CASP Proposal” in the subject line of the email.
  •  Include the 12 word title, 50 word abstract, 150 word summary, and name(s) of the presenter(s)).
  • Put the lead presenter’s name first.


Call for Proposals is now closed.

Thank you!



Betty Woodfill   Leticia Villarreal
TADE Past President   TxCRLA Past President
CASP 2017 Program Co-Chair   CASP 2017 Program Co-Chair