Higher Education Conferences in 2023 to Put on Your Radar

By: Jesse Homan Dec 07, 2022

Higher Education Conferences in 2023 to Put on Your Radar

Looking for higher education conferences to attend in 2023? We’ve got you covered.

It’s time to embrace 2023 with a renewed commitment to collaborating, exchanging innovative ideas, and learning strategies to stay on top of the latest trends in higher education. Whether you are new or a veteran leader in higher education, there is no shortage of conferences to attend. These events provide opportunities to share insight and experience, make contributions to adult, online, and non-traditional education, and network with other industry professionals and higher education leaders.

We’ve compiled a list of 20 higher education conferences we’re particularly excited about in 2023. Use this list to narrow your choices for any upcoming must-attend events. We hope to see you at one or more of these conferences in the upcoming year.

1. InsightsEDU 2023 – Marketing and Enrollment Management for Adult and Online Education

Date: March 6-9, 2023
Location: Denver, CO

As conference hosts, truthfully, we are a bit biased—but we think InsightsEDU has the best lineup of speakers, sessions, and topics for anyone interested in adult, non-traditional, and online students. The 2023 conference, scheduled for March 7-9 in Denver, will offer hundreds of college and university leaders a chance to get together and talk about everything from marketing management to enrollment growth strategies.

Our speakers are experts in their fields, and we’re excited to have them join us this year to share their expertise on enrollment challenges and higher education program marketing. InsightsEDU speakers include representatives from Google, LinkedIn, and Adobe, as well as EDDY experts like Carol Aslanian, President, and Founder of Aslanian Market Research.

InsightsEDU offers everything you need to manage your brand, grow your online enrollment and get prospective non-traditional students through the student lifecycle.

2. UPCEA Annual

Date: March 22-24, 2023
Location: Washington, DC

UPCEA has been a leader in the advancement and development of continuing education schools and programs for years. We are honored to be longtime members and partners of the UPCEA.

Guests can attend the 2023 UPCEA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, where speakers will focus on how to keep pace with the latest technological advances and discuss student-centered approaches to meet the needs of students today. They will reflect on how higher education has evolved to grapple with the challenges throughout the years.

Concurrent sessions will provide an opportunity for networking and collaboration between thought leaders and practitioners in adult higher education. Attendees will be able to take part in high-energy sessions that cover important topics, including:

Federal policy, finance operations, marketing, enrollment management, instructional design, non-credit programs, alternative credentialing, and more.

The UPCEA Annual website has already assembled an impressive lineup of speakers.

3. Higher Learning Commission
Date: March 25-28, 2023
Location: Chicago, IL

HLC’s Annual Conference is geared towards administrators in the higher education community, including administrative professionals, faculty members, CEOs, presidents, and chancellors. Sessions, speakers, and workshops provide opportunities for institutions that seek accreditation and offer information on the latest developments, issues, and good practices in higher education.

4. American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Annual
Date: April 1-4, 2023
Location: Denver, CO

AACC Annual is a unique opportunity to connect and cultivate relationships with members of the community college sector. The higher education conference will give attendees a chance to work together to design and solve today’s priority challenges and develop innovations that can support the country’s community college students.

5. NAGAP Graduate Enrollment Management Summit
Date: April 12-15, 2023
Location: New York, NY

NAGAP is a three-day event in New York that focuses on non-traditional students who go to graduate school as well as graduate school students of all types. On top of the conference itself, there’s a pre-summit institute that includes a hands-on session aimed at helping participants implement inclusive recruitment strategies.

6. Arizona State University (ASU) + Global Silicon Valley (GSV) Summit
Date: April 17-19, 2023
Location: San Diego, CA

The upcoming ASU+GSV Summit 2023 will be an unparalleled gathering of leaders from across EdTech, Higher Education, and business. The annual convening offers a tangible look at the EdTech industry through research and discussions. The Summit will feature sessions focusing on how all people have equal access to the future.

7. OLC Innovate
Date: April 18-21, 2023
Location: Nashville, TN

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is a group of higher education leaders and innovators who work to advance quality digital teaching and learning experiences. OLC Innovate 2023 is an in-person higher education conference for educators of all experience levels to share best practices, test new ideas, and collaborate on driving forward online, digital, and blended learning.

8. Salesforce Education Summit
Date and Location TBD

The Salesforce Education Summit convenes education trailblazers from around the world for two full days of inspiring speakers, customer success stories, networking opportunities, and the latest education cloud innovations. It’s a great way to learn how education leaders are innovating and transforming into a future-ready institution.

9. SLATE Innovation Festival
Date: June 1-2, 2023
Location: Nashville, TN

This 2023 conference is hosted by Technolutions, a software development firm that specializes in the research, design and development of information management systems serving the higher education industry. SLATE’s Innovation Festival is a perfect opportunity to celebrate all things innovation that includes new feature updates, releases, and resources. The dynamic conference, led by members of the Slate community, will feature an opening keynote presentation, affinity group breakouts, Slate-centric sessions, entertainment, and networking.

10. Career Education Colleges and University (CECU) Convention
Date: June 20-22, 2023
Location: Kansas City, MO

The 2023 North American Career Education Convention is regarded as the largest gathering of private career education professionals nationwide. This higher education conference provides a forum for professionals in the postsecondary career education sector to network and share ideas about ways to provide skill-based education opportunities to non-traditional students.

11. WPCampus 2023
Date: July 12-14, 2023
Location: New Orleans, LA

WPCampus 2023 will gather the WordPress community and professionals dedicated to accessibility and higher education for a three-day conference event on July 12th – 14th in New Orleans. The event is a three-day conference filled with sessions, networking, and social events. It will cover various topics, all focused on the growth of Higher Education, Accessibility, WordPress, and its people.

12. eduWeb Summit
Date: July 18-20, 2023 in Washington DC

The eduWeb Summit is a community of higher education professionals and industry partners who are passionate about advancing their marketing, communications, and digital work. This conference attracts senior marketing, admissions, web, IT, and advancement professionals and has enhanced opportunities for attendees to network with peers and engage with current or potential partners.

13. UPCEA Distance Teaching & Learning Conference
Date: July 25-27, 2023
Location: Madison, WI

The University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association are partnering to co-present the annual Distance Teaching & Learning (DT&L) conferences in 2023. This event brings together educators passionate about online learning to explore relevant research, innovative teaching tools, and cutting-edge learning technologies. And, of course, there is the chance to network and brainstorm with colleagues who share your focus and passion for online and distance education.

UPCEA DT&L will serve as a transformative professional development experience for individuals working in similar fields. The conference perfectly complements the UPCEA Online Leadership Conference, providing an opportunity for participants to engage with leaders in the field while learning more about how to enhance their own programs from experts who have been there and done that.

14. P3 EDU
Date: September 27-29, 2023

P3•EDU is an invitational-only annual conference for university administrators, government officials, and representatives from foundations and corporations to share best practices around public-private partnerships in higher education.

We were honored to attend and take part in an engaging panel discussion in 2022. The importance of employers as true partners in addressing student needs was a topic discussed at the 2022 conference. Attendees left knowing the benefits of and how to maximize the partnerships between two institutions that work together for their students’ success!

15. HighEdWeb
Date: October 8-11, 2023
Location: Buffalo, NY

HighEdWeb Annual Conference is a conference for all higher education professionals who want to explore the web, digital media, and its influence on their organization. It offers a variety of sessions, keynote addresses, and group discussions for programmers, marketers, and social pros to managers, designers, and writers (and all team members in between).

16. Educause
Date: October 9-12, 2023
Location: Chicago, IL

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is the premier convening of IT professionals and technology providers across the diverse higher education landscape. It brings together professionals and technology providers from around the world to discuss their discoveries, grow professionally, and explore solutions to continuing challenges.

17. OLC Accelerate
Date: October 24-27, 2023
Location: Washington, DC

The OLC Accelerate 2023 conference will offer everything you need to know about the most innovative and impactful research and effective practices in the field of online, blended, and digital learning. This event will support administrators, designers, and educators alike by providing a comprehensive list of sessions and activities tailored to address the challenges and goals of our entire community.

18. WCET 35th Annual Meeting
Date: October 25 – 27, 2023
Location: New Orleans, LA

WCET is an organization that aims to advance learner access and success through digital learning in higher education. Members of WCET are invited to attend their annual meeting, a three-day event where they can meet other people interested in digital learning, discuss best practices, and listen to expert presentations.

19. AMA Higher Ed Symposium
Date: November 12-15, 2023
Location: Chicago, IL

AMA Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education provides opportunities to connect with visionaries, leaders, and innovators in the higher ed marketing community.

This higher education conference is dedicated to enhancing your knowledge base by connecting you with peers and solution providers who will share their methods to solve today’s higher ed challenges.

Sessions are peer-reviewed, so attendees will take away actionable strategies to enhance your marketing strategy, build strong brands, improve your reputation, achieve enrollment success, and maintain financial strength.

Date: November 29 – December 1, 2023
Location: Portland, OR

UPCEA Mems is a must-attend conference for education professionals who want to stay on top of the trends in higher ed marketing. Presented from a variety of perspectives, sessions elevate the conversation about today’s higher education landscape.

In 2022, we were honored to lead a panel with experts from technology platforms like Google and LinkedIn. We also sponsored a second line down the French Quarter in New Orleans. It was one of the most educational and incredible experiences you’ll have at a higher education conference, and we cannot wait to see what next year’s conference has in store.

Connect with the EDDY team at a higher education conference near you.

If you see any of our EDDY team members at one of these events, come and say hello! We’re excited about making new connections with people from all over the world who share a passion for learning more about what it means to understand, find, enroll, and retain adult, online, or non-traditional students.