Join us in Atlanta, GA March 15-18, 2020 for the 16th annual ACTP Conference!

At a Glance

Registration Information

Student Registration

Proof of Student Status Required
$ 250 Until February 14th, 2020
  • Conference Registration
  • Welcome Reception
  • 1-year Student Membership
  • Certification Eligible

Member Registration

Until December 23rd, 2019
$ 375 Early Bird Discount!
  • Conference Registration
  • Welcome Reception
  • 1-year ACTP Membership
  • Certification Eligible
Early Bird

Retiree Registration

Proof of Retiree Status Required
$ 250 Until February 14th, 2020
  • Conference Registration
  • Welcome Reception
  • 1-year ACTP Membership
  • Certification Eligible

Call for Proposals

The annual conference is a wonderful opportunity to share ideas and best practices and grow professionally in the process. We encourage you to come and showcase your:

  • innovative technologies
  • social media endeavors
  • creative learning strategies
  • coach or tutor training techniques and/or
  • research findings.

You could also share with colleagues about how you are making an impact in your coaching, tutoring, or center. Our attendees love to learn about how effective management, data collection, assessments, and reporting techniques contribute to improved teaching and learning. We want sessions on anything that makes your support program or practice distinctive.  Both professionals and students are encouraged to submit proposals.

Pre-Conference Presentations


Academic Coach Training Primer:
The Foundation of Coaching

Dr. Jack Truschel,
Ed.D., Psy.D.

East Stroudsburg University
Chair, Department of Academic Enrichment and Learning
Chairman, ACTP

Jan Hoffman, M. Ed.

East Stroudsburg University
Academic Success Coach
Vice President of Certification, ACTP

This Pre-Conference Workshop will cover the following:
  • An overview of the academic coaching certification process.
  • The difference between counseling, coaching, and mentoring.
  • An overview of the theoretical underpinnings of coaching.
  • Defining coaching and the student’s role in coaching.
  • An overview of the coaching process to include: greeting the student & providing a safe coaching environment, conducting an intake, establishing goals, and boundaries of a coaching relationship.
  • A discussion of the various ethics codes (BCC, ICF, and others as applicable) and the development of the ACTP code of ethics


From Student Workers to Prepared Professionals:
Training and Evaluating Peer Tutors

Kyla, K. Shannon, M.Ed.

Texas Tech University
Associate Director, TECHniques Center
Tutor Coordinator, Student Disability Services

Tutor coordinators are often focused on hiring the best tutors. But what can they do to develop tutors in the best professionals who add expertise to this field and their future careers? This session will explore training and evaluation strategies that transition inexperienced student workers into experienced and prepared professionals.


Ideas, Resources, and Tools for
New Tutoring Center Directors

Alan Craig

Are you a new tutoring center director? Learn how to gain traction in your new environment and develop the basis for an action plan for the next year as well as a multi-year strategic plan. In this session, you will be presented with a multitude of ideas, resources, and tools to develop or enhance key facets of your tutoring center to increase its impact. Topics may include: conducting an informal review, developing vision/mission, planning, program design and implementation, training, budgeting, status reporting, creating a tutor handbook, managing and improving daily operations, developing an annual report, implementing an advisory board, dealing with bureaucracy, and more!


Creating a Safe Space:
Maximizing the Foundation of Your Practice

Catherine Harris

Hannah Byrd

Florida State University
Senior College Life Coach

We share many of the same needs as humans, and one of our most basic needs is safety. As Abraham Maslow’s popular psychological theory asserts, safety needs must be satisfied before belonging, esteem, and self-actualization can be achieved. As helping professionals in higher education, we hope to support students in reaching their potential; however, we must first create the safe space for them to do so. This interactive session will focus on the foundational skill of Creating a Safe Space used in Florida State University’s College Life Coaching program. Participants will review some of the supporting theory and research for this skill and then engage in discussion and activities to maximize their use of it in their lives, professionally and even personally!


Training Your Tutors!
Effective Activities for Success

Kyla K Shannon, M.Ed
Texas Tech University
Associate Director, TECHniques Center
Tutor Coordinator, Student Disability Services

How do you keep your tutor trainings engaging and exciting while education tutors about best practices in this field? This interactive session will allow those in attendance to take home several ideas and strategies to implement when training their tutors; from the beginning planning stages, to creating topic specific training session, to reflecting on the desired outcomes.


Data Is As Data Does:
How to Illustrate Student Success

Robert Jordan

Kennesaw State University
Director of Tutoring Services,
Science and Math Academic Resources and Tutoring (SMART) Center

Christina Puckett

Kennesaw State University
Data Analyst, University College

Behind every successful learning center is a steady, constant stream of data that is vital to the long-term operations of the program. Learning centers often rely on their data to demonstrate effectiveness, justify budget requests, and most importantly pinpoint areas that may need review or improvement. This makes proper data analysis a vital part of the survival and growth of learning centers. While every center does its own, slightly different, data analysis; most aspects of the data analysis process remain the same. This presentation will take you through this process from beginning to end. It will discuss important data that learning centers should be collecting and ways to visualize and analyze that data using summary statistics and statistical testing. Differences between positive and negative outlook data will be discussed as well as how to present each to relay results that are both easily digestible and meaningful. This presentation will demonstrate using Microsoft Excel*, R, SAS, and SPSS to produce reports and discuss the benefits of doing analyses outside of a data tracking system. Finally, a group discussion of important tests will wrap up the presentation.

*While not required, a laptop with a current version of Excel is recommended

Session Presentations

How to Structure an Online Summer Coaching and Mentoring Bridge Program
This presentation will provide the scaffolding for coordinating and supervising an online summer coaching and mentoring bridge program where nearly all of the students and student employees are not local. This would include staffing structure, online systems, communication channels, documentation management, assessment, outreach to both student and employees, training and partnerships. In 2019, we currently have 2 professional staff members and 50 undergraduate student employees all working to help over 800 incoming students increase their math placement. Participants will gain scalable techniques that could enable their programs to grow.
Using Unique Programming Strategies to Strengthen Your Tutoring Center
How do we reach a larger student population and facilitate the beginning of a strong tutor/tutee relationship? This session will discuss unique programming strategies that have yielded positive results in reaching a student population that struggles to proactively reach out for academic support themselves. These strategies, often employed by a variety of functional areas in student affairs across institutions, are often underutilized by academic support centers. Attendees will also explore leadership strengthening strategies that develop well-rounded peer educators who are dedicated to outreach on behalf of their tutoring center.
Anatomy of an academic recovery plan
The increase in under-prepared and under-performing students puts additional strain on institutions’ academic support centers. As the competition for head count rises, new challenges and expanding roles concerning retention continue to creep into our higher education system. We will demonstrate how to restructure conventional ideas into systems that are relatable, logical and reproducible. This includes an academic recovery plan, tutoring buy-in and high workshop attendance that begins a mind shift by promoting independent learning.
The Effect of Peer Leadership: Competency Building and Academic Readiness
In the USC Marshall School of Business, students are required to take core classes in economics, accounting, and statistics to establish a strong foundation in understanding business concepts. This foundation is important as students move through the curriculum and advance to upper division requirements. Cracking The Core is a workshop series designed to assist first year students in preparing for the rigors of economics and statistics. The workshop is produced in collaboration with faculty and Peer Academic Leaders. The Peer Academic Leaders share relevant tips and insights to demystify the technical areas. What is the most important topic to review? How do students manage their time in the class? What are tips for success in the class? In addition, the presenters will describe how Cracking the Core is relevant to programs with rigorous foundation classes.
Creating your own Tutoring YouTube Channel
At Baylor in the last year, we created a tutoring YouTube channel full of video tutorials using our current staff and budget. Through the creation of these resources in our highest demand courses, we increased faculty buy-in with our program, our outreach efforts to all students, and utilization of our program through online tutoring sessions by thousands. Come learn how we did it, what we learned in the process, and how you could do this on your campus!
Academic Coaching: Knowing When to Hand-Hold, When to Give a Gentle Push, and When to Light the Fire
Coaching requires so much more than just ‚'coaching'. If you have ever coached a sport, you already know this and know it well. Coaching requires modeling and demonstrating, it requires motivating and providing constructive criticism, and there are times it requires being boisterous. A great coach knows which approach to use and when. This session will discuss coaching strategies, determining which approach is right for you and for the student, why it is okay to ‚Äúhand-hold‚Äù at the collegiate level, and when you should push a student to put forth more effort.
Gen Z as Tutees
Ready or not, Generation Z is here. Born between 1995 and 2010 and raised post-9/11 and The Great Recession, these students are overwhelmed, overcommitted, and over-connected. But take a deeper look and you will find that these same students are also more entrepreneurial and individualistic than their millennial predecessors. A 2014 survey of high-school students found that 72% hope to start a business in the future. What programs and services are we providing that directly meet the needs of this 5-screen generation of innovators? This session will feature the examination of a graduate-level near-peer tutoring model that manages nearly 200 tutors and over 350 tutees. Join in and learn how to approach Gen Z with a tutoring program that is attractive to them and serves their educational needs.
The Holistic Overhaul: Strategies for Reinvigorating a Tutoring Program
This presentation overviews the methods and efforts utilized to increase the usage, effectiveness, and name recognition of the University of North Texas Learning Center’s Tutoring Services Program. After a year of historic lows for the program, Tutoring Services was reinvigorated through a holistic strategy that injected innovation into the program’s collaborations on campus, marketing design, employment practices, training methods, and service offerings. Within just one academic year, the strategies overviewed in this presentation increased tutoring usage by over 50%. This session will guide attendees through what worked, what did not, and how to implement new strategies for success in the world of tutoring.
Community of Learners: Using cross-campus staff as Success Coaches
At universities across the country, there are staff members who have little to no interactions with students. These staff can become discouraged and lack job satisfaction despite being proficient at their job. As a retention effort for both students and staff, a pilot was run at Fresno Pacific University (FPU) to train staff as Success Coaches for high-risk students admitted in the fall of 2019. The students were enrolled in a mandatory 1-unit College Success Strategies course; as a requirement for the course, each student was assigned a trained Success Coach to meet with once a week. Half of the presentation will review the experience at FPU; the other half will be activities to facilitate brainstorming for attendees. Session attendees will learn how to implement a similar experience on their campus including best practices and training material from FPU.

Hotel Information

At Centennial Olympic Park

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The conference rate availability has expired. You can still join us in Atlanta at the going hotel rate.

Conference Rate:

$179 a night*

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Vendor Information

Gold Sponsor

$ 1750
  • 1 Full Size Advertisement in the Electronic Proceedings Booklet
  • Advertisement on the ACTP Website
  • 1 Brochure or Promotional Material in the Conference Packet
  • 2 Free Conference Registrations (Excludes Pre-Cons)
  • Present a Concurrent Session
  • 1 Skirted Table
  • Conference WiFi Access
  • 3 Minute Presentation at a Breakfast

Silver Sponsor

$ 1250
  • 1 Half Size Advertisement in the Electronic Proceedings Booklet
  • Advertisement on the ACTP Webpage
  • 1 Brochure or Promotional Material in the Conference Packet
  • 1 Free Conference Registration (Excludes Pre-Cons)
  • Present a Concurrent Session
  • 1 Skirted Table
  • Conference WiFi Access


$ 650
  • One Brochure or Promotional Material in the Conference Packet
  • 1 Skirted Table
  • Conference WiFi Access

CLADEA Exhibitor

  • Proof of CLADEA Waver Required
  • 1 Half Size Advertisement in the Electronic Proceedings Booklet
  • 1 Free Conference Registration (Excludes Pre-Cons)
  • Present a Concurrent Session

In addition to the above sponsorship levels, the following may be purchased ala-cart:

  • Welcome Reception Food Sponsor
    $1000. (One Available)
    Vendor signage and materials can be placed on tables. Name goes into program and name is announced with 3-minute presentation about your product.
  • ACTP Breakfast Sponsor
    $500. (Two Available)
    Sponsor name goes into the program and on ACTP website with a 3-minute presentation about a product
  • Keynote Luncheon Sponsor
    $750. (One Available)
    Sponsor name goes into the program and on ACTP website with a 3-minute presentation about a product.
  • Full Color Advertisement
    Sponsor receives space in the electronic proceeding booklet to present one full-color advertisement.
  • Standard Booth
    Sponsor receives one, skirted table in the vendor area of the conference to display materials.
  • Conference Bag Inserts
    1-2 Inserts, $275/each
    3+ Inserts, $200/each
    Sponsor is allowed the purchased number of flyers, brochures, etc to be inserted into the conference bag (materials provided by Sponsor)

Conference At A Glance

Theme: Welcome to Atlanta!

8:00am – 4:00pm


9:00am – 11:50am

Academic Coach Training Primer: The Foundation of Coaching

From Student Workers to Prepared Professions: Training and Evaluating Peer Tutors

Ideas, Resources, and Tools for New Tutoring Center Directors

12:00pm – 12:50pm


1:00pm – 3:50am

Creating a Safe Space: Maximizing the Foundation of Your Practice

Training Your Tutors! The Nitty-Gritty Details Edition

Data is as Data Does: How to Illustrate Student Success

4:00pm – 4:30pm

ACTP Information Session: Tutor Certification

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Coaching Certification

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Welcome Reception (Music, Fun & Food)