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Who Participates in a Regional Conference?
Both presenters and attendees represent EDUCAUSE in the region. Participants are diverse in terms of gender, age, experience, and expertise and come from a variety of institutions—large and small, public and private, community colleges, and more. Consequently, the conference offers a diverse and content-rich program to appeal across all areas of higher education IT.

The regional conferences are part of the greater EDUCAUSE strategy to reach beyond those who attend our annual and special topic conferences to bring affordable professional development to more colleagues and to provide opportunities to grow regional professional networks:

  • Between 60% and 70% of regional conference participants do not attend the annual conference.
  • Many are “first-timers” not only at the regional conference (usually about 50%) but also often new to EDUCAUSE.

While each regional conference is targeted to a specific region, it also attracts participants from other regions. A regional conference may draw attendance from 20 or more states and up to 150 institutions. There may also be some international participation. Participant campus roles can be roughly divided into thirds:

  • One-third are frontline staff who serve on the help desk, as instructional designers, as web developers, or in similar roles.
  • One-third are directors and managers who oversee IT services.
  • One-third are CIOs or equivalent, administrators, librarians, faculty, deans, students, or those in other related roles.

Conference evaluations indicate that attendees seek inspiration, practical takeaways (including scalable ideas), new trends, the pulse of the profession, and, of course, networking opportunities. They appreciate presenters who provide an engaging learning opportunity, where honest discussion can occur on the topic.

Regional conferences are located in the following areas:
Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Southeast, and West/Southwest; we are also affiliated with NERCOMP in New England.

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