36th Annual Conference

Crossing the Finish Line — From Access to Career

Crossing the Finish Line — From Access to Career • September 13-16, 2017 • Washington, D.C.

Call for Proposals

ProgramThe Conference Committee encourages submissions of original proposal that connect theory and practice in the following themes: Partnerships that support students in STEM majors and careers; Sessions focused on college access and success new professionals; Transition from college to career; Leadership for College Access and Success programs and professionals; Effective practices for career exploration and advising; Partnerships and collaboration with Community-Based Organizations; Promoting and supporting international experiences for low-income, first-generation students; Communicating across generations and promoting programs to stakeholders; Effective practices for incorporating technology; Effective programming for veterans, adult learners, LGBTQA students, foster care and homeless students, ESL students, and students with disabilities; Career and postsecondary workforce readiness; Program evaluation and assessment; Effective programming for developmental education; Using data to improve college access and success programs and promoting programs; and Effective programming for pre-collegiate access and postsecondary success programs and transitioning.

Download the Call for Proposals Document is available for download (.pdf) brochure. To submit your conference proposal online, please click the link below. Only online submissions will be reviewed. The deadline is March 3, 2017.


To register, download the Registration Form Document is available for download (.pdf) or click below to register online.

Registration fees include the Conference Program and materials. No meals are included in the COE registration fees. Register online and save $30.

Special Half-Price Discount — If you attended last year’s Annual Conference and bring a newcomer with you, they can register for half-off of their regular registration rate (Council Member or Non-Member). These registrations must be submitted by fax at the same time — there is no online registration for this special offer. Discounts do not apply to those registering under the Retiree, TRIO Alumni, or Student rate.

Postmark Deadlines Council Member Non-Member Retiree TRIO Alumni Student
Early Bird (May 31, 2017) $740 $825 $275 $275 $275
Pre-Registration (July 18, 2017) $790 $875 $325 $325 $325
On-Site After (July 18, 2017) $840 $925 $375 $375 $375

Registration materials must be postmarked on or before August 26, 2017. Online registration is strongly encouraged. If not registering online, full payment or a purchase order form must accompany the registration form. Please make checks payable to the Council for Opportunity in Education. Mail check and registration form together to — 2017 Annual Conference, Council for Opportunity in Education, P.O. Box 742282, Atlanta, GA 30374-2102. Please fax purchase order and registration form to (202) 628-3726. For further questions, please contact Business and Finance at ( or at (202) 347-7430.

Registration fees paid in advance are refundable (less processing charge of $250 for registration fees and $50 for workshop fees) if written notice of cancellation is received on or before August 10, 2017. No refund requests will be accepted after this date. All refunds will be made after the conference.

NOTE — For inquiries about registration, contact Business and Finance at ( or at (202) 347-7430.


The 36th Annual Conference hotel is the Washington Hilton located at 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20009-5701. The Hilton will open for registration in mid-March, 2017. Please check back on this page for more updates.