CUMU is dedicated to its member institutions and to the creation and dissemination of knowledge on the issues that face our urban and metropolitan campuses and the communities we serve. As those issues grow, so does the complexity of community and campus-wide engagement. However, it is us—the nation’s urban and metropolitan institutions—that will find innovative solutions to our most pressing issues.
These challenges and opportunities are just the beginning, we look forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve.
Presentation Formats and Approaches
We listened to your feedback and know you attend the CUMU Annual Conference to 'dig in' and connect on common themes. Moving forward, the CUMU Annual Conference will be comprised of multiple presentation styles and formats. Our hope is that you—thought leaders, problem solvers, educators—will have more in-depth, meaningful conversations around subjects that matter to you and your campuses.
What does this mean for you? You now have more options to present, network, and discuss.
What do we need from you? We need you and your campuses to commit to present, facilitate, listen and moderate.
Best Practices Presentation
Have you led a successful project, partnership, program, or case-study that is working at your institution? Best practices presentations should showcase your work and/or methodologies, highlight what worked, and present positive outcomes. Typically, these presentations utilize presentation tools.
Time Allotment: 20 minutes. Five minutes, in addition to your 20 minute presentation, will be reserved following your presentation for Q&A. Presentations will be grouped with additional, related presentations into a 90 minute session.
Participation: A maximum of two people can participate as speakers in one 20-minute best practices presentation.
Moderation: A session moderator will be assigned to the room to ensure presenters keep to their time allotment and to facilitate the Q&A
Attendee Outcome: Attendees should expect to leave with ideas that they could replicate at their institutions.
Lighting presentations are quick, engaging, inspirational, and most importantly, fun. Presenters should highlight an idea, success, approach, or trend; bring to light an issue or challenge; or give a personal perspective on a topic. Lightning presentations are not intended to provide the details of your work but rather inspire attendees to seek you out to learn more.
Time Allotment: 5 minutes.
Participation: One person per each five minute presentation. Seven presentations will be grouped into a 90 minute session. This will result in 45 minutes of presentations and 45 minutes of dedicated networking time for follow-up questions and direct interaction between presenters and session attendees.
Moderation: An experienced facilitator will provide presenters with clear guidelines and tips for making the most of their short amount of time.
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Attendee Outcome: Attendees should be inspired to learn more.
Have you experienced success in the implementation of new processes, infrastructure, or policy approaches related to addressing a challenge or issue in your community or institution? Mini Workshops should be focused; inform on their topic; and engage attendees around a question or task. Presenters could create an interactive component where attendees may work individually or in small groups. At its core, these are how-to sessions.
Time Allotment: 45 minutes. Depending on the schedule mini workshops may be paired with another mini workshop into a 90 minute session.
Participation: A maximum of three people can participate as speakers in one 45-minute mini-workshop presentation.
Attendee Outcome: Attendees should expect to leave with actionable next steps. Presenters should provide attendees with supplementary materials or information for gathering those materials online.
Think Tank Sessions
What keeps you up at night? Think Tank Sessions are discussion-based and are designed to provide a platform for dialogue among attendees on hot topics and issues facing our campuses and communities. Think tank sessions are not about sharing or defining solutions; they should define problems, ideas, or practices that you have given thought to. The presenter in this session serves more as a facilitator than a presenter. The facilitator (presenter) will design a session that creates a thought-provoking and interactive experience for attendees.
Time Allotment: 90 minute session
Participation: No more than two facilitators (presenter) per session
Moderation: A facilitator (presenter) will introduce the issue or question by providing background information and then facilitate an interactive experience/exercise for attendees.
Attendee Outcome: Attendees should leave the session with new perspectives and an interest in further exploring the topic discussed.
A poster session is the presentation of information illustrated using a 2’ x 3’ poster board. This is a great opportunity to gain significant attention for your work in a more social atmosphere. Poster displays will be available for viewing during a joint reception and poster session open to all attendees. Poster sessions operate under a "free-flowing” format as attendees will typically come-and-go. The 2016 poster session had a packed crowd of over 200 attendees and we expect the same in 2017.
Time Allotment: Poster session will be 90 minutes in total.
Participation: No more than two presenters per poster.
Attendee Outcome: Attendees should expect to leave with new ideas and approaches to issues and opportunities relevant to urban and metropolitan universities and the cities in which they reside and serve.
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, Northridge
Florida Atlantic University
Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne
University System of Maryland