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Conference Background
The purpose of this conference is to explore the future of higher education in the aftermath of the COVID 19 pandemic. As we emerge from unprecedented system upheavals, this is an opportune time to discuss new developments across the sector. Indeed, we welcome submissions that address innovative approaches to topics such as curriculum development, leadership and governance, partnerships, social justice, and teaching and learning. The conference is open to academics, students, educational  administrators, professionals, and industry stakeholders whose work can broaden our understanding of the overarching conference title: “Shaping the Future: Key themes in Higher Education.”
Conference Theme

The purpose of the conference is to explore key themes and multiple perspectives on various aspects of higher education. We welcome submissions that address broad topics such as:

Curriculum development:

  • including micro-credentials, certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees, graduate degrees, innovative courses, and credit transfer.
Leadership and Governance:
  • including policy development, nurturing well-being throughout organizations, professional development opportunities and job satisfaction, recruitment and retention of educators, leading through change, and applying lessons learned throughout the pandemic.
  • including private—public, private—government, private—industry, private—community, and private—private collaborations.

    Social Justice:

    • including anti-racism, indigenization, truth and reconciliation, interculturalism, international student experiences, any additional aspects of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and sustainability initiatives.
    Teaching and Learning:
    • including students’ academic readiness and motivation, academic integrity, innovative assessment practices, delivery modalities, open educational resources, work-integrated-learning, student support services, student mobility, use of learning management systems, and other educational technology.
    In terms of programming, perspectives across all disciplines (including Business, Arts and Science, and Health) are encouraged. You are cordially invited to celebrate the success of the conference and the global reach of the PDGIA community!

    We call for submissions that fit within the context of the general theme. Submissions should not be previously published or accepted for publication by any publisher or organization. Extended abstracts of all submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed by members of the conference Academic Committee to ensure they meet the standards and follow the requirements. Papers that are accepted will be published in the conference proceedings providing at least one author completes registration.

    The following types of submissions are accepted for review:

    • Full research papers (7000-10,000 words) are original and unpublished papers of all types of research including, qualitative and quantitative research paper, review papers, reports paper, survey research paper, experimental research papers and analytical research papers related to the conference theme. 
    • Short research papers (2000-4,000 words) might include, but are not limited to, critical literature reviews, theory building that is in the early stages of development, or new analysis methods applied to existing data.
    • Research-in-progress papers (3000-10,000 words) are welcomed. Authors with research work in progress can also take part in the conference, by submitting a paper that clarifies the purpose of the study, scope, and limitations, clear methodology, conceptual framework, hypothesis if applicable, partial, or expected results and the findings up to date.
    • Presentations (10-15 minutes) are intended to introduce something new to the audience or to persuade them of a viewpoint. All presentations must be related to the conference theme. We welcome non-academic presentations too from individuals and organisations working in the education field.
    • Digital posters enable researchers to present their research findings succinctly through a combination of text, graphics, and tables. A scientific poster is a design hybrid between an oral presentation and a manuscript; it is more detailed and interactive than an oral presentation but less than a manuscript.

    We require everyone who wishes to submit their work to the conference to submit an extended abstract describing the proposed paper, work in progress, presentation, etc. The extended abstract should follow APA style 7th edition and contain a minimum of 1000 words and a maximum of 1500 words. Abstracts can contain figures, tables and/or images which are not included in the word count. The references are not included in the word count as well and strict adherence to the conference template of submission is encouraged.  Please submit your abstract as text within the form below AND within your attached Word or PDF document submission.

    Review Process

    Extended abstracts of all submissions are subject to double-blind review by two members of the conference Academic Committee for each submission to ensure they meet the standards and follow the requirements.

    What Are Reviewers Looking For?

    During the peer review process, reviewers look for:

    ·         Scope: Is the paper appropriate for the scope of this conference?

    ·         Novelty: Is this original material distinct from previous publications?

    ·         Validity: Is the study method well designed and executed?

    ·         Advancement: Is this a significant contribution to the field?

    ·         Data: Are the data collected, analyzed, and interpreted correctly and clearly?

    ·         Clarity: Are the references used appropriately, cited accurately, and formatted correctly?

    ·         Compliance: Are all ethical and publication requirements met?

    If your submission meets the requirements, please submit your abstract online at http://pdgia.ca/presenter/.

    Peer Review Decisions

    Conference peer review occurs within a fixed window of time. All authors are notified of the peer review decision on their paper at the same time.

    You may receive one of three possible decisions:

    ·         Accept: Your extended abstract is accepted without edits.

    ·         Accept with revision: Your extended abstract is accepted after you implement edits suggested by the reviewers. You will be asked to provide a revised version in given time.

    ·         Reject: Your paper will not be presented at the conference or published in the electronic conference proceedings to be made available shortly after the conference concludes.

    Submission Templates and Guidelines

    Templates for the extended abstracts and the various types of submissions may be found below:

    Extended Abstract Guidelines & Structure
    Research Papers Template
    Digital Posters Template
    Presentation Guidelines

    Become a Presenter - call for Papers

    We call for submissions that fit within the context of the general theme Shaping the Future: Key Themes in Higher Education.

    The purpose of the conference is to explore key themes and multiple perspectives on various aspects of higher education. Please see the detailed information in the Submissions tab above.

    The Private Degree-Granting Institutions Association (PDGIA) invites all academics, students, practitioners, policymakers, and stakeholders to submit abstracts, extended abstracts, full papers, in-progress papers, and case studies to the 2023 PDGIA conference.

    This third annual PDGIA conference will be based in Vancouver on March 2-3, 2023, with a specific venue to be announced. Subject to public health guidelines, our intention is hold the conference in-person. Hybrid delivery may be available for certain presenters.

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