THE AFC 2017 ANNUAL MEETING AND CONFERENCE

November 1-3, 2017 | INNISBROOK, PALM HARBOR, FL

EMPOWERING LEADERS... AND TRANSFORMING LIVES...

2017 AFC President LogoThe AFC 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference will be held at the Innisbrook, in Palm Harbor, FL, November 1-3, 2017. The Annual Conference is the celebratory event of the year for the Florida College System. It includes an exhibit hall with over 35 suppliers, more than 30 diverse educational programs, informative membership and association-related meetings, exemplary practice presentations, recognition and awards, and excellent networking opportunities for members and friends of the Florida College System.

The Association of Florida Colleges celebrates the many voices of its members through its Advocacy, Leadership, and Innovation across the state. The 28 state and community colleges that comprise the Florida College System institutions serve more than 800,000 students annually. Today's challenge is to meet the growing needs of a diverse population with limited resources and a changing educational landscape. Performance funding, new accountability measures with a focus on retention and completion, and baccalaureate degrees are the bellwether issues for higher education professionals in the state.  How can the Florida College System continue to meet student and community needs while maintaining excellence, access, and student engagement during this critical time of transformation? Additionally, how can the AFC remain relevant while providing learning-centered professional development to its members? Join us at the 68th AFC Annual Meeting and Conference this November.

 
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Deadline is May 31, 2017

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WHAT TYPES OF PRESENTATION PROPOSALS ARE NEEDED?

Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Business/Administrative Affairs, IT, and Career Professionals are encouraged to submit proposals for educational sessions that focus on critical issues related to higher education.

SUBMISSIONS ON THE FOLLOWING THEMES/TOPICS ARE ENCOURAGED:

Business Partnerships
Baccalaureate Programs
Campus Safety and Security      
Conflict Resolution
Development Education
Diversity / Inclusion
International Education
Leadership
Research and Evaluation      
Retirement
Student Affairs
Teaching and Learning
Technology
Veterans Affairs (Returning Military Students)
Workforce Development
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Current Sessions will be 50 minutes in length and should be designed to explore and address issues, theories, and practices related to critical issues in higher education. Formats may include Lecture, Panel, or general Workshop. Proposals will be evaluated on quality of the content, the specific learning objectives, and the program type.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

All submissions must be received by May 31, 2017
 
SUBMISSION POLICIES
  • Sessions submitted by the stated deadline will be reviewed and notifications will be sent to the designated key contact only.
  • When a proposal is accepted, all presenters must comply with submission deadlines for session materials. Failure to do so may result in the non-inclusion of the session in the convention program.

  • Presenters will be required to sign and return the Speaker's Agreement
  • All costs associated with attending the AFC Annual Conference are the responsibility of the individual presenter(s). Presenters will not be provided registration discounts or passes.

 SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL
   

 Deadline is May 31, 2017

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COMMISSION EXEMPLARY PRACTICE and COMMISSION EDUCATIONAL SESSION SUBMISSION FORM

Please submit your commission exemplary practice or commission educational session information here. These commission sponsored sessions will cover hot topics and best practices in addition to showcasing the exemplary practice winners from the spring conferences.

Deadline to submit is August 1, 2017

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COMMISSION BOARD and BUSINESS MEETING SUBMISSION FORM

Please submit your commission board and/or commission business meeting requests here. Please include any specific time requests.

Deadline to submit is August 1, 2017

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SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

Draft Schedule at a Glance  (Coming Soon) - Posted times are subject to change.

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EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

A preview of sessions will be posted once final selections have been made and presenters have been notified. Posted times are subject to change.

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CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

Deadline to register online is October 25, 2017. See below for registration fees based on registration type. Click on registration link to register.

AFC REGISTRATION CANCELLATION POLICY:

Full Refund Issued until October 25, 2017.
50% Refund issued if cancelled by October 31, 2017
No Refund will be given for no-shows or cancellations day of the event.

FEES:

Early Bird DiscountCOP AND TRUSTEE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION:

All pricing is per person; click on link to be taken to registration form; you must have each registrant's individual username and password to register.

  • College President / Lobbyist: $389.00 (Includes COP Events)
  • Trustee Annual Meeting and Gala: $269.00 (includes Gala ticket)
  • Trustee Annual Meeting Only: $199.00 (does NOT include Gala ticket)
  • Spouse/Family Registration: $169.00 (not available to college employees or members)
  • Non-Member (no vendors or suppliers): $750.00 (Does NOT include COP Events) - Daily registration is $650.00 per day and does not include COP Events

 


CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FOR INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS AND RETIREES:

All pricing is per person; click on link to be taken to registration form; you must have each registrant's individual username and password to register.

  • AFC Member (non-college president/lobbyist) Conference Registration: $289.00 (Does NOT include COP Events)
  • Retired AFC Member: $139.00 (Does NOT include COP Events)
  • AFC Member (non-college president/lobbyist) Wednesday Only Registration: $129.00 (Wednesday Only)
  • AFC Member (non-college president/lobbyist) Thursday Only Registration: $179.00 (Thursday Only - Includes Gala)
  • Spouse/Family Registration: $169.00 (not available to college employees or members)
  • Non-Member (no vendors or suppliers): $750.00 (Does NOT include COP Events) - Daily registration is $650.00 per day and does not include COP Event

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Innisbrook - 36750 US Hwy 19 N. - Palm Harbor, Florida 34684 - (800) 492-6899 (Phone) - Get Directions

A room block has been created at Innisbrook. Room Rates are as follows:

  • $129.00 for a Deluxe Guest Room
  • $139.00 for an Executive Suite
  • $139.00 for a One Bedroom Suite
  • $219.00 for a Two Bedroom Suite

Room Rates include resort fee and self parking, use of the fitness center, in room internet access, on property shuttle service.

  • For reservations please call: 1-800-492-6899, please ask for the AFC group rate.
  • Deadline to book at group rate is September 29, 2017.
  • Hotel rooms must be cancelled 72 hours before check-in date.

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 SILENT AUCTION

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The Association of Florida Colleges Foundation, Inc. is a 501C(3) charitable corporation. The AFC Foundation, Inc. provides charitable and educational financial support to the Association of Florida Colleges, its members and institutions. Every Gift Counts, Every Donor Matters. Learn more about the AFC Foundation, Inc. today.

 Your assistance is needed and greatly appreciated in soliciting items to use in the 2016 auction. Listed below are types of items that are needed. However, feel free to use your imagination and your creativity to come up with even better items.

Suggested donation items: Artwork, gift baskets, hotel stays, vacation packages, cameras, sports memorabilia, jewelry, e-readers, iPads, iPods, computers, books, gift cards, event tickets, wine, services, decorative items, etc. are all examples of great ideas, but I am sure that you can come up with many more great ideas. Big ticket items such as a cruise, computer, big screen television or vacation package would be great. We don’t expect you to purchase the big ticket item but if you know of someone that can donate this, please let me know. Click here for a printable flyer to share at your college/campus. Click here for sample letter when contacting businesses.

Don’t ever think your item is too small or too large to include. Items may be combined with other items to help create a gift basket or vacation package!! Here is the donation form to assist you when contacting businesses.

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SERVICE PROJECT

As we gather in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, our service project this year will support TBD. Please click here to view a flyer or click here for a flyer that may be customized for your chapter.

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OPENING NIGHT SOCIAL

The Opening Night Social will be held on November 1st from 9:00 PM until 12:00AM. More details to follow soon. Click here for a flyer you can share with your chapter: Opening Night Social Flyer

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EXHIBITOR / SPONSOR INFORMATION

Do you work with suppliers who would like the opportunity to showcase what their company has to offer employees and institutions of the Florida College System? Extend them an invitation to participate in a wonderful opportunity to market their goods and services to the 550+ college personnel who represent a portion of the 8,000+ AFC members.  Attendees at the AFC Annual Convention represent all facets of each College.  We will have all 28 of our College Presidents in attendance as well as V.P.’s of Business Affairs. The majority of our attendees are Career & Professional Staff, Administrative Staff and Faculty. In addition, there are 15 specialty groups called commissions that will be represented by the above listed attendees. These groups include the Faculty Commission, Student Development Commission, and the Administration Commission to name just a few.  A full list of our commissions can be found here.  The networking and exposure that is available to them and their staff through this convention is unique and valuable.  The deadline to register to exhibit and/or sponsor (to be included in the conference program) is October 21, 2017. Download the exhibitor/sponsor brochure for more information. Or see our Exhibit and Sponsor page for the online registration link.

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CERTIFIED COLLEGE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM

The Certified College Professional (CCP) Program provides you with the opportunity to earn a certificate related to your work as a college professional or with the Florida College System. It will expose you to content and experiences you may not be able to obtain elsewhere. The CCP program provides significant value-added benefits for members and non-members and enhances the AFC's role as the primary professional development provider for the Florida College System. To learn more and apply for the CCP Program, please visit the Certified College Professional Program page.

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