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Abstract Submission Deadline: January 10, 2018 (Extended: January 26, 2018)

Abstract Topics

  • You are encouraged to submit abstracts on a variety of topics that include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Social Media Innovation
  • Data-Informed Solutions for Student Success
  • Faculty Engagement
  • Team Building and Collaboration
  • Impactful Communication
  • University Sustainability, adapting 21st century transformational models for the continuance of HBCUs
  • Meeting the needs of the "Millennial College Student"
  • Integrative Learning 
  • Student Rights
  • From   Surviving to Thriving
  • Innovating, Nurturing, and Empowering
  • Student Success through Innovation and Creativity
  • Access to Success: HBCUs and the College Completion
  • Sliding Enrollment
  • Value of Attending College
  • Financial Literacy
  • Systems for Improved Student Support
  • Managing Anxiety - Academic and Self Care Strategies
  • Surviving a Harsh Work Environment
  • Mental Health Strategies to Cope with Harsh Change
  • Empowering with Teaching and Learning
  • Protecting Our Legacy
  • Performance Indicators from Student Success
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Promoting Student Engagement in the 2nd and 3rd Years
  • Innovative Retention Goals
  • Enabling Sustainable Leaders
  • Education and Research for Sustainable Development
  • Innovation in Education
  • Large Sustainable Innovation Initiatives
  • Career Placement
  • Declining State Support
  • Are HBCUs Sustainable
  • Service Learning Outcomes in Our Community



Submission Guidelines

When you submit a proposal (abstract) to make a presentation at the summit please understand that you are committing to create and submit the following items by indicated deadlines: (1) an abstract, (2) a paper (formatted in APA style), and (3) a PowerPoint presentation.


Use the guide below to prepare a proposal for an individual or panel presentation. Proposals for a panel should be made by submitting information for each panelist.  When proposing a panel, please identify the order of presenters.  When submitting your proposals, plan for the following time limits, which include Q&A:

  • Individual presentations - 30 minutes
  • Panel presentations - 70 minutes

All proposals should be submitted via email to The abstract submission deadline is January 10, 2018 (Extended: January 26, 2018).

  • Abstract topics must be related to the theme of the Summit and about retaining and graduation students.
  • All abstracts should be prepared using MS Word/2003 or later.  Each abstract should be formatted using the guidelines below.
  • Abstracts should be prepared using Times New Roman 12 point font, and one-inch left and right page margins.  Individual elements may have additional requirements, so please review them carefully.  See the sample abstract that follows.
  • Abstracts should consist of the following elements.
    • Contact Information (repeat for each presenter):
      • Name: (Dr., Mrs., Ms., Mr.)
      • Title: (e.g. Dean, Director, Assistant Professor, etc.)
      • Institution / Department:
      • Street Address
      • City, State, Zip Code
      • Voice Telephone
      • Fax Telephone
      • Email
    • Title Line – All capital letters, bold font, center alignment.  The title may be no longer than one line in length.
    • Presenter(s) Name Lines – Skip a line between Title Line and Name Line.  The Name Line should use normal (non-bold) font, center alignment, and title capitalization.  Presenter Name is on the first line and consists of the following elements:  first name, middle initial, and last name of presenter; the second line consists of university and department names. Repeat for each presenter.
    • Text – Skip a line between Presenter(s) Name Line and Text.  Use normal (non-bold) font, justify alignment, and limit to one paragraph of 150 words maximum.  Do not indent beginning of paragraph.  For emphasis of technical and other terms use italicized lettering (but not bold or underlined lettering).
    • Biographical Sketch – Short sketch highlighting presenter(s) current position(s), experience, and education.




Sample Abstract


Dr. John A. Wheatland
Director of Freshman Programs
Morgan State University
School of Engineering
1700 East Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251
443-885-8218 (Fax)




Since 2001, the School of Engineering at Morgan State University (MSU) has been a participant in a multi-school project called Implementing the BESTTEAMS (Building Engineering Student Team Effectiveness and Management Systems) Model of Team Development Across the Curriculum. The project's primary purpose is to introduce collaboration and teamwork in engineering education to improve the educational process and prepare students to work in collaborative environments after graduation. As part of the BESTTEAMS model, students in the freshman orientation course, Introduction to Engineering, are given the Kolb Learning Style Inventory, a survey designed to measure learning styles. This paper will examine the relationship between students' learning styles, major, gender, and academic performance in engineering at MSU.  The cumulative GPA at the end of the first year for first-time freshmen that completed Introduction to Engineering was recorded and analyzed to determine the relationship between learning style preference and cumulative GPA by major and gender.


John A. Wheatland is currently the Director of Freshman Programs in the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering at Morgan State University.  He received his BEE from the City College of New York in 1972 and his MSEE from the University of Bridgeport in 1974.  In May 2000, he received his Doctor of Education in Urban Education Leadership from Morgan State University.  Before he joined MSU in 1993, John had an eighteen-year career with IBM.




Papers and Presentations

You will be informed via email whether your proposal is accepted by January 24, 2018. If your proposal is accepted, formatting guidelines for the PowerPoint presentation and paper (APA format, 6th edition) will be emailed to you.  Our intent is for presenters to submit papers that can be published in peer review journals. Please submit the following items via email and adhere to the following deadlines:

February 10, 2018
Submit final paper and PPT presentation via email

 All Presenters MUST Register for the Summit.



Presentation Equipment

A Windows-based laptop computer with PowerPoint, LCD projector, and screen will be provided.  Any other equipment will be the responsibility of the presenter. Please email any additional equipment issues and concerns to Dr. Joan Langdon. -