Conference Registration | Programs-Events
On-site: $800

Registration FAQs

Accreditation Liaison Officers (ALOs)
Admissions/Student Affairs Administrators
Chief Academic Officers/Vice Presidents
Chief Operating Officers
College/School Administrators
Department Administrators
Development/Public Relations Administrators
Distance Learning Administrators
Division/Program Administrators
Faculty Members
Finance Administrators
Institutional Research/Assessment/Planning Administrators
Legal/Governmental Administrators
Library/Learning Administrators
Other Administrators
Presidents/Chief Executive Officers
Staff Members
Technology Administrators

The registration fee for the annual conference General Program includes access to plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, the Connection Hub, Riverside Hall, Accreditation Share Fair, networking breaks and continental breakfasts on Sunday and Monday (April 19–20). Additional fees will be charged for pre-conference programs (the Peer Corps Program, Effective Administrators Workshop, Accreditation Program, Eligibility Workshop, Presidents Program and Student Success Workshop).

Register by February 10, 2020, to take advantage of early bird rates. Standard rates will then be available until April 16, after which on-site registration rates will apply through the end of the conference (see Program Fees).

Yes. One-day registration is available on Sunday, April 19; Monday, April 20; or Tuesday, April 21. The cost depends on the date the registration is completed (see Program Fees).

This program is limited to the Chief Executive Officer and Trustees from accredited or candidate institutions. No substitutions are permitted. Registration is limited to four attendees per institution.

Current members of the Peer Corps are welcome to attend this program to refresh their skills and gain new knowledge of pathways processes. The program is designed for experienced peer reviewers who have already participated in accreditation activities, though newly trained and less experienced peer reviewers will certainly find it informative. Except as noted in the final program, this program does not constitute the specific training that may be required for certain peer review roles.

Special Interest Conversations are informal 30-minute discussions that will be held at the end of Sunday and Monday during the General Program. They provide attendees an opportunity to share ideas in a small group. Special Interest Conversations can be a great way to network with colleagues who share your interest in a specific topic, come from similar institutions or serve in similar roles.

Attendees wishing to request a Special Interest Conversation can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The person submitting the request must be a registered attendee for the General Program but will not be responsible for facilitating the discussion. Please note: Special Interest Conversations are not formal presentations. Special Interest Conversations cannot be used for commercial purposes.

No, attendees are not required to sign up for any concurrent sessions.

Contact Brittany Joseph at 866.497.1232 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Payment is due upon receipt of an invoice. The invoice will be included in the confirmation email after your registration has been submitted. Checks must be received within 30 days of the registration date. After 30 days, registration(s) must be paid via credit card to avoid cancellation. Cancellation penalties apply in the case of unpaid balance(s).

Payments should be mailed to:
Higher Learning Commission
Attn: 2020 Annual Conference
230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

Please include a copy of the invoice with Reference ID when mailing payments.

Yes. Please list any disability-related accommodations necessary on the registration site in the Special Needs section, or call an HLC registration agent at 866.497.1232.

For questions related to the conference program, please contact HLC’s Meetings and Events Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For questions related to registration, please call an HLC registration agent at 866.497.1232.


Note: Certain conference hotels require a deposit to be paid at the time of booking for each room reserved. Refund and cancellation policies vary by hotel; see Hotel and Travel Information for details.


Cancellations must be requested using the online cancellation form. Refunds resulting from cancellations will be based on the following dates:

  • Cancellations requested on or before January 6, 2020, will be eligible for a full refund less a $75 processing fee per person.
  • Cancellations requested between January 7 and March 19, 2020, will be eligible for a 50 percent refund less a $75 processing fee per person.
  • No-shows or cancellations requested on or after March 20, 2020, are not eligible for a refund.


If a registered attendee is unable to attend the conference, their registration may be transferred to another person at the same institution or organization at no additional charge. Replacements can be made by calling an HLC registration agent at 866.497.1232.


Credit card refunds will be processed within two business days. Check refunds will be processed within 15 business days of receiving the request.