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Guidelines for Conference Proposals


About the CTLPA  The Caribbean Tertiary Level Personnel Association (CTLPA) is a professional organization that facilitates learning, development and professional advancement for student services personnel. This is done with an aim to enhance continuous effectiveness in facilitating student learning and development in tertiary level institutions. The CTLPA analyzes trends in higher education inclusive of the student profiles and uses this data to inform policy, practices and implement programmes that prepare students to function effectively in a global economy. 
About the Conference  The Annual Conference is one of the avenues for the promotion of professional development of student services professionals. Participants are exposed to recent related research; local, regional and international developments that impact higher education; evolving theories that reflect changes in student characteristics; showcases of best practices in the delivery of student services and the opportunity to be part of a professional network. As a regional organization, each year the Conference is held in a different Caribbean country. It attracts participation from over seven to nine locations in the region and the USA. These participants represent various colleges and universities. 
An Invitation to Present at a Conference An invitation is extended to faculty, student services personnel, resident advisors, graduate students, university and college administrators, representatives from the private and public sector and other interested individuals, to submit proposals for presentation at the CTLPA Annual Conference which will be held June 11 – 14, 2023, Trelawny, Jamaica. The conference will be held under the theme "Unmasking Innovation: Re-defining and Retooling Student Support". 
Guidelines for Proposals Conference proposals should be in keeping with the conference theme and should highlight but not be limited to one or more of the following topics: 

  • Strengthening Administrative Frameworks  

  • Rethinking Student Engagement  

  • Fostering Partnerships in Higher Education  

  • Health and Wellness as a Critical Element in the New Normal  

  • Quality Assurance and Programme Evolution  

  • Building Students’ Resilience and Readiness  Internationalization of Higher Education

  • Building a Culture of Mentorship for our Students  

  • Coaching as a Mechanism for Developing Student Services Personnel  

  • The impact of Positive Learning Environment on Student Success  

  • The Role of Student Organizations in Recruitment, Retention and Student Success 

Presentations should fall in one of the following categories:  

1. Main Presentation -1 hour (inclusive of question and answer session)

2. Concurrent Session – 45 minutes (inclusive of question and answer session)

3. Showcase - highlighting best practices in programme delivery or topical issue in student services - 30 minutes inclusive of a question and answer session. 
The proposal should include an Abstract of no more than 250 words and should outline the learning outcomes. An Abstract must reflect the content of the presentation accurately and must correlate to the listed topics and key words. It must include all information considered necessary by the presenter to merit the selection of the paper. 
To learn more about this year’s Conference please visit CTLPA’s website: Or email our headquarters at 
Deadline for submission of Proposals: Friday, April 28, 2023 
Proposals should be submitted to: 
Contact Information:  
Savanna Bennett Administrator c/o CTLPA Headquarters University of the West Indies, Mona Campus Jamaica 
We look forward to you joining us at the conference this year! #CTLPA023 

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