Inaugural Summit – Exploring Generationality in Higher Education

Join NECPA at our first Summit on June 20, 2018 at University of New Hampshire to discuss the many generations represented by our students and colleagues; how we interact with and can serve each other.

Our day will start with the workshop “Gen Z is Here: Taking a Different Approach,” by Nancy Hunter Denney, then we move into a series of sessions along two tracks: one for graduate students/new professionals, and one for mid-and-senior-level professionals. At our business meeting, we’ll honor our most recent Award Recipients and discuss the State of the Organization.

All details and links to the Calls for Programs and Volunteers are available on the main event page. We can’t wait to see you!



2nd Annual Assessment Conference at New England College

2nd Annual Assessment Conference
at New England College

Registration Open

May 15-16, 2018

This affordable conference is a gathering of faculty, staff, and administrators from across the New England region developing capacity to assess student learning and success as well as program and service effectiveness. Taking place at the New England College campus in Henniker, NH, the 2018 event will extend over two days. The conference will include pre-conference workshops and an evening keynote on May 15th and an opening keynote and conferences sessions on May 16th. Keynote speakers include Tia Brown McNair from the Association of American Colleges and Universities and Ruth Newberry from Blackboard. There will be nearly 40 individual sessions covering three tracks: Student Learning Assessment, Program Assessment, and General Assessment.

Registration is $38 for the full-day conference and $15 for 1/2 pre-conference workshops and $25 for the full-day pre-conference workshops.

For more information, visit the website: The Assessment Conference at New England College

The 2017 conference sold out with 225 individuals representing 90 institutions attended. Please note that we will not be able to accommodate on-site registrations so reserve your space now.


Overnight accommodations can be reserved by contacting the Best Western in Concord, NH at 603-228-4300. Mention the conference and New England College for a 20% discount on the room rate.

The Call for Programs is also open. The conference committee is seeking programs regarding assessment in higher education including assessing online teaching, assessing student learning in and out of the classroom, program effectiveness assessment, and more. Program proposals are due March 1, 2018. To submit a program proposal visit:

If you work in higher education and are committed to student success and program improvement, this event is for you!

For questions, please contact:
Gavin Henning, Ph.D.
Professor of Higher Education
New England College

NECPA Board Spotlight – Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith
Massachusetts State Coordinator

Current Title and Institution:
Complex Coordinator at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

What do you do as the Complex Coordinator?
As a Complex Coordinator I supervise a staff of 18 RAs, and oversee 700 residents in a combination of 2 first year buildings, and 3 upperclassmen apartments.


What do you love about working at your current institution?
I love the student population at WPI, the STEM population is a unique student dynamic and our students at WPI are very academically driven, and are very involved on campus. This creates a wonderful campus community.

How did you get involved in the New England College Personnel Association (NECPA)?
I got involved back in April of 2017 when a former supervisor (and our current NECPA President) told me about the organization and shared that there were opportunities to get involved. I’ve attended conferences in the past, and like that NECPA is a smaller organization with opportunities for involvement.

When you aren’t working or focusing on your NECPA role, how do you spend your free time?
I love pop culture. So most nights and weekends you can find me binge-watching shows on Netflix or Hulu. I also love going out to eat with my friends and family.

Who inspired you to get involved in Higher Education?
When I worked in the Residence Life office at my undergrad institution Framingham State University, I had the opportunity to work with some wonderful higher education professionals. Glenn Cochran, Jay Hurtubise, Kim Dexter, and Johnny Hurley all helped me find my passion for working with students and showed me that a career in Higher Education is possible.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in your career (so far)?
The most valuable lesson I have learned is that we need to support our students in all aspects of themselves, not just the aspect we directly supervise. We need to support them as student leaders, as students, and as people.

What is on your Higher Ed bucket list?
I want to take my next step, and shift gears from Residence Life to Career Development.

Why should professionals in New England get involved in NECPA?
I think New England professionals should get involved in NECPA because it is a smaller organization and executive board with more meaningful involvement opportunities.