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Scholarships

Does your institution have limited funds? You may be eligible to receive a scholarship to cover the full registration cost. To apply, complete this form. Your application will be reviewed within 5 business days.  If you are granted a scholarship, you will be given a discount code to enter during the payment process that waives the full cost of registration. If you are applying for a scholarship, please do not submit your registration until you are notified of the acceptance or denial of your scholarship application.

Justification Letter

Do you need help obtaining approval from your manager? This letter template outlines the benefits to you and your institution for attending Parchment Connect National.

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Frequently Asked Questions

As you evaluate attending Parchment Connect National, this list of Frequently Asked Questions will help.
General Questions
Calls for Proposals
Costs
Travel and Transportation


General

What is Parchment Connect National?

Each year, Parchment Members and the Parchment Team come together to learn, share, build community, and network with each other around the topic of credential exchange. With 3,500 secondary schools and 2,500 colleges and universities as Members of Parchment, the 2018 conference will be our sixth annual conference and is shaping up to be our best conference yet!

Where and when is it taking place?

The conference will be held Saturday, March 24th – Sunday, March 25th at the Renaissance Orlando SeaWorld. For those also attending the 2018 AACRAO Annual Meeting, immediately following Parchment Connect National, complimentary shuttle transportation to the Orlando World Center will be provided on Sunday afternoon.

What will the focus be?

The focus will be on Parchment Member-led sessions around the topic of credential exchange. Sessions will focus on best practices, new and emerging trends, innovations, optimizing the learner experience and more.

At last year’s conference, Parchment Members learned about a wide variety of topics including integrating Parchment with PeopleSoft and other SISs, experiential transcripting, automating admissions decision processing, and increasing college access for low income students, to name a few.

In addition to these Member-led sessions, training and Parchment product roadmap sessions will be available, along with two keynote addresses- one with Parchment CEO, Matthew Pittinsky. The agenda will include specific tracks with programming for each group (K12, Receive, and Higher Ed Send).

Who attends?

All Parchment members are invited and strongly encouraged to attend. This includes members from the K12, Higher Ed Send, Higher Ed Receive, State Initiative, and International segments. Convening this diverse community of practice brings together individuals with a broad array of experiences in education and credentials and fosters opportunities for rich and meaningful discussion throughout the two days that we are together.

What are the benefits of attending?

This conference offers a wide array of learning and networking opportunities that simply aren’t available anywhere else.  You’ll learn best practices from institutions who have optimized their use of Parchment, you’ll gain insight into ways you can improve the learner experience, you’ll be the first to learn about what’s new and on the horizon for Parchment to plan better, and much more.

I recently attended a Parchment Connect event in my region. Should I still attend Parchment Connect National?

Absolutely! Parchment Connect National offers many more sessions, covers a much broader variety of topics and give you access to the entire Parchment Community.  


Call for Proposals

I am doing something really interesting with credentials at my institution. How can I share what I’m doing with others?

That’s fantastic news! We’d love to hear all about it!. Learn more about becoming a speaker and submit your proposal today!  


Costs

What is the cost for registration?

We are offering Early Bird registration for $50  (half off the full conference price!) through December 31, 2017.  The regular registration rate of $100 applies for all registrations January 1, 2018 and after.

What is included with my registration fee?

Your registration fee includes admission to all sessions, panels, and keynote presentation.  It also includes conference materials, admission to the evening reception on Saturday night and breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

I’d love to attend, but my institution has limited funds. Can you help?

Yes! If your institution has limited funds, you may also apply for a scholarship. If granted, the scholarship will waive the full conference registration cost.

How can I convince my institution that they should fund my attendance?

If you need help asking your institution to cover your conference expenses, check out our User Conference justification letter template.

Refund Policy

You may request a refund of your paid registration fee until February 22, 2018 (30 days prior to event start).  You can request a refund by logging into your Eventbrite account and following the Refund Request Process. If you have additional questions, please contact Leah Woomer at lwoomer@parchment.com.


Travel and Transportation Arrangements

Where is the User Conference being held?

Parchment Connect National will be held at the Renaissance Orlando SeaWorld hotel located at 6677 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, Florida 32821. Learn more here.

Where should I stay during the conference?

We strongly recommend that you stay at the host hotel for the conference, the Renaissance Orlando SeaWorld hotel. We have negotiated a preferred rate of $149/night (inclusive of resort fee) for conference attendees.  If you wish to spend some additional time in Orlando, this preferred rate is also offered 3 days prior and 3 days following the conference, based on availability. Cut off date for reservations in the discounted block is Thursday, March 1, 2018. Please note that this room rate is available on a limited block of rooms, so we encourage you to book your room today to ensure you’re able to reserve a room at the preferred rate.

When should I plan to arrive?

Pre-conference sessions begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 24th.  The conference will officially kick off at 12:00 PM on Saturday with our opening keynote address and luncheon.

When should I plan to depart?

Parchment Connect National will wrap up at 12:30 PM on Sunday, March 25th.   If you plan to attend the 2018 AACRAO Annual Meeting, complimentary shuttle transportation will be provided to the Orlando World Center on Sunday afternoon.

Who should I contact if I have other questions?

You may contact your Parchment Account Executive or Leah Woomer at lwoomer@parchment.com