2017 Accreditation Boot Camp

Higher Education Accreditation Boot Camp
for Prospective Policymakers

July 27- July 28, 2017

Hotel George, 15 E Street NW, Washington, D.C.

PNPI’s Accreditation Boot Camp is designed to prepare participants to join the ranks of higher education policymakers on Capitol Hill, in federal agencies and in national associations and think tanks. The event will provide individuals with a firm knowledge base on which to create and consider policy options over the course of their careers and offer an opportunity to network with current education policy professionals in Washington, D.C.

Participation in PNPI’s Accreditation Boot Camp will be particularly useful for public policy or education students, new association staff, up-and-coming think tank staff, other nonprofit personnel and/or current professionals considering a career change. Scholarships are available for up to 5 current seniors or graduate students to attend.


Participants can expect to:

Deepen their knowledge of what accreditation is, what accreditation does and how the accreditation process works.

Gain a working knowledge of accreditation’s history;

Deepen their understanding of the federal government’s oversight role with respect to postsecondary accreditation;

Explore the strengths and weaknesses of the current accreditation system and consider areas for, and specific recommendations for, improvement;

Experience an inside introduction to the legislative process; and

Hear how the accreditation conversation has recently changed and developed from the vantage point of the media.


Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to benefit from a networking session with policy professionals from the federal government and prominent think tanks and advocacy groups, will be provided with a briefing book filled with topic relevant resources and readings prior to the event, will be given access to all speaker presentations, materials and contact information post-event and will receive quarterly PNPI newsletters.

Among the participants at the August 2016 Boot Camp were several graduate students about to enter master’s programs. You can watch them share some of their reflections here.

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Click on the picture below to open the complete Boot Camp agenda.


Speaker bios are available here

To ensure a rich learning experience and to maximize the potential for participants to build a meaningful career network, the seminar has been designed to accommodate up to 25 individuals.

Individuals who register after all seminar spots are taken will be placed on a waiting list and notified if space becomes available.

*Early Bird Rates: Register by June 1st

Registrant: Non Profit/Government: $229
Registrant: $429
Registrant: Student: $99 (must email copy of student ID to pnpi@pnpi.org to verify student status)

*Regular Registration Rates: Register by June 30th 

Registrant: Non Profit/Government: $279
Registrant: $479
Registrant: Student: $119 (must email copy of student ID to verify student status)

Registration fee includes meals (as outlined in tentative agenda above), conference materials and a briefing book that will be delivered to all participants prior to the seminar.`

*Participants who cancel before June 12th will receive a partial refund, minus a $25 administrative fee.  Participants who cancel after June 30th will forfeit the entirety of their registration fee.

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A block of rooms has been reserved at Hotel George (the conference hotel) for the nights of July 26th and July 27th at a discounted rate of $294. Participants might also be interested in the Washington Court Hotel, close to the conference venue.

To ensure that cost does not preclude students from attending, PNPI will offer up to five scholarships covering the cost of attendance to current seniors or graduate students wishing to participate (current seniors planning to attend grad school in the Fall of 2017 and current graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply). Scholarship includes registration fee, travel to and from Washington D.C., lodging and dinner on Wednesday, July 26th. In an attempt to bring new voices into the federal higher education space, scholarship applicants are limited to students who currently receive a Pell grant or can demonstrate that they are Pell-eligible (more below).  Travel and lodging will only be offered to students who live outside of the Washington metro area.

Eligibility Requirements:

Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university as a full-time senior undergraduate student or graduate student. Proof of enrollment required (recent transcript).

Must demonstrate financial need. Undergraduate students must have received a Pell grant in the most recent academic year. Graduate students must demonstrate Pell-eligibility for the most recent academic year through a documented estimated family contribution of less than $5,234 on a federal student aid report.

All majors/fields of study accepted, but candidates must demonstrate an interest in postsecondary education policy or practice.

Must commit to attending the entire seminar including a networking dinner on Wednesday, July 26th with other scholarship recipients.

Must submit application and all required materials via email no later than 5pm EST on May 26th. 

Scholarship Application can be downloaded below.

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