Host an NNN Meeting at your College

Questions for your college:

  • Do you have a QR/QL or StatLit story to tell?
  • Have you received a numeracy-related grant that requires you to publicize your work?
  • Do you want to encourage your faculty to focus on improving student numeracy?
If you answer Yes to any of these questions,
       you may want to host an Annual Meeting of the National Numeracy Network

NNN is extremely interested in talking to anyone who is interested in hosting!

  • Contact an NNN officer to discuss possibilities.
  • NNN wants to work with you college to create a successful meeting
  • NNN recognizes that colleges vary in what they can provide

What does NNN provide?

  • Organizes a three-day conference with 20-40 speakers
  • Brings in 30-90 members from across the US.
  • Provides a nationally-recognized numeracy-related keynote speaker
  • Handles advertising the conference in a wide variety of venues
  • Handles registrations, NNN memberships and special fees (dinner)
  • Provides an opportunity for your school to
    • select a speaker to give the Friday-evening Numeracy-related keynote
    • organize sessions involving your faculty and administration
    • present posters of work being done on your campus
    • use your sponsorship of this numeracy conference for publicity

What does NNN look for from a host college?

  • Location: Based on NNN members,
         North-East US is best; Upper Central second; Anywhere else is third
         In a big city close to a nationally-accessible airport is best.
  • Timing.  Meetings are normally scheduled in October or Novembers
  • Evidence that your school encourages or wants to encourage numeracy operationally
  • Evidence that your QL faculty and staff will be actively involved in the conference
  • Logistic support for a three day conference (Friday night, Saturday and Sunday):
    • Provides at least three meeting rooms with projection and web access.
           One large room (holds 80-100); two small rooms (holds 40-50)
           A dining room for the Friday evening meal.  Areas for noon buffets on Sat & Sun.
    • Provides an area for 10-30 posters to be displayed throughout the conference
    • Provides appropriate signage and campus announcements
    • Provides tables for walk-in registration and distribution of conference information
    • Provides stands or holders for displaying 10-30 posters
    • Provides a local organizer who is responsible for logistics and school involvement
    • Provides staff to handle registrations and distribute conference materials (1-3 people)
    • Provides hotel-conference transportation if needed

What does a conference cost and who pays?  This varies a lot. The nature, amount and allocation of these costs is based on negotiations between NNN and the college.  NNN tries to keep the conference registration low ($40) to encourage attendance and participation.  Here are some of the items and some cost estimates assuming 80-100 attendees:
  • Free registration for host college students and faculty ($800: $40@)
  • Refreshments/appetizers on Friday evening to start the conference  ($800)
  • Noon-luncheons (buffet or sandwiches) on Saturday and Sunday ($1,200 each)
  • A sit-down dinner on Friday following the opening keynote ($2000: $40@ for 50)
  • Keynote speakers stipend for transportation and speaking ($1,000 - 4,000)
  • NNN officers stipend for transportation and lodging ($2000: $500@)
If you or your school are interested in hosting a conference, what are the steps?
  • Talk with an NNN officer (present or past) about possibilities in November thru February
  • Talk with conference organizers at other schools on their experience
  • By March: Let NNN know that your school may be interested
  • In April: Make a written proposal to NNN to be reviewed by their officers and directors
  • In May: Prepare a memo of understanding covering the points mentioned above
  • In June: Obtain memo signatures from NNN's president and your school's Dean or Provost

Hosting a meeting.

  • Start early.  Appoint a local coordinator. 
  • NNN: Announce meeting site & dates 6 months in advance.  Repeat at three months.
  • NNN: Set deadline for proposals (Title and abstract) four months before (July).
  • NNN: Prepare conference schedule.  See 2017-template.  Update as needed.
  • NNN: Set deadline for registration before the conference (Oct 30 or Nov 1)
  • NNN: Provide logistics information (if appropriate)
  • NNN: Monitor registrations. Make sure all presenters/authors are registered.
  • NNN: Advertise via MAA QL-SIG, ASA, Isolated Statisticians, StatLit.org, etc.
  • NNN:


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