Transitioning to Tomorrow: College and Career Readiness for Success

is the theme of World Future Forum 2019. The goal of the Forum is to examine and fit together the following individual “pieces” of the complex puzzle that is secondary and post high school education:

College Transition and Persistence

High school graduates’ transitions to college ​​can be very difficult​–especially for low-income, first generation students. Social, ​cultural, and academic ​barriers influence a college student​’s ​persistence​. Presentation subtopics that fit in this category ​may ​include, but not be limited to:​ transitional support, college campus tours, mentorship, tutoring, and more.​

Workforce Skills and Demands

Today’s high school and college graduates face ​a changing landscape of the workforce. ​From ​increased ​competitiveness to ​the increasing use of ​automation instead of manpower​, new graduates need to be prepared ​for a volatile market​. Presentation subtopics that fit in this category ​may ​include, but not ​be ​limited to: ​jobs in ​technology​ and engineering​, entrepreneurship, professional writing, interpersonal skills​ in business​, global ​communications​, and more. ​

Next Generation High Schools

Next Generation H​igh S​chools are a hot topic of discussion in U.S. education. How do academics redesign high school curricula to address this growing movement in customized instruction? How do educators adapt pedagogic practices to align with post-secondary success in a more individualized structure? ​Presentation subtopics that ​may ​fit in this category include, but not ​be ​limited to:​ ​teaching ​STEM, ​​customizing ​c​urricul​a​, ​teacher ​training, ​classroom ​innovation​, ​project​-​based learning​, and more​.

College and Career Outcomes of High Schools

While there is little argument that college preparation in high school is imp​erative​, there is debate ​among scholars ​as to what extent high schools prepare students for careers. This makes for an excellent topic to examine the different perspectives on college and career preparedness in ​high schools. ​Ar​e the​se programs​ effective? What is working and what isn’t? Presentation subtopics that fit in this category ​may ​include, but not ​be ​limited to: ​academic performance, employment rates, dropout and graduation statistics, outcome variations between low-income and high-income schools, and more.​

Academic Preparation for College Readiness

High schools—even many middle schools—integrate college readiness preparation into their curricula in a variety of ways​. To what extent is college readiness effectively preparing students for the college​ experience—academically, socially, and financially?​ What is the student perspective on college readiness prep​aration​? Are we ​serving their best interests? Let’s look at what’s working and what isn’t. Presentation subtopics that fit in this category may include, but not be limited to: community college prep vs. ​4-​year school prep; campus tours, individual counseling, associates degrees vs. bachelors, trade-specific school prep, and more.

Post-High School Challenges

​Most​ college ​freshmen​ fac​e​ ​”campus culture shock​”​—and to different degrees. ​New college students are coping with social changes and ​a ​more rigorous​ course schedule.​ They are also faced with the new challenge of independence and self-motivation. Some students ​face​ the additional challenges ​such as ​language barriers, financial struggles, and social anxiety. Presentation ​sub​topics​ in this category m​ay​​ ​include, but not be limited to​: charter school students’ acclimation to college vs.”​regular​” school acclimation, identity crises, student development theory, transitioning-to-adulthood struggles, newfound independence, time management, and more.​

Technology and Innovation in Education

The debate on technology in the classroo​ms ​is heated. But whether you are in favor of a high technology presence in the ​high school and college ​curricul​a or not, it’s clear that technology is increasingly integrating itself into academic.​ So what does this mean for our students? Presentation subtopics in this category may include, but not be limited to: tablets in the classroom, online learning, teaching online classes, low-income student access to technology, and more.

Abstract Submission Feb. 28, 2019
Notification of Abstract Acceptance / Rejection
*Abstracts will be accepted based on a rolling review process.
Dec. 7, 2018 – Mar. 8, 2019
Full paper/completed poster slides submission for selected papers Mar. 15, 2019
Registration Deadline for Authors Mar. 15, 2019
Sponsorship & Exhibition Deadline Mar. 22, 2019
Palmer House Hilton Chicago Cut-Off date for special discounted sleeping room rate of $159 for the conference participants. Book your room here! Apr. 5, 2019
Registration deadline for participants (a participant is an attendee that does not submit or present a paper, but attends sessions) *Regular registration deadline is on April 5, 2019. Apr. 15, 2019
Conference Dates Apr. 25 – 26, 2019

The purpose of this journal is to disseminate knowledge and novel ideas related to post-secondary transition, college and career success. This journal is appropriate for researchers, teachers, mentors, curriculum designers, college and career counselors, administrators, and policymakers who are interested in the intrapersonal, social, and educational factors that affect a successful transition from high school to post-secondary school or employment. The journal welcomes scholarly manuscripts from a variety of theoretical perspectives and empirical approaches.

Read more here…

For your convenience, here is the exact scoring rubric used by the associate editors to review all abstracts.

Please rank items below using the following key:

1 = did not meet expectation
2 =  partially met expectation
3 =  met expectation
4 = exceeded expectation

  • Topic is relevant to the conference focus areas. ___
  • Topic is presented clearly, well-organized and in well-written prose. ___
  • Topic reflects either best practice (well-documented) or innovative approaches. ___
  • Topic has relevance across contexts. ___

Format of Presentation

  • Moderated breakout sessions
  • 1-2 paper presenters per breakout session, led by a moderator
  • A PowerPoint presentation is required of each presenter
  • Presentations should be engaging and highlight the main points of research

Each presenter will have:

  • to introduce themselves and their research
  • present key research findings and information most relevant to the audience of international educators
  • answer audience questions

*Moderator discretion is used if they need to interrupt presentations to clarify points or answer audience questions.


  • Presenters are put in contact with their moderator well in advance of the conference to discuss all the details of their session.
  • A dedicated representative of World Future Forum will be present during presentations to assist with technology or any other needs.

Technology Needs

  • The World Future Forum Planning Committee with work with each presenter before the conference to make sure all technology needs are met.
  • Presenters are required to submit their final PowerPoint presentations in the online portal before the conference to avoid any last-minute problems. We will have the presentation ready in the breakout session room.

Deadline and format

  • Final copy of the POSTER slides, as a PDF file with 1 slide per page, is due by March 15, 2019. The poster slides may range from 6 to 20. Posters with more than 20 slides will not be penalized, but it is strongly recommended to stay within the mentioned range. Presenters must submit a final poster abstract, which should be (i) in PDF format, (ii) no more than 3 pages long, and (iii) typeset in two-column pages. The slides and abstract will be made available online via
  • If the presenter decides to he/she can print the entire poster on one entire sheet and bring the single poster to mount.  If this is how it is done, the poster must be printed prior to coming into the conference and ready to be mounted.
  • Please submit, the final version of your poster in the online portal.
  • Limit the text to about one-fourth of the poster space, and use “visuals” (graphs, photographs, schematics, maps, etc.) to tell your “story.” 

General aim

  • A poster is a graphically based approach to presenting research. In presenting your research with a poster, you should aim to use the poster as a means for generating active discussion of the research.

Design and layout specifications

  • The entire poster must be mounted on a 40″ x 60″ board (provided by us at the conference). The poster does not necessarily have to fill the entire working area.
  • The board must be oriented in the “landscape” position (long dimension is horizontal).
  • A banner displaying your poster title, name, and department (or class, if appropriate) should be positioned at top-center of the board.
  • Make it obvious to the viewer how to progressively view the poster. The poster generally should read from left to right, and top to bottom. Numbering the individual panels, or connecting them with arrows, is a standard “guidance system” (see Figure 1).
  • Leave some open space in the design. An open layout is less tiring to the eye and mind.
    • The poster may be printed and brought as a whole and mounted upon arrival.
  • Spacing is still important for the viewer to understand the presentation.

View the layout here!


  • Word-process all text (including captions). Print on plain white paper with a laser printer or inkjet printer.
  • Text should be readable from five feet away. Use a minimum font size of 18 points.
  • Lettering for the title should be large (at least 70-point font). Use all capital letters for the title.


  • Present numerical data in the form of graphs, rather than tables (graphs make trends in the data much more evident). If data must be presented in table form, KEEP IT SIMPLE.
  • Visuals should be simple and bold. Leave out or remove any unnecessary details.
  • Make sure that any visual can “stand alone” (i.e., graph axes are properly labeled, maps have north arrows and distance scales, symbols are explained, etc.).
  • Use color to enhance comprehension, not to decorate the poster. Neatly coloring black-line illustrations with colored pencils is entirely acceptable.
  • Make sure that the text and the visuals are integrated. Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they are first mentioned in the text.
    Each visual should have a brief title (for example: Figure 1- Location of study area).


  1. Purpose of study
  2. Research Questions / hypotheses
  3. Methods / procedures
  4. Findings
  5. Discussion of findings
  6. Implications
  7. Recommendations for future studies
  8. Selected references (Cite and reference any sources of information other than your own, just as you would do with a research paper. Use APA style for your references, which should be placed at the end of the poster under the title “References Cited.”)

Conference will provide

  • A 6 foot by 18 inch table, a chair, Poster Easel/Board (4 feet by 8 feet), adhesive for mounting presentation pages.
  • Authors can arrange posters as A4/letter size copies of PPT slides, two 2’x4′ posters, etc.
  • The conference will provide 220V power outlets, etc.
  • Print stations will be available, but YOU MUST BRING THE HARD COPY OF YOUR PRESENTATION, as well as any additional copies you desire.

Miscellaneous Suggestions

  • SIMPLICITY IS THE KEY. Keep to the point, and do not try to cover too much. Present only enough data to support your conclusions. On the other hand, make sure that you present sufficient data to support your conclusions.
  • When you begin to make the pages for your poster, first create a list of the visuals that you would use if you were describing your project with only the visuals. Write the text after you have created the list of visuals.
  • Before the poster session, rehearse a brief summary of your project. Many viewers will be in a hurry and will want a quick “guided tour” of your poster. Don’t be afraid to point out uncertainties in your work; this is where you may get useful feedback.
  • It is the responsibility of the presenters to prepare their presentations before arriving at the conference venue and to bring hard copies of the pages to be placed on the poster board, which we,  World Future Forum, will provide.

Page size : A4 (29,7 × 21,0 cm)

Margins : 1 inch on all sides.

Type font : Times New Roman Line space: Single  Title and text should be single space.

Word Limit: The paper should be 6,000 words or fewer in length (excluding references, tables, charts, graphs, and figures). If accepted for publication in Future Review the author(s) will be required to lengthen the paper and follow the format per the submission guidelines noted

Title : Centered, 14 point sizes, Bold, and Initials of each word are capitalized

Authors, affiliation and address(es) : Centered, 12 point sizes, italic, superscripts of different addresses (a, b, …) should be displayed clearly.

Main text : Times New Roman, 12 point sizes. The title and main text of the proposal should be submitted in English and should be sent as PDF. References should be included as a separate document, at the end of the paper. Any table and or figures should also be included as a separate document at the end of the paper, not within the body of the paper. All papers must be original and not published before. All five elements described below must be addressed in the paper even if the results, conclusions, or findings are not complete or final at the time of the submission. The paper needs to address and provide reviewers with an understanding of the results and findings to date. The paper should deal explicitly with the following elements, preferably in this order:

  1. Objectives or purposes
  2. Perspective(s) or theoretical framework
  3. Methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry
  4. Results and/or substantiated conclusions or warrants for arguments/point of view
  5. Scientific or scholarly significance of the study or work

It is understood that theoretical or methodological papers will include information that is the equivalent of element (3) for those genres of scholarly work.

Reference : References should be written in APA style.

Format of Presentations:

Paper sessions will consist of one presentation in a 50 minute session.

Equipment that will be provided by the conference and setup in all presentation rooms:

  • Laptop output cables
  • LCD Data Projector and screen

If you have any specific request please let us know so we will look into the availability of your request.

  • Our paper acceptance policy is based on three criteria (one is sufficient to be accepted): (a) the academic credentials of the scholar (b) his/her institutional affiliation and (c) Ph.D./Ed.D Students wishing to present part of their doctoral thesis. An effort is made to keep a weighted balance, both countries and level of academic career of the contributor (Ph.D. /Ed.D. Students, Researchers, Lecturers, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, Professors, etc). In many cases, the committee might ask for the entire paper before it evaluates a proposal for presentation. If it is accepted, the paper is accepted for presentation NOT for publication. For the papers, we do provide reviewers’ comments to the authors. For all our conferences, we issue three calls (first, second and a final) with an approximate deadlines: 8 months, 6 months, and 4 months before the conference dates. The acceptance rate of the second and final call depends on the number of participants registered as a result of the first call. For obvious reasons, registrations deadlines for presentations differ and are stated in each acceptance letter.
  • An effort is made to have researchers from as many countries as possible.
  • Acceptance to present DOES NOT guarantee publication. All papers submitted are evaluated according to standard methods of independent blind review process by the editorial board. Editors are drawn from the world community of academics and researchers. The decision to choose editors is the responsibility of the Editorial Board. We do publish conference proceedings in the Future Review. Read more about our publication at:
  • All papers presented at our conferences are blindly reviewed by our editorial board. Papers NOT PRESENTED by their authors and only by their authors are not considered for publication in the Future Review and they do not appear in the program.  All papers submitted for consideration to publish in Future Review must be original works and not previously published. Editorial Board’s  decision is based on the rubric located in the RUBRIC tab above.
  • Conference proceedings are produced after the conference.

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World Future Forum abstract submission has closed as of February 28, 2019; however, we are currently accepting proposals for best practices to be presented at the conference. Please submit your proposals here.
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