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updated: 10/22/15

The Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) at the University of Oklahoma

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Online Conference Registration is now closed

Walk-in registration will be available beginning Sunday, November 1 at 5:00 EST at the conference hotel

Sunset as seen from the Orlando Eye at I-Drive 360. Photo courtesy of Merlin Entertainments

The Eleventh Annual National Symposium on Student Retention is to be held November 2-4, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The Symposium is the premiere conference for presenting and learning about the most current, evidence-based research on topics related to student retention and graduation at 4-year and 2-year institutions.

For an overview of the conference presentations, download the Schedule at a Glance. For details, including abstracts and authors, download the 2015 NSSR Schedule. Watch the Symposium page to stay current or sign up for email updates.




Join the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange Now

Our membership year begins October 1st so join now to receive the maximum benefits, including discounts on registration for the National Symposium on Student Retention for all faculty, students and staff at your institution.

The CSRDE is a data sharing consortium formed in 1994 to support higher education institutions in their efforts to improve student success. To find out more, request a membership packet with costs, benefits and all the information you need to support your decision to join us. We'll email an interactive pdf to you as quickly as possible.




Introducing the Refer A Colleague (RAC) Program

We are committed to offering our CSRDE community the best resources possible and the more the Consortium grows, the better the resources we can provide, so we have created the Refer A Colleague (RAC) program for institutional membership.

To refer a colleague for membership, please email us with RAC in the subject line and include their contact information and the name of the school in the email. If their institution becomes a member, each institution may choose one of the following rewards: $300 off the 2015-16 membership fee (the maximum discount allowable) or $300 off one person's registration to attend the 2015 National Symposium on Student Retention.

If your institution is not yet a member and you have a colleague who is a current member, we invite you to contact them about this program. To receive more information on institutional membership, please fill out this online form.




CSRDE Included in Postsecondary Data Clearinghouse

The Postsecondary Data Collaborative (PostsecData) recently launched their website as a clearinghouse for information on postsecondary data initiatives and research.

The CSRDE was invited to be one of 16 voluntary data initiatives highlighted in the Mapping the Data Landscape section of the site. The Consortium’s fact sheet was used with those of other organizations to help create Data Snapshots of the states and territories represented, measures included, and methods used for data collection and distribution. In addition to the voluntary initiatives, national data collections are also featured, as well as reports and other resources. The report, Mapping the Postsecondary Domain: Problems and Possibilities, discusses the data measures vital to understanding student success and explores future possible solutions.

PostsecData is an initiative created by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and funded through a grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that advocates for high-quality postsecondary data.




CSRDE Wins Regional Award

The University of Oklahoma’s Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE), a program of OU Outreach, has grown from humble beginnings 21 years ago into an award-winning department this year. CSRDE was recently awarded the Exceptional Program Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE), Great Plains Region, for its work on last year's National Symposium on Student Retention, held in Louisville, Kentucky.

“Watching the symposium grow has been so exciting,” said Sandra Whalen, CSRDE’s director who has been with the program since 2000. “The symposium really is the premiere event for presenting and learning about the most current research on student retention and graduation at four-year and two-year institutions.” When the symposium was first held in 2005, about 200 attendees participated. Now, over 500 people attend annually, and in 2013 registration was forced to close weeks before the symposium began due to the high number of registrants.

ACHE’s Exceptional Program Award honors conferences and credit and noncredit programs for their originality, innovation, long-term success and adaptability. Read about NSSR’s Exceptional Program Award




Join the CSRDE for the Data and Tools You Need to Improve your Students' Success

The CSRDE is a consortium of two-year and four-year institutions that are dedicated to achieving higher levels of student success. For more information on how your institution can join, request a membership packet with samples of survey and report formats, membership costs and other information to support your decision to join us. We'll email the packet to you as quickly as possible.


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Learn more about how membership in the Consortium can support your institution's efforts:

About the CSRDE | Benefits | Membership Levels | Surveys | Reports | NSSR | Webinars

Upcoming CSRDE Webinar

The CSRDE is pleased to present the following webinar:

SURF the Wave to Higher Retention: A Model for Creative Student Success Programming for Minority Students

Amber Smith
Mia Phillips
University of Arkansas-Little Rock

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Register Now

The Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange at the University of Oklahoma is a consortium of two-year and four-year institutions dedicated to achieving the highest levels of student success through collaboratively sharing data, knowledge, and innovation.

CSRDE is a sponsored activity of the Center for Institutional Data Exchange and Analysis at

The University of Oklahoma Outreach
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