Peter T. Ewell to be Keynote Speaker at National Symposium on Student Retention
Peter T. Ewell is Vice President of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). A member of the staff since 1981, Dr. Ewell’s work focuses on assessing institutional and higher education system effectiveness and the outcomes of college, and involves both research and direct consulting with institutions and state systems on collecting and using assessment information in planning, evaluation, and budgeting. He has directed many projects on this topic, including initiatives funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the National Institute for Education, the Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education, the Lumina Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. In addition, he has consulted with over 375 colleges and universities and twenty-four state systems of higher education on topics related to performance indicators and the assessment of student learning. Dr. Ewell has authored seven books and numerous articles on the topic of improving undergraduate instruction through the assessment of student outcomes. In addition, he has prepared commissioned papers for many state agencies and national organizations. A graduate of Haverford College, he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in 1976 and was on the faculty of the University of Chicago.
Symposium Papers Under Review
Accepted authors have submitted their papers for peer review. We have 87 higher education professionals reviewing 95 papers. Only those papers which score sufficiently high in this process are accepted for publication and presentation at the conference.
All accepted papers will be considered for the annual CSRDE Best Practices Award, Institutional Research Leadership Award, and the Director's Award. Poster submissions will be judged on-site for the Best Poster Award. Over $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners' institutions.
The National Symposium on Student Retention will be held November 4-6, 2013 in San Diego, California this year. The photo above, courtesy of the San Diego Museum of Man, shows the California Tower and Museum of Man in Balboa Park. Often referred to as the "Smithsonian of the West," Balboa park is a magnificent cultural complex that includes 15 museums, eight gardens and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Encompassing 1,200 acres, Balboa Park is the largest urban park in North America.
The conference hotel, the Catamaran, is on Mission Bay and within blocks of the Pacific Ocean, so we're also looking forward to relaxing walks on the beach at the end of each day's presentations.
Many of our attendees come every year and have great things to say about it.
“It felt collegial rather than competitive and everyone seemed to be all on the same page about retention and student success. Participants were truly interested in the data and the presenters provided relevant, honest and easy to duplicate information on programming and student success.” ~2011 Attendee
We are now accepting applications for exhibitors and sponsors for
this year's symposium. There are a number of options for participating
in this year's program and interacting with participants. If you are interested in being an exhibitor, please visit the National Symposium on Student Retention page or download the Exhibitor Information and Application pdf document for more information on this exciting opportunity. Our exhibitors also have the option to sponsor events at the symposium.
Call for Proposals Closed
The first step in the review process of abstracts for workshops, tutorials, panels, papers and posters for The National Symposium on Student Retention began with a bang! This year's Call for Proposals reaped a record number of submissions and we are really excited about the quality of the submissions! Authors of accepted abstracts are required to write and submit a paper for peer review by June 7 in order to be considered for presentation at the conference. The required style guide for papers with accepted proposals may be found here.
Call for Proposals is out!
The CSRDE is looking forward to reading your proposals for presentation at NSSR 2013. We are particularly interested in research that advances knowledge in student retention and success. Abstracts for proposed papers, panels, tutorials, posters and preconference workshops are due April 5, 2013. All papers will be peer-reviewed.