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updated: 01/08/09


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Peter T. Ewell to be Keynote Speaker at National Symposium on Student Retention

Picture of Dr. KuhPeter 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.


"California Tower and Museum of Man"-photo courtesy San Diego Museum of Man

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


Mission Bay, as seen from the Catamaran Hotel


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.


CSRDE Announces Best Practice Awards
CONTACT: C-IDEA, (405) 325-2158

New Orleans, LA – The Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) at The University of Oklahoma presented four awards in October during its Eighth Annual National Symposium on Student Retention in New Orleans, La.

Each year, the CSRDE sponsors the symposium to provide a forum for administrators, faculty and staff from institutions of higher learning to share the most current research on student retention and success.  For this year’s symposium, 50 peer reviewed papers were selected for presentation and evaluated for significance of their contribution to the field of student retention and success.  In addition, the symposium included tutorials, panels, workshops and a poster session.

CSRDE Best Practices in Student Retention Award
The prestigious CSRDE Best Practices in Student Retention Award is given to the paper that best addresses retention initiatives that coordinate and institutionalize collaborative efforts of all key players in the institution’s retention initiatives, including administrators, institutional research officers, faculty, staff and students.  The award includes a crystal trophy and a $2,000 prize.
The 2012 Best Practices Award was given to Seton Hall University for the paper entitled: Celebrating Our Silver Anniversary: Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Freshman Studies at Seton Hall University. This paper, written by Agnes Hooper Gottlieb, explored the creation and development of a robust advising program that developed into a multi-faceted approach to the first year of college.

Other awards presented
The Institutional Research Leadership in Student Retention Award is given to the paper best demonstrating the importance of institutional research to the field of student retention and success and includes an engraved plaque and a $1,000 prize.  This year, the award went to the University at Buffalo for their paper entitled: Using Self-Regulated Learning Methods to Increase Native American College Retention. The paper was written by David Patterson, Kelly Ahuna, Christine Tinnesz and Carol VanZile-Tamsen and discussed the positive academic results for Native American students who participated in a self-regulated learning course.

The Director’s Award went to Approaches to Serving Under-Resourced, Undergraduate Adult Student Populations, as the paper which best addressed an issue of current interest and need in the field of student retention and success.  The paper was written by Shirley Warkentin of Fresno Pacific University.  The award includes an engraved plaque and a $750 prize. 

The Best Poster Award was given to East Carolina University for Kudos and Warnings: Managing 55,000+ Flag Notifications to Support Student Success. The poster was written and presented by Jayne Geissler, John Trifilo, Elizabeth Coghill and Steven Asby.  The Best Poster Award includes an engraved plaque and a $500 cash prize and is given to the poster that best displays the presenter’s knowledge, the poster’s visual effectiveness and the usefulness of the project’s findings.

The Ninth Annual National Symposium on Student Retention will be held November 4-6, 2013, in San Diego, Ca. The CSRDE begins accepting abstracts for consideration in late January. Information will be posted as it becomes available on the CSRDE Website (

The CSRDE has a diverse membership of colleges and universities--two- and four-year, public and private--with the common interest of achieving the highest levels of student success through sharing data, knowledge and innovation.  It is run by the Center for Institutional Data Exchange and Analysis at the University of Oklahoma Outreach.




CSRDE-MHEC Agreement

The Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) at the University of Oklahoma and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact entered into an agreement in August, 2009 that provides a special membership package for institutions within the MHEC region that join and participate in the Consortium. The benefits include increased access to reports and additional continuing education opportunities.

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) is one of four statutorily-created interstate compacts created for the purpose of advancing higher education through cooperation and resource sharing. MHEC was established in 1991 and serves Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

If your institution is within the MHEC region and you would like more information about the CSRDE-MHEC agreement, please contact Sandra Whalen at the CSRDE at 405-325-2158, or email to


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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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