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Slover Library, Downtown Norfolk

The Slover Library literally bridges the 19th century to the 21st with glass and steel, art and technology. It's just a block from our conference hotel, the Norfolk Waterfront Marriott. Photo courtesy of Slover Library, City of Norfolk. Photographer: Kevin Kaiser

Twelfth Annual
National Symposium on Student Retention

October 31-November 3, 2016
Norfolk, VA


Half Day Added
By popular demand, this year's symposium will include an additional half day of concurrent sessions



Watch for updates here

Conference Details

Additional details will be posted here as they are confirmed.

Registration for the conference will be available in early June





Call for Proposals - The review process is now underway and we are no longer accepting new proposals

Presenting at the National Symposium on Student Retention is an opportunity to share your programs, research and new ideas with a diverse group of professionals in higher education. It is distinguished from other conferences in that all papers presented at the symposium have gone through a multiple stage review process and have been published in the conference proceedings.

NSSR 2015 Participants Came from Diverse Job Levels Within Their Institutions
  • Authors submit abstracts on proposed papers, panels, posters, workshops and tutorials
  • Abstracts are reviewed for appropriateness of topic, method of information dissemination, and proposed treatment of research
  • If abstract is accepted, authors are contacted and invited to submit paper for peer review
  • Only papers that score sufficiently high in this process are accepted for publication and presentation at conference.

We are particularly interested in papers, panels, tutorials, and posters which address current, evidence-based research that advances knowledge in student retention and success. Proposals are submitted to address audience participants at introductory, intermediate, or advanced levels of experience.

Below are the presentation tracks. Details for each track are provided here.

  • Academic Advising
  • Beyond the First Year Retention
  • Data, Technology, and Methods
  • Faculty: Teaching Excellence, Learning Engagement and Retention
  • First-Year Student Success
  • Graduate Student Retention
  • Online and Distance Students
  • Programs and Initiatives
  • Retention and Special Populations
  • Theoretical Models of Student Retention and Success
  • Transfers and Retention

All accepted papers are considered for the following annual prizes, which are awarded to the winners' institutions: Best Practices in Student Retention Award ($2,000); Institutional Research Leadership in Student Retention Award ($1,000); and the Director's Award ($750). In addition, poster submissions will be judged on-site for the Best Poster Award ($500). Please see this link for the press release on last year's winners.


Conference Objectives

The National Symposium on Student Retention is focused on sharing current research and evidence-based strategies which support student success from enrollment through graduation. This conference provides opportunities for dialogue, networking, and shared understanding with colleagues who are working on issues related to student retention and success. It showcases effective programs, strategies and best practices of four-year and two-year institutions.


Who Should Attend Attendees of the 2015 Symposium represented virtually every aspect of higher education

The National Symposium on Student Retention offers participants a complete educational experience, with opportunities for collaboration and networking among leaders and peers working to understand and improve student success. Informative sessions are coupled with a collegial atmosphere to facilitate networking and interaction among participants. Executives, administrators, institutional researchers, faculty and staff from the academic and student support areas will find this symposium useful and informative. Institutions often send several representatives to the conference in order to take advantage of the many sessions offered.


Conference Schedule

This year's symposium will include an extra half day of programming. Review of proposals is in progress and the full schedule, beginning with the preconference workshops, will be made available here as it is completed. For a general idea of the scope of the workshops and sessions, please see last year's schedule.

Monday, October 31 will begin with 8 hours of half- and full-day pre-conference workshops. Separate registration and fees are required for these optional workshops.

A Welcome Reception will be held Monday evening for all attendees, providing an excellent opportunity to mingle with colleagues in an informal setting while enjoying an eclectic assortment of tempting hors d'oeuvres.

Tuesday, November 1 through Thursday, November 3 will mark two and a half days of conference programming.

Our Best Practices Awards Luncheon will officially close the conference Thursday afternoon and be followed by an optional group event.


Conference Registration Fees

Online registration for the conference will open in early June. More information will be posted as it is confirmed.

New this year - $300 Student Rate - more details to come.

September 1st
September 1st

CSRDE Member Institutions and Individual Members

Is your institution a member of the Consortium? Check our members’ list
Here's more information on Institutional and Individual membership.
Non-CSRDE Members

Included with your registration:

  • NEW this year- Guidebook mobile app

  • Events
    • Welcome Reception Monday evening
    • Keynote Addresses Tuesday and Wednesday mornings- to be announced
    • All concurrent sessions Tuesday through Thursday
    • Poster session Wednesday
    • Best Practices Awards Luncheon Thursday

  • Conference materials included in bag:
    • The Proceedings of the 12th Annual National Symposium on Student Retention
    • Printed program
    • Printed list of all conference attendees

  • Networking
    • Continental Breakfasts Monday-Thursday
    • Numerous opportunities during daily refreshment breaks
    • Ice Cream Social Tuesday afternoon

Optional Events- additional fees required

  • Pre-Conference Workshops
    Proposals for the 2016 pre-conference workshops are now under review. Details for the half-day and full-day Monday sessions, including fees, will be posted when available. For examples of past workshops and fees, please see those from last year's Symposium

  • Optional Group Event
    The special event, to be held Thursday afternoon, will be announced when registration opens


Conference Hotel

Conference hotel viewed from the Elizabeth River

Norfolk Waterfront Marriott

Immerse yourself in luxury accommodations combined with traditional charm at Norfolk Waterfront Marriott, set in the heart of the historic district. The hotel offers two restaurants, an indoor pool, a 24-hour business center and a health club. WiFi in public areas is free. Best of all is its location in the vibrant, revitalized downtown waterfront area, just steps away from an abundance of dining, shopping and entertainment options.

There will be plenty of nearby choices, whether it’s for a quick bite or an evening out with colleagues- bistros, diners, upscale Italian restaurants and sandwich shops, all within a five minute walk. MacArthur Center is a one million square foot shopping mall with entertainment and myriad dining options within a four-minute walk.

Reservations at a special rate for conference attendees will be available soon. Please watch here for details or sign up for email updates.


Norfolk is a dynamic city that has maintained the best of its traditions while advancing into the 21st century. One of the oldest of the cities in Hampton Roads, it is considered to be the historic, urban, financial, and cultural center of the region.

The Slover Library, an excellent example of bridging the past and future, is less than two blocks from the Waterside Marriott. It links together a 19th century customs house and a modern six-story tower with a three-story glass atrium. Envisioned as America’s most technologically advanced library, it has everything from 3-D printers to photo archives on wall-size touchscreens. No wonder it was named the top Library worth Traveling For by the Dallas Morning News!

Downtown Norfolk is the cultural heart of the region, celebrating history and building the future with parks, museums and public art. The Elizabeth River Trail meanders along the waterfront through four parks, past bronze sculptures, both classic and modern, an interactive fountain and two museums. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is devoted to 237 years of Hampton Roads naval history, featuring ship models and artifacts, and Nauticus is a maritime-themed science center and museum which includes access to the Battleship Wisconsin.

A short ride on the Tide, Norfolk’s light rail, will take you to the NEON District, which draws from the neighborhood’s history with the automobile industry as it moves into a new and vibrant future. Long time cultural institutions like the Chrysler Museum of Art and the Harrison Opera House anchor the District while new art venues provide emerging artists a place to create and show.


Exhibitor and Sponsor Information Organizations represented at the 2015 Symposium

Please join the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) for the Symposium this fall. Well-attended and well-reviewed, it provides multiple levels of access to key decision-makers in the higher education community. Develop relationships beyond the exhibit space with networking opportunities including a welcome reception, awards luncheon, concurrent sessions, continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks throughout the conference.

  • Do you want to build relationships and network with executive decision-makers from a wide variety of institutions?
  • Do you want to gain broader exposure for your new products and services?
  • Do you want to position your company as a market leader?

If your answer is yes, then you should attend the 12th annual National Symposium on Student Retention as an exhibitor. We are now accepting applications for exhibitors and sponsors for this year's symposium in Norfolk. There are a number of options for participating in this year's program and interacting with participants.

  • Exhibitor booth
  • Event Sponsorship
  • Vendor presentation during concurrent session
  • Program advertisement
  • Prizes encouraging attendee/exhibitor interaction

For more details about these opportunities, download Exhibitor and Sponsor Information (pdf). After reviewing the document, register for the conference at our Exhibitor Registration Site.

Past Vendors

If you have any questions, contact Brittnee Morton at


Past Symposia

New to our annual conference? Check out some of our previous symposiums.

Here's a list of outstanding speakers from previous National Symposium of Student Retention events.


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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