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The National Symposium on Student Retention is focused on sharing current research and evidence-based strategies which support student success from enrollment through graduation. Building bridges and promoting an institutional culture that encourages student success is important. 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 successful, effective programs and strategies and best practices of four-year and two-year institutions.

Clark Memorial Bridge spans the Ohio River with the Louisville skyline at night
As we focus on Building Bridges for Student Success, what better place to hold our 10th Annual National Symposium on Student Retention than Louisville, Kentucky - a city of bridges? The rapids of the Ohio River created a barrier to river travel, and Louisville grew up at this pausing point. Where once the only way to cross was by ferry, three bridges now span the river at downtown Louisville, connecting it to Clarksville, Indiana.

Tenth Annual
National Symposium on Student Retention

"Building Bridges for Student Success"

November 3-5, 2014

Hyatt Regency Louisville

Louisville, KY


Registration for the conference will be available May 5th

This year's Call for Proposals is now closed and the review process has begun.

Watch for updates here, or to receive email notifications,
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Conference Details

Additional details will be posted here as they are confirmed.


Who Should Attend

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.


The Call for Proposals Process

The National Symposium on Student Retention 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.

  • Authors submit abstracts on proposed papers, panels, posters, workshops and tutorials - Submission deadline: April 4, 2014
  • Abstracts are reviewed for appropriateness of topic, method of information dissemination, and proposed treatment of research - Notification: April 16, 2014
  • If abstract is accepted, authors are invited to submit paper for peer review - Submission deadline: June 6, 2014
  • Papers which score sufficiently high in this process are accepted for publication and presentation at conference - Notification: August 2014

The review process is now underway and we are no longer accepting new proposals.

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 Schedule

The National Symposium on Student Retention begins with an optional group event on Sunday, to be announced.

Monday, November 3 will be filled with half-day and full-day pre-conference workshops which require separate registration. A reception will be held Monday evening to welcome 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 4 and Wednesday, November 5 will mark two full days of conference programming, as well as our Best Practices Award Luncheon. During each concurrent session period, the participants will have the choice of one of several presentations being given in different conference meeting rooms within the Conference hotel.


Conference Registration Fees

Online registration for the conference will open May 5th. The information given is for planning purposes, more will be posted as confirmed.

Amount Before
September 1st
Amount After
September 1st

CSRDE Member Institutions and Individual Members

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Here's more information on Institutional and Individual membership
Non-CSRDE Members

Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Fees Monday, November 3

Proposals for the 2014 Pre-Conference Workshops are still under review. Fees and other details for the half-day and full-day Monday sessions will be posted when available


Optional Group Event


The Louisville special event will be announced May 5th.


Included with your registration. Please note that the conference bags will include a Participant List of all conference attendees and a copy of the Proceedings of the 10th Annual National Symposium on Student Retention (CD), which includes peer reviewed papers from all paper presentations as well as briefs from panelists and tutorials. Your registration also includes the Welcome Reception on Monday and the Best Practices Luncheon on Wednesday.


Conference Hotel

Hyatt Regency Louisville - Reservations at our special conference rate of $149 per night will be available May 5th when conference registration opens.

Hyatt Regency Louisville exterior view

Fall in love with the gateway to the south at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Hotel, recipient of TripAdvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence. Savor a gracious dose of southern hospitality in the heart of downtown Louisville, just steps from the city’s thriving business and entertainment districts. See the sights, indulge in delicious dining and retreat to your own urban haven in the heart of the city.

The Hyatt's signature restaurant, Sway, combines the flavors of Southern kitchens, American favorites and Sunday dinners with the freshest ingredients from local farms, dairies and butchers to create a memorable Farm to Fork experience. We are really looking forward to our Welcome Reception and Best Practices Luncheon.


Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs







Louisville is known as Derby City, but it has much more to offer! It was recently named the "Top U.S. Travel Destination for 2013" by Lonely Planet, number 3 of the "8 Awesome Foodie Getaways Around the World" by Zagat, and one of the "Top 10 Tastiest Towns" by Southern Living. The city is a hotbed for vibrant visual and performing arts, as well as a historical charmer whose thriving central business district houses a Museum Row with 9 museums within a 4 block area.



Fourth Street Live! Louisville's premier dining, entertainment and retail destination, will be just outside your door. While it's a short walk to Waterfront Park, the Louisville Slugger Museum, and the Glassworks, these and other attractions may also be reached on the free Downtown Trolley system.



Exhibitor and Sponsor Information

  • 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 10th annual National Symposium on Student Retention as an exhibitor. 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, download the pdf documents below for more information on this exciting opportunity. Our exhibitors also have the option to sponsor events at the symposium.

Download Exhibitor and Sponsor Application (pdf)

Past Vendors

If you have any questions, contact Brittnee Morton at


Past Symposiums

New to our annual symposium? 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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