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National Symposium on Student Retention
"Building Bridges for Student Success"
November 3-5, 2014
Hyatt Regency Louisville
The Call for Proposals is Now Open
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Call for Proposals
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
- 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 which score sufficiently high in this process are accepted for publication and presentation at conference.
We are currently accepting proposals for this year’s symposium and Online Submission is now available. CSRDE is 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. The Call for Proposals provides details about each track and the process.
- Programs and Initiatives
- Transfers and Retention
- Beyond the First Year Retention
- Retention and Special Populations
- Data, Technology, and Methods
- Theoretical Models of Student Retention and Success
- Faculty: Teaching Excellence, Learning Engagement and Retention
- Online and Distance Students
- Graduate Student 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Hyatt Regency Louisville
Fall in love with the gateway to the south at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Hotel in heart of the city.
Fourth Street Live! Louisville's premier dining, entertainment and retail destination, will be just outside your door in the heart of historic downtown Louisville. 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)
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New to our annual symposium? Check out some of our previous symposiums.
- NSSR 2013, San Diego, CA
- NSSR 2012, New Orleans, LA
- NSSR 2011, Charleston, SC
- NSSR 2010, Mobile, AL
- NSSR 2009, Buffalo, NY
- NSSR 2008, Little Rock, AR
Here's a list of outstanding speakers from previous National Symposium of Student Retention events.