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.
Tenth Annual National Symposium on Student Retention
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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.
Tim Hall became president of Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York in May 2014. Prior to moving to New York, he served as president of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. There, he gained national attention as a higher education leader devoted to innovation and student success. In Hall’s last two years at Austin Peay, the university was recognized on the honor roll of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work for Survey. Moreover, in 2013 the nonprofit organization, Public Agenda, released a report titled “Seven Practices of Enlightened Leadership in Higher Education: A Case Study of Austin Peay State University,” which highlighted the collaborative environment at the institution. In addition, President Obama recognized Austin Peay State University in August 2013 for its innovation in promoting student success. Prior to becoming president of Austin Peay, Hall served many years on the law faculty at the University of Mississippi and then as associate provost there. He is graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in philosophy, and received his J.D. from the University of Texas in 1983.
The conference schedule for this year will be completed by mid-October. To help ensure high quality in all the concurrent sessions, proposals submitted for the conference undergo a multi-stage process. The papers are currently being peer-reviewed. Once the reviews have been received and decisions made concerning paper presentations, the final schedule will be available here. For a good representation of our range of topics and presenters, here is last year's schedule, which includes the authors and abstracts of the papers presented.
The symposium begins with an optional trip to Churchill Downs for breakfast on the backstretch and the Kentucky Derby Museum on Sunday. This event requires separate, pre-reservation for participation. It is our tradition to identify an optional, unique activity for participants to attend that helps them to meet others in a fun and relaxed venue, and we hope you can join us.
Monday, November 3 will be filled with half-day and full-day pre-conference workshops which require separate registration. Participants attending pre-conference workshops will eat lunch on their own at the hotel restaurant or one of the wide variety of nearby eateries.
A Welcome 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 meeting rooms within the Conference hotel.
Benchmarking Retention Data 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Gerry McLaughlin, DePaul University Richard Howard, Consultant Josetta McLaughlin, Roosevelt University Blake Cannon, Phillips Community College
Examining Your Student Success Data and Programs 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Bernadette Jungblut, West Virginia University Charlene Stinard, University of Central Florida Donielle Maust, West Virginia University Sally Digman, West Virginia University
Optional Group Event –
Breakfast at Churchill Downs & Kentucky Derby Museum Tour
Sunday, November 2, 8:00 am - noon
Get on our chartered bus for a morning on the backstretch at Churchill Downs. We will savor a full breakfast railside -–directly on the race track–- in the Track Kitchen while watching the horses during their morning workouts. This is usually only available to horsemen and there's no experience quite like it.
The Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs will be included in our experience. It's the ‘other side’ of Churchill Downs-– see racehorses in training, catch them during a bath, and learn about life at the track. Stops will be made for picture taking at the track (time and weather permitting). View the Grandstand, Clubhouse, Finish Line and Winner's Circle as our knowledgeable tour guides showcase the history and tradition of Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky Derby Museum, located at Gate 1 of Churchill Downs, offers two floors of interactive exhibits on Thoroughbred racing and the Kentucky Derby, the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports"™. Visitors can try to call a race, test drive a Thoroughbred on "Riders Up" (the horse racing simulator exhibit), view Derby races dating back to 1918 and much more. The Museum features a 360 degree hi-def film, "The Greatest Race", that puts guests in the heart of the Kentucky Derby action.
Extra Copy of the Conference Proceedings
The Proceedings are published in a searchable PDF format on CD. This CD contains copies of the reviewed papers, as well as briefs from panels and tutorials
Purchased by November 5, 2014
Purchased after the conference
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.
Cancellation/Refund Policy: Prepaid registrants who find they are unable to attend may send a delegate in their place without penalty. Refunds (less a 20% processing charge per registration) will be made on any prepaid registration for which we receive an advanced written cancellation by October 1, 2014.
No Show: Those who pre-registered and do not attend the conference without written notification of cancellation will be charged the full conference fee.
A small portion of the room rate at the host hotel will be credited to the organization to help offset costs of the conference.
Special group rate of $149 per night is available to NSSR attendees for a limited time. Deadline for reservations is October 12, 2014 OR until all group rooms have been allocated, whichever comes first. Reservations after the deadline will be based on availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates. Group rate will be offered 3 days pre and post conference based upon group room availability.
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.
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.
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.
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 before being published in the conference proceedings.
Authors submit abstracts on proposed papers, panels, posters, workshops and tutorials - Submission deadline: April 4, 2014
Papers which score sufficiently high in this process are accepted for publication and presentation at conference - Notification: August 2014
The peer review process is now underway. 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.
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
Institutional Data Exchange and Analysis at