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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.

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Eleventh Annual
National Symposium on Student Retention

November 2-4, 2015

Orlando, FL


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

Watch for updates here

Conference Details

Additional details will be posted here as they are confirmed.

Registration for the conference will be available online June 3rd

Please note that we have not yet finalized the prices or the schedule for 2015; the 2014 information should, however, be helpful as you prepare your budget. For planning purposes, please see the details from our 2014 Symposium in Louisville.

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

CSRDE accepted proposals for this year’s symposium via online submission through April 3, 2015. 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. The Call for Proposals provides details about each track and the entire process.

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

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 our News page for the press release on last year's winners.


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.


Keynote Speaker

Picture of Terrell Strayhorn Terrell L. Strayhorn, PhD is Professor of Higher Education at The Ohio State University (OSU), where he also serves as Director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE), Senior Research Associate in the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, and Faculty Affiliate in the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male and the Criminal Justice Research Center. Prior to joining the faculty at OSU, Strayhorn served as Special Assistant to the Provost at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) and founding director of the UTK Center for Higher Education Research & Policy (CHERP).

An acclaimed student success scholar and respected expert on issues of diversity, Professor Strayhorn is author of 8 books, including The Evolving Challenges of Black College Students (2010), College Students’ Sense of Belonging (2012), Living at the Intersections (2013), and Theoretical Frameworks in College Student Research (2013), to name a few. He has published more than 100 refereed journal article & book chapters and more than 150 papers at international and national conferences. External grants totaling over $2.5 million from agencies such as the US Department of Education, National Science Foundation (NSF), and American College Personnel Association (ACPA) support his research program. Named "one of the most highly visible scholars in his field," by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Strayhorn has won numerous awards and in 2011, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education named him one of the nation’s “Top Emerging Scholars.”

Dr. Strayhorn received a bachelor’s degree (BA) from the University of Virginia (UVA), a master’s degree (MEd) in educational policy from the Curry School of Education at UVA, and doctorate (PhD) in higher education from Virginia Tech. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Conference Schedule

Scheduling for the Symposium is in progress. Please see the 2014 NSSR program and schedule for an idea of what to expect.

The National Symposium on Student Retention begins with an optional group event on Sunday, November 1, to be announced.

Monday, November 2 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 3 and Wednesday, November 4 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.


Conference Registration Fees

Online registration for the conference will open Wednesday, June 3rd. More information will be posted as it is confirmed.

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
Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Fees
Proposals for the 2015 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 Orlando special event will be announced when registration opens on June 3rd.

Included with your registration: Conference bags will include a Participant List of all conference attendees, a printed program and a CD of the Proceedings of the 11th Annual National Symposium on Student Retention, which includes the 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

The DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld – Make your reservations here

One of three pools at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld


The DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld is a leading hotel for meetings, as well as the consummate vacation resort. The peaceful surroundings offer a relaxing retreat at the end of a busy conference day. Designed as a luxurious tropical paradise, guests will find its 28 acres include lush tropical landscaping, three pools, a kids lounge with game area and supervised activities, a miniature golf course and putting green, a fitness center, and a luxurious spa.

The special group rate of $129 per night is available to NSSR attendees using this link. The group rate will be offered three days before and after the conference, subject to availability. Self-parking charges for attendees will be reduced from the normal rate of $17.00 per day to $8.00 per day at the hotel.

Deadline for reservations is 11:59 pm October 14, 2015 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.


This warm and tranquil oasis is conveniently located adjacent to SeaWorld® and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark and just minutes away from Universal Orlando® Resort, Walt Disney World® Resort Theme Parks & The Orange County Convention Center.

The I-Ride Trolley provides one cost-effective way to get around the area. Stop #29 is just outside our hotel's main entrance on Westwood Blvd. Arrival times and live maps are available online, through mobile devices at or by SMS texting the Trolley stop code found at each stop. The mobile app includes options for dining, shopping and attractions as well as maps and listings of what is near each trolley stop.

The area is also served by LYNX, the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority. LYNX bus stops next to the hotel offer service around the area, to the airport and downtown. LYMMO, the fare-free downtown service, is available through LYNX.


Exhibitor and Sponsor Information - Registration Deadline August 12

  • 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 11th annual National Symposium on Student Retention as an exhibitor. We are now accepting applications for exhibitors and sponsors for this year's symposium in Orlando. 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 - Abstract due by July 1
  • 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 Symposiums

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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