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National Symposium on Student Retention
November 2-4, 2015
The Call for Proposals is
Watch for updates here
Additional details will be posted here as they are confirmed.
Registration for the conference will be available in early June
For planning purposes, please see the pricing and program from our 2014 Symposium in Louisville. 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.
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.
CSRDE will be accepting 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 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.
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 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 conference meeting rooms within the Conference hotel.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld – Make your reservations here
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 iDrive2Go.mobi 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
- 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
- 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.
If you have any questions, contact Brittnee Morton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New to our annual conference? Check out some of our previous symposiums.
- NSSR 2014, Louisville, KY
- 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.