Announcing the 2016 NSSR Call for Proposals
CSRDE is seeking proposals on programs and research which can help institutions of higher education rise to the challenges of the 21st century by addressing critical issues affecting student retention and success. Topics may include evidence-based research or case studies on innovative programs targeting general or specific populations, interdisciplinary best practices and ideas for improving success through technology.
Norfolk is a city that celebrates and preserves its rich history while planning for the future. It is at the confluence of the Elizabeth River and the Chesapeake Bay. The downtown waterfront area successfully links historic districts with steel and glass corridors, and is interspersed with beautiful public areas and art. Photo courtesy VisitNorfolkToday.com
National Symposium on Student Retention
October 31-November 3, 2016
The Call for Proposals is
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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 2015 Symposium in Orlando. Please note that we have not yet finalized the prices or the schedule for 2016; the 2015 information should, however, be helpful as you prepare your budget.
Call for Proposals
We invite you to submit a proposal for the National Symposium on Student Retention as an opportunity to share your programs, research and new ideas with a diverse group of higher education peers. It 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 that 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 March 21, 2016. 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. Details for each track are provided here.
- Academic Advising
- Beyond the First Year Retention
- Data, Technology, and Methods
- Faculty: Teaching Excellence, Learning Engagement and Retention
- First-Year Student Success
- Graduate Student Retention
- Online and Distance Students
- Programs and Initiatives
- Retention and Special Populations
- Theoretical Models of Student Retention and Success
- Transfers and 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. 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 effective programs, 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 a full day of optional pre-conference workshops.
Monday, October 31 will be filled with half-day and full-day pre-conference workshops which require separate registrations. 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 1, Wednesday, November 2 and Thursday, November 3 will mark two and a half days of conference programming, culminating with our Best Practices Award Luncheon on Thursday. 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.
Thursday afternoon following the awards luncheon there will be an optional group event.
Norfolk Waterfront Marriott
Immerse yourself in luxury accommodations combined with traditional charm at Norfolk Waterfront Marriott, set in the heart of the historic district. The hotel offers two restaurants, an indoor pool, a 24-hour business center and a health club. WiFi in public areas is free. Best of all is its location in the vibrant, revitalized downtown waterfront area, just steps away from an abundance of dining, shopping and entertainment options.
There will be plenty of nearby choices, whether it’s for a quick bite or an evening out with colleagues- bistros, diners, upscale Italian restaurants and sandwich shops, all within a five minute walk. MacArthur Center is a one million square foot shopping mall with entertainment and myriad dining options within a four-minute walk.
Reservations at a special rate for conference attendees will be available soon. Please watch here for details or sign up for email updates.
Norfolk is a dynamic city that has maintained the best of its traditions while advancing into the 21st century. One of the oldest of the cities in Hampton Roads, it is considered to be the historic, urban, financial, and cultural center of the region.
The Slover Library, an excellent example of bridging the past and future, is less than two blocks from the Waterside Marriott. It links together a 19th century customs house and a modern six-story tower with a three-story glass atrium. Envisioned as America’s most technologically advanced library, it has everything from 3-D printers to photo archives on wall-size touchscreens. No wonder it was named the top Library worth Traveling For by the Dallas Morning News!
Downtown Norfolk is the cultural heart of the region, celebrating history and building the future with parks, museums and public art. The Elizabeth River Trail meanders along the waterfront through four parks, past bronze sculptures, both classic and modern, an interactive fountain and two museums. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is devoted to 237 years of Hampton Roads naval history, featuring ship models and artifacts, and Nauticus is a maritime-themed science center and museum which includes access to the Battleship Wisconsin.
A short ride on the Tide, Norfolk’s light rail, will take you to the NEON District, which draws from the neighborhood’s history with the automobile industry as it moves into a new and vibrant future. Long time cultural institutions like the Chrysler Museum of Art and the Harrison Opera House anchor the District while new art venues provide emerging artists a place to create and show.
Exhibitor and Sponsor Information
Please join the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) for the Symposium this fall. Well-attended and well-reviewed, it provides multiple levels of access to key decision-makers in the higher education community. Develop relationships beyond the exhibit space with networking opportunities including a welcome reception, awards luncheon, concurrent sessions, continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks throughout the conference.
- 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 12th annual National Symposium on Student Retention as an exhibitor. We are now accepting applications for exhibitors and sponsors for this year's symposium in Norfolk. 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 email@example.com.
New to our annual conference? Check out some of our previous symposiums.
- NSSR 2015, Orlando, FL
- 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.