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National Symposium on Student Retention



Online registration has been closed.
However, Walk-in registration will be available at the conference beginning Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010 4:00 PM-7:00 PM.
See the Program Booklet for all registraion times.

See information about the 2009 symposium here.

Sixth Annual
National Symposium on Student Retention

November 1-3, 2010
Mobile, Alabama

  • Optional Pre-conference Workshops
  • Two Full Days with your choice of fifty concurrent session with researchers in the field
  • Peer reviewed reseach that focuses on what works
  • Best Practices Luncheon Included
  • Publsihed Proceedings of the 6th Annual National Symposium on Student Retention which includes all accepted peer reveiwed papers ($198 value) included in conference bag
  • Optional Group Trip to Mardi Gras Museum Wednesday evening


Conference Details


Who Should Attend

The National Symposium on Student Retention offers attendees a complete educational experience, with opportunities for collaboration and networking among leaders and peers working to understand and improve student success. The symposium focuses on research and evidence based strategies that impact student retention and completion. 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.


Conference Objectives

The focus of the National Symposium on Student Retention is not merely on retaining students from the first-year through the second year of their academic program. This conference is interested in sharing current research and strategies which support student success throughout the entire Student Retention Lifecycle supporting student success from enrollment, through year to year retention, to completing a course of study that leads to graduation.

  • Highlight emerging research in higher education that can inform retention efforts at four-year and two-year institutions.
  • Showcase successful, effective programs and strategies and best practices of four-year and two-year institutions.
  • Promote opportunities for dialog, networking, and shared understanding between colleagues who are working on issues related to student retention and success.
  • Identify useful research and resources for supporting student success though the entire retention life cycle, from enrollment through graduation. 


Keynotes & Invited Speakers

The symposium’s informative line up of speakers and invited presentations enables attendees to hear from leaders and researchers who can speak with authenticity about current student retention issues and who will share their observations about opportunities and challenges facing higher education.

See a list of speakers from our previous conferences.

This year our confirmed guest speakers include:

Vincent Tinto, Ph.D.

Professor Tinto is Distinguished University Professor at Syracuse University and until recently Chair of the Higher Education Program. He has carried out research and has written extensively on higher education, particularly on student success and the impact of learning communities on student growth and attainment. His most recent book, Leaving College, published by the University of Chicago Press, lays out a theory and policy perspective on student success that is considered the benchmark by which work on these issues are judged.

He has consulted widely with Federal and State agencies, with independent research firms, foundations, and with two and four-year institutions of higher education on a broad range of higher educational issues, not the least of which concern the success students in higher education in particular those of low-income and underserved backgrounds. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals and with various organizations and professional associations concerned with higher education. He chaired the national panel responsible for awarding $5 million to establish the first national center for research on teaching and learning in higher education and served as Associate Director of the $6 million National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment funded by the U.S. Office of Education.

Dr. Tinto has received numerous recognitions and awards. Most recently he was awarded the Council of Independent Colleges 2008 Academic Leadership Award, the National Institute for Staff Development International 2008 Leadership Award and was named Distinguished Fellow in the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations.


Donald Hossler, Ph.D.

Dr. Hossler is aProfessor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at Indiana University. Our guest for this first plenary session is Donald Hossler. Dr. Hossler is a Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and concurrently serves as the Executive Director of Research for the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Hossler has served as the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services for Indiana University Bloomington, and the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services for the seven
campuses of the Indiana University system, the program coordinator for the graduate program of Higher Education and Student Affairs, and as the Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. His areas of specialization include: college
choice, student persistence, student financial aid policy, and enrollment management.

Hossler has consulted with more than 45 colleges, universities, and related educational organizations including: The College Board, Educational Testing Services, the University of Cincinnati, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, the Pew Charitable Trust, the
University of Missouri, Colorado State University, the University of Alabama, and the General Accounting Office of the United States Government. He has presented more than 130 scholarly papers and invited lectures and is the author, or co-author, of 12
books and monographs and more than 65 articles and book chapters. Hossler is currently directing funded projects of The College Board, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and the Spencer Foundation focusing on student success and persistence. He has
received career achievement awards for his research and scholarship from the American College Personnel Association, the Association for Institutional Research, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.


Conference Schedule

Download the Official National Symposium Program Schedule (printed 10/27/2010 in PDF format)


Sunday, October 31, 2010   Tuesday, November 2, 2010 (cont.)
11:00 am- 04:00 pm Registration   08:30 am - 09:30 am Morning Plenary Address:
        Dr. Donald Hossler
Monday, November 1, 2010   09:40 am - 05:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
7:00 am - 6:30 pm Registration   11:45 am - 01:10 pm Best Practices Luncheon (included w/registration)
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Pre-conference Workshops (Optional. Additional Registration required)

  Wednesday, November 3, 2010
      07:00 am - 05:00 pm Registration
Tuesday, November 2, 2010   08:30 am - 09:30 am Morning Plenary Address:
        Dr. Vincent Tinto
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration   09:40 am - 04:05 pm Concurrent Sessions
      04:30 pm - ? Group Activity- Mardi Gras Museum (Optional Trip requires Additional Registration)



Pre-Conference Workshops

Several full-day and half-day pre-conference workshops will be offered during the day of November 1st. Workshops provide attendees an opportunity to explore more deeply topics that may be of interest to them and their institutions. Attendees come away with specific, practical knowledge that they can put to work when they return to their institutions. Classes include:

Data and Decisions to Support Student Success
Full Day, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Presented by:
Gerald McLaughlin, DePaul University
Richard Howard, University of Minnesota
Josetta McLaughlin, Roosevelt University

Increasingly, college and university leaders base strategic decisions on data. The ability to access, analyze, and convert data into strategic information is critical for institutions to remain competitive with other institutions. This full day workshop will focus on ways to identify peer and competitive institutions, define key institutional performance measures related to retention and compare relative positions on these measures with other institutions. A team approach will be used in this workshop, so senior management and their institutional researchers are encouraged to sign up together for this workshop for maximum benefit.

Enhancing First Time in College and Transfer Student Success
Full Day, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Presented by:
Bernadette Jungblut, University of Central Florida
Charlene Stinard, University of Central Florida
DeLaine Priest, University of Central Florida

How can we best identify the First Time in College (FTIC) and transfer students most at-risk for non-persistence? Which targeted interventions are most effective in increasing student learning, engagement, and retention? How can we use our scarce resources to maximize the impact of student support programming? We examine in detail the retention challenges of FTICs and transfer students and the outcomes of multiple programs designed to help students meet those challenges. We also address the transferability of these interventions and assessments to diverse institutional contexts. Participants will devise at least three student success strategies for implementation in their campus communities.

Retention For Rookies
Half Day, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by:
Tim Culver, Noel-Levitz

You've just been named coordinator of student retention at your institution-now what? Retention for Rookies is intended to give you a solid orientation about the retention field. Learn basic retention concepts. Identify resources that can help you evaluate the current state of affairs at your institution. Discover retention strategies that get results at two-year and four-year institutions and learn the best ways to plan for programs by laying the groundwork for success and gaining faculty support. A good starter course for those of you who have recently been told that "retention and student success" have been added to your responsibilities.

Utilizing a High-Tech, High-Touch Solution to Retain Students
Half Day, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Presented by:
Jeff McNamara, Carroll University
Kyle Hawkins, Carroll University

In partnership with Jenzabar, Carroll University has developed and implemented a Retention Management System to help organize activities and data resources aimed at student persistence. The system utilizes a mathematical model derived from historical retention data and applies that model to current students to calculate a probability of an individual student leaving Carroll. The model was built off of a logistic regression tool in SPSS combining both static variable such as academic ability and dynamic variables such as the number of unfavorable grades.

This workshop will focus on the two aspects of the model: logistic regression and daily use. The workshop will walk through performing logistic regression using SPSS to predict retention and detail how to apply the model to a new cohort. General topics will include how to prepare data for modeling, how to perform logistic regression through SPSS, how to read the results, and how to verify and validate the results. This workshop will cover concepts of regression such as goodness of fit, tests of significance, classification tables, and correlation. Daily use of the model and how it efficiently enables the user(s) to proactively assist students will be explained. Examples of identification and intervention strategies will be shared and explored.


Conference Registration

Conference Registration Fees
Amount Before Sept. 1st
Amount After Sept. 1st

Registrants from CSRDE Member Institutions
(Click here to see if your institution is a member)

* Membership fees must be up to date to receive discount    
Registrants from non-CSRDE Member Institutions
Items Included with your Registration    
Conference Bag on Check-In
Included ($35 value)
Included ($35 value)
Welcome Goodies on Check-In
Tuesday Morning Plenary with Dr. Donald Hossler from the National Student Clearing House
Wednesday Morning Plenary with Dr. Vincent Tinto from Syracuse University
Choice of Many Concurrent Sessions, Panels, Posters, and Tutorials
Copy of the Proceeding of the 6th Annual National Symposium on Student Retention (CD).
Includes peer reviewed papers from all paper presentations as well as briefs from panelists and tutorials.
Included ($198 value)
Included ($198 value)
Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Fees
Workshop I: Data and Decisions to Support Student Success
Monday, November 1, 2010   Full day - 9am - 4pm *(includes bag lunch)

Workshop II: Enhancing First Time in College and Transfer Student Success
Monday, November 1, 2010   Full day - 9am - 4pm *(includes bag lunch)

Workshop III: Retention for Rookies
Monday, November 1, 2010   Half day - 8:30am - 12pm

Workshop IV: Utilizing a High-Tech, High-Touch Solution to Retain Students
Monday, November 1, 2010   Half day - 1pm - 4:30pm


Additional Items or Events    
Extra Conference Bag
Extra Copy of the Conference Proceedings on CD
Contains copies of the reviewed papers, as well as briefs from panels and tutorials
* Must be purchased before or during conference. After conference the cost is $198.

Evening Event
Museum and Dinner

-- Mobile Carnival Museum
-- Dinner at Wintzell's Oyster House

Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Time: Immediately following last session of conference
Cost: $25 per person
----Includes museum entrance and dinner at Wintzell's

The outing will consist of a short walk from the hotel to The Mobile Carnival Museum and then off to a local favorite restaurant, Wintzell's Oyster House.

A special tour of The Mobile Carnival Museum highlights the history of Mardi Gras in its true birthplace - Mobile, Alabama. Immerse yourself in the rich history and traditions of carnival. See firsthand the intricate designs and artistry of majestic crowns, scepters and robes of Mardi Gras monarchs. Discover the art of costume design and float construction. View videos of parades and balls. Browse a pictorial gallery of historical photographs dating back to 1886. Witness the pomp and pageantry of past coronations.

Wintzell's Oyster House, a landmark on Dauphin Street in Historic Mobile, is known far and wide for its "Oysters--fired, stewed or nude." Wintzell's was named in Willard Scott's All-American Cookbook for Best Oysters and Crabs. Their award winning gumbo has been voted Best Gumbo in the Mobile Bay Monthly and numerous times at the Taste of Mobile. Wintzell's has also been featured in Southern Living, Coastal Living, and Delta Sky Magazine.


Online Registration: (10/27/2010 Closed). Online registration has been closed. However, we will be taking Walk-in Registrations at the Conference Hotel for the National Symposium on Student Retention and Pre-Conference Workshops. See the PDF of the Printed Program or the brief schedule above for Registration times from Sunday Oct. 31, 2010 through November 3, 2010.

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 advance written cancellation by October 1, 2010.

No Show: Those who pre-registered and do not attend the conference without written notification of cancellation will be charged the full conference fee.

If you have any questions about the registration process, call (405) 325-1316.


Call for Proposals---(CLOSED)

Brief overview of Call for Proposals

CSRDE is particularly interested in proposals for papers, panels, tutorials, and posters which address current, evidence based research that advances knowledge in the student retention and success fields. Proposals may be submitted to address audience participants at introductory, intermediate, or advanced levels of experience. However, authors should be aware that while we will have a few participants that are interested in introductory information, many of our participants are seeking more advanced levels of understanding.

We are currently accepting proposals for this year's symposium. Below is a brief description of the presentation tracks. You are encouraged to download and review the full Call for Proposals document for more details.

I. Programs and Initiatives

Proposals in this track will discuss innovative programs and institutional initiatives at either 4-year or 2-year institutions which have been demonstrated to improve student retention and success. Papers that include a clear evaluation component which measures the effectiveness of the initiatives/interventions in improving retention and completions are preferred. Papers on new promising programs with preliminary findings will be considered. In some cases, papers on initial implantations will be invited to present as a poster or within a panel.

General topics in this category might include:
    • Institution-wide, multi-faceted initiatives
    • model advising centers
    • early alert programs
    • intervention programs (for poor math or English skills)
    • learning communities

    II. Transfers and Retention

    Proposals in this track will explore a variety of issues related to transfer student retention, at community colleges and/or four year institutions. Topics may include but are not limited to: orientation, preparation, and integration of transfers into campus life, compare and contrast approaches to first-time freshman and the transfer population, examining institutional retention/graduation rates of transfers, and data collection issues.

    III. Looking Beyond the First Year Retention

    CSRDE data indicates that the overall percentage of freshmen who do not continue after the second year and subsequent years is often equal to the percentage of students that do not continue after the freshman year. Proposals in this track will discuss what is being done to sustain institutional retention initiatives beyond “First-Year”, research on students that do not persist during or after the second year to better understand this phenomenon, and retention interventions for these students.

    IV. Retention and Special Populations

    Continuing the CSRDE tradition of tracking diverse student populations, proposals in this track will address the status of diverse student populations and retention efforts directed toward these groups, including but not limited to: minority students, science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors (STEM) or other academic majors of concern, community college transfers, and non-traditional students.

    V. Data, Technology, and Methods

    Proposals in this track will provide presenters with an opportunity to share analytical methods or technology that is useful in the study of student retention issues. Specific topics of interest could include assessment methodologies for identifying at risk populations, data mining techniques, and evaluation of retention initiatives.

    VI. Theoretical Models

    These proposals will focus on concepts, principles, or relationships between concepts and principles, which affect the student retention life cycle. Examples might include research on theories of engagement, or student perception. Prediction of retention and graduation, and the influence of student, institutional or external variables (economy) would also be examples of topics.

    And Two New Tracks!

    VII. Faculty: Teaching Excellence, Learning Engagement and Retention

    The quality of student engagement in academic endeavors as well as the relationships they develop with faculty play a critical role in the success of students.  Proposals are sought which highlight the importance of faculty-student interactions in retention. Example might include the redesign of “gate keeping” courses which maintain standards and improve learning while increasing the numbers of completers. Models of faculty mentorship, faculty-student research collaborations and other faculty led activities which have been demonstrated to improve student retention and completion are sought. Evaluation of new learning modalities intended to improve learning and student retention would also be welcome. 

    VIII. Retention and Completion of Online and Distance Students

    Each year we have had papers on online students. This year, however, we are attempting to devote an entire track to this topic. Possible topics include:  the identification of characteristics of online/distance students at risk for drop out; patterns of course taking and their relation to retention and completion; variables related to the successful retention and program completion with online students; methodologies for capturing retention and completion rates of online students; policy changes or curriculum modifications that have favorably impacted online student retention and graduation.  Most any topic impacting or related to the retention and completion of online students will be considered.  As in all submission, papers which include clear evaluation criteria and measures of success are preferred.


For more detailed information on submitting proposals

Questions?  Call 405-325-2158.


Conference Hotel - Renaissance Hotel, Mobile, Alabama

Renaissance Riverview

Renaissance Riverview Plaza hotel is connected by skywalk to the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center, and located in the revitalized downtown business and entertainment districts. Rising majestically over the sparkling waters of Mobile Bay, enjoy southern charm effortlessly blended with modern ingenuity. Championship golf along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is situated near this trendy hotel, setting the stage for memorable getaways.

Room reservations are now available for the conference.

Click here to book your room.

Your special CSRDE rate is $119/night. Book soon because this special rate is only available until October 8th, 2010.

Getting Around Town

There are a large number of interesting restaurants, shops, and sites close to the hotel. We have developed a map of the area so you can get an early idea of things to do in the area. Also included on the map is information about drug stores, copy shops, and other servives you might need during your stay.

Here's the map in PDF format.



Vendor 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 sixth annual National Symposium on Student Retention as a Vendor, Exhibitor, or Sponsor. We are now accepting application 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 or sponsor, download the pdf documents below for more information on this exciting opportunity.

Note to Vendors or Sponsors: We have reserved timeblocks during the concurrent sessions specifically for Vendor Presentations. The are 50 minute sessions during which you may present a case study, whitepaper, or product demo. A paper is not required for these presentations. However, if you would like to submit a paper for peer review and publication in the conference proceedings, just indicate such in the Online Abstract Submission form. We are accepting abstracts for these sessions or papers online through April 19, 2010 and after that date by fax as space is available. Vendor Presentation slots are on a space available basis and limited to one per Vendor or Sponsor. Vendors who choose the "Exhibit Only Option" do not register for the conference and are ineligible to make conference presentations.

See Call for Proposals.

Go to the Online Abstract Submission Forms.

If you have any other questions, contact Dr. Rosemary Hayes at 405-325-2158.


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

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