CSRDE Announces 2016 NSSR Call for Proposals

Norman, OK – The Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) at the University of Oklahoma is now accepting proposals for its Twelfth Annual National Symposium on Student Retention (NSSR), to be held October 31 through November 3, 2016 at the Waterfront Marriott in Norfolk, Virginia.

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.

“The National Symposium on Student Retention provides practitioners, institutional researchers and effectiveness officers, enrollment managers, and student success professionals at all levels with the most extensive opportunities to learn from research-based, refereed papers and projects” – Tim Culver, Ruffalo Noel-Levitz.

Approximately 450 higher education colleagues participate in the conference from institutions across the United States and Canada each year, more than one third of whom have attended at least once before. In 2015, nine percent had returned five or more times. Concurrent sessions include peer-reviewed papers, pre-conference workshops, tutorials, panels and posters. The NSSR is distinguished from other conferences in that the process for all papers presented at the symposium begins with an abstract and continues through an eight month multiple stage peer review process, ensuring a high level of quality.

Researchers, administrators, practitioners and academics interested in speaking at the event should submit an abstract by March 21. Authors of accepted submissions will be invited to write a paper by May 23 for peer review. Papers that score sufficiently high in the review process are accepted for presentation at the symposium. An extra half day has been added to the conference this year due to the increasing number of high quality presentations and requests by attendees for more concurrent session times.

All accepted papers are published in the conference proceedings. In addition, they are considered for the following prizes: Best Practices in Student Retention Award ($2,000); Institutional Research Leadership in Student Retention Award ($1,000); and the Director’s Award ($750). Poster submissions are judged on-site for the Best Poster Award ($500). All published papers are archived online in the CSRDE Knowledgebase. Presenters receive copies of reviews from conference attendees and those which are well received may be invited to present a webinar.

The Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange has a diverse membership of about 400 colleges and universities and is coordinated by the Center for Institutional Data Exchange and Analysis (C-IDEA) at the University of Oklahoma Outreach. In addition to compiling four annual retention reports for the members of the consortium, C-IDEA is also the program evaluator for the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (OK-LSAMP) program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation.

The complete Call for Proposals may be downloaded from the CSRDE web site (csrde.ou.edu) where more detailed information on the symposium and other consortium activities is available.