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NSSR 2017—Destin, FL

2017 NSSR Program Cover

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AWARDS

Please read the awards press release for more in-depth information on the winners and the program for abstracts of all papers presented at the conference.

Best Practices Award – $2,000

The Affordability Task Force: Making Campus Change Happen Through Data and Advocacy by Rory McElwee, Sean Hendricks, Penny McPherson-Myers and Alison Novak of Rowan University.

Institutional Research Leadership in Student Retention Award – $1,000

Retention and Recruitment: Using a Predictive Analytic Model to Build and Implement a Strategic Graduation and Retention Action Plan by Sherry Cox, Jeremiah McKinley and Glenn Hansen of The University of Oklahoma.

Director’s Award – $750

Understanding Student Motivations to Inform Practice: Adopting a Multi-Methods Approach to Complex Questions by Georgeanna Robinson, Kaitlin Wilcox and Randy Stiles of Grinnell College.

Best Poster Award – $500

The Stars in the Constellation: Results From the 2017 National Survey of the First-Year Experience by Dallin Young and Jennifer Keup of the University of South Carolina.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire, Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University, presented Metacognition: The Key to Increasing Retention and Graduation Rates for All Students! You can watch the closed caption video of her presentation on our YouTube page. Here are the links to download the Learning Strategies Inventory and Teaching Learning Strategies handouts. She has also generously made her Powerpoint presentation available.

Group Event

Those who come every year know that we generally have an outing on Sunday. The resort was so beautiful, we decided on small,informal get-togethers on the grounds. Several of us met after lunch to go to the beach- some rode bicycles and some took the tram, all had fun. Later, we all got together for dinner.

Registration Rates

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NSSR 2016—Norfolk, VA

AWARDS

Please read the awards press release for more in-depth information on the winners and the program for abstracts of all papers presented at the conference.

Best Practices Award – $2,000

CUNY Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP): Evidence from Six Cohorts and Lessons for Expansion by Diana Strumbos, Zineta Kolenovic and Alex L. Tavares of City University of New York (CUNY)

Institutional Research Leadership in Student Retention Award – $1,000

Need-Based Financial Aid Strategies to Promote Student Success by Todd Brann, Bethany L. Miller and Craig Rudick of The University of Kentucky

Director’s Award – $750

From Data to Action: Transforming Quantitative and Qualitative Research to Community-Wide Action for Improvement in Equity Outcomes by Patricia Hulsebosch, Lindsay Buchko and Jerri Lyn Dorminy of Gallaudet University

Best Poster Award – $500

FLASHperks Rewards Program by Kristan Dolan and Katie Goldring of Kent State University

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Laurie Schreiner, Professor and Chair of the Department of Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University, presented Beyond Grades and Graduation:Thriving as a Retention Strategy. We have linked a closed caption video of her presentation and slides from her presentation are available here.

Dr. Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director of the Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute at the Indiana University School of Education spoke on Student Success in Colleges & Universities: Advancing Know-What and Know-How. We have included slides.

Group Event

We spent Sunday in Colonial Williamsburg, the world’s largest living history museum, where costumed interpreters told us the stories of the 18th-century capital of Britain’s wealthiest New World colony. Participants traveled both ways via chartered bus.

Registration Rates

Please see the following PDF for registration costs and related information.

NSSR 2015—Orlando, FL

2015 NSSR Program Cover

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AWARDS
Best Practices Award – $2,000

Third-Semester Retention Success: Lehman College’s Freshman Year Initiative Program by Steven Wyckoff & Zenaida Bough of Lehman College-CUNY

Institutional Research Leadership in Student Retention Award – $1,000

Student Support Interventions and Predictive Analytics by Diane Beaudoin, Maggie Konich, Monal Patel, & Xi (Cecilia) Zhang of Purdue University

Director’s Award – $750

Transfer Pathway Program: Building a Bridge from the Community College to the University by Jennifer Brown, Nicole Iwasaki, & Melissa Jones of University of Hawai’I Manoa

Best Poster Award – $500

Transfer Pathway Program: Building a Bridge from the Community College to the University by Jennifer Brown, Nicole Iwasaki, & Melissa Jones of University of Hawai’I Manoa

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at The Ohio State University. See a video of his presentation, Becoming Cultural Navigators in Higher Education.

Group Event

We took a chartered bus to the world’s most authentic space attraction and working spaceflight facility, the Kennedy Space Center, for an unforgettable visit.

NSSR 2014—Louisville, KY

2014 NSSR Program Cover

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AWARDS
Best Practices Award – $2,000

Rethinking and Accelerating Developmental Courses: A New Approach to Retention by Linda Refsland of William Paterson University

Institutional Research Leadership in Student Retention Award – $1,000

Academic Performance, Engagement and Extrinsic Rewards by Carina Beck, Tonya Lauriski-Karriker, Erin McCormick, & Jacob Jenks of Montana State University

Director’s Award – $750

Working with Probationary Students: Successful Pedagogical Strategies and Techniques by Gina Beyer, James Lewis, Ken Miller, & Ginny Saiki of Arizona State University

Best Poster Award – $500

Mandatory Supplemental Instruction in Fundamentals of Algebra: A Program to Promote Student Success in Developmental Mathematics by James Yard of Delaware Valley College

Keynote Speaker

President Tim Hall, President of Mercy College. See a video of his presentation, Creating a Campus Culture for Student Success.

Group Event

Leaving our downtown hotel early for breakfast on the backstretch at Churchill Downs, we watched the horses’ morning workouts & toured the Kentucky Derby Museum.

NSSR 2013—San Diego, CA

2013 NSSR Cover

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AWARDS
Best Practices Award – $2,000

Improving Outcomes through the 4 Ps of Student Retention Frameworks by David H. Kalsbeek and Carla M. Corte of DePaul University

Institutional Research Leadership in Student Retention Award – $1,000

High-Impact Educational Practices as Promoting Student Retention and Success by Sunny Moon, Edward Sullivan, James Hershey, Sean Walker, Martin Bosangue, Mark Filowitz, Cathy Fernandez, Raman Unnikrishnan, & Victor Delgado of California State University, Fullerton

Director’s Award – $750

Transfer Pathway Program: Building a Bridge from the Community College to the University by Jennifer Brown, Nicole Iwasaki, & Melissa Jones of University of Hawai’I Manoa

Best Poster Award – $500

Retention and Recovery of Fully Online Students at Drexel University by Valerie Delleville of Drexel University

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Peter Ewell, Vice President of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)

Group Event

We spent Sunday afternoon socializing with colleagues and enjoying the beautiful San Diego Zoo.

NSSR 2012—New Orleans, LA

2012 NSSR Program Cover

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AWARDS
Best Practices Award – $2,000

Celebrating Our Silver Anniversary: Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Freshman Studies at Seton Hall University by Agnes Hooper Gottlieb of Seton Hall University

Institutional Research Leadership in Student Retention Award – $1,000

Using Self-Regulated Learning Methods to Increase Native American College Retention by David Patterson, Kelly Ahuna, Christine Tinnesz, & Carol VanZile-Tamsen of University of Buffalo

Director’s Award – $750

Approaches to Serving Under-Resourced, Undergraduate Adult Student Populations by Shirley Warkentin of Fresno Pacific University

Best Poster Award – $500

Kudos and Warnings: Managing 55,000+ Flag Notifications to Support Student Success by Jayne Geissler, John Trifilo, Elizabeth Coghill, & Steven Asby of East Carolina University

Keynote Speaker

Dr. George D. Kuh, Director of the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment and of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP)

Group Event

A chartered bus carried us from the French Quarter to the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary for an airboat Swamp Tour where we enjoyed the surroundings while watching wildlife in their natural habitat. We even got to hold a baby alligator!

NSSR 2011—Charleston, SC

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AWARDS
Best Practices Award – $2,000

Supplemental Instruction: A Proven Tool for Improving Student Performance and Retention by Fiona Brantley and Ralph J. Rascati of Kennesaw State University

Institutional Research Leadership in Student Retention Award – $1,000

Rethinking At-Risk by Jacob Pleitz, Robert Terry, Nicole Judice Campbell and Dustin Fife of The University of Oklahoma

Director’s Award – $750

Early Identification and Intervention Influences the Success of First-year “At Risk” Science Students by Susan Bertram, John Nelson and Laksanavedee Visanuvimol of Carleton University

Best Poster Award – $500

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Betsy Barefoot, Vice President for the John N. Garner Institute

Group Event

About 50 of us got to know each other over refreshments on a sunset sail around Charleston Harbor aboard the Schooner Pride.

NSSR 2010—Mobile, AL

 

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NSSR 2009—Buffalo, NY

 

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NSSR 2008—Little Rock, AR

 

2008 NSSR Program Cover

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NSSR 2007—Milwaukee, WI

 

2007 NSSR Program Cover

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NSSR 2006—Albuquerque, NM

 

2006 NSSR Program Cover

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NSSR 2005—Dallas, TX

 

2005 NSSR Program Cover

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