National Symposium on Student Retention

The National Symposium on Student Retention (NSSR) offers a complete educational experience exploring the latest evidence-based research on post-secondary retention and graduation. The intimate, content-focused environment enhances the potential for networking and encourages collaboration among colleagues from diverse fields and institutions.

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Salt Lake City is nestled in the Salt Lake Valley, between the Wasatch Mountain Range and the Oquirrh Mountains. It is surrounded by national parks, forests and monuments, with world famous ski resorts less than an hour from downtown. Photo credit: Steve Greenwood

November 5-8 in Salt Lake City, Utah

We will meet at the Little America Hotel in downtown to focus on current retention and graduation issues and solutions in higher education. The ideas and strategies you discuss here could help move retention efforts at your campus forward. For more information on events and travel in Salt Lake City, see our Visit Salt Lake website.

Online Registration is Closed

We invite you to join us for this important gathering. Discover new, proven strategies from a diverse group of your colleagues in higher education. Hear the latest research on what works and how you can implement similar approaches on your campus. Fill out our Walk-in Registration Form and bring it to the Symposium to register in person.

Program Details

NSSR18 features a great program, starting with a cultural event and an excellent line-up of pre-conference workshops. Thursday has expanded to include a full day of sessions allowing for more sessions and networking. Download our Interactive Conference Program or search ‘NSSR 2018’ on the Guidebook app for iOS or Android to find details on the NSSR schedule, speakers, maps, and more. For help using the Guidebook app, download our instructional document for iOS or Android.

Those who attend the conference will also receive a digital copy of the 2018 NSSR Proceedings, which includes all of the peer-reviewed papers from the conference.

Please see the Call for Proposals page for details about the process and visit the Program Details page for more information about the speakers, workshops and more.
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