Program Details for NSSR18
The National Symposium on Student Retention will take place Monday, November 5 through Thursday, November 8 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Schedule – Subject to change
The multiple stage peer-review and decision-making process on presentations is in progress, with final acceptance at the end of July. Program details and the full conference schedule will be posted by mid-October. Details on the process may be found on the Call for Proposals page.
Sunday, November 4, 2018
8:15 am – 2:30 pm
4:00 pm – 6:00 pmOn-site Registration
Monday, November 5, 2018
7:00 am – 6:00 pmOn-site Registration
7:00 am – 8:30 amMorning Refreshments
8:00 am – 4:30 pmPre-conference Workshops (additional fees required)
5:00 pm – 6:30 pmWelcome Reception
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
7:00 am – 4:45 pmOn-site Registration
7:15 am – 8:15 amMorning Refreshments
8:15 am – 9:45 amPlenary Session – with Sanford “Sandy” Shugart
10:00 am – 11:00 pmConcurrent Sessions
11:00 am – 11:45 amExhibitor Visits
11:45 am – 1:15 pmLunch on your own
1:15 pm – 3:45 pmConcurrent Sessions
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
7:00 am – 4:45 pmOn-site Registration
7:15 am – 8:15 amMorning Refreshments
8:15 am – 9:45 amPlenary Session – with Joe Cuseo
10:00 am – 12:15 pmConcurrent Sessions
12:15 pm – 1:45 pmLunch on your own
1:45 pm – 3:15Roundtable Discussions
3:45 pm – 4:45 pmConcurrent Sessions
Thursday, November 8, 2018
8:15 am – 9:30 amBest Practices Awards Breakfast
9:30 am – 3:00 pmOn-site Registration
9:45 am – 11:15 amPoster Session
11:15 pm – 12:45 pmLunch on your own
12:45 pm – 3:00Concurrent Sessions
Sunday – SLC Day of Culture!
Plan to arrive early and join us for a day of fun and culture in Salt Lake City. We’ll begin by riding the light rail to Temple Square and attending a live performance of Music and the Spoken Word, featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Afterwards, we’ll take a bus to the Natural History Museum of Utah on the University of Utah campus. We will enjoy a short guided tour, then you will be free to explore the exhibits on your own.
The cost for this outing is $45 per person, which includes activities and transportation. Lunch will be on your own. We will meet around 8:15 am in the hotel lobby and will return by 2:30 pm. Pre-registration is required.
Sunday Dinner Groups
If you don’t already have plans, let’s get together for dinner. We’ll meet in the hotel lobby at 6:30 pm and take a short ride on the light rail to Trolley Square. Once there we will break into groups depending on what you want to eat. We’re organizing, but each person handles their own tab and light rail fee.
No reservations necessary.
Monday Evening Welcome Reception
Please join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on Monday evening after the pre-conference workshops. Relax and get to know your colleagues or reconnect with the ones you met last year at NSSR17. The welcome reception is open to everyone and is included with your conference registration. You are welcome to bring guests, please see the registration page for cost. Cash bar.
Tuesday through Thursday authors of peer-reviewed papers will present on topics important to higher education professionals. A few of these include:
- First-generation college students
- Predicting academic success
- Academic Advising
- At-risk students
- Peer mentoring
Wednesday afternoon we will spend time in small groups discussing issues in-depth with colleagues from diverse institutions and positions on campus. Some topics include:
- Success seminars and first-generation students
- Effects of academic policies on student behavior
- Campus partnerships
- Using change leadership to implement retention initiatives
Join us after the awards breakfast on Thursday to visit with poster presenters about their research and strategies for helping their students succeed. The exhibit hall format offers a great opportunity for networking with your colleagues.
Tuesday Keynote – Dr. Sanford “Sandy” Shugart
Dr. Sanford “Sandy” Shugart has served since 2000 as the fourth president of Valencia College in greater Orlando, Florida. As winner of the first Aspen Prize for Excellence, Valencia is one of the most celebrated community colleges in America. Serving some 70,000 students per year, Valencia is known for high rates of graduation, transfer, and job placement and has become something of a national laboratory for best practices in learning-centered education. Prior to Valencia, Sandy served as president of North Harris College and as Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the North Carolina Community College System. In 2015, he was named by Washington Monthly magazine as one of the ten most innovative college and university presidents in America. He earned his Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to his career in education, Dr. Shugart is a published poet, musician, and songwriter and author of Leadership in the Crucible of Work: Discovering the Interior Life of an Authentic Leader.
Building an Education Ecosystem: The Power of Better College Transfer Practices to Lead Students to Better Futures
Although policies and systems of college transfer have existed for half a century in the U.S., they have often failed to produce successful experiences for students. Increased stop-outs and drop-outs, lost momentum and credit, excess credit hour accumulation, disparate impact on students of different backgrounds, and poor completion rates are some of the consequences. There are powerful examples, however, of systems that work for students, for sending institutions, and for receiving institutions, yielding dramatic improvements. Using a case study from central Florida, we will explore principles and practices that can elevate performance in transfer and bolster the promise of opportunity on which our systems of education were founded.
“This is my favorite conference each year.”
-Jared Tippets, Vice President for Student Affairs, Southern Utah University
Wednesday Keynote – Dr. Joe Cuseo
Joe Cuseo holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology and Assessment from the University of Iowa and is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Marymount California University. He’s a 14-time recipient of the “faculty member of the year award” on his home campus—a student-driven award based on effective teaching and academic advising, a recipient of the “Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award” from the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, and a recipient of the “Diamond Honoree Award” from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) for contributions made to student development and the Student Affairs profession. Currently, Joe serves as a workshop facilitator and educational consultant for colleges and universities, including AVID for Higher Education—a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the college access and success of underserved student populations. He has delivered hundreds of campus workshops and conference presentations across North America, as well as Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. He has authored numerous articles and books on student learning, student retention, and faculty development, the most recent of which are: Student-Faculty Engagement: Research & Practice; Thriving in College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success & Personal Development; Humanity, Diversity, & The Liberal Arts: The Foundation of a College Education; and Peer-to-Peer Leadership: Research-Based Strategies for Peer Mentors & Peer Educators.
Student Retention and Student Learning: A Natural Marriage
Student retention and student learning are inextricably intertwined processes. Research strongly suggests that practices which promote student persistence to graduation are the very practices that promote student learning and academic achievement. As retention scholars have often put it, “Successful retention is a byproduct of successful education.” Research suggests there are timeless, universal principles that underlie student motivation, learning, and persistence. This presentation will identify seven of these principles along with effective practices for implementing them. The seven principles may be used by faculty and professional staff to build a student-centered campus culture unified by a common language and equipped with common practices for promoting student success, both inside and outside the classroom.