National Symposium on Student Retention 2019
The 15th Annual NSSR will take place Monday, October 28 through Thursday, October 31 at the Astor Crowne Hotel in New Orleans.
Download our Interactive Conference Program or search ‘NSSR 2019’ on the Guidebook app for iOS or Android to find details on the NSSR schedule, speakers, maps, and more. Guidebook also provides multiple ways to coordinate and interact with other conference attendees.
The symposium begins on Monday with pre-conference workshops, followed by the Welcome Reception. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature keynote speakers. Tuesday-Thursday will also include concurrent sessions, facilitated discussions, and a poster session, with the awards breakfast on Thursday.
Attendees will have many opportunities to hear presentations based on peer-reviewed papers, attend workshops providing hands-on opportunities, and network with a diverse group of colleagues from around the country.
Online registration is now closed. Walk-in registration will be available onsite beginning Sunday, October 27th.
Sunday, October 27, 2019
2:00 – 6:00 pmConference Check-in and Registration
Monday, October 28, 2019
7:00 am – 6:00 pmConference Check-in and Registration
7:15 – 8:00 amMorning Refreshments
8:00 – 11:30 amPre-conference Workshops (additional fees required)
11:30 am – 1:00 pmLunch on Your Own
1:00 – 4:30 pmPre-conference Workshops (additional fees required)
5:00 – 6:30 pmWelcome Reception
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
7:00 am – 4:30 pmConference Check-in and Registration
7:15 – 8:15 amMorning Refreshments
8:15 – 9:45 amPlenary Session – with Dr. Timothy Renick
10:00 – 11:00 amConcurrent Sessions
11:00 – 11:45 amExhibitor Visits
11:45 am – 1:15 pmLunch on your own
1:15 – 2:45 pm
3:15 – 4:15 pmConcurrent Sessions
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Group Outing (additional fees required)
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
7:00 am – 4:45 pmConference Check-in and Registration
7:15 – 8:15 amMorning Refreshments
8:15 – 9:45 amPlenary Session – with Dr. José Antonio Bowen
10:00 am – 12:30 pmConcurrent Sessions
12:30 – 2:00 pmLunch on your own
2:00 – 3:30 pmFacilitated Discussions
3:30 – 4:45 pmPoster Session
Thursday, October 31, 2019
8:15 – 9:30 amBest Practices Awards Breakfast
9:30 am – 4:15 pmConference Check-in and Registration
9:45 am – 12:00 pmConcurrent Sessions
12:00 – 1:30 pmLunch on your own
1:30 – 3:00 pmFacilitated Discussions
3:15 – 4:15 pmConcurrent Sessions
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 in past years. 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 – Group Outing
Join us for a French Quarter Haunted History Walking Tour in New Orleans, America’s most haunted city. The tour will be led by local historians.
The tour will begin at 6:00 pm in the Astor Crowne Plaza lobby and will end at 8:00 pm in Jackson Square. Pre-registration is required. Space is currently full.
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
Tuesday through Thursday afternoon we will spend time in small groups discussing issues in-depth with colleagues from diverse institutions and positions on campus. Some topics include:
- Improving student perception of self
- Best practices for creating annual retention reports
- Coordinating strategic plans for retention
- Success programs for at-risk students
Join us Wednesday afternoon 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.
“[NSSR] is one of the most valuable conferences I have attended.”
-Dr. Rex M. Butterfield, Assistant Department Chair, Faculty, Brigham Young University-Idaho
Tuesday Keynote – Dr. Timothy Renick
Timothy Renick is Senior Vice President for Student Success and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University. At Georgia State, he has served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Honors Program. Since 2008, he has directed the student success and enrollment efforts of the university, overseeing among the fastest improving graduation rates in the nation and the elimination of all achievement gaps based on students’ race, ethnicity or income level. Dr. Renick has testified on strategies for helping university students succeed before the United States Senate and has twice been invited to speak at the White House. His work has been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, and CNN and cited by former President Obama. He was named one of 2016’s Most Innovative People in Higher Education by Washington Monthly, was the recipient of the 2015-16 Award for National Leadership in Student Success Innovation, and was awarded the 2018 McGraw Prize in Higher Education. He currently is principal investigator for a $9 million U.S. Department of Education grant to study the impact of predictive-analytics-based advisement on ten-thousand low-income and first-generation students nationally. A summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Renick holds his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.
Scaling Analytics and Institutional Change to Eliminate Equity Gaps
Abstract: By scaling a series of student-centered and analytics-informed reforms over the past decade, Georgia State University has raised graduation rates by 23 percentage points and closed all achievement gaps based on the students’ race, ethnicity, and income level. It now awards more bachelor’s degrees to African Americans than any other college or university in the nation. Through a discussion of innovations ranging from AI-enhanced chatbots and predictive analytics to meta-majors and completion grants, the presentation will cover lessons learned from Georgia State’s transformation and outline several practical and low-cost steps that campuses can take to improve outcomes for underserved students.
Wednesday Keynote – Dr. José Antonio Bowen
José Antonio Bowen has won teaching awards at Stanford, Georgetown, Miami and Southern Methodist University where he was Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts. He was President of Goucher College and has written over 100 scholarly articles, edited the Cambridge Companion to Conducting (2003), is an editor of Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology (2011), and has appeared as a musician with Stan Getz, Bobby McFerrin, and others. He has written a symphony, music for Hubert Laws and Jerry Garcia, and is the author of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012) which was the winner of the Ness Award for Best Book on Higher Education from the American Association of Colleges and Universities). He is also a Founding Board Member of the National Recording Preservation Board for the Library of Congress and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in England. Stanford honored him as a Distinguished Alumni Scholar in 2010 and he was given the Ernest L. Boyer Award (for significant contributions to American higher education) from the New American Colleges and Universities in 2018. See his blog at teachingnaked.com or follow him on Twitter @josebowen.
Nudges, the Learning Economy and a New 3Rs: Redesigning for Student Relationships, Resilience and Reflection
Technology has created a new learning economy. If we want this new economy to be more inclusive, we will need to prepare students for learning new information on their own. This means more focus on process and less on content and more attention to the student experience everywhere on campus. A convergence of behavioral economics, neuro-science, and cognitive psychology suggest both a new focus (a new educational 3Rs of “Relationships, Resilience and Reflection” as the “what”) and new ways for this to be designed and delivered (the “how”). Our shift from teaching to learning is incomplete unless we recognize that our best way to help students is to design environments and systems everywhere that “nudge” them into better learning behaviors.
Pre-conference Workshops Monday, October 28 – Optional, with an additional fee
Morning Workshops 8:00 – 11:30 am
Afternoon Workshops 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Review highlights from the 2018 Symposium on our Past Symposia page. Materials include the full conference program, award winners, and links to videos and hand-outs from the keynote addresses.