Conference topics and networking opportunities will be useful to
all college and university executives,
institutional researchers, student services personnel, and faculty
from 2-year and 4-year institutions interested in student retention.
Participants from non-CSRDE institutions are welcome to attend.
- Highlight emerging trends and policy issues in higher education
that impact retention and
graduation efforts at colleges and universities such as: Beyond
the First Year, Transfers,
Special Population, Retention Theory
- Showcase successful, effective programs and retention strategies
implemented by member
institutions and partners
- Promote opportunities for dialog, networking, and shared understanding
of the CSRDE
- Identify useful research resources for addressing the entire
retention life cycle
"Student Engagement: The Key to Fostering Student
Dr. Charles Schroeder offers more than two
decades of experience as an higher education administrator
and writer on student affairs and the student experience.
Dr. Schroeder has consulted with more than 100 institutions
throughout North America.
Dr. Schroeder served as a chief student affairs officer for
22 years, most recently at the University of Missouri–Columbia.
He has also held that position at Mercer University (GA),
St. Louis University (MO), and Georgia Institute of Technology.
At Missouri, Dr. Schroeder was a professor of higher education
A prolific writer and editor, Dr. Schroeder has published
more than 60 books and articles on higher education. His most
recent book (2005) is entitled "Achieving and Sustaining
Institutional Excellence for the First Year of College".
Dr. John Gardner, Executive Director of
the Policy Center on the First Year of College.
Dr. Gardner is a visionary educator, author, consultant,
speaker, and change agent. He is the founder of the National
Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students
in Transition at the University of South Carolina and the
co-founder of the Policy Center on the First Year of College.
He is the recipient of numerous professional awards, as well
as seven honorary doctoral degrees, recognizing him for his
contributions to American higher education.
Dr. Gardner has authored numerous articles and books, including:
The Step-by-Step Guide to College Success (1987); The Freshman
Year Experience (1989), with M. Lee Upcraft; The Senior Year
Experience (1997), with Gretchen Van Der Veer; Ready for the
Real World (1994), with William Hartel and Associates; and
Your College Experience, 5th Ed. (2003), with A. Jerome Jewler.
Honored Special Guest
Dr. A. James Hicks, the National Science
Foundation Director of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority
Participation, an initiative that has led to significant increases
in the retention and graduation of minority STEM students.
Dr. Hicks was formerly Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
at North Carolina A & T University and has more than 20
years of successful experience in administration, proposal
reviews, and research evaluation.
Expert Panel will discuss topics such as
the role of executive leadership in shaping systemic change
with regard to student retention.
Jennifer Beck, Associate VP Student Affairs,
Texas State, San Marcos
Gerald McLaughlin, Director Institutional
De Paul University
Marsha Kelman, Asst. Vice Chancellor,
University of Texas System
Harriet McQueen, Dean,
Enrollment Management/Academic Support
Austin Peay State University
Glenda Wilkes, Retention Development Specialist,
University of Arizona
Rosemary Hayes, CSRDE Director will serve
(An optional session)
Mr. Timothy D. Culver, Associate Vice President,
Retention Consulting for Noel-Levitz.
Mr. Culver consults directly with institutions, helping them
identify retention enhancement opportunities.
With a technological and strategic planning background, Mr.
Culver offers a unique perspective when developing and implementing
successful enrollment management and student success programs.
He has assisted in the creation of recruiting, enrollment
management, retention, and communication plans, as well as
the analysis of institutional research.
In keeping with the objective of this year's conference,
we will be providing a number of formats to support learning and
networking between conference attendees. In addition to our exciting
keynote and plenaries, we are also planning a pre-conference workshop
which will allow participants to explore retention related issues
in a more in-depth manner. In the following section you will also
find additional information about the call for papers and panels.
We are very interested in fostering a high degree of interaction
between attendees at this conference. Therefore, there will be many
opportunities for break-outs and small group discussion among affinity
groups and across institutional responsibilities.
The conference will also include a Best Practices
Concurrent Papers and Panels
We encourage you to participate in the presentations
and dialogs that are generated through this symposium.It is our
intention to provide attendees with a CD of conference papers and
Each of the topics below will open a PDF document.
Below are links for the topic areas on accepted abstracts for which
papers have been invited. Paper titles and authors are hyperlinked
to the abstract.
We will be evaluating papers submitted in
this track for the CSRDE Best Practices Award of $1000 which
will be presented during our conference luncheon. Papers submitted
in this track were asked to address Collaborative
Institution-wide Approaches to Retention Issues.
Programs and Initiatives
This track contains papers which highlight
retention programs that may serve as models for other practitioners.
Beyond the First Year
Transfers and Retention
Effective use of CSRDE Data
This file contains accepted abstracts submitted
under these tracks. You'll find models of second year programs,
studies on factors affecting commuting students beyond the
first year, and more.
Also, you will find papers examining transfer retention and
discussion on the use of CSRDE data to benchmark retention
and Special Populations
There are some very interesting papers in
this track addressing issues such as college retention among
foster children (Casey Foundation), STEM students, MBA Students,
minority students, and a special presentation on the outcomes
of two programs sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Research Methods and Data Tools
||Topics covered in this track include a research
design resource kit, latest research studies, data mining to
identify traits and environmental factors which predict retention,
successful "Doing Well" retention program that stood
up to experiential design, and other exciting papers.
Policy: Prepaid registrants who find they
are unable to attend may send a delegate in their place without
penalty. Refunds (less a 20% processing charge per each registration)
will be made of any prepaid registrations for which we receive
an advance written cancellation (by September 27, 2005). Absolutely
no refunds can be processed after October 14, 2005.
No Show: Those
who pre-registered and do not attend the conference without
written notification of cancellation will be charged the full
Our Hotel Conference Site for this meeting will be
Dallas North by the Galleria. This hotel is
just 20 minutes away from the Dallas/Ft. Worth(DFW) and Love Field
airports. It is also situated very closely to the Galleria, http://www.galleriadallas.com,
one of Dallas' premier shopping and dining venues.
We suggest you also consider joining Wyndham
by Request to receive special amenities.
to and From Hotel
Super Shuttle is offering a discount to participants
of the National Symposium on Student Retention on shuttle trips
to and from the Airport. This is a very economical way to travel.