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Retention 2017 Schedule (Tentative)


May 22

8:30AM — 9:00AM


9:00AM — 9:45AM

Dr. Watson Scott Swail, Educational Policy Institute, Why Student Retention Still Matters

9:45AM — 11:00AM

Dr. Robert Zemsky, University of Pennsylvania, The Market Imperative—How and Why Student Persistence Organizes the Undergraduate Market. Why knowing the territory is the key to understanding what is--and is not--possible if the goal increasing student success in an age of stratified markets.  The key is understanding the roles geography, college readiness, and market smarts play in determining who is likely to graduate.

11:00AM — 11:15AM


11:15AM — 12:30PM

Mr. Jay Goff, Saint Louis University, A Primer for Institutional Retention. This session provides an opportunity to review the fundamental underpinnings of student retention from a practitioner perspective.   The session is designed for institutions starting, or re-evaluating, their student persistence plans.  Core retention benchmarks and assessment activities will be covered.

12:30PM — 1:30PM


1:30PM — 2:00PM

Ms. Zora Mulligan,  Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education, Higher Ed Version 2.017:  State and Federal Higher Education Trends in a New Era. Colleges, universities, state and federal policy-makers, and foundations coalesced around the “Big Goal” announced by then-President Barrack Obama and reiterated in states including Missouri.  The completion agenda continues – but it now does so in a space where our elected officials are asking new questions about higher education.  This session will outline the Trump and Greitens administrations’ statements on higher education and discuss how to keep completion front and center.

2:30PM — 2:45PM

Mr. Jonathan Sparling, American Student Assistance, Partnering for Student Financial Success

2:45PM — 3:00PM


3:00PM — 3:45PM

Dr. Neal Raisman, NRaisman & Associates, Academic Customer Service is Key to Student Retention

3:45PM — 4:45PM

Mr. Christopher Shaffer, Shawnee State University, Big Data's Impact on College Admission Practices and Recruitment Strategies

4:45PM — 5:00PM

Presidential Welcome

5:00PM — 7:00pm





May 23

8:30AM — 9:00AM


9:00AM — 10:15AM

Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research and NSSE Institute, Advancing a Framework for Student  Success. We know a lot from research about what facilitates student success, and can rely on a range of empirically-tested approaches and time-honored practices about what to do. Yet, the implementation of what works is at best uneven across institutions and among students.  This calls for greater consideration about what to do and how this must occur. This session offers a quick review of what we know about what supports student success, advances emerging propositions from the field, and presents a framework to organize our efforts to increase student success. 

10:15AM — 10:45AM

Dr. Anne Edmunds, St. Mary’s University, Fostering and Tracking Graduate Student Success

10:45AM — 11:00AM


11:00AM — 12:00PM

Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research and NSSE Institute, Applying NSSE Findings to Create Environments for Student Success. What latest lessons can we draw from National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) results and findings about the learning environment for student success? This session will focus on recent NSSE findings about student engagement factors that most influence retention and graduation and the importance of learning support in the first college year.

12:00PM — 1:00PM


1:00PM — 2:00PM

Mr. Jay Goff, Saint Louis University, A Case Study for Retention. The featured case study model is structured to provide a review of fundamental strategies and tactics that need to be incorporated into most retention plan's assessments, programs and policies. This session will cover a sample model for developing a campus retention philosophy, committee structures and operational plans.

2:00PM — 2:30PM

Mr. Edward Goodman, City University of New York, Improving Student Success and Retention through a Comprehensive Faculty Advisement Initiative

2:30PM — 2:45PM


2:45PM — 3:45PM

Mr. Christopher Shaffer, Shawnee State University

3:45PM — 3:50PM

Dr. Watson Scott Swail, Educational Policy Institute, SYMPOSIUM SUMMARY