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Educational Policy Institute and Academic Impressions Sponsor Retention Conference

VAIL, CO, June 17, 2005 -- The Educational Policy Institute, a non-profit international think tank on educational opportunity, partnered with Academic Impressions, a Denver-based organization dedicated to fostering interactive opportunities regarding emerging trends in higher education, to sponsor a conference dedicated to increasing student retention at two- and four-year colleges.


The sold-out conference of participants from the US, Canada, Mexico, and South Africa provided an opportunity for campus teams to think through and develop proactive plans to increase the year-to-year retention and persistence to degree rates of their students.


The conference featured:

  • Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President of EPI
  • Dr. Peter Dietche, Director of Research, Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario, and an EPI Senior Scholar
  • Dr. Paul Thayer, Executive Director, Center for Advising and Student Achievement, Colorado State University
  • Ms. Andrea Reeve, Director Academic Advancement Center, Colorado State University

Participants of the conference developed plans or built on previously-configured plans to implement strategies and programs aimed at curbing the departure of students on their campus.


To download presentations from the conference, please click on the following links below:


Dr. Swail's Presentation

Dr. Dietsche's Presentation

Dr. Thayer and Ms. Reeve's Presentation


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The Educational Policy Institute (EPI), a non-partisan research organization with offices in Washington, DC, Toronto, Canada, and Melbourne, Australia, is dedicated to policy-based research on educational opportunity for all students. The mission of EPI is to expand educational opportunity for low-income and other historically-underrepresented students through high-level research and analysis.



Dr. Watson Scott Swail, (877) e-POLICY