Develop a comprehensive retention plan based on data, mission, and resources, tailored to your unique institutional context.
This conference will help you develop a campus-wide retention plan that ties mission, data, and programming together in a unified approach. Whether you have a retention plan already in place or are just getting started, you will leave this event with an outlined plan built from the practical tips and small-group coaching from our expert instructors.
You will leave this conference better able to approach retention in a holistic manner by:
- Beginning before students arrive on campus
- Tying your retention data, programming, and goals together
- Auditing the existing programs you have, and determining what is working and what can be improved
- Prioritizing which retention programs to cut and which to keep
Small Group Coaching Sessions
As part of this conference, you will have the opportunity to participate in a group coaching session with peers and an expert faculty member from like institutions. You will discuss your current retention plans, initiatives, and challenges to building a comprehensive approach.
Pre-Conference Workshop: Data for Retention and Student Success Professionals
This workshop is designed for non-IR professionals who want to learn techniques for asking research questions, collecting and analyzing data, and explaining and using the results.
Two Retention Programs, One Location
Developing a One-Stop Center for Advising, Retention, and Career Services will be held following this event in the same meeting space. Your institution can receive a $500 discount when you register for both events. If you are interested in doing so, please reach out to Mickey Fitch at email@example.com or 720-988-1239.
Build Your Plan as a Team
This event is designed for higher education professionals and committees charged with improving retention or student success. This may include enrollment managers, student and academic affairs leaders, and assessment coordinators or committee members. Leadership and frontline staff alike will gain value from this conference. When you register two people, a third can attend for 50% off!
“Working on retention with our institutional team in a focused setting was extremely valuable. The staff was helpful with insights and questions to keep us on track.”
- Wendy Merb-Brown, Director of Learning Community Programs, Ohio University
Pre-Conference Workshop—Data Simplified: Working with Institutional Data for Retention Purposes
Institutional research data is a powerful tool for understanding attrition, planning programs, and predicting enrollment. Student affairs and enrollment professionals are often “afraid” of data and struggle with understanding the information, using it effectively, and working with IR departments to ask the right questions.This workshop is designed for non-IR professionals who want to learn the basics of data analysis and are seeking ways to manage, extract, and explain results to campus leaders. You will learn techniques for:
- Defining factors associated with retention
- Recognizing patterns and correlations
- Communicating with IR teams to effectively mine data
Main Conference Registration
W. Kent Barnds
Since his arrival at Augustana in 2005, Kent has overseen the largest enrollment in the college’s history. He oversees the offices of admissions, financial assistance, and marketing and serves a critical role on the comprehensive retention committee. In the summer of 2012, he served as acting president while the current president was on sabbatical.
Veronica served on the leadership team which created the CCC2NAU program, a partnership between Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College. This program was recognized with a 2012 Lee Noel and Randi Levitz Retention Excellence Award and the 2012 Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Award from National Academic Advising Association. She also led a cross-divisional team to secure a 1.2 million TRiO Student Support Services retention grant, the first for CCC. Prior to CCC, Veronica worked at Northern Arizona University in the Student Housing and Greek Life programs. Veronica has a masters of arts in counseling from Northern Arizona University and is currently pursuing a doctorate of education in higher education and organizational change with Benedictine University.
Bernadette is responsible for leading strategic planning, regional accreditation, and the Division of Academic and Student Life outcomes assessment and program evaluation. She also assists faculty members, academic departments, and colleges with discipline-specific accreditation and new program planning, review, and implementation. She previously served as West Virginia University’s executive director for academic success initiatives and the first-year experience, and university assessment officer. At WVU, in addition to working on regional and specialized accreditation and outcomes assessment, she supported new student orientation, the first-year seminar, early alert and academic probation programming, and programs for freshmen who were conditionally admitted, exploratory, first in the family in college, lower income, and students of color. Jungblut also has experience with TRiO Student Support Services, the McNair Scholars Program, undergraduate research programs, and honors college programming.
Margot earned her PhD in Educational Psychology and Master’s in Cultural Anthropology and has worked in K-12 and higher education assessment for over 20 years. Currently, she is the director of the Analytics and Assessment Office, overseeing assessment activities and analysis for departments in the division of Enrollment Management and Students Affairs (EMSA) at Northern Arizona University. In partnership with EMSA departments, the office conducts strategic analysis and meaningful assessment to positively impact student recruitment and enrollment, enhance the student experience, and improve student success.
Purchase the conference binder, which includes all presentation slides, worksheets, action plans, and additional resources.
Note: Conference attendees do not need to purchase materials separately.
Questions About the Event?
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