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updated: 08/22/07

October 3-5, 2005 Dallas, Texas
Wyndham Dallas North by the Galleria

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Don't miss our next conference
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Conference Details


Who Should Attend


Conference Objectives


Featured Speakers and Presentations


Conference Schedule


Concurrent Papers and Panels
Conference Hotel
Travel to and from Airports

Who Should Attend

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.


Conference Objectives

  • 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 between members
    of the CSRDE
  • Identify useful research resources for addressing the entire retention life cycle


Featured Speakers and Presentations


Keynote Speaker:

"Student Engagement: The Key to Fostering Student Success".

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 as well.

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".



Plenary Speaker

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.



Leadership Panel Plenary

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 Research,
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, Faculty
University of Arizona

Rosemary Hayes, CSRDE Director will serve as moderator.

Pre-conference Workshop Presenter
(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.



Conference Schedule

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 Award Luncheon.


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 presentations.

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.

Best Practices Track

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.


Meritorious Programs and Initiatives

This track contains papers which highlight retention programs that may serve as models for other practitioners.


Looking 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 efforts.


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.


Theory, 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.



Cancellation/Refund 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 conference fee.


Conference Hotel Site

Our Hotel Conference Site for this meeting will be the Wyndham 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,, one of Dallas' premier shopping and dining venues.

We suggest you also consider joining Wyndham by Request to receive special amenities.


Travel-transportation 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.

The Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange at the University of Oklahoma is a consortium of two-year and four-year institutions dedicated to achieving the highest levels of student success through collaboratively sharing data, knowledge, and innovation.

CSRDE is a sponsored activity of the Center for Institutional Data Exchange and Analysis at

The University of Oklahoma Outreach
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