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updated: 08/22/07



Elevating Expectations
for Student Success!

October 9-11, 2006
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The symposium was held during the
International Balloon Fiesta


Conference Details


Who Should Attend


Conference Objectives
Featured Speakers and Presentations


Tentative Conference Schedule


Sunday Evening Event


Pre-Conference Workshops
Concurrent Papers


Registration Fees
Conference Hotel
Travel to and from Airport


Churches in Albuquerque


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.


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

Dr. George Henderson. Since he joined the University of Oklahoma faculty in 1967, George Henderson's name has become synonymous with efforts to promote ethnic diversity and interracial understanding on the University of Oklahoma campus and throughout the country.

Dr. Henderson recently retired as Dean of the College of Liberal Studies to return to the Department of Human Relations as director of the advanced studies program. He founded OU's Human Relations program and designed its curriculum in 1969 the same year he received the Sylvan N. Goldman Professorship. He holds three additional distinguished professorships at OU: the David Ross Boyd Professorship, the Regents' Professorship of Human Relations, Education and Sociology, and the Kerr-McGee Presidential Professorship.

A trailblazer among African-American university educators, Dr. Henderson has been honored throughout the country for his research and writings. The most recent of his 28 books, "Our Souls to Keep", is an introduction to African-American culture written primarily for white readers. The author donated the royalties from this book to scholarships for low-income students.



Plenary Speaker

Dr. Peter Ewell, Vice President of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS).

Since 1981 Dr. Ewell has been a staff member of the NCHEMS, a research and development center founded to improve the management effectiveness of colleges and universities. His work focuses on assessing institutional effectiveness and the outcomes of a college. Dr. Ewell has consulted with over 375 institutions regarding enrollment management and student retention.

Dr. Ewell has authored six books including "The Self-Regarding Institution: Information for Excellence" and numerous articles on using the outcomes of student assessment. In 1998 he led the design team for the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and currently chairs its Technical Advisory Panel.

He is a graduate of Haverford College, received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in 1976 and was part of the University of Chicago faculty.



Plenary Speaker

Dr. Margaret Ford, President of the Houston Community College System – Northeast College since 1997.

Currently, Dr. Ford serves as the President-elect for the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. She has over thirty years of experience in higher education, working with both the 4-year and 2-year college communities.

She has written numerous articles that have appeared in the Community College Journal about the role community colleges play in students' success. Dr. Ford focuses on high-risk students and providing to them the opportunity to succeed.

In addition to numerous community awards for her tireless efforts, Dr. Ford has earned a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Houston as well as certificates in International Relations and Urban and Regional Planning from Oxford University and Kansas State University respectively.


Plenary Speaker

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.



Tentative 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 pre-conference workshops 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.

Sunday, October 8
* Sunday Evening Event - Balloon Glow® 5:00 - 10:00 pm

Monday, October 9
* Pre-conference Workshops (Full Day)
* Welcome Address 5:00 pm
* Keynote Speaker 5:30 pm
* Best Practices Reception 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 10
Plenary and Discussion 8:30 - 10:00 am
* Concurrent Sessions 10:20 am - 12:15 pm
* Networking Lunch 12:15 - 1:15 pm
* Afternoon Plenary and Discussion 1:30 - 3:00 pm
* Concurrent Sessions 3:20 - 5:15 pm

Wednesday, October 11
* Plenary and Discussion 8:30 - 10:00 am
* Concurrent Sessions 10:20 am - 11:10 am
* Closing Session and Best Practice Award Ceremony 11:20 am - 12:00 pm


Sunday Evening Event - Balloon Glow® is FULL

Balloon Glow® is one of the most widely anticipated events of the whole week at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Just before dusk, some 400 to 500 balloons are securely tethered and inflated. At the directive of the Balloonmeister, burners are ignited and the evening sky fills with a kaleidoscope of brilliant, luminous color that is truly magic. Check out The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta for more information.

We will be traveling to Balloon Fiesta Park to enjoy this magnificent event followed by AfterGlow Fireworks Show, New Mexico's most spectacular fireworks display. Transportation will be provided to and from the park. We have a big group attending so we ask that you meet us in the lobby of the Embassy Suites at 5:00 PM (if you are staying at the Hilton, we will pick you up at 4:45 PM) and we will return around 10:00 PM.



Pre-Conference Workshops

Data and Decisions to Support Student Success
Increasingly, college and university leaders base strategic decisions on data. The ability to access, analyze, and convert data into strategic information is critical for institutions to remain competitive with other institutions. This full day workshop will focus on ways to identify peer and competitive institutions, define key institutional performance measures related to retention and compare relative positions on these measures with other institutions. A team approach will be used in this workshop, so senior management and their institutional researchers are encouraged to sign up together for this workshop for maximum benefit. (Full Day, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Retention for Rookies
You've just been named coordinator of student retention at your institution-now what? Retention for Rookies is intended to give you a solid orientation about the retention field. Learn basic retention concepts. Identify resources that can help you evaluate the current state of affairs at your institution. Discover retention strategies that get results at two-year and four-year institutions and learn the best ways to plan for programs by laying the groundwork for success and gaining faculty support. A good starter course for those of you who have recently been told that "retention and student success" have been added to your responsibilities. (Half Day, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm)

Analyzing Your Retention Funnel Data
For many years enrollment professionals and institutional research analysts have studied the enrollment flow of students from prospect to enrollee in order to focus resources effectively. Many colleges have not yet perfected a process to analyze data from the enrollment stage until completion. This session will provide participants with a framework from which retention resources can be focused in order to improve enrollment during each stage of the retention funnel. (Half Day, 1:00 pm– 4:30 pm).



Concurrent Papers

After going through a peer review process, over thirty papers have been accepted for presentation at this year's symposium and for inclusion in our published conference proceedings. Researchers and Practioners will be giving presentations on topics covering:

  • Best Practices
  • Meritorious Retention Programs
  • Transfers
  • Beyond the First Year
  • Retention Theory
  • Data, Tools, and Methods


Conference Registration---Fees and Sign-ups--



Conference Details  
Registrants from CSRDE member institutions

$398 early registration
$498 after Aug. 1

Registrants from non-CSRDE member institutions

498 early registration
$598 after Aug. 1

Pre-Conference Workshop I, Monday, October 9, Full Day
Data and Decisions to Support Student Success
(Optional) with paid conference registration
This workshop is FULL.


Pre-Conference Workshop II, Monday, October 9, Half Day
Retention for Rookies (Beginner)
(Optional) with paid conference registration


Pre-Conference Workshop III, Monday, October 9, Half Day
Analyzing Your Retention Funnel Data (Advanced)
(Optional) with paid conference registration


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 registration) will be made on any prepaid registration for which we receive an advance written cancellation by October 2, 2006. Absolutely no refunds can be processed after October 20, 2006.

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--Embassy Suites Hotel--Albuquerque, NM

Address: 1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Hotel Phone (info) 505-245-7100

Our Hotel Conference Site for this meeting will be the Embassy Suites Hotel. The newly-opened Embassy Suites Albuquerque hotel is centrally located in Downtown Albuquerque between the campus of the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the Albuquerque Convention Center close to the Albuquerque International Airport.

This full-service upscale all-suite hotel is just minutes from historic Old Town Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Biological Park, the Rio Grande Zoo, the Albuquerque Aquarium, Winrock Shopping Mall, Kirtland Air Force Base, UNM basketball's ''The Pit'', Journal Pavillion, Isotopes Baseball Park, Kimo Theatre, UNM Championship Golf Courses, Tingley Coliseum, the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, the New Mexico State Fairgrounds, the community of Rio Rancho and Balloon Fiesta Park. The Sandia Peak Tramway, Sandia Ski Basin and Sandia Casino are all just a short drive away. Guests of the Embassy Suites Albuquerque hotel stay in spacious two-room suites and receive a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, a nightly manager's reception and high-speed internet access.

If conference hotel is full, please check the overflow hotel (details below).

Conference Overflow Hotel--Hilton Albuquerque--Albuquerque, NM

Our Overflow Hotel for this conference will be the Hilton Albuquerque. Located 1.68 miles from the conference hotel, this hotel is on a 14 acre oasis in the University/Midtown district. The Hilton Albuquerque hotel captures the unique flavor and artistry of the great Southwest. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated and spacious with breathtaking views of the spectacular high-desert landscape of mesas, volcanoes and the Sandia Mountains.


Travel to and from Airport

Sunport Shuttle offers their service on shuttle trips to and from the airport. The cost is $9.00 one way, or $16.00 round trip. You may make reservations by calling 866-505-4966 or 505-883-4966; or you can find their desk at the airport in the baggage area across from Southwest Airlines.


Churches in Albuquerque

For those of you who will be arriving early and would like to attend church, click here for a listing of churches in Albuquerque (with links to their websites for more information) and a map to guide you to their location.


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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