NACADA Winter Events

Utilizing Research and Data to Increase Student
Persistence and Retention Seminar

February 21-22, 2011 held at Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida

About the Seminar

Any comprehensive strategy to increase student persistence and success includes careful analysis and use of research in the field as well as of institutional data.  Fundamentally, persistence and retention plans, i.e., enrollment plans, ought to be theoretically grounded and responsive to an institution’s academic mission.  As such, the design should be intentional and student-learning focused.  The literature is clear that the time and effort students put into their studies are important variables in the student success formula.  Equally important are the ways institutions construct and support environments that connect students to the campus and to experiences that will optimize their learning.


 Sunday, February 20, 2011
 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Registration
 Tuesday, February 22, 2011
 7:00 a.m.  Registration 
 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.  Breakfast (included and name tag required)
 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.  Announcements
 8:45 - 10:15 a.m.  Plenary Session: Developing and Implementing a Plan
 This session will focus on developing and implementing a plan utilizing the information from Monday morning’s plenary session.
 10:15 - 10:30 a.m.  Break
 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.  Plenary Session: The Next Generation of Student Support Systems: Technology for Student Success

How can technology help you in advising?  What areas of advising can be impacted the most by technology?  Why is it important to use technology in advising?  Can you use technology and maintain a personal touch?  These questions and more will be discussed.  Also, see examples of how technology can provide centralized student documentation, online appointment scheduling, text messaging, mobile apps for student support, integrated tutor management, social network access, extensive reporting, and support kiosks to track visits and provide self-help.  This presentation will be fun and interactive.

Presented by Mario Moore, CEO, GradesFirst

 11:45 - 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (included and name tag required)
 1:15 - 3:15 p.m.  Small Group Discussions: Plan Development and Sharing

Groups will have opportunity to discuss the plans they are developing and get input from group members and institute faculty

 3:15 p.m.  Ending Time
 Monday, February 21, 2011
 8:00 a.m.  Registration open all day
 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Plenary Session: The Dimensions of Student Persistence and Retention: What is Student Success and What Does Research Tell Us?

This session will discuss what we know from the research about student persistence, retention and success and where we can find research and data to utilize for our own campus initiatives.

 10:30-10:45 a.m.  Break (sponsored by GradesFirst)
 10:45 - 12:00 p.m.  Small Group Discussions: What are the Issues on Your Campus? How Do You Know?

In this session, work groups will focus on institutional issues including student populations and analysis of institutional initiatives.

 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (included and name tag required)
 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  Plenary Session: Mapping the Student Experience on Your Campus
 This session will focus on how to Map the Student Experiences you want to achieve based on the research and data you have.
 2:30 - 2:45 p.m  Break
 2:45 - 5:00 p.m.  Small Group Discussions: Connections and Conversations
 This session will focus on connections and conversations with research & data as a focus. It will utilize information from the earlier in the day.

Registration Information

Persistence Seminar Only   2011 Fees
 NACADA Member $435
 Nonmember  $510

Hotel Information

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort
400 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater, FL 33767

NACADA Block Room Rate: $169 (Single/Double)