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NODA's Retention Symposium is a new educational space for experienced professionals to pursue retention practice knowledge and competency development.

Member $90
Non-member $190




 When: November 4th: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. & November 5th: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

As the higher education paradigm shifts and refocuses, the strategic work of our learning, retention and persistence communities grow in importance. Building and aligning the strategic priorities of our learning communities around persistence and retention has become a necessity for many OTR professionals. Through intentional questions and conversation, we will explore the shifting landscape, emerging pressures and strategies for how you can leverage knowledge and practice, and the need to become a voice and champion for the persistence and retention of our students. 

Who Should Attend: This professional development opportunity is designed for established professionals with decision making authority in their unit/division, or for institutional initiatives that impact retention results. 

The symposium will focus on synergy between theory, research, and practice within a campus culture.  Focus areas will include:

  • Refining a Philosophy of Student Engagement and Persistence
  • Developing a Knowledge Community
  • Intentionally Sustaining Collaboration to Spur Results
  • Understanding How Campus Structure Affects Results
  • Leading Initiatives From Any Chair at a Table
  • Identifying Strategy: Where to Start and How Connect Data to Action
  • Developing Evidence and Responding to Data
  • Identifying Gaps to Future Development

Symposium participants will address intermediate and advanced NODA foundation competencies in the areas of Theoretical Knowledge, Campus Collaborations, Content Development, Organization & Leadership, and Enrollment Management.   Focus will be placed in the following areas:

  • Knowledge Development and Synthesis: Exhibit knowledge of research literature; pursue knowledge creation and synthesis; demonstrate awareness of current trends; and find application in orientation, transition, and retention
  • Leadership, Advocacy, and Collaboration: Advocate for program development and representation in institutional planning; create, foster, and sustain collaboration/partnerships; lead partners and stakeholders in the creation of programming
  • Data Collection, Assessment, and Action: Analyze data, interpret trends, and differentiate factors; assess institutional access, barriers, and pathways; apply data and information to create and modify OTR strategies and partnerships

Saturday, November 4, 2017
7:00 - 7:15 p.m.  Welcome and Introductions
 7:15 - 8:15 p.m. Keynote: Tia Brown McNair
8:15 - 10:00 p.m.         Small Group Breakout


Sunday, November 5, 2017

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
General Session 1: What is student success? Thrive. Grit. Resiliency. Validation. Well-being
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.      General Session 2: How our structure and systems influence work
11:30 a.m. - Noon Morning Follow-up
12:00 - 12:55 p.m. Lunch Provided
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. General Session 3: Power of Collaboration
2:00 - 2:45 p.m.  General Session 4: Influencing Strategy and Taking Action
3:00 - 3:45 p.m.  General Session 5: Identifying Gaps and Making a Plan
3:45 - 4:00 p.m. Closing 

Plan Your Trip

2017 NODA Annual Conference Hotel:
Louisville Marriott Downtown

Address: 280 W Jefferson Street,
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: (502) 627-5045 

Rooms: Single / Double Occupancy - $187 (plus tax) and $10 for each additional occupant (4 person max)

Make a reservation: Visit this website, or call the hotel and indicate you are with the 2017 NODA Annual Conference registration block. 

Additional Rooms: The Hyatt Regency Louisville at 311 South Fourth Street is offering a special NODA price as well. Single / double occupancy is $182 (plus tax). To make a reservation at the Hyatt Regency, visit this website or call (1-888-421-1442) and indicate you are with the 2017 NODA Annual Conference registration block. 

Symposium Facilitators and Planning Committee


Brett Bruner

Director of Transition and Student Conduct, Fort Hays State University

Chair - 2015 NODA Annual Conference, General Member on the NODA Board of Directors (2010 - 2013)

Jeremy McQuigge

Manager of Digital Resources, Algonquin College

Committee Chair - Ad Hoc Committee on Globalization, Annual Conference Planning Committee Member, 2014 Region VII Conference Co-Host 2013 and 2018




Kimberlee Moock

Doctoral Candidate in Higher Education, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Former Director of New Student & Family Programs

Ad Hoc Committee on Globalization, Chair of Education Initiatives Committee, Board Member

Missy Wikle

Assistant Vice President for Transition and Retention, Oklahoma State University 

NODA Board Member (2014-2016), Leadership Development Committee (2012-2014) 



Randy Flowers

 Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Student Life, Baker University

2015 Annual Conference Planning Committee Member, Chair of Retention Symposium


Jason Mastrogiovanni

 Director of First-Year Studies,
University of Tennessee

Chair of Education Initiatives, Databank Committee


Rick Sparks

 Associate Vice Provost for Learning Systems Innovation and Effectiveness and University Registrar, Virginia Tech 




Keynote Speaker


Dr. Tia Brown McNair
Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC.

She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact educational practices, and student success, including AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal series of yearly working conferences.  McNair also directs AAC&U’s Summer Institute on High-Impact Educational Practices and Student Success. McNair serves as the project director for several AAC&U initiatives: "Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation," “Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success,” and Purposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence.” She directed AAC&U's projects on "Advancing Underserved Student Success through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning,” "Advancing Roadmaps for Community College Leadership to Improve Student Learning and Success,” and "Developing a Community College Roadmap. McNair chaired AAC&U’s Equity Working Group that was part of the General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) project that represented a large-scale, systematic effort to provide “design principles” for 21st-century learning and long-term student success. She is the lead author of the bookBecoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (July 2016). McNair is a co-author on the publication Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices.  Prior to joining AAC&U, McNair served as the Assistant Director of the National College Access Network (NCAN) in Washington, DC. McNair’s previous experience also includes serving as a Social Scientist/Assistant Program Director in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Director of University Relations at the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia; the Statewide Coordinator for the Educational Talent Search Project at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; and the Interim Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment Services at West Virginia State University. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at several institutions where she taught first-year English courses. McNair earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and English at James Madison University and holds an M.A. in English from Radford University and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University.

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