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About the Symposium

Purpose: To provide an educational space for mid-level and advanced professionals to pursue retention practice knowledge and competency development.

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. 

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

Who Should Attend

This professional development opportunity is designed for established professionals (mid-level to advanced) with decision making authority in their unit/division, or for institutional initiatives that impact retention results.  Since this is not intended to be a “Retention 101” workshop, participants should have a robust foundation in theory, research, and practices that improve student engagement and persistence.

Location Information

2017 NODA Annual Conference Hotel:
Louisville Marriott Downtown
280 W Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202


Registration opens on June 1, 2017.

Symposium Facilitators

Missy Winkle - Director of First Year Experience, Oklahoma State University

Brett Bruner - Director of Transition and Student Conduct, Fort Hays State University

Jeremy McQuigge - Academic Partnerships Acting Manager, Algonquin College

Kimberlie Moock - Director New Student and Family Programs, Eastern Illinois University


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