Best Practices in Retention at Open-Admission Institutions
Michelle Nightingale, Director of Student Success Services, Tompkins Cortland Community College
Holly Williams, Director of Retention & Student Success, Alvin Community College
Phillip Campbell, Coordinator for Orientation & Student Transitions within Campus Life, St. Louis Community College
Date and time: May 31, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST / 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Open-admission institutions present unique challenges in student retention. Many initiatives and programs at these institutions target first-generation college students or academically underprepared students and aim to address factors contributing to college stop-out. This includes, but is not limited to, strategies for working with academically underprepared students, early intervention initiatives, academic warning/probation programs, student engagement initiatives, college preparation/transition programs (first-year seminar, extended orientation, bridge programs), guided pathways, and effective communication practices. This webinar will delve into the challenges faced by students and focus on promising retention practices in open-access institutions.
About the Presenters:
Michelle Nightingale is the Director of Student Success Services at Tompkins Cortland Community College in upstate New York, where she oversees all new student orientation and transition programming, student success and retention initiatives, academic advisement, and academic intervention initiatives. In this role, she chairs the college-wide First-Year Experience Council and serves as a liaison to the Student Life Group. Michelle has been a member of NODA since 2003 and has served in various leadership roles within the association including Regional Representative to the Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Two-Year College Network, Regional Conference Co-Host, and as a faculty member for OPI (the Orientation Professionals Institute).
Holly Williams currently serves as the Director of Retention and Student Success at Alvin Community College, located outside Houston, Texas. In this role, she works with campus retention initiatives focused on data analysis and trends and chairs the campus-wide Retention and Student Success Committee. Holly has been a member of NODA since 2003 and has served on regional and annual conference committees. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Two-Year College Network and on the newly formed Globalization Task Force.
Phillip Campbell serves as Coordinator for Orientation and Student Transitions within Campus Life at St. Louis Community College. This role serves a diverse student population in the largest community college district in Missouri. Phillip advises student clubs, develops OTR initiatives, and creates leadership development programs. Phillip has been a member of NODA since 2011, the same year he graduated from the Orientation Professionals Institute. He has served on regional conference committees and in leadership roles for the Graduate Student and Two-Year College Networks, the latter for which he is currently a Co-Chair.