NODA’s Virtual Retention Symposium is an educational opportunity for experienced professionals to pursue retention practice knowledge and competency development.  

The Retention Symposium is a combination of facilitated conversations and small group clusters. Each offering of the Retention Symposium is limited to 25 participants.

The 2023 institute has concluded.

  • To create a community of practice around retention strategies and initiatives
  • To develop a network of colleagues in retention work
  • To learn strategies to develop a retention plan while facilitating a collaborative campus environment
  • To learn effective practices from various institutions (student success stories)
  • To provide resources on making data driven decisions in order to be solutions focused
  • Showcase innovative programming and retention practices/strategies/approaches
  • Provide references and resources for retention and student success work
  • Key elements of campus strategy
  • Student success and retention pathways
  • Collaborative Relationships
  • Leveraging Data

Symposium participants will address intermediate and advanced NODA 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 and 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; and 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; and apply data and information to create and modify orientation, transition, and retention strategies and partnership

Symposium Leadership


Rick Sparks
Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and University Registrar
Virginia Tech


Beth Lingren Clark
Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment Initiatives
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities