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 40 participants.

2024 Schedule  

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM CST)

  • 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
  • Enrollment Management

Symposium Leadership


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


Beth Lingren Clark
Associate Vice Provost for Retention and Transition Programs
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities