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2015 NODA Annual Conference Features

Monday, March 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Daugherty
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On behalf of the 2015 NODA Annual Conference Program Committee, I invite you to explore the 2015 Annual Conference website. The Annual Conference Program Committee is working to design and implement an innovative, elevating, and rejuvenating Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado. We are excited to announce several initiatives to highlight your Annual Conference experience:

Dr. George Kuh, Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington, will serve as the conference’s featured speaker. George has 375 publications and made several hundred presentations on topics related to institutional improvement, college student engagement, assessment strategies, and campus cultures. He has been a consultant to more than 350 institutions of higher education and educational agencies in the United States and abroad. In 2013, The Chronicle of Higher Education described George as a "towering figure" who "launched the assessment field of institutional quality."

The 2015 Annual Conference will feature an inter-association Transition Summit with our colleague associations in the Student Affairs Higher Education Consortium (SAHEC). The Summit panel will focus conversation on what transition is, what it looks like on campuses, and how orientation, transition & retention staff can play a role in shaping collaborations across campus to support the transition process. Individual associations will also highlight how their respective functional areas play a role in transition.

Key educational panels & special initiatives will highlight a variety of topics including the following:
  • Career Advancement panel featuring OTR professionals who have progressed to senior-level leadership roles within higher education.
  • Women in Leadership Panel featuring prominent OTR professionals.
  • Extended sessions such as Graduate School Revisited.
  • Pre-conference sessions on International Student Orientation, Transition & Retention; Online Orientation, Transition & Retention; Retention Initiatives gaining campus buy-in and engaging faculty members featuring campus-based retention professionals; Title IX/Gender-Based Violence Prevention & OTR, and more.

Innovation is a core focus area for the 2015 NODA Annual Conference. In addition to the regular regional showcase sessions, the 2015 Annual Conference will recognize and highlight innovative programs happening within each of the Regions at the Annual Conference. The recipient of each region’s Innovative Program Award will be invited to present a highlight of their program during an educational session block during the 2015 Annual Conference.  

Be on the lookout for more updates and highlights regarding the 2015 Annual Conference. Don’t forget that we are currently accepting educational session proposals which closes April 1. We look forward to seeing you in Denver!


Brett L. Bruner, M.S.
2015 NODA Annual Conference Program Chair
Director of First Year Experience/Persistence & Retention
Fort Hays State University

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