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2019 Retention Symposium

NODA's Retention Symposium is an educational opportunity for experienced professionals to pursue retention practice knowledge and competency development. It takes place before the 2019 NODA Annual Conference in Houston, TX. Symposium programming will take place over two days, Saturday, October 19 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 20 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.



Format: The format of the Symposium is a combination of lecture-style and discussion. Participants will be placed into groups by experience level and will have the opportunity to work with a faculty coach throughout the experience.

Who Should Attend: 
This professional development opportunity is designed for established professionals with decision making authority in their unit/division, or for institutional initiatives that impact retention results. 


NODA Core Competencies

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 OTR strategies and partnerships
What People Are Saying About the Retention Symposium

"I participated in the first two NODA Retention Symposiums, which have proven to be the most relevant and practical conferences related to retention that I have ever attended. At the 2017 inaugural Symposium, Dr. Tia McNair from AAC&U led an interactive discussion related to the 2016 publication Becoming a Student-Ready College.  As a direct result of this presentation, Miami University invited Dr. McNair to our campus.   She engaged with four distinct groups of faculty/staff/administrators to reflect on what it means to be a “student-ready college” and how this mindset shift can positively impact retention and persistence.  I highly recommend the NODA Retention Symposium!"

-Kim M. Ernsting
Director, Student Success Programs
Miami University


“The 2018 NODA Retention Symposium exposed me to research, best practices, and a network of colleagues that allow me to further the development of  retention strategies at my campus. No matter if a large-school or small, the conversation of retention is occurring on our campus. As a university leaders, it’s our obligation to provide a quality experience for our students. The 2018 NODA Retention Symposium gave me the tools and resources to lead that conversation.”

-Randy Flowers 
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Life
Baker University
2019 Symposium Facilitators and Planning Committee 

Beth Lingren Clark
Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment Initiatives, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  Holly Williams
Director of Retention & Student Success,
Alvin Community College

Missy Wikle
Assistant Vice President for Transition and Retention, Oklahoma State University 
  Jason Mastrogiovanni
Director of First-Year Studies,
University of Tennessee 
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