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Retention Symposium
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Retention Symposium

October 19 – 20, 2019 | Houston, TX

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.

Featured Speaker

Dr. Cassandre G. Alvarado
Executive Director of Student Success,
The University of Texas at Austin

"The 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."

Randy Flowers

NODA Member since 2011, Baker University

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

Facilitators and Planning Committee

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

Jared Tippets
Faculty Coach
Vice President for Student Affairs
Southern Utah University

Holly Williams
Planning Committee
Director of Retention
& Student Success
Alvin Community College

Dr. Cassandre G. Alvarado
Faculty Coach
Executive Director of Student Success,
The University of Texas at Austin

Missy Wikle
Planning Committee
Assistant Vice President for Transition and Retention
Oklahoma State University

Cynthia Hernandez
Faculty Coach
Associate Vice President
for Student Affairs
Texas A&M University

Jason Mastrogiovanni
Planning Committee
Executive Director of the Office for Student Success
Texas A&M University

Laura Isdell
Executive Director of
Admissions & Prospective Students
Lone Star College

1.866.521.NODA (6632) | 1200 S Washington Ave Minneapolis, MN 55415