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NODA's Retention Symposium is a new educational space for experienced professionals to pursue retention practice knowledge and competency development. 



Retention, like student success, means something different to everyone. Just as students define their own successes differently, we, too, define retention differently. Trending now in student success is the idea of creating a coordinated care network to support students in maximizing their potential for success. Keeling (2014) submits that "advancing student success requires attention to students as whole people and to their individual and collective well-being."

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. 

Focus areas of the 2018 Retention Symposium included:

  • Creation of a community of care for retention
  • Well-being and student success
  • Growth mindset and early momentum in the first year of college

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
"As a mid-level manager in a position solely focused on retention and student success, I found the first Retention Symposium to be educational, informative, and thought-provoking. I particularly liked the focus on collaboration and influencing strategy. NODA has been a true leader in the field of orientation, has made major strides over the past few years in regard to transition initiatives, and I am excited about this new and inevitable focus on the R! An intensive symposium is a great format for bringing all three (O, T, and R) into focus in a synergistic way."

     - Holly Williams, now a member of the 2018 Retention Symposium Faculty

2018 Symposium Facilitators and Planning Committee 

Brett Bruner
Dean of Student Engagement, Arkansas Tech University

Holly Williams
Director of Retention & Student Success, Alvin Community College


Kimberlee Moock
Doctoral Candidate in Higher Education, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Former Director of New Student & Family Programs


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

Kim Sandlin
Director of Transitions & Orientation, Wichita State University


Jason Mastrogiovanni
Director of First-Year Studies,
University of Tennessee



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