Action Steps in Starting and Implementing a Student Retention Program

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Event Date/Time: Apr 14, 2009 End Date/Time: Apr 14, 2009
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Action Steps in Starting and Implementing a Student Retention Program 14 April 2009 Online College student retention continues to be a vexing problem for many colleges and universities. Nearly half of all students who attend a college full time will not graduate within six years. This presentation will review the steps necessary to begin and implement a student retention program. It is the goal of this workshop that participants will gain a clear blueprint of how to proceed in helping students succeed both academically and personally. Objectives The desired outcomes of this presentation include: learning what needs to be done to really help students persist, the application of current theory & practice to local issues, improving the teaching/learning process, and for colleges to start to take action & responsibility for student retention. Program highlights include: getting a commitment from senior management, forming a retention committee, selecting a retention reading list, developing key questions, defining retention/attrition, benchmarking with peer institutions, choosing a model to support your interventions and planning what to do (assigning responsibility, designing an evaluation plan, informing the college community & disseminating the results). Who Should Attend? Faculty, Presidents, Provosts, Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, Vice Presidents of Student Affairs, Chief Financial Officers, Deans of Academic and Student Affairs, Academic and student affairs personnel including Admissions, Financial Aid Officers, Learning Skills Center Directors, Assessment, Institutional Research. All persons who want to learn about college student retention and what can be done to help students meet their academic and personal goals. Who is the Speaker? Dr. Alan Seidman is the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of College Student Retention ( The Center provides retention resources to individuals and educational institutions including the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice which Dr. Seidman founded and edits. It is the only scholarly journal devoted exclusively to college student retention issues. The Center also hosts a retention discussion group with over 1,000 members world wide, a retention reference list with over 1,400 retention references, slide shows, issues, affiliates and consulting services. Dr. Seidmans book, College student retention: Formula for student success, was published by ACE/Praeger Press in 2005 as was his book chapter, Minority student retention: Resources for practitioners in Minority retention: What works? His second book, Minority student retention- the best of the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice was published in 2007 by Baywood Publishing Company, Inc. Seidman has also published articles in scholarly journals in the area of retention and attrition, student services, enrollment management and has given presentations on these topics at local, state, regional, national and international conferences and presentations/workshops to college and university administrators, faculty and staff. Dr. Seidman appeared on Fox News Live Weekend to talk about college student retention. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Dr. Seidman is a member of the NH Judicial Council, appointed by the Governor of NH, confirmed by the Executive Council; Examiner, U.S. Department of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA); grant reader for the U.S. Department of Education; Alternate, State of New Hampshire Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, Internal Revenue Servie, U.S. Department of the Treasury, an Instructor Trainer, American Red Cross, and AARP Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program volunteer. Dr. Seidman has over thirty years of experience in education as a college administrator, educational consultant and elementary school teacher. He earned his B.A. & M.A. from Glassboro State College (Rowan University), NJ and his Ed.D. from Syracuse University, NY. Enquiries: