Event Date/Time: Dec 06, 2010 End Date/Time: Dec 08, 2010
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The Educational Policy Institute invites leaders and practitioners from postsecondary institutions who are uniquely interested in finding solutions to increasing the success of students. With beautiful Grapevine as a backdrop, affording the opportunity to simultaneously relax and focus, institutional teams and other individuals will spend 2.5 days learning about student retention and designing plans to improve the success of students at their campuses.

Led by internationally-recognized experts Dr. Watson Scott Swail (Educational Policy Institute) and Mr. Jay Goff of the (Missouri University of Science & Technology) this retreat is designed for institutions who are either at the initial stages of planning for student retention or need to enhance an existing program. During the retreat, teams will:

* learn why students fail or succeed;
* learn about best practices for student retention at institutions like them;
* share experiences from their own campuses about what works and what doesn't;
* see why data matters and how it is the center of any retention effort;
* design or revise an institutional plan to increase student retention and success at their institution.

The Retention Retreat is designed for institutional teams and individuals from two-year, four-year, and proprietary institutions seriously interested in changing how students are served. It offers professionals an opportunity to get away from the campus in order to focus exclusively on creating tangible plans for success. When participants return to their campuses, they will be equipped with the tools necessary to begin implementing an effective retention program.

Our annual workshop for postsecondary professionals from student services, financial aid, academic services, recruitment and admissions, and institutional leadership to learn more about student retention and success and the fundamentals of building an institutional plan for success.


Track 1. Pre-College Programs. This track is focused on programs at the middle and high school levels designed to target and support students in the preparation and planning for higher education. GEAR UP and TRIO programs are examples of these programs.

Track 2. Two-Year Colleges. Track 2 will provide details specific to professionals at the two-year level. Given that this is a main entry point for first-generation and other potentially at-risk students, this is an important area for focus.

Track 3. Four-Year Colleges. The third track will look at four-year institutions and how they can prepare and improve

retention and graduation rates.

Track 4. Career Colleges. This track focuses is designed to interest professionals who deal with mostly adult students at any level, including proprietary, career colleges, and online/distance providers.

Additional themes that will be discussed during regular sessions and special affinity group sessions at breakfasts:

* STEM students/programs
* At-risk students, including low-income students and students of color
* Small institutions
* Strategic enrollment management
* Leadership
* Academic support services
* Social support services
* Financial aid
* Community involvement/support
* Parental involvement


* Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President of the Educational Policy Institute and noted retention expert.
* Dr. Jay Goff, Dean of Enrollment Management, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla, Missouri.