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Thursday, October 18, 2012 - Proposals now accepted for upcoming student retention conference
By Katie Land, news editor


As Michigan seeks to improve student success in higher education, representatives from the state’s 15 public universities will unite to address retention and graduation rates at a conference hosted by Oakland University.

The “Completing College: What it takes…What’s at Stake” conference will take place March 14-15, 2013 at the Centerpoint Marriot in Auburn Hills. Proposals for presentations will be accepted through Thursday, Nov. 1.

Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to submit proposals for a 45 minute session, 60 minute session, or an interactive showcase presentation. Research presentations and conversations that consider the complex nature of student success are particularly encouraged.

“We are looking to share Oakland programs and initiatives that have a demonstrated success with regard to student retention,” said Scott Crabill, interim vice provost for Undergraduate Education in the Office of Undergraduate Education. “This conference marks an opportunity to share best practices and improve retention and student success across the state.”

Student success themes covered by the conference include student expectations, support and inclusion, assessment and feedback, and involvement or engagement.

Vincent Tinto, distinguished university professor at Syracuse University, is scheduled as the keynote speaker. Dr. Tinto has conducted extensive research regarding higher education, student success and the impact of learning communities on student growth and attainment.

“Professor Tinto is the equivalent of an academic rock star or royalty,” Crabill said. “He is one of the most cited sources for student retention around, and one of the best folks on this topic in the world.”

For more information about the conference or to submit a proposal, view the website at oakland.edu/retention.


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