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Thursday, February 07, 2013 - Upcoming retention conference to unite educators from across the state
By Katie Land, news editor


As Michigan works to invigorate its economy, student success in higher education is more important than ever. This spring, representatives from the state’s 15 public universities will unite to discuss best practices to improve 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, at the Centerpoint Marriot in Auburn Hills. 

OU faculty, student affairs personnel, administrators and students are all encouraged to attend and discuss ideas and programs from educational institutions across the state. Registration is free for Oakland students, faculty and staff.

“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.”

There will be a variety of panel and individual presentations that focus on research, programs and services shown to improve student completion rates. 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 register, view the website at oakland.edu/retention.


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