Retention Symposium 2024

When:  Apr 17, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM (CT)

Event Description

NODA’s Virtual Retention Symposium is an educational opportunity for experienced professionals to pursue retention practice knowledge and competency development. The Retention Symposium is a combination of facilitated conversations and small group clusters.

Registration closes on April 2, 2024 at 11:59pm. 


During the Retention Symposium participants will:

  1. Create a community of practice around retention strategies and initiatives

  2. Develop a network of colleagues in retention work

  3. Learn strategies to develop a retention plan while facilitating a collaborative campus environment

  4. Learn effective practices from various institutions (student success stories)

  5. Explore how to provide resources on making data driven decisions in order to be solutions focused

  6. Review innovative programming and retention practices/strategies/approaches

  7. Receive references and resources for retention and student success work


  • Dr. Beth Lingren Clark, Associate Vice Provost for Retention and Transition Programs at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities  |  Beth is responsible for leading the U’s retention strategy including many retention outreach efforts, co-leading APLUS governance and influencing its priorities and functions both locally and for system campuses, as well as co-leading international fee grant process to support international student success. She also oversees and supports those who manage the processes for Orientation, Welcome Week, Transfer initiatives and other transition and first-year programs. Her legacy is around creating a common campus culture for assessment. Over the years, Beth has taught the College of Science and Engineering First-Year Experience course for 7 years and in the Leadership Minor program for 3 years.
  • Rick Sparks, Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and University Registrar at Virginia Tech  In his current role, Rick serves on the leadership team for the Division of Enrollment Management, has the responsibility of student data steward, chief transfer officer and chief FERPA officer. Sparks utilizes his expertise in technology including the SIS, degree audit, advisor support system, and scheduling and registration tool collaboratively in order to support student success. Previously he held the position of Interim Director of Student Centers and Activities and from 2003-2015, served as the Associate Dean of Students and Director of New Students Programs, and remains committed to assisting new students transition to higher education institutions.


NODA Members: $175

Non-Members: $355

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