EducationDynamics Adds Roundtables and Second Panel to Already Extensive National Dialog on Student Retention Conference Program

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EducationDynamics has announced the addition of a second panel discussion and ten roundtable sessions to its already extensive National Dialog on Student Retention Conference program.

EducationDynamics, higher education's leading marketing company dedicated to helping institutions find, enroll and retain students, has announced the addition of a second panel discussion and ten roundtable sessions to its already extensive National Dialog on Student Retention Conference program. The one-and-a-half-day conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia June 2-3, 2008.

Featuring critical information and expert advice for not-for-profit and for-profit institutions responsible for retaining students for graduate, undergraduate, on-campus and online programs, the second panel will address the unique retention challenges presented by minority students. Entitled One Strategy Does Not Fit All: Key Tenets of Successful Minority Student Retention, the panel will be moderated by Scott Jaschik, CEO and editor of Inside Higher Ed, and will feature a panel of retention experts, including:

  • Dr. Leeshawn Moore, Riverside Community College District
  • Dr. Rodrick Moore, University of South Carolina
  • Dr. Idelia Phillips, Manatee Community College
  • Sheila McCants, Manatee Community College

EducationDynamics has completed the conference program with the addition of ten roundtable discussions designed to foster dialog among conference attendees, encouraging the analysis of emerging trends and the exchange of best practices in student retention. The roundtables, held concurrently at the conclusion of the conference, will address the following topics:

1. Special Orientation Seminars: Examples of Engaging Programs from Pre-start through the First Two Weeks
2. Building Buy-in from the Family: Innovative Ideas to Rally the Family behind the Student
3. Beyond the FYR: Results-driven Counseling and Advising Strategies
4. The Dynamics of a Major: Providing Support for the Liberal Art and Undeclared Student
5. Study Hall: Helping Unprepared Students Overcome Academic Obstacles
6. Early Alerts: Key Considerations of Early Warning Signs and Systems
7. FYI U: Connecting Student Expectations and Reality
8. Balancing Act: Helping Students Juggle Job Commitments
9. Retention 2.0: Integrating Technology into Advising, Socializing and Mentoring
10. Open Forum

Dr. Kenneth Hartman, academic director at Drexel University Online, has been added to the conference lineup as a breakout session presenter. Entitled Retaining Online Degree Students: Different Needs-Different Methods, the presentation will explore how online degree students differ from their on-campus counterparts and looks at the issues surrounding their academic engagement and motivation.

In addition to breakout sessions, and panel and roundtable discussions, the National Dialog on Student Retention Conference will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. George Kuh, Director of the Center for Postsecondary Research, a plenary address, workshops and networking events. To join senior administrators in the areas of marketing, admissions, enrollment management and student affairs, as well as dozens of higher education retention experts, register at http://www.educationdynamics.com/retention_conference.

About EducationDynamics
EducationDynamics, a portfolio company of Halyard Capital, is the leading marketing and information services company dedicated to helping higher education institutions find, enroll and retain students. Its content-rich and highly visible education websites, including EarnMyDegree.com, elearners.com, GradSchools.com, StudyAbroad.com, and its more than 50 special interest microsites, make EducationDynamics the premier provider of qualified prospective students for colleges and universities. In addition, the company offers a full suite of web-delivered services proven to drive enrollment growth and reduce student attrition. For more information, visit http://www.educationdynamics.com.

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