EDUInsight.com's People with Impact Column Emphasizes Trends and Best Practices in Combating Student Attrition from Thought Leaders in Higher Education

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Weekly column now features speakers from EducationDynamics' upcoming National Dialog on Student Retention Conference

A significant step in becoming more competitive is for college and university administrators to identify innovative ways to improve student retention, and this process begins with a dialog. The aforementioned People with Impact participants have started this exchange through EDUInsight.com and will continue the conversation at the National Dialog on Student Retention Conference.

EDUInsight.com, EducationDynamics' premier online community where higher education administrators can exchange critical challenges and share best practices associated with student prospecting, recruitment and retention, has secured renowned student retention experts to provide insight on emerging trends.

The coveted People with Impact column features thought-provoking interviews with a variety of speakers at the upcoming National Dialog on Student Retention Conference, all of which address the crucial need for improvements in the area of student retention at for-profit and not-for-profit institutions seeking to retain graduate and undergraduate students to on-campus and online programs.

Among those "People with Impact" featured on EDUInsight.com, who will also be sharing their wisdom at EducationDynamics' National Dialog on Student Retention Conference June 2-3, 2008, are:

  • Dr. Kenneth Hartman, academic director, Drexel University Online
  • Dr. Kurt Keppler, vice president of student affairs, Valdosta State University
  • Dr. George Walker, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School, Florida International University
  • Carol Aslanian, president, The Aslanian Group
  • Dr. Chrissy Coley, vice president of retention, EducationDynamics
  • Peter Tomassi, senior vice president of product development, EducationDynamics

"Student attrition rates, as high as 50 percent for traditional students and upwards of 60 percent for online learners, highlights a fundamental problem in higher education that is weakening our society's ability to compete in an increasingly global economy," explains Mark Shay, chief academic liaison at EducationDynamics and proprietor of EDUInsight.com. "A significant step in becoming more competitive is for college and university administrators to identify innovative ways to improve student retention, and this process begins with a dialog. The aforementioned People with Impact participants have started this exchange through EDUInsight.com and will continue the conversation at the National Dialog on Student Retention Conference."

EDUInsight.com is updated weekly with a new People with Impact interview, along with a new feature article. As EDUInsight.com is an interactive site, visitors are encouraged to continue the dialog on student retention by posting comments to featured articles and interviews at http://www.EDUInsight.com. To attend the National Dialog on Student Retention Conference and network with the aforementioned industry thought leaders, 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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