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State Higher Education Summit Will Focus on Student Success

Posted on 5/16/2011

For More Information Contact:
Debra A. Anderson, Director of Public Affairs & Marketing
North Dakota University System
Phone: 701.328.2962

BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota University System will host a higher education meeting focused on helping students complete their college degrees May 19 and 20, 2011, at the Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence, Bismarck, N.D.

Vincent Tinto, Ph.D., a Syracuse University distinguished professor, will provide the keynote address at the NDUS Retention Summit. Officials from the 11 University System campuses and North Dakota tribal colleges will explore retention strategies working in North Dakota and elsewhere in the nation.

"Improving student success by improving retention is an important part of the State Board of Higher Education's strategic plan," said Bill Goetz, NDUS chancellor. "Retention of students between the first and second year of college is a challenge - here in North Dakota and nationwide. We know a number of factors, such as preparation for college, strong academic advising and involvement in campus activities, increase the likelihood that students will continue on through completion of their degrees. The retention summit will help North Dakota colleges and universities do a better job of addressing this challenge."

Tinto has worked with federal and state agencies, independent research firms, foundations and two and four-year colleges on a broad range of higher education issues, including student success, particularly among low-income and underserved populations. His most recent book, Leaving College, provides a student success theory and policy perspective considered to be a benchmark by which work on these issues will be judged.

To view the summit agenda, go to:

Bismarck State CollegeDakota College at BottineauDickinson State UniversityLake Region State CollegeMayville State UniversityMinot State UniversityNorth Dakota State College of ScienceNorth Dakota State UniversityUniversity of North DakotaValley City State UniversityWilliston State College
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