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October 23-25, 2008, Tucson, AZ

Join us in Tucson for our annual Retention 101 workshop at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, October 23-25, 2008.

Our annual workshop for postsecondary professionals from student services, financial aid, academic services, recruitment and admissions, and institutional leadership to learn more about student retention and success and the fundamentals of building an institutional plan for success.



The Educational Policy Institute invites leaders and practitioners from postsecondary institutions who are uniquely interested in finding solutions to increasing the success of students. With beautiful Virginia Beach as a backdrop, affording the opportunity to simultaneously relax and focus, institutional teams and other individuals will spend 2.5 days learning about student retention and designing plans to improve the success of students at their campuses.

Led by internationally-recognized experts Drs. Watson Scott Swail (Educational Policy Institute) and Dr. Peter Dietsche (University of Toronto) this retreat is designed for institutions who are either at the initial stages of planning for student retention or need to enhance an existing program. During the retreat, teams will:

The Retention Retreat is designed for institutional teams and individuals from two-year, four-year, and proprietary institutions seriously interested in changing how students are served. It offers professionals an opportunity to get away from the campus in order to focus exclusively on creating tangible plans for success. When participants return to their campuses, they will be equipped with the tools necessary to begin implementing an effective retention program.


PART I: Introduction (Swail)

PART II: A Framework for Student Retention (Swail)

PART III: The Campus Audit (Dietsche)

PART IV: A Retention Case Study (Goff)

PART V: Effective Practices (Swail/Dietsche)

PART VI: Building a Personalized Retention Strategy (Goff)

PART VII: Monitoring Student and Program Outcomes - FASTTRACK (DIetsche)

PART VIII: Campus Change and Leadership (Swail


Thursday, October 23

Opening Session, 4pm followed by a welcome reception

Friday, October 24

8:00am - 9:00am -- Continental Breakfast

9:00am - 12:00noon -- Morning Sessions

12:00noon - 1:00pm - Lunch

1:00pm - 3:00pm Afternoon Session

3:00pm - 3:30pm -- Daily Wrap-Up (combined)

Saturday, October 25

8:00am - 9:00am -- Continental Breakfast

9:00am - 11:00a -- Morning Sessions

11:00am - 11:30am -- Conference Wrap-Up


The Fall Leadership Institute is being held at the beautiful five-star Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona. The Resort has large guest rooms, a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, named one of the Top 25 courses in the US and Canada by Golf Resort Guide and also one of the Top 100 Women-Friendly Courses by Golf for Women. The Red Door Spa is available for pampering, as required, and the resort has five spectacular pools, including a 177' water slide. A Tennis & Health Center is also available, a yoga & PIlates studio, indoor racquetball, and workout area. Hiking, biking, horseback riding and ballooning are all available for recreation.

Contact the Hotel at  (520) 742-6000. When booking, make sure you state that you are part of the EPI Leadership Institute to receive the special rate of only $209/night.


The Tucson International Airport is located just 30 - 40 minutes and about 18 miles from the Resort. Tucson International Airport provides nonstop service to 18 cities and connections to more than 121 destinations.

From Tucson International Airport to The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa:

Ground Transportation Local transportation arrangements can be made through Foothills Sedan Transportation.

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Registration for the Fall Institute is $795, which includes two continental breakfasts, lunch, and a welcome reception. Teams of 3 or more people receive a one-hour consultation at the conference with one or more of the conference faculty.

To Register, CLICK HERE