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In 2008, the Educational Policy Institute is coming to you! EPI is hosting 14 Student Success workshops around North America in spring of 2008 to help institutions better meet the needs of students and retain them until graduation.

The 2008 workshops will take place in the following cities*:

  1. New Orleans, LA (Tuesday, January 29)
  2. Austin, TX (Tuesday, February 12)
  3. Denver, CO (Wednesday, February 13)
  4. San Francisco, CA (Thursday, February 14)
  5. Chicago, IL (Monday, February 18)
  6. Ottawa, ON (Tuesday, February 19)
  7. Boston, MA (Tuesday, March 4; Boston Architectural College)
  8. Washington, DC (Wednesday, March 5; The George Washington University)
  9. Atlanta, GA (Thursday, March 6; Spelman College; COMPLETED)
  10. Columbus, OH (Wednesday, March 12, 2008; Ohio Dominican University; Alumni Hall Community Room, 9am to 3pm)
  11. Vancouver, BC (Thursday, March 20; Simon Fraser University - Harbour Centre Campus, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Room 2270 - Saunder Industries Policy Room)
  12. Australia (September)

The one-day workshops will focus on the following topics:

The workshops will be led by Dr. Watson Scott Swail, the president of EPI and an international expert in student retention. Dr. Swail has conducted dozens of workshops and assisted over 200 institutions in dealing with student retention. During the workshop, Dr. Swail will introduce his framework for student retention, as published in the Jossey-Bass publication, Minority Student Retention in Higher Education.” This framework has been used by institutions around the world and Dr. Swail is a sought-after speaker and consultant on the issue. He has also coordinated annual workshops called Retention 101. For more information on Retention 101, click here. For more information on Dr. Swail, click here.

The Student Success Workshops run from 9am to 3:30pm, including lunch and coffee breaks. Participants will also receive session materials that can be used at their institution. Cost for the one-day event is $295. To register, click here, email us at, or phone at (757) 430-2200. Spaces are limited to maximize the interaction.

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Algonquin College
Arapahoe Community College
Austin College
Cambridge College
Carleton University
Chase Education Finance
Coastal Bend College
College Forward
Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface
Colorado State University
Colorado University  Denver
Education is Freedom
El Centro
Golden Gate University
Kilgore College
Loyola University
Northeastern Junior College
Pueblo Community College
San Joaquin Valley College
South Plains College
St. Edwards University
Texas A&M International University
Texas State Technical College
Texas State University
Texas Tech University
Université de Montréal
University of Colorado at Denver
University of Illinois at Chicago
University Of Ottawa
University of Regina
University of Texas at Austin
York University

Listen to what others have said about EPI's student success workshops:

“Whether you are just beginning to develop a student success program or have already developed a draft proposal, this conference will meet your goals and move you toward success.”
-Bernice T. Johnson, Assist. Vice Chancellor for Academic Services (North Carolina Central University)

“Thank you and your entire team for a wonderful learning experience. I am very happy I drove for 12 hours to attend. I am taking back to UMES much that can help us to improve our retention of students. Like you, I do not favor ‘top-down’, but at times, ‘those in charge must take charge’. In this case, I will.”
-Dr. Thelma Thompson, President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

“Very comprehensive, engaging, and effective. Content was rigorous and very though provoking.”
-Terri Eckel, Associate Director Financial Aid (Northern Arizona University)

“This program causes you to think about what you are doing related to retention and immediately gives you new ideas of that you might try. It forces you to think about a framework for retention”.
-Jill Pfister, Assistant Dean (Ohio State University – Food Agriculture, and Environmental Science)

“The retreat exceeded my expectations and provided me with excellent information that is immediately applicable.”
-Katherine Draughon, Director of Institutional Research, University of Southern Indiana

“The program does a lot for student services and support programs. After attending this retreat, we realize there’s more we can do to enhance our program. All of the information provided at the retreat was invaluable.”
-Janice Wiggins, Director, Indiana University

“The retreat was focused and contains relevant content that is to-the-point.”
-Dr. Ron Drayton, Vice President for Arts and Sciences, Midlands Technical College

“Overall, great conference. I would (and will) recommend EPI to other colleagues. Great setting/venue, good schedule with some down time.”
-Shawna Garrett, Dean of Enrollment Management, Acadia University

To see the institutions that have been served by EPI since 2005, CLICK HERE .