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JULY 21-25, 2008, Norfolk/Virginia Beach (Hampton Roads), Virginia


In July 2008, the Educational Policy Institute, in partnership with Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, is hosting a five-day institute for postsecondary practitioners and administrators on student access, retention, and graduation. The Institute will provide information on two-year, four-year, and proprietary institutions, all who share the challenge of serving students, especially those who are first-generation or historically underrepresented at the postsecondary level.

As with other EPI events, we invite participants from around the world to travel to Hampton Roads for this exclusive learning opportunity. EPI professional development activities always cater to a diverse audience, and we have had participants from every state and province in the US and Canada, as well as participants from Mexico, Venezuela, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries.

The purpose of the Summer Institute is to provide participants with an indepth knowledge of the issues and practices associated with student success at the postsecondary level. In particular, the Institute will focus on areas of:

  • Defining and understanding student success
  • Using data to identify campus- and system-based challenges
  • Strategic planning
  • Team Building and creating an inclusive environment
  • Cost benefit analysis and budgeting
  • best practices in student success
  • Strategic enrollment management systems and uses
  • Student tracking and monitoring
  • Building a comprehensive and strategic plan for student success
  • Program evaluation
  • The role of leadership

Participants will be encouraged to work together in teams on assignments, and the days will be carefully orchestrated to provide free time and a chance to experience Hampton Roads, with special events planned for certain days in the afternoons and evenings. Participants are encouraged to bring their families, as will schedule family events during the Institute, including the July 25th Norfolk Tides AAA game versus the Columbus Clippers at Harbor Park.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to participants as well as a certificate of completion from the Educational Policy Institute and Old Dominion University.

CLICK HERE to see the agenda.

The Institute will be facilitated by Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO of the Educational Policy Institute and a leading scholar on student retention and success. Dr. Swail has written extensively on these issues in print media and in books such as Retaining Minority Students in Higher Education and The Art of Student Retention.

Joining Dr. Swail is Dr. Jay Goff, Dean of Enrollment Management at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. Dr. Goff is an expert in enrollment management issues and is a sought after speaker and workshop facilitator.



The week will include special guests from higher education, including institutional research, admissions, and upper administration. Special excursions are also being planned for participants. This course will offer continuing education units (CEU) from Old Dominion University for those who would like to apply these to their graduate studies or certificates.

There are several accommodations options, including the brand new ODU Springhill Suites Hotel (by Marriott). The Suites are spacious, innovatively laid out, and stylishly furnished. The conference rate for this all-suite hotel is $129 for Institute participants, and includes complimentary breakfast buffet and high speed internet.

Participants and families may also choose to locate at Virginia Beach in one of the many oceanfront hotels. The beach is about 40 minutes from ODU. Because this is a resort town, prices can escalate in July and August, so be prepared.

The Norfolk/Virginia Beach area offers a multitude of opportunities for rest and relaxation. Virginia Beach is a short 30 minute drive from Norfolk, featuring one of the best beaches in North America, with activities for adults and familes alike. In addition, the city of Norfolk is home to the world's largest Naval base, Naval Station Norfolk, and has many outlets for entertainment, icnluding the AAA baseball team, the Norfolk Tides and the MacArthur Center (with Nordstrom and other fine stores and entertainment outlets). Forty-five minutes north of Norfolk is Colonial Williamsburg, which celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2007. Click on the following links for visitor information for Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Registration fees are $1,495 for the five-day course, including all (5) lunches and two (2) dinners. Participants staying at the Marriott will have breakfast included, as well as free internet.

Additionally, teams of three (3) people or more will receive a 20 percent discount on additional registrations.

To register, click here.

Stay tuned to this web page for more information about the Summer Institute. Contact us at or (757) 430-2200 if you have any questions. .