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Retention 2008


Retention 2008 - May 28 - 30, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Educational Policy Institute and our sponsors, the National Student Clearinghouse, Lumina Foundation for Education, and McGraw-Hill Education, I am honored to invite you to Retention 2008 this May 28-30, 2008 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

At EPI we are dedicated to the mission of providing educational opportunities to underserved students, especially minorities and those from low-income families. Retention 2008 will bring together the top researchers, policy makers, and professionals involved in student retention today. Attendees will have the chance to interact with peers struggling with similar retention issues and gain insight on best practices and programs that work.

This year's keynote presenters include the Honorable Chaka Fattah, Member of Congress representing Philadelphia area and the man behind GEAR UP; NEA President Reg Weaver; Dan Domenech of McGraw-Hill Education and former Superintendent in Fairfax County, Virginia; Gerald Tirozzi, Executive Director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and former Assistant Secretary of Education; Jay Goff, Dean of Enrollment Management at Missouri University of Science & Technology; Estela Bensimon of the University of Southern California; Alan Seidman, the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of College Student Retention, and Peter Dietsche, William G. Davis Chair in Community College Leadership, University of Toronto; and Harvest Collier, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Programs, Missouri University of Science & Technology. Also invited by unconfirmed is Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I encourage you to explore our conference website and see everything that Retention 2008 has to offer, from our two pre-conference workshops to over 60 presentations from some of the leading experts in the field. If you have any questions, please contact Niea Gardner at or 757-430-2200.

I look forward to seeing you in San Diego.



Dr. Watson Scott Swail
President and CEO

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