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Retention 2009 - May 27-29, 2009, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, New Orleans, LA

August 22, 2008

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Educational Policy Institute, I am honored to invite you to Retention 2009 May 27-29, 2009 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans.

At EPI we are dedicated to the mission of providing educational opportunities to underserved students, especially minorities and those from low-income families. Retention 2009 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.

Guest speakers already confirmed include Vince Papale, the former Philadelphia Eagle receiver whose career was illuminated in the 2006 movie "Invincible." Mr. Paple went on to work in higher education for Sallie Mae. Liz McCartney, recently named one of CNN's "Heroes," will talk with us about rebuilding New Orleans after Katrina. Also joining us are HACU President Antonio Flores, Old Dominion University Dean of Education William Graves, University of Winnipeg President and Vice Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy, UHouston researcher Amaury Nora, EPI Australia Director Ian Dobson and EPI Canada Director Alex Usher, Dan Domenech, President of the American Association of School Administrators, Betsy Brand, Director of the American Youth Policy Forum, Jay Goff of the Missouri University of Science & Technology, Peter Dietsche of the University of Toronto, and many others.

The Call for Proposals has been announced, and potential presenters have until February 15th, 2009, to get their proposals in for consideration. Early proposals will receive special consideration.

Over the next few months, our website will be updated with hotel and other information. In the meantime, please contact us at or 757-430-2200 if you have any questions.

Tell your friends and colleagues about Retention 2009! I look forward to seeing you in New Orleans.



Dr. Watson Scott Swail
President and CEO


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