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$1750 for your choice of 12 presentations (If purchased individually $3540)$1200 for your choice of 6 presentations (If purchased individually $1770)
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“How do you know that?” he said. “It’s obvious.” “Well then, why didn’t I see it?” “You have to have some familiarity.” “Then it’s not obvious, is it?”
Robert Pirsig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
How do we know student issues? Sometimes it seems obvious, but discernment and understanding requires familiarity. The reasons some students leave college may seem clear – poor grades, financial issues, confusion about goals, or lack of motivation – but the obvious can be misleading and self-reporting is not always honest and forthright. If retention programs are developed solely from the obvious and based upon information self-disclosed during exit interviews, the corresponding intervention strategies will be less effective.
A comprehensive, fully-integrated approach in retention efforts should include a wide range of programs and initiatives. Examining the discrepancies between students’ self-disclosed reasons for leaving vs. the perceptions of others (roommates, resident assistants, faculty advisors and coaches) injects an element of familiarity and provides valuable insights to improve retention.
It may seem obvious, but you have to have some familiarity to see it.
- Discover an appreciation for “audience awareness” - the use of institutional data (fact book) as a foundation for developing retention programs. For example, academic profile of students, geographic demographics, family backgrounds, characteristics of millennials, etc. What are the “strategic indicators?”
- Review and discuss what others are doing in Student Retention
- Learn the benefits of using qualitative data to assess attrition
- Gain insight into an innovative program. Each school may find different results with different implications…it’s the methodology that provides the insights. In other words, it’s not what we found, but how we found it.
Kris R. Clarkson has over thirty years experience working in higher education. He has been Dean of Students at Juniata College since July 1, 1995. Previously he served for ten years as Dean of Students at Southern Vermont College (Bennington, Vt.) Prior to his work at Southern Vermont, Mr. Clarkson was Assistant Dean of Freshmen at Dartmouth College (three years) and spent four years working as Director of Student Activities and Housing at Hobart College, where he also served as head coach of the men's soccer team.
He is a 1976 graduate of Hobart College (N.Y.) and holds a master's degree in educational administration from Syracuse University. He continued his graduate education in educational policy, research and administration at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and completed eighteen hours of drug prevention education with the U.S. Department of Education.
As Dean of Students, Mr. Clarkson serves as the senior student affairs officer for an administrative area that includes athletics, campus activities, campus ministries, career and community services, safety and security, judicial affairs, residential life, counseling services, health services and first-year programs.
Mr. Clarkson has written and presented on a variety of topics including, Issues Surrounding the Effective Collaboration Between Faculty and Student Affairs Administrator in Higher Education; Qualitative Analysis of First-year Attrition; Confronting Inappropriate Behavior: The Challenge of Restoring Truthfulness; and "Familiar Colleges; the Small College Advantage." He taught courses in Government and Sociology at Southern Vermont College and taught a section of the College Writing Seminar for eight years at Juniata.
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You can purchase a single presentation or a pack of 3, 6 or 12. To register, add the product(s) to your cart and enter the appropriate coupon code if purchasing more than two events. Coupon code for 12 presentations - 12ondemand
Coupon code for 6 presentations - 6ondemand
Coupon code for 3 presentations - 3ondemand
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1. We email you a link and password that will give you access to the On-Demand Training presentations2. You distribute the link and password to your entire faculty and staff via email3. You will have access to these links indefinitely
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