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Hot Topics in Higher Education: The New Essentials of Retention Planning

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Presented by Dr. Tim Culver, Vice President, Consulting Services at Ruffalo Noel Levitz


This session focuses on the essentials of retention planning and introduces the newest strategies that get results at both two-year and four-year institutions. Join the discussion and learn the best ways to plan for student success initiatives leading to higher retention rates.


About Dr. Tim Culver
Dr. Tim Culver leads the retention consulting services of Ruffalo Noel Levitz, offering counsel to help institutions develop, implement, and evaluate plans for improving enrollment, student success, persistence, retention, and degree completion rates. He has expertise in a wide range of areas of enrollment management, including but not limited to retention planning, Title III and Title V grants, enrollment planning, developmental education, and institutional assessments.

Dr. Culver has consulted with more than 50 four-year and two-year institutions, including Allegany College of Maryland (MD); Sul Ross State University (TX); College for Creative Studies (MI); Delgado Community College (LA); Ohio Northern University (ONU); Pima Community College (AZ); High Point University (NC); and Western Texas College (TX). He has worked with numerous campuses to strengthen their retention initiatives through better planning, such as:

  • Assisting with the development and continuing implementation of Sul Ross State University’s retention plan, which focuses on improving the persistence and progression of first-year students by improving academic advising approaches, as well as increasing overall retention to the third term.
  • Evaluating the overall student success strategies at High Point University and providing continuing assistance with predictive retention analytics and the development of both their first and second year student success plans.