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The New Essentials of College Student Retention Planning

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The New Essentials of College Student Retention Planning is part of the Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education Series brought to you by Bay Path University's Center for Higher Education Leadership & Innovative Practice (CHELIP)

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. Data-informed retention planning requires both pre-enrollment and post-enrollment data and analytics, which we will discuss, but data are not enough. Participants in this session will learn the critical steps for retention planning and the newest strategies to assist with the development of student success and re-enrollment management plans.


About our Presenter
Dr. Tim Culver is a Senior Associate Consultant at Ruffalo Noel Levitz, helping 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, and is currently serving as Executive Vice President at Mohave Community College.

Dr. Culver has served as director of the Student Success Center at Shawnee State University (OH). He wrote and received federal Title III grants resulting in the implementation of a new instructional support services model at the university. At Shawnee State, he used his passion for teaching as well, designing a curriculum for and teaching developmental mathematics courses. Dr. Culver has been a member of several national and state organizations including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the National Association for Developmental Education, and the National Academic Advising Association. He holds a PhD from Colorado State University, an MEd from the University of Dayton (OH), and an MBA from Marshall University (WV).