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Lecture on retention strategies scheduled for Sept. 23

Vincent Tinto, Distinguished University Professor at Syracuse University, will present a lecture titled “Student Success does not Arise by Chance” on Fri., Sept. 23 starting at 11:00 a.m. in room 115 of the Evelyn Graham Academic Building. Open to all faculty and staff, the event will focus on retention, supplemental programs, and how to connect with students in the classroom. Dr. Tinto will present strategies specifically for our campus based upon student data.

Dr. Tinto has carried out research and has written extensively on higher education, including the impact of learning communities on student growth and attainment. His most recent book, “Leaving College,” was published by the University of Chicago Press and examines factors that contribute to student success. Dr. Tinto believes that student retention begins in the classroom with the connection between faculty and students. (More information on Dr. Tinto is available at: http://faculty.soe.syr.edu/vtinto/)

The agenda for this daylong workshop includes:

  • 11:00 a.m. - Dr. Tinto will deliver a keynote address on retention, supplemental programs, and how to connect with students in the classroom.  He will present strategies specifically for our campus based upon student data
  • 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Group minute papers and a question & answer session
  • 1 - 2 p.m. - Lunch served in the lobby
  • 2 - 2:30 p.m. - Groups will identify at least four activities or interventions that can be accomplished this academic year
  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Groups will report back and Dr. Tinto will provide reaction/feedback on ideas
  • 3:45 - 4:15 p.m. - Groups will develop plans for the implementation & assessment of activities, with a focus on creation of measurable goals and timeline
  • 4:15 - end - Dr. Tinto's reaction/feedback on action plans

Please reply to Amie Yenser at alv10@psu.edu by Fri., Sept. 16.

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