Retention Symposium A Success
CONTACT: Jeff Foley
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, June 20, 2001
Hudson Valley Community College recently hosted a
Retention Symposium, a daylong conference in which participants examined issues
and best practices pertaining to student retention on community college
campuses. More than 50 people attended, with representatives hailing from Hudson
Valley, Adirondack Community College, Broome Community College, Dutchess
Community College, North Country County Community College, Orange County
Community College, Schenectady County Community College, Sullivan County
Community College and Ulster County Community College.
"We're hoping to foster connections among retention
administrators and campus stakeholders," said Kathy Quirk, one of the
symposium's organizers and the Associate Dean for Instructional Support Services
and Retention at Hudson Valley. "By offering an opportunity to network and
exchange ideas, we also hope to encourage broader thinking about student
At the symposium, the groundwork was set for
establishing a professional association for retention administrators.
Additionally, it was decided to make the symposium an annual event, which will
be held at different campuses on a rotating basis.
"Those are both very exciting propositions," Quirk
said. "The feedback from the participants has been overwhelmingly positive; this
symposium is a much-needed event. Retention can be a perplexing issue, and an
association and an annual symposium will both provide great opportunities to
figure out what works and what doesn't."
The symposium featured participants from a wide
array of backgrounds – faculty members were in attendance, as were people from
financial aid offices and counseling and career centers. The symposium was
hosted by Hudson Valley's Office of Instructional Support Services and
Retention, and the gathering was made possible by a grant from the Hudson Valley
Community College Foundation's President's Innovation Fund.
Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers
more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions:
Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal
Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career
training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York
system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, and is known as a
leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.