Indianapolis, IN (September 2010) – The IUPUI Council on Retention and Graduation is hosting a joint summit with the IUPUI Enrollment Management Council to establish goals and directives. The summit will be held on Friday, October 8, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.at the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library in downtown Indianapolis. The two councils will develop priorities to help students persist in their studies as they move from the first year of college into the second year.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. L. Lee Knefelkamp, professor of psychology and education at Columbia University’s Teachers College and a nationally recognized authority on developmental education.
The two groups will also address retention and graduation issues such as increasing student engagement, building on successful first-year programs, supporting transfer students, using curricular innovations, expanding experiential learning, and understanding the challenges students face as they work toward graduation.
Rick Ward, University College interim dean, is in full support of the summit. “I believe the retreat will allow us to draw on the knowledge and experience of colleagues from both academic and student support services to extend the success our campus has had with first year programs,” Ward said. “Our ultimate goal remains to enable a large proportion of our entering students to graduate in a timely fashion.”