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Student Retention

One of the most important challenges facing colleges today is helping greater numbers of students successfully complete their postsecondary education.


Colleges Ontario held a two-day conference in May 2010 that explored these issues in detail. The conference included expert national and international speakers, interactive sessions, and a showcase of best practices and team approaches to supporting students. Preseantions from the conference can be found below.

Foundations for Success

Karen Spiers, Seneca College
Fiona Bain-Greenwood, Seneca College
Lynda Morgan Murdoch, Mohawk College
John Kantola, Confederation College


Online Learning in the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Program - A Case Study

Arlene Cronin, Coordinator, ACE Online
Mary Jonik, Learn to Learn


A Case Management Approach for First-generation Students

Michaël Dumoulin, La Cité collégiale


Best Practices in Measuring the Impact of Student Retention Strategies

Nancy Miyagi, George Brown College
Robert Luke, George Brown College


Examining Two Collaborative Models for Retaining Students
Model 1: Connecting-Achieving-Succeeding Workshops

Dr. Craig Stephenson, Centennial College
Dr. Sandra Murphy, Centennial College


Delivering on Your Promises

Jim Black, SEM Works


Building College-wide Support for a Coordinated Student Retention Plan

Maria Lucido Bezely, Sheridan Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning


Key Factors Affecting Attrition

Dr. Roger Fisher, Fanshawe College


Student Success Belongs to All of Us: the SUCCESS@Seneca Program

Steve Fishman, Seneca College
Lisa Decandia, Seneca College