Retention Resources for Individuals & Educational Institutions

Dr. Alan Seidman

Employment

  • Co-founder Global Education Support (globaleducationsupport.org). As a designated 501 (C)(3) U.S. non-profit our mission is to provide disadvantaged students with needed resources to overcome obstacles in their desire to achieve an education.
  • Professor Emeritus, Walden University, Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, Minneapolis, MN, January 2016- Present
    • Mentor students working on KAMs, Prospectus, Proposals, Dissertations
    • Residency faculty member/administrator
    • Editor, Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice a Sage Publication

Core (full-time) faculty Walden University, Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, Minneapolis, MN, January 2014- 2015

Core (full-time) faculty member & Specialization Coordinator - Ph.D. General & Self-Designed programs, Walden University, Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, Minneapolis, MN, May 2010- December 2013

Contributing (part-time) faculty member, PhD in Higher Education, Walden University, Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, Minneapolis, MN, 2004- April 2010.


Walden University Activities:

  • Faculty:
    • Supervised 16+ General & Self-design (GNL/SD) faculty members
    • Created & Maintained PhD in Education General & Self-Designed Faculty Forum
    • Worked with GNL/SD faculty on student issues
    • Worked with GN & SD faculty to insure that they are well trained, adhering to Walden expectations and providing students with the best possible learning experiences
    • Worked with faculty to help them develop as faculty and achieve their academic and personal goals.
    • Evaluated faculty performance
    • Recruited, interviewed and recommended GNL/SD contributing faculty members
  • Committees/other activities:
    • University Retention Study Group
    • Retention & Completion
    • University IRB
    • Richard W. Riely (RWR) College of Education & Leadership CAP
    • RWR Administration & Postsecondary Education CAP
    • PhD Petition Committee
    • RWR Admissions/Readmissions Committee
    • Scholarship and Service Task Force - Scholarship and Service Sub-Group
    • International Schools Scholarship
    • Caribbean Union of Teachers Scholarship
    • Ann Tunky Riley Scholarship
    • Residency Administrator
    • Residency Participant (current)
    • Worked with fellow Specialized Coordinators on a variety of faculty/student issues
    • Roundtable presentation at national faculty meeting
    • Presentations at national faculty meetings (current)
    • Commendation from the Dean of RWR COEL for high performance
    • Participate in Walden Day of Service (current)
    • 2012 Recipient Walden Extraordinary Faculty Award
  • Students:
    • Mentored 30+ students, EDUC 8800 Research Forums
    • Worked with enrollment advisors/students/advising to ascertain Self-Design (SD)
    • specialization is feasible or a "good fit" for a student
    • Knowledge Area Model (KAM) assessor (current)
    • Dissertation Committee Chair (current)
    • Dissertation Committee Member (current)
    • University Research Reviewer (URR)
    • Worked with GNL/SD students to identify dissertation committee members
    • Worked with GNL/SD students on student issues
    • Created & Maintained PhD in Education General & Self-Designed Student Forum
    • Created & Maintained PhD in Education Student Information Forum
  • Teaching (also listed elsewhere):
    • EDUC 8008/8110: Development of the Scholar Practitioner
    • EDUC 8111: Principles of Social Change
    • EDUC 8112: Social Change in Education
    • EDUC 7314: Capstone Leadership for Social Change in Education
  • Publications/Service to the field (also listed elsewhere):
    • Seidman, A. (2018). Crossing the finish line: How to retain and graduate your students. Lantham, MD: Roman & Littlefield.
    • Burkholder, G. J., Lenio, J., Holland, N, Seidman, A, Neal, D., Middlebrook, J., Jobe, R. (September 2013). An institutional approach to developing a culture of student persistence, Higher Learning Research Communications, 3(3), 16-39.
    • Seidman, A. (ed.) (2012). College student retention: Formula for student success (2nd ed.), New York, NY: ACE/Rowman & Littlefield.
    • Seidman, A. (2012). Taking action: A retention formula and model for student success.
    • In A. Seidman (Ed.), College student retention: Formula for student success (2nd New York, NY: ACE/Rowman & Littlefield.
    • Silverman, L. & Seidman, A. (2011-2012). Academic progress in developmental math courses: A comparative study of student retention. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 13(3), 267-288.
    • Creator Editor of a Scholarly Refereed Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice.
    • Maintain a web site: Center for the Study of College Student Retention (www.cscsr.org)
    • Maintain a retention reference list with over 1,800 references
    • Maintain a retention discussion list with over 1,000 members
    • Member NASPA
    • Member ASHE
  • Highlights National/State/Local Volunteer Activities (also listed elsewhere):
    • American Red Cross
    • U.S. Department of the Treasury
    • U.S. Department of Commerce
    • U.S. Department of Education
    • State of New Hampshire Town of Bedford, NH
    • AARP Tax Assistance
    • Presentations at International/National/State levels
    • Newspaper interviews
    • Appeared on Fox News Live regarding college student retention.
  • Executive Director/Founder, Center for the Study of College Student Retention, Bedford, NH, www.cscsr.org, September 2002-
    • The Center provides retention resources and services for individuals, organizations, colleges and universities.
    • Founder/Editor, Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, a scholarly refereed quarterly journal.
    • Founder/Owner retention discussion group. Discussion list for retention/attrition issues with over 1,000 members world-wide.
    • Founder/Developer/Owner (1995), Center for the Study of College Student Retention (www.cscsr.org) formerly Collegeways. A web site devoted to college student retention issues including retention journal, retention discussion list, retention reference list (1,800+), retention slide shows, retention issues and retention consulting.
  • Dean of Student Affairs/Special Assistant to the President, New England College of Optometry, Boston, MA, February 2000- September 2002.
    • Supervised: Admissions & Recruitment; Registrar; Financial Aid, Academic Support; Job Center; Student Activities; Housing Assistance
  • Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, October 1998- December 1999.
    • Supervised: Admissions & Recruitment; Registrar; Financial Aid; Adult Studies; Conducted Academic Appeals; Coordinated Summer Sessions
  • Executive Director, Center for the Study of College Student Retention (see above), July 1995- October 1998.
  • Associate Vice President for Student Services, Parkland College, Champaign, IL, March 1994- June 1995.
    • Supervised: Admission, Recruitment & Records; Athletics; Assessment;
    • Counseling including Transfer Office; Financial Aid; Health
    • Services including Services for Students with Disabilities;
    • Student Affairs; Job and Career Center
  • Director of Admissions, Cayuga Community College (SUNY), Auburn, NY, March 1975- June 1978.
    • Acting Director of Admissions, October 1977- January 1978
    • Assistant Director of Admissions, March 1975- September 1977

Education

  • Ed.D. Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, Educational Administration, 1990.
    • Dissertation: "The Evaluation Of A Pre/Post Admissions/Counseling Process At A Suburban Community College: Impact On Student Retention."
  • M.A. Glassboro State College, (Rowan University) Glassboro, NJ, Advanced Elementary Education, 1973.
    • Thesis: "An Investigation Of Teacher-Student Personality And Its Effect On Student Grade Performance."

Certification

  • State of NH, State Board of Education
    • Elementary Education K-8, Principal, Superintendent
  • State of NJ, Department of Education:
    • K-8, Supervision, Principal

Honors

  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in American Education
  • Who's Who in the East
  • 2012 Recipient Walden University Richard W. Riley College of Education & Leadership Extraordinary Faculty Award
  • Honorary Member, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, 1995.
  • Recipient, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service, 1992.
  • Honorary Member, Alpha Beta Gamma National Business Honor Society, 1988.

Teaching

Core (full-time) faculty member Ph.D. program Walden University. 2010- 2015

EDUC 8110: Development of the Scholar Practitioner

EDUC 8111: Principles of Social Change

EDUC 8112: Social Change in Education

EDUC 7314: Capstone Leadership for Social Change in Education

Part-time faculty member Ph.D. program Walden University, teach introductory course, mentor students, chair and serve on dissertation committees, 2004-

Adjunct Professor, Westchester Community College, Reading & Study Skills Department, College Success, 3 credits, Fall semesters 1990-1993.

Instructor, Westchester Community College, Freshman Seminar, six week course for first time freshmen, Fall 1985.


Recent Publications

Seidman, A. (2018). Crossing the finish line: How to retain and graduate your students. Lantham, MD: Roman & Littlefield.

Burkholder, G. J., Lenio, J., Holland, N, Seidman, A, Neal, D., Middlebrook, J., Jobe, R. (September 2013). An institutional approach to developing a culture of student persistence, Higher Learning Research Communications, 3(3), 16-39.

Seidman, A. (ed.) (2012). College student retention: Formula for student success (2nd ed.), New York, NY: ACE/Rowman & Littlefield.

Seidman, A. (2012). Taking action: A retention formula and model for student success. In A. Seidman (Ed.), College student retention: Formula for student success (2nd ed.), New York, NY: ACE/Rowman & Littlefield.

Silverman, L. & Seidman, A. (2011-2012). Academic progress in developmental math courses: A comparative study of student retention. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice.13(3), 267-288.

  • Seidman, A., (ed) (2007). Minority student retention. The best of the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Co.
  • Seidman, A., (ed) (2005).College student retention: Formula for student success. Westport, CT: ACE/Praeger.
  • Seidman, A. (2005). Where we go from here: A retention formula for student success. In College student retention: Formula for student success. ed. A. Seidman, 295-316. Westport, CT: ACE/Praeger.
  • Seidman, A. (2005). Minority student retention: Resources for practitioners. In Minority retention: What works? ed. G. H. Gaither, 7-24. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Seidman, A. (2004-2005). Commentary: Defining retention. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 6(2), 129-136.
  • Contributor (Retention Definition) in DiStefano, A., Rudestan, K.E., & Silverman, R. (2003), Encyclopedia of Distributed Learning, Sage Publications, Inc.
  • Seidman, A. (1996, Spring). Retention revisited: RET = E Id + (E + I + C)Iv. College and University, 71(4), 18-20.
  • Seidman, A. (1995). Parkland college enrollment management model. Champaign, IL. Document presented to the administration of Parkland College. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 384 375).
  • Seidman, A. (1995, May/June). The community college: A challenge for change. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 19(3), 247-254.
  • Seidman, A. (1993, April/May). Needed: A research methodology to assess community college effectiveness. Community College Journal, 63(5), 36-40.
  • Seidman, A. (1992, April 27). How to judge community college effectiveness. Community College Week, 4(18), 5.
  • Seidman, A. (1992). Integrated admission counseling: Impact on enrollment. The Freshman Year Experience Newsletter, 4:6.
  • Seidman, A. (1992). Academic advising can have a positive impact on student enrollment. The results of an integrated admissions and counseling process on student enrollment. Colleague. State University of New York, 36-42.
  • Seidman, A. (1991). Managing enrollment for student satisfaction: An integrated admissions and counseling process. Honolulu, HI: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. Ed 355 983).
  • Seidman, A. (1991, Fall). What to consider when choosing a college. College Profile, 1(2), 1, 5.
  • Seidman, A. (1991, Summer). The evaluation of a pre/post admissions/counseling process at a suburban community college: Impact on student satisfaction with the faculty and the institution, retention, and academic performance. College and University, 66(4), 223-232.
  • Seidman, A. (1991). Faculty can make a difference in student persistence. Colleague. State University of New York, 21-25.
  • Seidman, A. (1989). Recruitment begins with retention: Retention begins with recruitment. Colleague. State University of New York, 40-45.

Recent Presentations

  • Webinars on college student retention, October 2008, April 2009.
  • Workshops/Presentations/Consulting with organizations, colleges and universities regarding college student retention 2005 to present.
  • Interviewed by newspapers throughout the country regarding college student retention issues.
  • Presenter, NASPA Assessment & Persistence Conference, Orlando, FL, June 2017.

  • Keynote speaker, Cuesta College faculty development retreat, San Luis Obispo, CA, March 2015.
  • Keynote address, Crossing the Finish Line: Retaining and Graduating our Students. Alfa-GUIA (Universitaria Integral del Abandono [Comprehensive Management of University Dropout], Mexico City, November 2013.
  • Keynote speaker, New Mexico Association of Student Affairs Professions, Albuquerque, NM, October 2013.
  • Retention Consultant, Ana G. Mendez University System, Puerto Rico, February 2013.
  • Presenter, Walden University Faculty Development Day, January 2013.
  • Faculty Development Day Speaker, Thomas Moore College, KY, January 2013.
  • Presenter, NASPA Assessment & Persistence Conference, Tampa, FL, June 2012.
  • Retention Workshop, Coastal Bend College, TX, March 2012
  • Webinar, Innovative Educators, October 2008, April & October 2009, October 2010.
  • Keynote speaker, Universidad del Este, Puerto Rico, April 2009.
  • Plenary speaker, Educational Policy Institute, San Diego, CA, May 2008.
  • Keynote speaker, Faculty Development Day, Lehigh Carbon Community College, PA, January 2008.
  • Keynote speaker, Student Track '07, StudentSpace.com, San Juan, PR, September 2007.
  • Keynote speaker, Faculty Development Day, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA, September 2007.
  • Keynote speaker, Academic Support Center Conference, Lake City Community College, Lake City, FL, April 2007.
  • Keynote speaker, WV College Student Retention Conference, Charleston, WV, March 2007.
  • Invited speaker, Academic Impressions Retention Strategies for Online Student Services, Aspen, CO, September 2006.
  • Invited speaker, Brenden Burchard's College Success Bootcamp, Orlando, FL, August 2006.
  • Central Piedmont Community College, workshop for Retention Committee and presentation to college community, Charlotte, NC, April 2006.
  • Escudo de SUAGM, Puerto Rico, workshop for Retention Committee, San Juan, PR, April 2006.
  • Invited speaker, Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges 39th Annual Conference, Oklahoma City, OK, March 2006.
  • Invited speaker, Northeast Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR) 32nd Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, November 2005.
  • Invited speaker, Technologic de Monterry, 5th Congresso de Comunicacion y Mercadotecnia, Puebla, Mexico, August 2005.

National/State/Local Volunteer Activities

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Educational Research and Practice.

Research Advisory Board, Department of Special Education & Disability Policy, Penn State University, Altoona.

  • Alternate State of NH, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of the Treasury, 2008-
  • External Reviewer, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U. S. Department of Education, 2007.
  • Bedford, NH Community Television (BCTV) program The College Dr. about selecting and staying in college, 2007.
  • Examiner, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) U.S. Department of Commerce, 2005-
  • Member NH Judicial Council. Nominated by the Governor of the State of NH, confirmed by the Executive Council, term to 2011.
  • Justice of the Peace, State of New Hampshire.
  • Instructor Trainer, American Red Cross 2004-
  • Instructor, American Red Cross, Adult, Child, Infant CPR, First Aid & AED, 1998- 1999, 2002-.
  • Member, American Red Cross, Greater Manchester NH Chapter, Preparedness Committee, 2002-
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly, 2006-
  • Candidate (twice) for the NH House of Representatives

Recent Activities

  • Interviewed for articles on retention by newspapers in North Carolina, Texas, California, and Alabama among others.
  • Appeared on Fox News Live Weekend, June 4, 2005.
  • Program Reviewer, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) 2006 & 2005 annual conferences, 2005 & 2004.
  • Member, Advisory Board, Cooperative Institutional Research Project (CIRP), UCLA, 2003- 2005.
  • Reader/Consultant, United States Department of Education, Upward Bound Grants, 1995, 2003.
  • Reader/Consultant, United States Department of Education, Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement Program Grants, 1998, 2002.
  • Member, Consulting Team, Alternate Model Self-Study Reaffirmation Committee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for Thomas Moore College, KY, 1999.
  • Member, American Red Cross, Health & Safety Committee, Concord, NH Chapter, 1998.
  • Reader/Consultant, United States Department of Education, Student Support Service Grants, 1997.
  • Member, College and University Editorial Board (professional journal) of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), 1992- 96, 97- 01.

Current Membership

  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)

    The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)