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Student Retention

The Student Retention Mini-Con with Montclair State University & Dr. Audrey Murrell

April 20, 2021
11:30 AM EST
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In partnership with Montclair State University, we invite you to join us for our upcoming virtual mini-conference on Tuesday, April 20th. There is no cost to attend and a post-event recording will be sent out to all those who register.

After a short two and a half years of partnership with Montclair State University, the outcomes speak for themselves. Even through the pandemic, not only has student engagement grown each year, but Montclair State has leveraged Suitable and our data to improve student retention while also decreasing the rate of course withdrawal. What started as a pilot with first-year students, has rapidly transformed into an enterprise mission for student success; from the Provost's office to the Dean's of individual academic colleges. All with the help of the experts at Suitable and our groundbreaking web and mobile app. 

*Just Added* A live, interactive roundtable with industry leader Dr. Audrey Murrell. Audrey will present on strategies for getting and keeping students engaged outside the classroom on a post-pandemic campus. She will call for open discourse around topics such as Inclusive Engagement, Student Retention, and Experiential Learning in a new era of Higher Education.

This event will provide:

  • Background on Montclair State University, how they got started on Suitable, and the progress made thus far.
  • Best practices for launching First Year Experience programs and scaling them to all students.
  • A glimpse into the future of the partnership and why Montclair is upgrading to Suitable's Enterprise license.
  • Live Q&A with the Montclair State University presenters.


  • A quick tour through Suitable's technology.

  • A live, interactive Roundtable with Dr. Audrey Murrell 



Tuesday, April 20 11:30AM-11:45AM

Opening Remarks from Suitable

By Mark Visco Jr.

Tuesday, April 20 11:45AM-11:50AM

Student Speaker of Distinction

Ciara Cordero

Tuesday, April 20 11:50AM-12:35PM

How Montclair State University Improves Student Retention and Success with Suitable

By Duane Williams and Gennae Hinson, Montclair State University

Tuesday, April 20 12:35PM-1:00PM

Live Q&A with Duane and Gen

Ask your questions live to Duane!

Tuesday, April 20 1:00PM-2:00PM

**JUST ADDED** Disruptive Innovation and a Post-Pandemic Campus with Dr. Murrell

How should we think about issues such as competency-based learning, disruptive innovation and the need to re-envision student engagement in our post-pandemic learning environments? What kind of conversations are needed on our campuses as we rethink, redesign and recreate student engagement into the future? How do we learn from the disruption of the pandemic in ways that help us to become more innovative and impactful?


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Duane Williams, MS

Director, Center for Leadership and Engagement, Montclair State University

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Gennae Hinson

Director of Career Services, College of Science and Mathematics

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Mark Visco Jr.

Co-Founder and CEO, Suitable

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Ciara Cordero

Montclair State University Student

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Audrey Murrell, PhD

Professor, Author, and Researcher

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