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Welcome Letter

November 27, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

This year, we celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Annual Regional HBCU Summit on Retention. On behalf of the Steering Committee, I am inviting you to attend and participate in the discussions on student retention, student persistence, and student attrition.  The Summit will take place March 1-3, 2018 at the Clarion Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland.  This year’s conference theme is: Improving Retention at HBCUs: Achieving Student Success through the Changing Lens of Innovation, Creativity, and Sustainability. Today’s financial, ethical, legal, and social challenges take our students’ time and attention.  The Summit continues to seek additional ways to help students, faculty, staff, and administrators address the challenges that affect a student’s ability to focus on his/her academic needs.  We want them to be able to persist and graduate in five years or fewer.  

During the past nineteen (20) years, the Summit’s goal has been to exchange ideas and share information that support student retention and graduation.  Our student attendees have shared their issues and concerns that lead to attrition.  Our faculty, staff, and administrators have been listening.  Many of the strategies have been implemented and retention rates have been going up at many of our institutions.  The Summit will continue to work and support all retention efforts that give African American and other minority students at all institutions, especially HBCUs, opportunities to stay in school and graduate from college.  The 21st Summit will continue its legacy of providing numerous opportunities for its conferees to gain new knowledge, share technical and clinical experiences, and network with colleagues.

Keynote speakers and concurrent session presenters will address all aspects of student retention.  The Summit will provide faculty at high schools, technical schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges with information that will help them prepare all students for a future that includes an undergraduate college degree, one or more graduate degrees, or a professional school degree.  

As with each of the Summits, the 21st Annual Regional HBCU Summit on Retention will enhance your knowledge, widen your network, stimulate you, and expand your vision. We are very excited about this event and look forward to welcoming you to Ocean City, Maryland in March.


Joan Langdon
Chair, Regional HBCU Summit on Retention (2017)