Using the PDP for Student Retention: Who Am I Losing and When Are They Leaving?

April 29-29, 2024
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Virtual Workshop: April 29, 2–3:30 p.m. ET

Pricing: FREE ($0 members/$0 nonmembers)

Increasing student retention is one of the most common priorities in any institution’s strategic plan.

Federal compliance reporting requirements focus only on first-time, full-time freshmen in retention calculations and exclude transfer and part-time students. Furthermore, reporting only shines a light on one-year retention and graduation, rather than the experience of the full population along the entire student life cycle. Finally, focusing on overall retention trends obscures the experience of underserved student subgroups.

The National Student Clearinghouse’s Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP) dashboards can help data professionals better understand which students are leaving and when.

In this interactive session, facilitators will demonstrate how institutions have used the PDP dashboards to answer these questions. Participants in this session will have an opportunity to conduct their own inquiries using their institutional dashboards and will share their findings in a community of practice. Answering these types of questions will help institutions and data professionals to inform strategic planning and achieve institutional priorities.

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand how to use the Postsecondary Data Partnership dashboards to deeply understand trends in undergraduate retention.
  • Practice using PDP dashboards to identify institution-specific findings pertaining to retention.
  • Explore reflective questions to help turn insight into action.
  • Discuss how to share this information with institutional stakeholders to build buy-in and create change.


  • Registration closes April 25 or when capacity is reached. Space is limited.
  • You will receive the Zoom link the day before the workshop.
  • The workshop will be interactive, including the use of hands-on exercises and discussion. 

Please note: This intermediate-level workshop is designed for current PDP users who have experience with basic PDP dashboard navigation. The workshop focuses on the Retention/Persistence, Retention/Persistence Term-to-Term, Subgroup Gap Analysis, and Benchmarking dashboards. The workshop will be interactive and will require you to access and use your institution’s PDP dashboards.


  • If you have any special needs addressed by the American with Disabilities Act, please contact the AIR Education Team at 850-385-4155 or email

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Event Type(s): Virtual Workshop
Experience Level: Intermediate
Length of Event: 90 minutes
Date(s): April 29-29, 2024
Cutoff Date: Apr 25, 2024