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APSU recognized for student retention efforts

Three administrators from Austin Peay State University were presented recently with the 15th Annual Best Practices in Student Retention Award.

The award was given Oct. 1 by the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) at the University of Oklahoma during the National Symposium on Student Retention held in Buffalo, N.Y.
Three administrators from Austin Peay State University were presented recently with the 15th Annual Best Practices in Student Retention Award.

The award was given Oct. 1 by the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) at the University of Oklahoma during the National Symposium on Student Retention held in Buffalo, N.Y.

Dr. Harriett McQueen, dean of Enrollment Management and Academic Support; Dr. Patty Mulkeen, director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness; and Dr. Sherryl Byrd, associate vice president of Student Affairs were recognized at the conference for their paper, titled “Conquering the Great Divide: Student Success Equals Student Retention.”

APSU received a lead crystal sculpture and a $2,000 cash award for best practices in student retention, which have resulted in a 6.57 percent increase in freshmen retention since 2004.

The CSRDE Best Practices Award is the highest of three awards given at the national symposium. -- Melony Shemberger