TIGER Research on Academic Retention (ROAR) 2017
June 20-22, 2017
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM 
University Memorial Center Room 247, CU Boulder

The Research on Academic Retention (ROAR) learning community focuses on undergraduate retention in a variety of STEM and Social Science courses.  Building on the work of the previous two years, we will explore the relationship between students' performance in these courses, student retention, and their majors.  Participants will be introduced to a pedagogical paradigm that will enable them to conduct small-scale classroom assessment projects. Content for training will cover: 1) current status of retention efforts on the CU Boulder campus; 2) understanding student learning ; 3) personalities in the classroom; and 4) conducting "teaching as research" assessment projects.  Participants will leave the training with an outline for a teaching as research project that they may choose to develop and administer during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Participants will also receive 16 GTP workshop credits for attending ROAR.


TIGER ROAR 2017 Application



Applications are due Friday, May 12 at 5:00 PM.  Participants will be notified of their acceptance by May 19. 

If you have questions regarding ROAR, please contact Dr. Adam Blanford, TIGER Coordinator, at gtptiger@colorado.edu immediately.

Goals for the Training

  • To provide participants with in-depth knowledge of pedagogical and assessment techniques;
  • Help participants understand the importance of quality classroom teaching and its effects on undergraduate retention;
  • To help participants develop viable assessment projects for their disciplines

Participants will receive

  • 16 GTP workshop credits;
  • In-depth training in pedagogy and classroom assessment techniques;
  • Feedback from ROAR staff and experienced TAR fellows on potential TAR project ideas that may be turned into a formal, funded TAR project in Fall 2017


  • Participants must be a graduate student in good standing, making adequate progress toward a STEM degree (Please note that any field funded by the National Science Foundation is considered STEM)
  • Must have two semesters of teaching experience
  • Must be able to attend all three days



The Research on Academic Retention (ROAR) will be held June 20-22, 2017 from 8:30AM - 4:30PM in the Conference Room 247 of the University Memorial Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Breakfast & Lunch will be provided.