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Credo-Hosted Event | May 22 - 24, 2018

Credo Thriving Institute (CTI) 2018


What is the Institute?

The Thriving Institute is a team-centered opportunity to hear from leading experts from across the independent higher education landscape, consider issues of urgency across higher education, and learn from research on adaptive change and resiliency. We balance valuable time for team interaction and planning with opportunities for peer-group content and networking.


What if we examine the most progressive journeys, rather than just look at the most successful results? What if we strategically plan how to overcome resistance to change before it occurs?

The ability of leadership to cohesively navigate an institution through deep change will determine the success or failure of private colleges and universities in the next decade. With eyes on the changing environment of higher education, the Thriving Institute explores adaptive approaches for leadership teams to meet the student needs of the future. 


Credo is pleased to partner with Marian University in Indianapolis as the host institution for the 2018 Institute. Located close to downtown, Marian is an extraordinary example of growth, innovation, and keeping student learning and access at the center.


Guests will enjoy the lovely downtown Indianapolis JW Marriott property. This new hotel features extensive dining options, conversation areas, and a Starbucks®.

2018 Schedule

Evening of Tuesday, May 22 – Early afternoon Thursday, May 24

Enjoy an opening reception, dinner and keynote on Tuesday evening. Institute participants will enjoy exclusive access to the NCAA Hall of Champions and its exhibits for the evening, located just beyond the conference hotel. 

Wednesday and Thursday’s sessions will feature research-informed learning and workshop time on the topic of Adaptive Change with Dr. Eileen Hulme. Wednesday evening will be free, with options for transportation and entertainment; and Thursday will conclude early afternoon. 

Speaker Bios

Eileen Hulme, Ph.D., Professor of Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University

Eileen Hulme - Affiliate Photo.jpgAn APU faculty member since 2005, Eileen possesses 20 years of experience in higher education administration, including three vice presidencies that position her well in her teaching and research into leadership and change. A 2001 Fulbright Scholar in higher education administration, Eileen has taught at both the master’s and doctoral levels for more than a decade, and co-directed the M.S. in Student Services Administration Program at Baylor University. Her research interests include the development of meaning and purpose in college students, the effect of emotional intelligence on success in a university environment, and a strengths-based approach to leadership.


$4,500 per leadership team of up to eight people, encompassing all institute sessions and materials, as well as most meals. 

To bring your team to the 2018 Thriving Institute, please contact Credo President Tom Gavic, or Chief Brand Officer Emma Jones

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2016 Thriving Institute Feedback

Overall the participants found great value in the Institute

97% of respondants gained a deeper understanding of the concept of adaptive change

94% feel better prepared to address areas of resistance to change on campus  

97% believe their team engaged in meaningful dialogue around issues critical to the success of the institution
100% understand the shifts in American culture that will change how higher education is defined in the future
 100% would recommend the Thriving Institute to a colleague

What participants have to say about past CTIs: 

“It is difficult to make the decision to pull the entire team away from their work. This was definitely worth the investment.”

“Every one of us left with considerable insights and a closer bond.”

“The institute presents a distinctive, pragmatic, pro-active, and positive orientation rarely encountered in other higher education conferences.”

     — CTI Participants, 2016