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Credo-Hosted Event | May 21 - 23, 2019

Credo Thriving Institute (CTI) 2019 

What is the Institute?

The 2019 Thriving Institute represents a partnership between Credo and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), who will sponsor Catholic College and University teams to join the Institute. CTI 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 and ACCU are pleased to partner with St. Norbert College in Wisconsin as the host institution for the 2019 Institute. Located on the Fox River near Green Bay, St. Norbert is ranked as one of the top ten Catholic liberal arts colleges in the nation and offers an extraordinary example of engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. ACCU, Credo, and the SNC team look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful area, introducing you to the institution, and experiencing the best of what DePere and Green Bay have to offer.


Guests will enjoy the lovely Lodge Kohler property in Green Bay. Just 100 yards from Lambeau at the center of Titletown action, Lodge Kohler is unlike any other. Warm and spirited, Kohler features sumptuous rooms, a fabulous spa, an indoor/outdoor restaurant and café, and a rooftop bar with best-in-class service.

2019 Schedule

Evening of Tuesday, May 21 – Early afternoon Thursday, May 23

Enjoy an opening reception, dinner and keynote on Tuesday evening. Institute participants will enjoy both indoor and outdoor elements of the iconic Titletown, located just behind the Lodge Kohler.

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


$5,000 per leadership team of up to eight people, encompassing all institute sessions and materials, as well as most meals. ACCU is generously offering a $3,000 scholarship for each Thriving Institute team, resulting in a net cost of $2,000 per team.

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2018 Thriving Institute Feedback

Overall the participants found great value in the Institute

88% of respondents gained a deeper understanding of the concept of adaptive change

100% believe their team engaged in meaningful dialogue around issues critical to the success of the institution
88% increased readiness to challenge existing assumptions in their work
 100% feel more prepared to identify deeper problems in their work

What participants have to say about past CTIs: 

"It remains one of the most effective experiences I've enjoyed in nearly 20 year in higher education. The push to systemic thinking from a facilitator skilled as both faculty and administration was a remarkable exercise."

"The opportunity to work with your team offsite is invaluable!"

"It was great to be on a campus that has gone through tremendous change on all levels and see it firsthand."

     — CTI Participants, 2018

“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