Student Success & Retention

MTN Collaborative

MTN Collaborative©

Moving The Needle (MTN) is a campus-wide project that ignites a sustainable culture transformation, improves student retention and graduation rates, and increases net revenue. A key feature of Moving the Needle is the MTN Collaborative©, built for campus talent to support their own leadership journeys while supporting one another and the organizations they serve. All campuses who participate in MTN have access to the MTN Collaborative for talent development, team and campus resourcing, and an ever-growing trove of student success resources for mission and vision focused colleges and universities.

What is the MTN Collaborative?

Share and problem-solve with others doing MTN work through talent development programs, learning communities, workshops, and summits including timely student success and retention topics and application ideas curated and facilitated by Credo.

Collaborating Through MTN: Support & Resources

Moving The Needle is delivered over five years and takes place over two phases of integrated, engaging student-focused, leadership and learning: Phase 1 | Design & Deploy and Phase 2 | Structure & Sustain.

Credo's team supports your campus through the entire process through intentionally cultivated phases of collaboration.

MTN Collaborative Phase 1 and 2

Unpacking The MTN Collaborative

The MTN Collaborative is the resource and professional development component of MTN. It features a built-in support network, and an expanding curriculum to support leaders at all levels and the students and organizations they serve.
  • Talent Development

    Available for Moving the Needle  partnership campuses during all phases of the project, the program builds personal leadership awareness and abilities, sets research-informed context for how students thrive in college, and exposes participants to the current realities and opportunities of higher education. 

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  • Learning Workshops

    Credo’s Moving the Needle Learning Workshops are a component of the MTN Collaborative, a space for shared learning among MTN campuses. Available for participants in all phases of MTN, the goal of MTN Learning Workshops is to share knowledge, resources, and highlight best practices for student success.

    As a result of participating in learning workshops, attendees will:

    1. Learn solutions/strategies for a real-time issue in student success.
    2. Be empowered to implement discussed solutions/strategies on their campus to improve the student experience and increase student retention.

    These virtual workshops are open to all who work at our MTN campuses. 

    Recent MTN Learning Workshop Topics

    June 2023 Pop-up Learning Workshop - Maximizing Retention Over the Summer

    September 2023 Learning Workshop - Student Success Leadership: Managing Up, Managing Through, Managing Self

    October 2023 Learning Workshop - Data Drives Retention: How to Use Data to Maximize Student Success

    November 2023 Learning Workshop - Minimizing Melt, Maximizing Success

    December 2023 Learning Workshop - Building Collaborative Clearance Partnerships

    January 2024 Learning Workshop Supporting Student-Athlete Success

  • Annual Learning Summit

    For Project Leaders, Project Managers, and Student Success Champions from
    all phases of MTN, this annual event will take place virtually on May 15, 2024. 

    Our topic is Meaning-making In Advising to Support Student Thriving with Dr. Laurie Schreiner.

  • Learning Communities & Executive Coaching

    For Student Success Champions in Phase 2 of MTN, groups of campuses join together to build excitement and dialogue about wins and opportunities related to student thriving and retention. Executive Coaching is also available.

What Campus Talent Says About The MTN Collaborative


participation rate of MTN institutions in Learning Workshops for fall 2023


of participants report the Learning Community has provided a sense of purpose


of Talent Development participants would recommend the program to a colleague 

"I always get a boost after the Learning Community, and it rejuvenates me when returning to my work."

Learning Community participant

Current MTN Association Partnerships

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Appalachian College Association

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Association Of Catholic Colleges And Universities

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Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities

"Honestly, the talent development program makes me feel that the institution is invested in me. That’s valuable!"

Talent Development Participant