Student Success & Retention Moving the Needle

Moving The Needle On Student Success & Retention

The Moving the Needle (MTN) project is a partnership that engages the full campus community in developing, implementing, and enhancing the conditions, practices, systems, and solutions that foster student success and retention.

Through this student success partnership, campus communities achieve:

  • A campus-wide fostering of ownership around student retention.
  • Integrated, student-focused planning and decision making.
  • Effective, efficient partnerships for student success.
  • A comprehensive campus-wide early alert system.

The Benefits of an MTN Partnership

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Dr. Joretta Nelson Introduces Moving The Needle

Hear Credo Vice Chairman / Owner & Founder of MTN, Joretta Nelson, Ph.D., introduce Credo's signature student success and retention partnership. 

Improving Student Outcomes

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Transforming Teams & Talent

Built as a best-fit model for our campus partners, Moving the Needle focuses on the whole experience provided to students and how current programs can thrive both on their own and in conjunction with other departments on campus in order to provide a seamless, high impact, and memorable experience for the student. We achieve this through in partnership with the extraordinary talent already at work on your campus. Leadership development intentionally occurs at all levels of MTN—from the Board to the staff to the students—as the entire campus or cohort community is catalyzed around culture change and student success outcomes.

Teams are at the heart of an MTN project. If the campus can get the right people around the table, Credo provides professional development for them through their affiliate network, experts in the area under consideration, and Credo staff members provide team process training to maximize each team’s preparation for collaboration and engaging the assignment. Once teams are underway, Credo staff offer guidance and support throughout the project cycle.

- Susan Wooten, Senior Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Vice Provost, Anderson University, SC

Building Momentum Through Cohorts

Moving The Needle can be transformative to an individual campus and also through the cohort model. Learning from each other, cohort participants develop and implement inclusive  student success and  retention outcomes for their campuses and communities.

Why join a cohort? Find out more by visiting our MTN Cohorts page.

In selecting Credo we keyed in on professional expertise, an evidence-based model and process, and a proven record of success. In particular, we are impressed with the holistic mindset and emphasis on enhancing our culture and building on our institutional and educational strengths. Credo brings proven experience in building networked and integrated strategies tailored to our mission and educational values and our vision for the future.

-Brian J. Bruess, Ph.D., President, St. Norbert College 

Join Us For A Student Success Webinar 

Leading Indicators for Student Success: What you should know in December

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Now that census date has passed and you are approaching the end of the first semester, how are your faculty and staff using the data to adapt their strategies to help students thrive? What do registrations, housing commitments, drop outs, and holds look like? 

Join us on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET for a webinar focused on the work of student success.

Find Out More & Register For The Webinar

Download Your Complimentary Moving The Needle Retention Guide

Would you like to get better acquainted with MTN? Download this guide to learn about student success & outcomes, see a sample timeline, and start to experience the empowering support you will receive from Credo along our journey together through MTN.

Download Your Moving The Needle Retention Guide

Marian University Commits to Student success

Collaboration leads to a seamless student experience thanks to Moving The Needle

"Moving The Needle...has been something where everybody has taken an ownership in retaining the student.  Getting the student to be successful is part of my job." 

-Tom Enneking, Executive Vice President and Provost, Marian University

Talk To Dr. Joretta Nelson, Vice Chairman & Founder of MTN, About Student Success

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Having the right partner at the table can be a game changer. We’d love to talk to you about how we can help your campus to flourish.