A Moving the Needle (MTN) cohort is a partnership that engages your full campus community alongside a group of institutions with a common connection such as vision, mission, or association. Learning from each other, cohort participants develop and implement inclusive campus-wide student success and retention outcomes for their campuses and communities.
The ultimate results of this collaboration are expected to be improved retention rates, a corresponding increase in institutional net revenue, and the strengthening of each school’s mission and institutional culture.
1. Campus Environment & Strategic Alignment outcomes include a long-term strategic retention plan, enhanced departmental partnerships, ongoing leadership development for mid-level talent, and a comprehensive list of gaps or vulnerabilities hindering student success.
2. Systems, Processes, & Efficiencies outcomes include process maps of departmental operations, policy and practice review for key areas affecting students’ progression, improvements in critical “business” processes, cross-trained staff to maximize efficient service, and streamlined technology and systems integration.
3. Thriving student retention outcomes include improved fall-to-fall retention rates, reduced gaps in retention for students from underrepresented groups, and higher graduation rates.
In one word: yes! The outcomes from a Moving the Needle cohort are sustainable for campuses because they:
Our MTN cohorts are also an accessible & affordable step towards collaboratively building student success on your campus & across your cohort community.
The complex nature of student success requires an integrated, campus-wide plan with robust administrative support, strong belief in student potential, and implementation of targeted strategies. MTN is built upon a holistic and scalable approach that guides campus cultural change to foster inclusive, equitable, and affirming environments where students are set up to thrive.
Through a strengths-based approach, MTN guides the assessment of student experiences and outcomes related to:
Our emphasis on these dimensions will position each campus to be “student ready” and well equipped to help students reach their highest potential.
If you would like to find out more about joining an MTN Cohort, please visit our MTN Cohort Webinar & Resource Page, where you can find out about upcoming cohorts, register for informational webinars, and initiate your institution's cohort registration.
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.