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 sustainable, inclusive student success & retention. It can be undertaken individually or with a cohort of institutions, such as an association or consortium.

Download your MTN Guide here to find out how Moving the Needle can positively impact your students' success & retention.


"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


Student success outcomes of the Moving the Needle partnership include:

  • A campus-wide fostering of ownership of student retention.
  • Campus planning and decision-making becomes integrated and student-focused.
  • Creation of effective and efficient partnerships for student success.
  • A comprehensive campus-wide early alert system.