Moving the Needle Conference


Each year, St. Petersburg College hosts the Moving the Needle Conference, which brings together hundreds of educators from across the country to share best practices and learn new ways to improve the use of "real time" data for the purpose of increasing student success. Attendees from numerous institutions gather for keynote sessions, panel discussions, workshops and collaborative labs to discuss ways to improve data culture to help "move the needle" on student success initiatives.

2018 Moving the Needle Conference

SPC will host the fifth annual Moving the Needle Conference 2018: pre-conference intensives Nov. 7, conference Nov. 8-9. Registration ends Oct. 26.

What others are saying

"What I really like about this conference is it’s focused on actionable data – how to get the right information to the right folks at the right time."

Polk State College

Moving the Needle Conference News

  • The focus of the 2017 conference was “the art of student engagement in today’s data-driven culture,” which hones in on the need to meet the unprecedented demand for accountability and student success.
  • Keynote speakers and panelists were: Dr. Davis Jenkins, Senior Research Associate at the Community College Research Center; Kerin Hilker-Balkissoon, Executive Director of College and Career Pathways at Northern Virginia Community College; Amy Takayama-Perez, Dean of Admissions at George Mason University; Dr. Karen Stout, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream; and Dr. Rob Johnstone, Founder and President, National Center for Inquiry Improvement.
  • The event’s keynote presentation was given by Dr. Mark Milliron, Chief Learning Officer at Civitas Learning. Milliron was the founding chancellor of Western Governors University, Texas, and also served as deputy director for postsecondary improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • The conference is designed for postsecondary leadership teams to engage in collaborative discussions and methods regarding the improved use of data leading to student success.
  • SPC, the oldest state college in Florida, is trying to change the way administrators at other institutions think about and use data, share best practices and learn from one another.