Academic Programs Catalog

Undergraduate Education

Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative

Office of the Provost

Genyne Royal, Assistant Dean and Director

All undergraduate students who have been admitted to Michigan State University with fewer than 56 credits are automatically enrolled as part of the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC) with the exception of lower division students who are enrolled in residential colleges (James Madison College, Lyman Briggs College, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities). Services provided as part of the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative are available to all students whether admitted to a major or not.  The academic responsibility for all students who are enrolled in the NSSC rests solely with the NSSC.  Academic responsibility includes such functions as monitoring students’ academic progress and making decisions concerning retention and academic status.  All students who are enrolled in the NSSC may select and be considered for admission to a degree-granting college after completing 28 credits. See individual college sections for any admission requirements.  Students must select and be accepted for admission to a degree-granting college by the time they reach junior standing (56 credits).

The mission of the NSSC is to help undergraduate students achieve their academic goals at Michigan State University.  The NSSC is a collaborative effort among multiple student support units across campus.  The staff in these units provide personal attention to students in order to assist them in maximizing their potential and achieving academic success.


Enrollment in the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative

Many students come to the university uncertain about a preferred area of academic interest.  Other students find their academic interests shift or expand as they are introduced to the many and varied academic experiences associated with attendance at the university.  Students who are undecided about their fields of study may select the No-Preference option at the time of admission or at a later time. Certain major and degree programs specify the completion of particular courses or sequences of courses during the freshman and sophomore years.  Students who have not completed such courses or sequences early in their programs of study may need additional time to meet the requirements for those programs. Students with interests in specific fields of study may declare a major preference related to those fields.

The No-Preference option allows students to investigate the wide variety of majors available at Michigan State University. Professional advisors in the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC) serve as the primary advisors for students who select the No-Preference option.  The advisors assist students with major and career advice and course selection.

Students who declare major preferences are assigned to academic advisors in the colleges of their major preferences.  However, the services and professional advisors in the NSSC are also available to these students.


Student Success

The Neighborhood Engagement Centers are staffed and supported by a variety of Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC) staff including a Neighborhood Director, Academic Advisors and other professionals who care deeply about Spartan students and are able to connect them with the resources they need.

Neighborhood Academic Advisors specifically assist and guide students to the selection of a major, monitor their academic progress, provide academic advising, guide students toward activities that are designed to enhance their personal and professional growth, and make appropriate referrals to enable students to take advantage of other resources and services the university offers. NSSC staff are readily accessible in the Neighborhood Engagement Centers.

  • Brody Engagement Center (Brody Hall, Room 160) for students living in - Armstrong, Bailey, Bryan, Butterfield, Emmons, and Rather residence halls. Call 884-6670.
  • South Engagement Center (Holden Hall, 1st Floor Lobby) for students living in - Case, Wilson, Wonders, and Holden residence halls. Call 884-6680.
  • East Engagement Center (Room C130) for students living in - Akers, Holmes, and Hubbard residence halls. Call 884-3501.
  • River Trail Engagement Center (McDonel Hall, Room C101) for students living in - Van Hoosen Apartments, McDonel, Owen and Shaw residence halls. Call 884-4080.
  • North Engagement Center (MSU Union, Room 200) for students living -  off-campus and in Abbot, Mason, Phillips, Snyder, Campbell, Gilchrist, Landon, Mayo, Williams and Yakeley residence halls. Call 884-4050.

While students are encouraged to visit the Engagement Center in their Neighborhood, students can visit an Engagement Center in any of the above locations for academic advising and assistance.

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Collaborative Learning Center

The CLC (202 Bessey Hall) is part of the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative. The CLC provides training in pedagogical techniques, collaborative learning techniques, and classroom assessment techniques to help peer educators (Supplemental Instruction Leaders, Tutors, Undergraduate Learning Assistants, Academic Coaches, etc,) incorporate “how to learn” with “what to learn.” The CLC can also provide professional development opportunities for peer educators throughout the semester.