Student Success Program


The Student Success Program is a suite of interconnected initiatives with the united vision of improving the degree attainment rate for all MSU students, especially for lower income and first generation students. This program advances these goals by bringing new capabilities to MSU that support better services for students through innovative student success practices backed by contemporary technology. The Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology adds capacity to facilitate and drive innovation in core areas of the curriculum that enhance the student experience.


This work grows out of and builds upon the focus on student success in the Neighborhoods and our collaboration with ten other university partners in the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) to improve graduation rates. The Student Success Transformation Program encompasses those student success initiatives that aim for transformation through technology and business process improvement. This Program is a collaboration among The Office of the Provost, IT Services, Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, Residential Education and Housing Services, campus partners of the MSU Neighborhoods, Academic Colleges, Enrollment Services, and Office of International Student Services.

The expected benefits include:

  • Successfully lift 4 & 6 year graduation rates for all MSU students.
  • Close outcomes gap for low-income, first generation, Black, Latino, and/or Native students.
  • Decrease time to degree for all MSU students.
  • Align communications, reduce redundancies and provide a consistent MSU voice to the students during their first 2 years.


There are 15 projects for the 2018/2019 academic year. These projects are segmented within four themes; 1) credit momentum, 2) core curriculum reform, 3) academic technology and student information, and 4) communication and engagement. As of May 21, three projects have been completed, three placed on hold for the balance of the academic year, and the remaining 9 are at various percentages nearing completion. Status is tracked and reported at the bi-weekly Student Success Steering Committee meeting.


  • July 2015: Project approved (Completed)
  • August 2015: Establish 2015/16 Academic Year projects (Completed)
  • October 2015: Student Success Program communicated to campus (Completed)
  • August 2016: Establish 2016/2017 Academic Year projects (Completed)
  • May 2017: Provide updates at 2017 Data Summit (Completed)
  • June 2017: Conduct Strategic Review with key stakeholders (Completed)
  • August 2017: Establish 2017/2018 Academic Year projects (Completed)
  • May 2018: Provide updates at 2018 Student Success Summit (Completed)
  • August 2018: Establish 2018/2019 Academic Year projects
  • August 2019: Establish 2019/2020 Academic Year projects
  • August 2020: Establish 2020/2021 Academic Year projects