photo of one of the MSU engagement centers

The MSU Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC) was featured in an excellent video from Higher Education Today.

The MSU Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC) was featured in an excellent video from Higher Education Today. Neighborhood Directors Kelly High McCord (Brody) and Reggie Noto (East) were joined by Spartan Success Coaches Autumn Johnson and Rachel King to describe this unique MSU organization. At each of our five neighborhood locations (Brody, East, North, River Trail, and South) students can find academic advising, learning centers, career advising, and health services – all conveniently located in the residence hall complexes or the student union.

The Neighborhoods bring together MSU academic units, including ours, student affairs, and residential and housing services. In addition to being a location and an organizational structure, NSSC provides a “platform” to bring departments and units from across campus to work together to ensure student success – providing, as my colleague Dr. Kris Renn (former NSSC director) would say, “a framework for continued organizational learning.”

At MSU, we believe that every undergraduate student who is admitted has the ability to learn, thrive, and earn a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State. We believe that student success is the responsibility of everyone at MSU. The MSU neighborhoods are a signature component of our strategy to realize these goals.

Beyond the organizational structure; however, the reason the NSSC effectively contributes to student success is because of the people who work there – both staff, including Reggie and Kelly, and peer mentors like Autumn and Rachel. Thanks to them for doing a terrific job of representing MSU and NSSC – and to all our NSSC colleagues for everything they do to insure student success.


Feedback and suggestions, especially from the MSU community, welcome: email sekhar@msu.edu.

R. Sekhar Chivukula is the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Michigan State University.