Collaborative Learning Center

The CLC is part of the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative, with a mission that supersedes the former Learning Resources Center (LRC). Instead, the CLC provides training in pedagogical techniques, collaborative learning techniques, and classroom assessment techniques to help peer educators (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.

Dow STEM Scholars

The Dow STEM Scholars program was established to help students who place into Math 1825 have a smooth transition to college and gain the skills to succeed in STEM fields.

Program Information:

Incoming MSU students who are interested in majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields (STEM), who place into Math 1825 are eligible to become Dow STEM Scholars. This limited-enrollment program (for the first 120 students who apply) allows students to take a specially designed free online math course during the summer before their first year. At the end of the summer course students who have been successful can place into Math 103 or higher for fall. In addition, Dow STEM Scholars take a 1st Year Credit Seminar, a specially designed Dow STEM chemistry course and math sections in fall and spring. Scholars participate in activities and field trips designed to make them more successful students and are granted research opportunities their 2nd year. 


Detroit M.A.D.E. Scholars Program 

The Detroit M.A.DE. Scholars program (M.A.D.E. = Mastering Academics Demonstrating Excellence) promotes personal and academic excellence through pre-college outreach as well as provides individualized academic advising and cohort activities. The program is designed to help students participate in specialized learning experiences that position students for success during and beyond their time at Michigan State University. The program is supported by funds from the Gilbert Family Foundation.


Participation in this program is FREE. To qualify students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of Detroit
  • Graduated from a public or charter high school in Detroit
  • Be an Admitted Student to Michigan State University
  • Complete math placement test and non-cognitive variable questions
  • Commit to live in South Neighborhood for first year at MSU (Case, Holden, Wilson and Wonders Hall)

For more information please contact:
Joy Hannibal, Program Coordinator,
Juan Flores, Academic Advisor,


Spartan Success Scholars

As a Spartan Success Scholar, you will have the opportunity to enhance your academic achievement, gain life skills, and build a strong social network.
You are automatically enrolled in the Spartan Success Scholars Program upon admittance to MSU, so no other action is needed on your end to join!

Coaching Information:

Spartan Success Scholars are invited to participate in the coaching program. In this program, students will be paired with an excellent student role model who can help you succeed academically, make friends, and get the most out of your campus experience. Evaluations of MSU students and Scholars indicate that students who use Neighborhood Services are more likely to earn better grades. This program works!

Neighborhood Spartan Success Scholars interested in the coaching program are invited to check out and like our Facebook page.

*If there are questions or concerns about the coaching program or the coach you are assigned to, contact the coordinator, Christina Finley, at