January 2020 Student Success Updates
Mark Largent and a student.

Good Signs
MSU's six-year graduation rate has now increased one point every year over the last five years, climbing from 77% for the 2009 entering cohort to 81% for the 2013 entering cohort. Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies Mark Largent reflects on why this is a good sign as well as the campus-wide focus on student learning and success.

Student Success News
Dr. Ward
Instructor Tasks Students with Donating Portion of His Salary in Ethics Course

Lyman Briggs professor Dr. Arthur Ward considers student success to be more than a grade point average. Dr. Ward believes that it is teaching his students to ask themselves questions about their own purposes, and how to untangle their convictions about what it means to have a satisfying existence.



Dr. Weatherspoon
Dave Weatherspoon named Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Dave Weatherspoon, professor in Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics, has been named Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education (APUE) at MSU, effective January 1, 2020.
Spring Conference on Teaching_ Learning and Student Success
Spring Conference on Teaching, Learning, and Student Success, May 4-7, 2020
We are excited to once again have the Student Success Data Summit as part of the Spring Conference. The conference will highlight the great work being done on campus around student success, showcase data-informed decision making, and provide opportunities for learning and professional growth for all educators on campus. This year we are also bringing back the popular data training pre-conference where you can learn from student success and data experts on how to take your data-informed decision making to the next level. The diversity of session types and topic areas is designed to invite proposals from all groups or individuals within the MSU community engaged in student success, teaching, and learning. The call for proposals will be available in February. For any questions, please reach out to Renata Opoczynski at opoczyns@msu.edu or Sarah Gretter at sgretter@msu.edu.
Jim Lucas and the staff of RCPD
Dr. James Lucas, Assistant Dean in APUE and the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities honored with University-wide Awards
For his sustained commitment to a student-centered learning environment, willingness to engage students as a guide and mentor, and his numerous educational innovations and varied contributions to MSU, Dr. James Lucas will be recognized with an All-University Distinguished Academic Staff Award at the annual MSU Awards Convocation on Tuesday, February 4. 

For their collaborative, ability-centric approach and creativity, and for their work to advance diversity at MSU with energy and commitment, the Resource Center for People with Disabilities will be recognized with a Lifetime Achievement award at the annual Excellence in Diversity Awards ceremony on Tuesday, February 11.
Taking the Initiative 
MSU campus in the fall

Spartan Success Stories
Take Your Child to Work Day April 23_ 2020. There_s a Superstar Within You
Take Your Child to Work Day will happen on April 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at various locations across campus. The theme for this year is "There's a Superstar Within You." In previous years, children have been able to play co-anchors in the Spartan Newsroom, visit the Dairy Store and more.
Miyanna Fowlkes in Green RHA shirt
Miyanna Fowlkes is a junior and current President of the Residence Halls Association, the on-campus student government at MSU. In the last few months, there have been incidents on campus related to DEI and Miyanna discusses how she as a student and RHA president works to change the climate of campus culture.
Alex Goots
Alex Goots is a University Distinguished Fellow, a fourth year PhD student and MSU Forensic Anthropology Lab (MSUFAL) laboratory manager. With these many hats that Alex wears, her passion for forensic anthropology is a common trend. Chosen as MSUFAL's first student spotlight of the new year, Alex discusses the importance of getting as much experience as possible in the field of forensic anthropology.

Learn more about Alex's journey with forensic anthropology
Lamont Davis
An alum of the Broad College of Business, Lamont Davis, discusses his journey at MSU and the importance of controlling your own narrative, knowing your worth and tapping into community resources.

Angela Wilson
This month, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of computational chemistry at MSU, Angela Wilson has been elected to be a national councilor for the American Chemical Society, Division of Physical Chemistry. From 2004-2016, Wilson served as national councilor and left to lead the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation.

ICYMI: More Spartan Success Stories
A number of additional MSU student success stories that may interest you this month include:


Mark Largent
MSU Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
Dean of Undergraduate Studies

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