The design inquiry in this large-scale project merges student voices with faculty and staff expertise to explore ways to enhance the student college transition experience at Michigan State University.Over 8,000 students began their MSU journey this Fall. These students look forward to MSU preparing them to navigate a world that is increasingly digitized, global, and complex. As such, we should aspire to provide students with transitional experiences that are future-ready, forward-looking, and focused on them. The framing question guiding this design project is:
“What are the lived experiences of students’ transition(s) to MSU?”
This question is designed to honor the compounded diversity of transitions that students experience from high school to college and from college to the workforce–a diversity that is well-documented in the developmental, academic, and institutional literature. Yet, MSU does not have a common understanding and set of practices to support student transitions and proactively ensure student success for all individuals.
The first phase of the project focuses on student transitions from time of admission to the end of the first year and will culminate in recommendations to MSU leadership for next steps and directions.