Student Success Center

Success Coach Sr. Sarah Foster with her dog Bentley, the SSC therapy dog!
"Come visit us today!"
Professional Mentor, Sr. Sarah Foster, RSM, Tommy Titan and the SSC Therapy Dog Bentley!

The Student Success Center (SSC) provides quality, student-centered academic support services to help students achieve success. The SSC offers:

  • Tutoring and learning communities,
  • Testing center 
  • Professional mentoring,
  • Placement testing,
  • Disability & Accessibility Support Services

We also offer other grant funded and special academic programs: 

  • King-Chavez Parks Program
  • FirstGen Network
  • Academic Interest & Major Exploration (AIME) program, and Health Exploration Program (HEX or Health Ex),
  • UAS Department/developmental coursework 

Location: McNichols Campus Library, third floor
Phone: 313-993-1143

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    Professional Staff Contact Information

    Main Office: 313-993-1143


    How are we dealing with COVID-19 ?

    The SSC is here and ready to help you despite the restrictions due to COVID-19. Be sure to schedule an appointment with any of the SSC professional staff, mentors, tutors, or peer mentors who can help support you academically. We will be open this Fall 2020 for both in-person and online support services to best serve all our students. And remember, we can help navigate through in this new online learning environment. Here are some tips for success for online classes, specifically:

    1. Wake up early before your classes start! A "morning" or class routine before you get started can help you to get in the right state of mind for the day!
    2. Regardless of what time your classes start, get ready no less than one hour ahead of time to be sure your technology is working, and you feel prepared. 
    3. Get dressed in your actual clothes. Again, you will feel better prepared and be more productive. 
    4. Be ACTIVELY engaged in class--turn on your video, take notes, ask questions, discuss with your classmates--treat it like an in-person class!
    5. If possible, put your cell phone in another room if it's distracting you.
    6. Do not try to multitask by doing homework, texting, listening to music, etc. while in class. Focus on what your professor is saying and stay engaged. 
    7. If your class is asynchronous schedule your own "class time" to get work done at the same time every week. For example, if you are in a 100% online asychronous MTH 1010, and you can work on it from 10-10:50 am on MWF. Create that class time for yourself! Your professional mentor can also help you stay accountable!
    8. Keep track of all your classes by using a physical planner. 
    9. Don't attend class where you sleep, or in front of the TV--create a working space with the least amount of distractions as possible since studies show we really cannot multitask like we think we can! 
    10. Remember, the Student Success Center is open and accessible! Come to any of our open campus labs or book a private study room in the library!  

    The University also has provided some very common Frequently Asked Questions in regards to returning to campus

    The Health and Well-Being Guide also provides important information for students on topics including how to access the The Wellness Center (including personal counseling), telemental health services, and pastoral care. Titans Together also addresses on-campus etiquette, facility modifications and campus health and safety protocols.



    The SSC offers free tutoring in most freshman and some upper-division courses, including math, chemistry, biology, languages, philosophy, history and English. One-on-one and small group appointments are available in the Student Success Center on the third floor of the McNichols Campus Library.

    Interested in becoming a tutor? Please, fill out an online application today! If considered, we will reach out to you to set up an in-person interview. 

    How to set up an appointment for tutoring on Accucampus:

    1. Login to your MyPortal at using your Titan Pass credentials
    2. In the Resources section>Academic and Career Resources, click on “Titan Success Network (Tutoring & Mentoring) via Accucampus”

    Once you are logged in: 

    1. To make an appointment, find the "Appointments" button near the middle-left of the screen,
    2. Select "Make Appointment"
    • You can then either search by Service, in which you click the magnifying glass on the middle right,
      • Select Tutoring-Online or Tutoring- On Campus,
      • then select Make appointment on the Student Success Center.
    • You can then put in a date, change the type of tutoring you are looking for if needed, and select the course you need help using the magnifying glass icon, then Search by staff or Search by date.
    • Select a time slot that works for you, and schedule the appointment!

    If you wish to meet in person, you will simply come to the Student Success Center at the time of your appointment and swipe in. If your meeting is online, you will meet with your tutor on Blackboard Collaborate.

    Each tutor has their own "classroom" where you can have a video conference tutoring session. Listed below is our tutors with their contact information along with a few subjects they tutor. If there is a subject that you do not see listed below, please do not hesitate to contact the SSC at 313-993-1143. We are more than happy to help!

    1. Once your appointment is confirmed on Accucampus, log onto Blackboard at the time of your appointment
    2. Go to your course list and put "SSC Tutoring" in the search bar
      *If the course does not appear in the search, please contact the SSC front desk 313-993-1143 or contact your tutor to let them know
    3. Once it is listed, click the start icon on the right side
    4. Click the course and find "Tutoring Virtual Classroom" on the left sidebar
    5. Find the name of the Tutor you are scheduled with and join the session at the time you agreed upon
    6. Select the video/audio options on the screen
    7. Click the purple arrow in the bottom right corner for more options (white board, sharing documents, etc.)
    SSC Tutors and Mentors
    First Last Email Major Subjects
    Alex Akins Busniess Administration BUS
    Mark Blanchard Psychology STA
    Sydney Buckner Nursing NUR
    Gazmend Duhanaj Nursing NUR
    Olivia Elby Psychology PYC, ENL
    Jillian Grabowski Psychology PYC, ENL
    Jon Michael Grabowski Mechanical Engineering ENGR, MTH
    Carson Green Robotics MTH
    Kayla Hughes Robotics MTH
    Raza Hussain Dental BIO
    Jasmine Jefferson Mechanical Engineering ENGR, CHM, MTH
    Cecilia Jones PA BIO
    Zachary Kennedy Accounting ACC, ENL
    Stephanie Korte Biology BIO
    Paul Manuszak Mechanical Engineering MTH
    Sophia Mapes Nursing NUR
    Bill Mathers Dental BIO
    Larissa McCoy Architecture ARCH
    Khrystyna Melnyk Psychology PYC
    Devin Mendez Biology BIO
    Shana Murphy Computer Science MTH
    Christina Nguyen Psychology PYC, ENL
    Oliver Nigh Business Administration BUS
    Maxwell Payton Business Administration BUS, MTH
    Courtney Pefley Chemistry CHM, MTH, STA
    Muhammad Rashid Economics ECN, PHL
    Zachary Satawa Mechanical Engineering ENGR, MTH
    Antonio Segura Computer Science MTH
    Savannah Sloan Criminal Justice ENL
    Emma St. John Nursing NUR
    Garret Weaver Biology BIO
    Bilal Zahoor Dental BIO
    Kelli Doyle Education Peer Mentor
    Elle Greenlee Business Administration Peer Mentor
    Allison Konja Dental Hygiene Peer Mentor
    Emily Rico Psychology Peer Mentor

    Learning Communities

    Detroit Mercy also offers virtual learning communities conducted by tutors who sit in on specific sections of targeted courses throughout the term and run study sessions weekly. These guided learning communities support freshman math, science and statistics classes. See the schedule for learning communities here.

    Testing Center

    Hours of Operation: Mondays-Thursdays: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays: 9 a.m. -5 p.m. All testers must start at least one hour before closing time!

    All testing is by appointment only. Call 313-993-1143 to make your appointment today!

    For more information on the CLEP/DSST (formerly DANTES), please visit the Registrar website.


    Professional Mentoring

    The SSC provides professional mentoring for all undergraduate students. Mentors meet with students on a weekly basis to provide academic success coaching and to connect them with resources here on campus.

    Placement Testing

    Testing in English, math, chemistry, computers, foreign languages and reading is available online and in the Learning Center by appointment for all new and applicable transfer students. The results of the placement tests are given to the student's advisor to assist in proper course selection.

    Click here for more about Detroit Mercy's math placement recommendation. 

    Click here for more on placement testing.


    Disability & Accessibility Support Services

    Disability & Accessibility Support Services are available to all currently enrolled students who have documented disabilities that substantially limit them in one or more major life activities.


    Kings-Parks-Chavez (KCP) Program

    SSC is home to the State of Michigan grant-funded program King-Chavez-Parks Initiative. Program highlights include professional mentoring, academic success coaching and various programs and events. Click here for more on the KCP program.

    FirstGen Network

    If your parents did not graduate with a bachelor’s degree, you are a first-generation college student and we want you to join the network. FirstGen Network meets twice a month for food, conversation and community. Learn more on the FirstGen Network page.

    AIME/HEX Program

    The University College Program offers extensive support services, developmental advising and peer mentoring to conditionally admitted students. Students are admitted to the program through a selection and interview process. A condition of admission is the signing of a program participation contract. Click here for more on the AIME/HEX Program.


    Developmental Coursework

    Developmental coursework delivered by SSC includes:

    • Basis Math Review (UAS0750),
    • Basic Mathematics (UAS0800),
    • Introduction to College Algebra (UAS0950),
    • Reading (UAS1040),
    • Academic Empowerment (UAS1045),
    • Athletes in Transition (UAS1070).
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