Core Programs

M-STEP

M-STEP (Michigan - Success Through Excellence and Persistence) is an OAMI program that offers M-STEP scholars, first-year students who are residents of the state of Michigan, success coaching, resources, and a community. Our M-STEP scholars connect with Success Professionals who specialize in an academic area focused on specific majors. Working with our Success Professionals, M-STEP scholars gain a trusting, open, and safe coaching relationship.  Scholars talk freely about school and life balance, SMART goals, intentional academic planning, reflective practices, self-discovery, and more!

M-STEP is made possible through the state of Michigan's Select Student Support Services (4-S) Program, a part of the King-Chávez-Parks (KCP) Initiative. The 4-S Program is designed to develop retention programs to benefit students with academic or financial challenges enrolled at 4-year public and independent educational institutions throughout Michigan.

 
 

Opportunities for Students

The benefits of being an M-STEP scholar

As a member of the M-STEP program, you’ll have access to:  

  • Priority scheduling for success coaching for one-on-one and group connections.
  • Peer academic tutors who will help you understand your classes' foundational concepts and lessons more effectively. 
  • Leadership and pre-professional workshops that provide a challenging and enriching environment. 
  • A diverse support network within SuccessConnects and the broader university community to help fulfill your personal and social goals.

Workforce Impact

Supporting Michigan's future workforce

M-STEP at the University of Michigan is funded by the state of Michigan's Select Student Support Services (4-S) Program, which is part of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity-Workforce Development’s (LEO-WD) program.

M-STEP aligns with the state government's mission to address key metrics, including:

  • Supporting Governor Whitmer's Sixty by 30 plan, which sets a goal for 60 percent of Michiganders to have a post-secondary degree or certificate by 2030.
  • Reversing the state’s historically low college attainment rate — the lowest among neighboring states and 37th in the nation, which has created a deficit of skilled workers in Michigan.
  • Increasing retention for underrepresented students. According to the Michigan non-profit Diploma Equity Project, as of 2021, 51 percent of students in the state who left college without a credential were Black, 35 percent Hispanic, and 19 percent Asian.

M-STEP Team

Janice Jones, PhD

Program Director


Janice is intentional about student success and dedicated to helping students discover themselves and achieve their academic and professional goals. She collaborates with OAMI team members and campus-wide student support resource units and offices to maximize opportunities. She wants students to make the most of college and to experience meaningful personal growth. In her free time, Janice loves watching classic movies, taking long walks, drawing, and spending time with friends and family.