We are proud of our highly regarded community-engaged programs.

Through our community engagements, the College of Community and Public Service creates a dynamic learning environment for our students and empowers our community partners with quality research and data. Our accomplished faculty offers a wide range of expertise, including criminal justice, health administration, hospitality, human welfare, nonprofit management, public service, philanthropy, social justice, and tourism. Our Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy shapes usable knowledge for nonprofits, foundations, and others seeking to transform their communities for the public good.

We call ourselves an engaged College because we take the skills and talents of our faculty and staff and we work on projects in the community. We help to be a voice. We see ourselves as a college and a university, but we are part of the community and not separate from the community.  - Dean George Grant, Jr.
August 2016, WGVU Morning Show


We are located in the most flourishing city in the Midwest.

CCPS is located on the Pew Campus and is adjacent to downtown Grand Rapids.  As an oasis of economic vitality in the Midwest, our city provides us with wonderful service-learning, internship, and research opportunities. Grand Rapids is being noticed as a great place to visit, live, and work, as evidenced by the many “best of” lists which now rank our city favorably:

Downtown Grand Rapids


We are in an affordable, student-oriented, university.

We are part of Grand Valley State University, which is often described as having "a small college feel with the opportunities of a large university."  With small class sizes, a teaching focused faculty, attractive facilities, affordable tuition, and a strong student success orientation, our university is increasingly recognized as a standout university:

Pew Campus


Spotlights

Dr. Carrie Buist visits with Shelley Irwin

Dr. Carrie Buist discusses her book which was named the American Society of Criminology "Book of the Year."

Donijo Robbins DeJonge chair of Kent County GOP

In January, Dr. Donijo Robbins Dejonge assumed the chairmanship of the Kent County Republican Party.

Caldwell on eleven philanthropic trends

Kyle Caldwell discussed 11 philanthropic trends with Shelly Irwin on WGVU's Morning Show.

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GVNow News

ArtPrize Nine to kick off with Laker Marching Band, GVSU Dance Co.

September 18, 2017

The ArtPrize Nine kickoff event will take place September 20 at 7 p.m.

Panel will discuss freedom of speech, civil discourse

September 14, 2017

The FTLC event will focus on the role of faculty members and boundaries of free speech in class.

GVSU students, faculty to compete in ArtPrize Nine

September 13, 2017

ArtPrize will take place September 20-October 8 in Grand Rapids.

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