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


Alumnus twice recognized for sustainability work

Dr. Haris Alibasic (MPA'04), has recently joined the faculty at University of West Florida and received two awards for his work on sustainability.

Alumnus named top newsmaker

Julius Suchy (BS '06, MPA '08), city manager of Sparta, was named by the Grand Rapids Business Journal as the 2016 Economic Development Newsmaker of the Year.

Hospitality and Tourism Management Faculty wins Award

Our Hospitality and Tourism Management professor, Lisa Sisson, was awarded the Excellence in Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Award!

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Academic year gets formal welcome Friday

August 22, 2017

A formal start to the academic year begins Friday with an address by President Haas and convocation.

Police academy holds graduation ceremony

August 22, 2017

Thirty-eight people graduated from the Grand Valley State University Police Academy August 17.

GVSU has strong connection to national health care organization

August 08, 2017

Grand Valley has a strong connection to a national group steeped in interprofessional practice.

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