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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.

... at 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:

... 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:


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., 1 August 2016, WGVU Morning Show


Spotlights

Johnson Center staff volunteer at Camp Blodgett

Johnson Center staff volunteer at Camp Blodgett

More than 30 staff members and intern from GVSU Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy took part in an all-day volunteer trip to Camp Blodgett.

The Michigan Cares for Tourism project received the 2016 Governor's Award for Innovative Tourism Collaboration

The Michigan Cares for Tourism project received the 2016 Governor's Award for Innovative Tourism Collaboration

The Michigan Cares for Tourism project is a partnership among Grand Valley and Michigan tourism organizations that brings together Grand Valley students and industry professionals to help restore Michigan's historic attractions.

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GVNow News

Students Kelsey Scott and Vasily Zadorozhnyy at Math Fest.

Grand Valley students win awards at Math Fest

January 01, 2017

Four Grand Valley students took home awards at Math Fest.

Laker overcomes adversity to graduate

Laker overcomes adversity to graduate

December 12, 2016

After a debilitating accident in 2007, Bryce Gould was told he wouldn't be able to attend college.

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