How do you ensure a highly engaged and impactful experience?
Successful students, regardless of the types of courses they are
taking, typically engage in their education in the following ways:
- Attend class regularly and participate in the teaching/learning
experience: either in an online or face-to-face setting.
- Prepare for class by reviewing materials and practicing skills
beforehand; questions can then be brought to the teaching/learning experience.
- Communicate with your faculty member on a regular basis to share
questions, thoughts, learning and interests.
- Complete and submit all assignments on-time.
- Meet with your academic advisor at least once per semester to stay
on track for your academic and co-curricular plan.
- Utilize student support resources such as tutoring, Disability Support Resources,
the Knowledge Market,
the Writing Center, University Libraries, University Counseling
Center, and the Career Center.
- Stay balanced in your life — academics are important, but make
sure to keep your health, well-being, social, and spiritual
components of your life engaged and active as well.
- Meet new types of people, some of whom might be different than you
in some way.
- Get involved and learn new things outside of the classroom. The Office of Student
Life and Social
Justice Centers have many resources to connect you with many
types of interests.
What other services are available to students who may be
struggling with mental health concerns?
GVSU is very interested in student well-being (with many resources
available virtually) and offers a range of ways to manage stress, from
participation and wellness workshops;
to involvement in student
clubs and organizations; to inclusion
and social justice centers; to GVSU’s nationally known athletic teams. For students
needing more specific mental health support, the University
Counseling Center offers a multitude of short-term services,
including crisis consultations, counseling, self-help/telehealth
options, and referral assistance.
How does the university provide other student services virtually?
All of GVSU’s services, resources, and support offices are available
virtually, including career support, academic advising, tutoring,
library services, academic offices and more. Simply check program and
department websites for more information, or contact any office for
more information and assistance.
When do students find out about club or other co-curricular opportunities?
Once students arrive for the fall semester, information about clubs,
organizations, programs, volunteer opportunities, and student support
offices will be shared with incoming students.
What are the Laker Connections Student Success Programs?
Brothers: Black Male Scholars
(designed for students who identify as Black men),
(designed for students who identify as Latino/a/x),
(designed for students who identify as women of color) and
(designed for students who identify as LGBTQIA+) are designed
to create an environment where students can achieve their full
potential at GVSU while being their full, authentic selves. These
programs, open to all students, are a reflection of our values of
inclusiveness and diversity and our core mission of student success.
How are underrepresented students being supported virtually
during the current campus closure?
While the Division of Inclusion and Equity is not providing services
in-person right now, our departments are supporting students, staff,
and faculty virtually. Our adapted services ensure that our functions
continue as seamlessly as possible, including online reporting maintaining
our civil rights and anti-harassment responsibilities and ADA and religious
accommodation requests. Use the division’s
directory to connect with a division staff member. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
616-331-3296 for assistance navigating resources and/or to partner
with the university in identifying and eliminating barriers in these
What will happen with athletics in the fall? When will
practices begin this summer?
The NCAA and GLIAC will make decisions regarding fall competition and
schedules. GVSU will follow the guidance from those organizations.