Historically Black College / University (HBCU) / Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Pipeline Consortium

You Belong at Grand Valley State University!


The purpose of the Historically Black College/University (HBCU) / Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Pipeline Consortium is to collaborate, not compete, with HBCUs and HSIs to create greater opportunities for students from minoritized populations to find real, meaningful positions while simultaneously expanding talent pipelines in West Michigan.

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Give to the HBCU / HSI Pipeline Consortium Scholarship Fund

The HBCU/HSI Pipeline Consortium Scholarship was established to assist students who transferred or graduate from institutions with a collaborative articulation agreement between Grand Valley State University with the cost of their education. This scholarship will prepare students for successful careers, and help diversify the talent pipeline for West Michigan employers.


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1. Students begin their academic career at a HBCU or HSI, where they receive a strong educational foundation.

2. Students gain access to a broader portfolio of degree pathways through articulation agreements with Grand Valley State University.

3. Students gain real-world professional experience through immersion in local industries, preparing them to enter the workforce after graduation.

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We are committed to providing a supportive, holistic approach to student success by building on the strengths of partner HBCUs and HSIs. In most cases, students will complete degrees from both their HBCU/HSI and GVSU. Students who choose to attend GVSU will be eligible for financial support, mentoring, and academic assistance. GVSU partnerships with local industries provide students with opportunities for professional learning and growth.

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Students may transfer to GVSU to complete their undergraduate degree, pursue a combined undergraduate/graduate degree, or begin their GVSU studies at the graduate level.

Prospective Students

HBSU/HSI Pipeline Consortium Benefits to Students Wheel

Benefits to Students

  • Accelerate your career trajectory and complete your degree one step ahead of the competition.
  • Respond to emerging job markets.
  • Take advantage of creative academic programming that is tailored to your specific goals.
  • Meet the growing national need for more B.S. and M.S. educated STEM professionals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Gain valuable internship and career opportunities through industry partnerships.
  • Opportunities to visit the GVSU campus prior to enrollment.
  • Access to a variety of support mechanisms such as dedicated support and retention resources, potential internship/co-op prior to transfer, mentoring, and fraternities or sororities.
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Discover What's Next!

Grand Valley State University faculty advisors will work with each student participating in the HBCU/HSI Pipeline Consortium to customize a transfer plan that meets their educational objectives. Students are encouraged to meet with both their home institution and their GVSU advisors early in their academic career and throughout their learning journey.

HBCU/HSI Higher Education Collaborators

  • FVSU B.S. Electrical Engineering Technology / GVSU M.S.E. Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • FVSU B.S. Mathematics / GVSU M.S.E. (Engineering: All disciplines)
  • FVSU B.S. Computer Science / GVSU M.S. Applied Computer Science, Cybersecurity, or Data Science & Analytics
  • SAU B.S. Computer Information Systems / GVSU M.S. Applied Computer Science
  • SAU B.S. Computer Information Systems / GVSU M.S. Cybersecurity
  • SAU B.S. Engineering Mathematics / GVSU M.S.E. Mechanical Engineering, or Biomedical Engineering with Biomechanical Emphasis
  • SAU B.S. Engineering Mathematics / GVSU M.S.E. Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Biomedical Engineering with Electrical Engineering Emphasis
  • SAU B.S. Engineering Mathematics / GVSU M.S.E. Manufacturing Operations Engineering
  • SAU B.S. Engineering Mathematics / GVSU M.S.E. Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering
  • SAU B.S. Engineering Mathematics / GVSU M.S.E. Mechanical Engineering with Thermo-fluid Sciences Emphasis
  • SAU B.S. Engineering Mathematics / GVSU M.S.E. Mechanical Engineering
  • SAU B.S. Engineering Mathematics / GVSU M.S.E. Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • SAU B.S. Engineering Mathematics / GVSU M.S.E. Manufacturing Operations Engineering
  • SAU B.S. Engineering Mathematics / GVSU M.S.E. Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering
  • SAU B.S. Engineering Mathematics / GVSU M.S.E. Biomedical Engineering

Collaborator Opportunities

Become a Higher Education Collaborator

GVSU will partner with your HBCU or HSI to:

  • Identify curriculum equivalencies
  • Establish an articulation agreement that helps students to complete program requirements and enter the workforce as quickly as possible
  • Connect students with opportunities through paid industry internship, co-op, or graduate assistantships
  • Assist students with identifying financial resources
  • Coordinate campus visits

Become an Industry Collaborator

Industry partners can support students in the HBCU/HSI Consortium Pipeline by:

  • Providing paid internship or co-op placements (undergraduate level)
  • Providing Industry-Sponsored Graduate Fellowships (graduate level)
  • Giving to the GVSU HBCU/HSI Pipeline Consortium Scholarship Fund
  • Participating in campus visitations
  • Hosting facility tours

Questions? Contact:

B. Donta Truss, Ed.D.

Vice President for Enrollment Development & Educational Outreach

Grand Valley State University

(616) 331 - 2500


Paul D. Plotkowski, Ph.D.

Dean, Seymour & Esther Padnos College of Engineering & Computing

Grand Valley State University

(616) 331 - 6260


HBCU/HSI Pipeline Consortium News

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Students from HBCU learn more about GVSU's graduate programs during campus tour

Students from Saint Augustine's University in North Carolina visited campus November 1-2 to learn more about Grand Valley master's degree programs in engineering and computer science.

Nov 2, 2021

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GVSU leaders sign second agreement in HBCU pipeline program

GVSU leaders signed a second agreement with a Historically Black College/University, giving students at Saint Augustine's University in North Carolina opportunities to earn master's degrees in advanced computing or engineering fields in as little as five years.

Sep 20, 2021

A group of Fort Valley students tour a GVSU classroom.

GVSU earns national recognition for two programs with outreach to HBCU/HSIs

Two Grand Valley programs focused on helping underrepresented students advance in STEM disciplines and careers received national recognition.

Aug 16, 2021

Paul Plotkowski, masked in center, talks with students in the engineering building.

FVSU students visit GVSU campuses, West Michigan businesses

12 students from the Georgia university are in the area to learn more about the pipeline program.

May 10, 2021

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Agreement with HBCU creates pathway for students, helps diversify area workforce

Grand Valley signed an agreement with an HBCU in Georgia that will support students in a master's degree program in engineering/computing and help diversify the talent pipeline for West Michigan employers.

Apr 8, 2021

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