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

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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.

GVSU offers several articulated course pathways between our HBCU and HSI partners for students to find a degree that fits their academic goals. 

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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 an Articulated Collaborative Early Engagement (ACEE) 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 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

  • ASU B.S. Computer Science / GVSU M.S. Applied Computer Science
  • ASU B.S. Computer Science / GVSU M.S. Cybersecurity
  • 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
  • SSU B.S. Criminal Justice / GVSU M.S. Criminal Justice
  • SSU B.S. Communications / GVSU M.S. Communications
  • SSU B.S. Computer Science Technology / GVSU M.S. Cybersecurity 
  • SSU B.S. Electronic Engineering Technology/ MS Engineering 
  • SSU B.S. Biology / GVSU M.S. Biomedical Science

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

[email protected]

Paul D. Plotkowski, Ph.D.

Dean, Seymour & Esther Padnos College of Engineering & Computing

Grand Valley State University

(616) 331 - 6260

[email protected]

HBCU/HSI Pipeline Consortium News

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Agreement between GVSU, Savannah State University provides pathways to master's degrees for SSU students

This marks the fourth agreement Grand Valley has signed with a Historically Black College or University.

Aug 30, 2022

composite photo of two portraits: at left Doug Kindschi and at right, William Pickard. Both men are standing

GVU Foundation honors Pickard, Kindschi for their commitment to philanthropy, service

William Pickard and P. Douglas Kindschi were recognized May 3 by the Grand Valley University Foundation for their commitment to philanthropy, service and the university.

May 4, 2022

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Leaders from GVSU, Alabama State sign articulation agreement

Leaders from Grand Valley State and Alabama State universities signed an articulation agreement April 25 that establishes pathways for degree completion for ASU students who are interested in pursuing master's degrees at GVSU.

Apr 25, 2022

B. Donta Truss, left, and Kevin James sign papers while seated at a table; a banner from GVSU is behind them

GVSU, Morris Brown College sign memo to begin pathway for students to enroll in GVSU master's degree programs

Leaders at Grand Valley and Morris Brown College signed a memo of understanding March 15 that serves as the start of an articulation agreement, providing Morris Brown graduates with a pathway to enroll in Grand Valley master's degree programs.

Mar 18, 2022

William "Bill" Pickard smiles and gestures with his hands in front of a GVSU vertical banner

Gift from former trustee supports students from HBCU/HSI Pipeline and Michigan

Former Grand Valley Board of Trustees member William "Bill" Pickard has initiated two funds designed to support students and help diversity West Michigan's talent pool.

Jan 20, 2022

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