Betty Schaner, M.Ed.

Title:   Assistant Dean for Advising and Student Services

Office: B-4-231 MAK

Phone: (616) 331-2495

Fax: (616) 331-3675


Betty Schaner


  • Grade submission
  • Grade changes
  • Transfer initiatives
  • Late Adds
  • Student ombuds for student questions about academic grievances
  • Course permits
  • Cognate substitutions
  • Incomplete grades
  • Prerequisite Overrides/Permits
  • Non-Registered Student Outreach
  • Faculty Advisor website
  • Comprehensive training and development for faculty advisors
  • Liaison with Records/Registrar on matters of student graduation requirements


Betty is a graduate of Aquinas College with a Bachelor's degree in Communications with a focus on Interpersonal Communications and also completed a Master's Degree in Adult and Higher Education at GVSU in 2004. Her first career was in retail sales and marketing after completing her bachelor's degree. She made the transition to higher education when she accepted a position as a graduation auditor in the Records Office here at Grand Valley State University in 1993. She has served in numerous student support positions since starting at GVSU and moved into academic advising in 2001 when she was named the Director of the SMART Center, an advising center for students majoring in science and mathematics. As GVSU’s student population grew so did the need for a comprehensive advising center for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In Fall 2008, Betty was appointed as the first director of the CLAS Academic Advising Center and served in that role for over 8 years. Again, as services and systems changed in the college and to meet the needs of our students, Betty was appointed as Assistant Dean of Advising and Student Services in Fall 2016. Betty is actively involved in new student orientation, transfer initiatives, serves as the first point of contact for students seeking information regarding academic grievances, liaison to faculty in matters of student policies and procedures, and continues to the support the efforts of the CLAS Academic Advising Center.

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