The GV NextEd Co-Lab furthers GVSU's commitment to creating new paths to and through the University for all learners in all communities. The Co-Lab is an incubator founded on the principles of liberatory co-design. We work with traditional and non–traditional partners inside and outside GVSU, and harness universities’ powerful credentialing fulcrum to improve outcomes, not just in higher education but in the K12 and workforce sectors as well.

As an incubator, the Co-Lab values growth and impact equally. Programs that demonstrate product-market fit, measurable achievement of their social–impact KPIs, and a path to sustainability are spun off to existing units within the university or spun out as freestanding entities.

We welcome ideas and new partners and are especially interested in facilitating innovative research and practice ideas from GVSU faculty and students. If you’d like to chat, please reach out to [email protected].


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“GV NextEd Co-Lab is designed so innovative ideas that push public education forward can be implemented. It aligns with our deep commitment to inclusion, our communities and social justice. We will be able to test ideas and rapidly expand those that work, so we can have a profound impact on access and learning outcomes. This concentrated effort will advance the public good in Michigan and around the country.”

President Philomena V. Mantella

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Grand Valley student-centric programs featured at second annual Kent ISD State of the Student

President Mantella spoke to K-12 educators about the REP4 Alliance and other GVSU-led initiatives at the second annual Listen. Learn. Lead. State of the Student summit.

Oct 30, 2023

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REP4 Alliance looks to the future of higher education at Boise gathering

Leaders from across the country gathered to reflect, celebrate and look to the future of the alliance and its role in higher education.

Oct 6, 2023

Students stand at the front of a classroom and give a presentation.

Nerves give way to ideas, opportunity at REP4 summit

Michigan high schoolers participated in the Midwest Learner Design Summit, a program with the REP4 Alliance, on July 27 & 28, where they pitched ideas on how to improve higher education.

Jul 28, 2023

President Mantella and Representative Hillary Scholten stand on the Capitol steps together and hold a GVSU flag.

President Mantella showcases REP4 Alliance at Capitol Hill briefing

President Mantella joined leaders from other REP4 founding members in Washington D.C. on July 26, where they met with elected officials to showcase the national alliance at the first Unified Day of Advocacy.

Jul 26, 2023

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