Co-Curricular Connections

Faculty and Student Affairs Educators Partnering to Enhance Student Learning

The Division of Student Services is committed to creating co-curricular connections that enhance classroom learning with out-of-class learning opportunities. We have developed these programs and initiatives around a robust set of LEAP learning outcomes as articulated by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and GVSU’s student learning outcomes of the General Education Program. Among them:

  • Foundations and Skills for Lifelong Learning
  • Civic Responsibility Integrative Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Intercultural Knowledge and Competence Ethical Reasoning
  • Information Literacy
  • Integration
  • Oral Communication Problem Solving
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Written Communication

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What does a co-curricular connection look like?

The integration of academic and student affairs can take many forms,
from individual efforts to university-wide initiatives. Examples

  • Utilizing programming as a tool for classroom learning (e.g. organizing a speaker around specific course content, co-creating experiential learning that highlights classroom themes, etc.).
  • Partnering to increase student engagement through support programs, internships, service-learning, tutoring, student organization membership, Laker leadership programs, Laker for a Lifetime effort, etc.
  • Mentoring students through tailored programs that serve underrepresented students (e.g. Laker Connections Programs; mentor programs for Students of Color that include Brothers, Hermanos, Niara).
  • Participating in bridge programs that introduce new students to college life or develop specific skills.
  • Involvement in living-learning communities where students choose to live and learn together in order to expand their knowledge through shared learning experiences. Each community builds upon a specific theme, major or area of interest and faculty and student affairs educators work to create a rich learning environment.

Collaborations between academic and student affairs highlight the importance of learning both inside and outside the classroom and GVSU students benefit from this dynamic partnership!


For more information visit or contact:

Nykia D. Gaines
Interim Associate Dean of Students
[email protected]
(616) 331-3585

Marlene Kowalski-Braun
Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Student Support
[email protected]
(616) 331-3296

Page last modified February 7, 2019