Nerves were high in the hallways of the Kirkhof Center on the morning of July 27. Groups of high school students stood in circles, some with phones in hand, others with handwritten note cards, all practicing the presentations they were about to give. These students were participating in the Midwest Learner Design Summit, a program with the REP4 Alliance where they pitched ideas on how to improve higher education.
REP4, which stands for Rapid Education Prototyping for Change, Learners, Community, Equity, is a national alliance founded by GVSU and other universities across the country. It is designed to empower students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to take their education into their own hands.