Registration pause

As the university works to complete course changes for Fall 2020, registration for returning students and new students who have already registered has been paused temporarily beginning July 2. Registration will be open beginning July 13.

First-year students and new transfer students with advising and registration appointments will continue to be able to register during their appointment. The temporary pause in registration will help students have a smoother registration process since changes for Fall 2020 will be in Banner.

If students need help adding, dropping or withdrawing from a Summer 2020 course, contact Records at or (616) 331-3327. More information (including a video) will be coming in mid-July.

Fall Planning Framework for Academic Areas

At this time there are no plans to alter the academic calendar; fall classes begin August 31. 

Grand Valley State University has developed three options for Fall 2020 courses: fully online, a hybrid model, and face-to-face instruction.

Guiding Principles

Our approach will:

  • Foster living our mission of high-impact, high-engagement teaching 
  • Maximize face-to-face components as much as possible within the health requirements
  • Include high-impact face to face opportunities, academic and co-curricular 
  • Favor hybrid approaches, with online learning with some in-seat time where required
  • Support a streamlined, even online/hybrid experience from the students’ perspective 
  • Increase online-only class time where feasible
  • Articulates methods that allow for the delivery to match the needs of the curriculum
  • Support financial sustainability of the University
  • Work to contain the impact of faculty workload

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Values of the approach, and associated methods, are:

  • Health-first approach
  • High-quality education
  • Active student engagement (high-touch)
  • Immersive, integrative experiences


Each college will review course offerings to identify courses that can be adapted based on format as follows:

  1. Identify faculty with health concerns who need to teach remotely, based on guidance from HR:
    1. Assign online/remote section
    2. Provide resources for online teaching professional development
  2. Consider different models for student level/programs
    1. 1st year experience
    2. Graduate
    3. Undergraduate 
    4. Upper level courses 
    5. Cohort programs
  3. Prepare a new schedule by:
    1. Identify appropriate teaching format(s) for each class
    2. Using provided schedule data to identify courses which need to be adjusted to meet the new delivery modes that adhere to social distancing guidelines
    3. Collaborate to harmonize the 1st year course experience
    4. Collaborate across colleges for room selection, as appropriate
    5. Collaborate with Registrar’s Office to finalize classroom assignments
  4. Make modifications to workload and assignments
  5. Communicate schedule changes to student body

Class Offering Approaches

Class offerings will proceed using a spectrum of teaching formats: fully online, hybrid, and several physically-distant face-to-face approaches. Pedagogical and curricular needs will drive the selection of teaching formats for programs and classes, while balancing the health needs of our campus community.

For the purposes of our planning efforts, the following working definitions are being used:

  • Fully online: traditional online instruction where there are no physical in-seat components. All components of teaching and interactions are provided for online.
  • Hybrid: a range of instruction that combines some in-seat components with online instructions. The in-seat component can range from weekly to monthly to a few times a semester based on pedagogical needs. This also includes a flipped classroom approach for lectures and prep work online with weekly in-seat component.
  • Physically distant face-to-face: a range of instruction that either moves classes to larger classroom for physical distancing or divides the class in smaller sections that rotate for in-seat component while allowing for physical distancing. This includes labs, studios, and other didactic instructional components.