From our first encounter with learners, we strive to provide
innovative curricular, co- curricular, and experiential learning
opportunities. At Grand Valley, our approach to teaching and learning
continues to integrate liberal and professional education in both
disciplinary and interdisciplinary ways, and it is directly relevant
to the communities and world our graduates shape. The liberal
education approach of the undergraduate curriculum provides a
foundation for how to learn and how to apply that learning in
leadership roles and within diverse communities. With our support and
guidance, lifetime learners shape those communities while they are
students, as well as across the rest of their lifetimes. Our faculty
model the passionate pursuit of lifetime learning through cutting-edge
research, scholarship, and expression. We pursue reciprocal
relationships with alumni and community partners to create sustainable
and supportive learning networks. Our programs and educators encourage
students to generate ideas on how they can be enterprising in their
learning, especially in ways that enhance their communities and workplaces.
Strategy: Design and leverage learning opportunities
for students of all stages in their lives and careers, meeting their
needs where they are.
We will succeed at this through:
- Championing a strong foundation of liberal education that
engenders the mindset and skills to advance students’ education
across a lifetime; the liberal education will always be integrated
with experiential, practical, and professional educational
opportunities that propel all in our learning communities to
positively effect society and the larger world.
- Developing beneficial and supportive connections between and
across all those in the larger GVSU learning community, including
future and currently enrolled students, alumni, faculty, staff, and
- Increasing flexibility for students in terms of pace and
engagement with curricular components; this may include additional
terms across the calendar year, more summer time, online,
low-residency, and on-demand selections.
- Attracting our traditional-aged FTIAC student population and
supporting them in learning across their lifetimes while also
providing more and attractive options for adult learners.
- Building strategic institutional partnerships to scale our impact,
expand our reach, and better serve diverse groups of learners (e.g.,
community colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, historically
Black colleges and universities, etc.).