At Grand Valley State University, our mission is to empower learners in their pursuits, professions, and purpose. The university enriches society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, advancement of equity, and public service.

Fall Campus

Welcome to the Office of Strategic Planning, Assessment, and Accreditation (SPAA). You can find us in the Office of the Provost, and we are charged to support all university and program efforts centered on maintaining educational integrity while making continual improvements toward achieving our mission.

Strategic Planning

Strategic planning at GVSU is called Reach Higher 2025. This process results in a mission, vision, values, and commitments along with strategies and key performance indicators. We engage in this planning to help enact our mission while striving toward our vision.

Strategic plans and progress reports for Reach Higher 2025 are entered into GVPlan every April and October. 


Assessment is how we measure the progress we are making in our continuous improvement efforts.

The University Assessment Committee (UAC) oversees the assessment process at GVSU and works closely with the SPAA team to provide assessment assistance to all programs (both curricular and co-curricular).


Accreditation is an evidence-based process of peer review that assures the quality of the institution or program. GVSU maintains educational quality at the highest levels and this excellence should permeate through every program and office at the institution.

GVSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and maintains more than 40 program-specific accreditations

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