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Grand Valley State University has a deep commitment to the student/learner experience. This past year has highlighted the importance of exceptional academic and student life programs, and the delivery of student services on all of our campuses to all students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It is a critical moment to consider how all these factors of growth, complexity and increasing student needs impact both structure and leadership. To that end, President Mantella recently announced that that the position of vice provost for Student Affairs would be elevated to a vice president for Student Affairs position reporting directly to the President and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. This move will create the Division of Student Affairs and enhance their leadership and service to the needs of our students today and in the future. It will also enable our Division of Academic Affairs, overseen by our next provost and executive vice president, to focus on academic objectives centered on providing a high-quality, equitable education that prepares students for a lifetime of learning. This structure elevates student voices and meets their diverse needs; it also aligns with our proposed mission, vision, and values in Reach Higher 2025.
Grand Valley, established in 1960, is a four-year public university. It attracts more than 22,000 students with its high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. GVSU provides a fully accredited liberal undergraduate and graduate education and has campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Holland, and regional centers in Battle Creek, Detroit, Muskegon, and Traverse City. GVSU is a comprehensive university, serving students from across Michigan and dozens of other states and foreign countries. Grand Valley offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 300+ areas of study. The university is dedicated to individual student achievement, going beyond the traditional classroom experience, with research opportunities and business partnerships. GVSU employs more than 3,000 people and is committed to providing a fair and equitable environment for the continued success of all.
Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See Affirmative Action/ Equal Employment Opportunity website.