Grand Valley State University’s mission is to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. The University’s highest priority is to offer outstanding teaching in all of its undergraduate and graduate programs. The University values vigorous engagement of students in the classroom and other learning environments. Grand Valley is known for excellence in student-centered teaching and learning. Eighty-three percent of the faculty have earned doctoral degrees or other appropriate terminal degrees. They are supported by a high quality non-teaching professional staff and Grand Valley’s exceptionally fine teaching facilities. The quality of instruction is enhanced further by small class size, individual student advising, and career counseling.
The cornerstone of educational excellence at Grand Valley is its focus on liberal education as the foundation for all academic programs. Students engage ideas from diverse traditions in the humanities, creative and performing arts, natural and social sciences, and mathematics. They develop critical thinking and communication skills, gain self-knowledge, and learn to make ethical judgments that prepare them for responsibility as local, national, and global citizens.
Excellence in teaching depends on the scholarship and service of Grand Valley’s dedicated faculty and staff. The faculty collaborates with students, each other, and individuals and organizations from the local and regional community in basic and applied research, exhibition and performing arts, and other forms of scholarship. The University supports excellence in teaching and research through the Robert & Mary Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center and Faculty Research and Development Center. The Pew Teaching and Learning Center supports faculty members through an annual university-wide teaching conference, additional programs and conferences addressing teaching-related issues, individual consultations, and mentoring programs for new faculty. Through the generosity of the Pew Foundation the center awards numerous grants for faculty teaching development projects. The Faculty Research and Development Center focuses on the enhancement of faculty and student research and scholarship. The Faculty scholarship grants program provides faculty with funds to support research and scholarly projects. A Graduate Student Presidential Grant-in-Aid is offered to graduate students who need support for research tied to completion of some aspect of their graduate degree. Usually these will be in support of research undertaken for purposes of a thesis or final scholarly project. Another area of support through the Center is the Student Scholarly Travel Grant-in-Aid that helps in the cost of presentation of a student’s research at a state or national conference. The Faculty Research and Development Center also handles compliance with research involving human or animal subjects. The College of Interdisciplinary Studies provides funding for the Student Summer Scholars Program for students and faculty working together on in-depth laboratory, field-based, or library-derived research as well as creative and performing arts projects. The Office of Grants Administration also supports faculty research and other scholarly efforts that are funded through external sponsors. Grand Valley encourages student involvement in these efforts as well.
Our instructional offerings encompass more than 100 academic and career preparation programs leading to degrees in 68 major areas.
Grand Valley is proud to have campus chapters of 15 national honor societies: Phi Kappa Phi (general scholarship and character, all disciplines), Beta Beta Beta (biological sciences), Beta Gamma Sigma (business), Beta Alpha Psi (accounting), Delta Phi Alpha (German National Honor Society), Dobro Slovo (Slavic), Phi Alpha Theta (history), Phi Epsilon Kappa (physical education, health, and recreation), Pi Alpha Alpha (public administration), Pi Sigma Alpha (political science), Psi Chi (psychology), Alpha Kappa Delta (sociology), Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish), Sigma Tau Delta (English), Sigma Theta Tau (nursing), Sigma Xi (science), and Upsilon Pi Epsilon (computer science).
Grand Valley is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission; Member - North Central Association, 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504; telephone: 1-800-621-7440. Other accreditations include: Member - National Association of Schools of Music (NASM); Associate member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD); Seidman College of Business by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International); Accounting and Taxation programs by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International); Clinical Laboratory Sciences/Medical Technologist Program: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS); Chemistry Department by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society; College of Education by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); Bachelor of science in engineering program by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); Nursing program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Occupational Therapy program by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE); Physical Therapy program by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTA); Athletic Training: Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training (JRC-AT); The Athletic Training Program in the Department of Movement Science by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); Physician Assistant Studies program by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA); School of Public and Nonprofit Administration by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA); School of Social Work by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); Michigan SBDC (MiSBDC): Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC).
Grand Valley State 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. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the university.
Unlawful acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community are prohibited. In addition, even if not illegal, acts are prohibited if they harass or discriminate against any university community member(s) through inappropriate limitation of access to, or participation in, educational, employment, athletic, social, cultural, or other university activities on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight. Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government, or addressing domestic partner benefits.