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Grand Valley State University    
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Jun 17, 2018
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

College of Community and Public Service


Dean: Grant.

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The mission of the College of Community and Public Service (CCPS) is to educate students for professional careers through excellent teaching, learning, scholarship, and service that promote just and democratic communities, and ethical and effective leadership.

We value: liberal education and academic excellence in learning, teaching, and research; contemporary applied learning and critical thinking; a passion to provide ethical and compassionate services to diverse local, national, and global communities and populations in need; a culture of collegiality and collaboration: diversity, community, and social justice; empowered graduates with professional practice skills.

Program Information

 The College of Community and Public Service offers the following programs:

School of Criminal Justice:

Criminal Justice, B.A., B.S., M.S.

Legal Studies, B.A., B.S.

Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) approved Police Academy

Department of Hospitality/Tourism Management:

Hospitality and Tourism Management, B.A., B.S., minor

School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration:

Public and Nonprofit Administration, B.A., B.S., minor

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.)

Nonprofit Leadership graduate certificate

American Humanics certificate (extracurricular)

School of Social Work:

 Social Work, B.S.W., M.S.W.

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Community Research Institute

The Grantmaking School

Nonprofit Services

The Foundation Review

Frey Chair for Family Foundations and Philanthropy

AIM Alliance

(See specific Academic Programs for detailed information.)

Academic Units

School of Criminal Justice

School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration

School of Social Work

Department of Hospitality/Tourism Management

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy


Master of Public Administration: National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Social Work Program: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).

Secondary Admission for Undergraduates

There is a secondary admission to the Bachelor of Social Work program.  See the Social Work Academic Program section of the catalog for more information.

Graduate Admission

See appropriate Academic Program description for information on the graduate admission.

Student Services

The CCPS Undergraduate Advising Center provides assistance and information to current and prospective undergraduate students in the School of Criminal Justice (criminal justice and legal studies majors and minors), School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration, School of Social Work, and Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

The center provides comprehensive, centralized services to assist students with: degree planning including general education and major or minor requirements; development and review of degree progress plans; personalized course selection assistance; dissemination of Grand Valley policies and procedures, outreach and support to students in academic jeopardy; assistance with the creation of long-term goals; and referrals to faculty mentors in the academic programs or other university resources.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships exist in the Undergraduate Advising Center, the School of Criminal Justice, the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration, the School of Social Work, as well as the Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

Undergraduate Advising: This position is open for a College Student Affairs Leadership or Adult and Higher Education program student interested in gaining experience in the academic advising profession.  The position assists the staff of the CCPS Advising Center in answering questions via phone or electronic communication, meeting with students one-on-one and in groups, reviewing degree requirements, developing academic plans, assisting with registration, and other academic support projects.

Graduate assistants in SCJ and SPNA provide support to faculty with their teaching responsibilities, research and grant activities, and also provide departmental support.

Social work graduate assistants assist with both the B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs as well as community projects.

Graduate assistants at the Johnson Center are Community Research Institute and Nonprofit Services research assistants.