We are proud of our highly regarded community-engaged programs.

Through our community engagements, the College of Community and Public Service creates a dynamic learning environment for our students and empowers our community partners with quality research and data. Our accomplished faculty offers a wide range of expertise, including criminal justice, health administration, hospitality, human welfare, nonprofit management, public service, philanthropy, social justice, and tourism. Our Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy shapes usable knowledge for nonprofits, foundations, and others seeking to transform their communities for the public good.

We call ourselves an engaged College because we take the skills and talents of our faculty and staff and we work on projects in the community. We help to be a voice. We see ourselves as a college and a university, but we are part of the community and not separate from the community.  - Dean George Grant, Jr.
August 2016, WGVU Morning Show


We are located in the most flourishing city in the Midwest.

CCPS is located on the Pew Campus and is adjacent to downtown Grand Rapids.  As an oasis of economic vitality in the Midwest, our city provides us with wonderful service-learning, internship, and research opportunities. Grand Rapids is being noticed as a great place to visit, live, and work, as evidenced by the many “best of” lists which now rank our city favorably:

Downtown Grand Rapids


We are in an affordable, student-oriented, university.

We are part of Grand Valley State University, which is often described as having "a small college feel with the opportunities of a large university."  With small class sizes, a teaching focused faculty, attractive facilities, affordable tuition, and a strong student success orientation, our university is increasingly recognized as a standout university:

Pew Campus


Spotlights

Dr. Stephen Borders on "Food For Thought"

On January 15, Dr. Stephen Borders discussed mapping, data visualization and food insecurity with Dr. Phillip Knight on the inaugural broadcast of "Food For Thought".

Caldwell on eleven philanthropic trends

Kyle Caldwell discussed 11 philanthropic trends with Shelly Irwin on WGVU's Morning Show.

The Michigan Cares for Tourism project received the 2016 Governor's Award for Innovative Tourism Collaboration

The Michigan Cares for Tourism project is a partnership among Grand Valley and Michigan tourism organizations that brings together Grand Valley students and industry professionals to help restore Michigan's historic attractions.

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GVNow News

Alumna awarded national PR society's highest individual honor

June 30, 2017

Jaclyn Ermoyan, '17, will receive the Public Relations Society of America's National Gold Key award.

GVSU researchers use new method to explore giving traits of specific communities

June 27, 2017

Johnson Center researchers are using new research methods to help define philanthropic traits.

Zumberge's son addresses reunion participants

June 26, 2017

Two surprises were in store for the Class of 1967 who participated in their 50th reunion.

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