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:
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:
Our Hospitality and Tourism Management professor, Lisa Sisson, was awarded the Excellence in Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Award!
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".
March 24, 2017
Three MBA students won first place in a competition designed to give students real-world experience.
March 20, 2017
Magda Brown, 89, spoke about her survival to a crowd of more than 600 people March 15.