Ch. 3 Academic Affairs

A.  Academic Organization

1.  Academic Colleges

The table of organization indicates eight colleges under Academic Affairs: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Seidman College of Business, College of Community and Public Service, College of Education, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, College of Health Professions, Kirkhof College of Nursing, and Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Each college is headed by a dean. He/she is the appointing officer for that college.

2.  Library

The library's primary goals are to: 1) unify content and provide intuitive access to information resources; 2) develop robust outreach and instruction programs to support teaching and learning of students and faculty; 3) build programs to support new models of scholarly dissemination; 4) build sustainable collections that respond to emerging models and support the university community needs; 5) optimize library space; and 6) offer high-quality library services

3.  Academic Support Units

Center for Adult and Continuing Studies

The Center for Adult and Continuing Studies at Grand Valley State University provides educational programs and services that link the needs of lifelong learners with the resources of the university. The Center coordinates this commitment by providing academic programs and services at regional sites and locations throughout Michigan, as well as through professional development and community engagement opportunities.

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is an academic center within the College of Community and Public Service. The Center conducts applied research and offers expertise on the latest knowledge and trends in the philanthropic field. Professional development services including courses and workshops, online resources, and publications offered. The Johnson Center puts research to work, with and for professionals across the country, supporting effective philanthropy, building strong nonprofits and providing resources and data for informed community change. 

Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence

The Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence promotes a culture of active scholarship, encourages innovation and enterprise, facilitates collaborations, and serves as an advocate for university scholarship and creative practice. The Center sponsors workshops, colloquia, lectures, and discussions. It provides help with developing a scholarly agenda, mentoring by senior faculty member, assistance in finding collaborations, opportunities for undergraduate research and scholarship, and publishing as a scholar. In addition, the Center: 1) serves as the University's central office that supports faculty and staff in the identification, development, submission and administration of externally sponsored agreements for scholarly research and creative activity, 2) oversees compliance awareness and accountability within the research culture of the university through assistance, education, and communication including activities involving human subjects, animal welfare, biohazards, and chemical safety, 3) serves as a resource for faculty, staff and students in developing technologies with commercialization  potential and coordinate efforts between industry and the university, and 4) offers a variety of opportunities for undergraduates to pursue research and scholarship in various disciplines under the direction of a faculty mentor. 

Padnos International Center

The purpose of the Padnos International Center is to organize and coordinate the university's international programs and activities; oversee international partnerships, faculty-led programs, study abroad programs, work and internship programs in other nations, international volunteer and service-learning activities; and assist in the recruitment, admission, and advising of international students.

Robert and Mary Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center

The purpose of the Robert and Mary Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center is to enhance student learning by supporting faculty members in their efforts to teach effectively. This Center promotes a scholarly approach to teaching and learning, supports reflection on professional practice, encourages growth at all career stages, and rewards innovation in teaching through conferences, workshops, retreats, mentoring programs, and teaching innovation grants program, faculty learning communities, and other initiatives. 

Student Academic Success Center
The Student Academic Success Center provides a wide range of services to students, the university and the community. Services include: instructional support services, academic advising, student support programs, new student advising and registration, oversight of academic standards, and assistance with university events and outreach initiatives. Instructional support services include tutoring, learning skills development and structured learning assistance courses. Advising services include pre-major, change of major transfer student advising, student-athlete advising, or general advising. Student support programs include TRIO-Student Support Program, Oliver Wilson Freshman Academy, and the Degree Completion Support Program. Academic Standards oversight includes General Education Foundation requirements and Academic Review Committee. 

4. Academic Governance

The University Academic Senate (UAS) is the highest faculty governance body. It has the authority to deal with any academic issue or faculty concern. It makes recommendations to the Provost and/or the President. Senate membership consists of faculty members elected from and by the faculty of each College and the University Libraries, and students selected by the Student Senate, including the President of the Student Senate. The Provost and designees and the Deans (of any rank) are members ex officio, non-voting.

UAS Faculty Membership: Faculty membership for each college and the library will be determined by the following formula:

1-19 faculty = 1 member
20-39 faculty = 2 members
40-59 faculty = 3 members
60-79 faculty = 4 members
80-99 faculty = 5 members, and so forth

Terms of office are three years, staggered for the University Libraries and Colleges with more than one member. Representatives must have tenure/tenure-track faculty status and will only represent one College. Formal joint appointment equivalency can be counted toward tenure/tenture-track representation totals. Tenure/tenure-track faculty will be counted on the first class day of the winter semester of the preceding academic year.

UAS Student Membership: The Student Senate selects five members, including the Student Senate President and four representatives, one of which shall be a graduate student, in accordance with written Student Senate constitution and bylaws. Student members serve one-year terms.

UAS Administrative Membership: The Provost and designees, and the Deans (of any rank) are members exofficio, non-voting.

The Executive Committee of the Senate (ECS) serves as the clearing house for matters to be presented to the UAS. Such matters are discussed by ECS before its recommendations are made to the Senate. ECS membership consists of faculty senators from academic colleges and the library, the Student Senate President or designee, and the Provost and designees, ex officio, non-voting.

ECS Faculty Membership: Faculty membership of the ECS consists of seven members from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, two from the Seidman College of Business, one from each of the remaining Colleges, and one from the University libraries. The term of office is three years beginning at the end of the winter semester. ECS members will also serve as UAS senators for their elected term. Terms of those from colleges with two or more members are staggered.

ECS Student Membership: The President of the Student Senate or designee serves on ECS during his/her term of office.

ECS Administration Membership: The Provost and designees are members ex officio, non-voting.

ECS Additional Criteria: If the number of representatives from professional colleges increase, the number of representatives from CLAS will increase to match this number, based on a 50% principle (CoIS representative is counted in CLAS membership).

Standing committees that report to the Senate via ECS include the Academic Policies and Standards Committee, Faculty Facilities Planning Advisory Committee, Faculty Personnel Policy Committee, Faculty Salary and Budget Committee, Pew Faculty Teaching Learning Center Advisory Committee, General Education Committee, Graduate Council, University Assessment Committee, and University Curriculum Committee. The composition of each committee is described in the UAS Bylaws and always includes elected college and library representatives.

Copies of agendas and approved minutes of all meetings are posted on the Faculty Governance website. Agendas are sent out electronically to committee members one week prior to meetings, and minutes are usually posted and distributed electronically within two weeks following a meeting. Faculty members may petition for a referendum if there is strong opposition to an action taken by UAS.

Details regarding membership, responsibilities, and rules of procedures are given in the UAS By-laws which are incorporated into the Faculty Handbook.


Grand Valley offers undergraduate and graduate programs.

B.A.  Bachelor of Arts     
B.S.  Bachelor of Science
B.F.A. Bachelor of Fine Arts
B.M.  Bachelor of Music
B.M.E. Bachelor of Music Education
B.S.E. Bachelor of Science in Engineering
B.S.N. Bachelor of Science in Nursing
B.S.W. Bachelor of Social Work
B.B.A. Bachelor of Business Administration
M.B.A.  Master of Business Administration 
M.Ed. Master of Education
M.H.A. Master of Health Administration
M.H.S. Master of Health Science
M.P.A. Master of Public Administration
M.P.A.S. Master of Physician Assistant Studies
M.P.N.L. Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
M.S. Master of Science
M.S.A. Master of Science in Accounting
M.S.E. Master of Science in Engineering 
M.S.N. Master of Science in Nursing
M.S.T. Master of Science Taxation
M.S.W. Master of Social Work
Ed.S.  Educational Specialist Degree in Leadership
Psy.S. Psychological Specialist
D.N.P. Doctor of Nursing Practice
D.P.T. Doctor of Physical Therapy




















Grand Valley also offers a variety of certificate programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels which represent awards for completion of alternate levels of existing degree programs. 

C.  Official Degree Programs

The Board of Trustees approves the addition of new academic degree programs and discontinuation of existing academic degree programs, acting upon the advice of the President.
Curriculum changes made to existing academic degree programs, including academic degree titles, are to be made by the Provost. 

1. Undergraduate Degree Programs

Program Name Degree Options
Accounting BBA
Advertising and Public Relations BA, BS
Allied Health Sciences BS
Anthropology BA, BS
Art Education BA, BS
Art History BA
Athletic Training BS
Behavioral Neuroscience BS
Biology BA, BS
Biomedical Sciences BS
Biochemistry BS
Business Economics BBA
Business General BBA
Cell and Molecular Biology BS
Chemistry BS
Chinese Studies BA
Classics BA
Communications Studies BA, BS
Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching BA, BS
Computer Engineering BSE
Computer Science BS
Criminal Justice BA, BS
Dance BA
Diagnostic Medical Sonography BS
Earth Science BS
Economics BA, BS
Electrical Engineering BSE
Engineering BSE
English BA
Entrepreneurship BBA
Exercise Science BS
Film and Video BA, BS
Finance BBA
French BA
General Management BBA
Geology-Chemistry BS
Geography BA, BS
Geology BS
German BA
Health Communications BA, BS
History BA, BS
Hospitality and Tourism Management BS
Human Resources Management BBA
Information Systems BA, BS
Integrated Science BS
Interdisciplinary Engineering BSE
International Business BBA
International Relations BA
Legal Studies BA, BS
Liberal Studies BA, BS
Management BBA
Marketing BBA
Mathematics BA, BS
Mechanical Engineering BSE
Medical Laboratory Science BS
Multimedia Journalism BA, BS
Music BA, BM, BME
Natural Resource Management BS
Nursing BSN
Occupational Safety and Health Management BS
Operations Management  BBA
Philosophy BA
Photography BA, BS
Physical Education BS
Physics BS
Political Science BA, BS
Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering BSE
Psychology BA, BS
Public and Nonprofit Administration BA, BS
Radiation Therapy BS
Radiologic and Imaging Sciences BS
Religious Studies BA, BS
Group Social Studies BA, BS
Social Work BSW
Sociology BA, BS
Spanish BA
Statistics BA, BS
Studio Art BA, BS, BFA
Supply and Chain Management BBA
Theatre BA, BS
Therapeutic Recreation BS
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies BA, BS
Writing BA, BS

2. Graduate Degree Programs

Program Name Degree Options
Accounting MSA
Biology MS
Biomedical Sciences MHS
Biostatistics MS
Cell and Molecular Biology MS
Communications MS
Computer Information Systems MS
Criminal Justice MS
Educational Leadership MED
Educational Technology MED
English MA
Engineering MSE
General Business MBA
General Education MED
Health Administration MPA
Higher Education MED
Instruction and Curriculum MED
Literacy Studies MED
Medical and Bioinformatics MS
Medical Dosimetry MS
Nursing MSN
Nursing/Business Administration MSN/MBA
Occupational Therapy MS
Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership MPNL
Physician Assistant Studies MPAS
Public Administration MPA
Public Health MPH
School Counseling MED
School Psychology MS
Social Work MSW
Special Education MED
Speech Language Pathology MS
Taxation MST

3. Specialist Degree Program

Program Name Degree
Leadership Ed.S.
School Psychology Psy.S.

4. Doctoral Degree Program

Program Name Degree
Nursing DNP
Physical Therapy DPT

D. Academic Policies

1. Academic Standards

Grand Valley is an academic institution dedicated to providing the highest level of quality instruction possible. Academic standards, levels of scholastic achievement, and grading systems are established on a university-wide basis after careful review by representative faculty members and the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

2. Academic Calendar

The University operates on a semester system, providing for fall and winter semesters and spring/ summer session. Each semester is a minimum of 15 weeks in length, including days required for final examination. The spring/summer session will be 12 weeks in length, including two 6-week sessions. Each session is academically equivalent to the 15-week semester. All academic units operate on the semester system.

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