New Course Part of GR-GVSU Effort to Retain Grads in GR

School of Communication students are invited to be a part of an exciting collaboration between GVSU and the City of Grand Rapids. The partnership is about retaining college graduates in Grand Rapids. It was described in an article in MLive.

Now, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell and Grand Valley President Thomas Haas invite you to participate in this unique collaboration between the City and University by enrolling in a unique class in the fall of 2014. Here’s a brief course description:

Why will young, college-educated people choose to reside in Grand Rapids, or its suburbs, or outside of West Michigan entirely? The students in this unique course will hear and evaluate ideas brought to them by urban planners, community activists, civic leaders, demographers, economists, current residents, and other local thought leaders. Based on the best ideas available, the students will create a set of action recommendations for Grand Rapids to retain and attract young, college-educated people. In December, they will present these recommendations, in person, to the Grand Rapids City Commission.

Enrollment is open to all majors and all undergraduate class standings, but seats are limited. If you would like to register for this course, please send a letter of interest stating your reasons, along with your resume, and contact information of one academic or professional reference to by March 13. Those selected for participation will receive a registration permit by March 18.

Course ID: PA380.01 CRN: 22575

Course name: “Attracting College Graduates to Grand Rapids: A Student-Driven Model” (Special Topics in Public and Nonprofit Administration)

Semester: Fall 2014

Credits: 3

Meeting times 11:30-12:45 Tuesdays and Thursdays

Meeting location: Pew Campus, 307E DeVos Center

Contact:  Mark Hoffman ( , 331-6587)