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GVSU expands online degree program to serve adult students

Dustin Dwyer
Michigan Radio
GVSU's campus.

Grand Valley State University is offering a new online degree program aimed at adult students. The program expands on the online degrees already offered by the university.

GVSU president Philomena Mantella  says the new program will offer more flexibility.

“They’re not cohort based,” Mantella says, “so everybody doesn’t have to start at the beginning and go through the same – whether it’s two years, three years – they’re accelerated. And then we’ve never offered the portfolio across all of our sites.”

The new online program does require two campus visits that can happen at any GVSU campus in Grand Rapids, Holland, Traverse City, or Detroit.

The 19-month program will be broken down into six-week classes.

Students will receive a degree in what GVSU calls “Integrative Studies.”

More information on the program is available at gvsu.edu/complete.

“GVSU is taking into account that we’ve got a lot of adult learners who need flexibility in their schedules,” says Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who was at an event in Grand Rapids to announce the new online program.  “Some have children and families, others have full-time jobs and other responsibilities. And so this is a program that was built with the student in mind.”

Whitmer says the online program will help the state achieve its goal of having 60 percent of adults in the state earn a college certificate or degree by 2030.

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Dustin Dwyer reports enterprise and long-form stories from Michigan Public’s West Michigan bureau. He was a fellow in the class of 2018 at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. He’s been with Michigan Public since 2004, when he started as an intern in the newsroom.