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Departments and Teams

Experiential Learning 

Experiential Learning creates and administers high-impact experience-based teaching and learning activities for students and faculty.

Center for Teaching Excellence

The Center for Teaching Excellence is the primary source of faculty professional development at Grand Rapids Community College.

General Education Review Team

As charged by GRCC’s Academic Governing Council (AGC), the General Education Review Team is responsible for defining the distribution categories for GRCC’s general education program, determining the outcomes for each of the distribution categories, defining the criteria that will be used in making decisions about inclusion of courses in the general education distribution areas, and reviewing courses according to that criteria.

General Education Philosophy:

  • General Education at Grand Rapids Community College is comprised of two goals. The first is to expand and deepen our students’ understanding of the intellectual traditions that constitute the liberal arts and sciences. To that end, General Education courses at GRCC combine content knowledge with broadly-applicable academic skills such as critical thinking and communication. The second is to provide students with a set of courses that help meet their educational and career goals. In keeping with this goal, GRCC recognizes the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and includes General Education coursework in its transfer and workforce Associates degree programs. General Education at GRCC builds knowledge, skills, and attitudes that every college-educated person should possess.

2020-2021 General Education Review Team Charter

2019-2020 General Education Review Team Annual Report

General Education Review Team Meeting Schedule:

Date Time Location
9/22/2020 1 - 3 p.m. Virtual
10/20/2020 1 - 3 p.m. Virtual
10/30/2020 Retreat 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Virtual
11/3/2020 1 - 3 p.m. Virtual
12/1/2020 1 - 3 p.m. Virtual
1/26/2021 1 - 3 p.m. Virtual
2/16/2021 1 - 3 p.m.* Virtual
3/23/2021 1 - 3 p.m.* Virtual
4/6/2021 1 - 3 p.m.* Virtual

*If needed to continue AGC Decision Implementation

Curriculum Approval Team

The Curriculum Approval Team is the primary body to review and make decisions concerning curriculum development at GRCC.

The Curriculum Approval Team is a Standing Committee of the Academic Governing Council (AGC) and is responsible, per AGC Bylaws, for gathering information and making recommendations to AGC, in addition to the purpose outlined above.  Faculty participation and leadership are essential to the Team’s work of reviewing and approving the following: new courses, major course revisions, new programs, program revisions, and curriculum-related procedures. 

2019-20 Curriculum Approval Team Charter

Curriculum Approval Team Meeting Schedule:

Date Time Location
10/9/2020- Optional Orientation  11:30 a.m. - noon  Virtual
10/16/2020 1 - 3 p.m.  Virtual
11/6/2020 9 - 11 a.m. Virtual
11/20/2020 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Virtual
12/4/2020 9 - 11 a.m. Virtual
12/11/2020 1 - 3 p.m. Virtual
1/22/2021 9 - 11 a.m. Virtual
1/29/2021 2:30 - 4:30 pm Virtual
2/5/2021 9 - 11 a.m. Virtual


The Learning Environment Team 

The Learning Environment Team's purpose is to evaluate the current learning spaces at GRCC and enhance them to create a warm, vibrant, and safe learning environment. The entire campus honors learning, engagement, professional conversation, reflection, and social interaction.  This team also recommends revisions to the college's vision of the Learning Environment through the AGC.

2019-20 The Learning Environment Team Charter

Learning Environment Team Meeting Schedule:

Date Time Location
9/30/2020 3:30 - 5 p.m. Virtual
10/21/2020 3:30 - 5 p.m. Virtual
11/18/2020 3:30 - 5 p.m. Virtual
1/27/2021 3:30 - 5 p.m. Virtual
2/24/2021 3:30 - 5 p.m. Virtual
3/31/2021 3:30 - 5 p.m. Virtual
4/28/2021 3:30 - 5 p.m. Virtual
5/26/2021 3:30 - 5 p.m. Virtual


CAP 1.2

Strengthen Our Systems for the Assessment of General Education

The purpose of this project is to strengthen GRCC systems for the assessment of general education through the following approach: focused, actionable, connected to learning, and leveraging existing processes/practices.  The goals for this initiative are to establish the following: a routine schedule for assessing student learning outcomes in all of our general education distribution areas and a cycle of assessment which includes analysis by faculty in order to continuously improve the curriculum.

Date Time Location
9/25/2020 1-2:30 p.m.


10/30/2020 Retreat 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Virtual
11/20/2020 1-2:30 p.m. Virtual
1/29/2021 1-2:30 p.m. TBD
2/26/2021 1-2:30 p.m. TBD
3/26/2021 1-2:30 p.m. TBD
4/16/2021 1-2:30 p.m.  TBD