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GVSU virtually hosts high school students from across the country pitching ideas for making higher education more equitable.

Grand Valley State University entrance arch photo
Grand Valley State University entrance arch

Grand Valley State University hosted high school students from across the country Thursday pitching their ideas for improving higher education.

Rapid Education Prototyping, or REP4, allows students to pitch their ideas for making higher education more equitable and accessible.

“Mentor Magic, we want to create a program to help high school students explore paths and what they want to do in college and as a career and match them with a mentor.”

That’s the first pitch from Amarillo College. Thursday afternoon, one dozen presentations made virtually in real time and with panelists providing feedback.

“A mentor is absolutely critical to the higher education experience. I wish I had that when I was in school.”

Six regional summits producing the best of the best.

“Where students lead the development of solutions for a more equitable and effective expressways to and through public higher education.”

Dr. Philomena V. Mantella is President of lead institution Grand Valley State University.

“What we have become is a learning lab for the future. A place where thousands of ideas shaped by diverse students come to life through their lived experience. A place where tens of thousands of students studying across our institutions can vote on these ideas. Where hundreds of ideas go to live in institutions, not die. In a place for relentless sharing.”

REP4 is a collaboration of Amarillo College, Boise State University, Fort Valley State University, San José State University and Shippensburg University.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.