West Michigan Colleges & Universities Group (WMCUG)
Mission of the WMCUG
The West Michigan Colleges and Universities Group (WMCUG) is an informal consortium of West Michigan based colleges and universities representing Aquinas College, Calvin University, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Hope College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Kuyper College. The Group’s purpose is to enhance the business and economic culture in West Michigan via educational, occupational, and entrepreneurial efforts in a collaborative, cohesive, community-oriented spirit - synergized by their individual institutional strengths. The primary focus of WMCUG is fostering and promoting entrepreneurship and venture creation on the collegiate level in the West Michigan area.
The overall intent of this arrangement is for the WMCUG to work collaboratively to promote networking and to facilitate an open exchange of ideas to enhance business and economic development in West Michigan through higher education.
WMCUG is a regional and collaborative effort that is focused on offering programs and best practices to enhance the local communities in West Michigan. Participation in WMCUG programs, such as MWest, is open to higher education institutions that are based and headquartered in the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Region 4 West Michigan that comprises the following counties: Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, and Ottawa. Business or entrepreneurial units of the following educational institutions constitute the members of the WMCUG: representing Aquinas College, Calvin University, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Hope College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Kuyper College. Bearing in mind the overall purpose of the organization and the communities it serves, the WMCUG Board shall determine whether, and to what extent, other educational institutions may become members of the WMCUG.