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Big Decisions for Trustees

Board of Trustees makes changes to degrees and housing

by Published: Apr 11, 2012

Five new aca­d­e­mic pro­grams have been approved by Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees to be offered fall 2012.

The pro­grams approved by the trustees include Bachelor of Science degrees in health­care mar­ket­ing, insur­ance and risk man­age­ment and graphic media man­age­ment; an Associate of Applied Science in graphic com­mu­ni­ca­tions; and a Master of Science in infor­ma­tion secu­rity and intelligence.

The board also approved changes in FSUs’ stu­dent hous­ing pol­icy. The new pol­icy allows the pres­i­dent or his designee author­ity to make changes to stu­dent hous­ing pro­ce­dures with­out the entire Board of Trustees. On-campus hous­ing require­ments will be decided by admin­is­tra­tors. In addi­tion, the hous­ing pol­icy requir­ing stu­dents under the age of 20 to remain liv­ing on cam­pus was removed.

“In my aca­d­e­mic career, I have never worked at a uni­ver­sity where the fac­ulty is more com­mit­ted to inno­va­tion in the cur­ricu­lum and mak­ing cer­tain the cur­ricu­lum is up to date,” President of FSU David Eisler said. “The action of offer­ing these aca­d­e­mic pro­grams really val­i­dates that, and I applaud the work of our fac­ulty and the assists in the aca­d­e­mic set­ting in mov­ing these things forward.”

The Board of Trustees also approved four aca­d­e­mic pro­gram clo­sures that will start fall 2012. This includes Bachelor of Science degrees in print­ing man­age­ment and new media print­ing and pub­lish­ing; Associate of Applied Science in print­ing and dig­i­tal graphic imag­ing; and Master of Science in infor­ma­tion sys­tems management.

Jesse Bingham, a FSU junior in nurs­ing, was shocked to learn about the degree pro­gram changes.

“There are not many stu­dents who know about what hap­pens at the Board of Trustees’ meet­ings,” Bingham said. “Students should know more about these meet­ings because when impor­tant deci­sions get made, we should be informed before there is noth­ing we can do about it.”

Dan Scholz, a FSU sopho­more in mar­ket­ing, agreed with Bingham.

“The deci­sions that are made at these meet­ings affect stu­dents directly. I think the meet­ings should be open to stu­dents, and if they already are, then they need to get the word out,” Scholz said.

In addi­tion to the changes in the aca­d­e­mic pro­grams, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion David Pilgrim spoke about the changes tak­ing place with diver­sity on campus.

“I think we are in the process of build­ing a dif­fer­ent kind of cul­ture,” Pilgrim said. “But diver­sity and inclu­sion is the kind of thing that even 20 years from now, there will still be chal­lenges. I think what I want is that we all remain vigilant.”

For the eighth con­sec­u­tive year, the num­ber of Hispanic/Latino stu­dents at the uni­ver­sity increased. In fall 2011, there were 423 Hispanic/Latino stu­dents, rep­re­sent­ing 2.91 per­cent of the stu­dent pop­u­la­tion. In addi­tion, the uni­ver­sity has grown its inter­na­tional stu­dent pop­u­la­tion from 157 enrolled in fall 2007 to 226 in fall 2011.

“Ferris has made great progress in becom­ing a more diverse uni­ver­sity,” Eisler said. “To look at what has been accom­plished is remarkable.”

The Board of Trustees meet­ing was held March 28 in the Business Building.