Founders Day 2008 Values, Vision, Mission, A Strategic Plan for Our Future David L. Eisler, president Ferris State University Our Founders Ferris State University is unique among Michigan public
universities by being named for our founders, Woodbridge and Helen Gillespie Ferris. September 1, 1884 Woodbridge Ferris taught the first class of 15 students at what was originally called the Big Rapids Industrial School Core Values
Collaboration Diversity Ethical Community Excellence Learning Opportunity
Using the Governing ideas Task Force as both a writing and sense-making group, multiple stake holder sessions developed a statement of core values for the University. A complete statement of the core values is accessible here. In mission statements from our past, we can see how many of these values reflect the work of our founders. Mission Woodbridge Ferris, center right, with 1894 debating club
The primary task of the school has been that of developing character; inspiring young people with a desire to do something, and to be something. 1894 Mission Panel one of the cartoon The Evolution of a Shorthander from the 1911 Crimson & Gold.
The Ferris Institute itself represents as a community of interests, a small city working out the problems of business life. Its graduates are broad and liberal minded. They are something more than bookkeepersthey are magnificent men and women equipped for living. 1910 In panel two, the sun frowns as the farmer works his field. In panel three, the farmer
works on a lesson. In panel four, the farmer is crowned with success at the Ferris Institute. Mission Mission This mission statement is likely drafted by Gerrit Masselink, who would become the 2nd president of the Ferris Institute in 1928.
In this picture Mr. Masselink is in the front row to the immediate left of the woman with the white coat. Mission Serving as a United States Senator, Mr. Ferris, would pass away in March 1928. Ferris Institute is different from other colleges in that it teaches its students the art of accomplishment
In this, it inspires individual success and useful life. 1927 Mission The purpose of the Ferris Institute is to offer to ambitious young men and women the opportunity to find themselves. the opportunity to realize their desires and to find their fulfillment in
greater service and a richer and fuller life. 1933 This mission statement was written during the first year of E.E. Browns presidency, a time of financial hardship at Ferris Institute. That school year ended with an $8,000 deficit. Mission From the 1930s: the business practice room in the schools Main Building had practice
executive desks and bank teller cages. The chief purpose of Ferris Institute is to provide [an education], in a wholesome college environment, at a moderate cost, in the shortest possible time consistent with thorough scholarship, for men and women, regardless of race, creed, or age, and character that will make of them self-supporting citizens in a democracy. 1937 Mission
Ferris State University prepares students for successful careers, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning. Through its many partnerships and its career-oriented, broad-based education, Ferris serves our rapidly changing global economy and society. Our new mission statement, approved bythe Board of Trustees on March 21, 2008, embraces the concept of career preparation as a focus of Ferris State University.
Vision Ferris State University will be: The recognized leader in integrative education The preferred choice for students The premier educational partner A stimulating, student-centered academic environment A university that aligns practices and resources in support of core values After the development of core values and mission, strategic
planning next focused on vision. A complete copy of the vision statement is available here . Goals and Initiatives Goal 1 Become a demonstrable center of excellence in educational quality and student learning.
Assessment Scholarships Learning Environment Quality Performance that improves learning Curriculum for global society & leadership A complete copy of the current strategic plan goals and initiatives is available here.
Goals and Initiatives Goal 2 Develop a university community where all are valued, welcomed, and informed.
Implement & Sustain the Diversity Plan Enhance external & internal responsiveness Improve conflict resolution Create shared gathering places Enhance sense of community for everyone Enhance sharing of information Goals and Initiatives Goal 3 Enhance the financial position of the
institution Launch comprehensive capital campaign Expand marketing campaign Establish energy conservation effort Increase budget transparency
Goals and Initiatives Goal 4 Provide a state-of-the-art, sustainable and safe learning, living and working environment.
Renovate\replace student living space Renovate the Rankin Center Upgrade labs and classrooms Enhance parking and parking information Emergency preparedness Environmental sustainability Wellness Goals and Initiatives Goal 5
Foster collaborative internal and external working relationships Working relations between unions & administration Strategies for increased collaboration Plan volunteer, service & outreach Enhance relations with business, industry, education & government Inform, support, educate students about higher education, careers, & Ferris
Goals and Initiatives Goal 6 Foster innovation and improve processes to move the University forward. Develop leadership programs Designate blue sky committee Review committees, reports, procedures Enhance personnel evaluation & performance improvement Identify budget responsibility & change the
budgeting process Whats next? SPARC Committee The Strategic Planning and Resource Committee includes a wide cross section of the University and is chaired by Professor Robert von der Osten. SPARC meets monthly and guides the continued development and implementation of the
Strategic Plan. SPARC meetings are open to all. Minutes, membership and materials are accessible from the SPARC website, which is here. The Plan is dynamic and evolving As our university faces both the challenges and opportunities ahead this plan and the initiatives it includes will evolve to embrace them. For example, during fall semester 2008 Dr. von der Osten will be leading stakeholder sessions seeking input on planning for our growing on-line and multi-site presence. Whats next? Annual Planning
The continued implementation of this strategic plan will be a focus of annual planning, beginning this year with alignment in the colleges and divisions. Annual Report Beginning this year an annual report on the plan and our progress in adopting these initiatives will be sent to all university stakeholders and supporters. Through this we will both track and share our progress and success in implementing the strategic plan.
Whats next? Campus Master Plan Building on the success of stakeholder involvement and engagement in the development of the strategic plan, this fall we will begin revision of the Big Rapids campus master plan. All stakeholders are encouraged to participate in this process. The following slides trace some of the development of our campus during the past 124 years of our existence. You are invited and encouraged to imagine what our future efforts can create working together .
1900s In 1894, our school dedicated its Main Building and in 1901 constructed the Pharmacy Annex. In 1908, the Music Hall adjoining the Physical Cultural Hall was expanded. 1930s After the Alumni Building was constructed in 1929, the campus remained virtually unchanged until 1950.
1950s Rebuilding after fire in the 1950, Ferris completed the East Building (now Prakken) in 1951 and the West Building in 1952, which for a time housed the library. 1960s A major expansion in the late 1950s and early 1960s included construction of Helen Ferris Hall, Hallisy Hall, Masselink
Commons, the Student Center and Carlisle Hall. 1970s During the 1970s Ferris completed all of its present day Residence Halls and added the Ewigleben Sports Complex. 1990s By the 1990s, Ferris had expanded to include the Elastomer Center
and the Heavy Equipment Technology Building, among others. Ferris State University Today Some of our most recent and important facilities include the FLITE Library, the Granger Center of Construction Technology and HVACR, and the renovated Timme Center for Student Services. My sincerest thanks To Robert von der Osten
To everyone who participated in the development of this strategic plan and to you It is an honor to serve as your President. Thank you so very much David L. Eisler, president
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