Trustees Approve Graduation Partnerships with Western Michigan Community Colleges

The Ferris State University Board of Trustees held its regular meeting on Friday, February 21, and voted on several items, including collaborative partnerships, a new college degree and more.

Ferris State University Board of Trustees approved partnerships with Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, and Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, to establish permanent sites for the issuance of the Bachelor of Science in General Criminal Justice . Those actions were among the things the directors approved at their meeting on Friday, Feb.21 in Big Rapids.

The opportunities to strengthen collaboration with two Michigan community colleges to offer a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice have attracted administrators and administrators. Ferris’ history of working with Michigan community colleges dates back to the late 1980s and continues on many of these campuses. Ferris’ Extended and International Operations unit worked closely with the administrative teams of KVCC and LMC to facilitate these new partnerships.

“These are all new partnerships that represent a lot of hard work to collaborate and build on Ferris’ reputation in partnering with community colleges,” said Steven Reifert, Dean of Extended and International Operations. “This is just another way for Ferris to innovate by going beyond Big Rapids and our main campus to provide opportunities for students in different ways. ”

Ferris plans to start enrolling students at KVCC and LMC starting in the fall semester 2020.

Additionally, educationally, the Trustees approved a new Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts and Design Studies for the Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University. The new curriculum will include existing 100 and 200 level courses from KCAD’s design programs in product design, interior design and graphic design. It will also include general education, art history and elective courses that will facilitate the exploration of different design disciplines. This new KCAD program will not require any new faculty or impact on existing facilities and equipment.

In another action, the Trustees approved:

  • the renaming of room 109 at the Granger Center for Construction and HVACR, on the Big Rapids campus. The room will now be known as the “Pinnacle Construction Group Classroom” in recognition of the financial support from the Grand Rapids-based real estate and construction company to Ferris’ construction technology management program.
  • seven sabbatical requests, as recommended by the rector and president, after submission by the university-wide sabbatical review committee;
  • a three-year contract extension and addition of a Hamtramck campus, for Bridge Academy, and a three-year contract extension for New Hope Public School Academy, in Saginaw; and
  • nineteen appointments and reappointments within the boards of directors of the academies of charter schools authorized by the FSU.

The Trustees are President Amna P. Seibold of East Grand Rapids; vice-president Ana L. Ramirez-Saenz, of Grand Rapids; secretary Rupesh K. Srivastava, from Wixom; Member at Large Lori A. Gwizdala, of Bay City; Robert J. Hegbloom, of Norton Shores; Kurt A. Hofman, of Grand Rapids; Kari L. Sederburg, of East Lansing; and LaShanda R. Thomas, of Grosse Pointe.

The next regular board meeting will be Friday May 8 in Big Rapids. Committee meetings begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by the board meeting at 1:30 p.m.