The Process

Who is the Strategic Plan for?

The Strategic Plan is for the entire Ferris State University community.  We want our students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends to influence the direction of our future while helping us to remain true to our mission, core values, vision and traditions.  We want a plan that is simple, focused around our core values, and something to which all members of our Ferris community can contribute.

Who is leading this initiative?

President Eisler asked Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Fritz Erickson and Languages and Literature Professor Sandy Balkema to lead the strategic planning process.  Fritz and Sandy selected a team of Core Value Co-Champions to join them in leading this process.

How has information been gathered for this plan?

The Strategic Planning Committee gathered information to guide this plan in two major ways.  First, we spent several months conducting listening sessions with groups internal and external to Ferris, exploring our Core Values and future opportunities. Second, existing data and reports influenced our strategic thinking, including those listed below:


How can I stay updated on the progress of the plan?

We welcome and encourage your participation in the strategic planning process. You can stay informed through a variety of methods.

  • Check this website regularly for new information
  • Ferris employees and students will receive University emails from the President and Provost regarding this process 
  • Attend our face-to-face forums in 2014 to hear the plan presented and ask questions
  • Share your feedback and ideas directly with any member of our Strategic Planning Committee