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Ferris’ Mission Statement
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.
Ferris State University will be:
The recognized leader in integrative education, where theory meets practice throughout the
curriculum, and where multi-disciplinary skills important in a global economy are developed,
with the result that Ferris State University will also be:
The preferred choice for students who seek specialized, innovative, career- and
life-enhancing education
The premier educational partner for government, communities, agencies,
businesses and industries through applied research and joint ventures
A stimulating, student-centered academic environment that fosters lifelong
engagement, leadership, citizenship and continuing intellectual development
A university that aligns its practices and resources in support of its core values of
collaboration, diversity, ethical community, excellence, learning and opportunity.
Collaboration:
Ferris contributes to the advancement of society by building partnerships
with students, alumni, business and industry, government bodies, accrediting agencies,
and the communities the University serves.
Diversity:
By providing a campus which is supportive, safe and welcoming, Ferris embraces
a diversity of ideas, beliefs and cultures.
Ethical Community:
Ferris recognizes the inherent dignity of each member of the University
community and treats everyone with respect. Our actions are guided by fairness, honesty
and integrity.
Excellence:
Committed to innovation and creativity, Ferris strives to produce the highest quality
outcomes in all its endeavors.
Learning:
Ferris State University values education that is career-oriented, balances theory and
practice, develops critical thinking, emphasizes active learning, and fosters responsibility and
the desire for the lifelong pursuit of knowledge.
Opportunity:
Ferris, with a focus on developing career skills and knowledge, provides
opportunities for civic engagement, leadership development, advancement and success.
Vision Statement
Core Values
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