Ferris offers several college readiness programs to prepare students for college-ready coursework. Classes include college reading and English, and College Study Methods. These classes help students improve their essential academic and college success skills.
Ferris State University offers two college reading courses to prepare students for college-level reading as well as ENGL 074: Introduction to Basic Collegiate Writing.
Intro Basic Collegiate Writing (ENGL 074)
ENGL 074 is an introduction to college writing strategies and skills through guided practice and instruction in pre-writing through revision stages in composition. Students learn how to use writing-support systems, establish a writing portfolio, and develop analytic skills.
- Demonstrate an awareness of prewriting and planning strategies
- Recognize organizational strategies and organize your own ideas
- Compose effective paragraphs for specific situations, such as introductions and closings
- Sustain focus and ideas in a multiple-page paper
- Read, summarize, and synthesize college-level materials
- Locate library resources for your writing
- Collaborate in responding to and revising writing
- Demonstrate evolving editing and proofreading skills
READ 175 will provide students with the opportunity to become critical readers by increasing vocabulary, enhancing reading comprehension and recall, and improving reading skills to better prepare for college-level reading. Students will learn active reading strategies to become a more effective reader, which can lead to improved college success. Utilizing active reading strategies, students will be able to predict, identify purpose, ask questions, clarify text, answer questions and summarize text. This course introduces active learning techniques and offers practice in skills which allow students to immediately use what they have learned in their own reading.
- Students will learn reading strategies to be used prior to, during and after reading. Utilizing the following six active reading strategies students will be able to predict, identify purpose, ask questions, clarify text, answer questions and summarize text.
- Students will demonstrate written skills of annotation and paraphrasing.
- Students will demonstrate increased vocabulary skills.
- Students will demonstrate increased reading comprehension and recall strategies.
The College Critical Reading course provides students the opportunity to develop higher-level critical reading skills necessary to complete research projects. Instruction is designed to assist in the improvement of effective reading skills needed for comprehension, interpretation, analysis and synthesis of college-level content. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment or successful completion of READ 175.
- Students will develop higher-level critical reading skills necessary to define and interpret credible sources needed for research.
- Students will develop reading comprehension skills needed for synthesis of college level content.
- Students will develop college level reading interpretation skills needed to create an outline to analyze and summarize text.
UNIV 101: College Study Methods may be offered as a stand-alone course. It can be delivered to students fully online, face-to-face, or as a mixed-delivery format.
This two-credit college methods course will assist students in the development and use of effective and efficient study strategies that can be utilized in college courses. Students will learn about goal-setting and self-monitoring, learning styles, test preparation and test-taking, lecture and textbook note taking, time management and concentration, and general strategies for more efficient learning. Through an assessment process, students will be able to identify study skill challenges and will develop strategies designed to help improve study skills. Students will be required to implement the study methods and provide evidence of application of these study methods to other courses.
Ferris State University is pleased to offer several Career and Education Planning courses to students at the secondary level and to non-traditional students. The CARE courses provide students with opportunities to explore college programs, careers, and employment viability. Students discover how educational planning can help them with their lifelong career decision-making process.
Students will earn transcripted college credit by successfully completing a CARE 102 course.
CARE classes may be taught face-to-face, in a mixed delivery format, or fully online. Most of Ferris State’s secondary partners choose to offer the course fully online. Many non-traditional students take the class face-to-face through FSU’s community agency partnerships.
CARE 102 provides students with the opportunity to explore college programs, career options and employment viability. Students discover how educational planning can help them with their lifelong career decision-making process and develop personal educational and career plans based on interests and skills.
- Students will develop a personal educational and career vision statement based on completion of 2-3 interest and skill strength-based inventories.
- Students will research careers, and the educational requirements to develop a personal educational and career summary paper of their top 4-5 career options based on their strengths outlined in the assessments.
- Based on their personal educational and career vision statement and personal educational and career summary paper, students will develop a detailed educational and career contingency plan containing 2-3 options.
- Utilizing their personal educational and career development plan, students will develop 3-5 SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound) career goals.
CARE 201 prepares students to become career ready by developing successful skills and strategies focused on completing job applications, writing resumes, and writing cover letters. In addition, students will be connected with career resources on campus and around the community.
- Students will complete job applications to illustrate their understanding of the general questions asked.
- Students will create a professional resume specific to their career field of interest.
- Students will create a professional cover letter specific to their career field of interest.
CARE 202 prepares students to become career ready by developing successful skills and strategies focused on interviewing and professional etiquette. In addition, students will be connected with career resources on campus and around the community.
- Students will produce answers to typical interview questions and formulate a bank of interview questions they can ask of potential employers.
- Students will demonstrate proper interviewing skills.
- Students will discuss and practice proper professional etiquette (attire, behavior, technology, social, etc.)
CARE 203 prepares students to become career ready by developing successful skills and strategies focused on creating career portfolios, learning how to network, and learning transferable skills. In addition, students will be connected with career resources on campus and around the community.
- Students will distinguish the effective elements of a career portfolio containing both educational and work experience.
- Students will learn lifelong transferable skills that all employers are looking for regardless of career path.
- Students will learn how to network and utilize the career resources available to them (Career Services Dept., Job Fairs, Michigan Works, etc.), both on the Ferris State University campus, and within the community.
- Charlotte High School
- Eaton Rapids Public Schools
- Ferris State Center for Latin@ Studies
- Ferris State Charter Schools Office
- Harbor Beach High School
- Lansing Public Schools
- Lighthouse Academy
- Marlette Jr./Sr. High School
- Muskegon Area Career Tech Center
- Ottawa Area Career Tech Center
- Rockford High School
- Sparta High School
- Traverse City Area Public Schools
- Vandercook Lake
- Wilson Talent Center