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Academic Affairs

Welcome from the Provost

Paul Blake - Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs Welcome to the website of the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs!

As the Chief Academic Officer of the University, it is my responsibility to provide administrative leadership and foster excellence in the creation, development, and implementation of academic programs, plans, and policies for the Academic Affairs division. This leadership includes strategic planning and resource allocation. I collaborate with academic deans, department chairs, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders, as well as with the President and other executive leaders across campus, to envision, support, and enhance Ferris' mission of providing career-oriented education. 

The academic division includes the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering Technology, Health Professions, Kendall College of Art and Design, Michigan College of Optometry, and Pharmacy. As you can see from the left navigation bar, we support a variety of other offices and units on campus, in Grand Rapids, and at 20 off-site locations. 

Ferris' reputation continues to grow as evidenced by Money citing Ferris as a "high value" institution this last spring. I salute our outstanding faculty who drive our academic initiatives and curricular and pedagogical innovations, as well as our caring staff who are committed to helping our students succeed. Together, their efforts create a dynamic experiential learning environment that gives our students the skills needed for successful careers in a globalized world. 

I encourage you to browse through our website and read about upcoming events, ongoing initiatives, and news about the Academic Affairs Division.

Paul Blake
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Upcoming Events

To see all activities, go to Campus-Wide Calendar

MLK Day FSU Activities

Monday, January 15

  • CLACS - Volunteer Center: MLK Day of Service Projects - 8am-3pm
  • The 24th annual Faculty/Staff In-Service - 10am-12pm, UC 203
  • The 32nd annual Freedom March - 4-5pm, UC Rankin Atrium
  • The 32nd annual Student Tribute - 6-7:30pm, UC 202

Tuesday, January 16

  • Featured Exhibit: The Tunnel of Oppression - 11am-6pm, UC 116
  • Room of Reflection - MLK In His Own Words - 10am-6pm, UC 112
  • Featured Discussion: I Was Here in 68' - 6-7:30pm, UC 203

Wednesday, January 17

  • Featured Exhibit: The Tunnel of Oppression - 11am-6pm, UC 116
  • Room of Reflection - MLK In His Own Words - 10am-6pm, UC 112
  • Featured Presentation: Which Lives Matter? - 7-8:30pm, UC 202

For more information on MLK activities, go to https://ferris.edu/mlk/


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Author Celebration Submission Form

Author submissions are now being accepted for the Sixth Annual Author Celebration to be held on March 15, 2018, at Kendall College of Art and Design. For general information on criteria, see the Author Celebration Event page. 

Award Wordmark Academic Affairs Awards 2018

Nominations for the Academic Affairs Awards 2017-2018 are now OPEN! Please visit the Academic Affairs Awards (above) page for nomination information.

December's Newsletter


Board of Trustee Approval

Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees approved three new academic programs during its regular meeting on Friday, May 5 in Big Rapids. A Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, an Associate in Science in Natural Science and an Associate in Arts in Integrative Studies will be available at the start of the Fall 2017 semester.

Review Recently Posted PCAFs

Preliminary Curriculum Approval Forms (PCAFs) represent approved initial curriculum actions that are at the beginning of the curriculum approval process. This link will provide a current list of recently approved PCAFs for programs undergoing a curricular revision.

Higher Education Resource Services

The HERS Summer Institutes are an intensive, two-week residential program where participants gain knowledge, skills, and perspectives to advance as leaders in all institutional settings. Learn more about HERS Leadership Institute here.

Education Advisory Board

The Education Advisory Board (EAB) provides best practice research and practical advice to leaders of academic affairs, business affairs, student affairs, advancement, continuing, online, and professional education, and community colleges across North America. 

Access the Education Advisory Board's resources at www.eab.com

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Academic Affairs Office of the Provost

1201 S. State Street
Timme Center, CSS 310
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-2300
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