Saturday, December 18, 2010

Board Of Trustees OK Room And Board Rates For 2011-12 School Year

Ferris State University's Board of Trustees approved room and dining rates for the 2011-12 academic year.

Here are details from a News Services story posted on Friday:

The Ferris State University Board of Trustees today (Dec. 17), in a special session, approved a housing and dining rate increase of 1.9 percent beginning in the Fall 2011 semester.

“The trustees approved the increase earlier in the year to allow students and their families the ability to compare rates to other options as they make their decisions prior to University room sign-up in February,” said Jerry Scoby, vice president for Administration and Finance. “The University’s plan is to hold the line and not increase meal plan costs where on-campus residents are not required to purchase a meal plan.”

Beyond typical expenses, price sensitivity of students and families is a major factor the University considers as it sets rates. The rate adjustments historically have reflected this issue; however increased sensitivity in this economy has caused this to be a more significant component.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Board Of Trustees Approve Degree Changes At Ferris State University

Ferris State University has had some changes in its degree offerings.

These changes were announced during the most recent Board of Trustees meeting Friday morning in Stanwood.

Here is a portion of the News Services story:

The Ferris State University Board of Trustees, in a special session today (Dec. 17), approved a series of changes related to academic degrees.

Trustees approved a new academic concentration in Sports Communication, the reinstatement of the Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies Education and a new academic minor in Medical Informatics.

Due to the growth of sports as an industry, University officials sought to address statewide, regional and national needs for support personnel to administer, market and broadcast events. The 2010-11 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook (a biennial publication on employment projections from the U.S. Department of Labor) predicts that jobs in the sports industry will increase 20 to 25 percent during the next six years, second only to careers in the healthcare industry. It is the intent of the University to begin enrolling students requesting the Sports Communications concentration beginning in the Fall 2011 semester.

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