May 21, 2006
Rotary Article 1141
Rotarians Receive Update on Ferris State University Programs
Ferris President David L. Eisler addresses club
May 21, 2006
THIS WEEK'S PROGRAM:
By: Stephen Kent
May 23, Mike Avery, Outdoor Magazine hostUPCOMING PROGRAMS: May 30, Sue Murphy, Bay City schools language programJune 20, Gena Gates, membership meeting;June 27, Rotary Foundation. June 30, Rotary Foundation.
Two new members were inducted to the club on Tuesday. Barbara Dinauer, Branch Manager at First American Title Insurance Company, returns to Rotary after several years. Barb was last a member of the Morning Club. Jim Flannery joins the club as a first time Rotarian. He is currently a Bay City Commissioner from the 4th Ward. Jim's career includes time as a Michigan State Trooper and being Assistant Prosecutor in Tuscola County. Welcome Barb and Jim!
ANNOUNCEMENTS:Join your fellow Rotarians on the Riverwalk this Tuesday, May 23, at 6:00 as the club cleans and replants the Club sponsored flower bed.
The 5th annual Open Golf Scramble is fast approaching. The date is June 5th at the Bay City Country Club. 18 teams had signed up as of last Tuesday. Procedes go to the club's Charitable Foundation.
David L. Eisler began his career as a music professor. His undergraduate degree was in music as a clarinetist. He later received his masters from Yale. Today Eisler is the president of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. He is also a "long time Rotarian".
Located in Big Rapids, Ferris offers a full program including masters and doctorate programs. Unlike many universities, Ferris continues to offer an associate degree program. Besides the Big Rapids campus, the university offers programs in 26 other locations and partners with a number of community colleges including Delta College.
Ferris is known for its very high placement rate among graduates. 74 of it's programs boast 100% placement of graduates. The university has 1,500 graduates last year. That number required five separate commencement ceremonies.
The College of Pharmacy at Ferris is the largest in the State and the 12th largest in the nation with about 600 students. Over 800 students applied to the program last year and 150 were accepted. According to Eisler, the Ferris program cost half what many colleges charge.
Ferris partners with colleges like Delta here in the Saginaw Valley to provide programs past the community college level. Students have a path which allows them to complete their bachelor degree at the local college in several fields. When asked how that works, Eisler says that some programs are staffed by Ferris faculty who travel to the partner schools, some local faculty is used.
Eisler said that the challenge for higher education is to predict where the jobs will be in the future. Where traditional degrees came out of a department and had that name, today's degree is given an emphasis which often crosses discipline lines.
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