HLC Open Pathway Quality Initiative


Quality Initiative Project Manager

Jennifer Hegenauer, Ed.D.

410 Oak Street, ALU 117
Big Rapids, MI 49307

(231) 591-2502
[email protected]

As part of our continuous effort to support learning and student success, Ferris State University has embarked on a quality initiative focused on holistic student development combined with a commitment to enhanced academic literacy. Through this emphasis on academic literacy, we are working to break down roadblocks and barriers to learning and ensure students have the skills and abilities needed to make meaning of information and acquire knowledge.

Image showing roadblocks to academic literacy

Under the umbrella of the quality initiative, each college and academic unit has implemented three projects to address learning, retention, and the learning environment (or climate). The goal of these thirty-three individual projects is to explore innovative strategies that enhance the academic capabilities of students and foster innovative approaches to support and instruction.

The lessons we learn from the quality projects will inform the work of the Academic Literacies Center that opened in Fall 2018. A strategic initiative of Ferris’ Office of Academic Affairs, the principal goal of the Center is to address academic literacy and positively affect the student learning, retention, and the learning environment.