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Vision, Mission, and Core Values



Ferris State University will authorize public school academies that promise to transform the lives of students by demonstrating high-quality performance.


The Ferris State University Charter Schools Office focuses on student success and continuous improvement through quality oversight, professional learning opportunities, and relevant resources for its authorized public school academies. 

Core Values

The core values of the Ferris State University Charter Schools Office are the foundation of our organization's culture. Our values are static, unchanging and non-negotiable, built from the belief that learning is a lifelong process and all students can learn.

We Value

Student Learning

As a higher education institution, student learning is in our DNA; we see the opportunities created when students succeed, and we focus our oversight and support efforts on continual student success.

A Collaborative Working Environment

By supporting each other and building partnerships, we encourage a sense of community through cooperation, teamwork and consensus building with our stakeholders.


Recognizing that stakeholders are made up of diverse populations, we honor diversity of ideas, beliefs, and cultures.


Through the work we do as a charter school authorizer, we help create learning opportunities and environments by lending support for professional growth and development.


Committed to superior results, we engage in practices that produce the highest quality outcomes in all our endeavors.


Accountability leads to academic progress-we believe in being held accountable for our work as an authorizer as deeply as we believe in holding all stakeholders accountable for their work.

Integrity and Trust

Our actions are guided by fairness and respect through transparency, effective communication and the building of positive relationships with each other and our stakeholders.