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Operation Supply Management Program Recognized Among Nation’s Best by Rankings Website

PhotoLisa Eshbach

Ferris State University’s Operations and Supply Management program leaders learned that the website included Ferris among its top 25 Supply Chain Management degree programs in the country.

Professor Lisa Eshbach is among the lead faculty members for Ferris’ program. She noted that its inclusion with the likes of Pennsylvania State University, Michigan State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Texas A&M is a testament to the quality of their curriculum, offered for more than 30 years.

“Our program remains successful because we strive for excellence in teaching lean management systems as part of the program core courses,” Eshbach said. “We are committed to offering a high-quality learning experience for our students, so this recognition from BachelorsDegreeCenter brings great pleasure to our department and the College of Business.”

The rankings use information from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and, another ranking and review site. Other report considerations include salary potential, student reviews and tuition rate. BachelorsDegreeCenter further cited Ferris’ class size for Operations and Supply Management as a catalyst for meaningful connections.

“Our focus is on experiential learning with a complete application of putting theory into practice,” Eshbach said. “By addressing process improvement in the areas of inventory management, purchasing, logistics, quality control and training of staff, in course assignments and lean experiential projects with industry partners, our students are familiar with these concepts. As a result, they are ready to contribute as they take entry-level positions in whatever context their companies seek.”

Eshbach led a recent revision of the program’s online content to promote the curriculum’s attributes.

“We have great pride in our students’ success, which includes an interning student’s knowledge of lean management systems being on par with the company’s employees, who had just completed similar training,” Eshbach said. “Our students are very sought after by industry, with employers telling us our alumni are versatile and productive contributors, very capable of making rapid career advancement.”

The Ferris Operations and Supply Management curriculum complements other College of Business programs and incorporates College of Engineering Technology courses.