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A Finding Aid for the Enrollment Growth Task Force Records 2004

Summary Information

Repository: Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program

Creator: Ferris State University. Enrollment Growth Task Force.

Title: Enrollment Growth Task Force Records

Identification: UA 31.10.10

Dates: October 2004- December 2004

Extent: 0.2 Cubic feet

General Physical Description Note: One hollinger box

Language: English

Abstract: These records contain the working papers of a task force charged by President David Eisler to develop and plan enrollment strategies which would aid the continued expansion of Ferris State University. The records contain membership lists, minutes, reports and supporting documentation.

Preferred Citation: Footnotes and bibliographic references should use the following format:
[Item], Folder, Box. Enrollment Growth Task Force Records. Ferris State University Archives. Big Rapids, Michigan.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Enrollment Growth Task Force was a group formed in October 2004 by President David Eisler to propose strategic long term and immediate initiatives designed at boosting enrollment and attracting a more diverse set of students.

The Task Force had twelve members from the faculty and staff of Ferris State University including: Dan Burcham (co-chair), Greg Key (co-chair), Maude Bigford, Sandy Britton, Matt Chaney, Dave Engels, Jana Hurley, Rick Kowalski, Nancy Peterson-Klein, Bill Smith, Deb Thalner and Craig Westman.

The Task Force group met eleven times throughout November and December of 2004. They discussed ideas aimed at both increasing the size and quality of students at Ferris. Issues discussed included: diversity, marketing, curriculum, cost cutting, and expansion. In the end seventeen major recommendations were decided as being the best recommendations of the Task Force.

The Task Force presented its proposals and recommendations on December 17, 2004 to the Presidents Council. The task forces' recommendations were accepted by the President's Council with key recommendations on diversity and marketing being implemented. The Task Force ceased meeting after their presentation of December 17 2004 to the President.

Scope and Contents Note

The Enrollment Growth Task Force was assembled in October 2004 and presented its findings in December of the same year. This collection gives insight into not only what was adapted and enacted by Ferris State University in regards to admissions, program offerings and recruitment after that date, but also recommendations on what the staff felt could and should be done to aid in the continuing academic excellence of Ferris State University.

The collection contains meeting minutes, agendas, and handouts, communication between Task Force members, and handwritten notes of the Task Force Secretary either separately or as part of meeting materials (minutes, agendas etc.). Not all suggestions were incorporated into the final recommendations. This collection also contains the paper copy of the final power point presentation, and successive drafts including final copies of both the written recommendation and presentation.

Arrangement Note

This collection is in a single series.

Administrative Information

Publication Information:

Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program. 1-6-2010.

Conditions Governing Access Note:

The Enrollment Growth Task Force Records are open to all researchers in accordance with the University Archives and Records Management Program access policies. Copyright to the Enrollment Growth Task Force records is held held by Ferris State University. Any questions regarding copyright should be directed to the University Archivist.

Conditions Governing Use Note:

This collection is open for research. There are no restrictions on duplication.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note:

These records were transferred to the University Archives by Maude Bigford, task force member, in January 2005.

Processing Information Note:

The Enrollment Growth Task Force Records were processed to the folder level by Jeffrey Pollock in November 2009. A finding aid was prepared in a word processing format and converted to EAD 2.0 utilizing the Archivist Toolkit. A collection level MARC-format record was prepared and placed in the library online public access catalog. Description was based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2004).

Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

None specified.

Separated Materials Note

No materials were separated from this collection.

Controlled Access Headings


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements Note

This collection consists of 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper or smaller size. No specialized hardware or software is required for viewing.

Collection Inventory

Series 1. Subject Files. 2004.

Arrangement Note

This series is organized chronologically by date.

Scope and Contents Note

This series contains the working files of the task force including notes, minutes and drafts of recommendations.

Contents Box Folder

Administrative records. Organizational charge; membership list; meeting schedules. 2004

1 1

Meeting records. 29 October 2004

1 2

Meeting records. 1 November 2004

1 3

Meeting records. 5 November 2004

1 4

Meeting records. 8 November 2004

1 5

Meeting records. 15 November 2004

1 6

Meeting records. 19 November 2004

1 7

Meeting records. 22 November 2004

1 8

Meeting records. 29 November 2004

1 9

Meeting records. 3 December 2004

1 10

Meeting records. 10 December 2004

1 11

Meeting records. 13 December 2004

1 12

Final presentation; report. 17 December 2004

1 13