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A Finding Aid for the Statistical Information Booklet Records 1964-1986

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Statistical Information Booklet Records

Creator: Ferris State University. Office of Budget and Planning.

Dates: 1964-1986

Abstract: The Statistical Information Booklet includes annual statistics such as enrollment, admissions data, student credit production, degrees conferred, staff data, and basic revenues. The collection contains only the published booklet.

Language: English

Quantity: 0.3 cubic feet; 1 Hollinger box

Identification: UA 5.12.600

Repository: Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program

Historical Note

The initial Statistical Information Booklet was produced in February 1983 as a way of providing consistent answers to questions for basic statistical information. This data was gathered from already existing sources and compiled by the Office of Budget and Planning.

The booklet was approximately 35 pages. Most of the information was provided in a table format. Information was divided into educational offering materials (students and faculty) and a brief section on college revenue. It was produced in February in order to allow time for fall enrollment data to be analyzed. It continued to be produced on a semi-annual and then annual basis. The last known copy was in 1986.

A publication containing similar statistical sets was introduced in 1991. It was called the Fact Book.

Scope and Content Note

The Statistical Information Booklet drew together summarized quantitative information which could be gathered from various information systems. Some of the same information is later used in the Ferris Fact Book publication. Information is provided in table format, with a brief introductory narrative section detailing goals and objects of the college.

The majority of information relates to the educational offerings of the institution. Much of the data relates to enrollment including: headcounts, sex, class standing, average testing scores, geographic location, financial aid information, and student credit hours by school. There are also statistics on degrees offered per year and the educational profiles of the faculty.

The collection contains only the final information information used by staff to compile the booklet.


The papers are contained in a single series.

Access Information

Conditions of Access

The Statistical Information Booklet Records are open for research to all users in accordance with University Archives and Records Management access policies. It is available in the reading room of the Ferris State University Archives.

Conditions of Use

Requests for permission to publish material should be directed to the University Archivist. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Copyright interests for this collection have been transferred to Ferris State University. For more information, contact the University Archivist.

Subject Headings

Below are a list of names, organizations and subjects relating to the collection. Names have been taken from Library of Congress Authority headings whenever possible.

Related Materials

Ferris Fact Book Records. (UA 15.1.600)

Administrative Information


Footnotes and bibliographic references should use the following format:
[Item], Folder, Box (or url). Statistical Information Booklet Records. Ferris State University Archives. Big Rapids, Michigan.

Provenance (Acquisition Information)

These records were transferred to the University Archives prior to September 2002. The donors are unknown.

Processing Information

The Gifts and Grants Reports were processed to the folder level by Melinda McMartin Isler in December 2008. A finding aid was prepared in a word processing format and converted to EAD 2.0. A collection level MARC-21 record was prepared and placed in the library online public access catalog. Description based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2004).

Technical Requirements

This collection consists of loose pieces of typed papers on 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper which have been disbound. There is no specialized software required for viewing.

Content Listing

Series 1. Statistical Information Booklets. 1964; 1983-1986.

This series consists of 0.3 cubic feet of statistical data gathered into an annual report. Only the final reports are included.

They are arranged chronologically.

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Statistical information booklet. 1964.
1 2 Statistical information booklet. February 1983.
1 3 Statistical information booklet. February 1984.
1 4 Statistical information booklet. April 1984.
1 5 Statistical information booklet. February 1985.
1 6 Statistical information booklet. October 1986.