2017 - 2018 Catalog (Current)

Directed Studies

Degree Type: Associate in Arts
College(s): Retention and Student Success

Why Choose Directed Studies?

The Directed Studies Program is designed for transfer or former FSU students who do not qualify for regular admission. These students are expected to develop, with the assistance of their faculty advisor, and individualized program of study to strengthen their academic performance. In some cases, enrollment in foundation courses is necessary to enhance the student's potential for academic success.

The Courses

DIST 100, Directed Studies Seminar-I, in this one-credit course students identify barriers and obstacles to their academic success,create goals with an action plan, monitor the progress toward their goal(s) and reflect upon their success. Directed Studies students will also be required to utilize campus resources to enhance their academic success. Directed Studies students are required to sign a DIST Performance Contract and to abide by the conditions of the contract for continued enrollment. The goal of this course is to enable each student to become eligible to make a program change to the college of their choice.

 

DIST 101, Directed Studies Seminar -II, in this one-credit course students identify barriers and obstacles to their academic success, create goals with an action plan, monitor the progress toward their goal(s) and reflect upon their success. Directed Studies students will also be required to meet regularly with their academic advisor and utilize campus resources weekly to better enhance their academic success. They will also be required to sign a DIST Performance Contract and to abide by the conditions of the contract for continued enrollment. The goal of this course is to enable each student to become eligible to make a program change to the college of their choice.

Advising Support

All  Directed Studies (DIST) students are required to meet regularly with his or her academic advisor. DIST 101 students are also required to include the DIST instructor in some of these semester meetings. Having more advising opportunities allows the student the opportunity to define and develop realistic goals, identify special needs, match the student to available resources, monitor progress toward educational and career goals, and discuss linkages between academic preparation and the world of work. 

General Education

Students may complete their class schedules by enrolling in courses from the College of Arts and Sciences which will meet the University-wide general education requirements. Students are advised to determine which general education courses also meet requirements for programs they are considering prior to enrollment. 

All University General Education requirements can be found here:http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/academics/general-education/

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:  http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/academics/general-education/courses/index.htm

Consult the official checksheet or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

More Information

Developmental Curriculum
Retention and Student Success
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive, ASC 1017
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Shelly VandePanne
Director of Student Academic Affairs
Phone: 231-591-2360
Email: 

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