Next week marks the beginning of a new academic year at Ferris State University, and it is going to be a busy one. The FSU Risk Management and Insurance program officially launches a re-engineered curriculum this fall. One of the most important features of the updated curriculum is a 15-credit block wherein students will tailor their education (with academic and professional advice) to suit their interests and aptitudes. Some students may decide to enhance their RMI degree with an area of emphasis in data analytics by completing coursework in data mining, statistics, and predictive analytics. Other students may focus on risk management by adding coursework in advanced risk management, enterprise risk management, and risk management technologies. These are but two examples of potential specializations which might also include other areas such as cyber-risk, entrepreneurship, agency operations, and more. Fun stuff!
Earlier this year, the Ferris State RMI program launched a strategic planning process. The bulk of the committee’s planning work is now complete. Execution of the strategic plan is already underway, and will be an ongoing process over the next few years. This will result in considerable activity both inside and outside of the academic classroom, adding to our students’ success and strengthening the program for future students.
On a personal note, I am beginning my fourth year in academia this fall. After spending the first 25 years of my career working in and around the risk and insurance industry in a variety of roles, I can honestly say that the past three years have been the most intrinsically rewarding years of my career. But what really excites me is what I see ahead. Ferris State has established a fantastic foundation for the RMI program, the risk and insurance industry is eager to hire ambitious graduates, and now we just need to fill more of the seats. It is going to be a busy and exhilarating year. Let’s get started.