Regents to learn why BGSU students are succeeding

The Ohio Board of Regents will learn about student success initiatives at BGSU during a panel discussion with Bowling Green students and faculty at 2 p.m. Wednesday (April 19) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The regents will be on campus for two days related to their monthly meeting Thursday (April 20).

The panel discussion will be held in 201A Union and is open to the public as well as the campus community. Undergraduate and graduate students; the president and vice president of Graduate Student Senate; Dr. John Farver, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, and Dr. Donna Nelson-Beene, director of General Studies Writing, will participate in the panel, with President Sidney Ribeau joining in the question-and-answer period.

Moderated by Ohio Eminent Scholar Dr. Milt Hakel, psychology, the discussion will demonstrate the methods BGSU uses to enhance student success and how that success can be measured through gains in student retention.

For the past eight years, the University has focused on the first-year experience to provide students with sufficient attention and direction to ensure further success in their sophomore, junior and senior years.

U.S. News and World Report, as part of its annual rankings issue, predicts graduation rates for campuses based upon the average ACT scores for admitted students. Over the past eight years, BGSU has annually exceeded that predicted rate by 12-15 percent. University officials attribute their ability to graduate a higher percentage of students to their focus on student success and retention.

Regular meeting Thursday

The regents’ regular meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday (April 20) in 308 Union.

A highlight of the meeting will be a presentation titled "Student Learning Measures" by Ribeau and Hakel. The presentation will focus on developing changes in student learning measures.

Hakel and Ribeau have been innovators and leaders in assessing learning and connecting advances in learning to program improvement. One new method for assessing learning is the development of electronic student portfolios, in which students are able to demonstrate over time their increasing comprehension of complex issues. Bowling Green’s innovations hold great promise for replication throughout Ohio and the nation, according to a spokesperson for the regents.

Among items scheduled for action by the regents are several academic program authorizations and institutional reauthorizations for Cincinnati Christian University and the University of Findlay.

The campus community and the public are invited to attend the 9 a.m.-to-noon committee meetings, where much of the information-sharing and deliberation of the board occur, as well as the 1:30 p.m. general meeting, where votes on resolutions are taken. All meetings will be in the Union.

The Ohio Board of Regents is the coordinating body for higher education in the state. Created in 1963 by the General Assembly, the 11-member public board has a direct, nongoverning relationship with all of Ohio’s colleges and universities.
April 17, 2006