BGSU, Owens Community College are Honors Program partners

Students in the Honors Program at Owens Community College will now be able to continue their educational pursuits at BGSU under terms of a transition agreement with Bowling Green’s Honors Program.

The new partnership was announced at a signing ceremony Sept. 18 at Owens.

Under the agreement, Owens students must maintain a 3.5 grade point average and complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of designated Honors curriculum. Associate degree graduates will then meet with a BGSU Honors Program advisor to identify an Honors course of study consistent with the students’ majors as they pursue a bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green.

“Since both Honors programs have foundational courses in critical thinking and the liberal arts curriculum, our educational outcomes and goals are identical. This will allow high-achieving students to seamlessly integrate their education at both institutions and to achieve academic success,” said Dr. Paul Moore, director of the BGSU Honors Program.

He said the University is planning to initiate coordinated activities and programming to get the Owens Honors students on campus and participating with BGSU’s Honors Program even before they enroll in classes.

“The Honors Program at BGSU has often served as an innovator and leader for academic programs,” added Dr. Mark Gromko, senior vice provost for academic programs. “We anticipate that this collaborative program with Owens will serve students well and enrich the learning experience for students at both institutions.”

Dr. Paul Unger, executive vice president and provost at Owens, said the agreement “demonstrates the commitment of both Owens Community College and Bowling
Green State University to fostering partnerships for the benefit of our
respective students.”

September 22, 2008