BGSU lauded again in U.S. News 'America's Best Colleges'
The undergraduate experience is a primary focus for BGSU, and once again its efforts have been recognized in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges."
The 2011 edition, published today, cites Bowling Green for excellence in first-year experience programs and learning communities. The two rankings are listed under the "Programs to Look For" category. The category lists "schools with outstanding examples" of these programs, which are closely tied to student success.
"The BG idea is to put students at the center of their education where they develop critical thinking skills and active learning habits," said President Carol Cartwright. "Teaching and learning don't end at the classroom door."
BGSU has been at the forefront of the learning community movement in the country and has been noted for its communities in the U.S. News report multiple times, beginning in 2003.
On the U.S. News learning communities list, BGSU is joined by Yale University, Clemson and Temple universities, among others.
BGSU has also long been involved in getting freshmen off to a good start. It was first included for First-Year Experience programs in the 2006 edition of the report, which points out that "orientation can only go so far in making freshmen feel connected."
Others recognized by the report for first-year experience programs include Ohio State University, Notre Dame University and the University of Michigan.
The University is redoubling its commitment to such "high-impact practices" with the phase-in of its new undergraduate Bowling Green Experience curriculum.
Semi strikes Stroh Center
A semi truck struck the south side of the Stroh Center in the early morning hours today when the driver suffered an apparent medical emergency and lost control of his vehicle. He later was pronounced dead at Wood County Hospital.
Damage to the structure was minor and did not delay construction work on the new facility.
Tennis player Christine Chiricosta is named Junior Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the Athletics Honors Night last spring. The two-time Academic All-American is also BGSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president for 2010-11.
The University has been named the winner of the 2009-10 Mid-American Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award. For the academic year, BGSU's student-athletes posted a MAC-best 3.107 grade point average based on 376 student-athletes across 17 sports.
The honor is presented annually to the MAC institution that achieves the highest single-year GPA among its student-athletes.
"We are really pleased to win this award," said Mark Shook, associate athletics director for compliance and student-athlete services, said. "This represents a total team effort from the student-athletes who do the work in the classroom to the coaches and the support staff we've put around them."
BGSU's student-athletes set a new record by posting a cumulative 3.07 GPA through the end of the 2009-10 school year. In fact, 22 student-athletes maintain a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA and numerous teams have been recognized for academic success this year.
The tennis team received NCAA Academic Progress Rate recognition for being ranked in the top 10 percent of all tennis programs in the country, while the women's basketball team was named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll with the sixth-best team GPA in the country. The volleyball team received the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 10th consecutive year, and the track and field program earned the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award.
In total, 13 of Bowling Green's 18 varsity sports carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
"Our goal is to compete in the classroom as well as on the field of competition," Shook said. "We're working toward that goal, and this award recognizes the effort we've put forth. But we can still do more and we're not going to rest on it."
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