Divison of Student Affairs

Assessment Resources at BGSU

There are numerous departments, offices, committees, and consulting centers on campus for faculty, staff, and students to utilize. For help with your assessment, evaluation, and research projects, or if you have general questions, visit one of the many resources available at BGSU.

  • Student Achievement Assessment Committee (SAAC)
    • SAAC promote teaching and learning at Bowling Green State University by fostering a variety of effective learning environments
  • Office of Institutional Research
    • The Office of Institutional Research offers a broad array of decision support services to all units of the University and to external bodies as necessary. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the collection, analysis, and interpretation of institutional data and the provision of information to support planning and decision making.
  • Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR)
    • OSPR assesses the needs of the research environment and plays a role in developing and implementing research supportive policies and programs that positively affect and promote that environment. The office assists and coordinates activities related to support services and grant administration, developing its electronic research administration capabilities, and contributes to the growth and development of the research infrastructure.
  • Center for Business Analytics
    • The Center assists faculty, staff and graduate students of BGSU with the analysis of data related to their research.

  • Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (C.U.R.S.)
    • The Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship enhances undergraduate education through the intellectual stimulation of active student participation in meaningful research and creative activities in all fields of study. C.U.R.S. brings together students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and members of the greater BG community to foster the research culture as an integral component of the learning through inquiry process for all undergraduates at BGSU.

In addition to the resources outlined above, BGSU offers numerous classes with a focus on assessment, research, and evaluation. Though not an all inclusive list, the classes listed below will provide a good foundation of theory and framework related to assessment, research, and evaluation. For a complete list of courses offered, please visit the Undergraduate catalog, the graduate catalog, and/or the BGSU schedule of classes and course descriptions. 

  • EDAS 7210. Information Management, Evaluation, and Student Personnel Services (3). Fall. A focus on use of qualitative and quantitative data to inform decision, to plan and assess school programs, to design accountability systems, to plan for school improvement, and to develop and conduct research. Student personnel services will include programs to fulfill student developmental, social, cultural, athletic, leadership, and scholastic needs working with staff, students, families, and community.
  • EDFI 6410. Statistics in Education (3). Statistics as a tool in education and research, descriptive statistics, transformation of scores, sampling and probability, linear correlation and regression, introduction to statistical inference, basic tests of significance, and effect size. Approved for Distance Ed.
  • EDFI 7430. Nonparametric Statistics in Education (3). On demand. Theoretical study and practical application of distribution free statistical tests.
  • EDFI 7500. Quantitative Research and Statistical Methods in Leadership Studies (3). Practical application and utilization of basic research methods and statistical techniques. Specific emphasis is placed upon the development of a research proposal and data analysis using SPSS.
  • EDFI 7510. Advanced Quantitative Methods in Education I (3). Fall. Theoretical constructs in research, identification and evaluation of research problems, research designs, sampling techniques, data collection instrumentation, and research proposal design. 
  • EDFI 7540. Qualitative Research Methods (3). Doctoral-level course that examines the history and theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research in education. Students will review a variety of qualitative studies and apply fundamental methods of data collection and analysis in conducting a small qualitative case study.
  • EDTL 6530. Qualitative Approaches to Classroom Inquiry (3). Introduction to qualitative methods focusing on naturalistic inquiry, ethnographic methodologies, and interpretive research to be used in classroom research. Approved for Distance Ed.
  • ETHN 6050. Qualitative Research Methods (3). On demand. This course is designed to introduce students to qualitative modes of social research commonly found in the field of ethnic studies. The course will concentrate on the data gathering process as well as data analysis.
  • HIED 7510. Qualitative Problems and Methods in Higher Education (3). Fall. An examination of alternative paradigms and methods of research in higher education with a comprehensive overview of extant models, including naturalistic inquiry, case study, and ethnography, and their application to problems and practices in higher education.
  • HIED 7520. Issues and Methods of Applied Inquiry in Higher Education (3). Spring. This course involves research and evaluation methods used by higher education administrators and provides a special focus on the application of data or information to the decision-making and policy-formation processes.