BG Perspective


A new version of BGSU’s general education program, BG Perspective: 21st Century Liberal Studies was implemented in Fall 2015.  The new program was created with the intention to provide students with a coherent combination of courses in which active learning strategies are the norm and in which pedagogies are guided, in part, by regular, formal assessment of general education learning outcomes, thereby preparing students with a solid foundation for moving into their upper-level courses.  During the completion of general education requirements, students will hone their intellectual skills that include the ability to think critically and communicate effectively; the ability to understand different cultures, modes of thought, and multiple values; and the ability to investigate forces that shape the social, scientific and technological complexities of contemporary culture.


The new program features new sets of general education learning outcomes which are more measurable and more closely aligned with Ohio Transfer Module Guidelines than were the previous outcomes; the new general education course list is shorter and more deliberate than the previous course list, containing only courses that are offered on a regular basis.  To fulfill their general education requirements, students must take a minimum of 36 credit hours, successfully completing courses within the domains of English Composition and Oral Communication, Quantitative Literacy, Humanities and the Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Sciences, which are the domains required by the state; additionally, students must complete courses which fulfill BGSU’s requirements for Cultural Diversity in the U.S. and for International Perspective.  

To obtain approval for any of their courses to be included in the new program, departments and programs were required to submit a detailed master syllabus, sample assignments and instructional materials, and a plan for assessing the general education outcomes in the course.  These materials were reviewed by all members of the general education committee, the Director of Academic Assessment, and the Provost during the approval process. Development of the new program was a labor-intensive process that took the institution about 3 ½ years to complete.

General education assessment data that was collected for the first time in Fall 2015 was shared with faculty and the larger BGSU community at BGSU's annual Teaching and Learning Fair, March 21-23, 2016.


Students who were admitted to BGSU for Fall 2015 and thereafter will follow the new program requirements. Continuing students who were admitted to BGSU prior to Fall 2015 will not be asked to convert to the new program.