Inquiry, engagement and achievement at
Green State University's aspiration to become the premier
learning community in Ohio and one of the best in the
nation requires that we create a common, sustainable visiona
vision that speaks to our aspirations as individuals and
as an institution of higher education. In May 2002, President
Sidney A. Ribeau appointed a team of faculty members,
administrators and staff to chart an academic direction
that will position the University to realize this vision.
The challenge of the resulting Academic Plan is to prepare
our students for society's continually evolving social,
economic and political environments.
president's academic planning team assessed the institution's
internal strengths and weaknesses and examined major educational
trends and barriers within national and international
contexts. Team members drew on the many resources and
scholars of the University and invited representatives
from business and industry, regional school systems, social
service agencies and health care agencies to contribute
their input. The product of the team's efforts is a responsive
planning document that will shape the preparation of students
and expand the opportunities of our scholars and constituents
into the coming decades.
a Premier Learning Community
Creating pathways to public and private sectors that enrich
the learning process, BGSU's inclusive environment speaks
to our identity as a community of scholars learning from,
engaging with and contributing to society. Defining the
vision of our premier learning community gives meaning
and purpose to the Academic Plan:
engagement and active participation:
Learning extends beyond passive observation and knowledge
to active inquiry and discovery.
Students, faculty and staff have clear expectations
regarding the purposes of education and the level of
performance necessary to be successful at the university
and in contemporary society.
and professional transformation: A premier learning
community encourages and nurtures personal and professional
transformation among students, faculty and staff at
all stages of their lives in the common endeavor of
transformation: A premier learning community recognizes
that institutional transformation is necessary to respond
to the ever-changing intellectual, social and cultural
demands of our global society as we prepare our students
to participate and lead.
Character of BGSU
Transforming BGSU into a premier learning community calls
for creating an environment in which the University participates
in mutually beneficial exchanges of skills and talents
among students, faculty and staff and their counterparts
in schools, government, social service agencies and business.
We will seek to do this by emphasizing inquiry, engagement
and achievement, the dimensions that form the character
of the Bowling Green State University learning community.
Genuine passion for inquiry informed by vibrant research
and discovery is the signature of every great university
and effective learning community. This passion is evident
in faculty research, artistic productivity, student zeal
for learning and everyone's curiosity. Inquiry is the
backbone of academic disciplines; it is a powerful vehicle
for learning at all levels, from research and creative
activity to teaching and learning in the classroom; and
it is a bridge between the University and society. Sustained
commitment to a strong and adaptive research infrastructure
will position the University to compete within the political
and economic realities of higher education, now and in
the coming decades. Commitment to involving undergraduate
students in research is one manifestation of the role
of inquiry in the BGSU learning community.
The continuous flow of ideas between diverse campus populations
invigorates the process of inquiry and heightens individual
and institutional achievement. Engagement at the personal
level enables each individual to cultivate confidence
and self-esteem as a valued participant which, in turn,
engenders a sense of understanding about and responsibility
for other individuals and society. Engagement at the institutional
level provides programmatic support for individual participation
and creates pathways for regional, national and international
BGSU's vision statement calls for an educational environment
that develops culturally literate, self-assured, technologically
sophisticated, productive citizens who are prepared to
lead, to inspire and to preserve the great traditions
of our democracy. This statement speaks to the expectations
and aspirations for achievement among our students, faculty,
staff and external constituents with whom they engage
in a premier learning community.
for Transforming Our Learning Community
The character of BGSU, defined by the concepts of inquiry,
engagement and achievement, creates an environment in
which individuals are free to pursue their interests and
excel in their personal and professional development.
Within this environment, we've identified five themes
that offer pathways for achieving our vision of becoming
a premier learning community. Representative of the University's
founding traditions, academic strengths and emerging opportunities,
they focus on areas that enrich the University's current
academic programming and connect all who pass through
its doors to the complex reality of contemporary life.
The themes offer the potential to transform our learning
community within and across disciplines.
in Learning. The University's vision of becoming a
premier learning community is directly invested in preparing
our students, faculty and staff for continuous change
and personal growth through our leadership in learning.
BGSU's heritage as a teachers' college, our faculty members'
corresponding responsibilities in all disciplines to teach
and research, and our curricular and programmatic strengths
throughout the University position us to assume this leadership
Thinking About Values. Because values and decision
making are embedded in our lives, BGSU educates students
to exercise critical judgment and make intelligent choices
in their work and civic responsibilities. Fostering intellectual
engagement, the developing program in critical thinking
about values prepares students to assess complex issues
in a way that is intellectually grounded and socially
the Arts. BGSU is proud to have several very strong
and nationally known programs in the arts with the potential
to evoke greater participation in and reflection upon
the arts throughout the campus and the community. The
over-arching goal is to develop citizens of the artsindividuals
who will have a life-long love for the arts, are able
to make informed aesthetic judgments and who contribute
to the artistic climate of their own communities, either
as professionals or interested individuals.
Cultures and Nations. Learning about diversity within
and outside of one's own culture and nation enables students
to consider their own values and practices in light of
others' cultural beliefs and values. The challenge for
BGSU is to enhance the ways in which our students and
faculty experience and engage in domestic and international
diversity issues and to enhance the opportunities to build
mutually beneficial relationships with cultural others.
Media and Emerging Technologies. BGSU is in a position
to leverage the accomplishments of diverse clusters of
faculty, staff and students in new media and emerging
technologies for interdisciplinary investigation, learning
and application. By providing focus to the current activity
and a platform for investigation into emerging technologies,
we can achieve national prominence in creative teaching,
innovative research and industrial collaboration.
The five major themes, drawn from the institution's strengths
and opportunities, form the basis for University's transformation
into a premier learning community. Within the context
provided by our institutional vision and the character
of the University, each represents a significant strand
of interest and energy. Because they are not mutually
exclusive, the synergies among them create a supportive
environment in which talent in all disciplines can emerge