Division of Student Affairs
Annually, each department within the Division of Student Affairs completes and submits both an annual report and a program assessment report. Program assessment reports are conducted on Signature Programs in each department. For more information, contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at 419-372-2147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counseling services offered by the Counseling Center are designed to assist students in working through a variety of mental health concerns that may be interfering with academic and personal success. While individual counseling is the most common modality, students are also seen as couples and in groups. Some of the common issues that students address at the Counseling Center are depression, anxiety, relationship issues (family, peer, romantic), identity concerns, and adjustment to college. In addition to these concerns, many students are presenting with more serious and chronic mental health concerns such as thought disorders, mood disorders, thoughts of harm to self or others, and substance related issues.
Center for Leadership & Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy
In support of the BGSU learning outcomes, the purpose of Leadership Academy is to provide a leadership development experience designed for emerging leaders in the advancement and development of the first three Cs of the Social Change Model: (1.) Consciousness of Self, (2.) Congruence, and (3.) Commitment. Leadership Academy is a one-day event with a prescribed curriculum that was facilitated by BGSU faculty, staff, and graduate students. Students participated in a keynote address (social change), four breakout sessions (values; strengths; ethics; passion), and a closing event (leadership at BGSU).
PLA Summer Program
The PLA Summer Program is a hallmark of our department and has evolved into one of our most impactful office practices. Incoming first-year PLA scholars participate in the Summer Program prior to their matriculation. The program serves two purposes: 1) to assist student with their transition to BGSU; 2) begin to introduce the PLA leadership curriculum. Students are engaged in a series of academic courses, transitional workshops, service projects, and team development activities. The Summer Program serves as the baseline experience against which students’ progression and development are measured. This assessment reflects the 2012 Summer Program which consisted of 25 incoming scholarship students.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
January Leadership Retreat
The January Leadership Retreat held January 6-7, 2012 is an annual leadership retreat offered by Fraternity & Sorority Life to upper-level chapter presidents and council officers. The two-day retreat, held off-campus at the Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, OH offered a cohesive curriculum to students, alternating between small group activities and large group interactive presentations. The purpose of the retreat was to provide tools that enhance attendees’, a majority of whom are beginning their roles, skills and interpersonal relationships. The theme of the retreat was “Think Different” and was inspired by a commercial created by Apple. Specific goals for this retreat included: (1) providing participants with means to brainstorm and implement ideas in their chapters/councils; (2) offering strategies for leaders to manage relationships between their chapters and the external constituents with whom they work; (3) goal-setting for the term and calendar year; and (4) helping students understand the applicability of Kouzes and Posner’s Five Leadership Practices to their work within the chapter/council.
Greek Challenge, held once per semester, is a new member and neophyte orientation. Members of the fraternity and sorority community who joined or crossed into their organizations in that semester are required to attend in order to receive information about Fraternity & Sorority Life as a functional area; be educated on concerns related to hazing and risk management; and provide skills to aid in member development (e.g., academic skills, health and wellness practices) through offices/services at BGSU including the Learning Commons, the Wellness Connection, and the Office of the Dean of Students.
New Student Orientation and First Year Programs
Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR)
Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) is a critical step in the transition process for first year and transfer entering BGSU. Central to the program is the introduction to academic advising and course registration. The program also promotes campus-wide resources, including financial resources, career development, residential and commuter experiences, and dining services, and provides opportunities for incoming students and family members to connect with faculty, staff, and students at BGSU.
Office of Campus Activities
Dance Marathon is a philanthropic event to benefit ill or injured children at the Mercy Children's Hospital in Toledo via Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Dance Marathon is one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the State and BGSU is proud to boast one of the largest and most active Dance Marathon organizations in the nation. Dance Marathon experienced its 17th year at BGSU. Dance Marathon was chosen as a signature program because of its large attendance and campus-wide influence. The event is simply the culmination of a year-long fundraising effort. In 2012, Dance Marathon participants raised over $225,000. The event attracted over 800 student participants and over 1,400 visitors, the Dance Marathon Bike Ride attracted over 130 students and individually raised over $80,000. This level of participation and fundraising is unprecedented at BGSU. Dance Marathon is a high-impact, student-run program. Documenting student learning and achievement will allow for improvements based on student learning and event data.
Get Involved Fair
The Get Involved Fair is an annual involvement fair sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities in the spring. The purpose of the Get Involved Fair is to promote and create a culture of involvement at BGSU by providing students an opportunity to learn about organizations on-campus and become involved. Furthermore, the Get Involved Fair aims to create synergy between its operations and the student organizations on-campus by featuring certain student organizations on-campus and continually communicating with student leaders. The Get Involved Fair is meant to be a bridge into the spring semester for transfer, nontraditional, and uninvolved students as well as a gateway for student organizations to increase membership.
Sibs N' Kids Weekend
Sibs N’ Kids weekend is an annual weekend-long event that invites BGSU students’ siblings and families to participate in programming and the college experience. A student committee comprised of University Activities Organization students coordinates and implements the weekend, collaborating with a multitude of campus offices and organizations to provide visitors with a variety of programming options. The purpose of the weekend is to engage visitors with the BGSU community, strengthen ties to the institution, and provide siblings with an opportunity to experience college. Goals of the weekends are to 1) provide quality programming, 2) bring a significant number of family members to the University, 3) provide opportunities for student leaders to develop programming and event management skills, and 4) to strengthen inter-departmental/organizational ties.
Student Organization Programs
Student Organization Programs -- The Office of Campus Activities at Bowling Green State University provides students with outstanding co-curricular educational experiences through involvement in registered student organizations that prepare them to communicate effectively, think critically and constructively, and engage others in action. This is achieved through a variety of quality-controlled programs, activities, workshops, and services designed to help students develop, refine, and enhance his or her skill set and career orientation.
Office of Multicultural Affairs
National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Diversity Education Workshops
NCBI workshops are designed to help students, faculty, staff, and BGSU community members learn more about themselves and other groups, identify and express pride in their own groups, learn how other groups experience mistreatment, learn the personal impact of specific incidents of discrimination and how to interrupt prejudicial jokes, remarks and slurs in a skill-building piece of the workshop. The goal is to transform the BGSU community into one that understands diverse perspectives; acknowledges, respects, and is open to differences; a community that advocates for social justice; a community that celebrates all identities; and one with multicultural competence and able to work effectively in diverse teams.
Safe Zone is a signature program in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, it seeks to promote awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans* (LGBT) people. The 2 hour workshop provides education concerning LGBT awareness, culture, and issues, with a central goal of improving the environment for LGBT people. One of the project's other goals is to build a support network of allies for BGSU’s LGBT student community. Though the program mainly educates straight identifying community members, Safe Zone training is for all people who wish to be educated about LGBT culture.
Recreation and Wellness
Late Night Events
The signature program being assessed is a series of 5 late night events held in the Student Recreation Center between 10pm and 1am. The series includes Late Night @ the Rec (August), Monster Mash Wellness Bash (October), Stress Free Zone (November), Big Playground (February), and Summer Splash (April). The goals of the events are to educate students on a variety of health and wellness topics, to provide a safe supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol, and to build a sense of community through entertainment and opportunities to socialize. Students should be able to manage their free time in a healthy manner, gain self-confidence through living a healthier lifestyle, and understand the benefits of physical activity with a focus on lifestyle change. These goals can be achieved if students are taught to think critically about health and wellness issues, explore values and concepts as they relate to their own lives, and apply what they learn to their health choices.
Student Development and Leadership (SDL) Program
The Student Development & Leadership (SDL) program is a model outlet where Recreation and Wellness student employees gain leadership skills and abilities through learning and collaboration through recreational challenges and support as they develop professionally and personally within the Bowling Green State University community. The Student Development & Leadership (SDL) program provides voluntary education that surrounds a philosophical orientation to the field of leadership through a series of workshops. These workshops aim to provide opportunities outside the classroom to build hands-on educational experience, prepare individuals for lifelong career and personal growth, and lives of engaged leadership while promoting healthy and active lifestyles.
Office of Residence Life
First Year Achievement Program
The First Year Achievement Program, also known as FYAP is a directed conversations outline for Resident Advisors that is intended to increase student retention and resident’s knowledge of campus resources. Resident advisors are expected to have a series of 1:1 meetings with residents throughout the academic year and discuss topics outlined in the FYAP booklet and provide residents with resource pages at the end of every conversation.
The Students of Color Mentoring, Aiding, Retaining, and Teaching (SMART) Program is designed to aid first-year underrepresented students in making a successful transition to college life on the BGSU campus, serving as a foundation for retention and ultimately graduation of participating students. Additional SMART Program goals are to increase the number of students who return to the University for their second year and to provide a forum for discussion of the residential experience in order to make it as positive and rewarding as possible.
Student Conduct Program, Crisis and Emergency Services and Spirit Programs
Student Conduct Programs Training
Student Conduct Programs has reviewed the effectiveness of training over the past three years and will continue with this testing in order to complete a longitudinal, 5 year review of the pre- and post-test of staff in both Residence Life and Fraternity and Sorority Life in 2014. It is hoped that administration of the pre- and post-test evaluations would demonstrate an increase in knowledge of those participating in training. We also wanted to be able to evaluate in "real time" the information that might need additional conversation and discussion in preparation for the work that these professionals do on campus.
Student Health Service
The purpose of the study is to determine the level of knowledge students have concerning insurance terminology, as well as to evaluate the level at which the students are able to identify important numbers on their health insurance card.
The BG News
The program/service being assessed is the on-campus internship and co-op program of The BG News and assessing the learning outcomes of students serving in the program. Students work throughout the semester under the mentoring of the Director of Student Media and are evaluated on their progress of integration and awareness of issues and their place within the University community and their professional field of study.
McNair Scholars Program Summer Research Institute
The program being assessed is the McNair Scholars Program, specifically the 2012 Summer Research Institute (SRI). The broad goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to prepare undergraduates from first-generation, low income families and those from groups underrepresented in higher education for graduate studies culminating in earning the PhD. The specific purpose of the SRI is to have McNair Scholars 1) engage in a scholarly research project of their own design under the guidance of a faculty mentor to learn research methodology and presentation and writing skills in preparation for graduate research and study, and 2) to prepare students for the graduate school admissions process by familiarizing them with required admissions tests, writing resumes and personal statements, completing graduate applications, and other similar activities.