Monday, February 23, 2015  
Board of Trustees sets tuition for new eCampus| Research shows cohabitation on the rise


The BGSU Board of Trustees took steps to expand the University's services for working adults, approving the tuition and general fees for a new eCampus delivery model at its Feb. 20 meeting, held at BGSU Firelands.

"Meeting their needs is critically important to Ohio's economic future," said Board Chair Fran Voll. "Our eCampus will provide the courses and flexibility working adults require."

The eCampus is designed to better serve adults looking to complete their degree, or earn an advanced professional degree. This new delivery model will offer more flexibility for students than the typical distance learning instruction.

ECampus courses will be offered during six distinct sessions falling within each current semester. The courses will be structured so a student can enter at any point, temporarily delay at any point, and then resume their coursework without any time lost. The board set instruction and general fees for the program, which will launch this summer.

Many of the programs in the eCampus are existing on-line programs at BGSU, including a bachelor's degree in learning design and technology and a graduate education program in assistive technology.



On Wednesday, Feb. 25, Dr. Rodney Rogers, provost and senior vice president, and Sheri Stoll, vice president for finance and administration, will introduce the approach of performance based budgeting. Two presentations will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Ballroom (Side A) of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The presentation will discuss the advantages of this model as well as the process that will be used to achieve this goal.

The forums may be viewed live on the web and at BGSU Firelands in 1004 Cedar Point Center. Video of the presentation will also be available on the Provost’s website for later viewing.

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Dr. Wendy Manning

If it seems like more women are choosing to live with a partner instead of get married, you're right. According to researchers at the National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR), the percentage of women who have cohabitated with someone has almost doubled over the past 25 years.

NCFMR Co-Director Dr. Wendy Manning, sociology, and graduate student Bart Stykes, analyzed and prepared the family profile.

"I was surprised to see the level increase in the last five years. Almost 70 percent of women have lived with a cohabiting partner. It is becoming increasingly rare to not cohabit," explained Manning.

In 1987, one-third of women ages 19-44 had lived with a partner and by 2011-13 that number had jumped to almost two-thirds. While all age groups experienced an increase in cohabitation, the greatest increase in cohabitation occurred in women age 40-44.

Cohabitation continues to be the typical pathway to marriage as over two-thirds of women who first married in the last decade lived with their partner before the wedding. Younger women still appear to prefer living with a partner to tying the knot. The majority-65 percent-of partnered women ages 19-24 reported being in a cohabiting, instead of marital, union in 2011-13.

"Most young women will eventually marry, they just decide to live together first," Manning said.


In 2009, Oscar Grant was shot and killed by a transit cop in a BART station in Oakland, Calif. Rev. Wanda Johnson, the mother of Grant, will visit campus tomorrow (Feb. 24) as part of a screening of the film "Fruitvale Station," which focuses on Grant's interactions with family and friends the day before he died.

BGSU alumna and lawyer Tami Harmon will speak at tomorrow's (Feb. 24) meeting of the BGSU Law Society. The 2004 graduate will speak from 5:30-7 p.m. in 115 Business Administration Building.

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