Thursday, December 3, 2015  
NSSE report shows impact of faculty | Kinesiology graduate program ranks high


What do students think of their experience in college? How many are participating in high–impact teaching and learning practices? The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) asks students around the country to reflect on their learning activities, then correlates their responses to research on student success.

Using the results, NSSE produces "A Pocket Guide to Choosing a College," designed to help prospective students compare schools to find the best fit for their interests, needs and learning styles. In the 2015 Snapshot, it compares schools to their chosen peers as well as to other institutions in their Carnegie Classification, a framework designed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in the U.S. The report also measures changes in institutions' responses over three years.

In 2013, NSSE revamped its questions to capture a more holistic view of the university experience and to look at high–impact practices such as undergraduate research, internships and service–learning. "Engagement Insights — Annual Results 2015" presented the spring 2015 results from more than 315,000 first–year and senior students.

According to the survey and related research, BGSU is on the right track with its emphasis on high–impact teaching and learning practices.


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BGSU KINESIOLOGY GRADUATE PROGRAM RANKED 10TH IN STUDENT POLL ranked BGSU's graduate program in kinesiology 10th on its list of the top 25 kinesiology/exercise science graduate programs in the U.S. Rankings are based on 15 categories and cover a variety of topics from campus safety to return on investment.

According to, rankings are assigned based on reviews posted by more than 75,000 current graduate students or recent graduates participating in over 1,600 graduate programs nationwide.

The master's in kinesiology program received almost perfect marks in areas such as campus safety, faculty accessibility and support, program value, quality of networking connections and opportunities and use of technology in the classroom.

BGSU has the highest–ranking program in Ohio. Ohio State and Miami also made the top 25 at 14 and 22, respectively.


Joyce Duty, 80, died Nov. 20 in Bowling Green. She worked in University catering from 1970–96.

Christopher Brown, 62, died Nov. 29 in Napoleon. He taught in the early childhood program in the College of Education and Human Development from 2006–15. Memorial contributions may be given to the Christopher Brown Scholarship Fund at the BGSU Foundation. See funeral arrangements.

Claude Crouse, 88, died Nov. 30 in Bowling Green. He worked as a police officer with the University from 1957–91. See funeral arrangements.


The newly revamped BG Leadership Academy is open to faculty and staff and will provide the opportunity to develop leadership skills while helping advance the University.

The planetarium offers two upcoming shows: "Two Small Pieces of Glass" and "Secret of the Star," a show for Christmas.

Faculty and staff are requested to fill out the disability self–identification form to help BGSU better understand the makeup of its workforce and comply with federal regulations on cultivating a diverse workforce including people with disabilities.

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