Friday, June 23, 2017  
BGSU board approves budget pending state bill | Trustees set stage for fall semester


The Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees at its June 22 meeting approved educational and operating budgets with the understanding that the state biennial budget has not yet been finalized in Columbus. Ohio’s fiscal year 2018-19 budget is scheduled to be finalized and approved by the state legislature and the governor by June 30. State universities are also required by law to have a balanced budget approved and in place by that date.

“The budget proposal we presented to the board was prepared based on our best judgment and the information available,” said President Mary Ellen Mazey. “We strive to stay true to our promise of keeping a high-quality education accessible and affordable for our students while being fiscally responsible. We await a final determination of what will be permissible in the new state budget.”

The BGSU budget includes tuition and fee changes for the 2017-18 academic year. Following nearly four years with no tuition increases, the rates approved by the board for the Bowling Green campus, if allowed by the General Assembly, include a 2 percent increase for in-state, undergraduate tuition and general fees. This represents an increase of $8.75 per credit hour, or $105 per semester for full-time students taking 12 credits or more. Starting this fall, the total cost for full-time, in-state undergraduates would go from $5,295 per semester to $5,400. The breakdown of the $5,400 total is $4,638 in tuition (a $90 increase) and $762 in general fees (a $15 increase).

Graduate students will see a 2.5 percent increase for in-state tuition for fiscal year 2018, with an additional 2.5 percent increase effective in fiscal year 2019. General fees for graduate students will rise by 2 percent this fall. BGSU expects to enroll about 40 additional graduate students this year. This is the University’s first increase in graduate tuition in more than a decade.


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At its final meeting of the academic year on June 22, the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees took steps to prepare for 2017-18.

One college will begin the year with a new name that better expresses its mission and vision. The trustees approved the renaming of the College of Business Administration to simply the College of Business, which is broader and does not limit its identity.

In other facilities action, the board approved the naming of a number of spaces on the Bowling Green campus and at BGSU Firelands in honor of companies and people who have contributed their leadership and support.

On the Bowling Green campus, the trustees approved the naming of the Judge Allan H. Davis Computer Lab (Room 206) in the Michael & Sara Kuhlin Center in honor of the longtime supporter of his alma mater. Judge Davis is a 1965 graduate and was a Hancock County judge for more than 40 years. He has served on the WBGU-TV Advisory Board in addition to his many contributions to BGSU. His extensive financial support has included a gift in support of the renovation of South Hall into the new Kuhlin Center and aided the School of Media and Communication (now housed in the Kuhlin Center), along with the Excellence Fund for BGSU, the colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business Administration; and Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering; the Class of 1965 Scholarship Fund, and the Alumni Fund.

At BGSU Firelands, spaces in the North Building and Mylander Hall will now be named: Bettcher Foundation Floor, Geotrac Charitable Foundation EPIC Lab, John G. G. Frost Chemistry Lab, Ruth Frost Parker Biology Lab, Sidney Frohman Foundation Collaboration Space, Daniel and Laura Keller Computer Science Technology Lab, Buckeye Broadband and Telesystem Electronics Lab, Civista Bank Lobby, Erie County Community Foundation Microbiology Research Lab, Balzer Family Student Government Office, Mary Ellen Mazey Student Collaboration Room, Wightman-Wieber Charitable Foundation Student Collaboration Room, Reta B. and James H. Stark Microbiology Prep and Storage Room, Rodney K. Rogers and Sandra Earle Student Collaboration Room, and the Richard P. and Constance L. Smith Student Collaboration Room.

“It’s thanks to the team effort of our BGSU family that we are able to provide such excellent learning spaces and resources for our students,” said President Mary Ellen Mazey. “Together we are building a better future.”