BGSU received Quality Matters Online Learner Support certification at the institutional level for its eCampus-affiliated programs.  ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌
Thursday, May 9, 2019  
eCampus programs garner Quality Matters certification | Emeritus status granted to 20
Terence Armentano headed the effort to achieve Quality Matters Online Learner Support certification at the institutional level for BGSU’s eCampus-affiliated programs.
eCampus programs garner Quality Matters certification

Bowling Green State University received Quality Matters Online Learner Support certification at the institutional level for its eCampus-affiliated programs. BGSU is the only institution in Ohio to receive this distinction and one of only six institutions to receive it nationwide. 

The Online Learner Support certification recognizes eCampus programs that provide all the critical student and academic services needed for learner success and use learner feedback to continually improve those services.

In order to receive Quality Matters certification, whether at the institutional, departmental, or individual program level, a program must make a case for how it wishes the success of its learners to be judged. There is no common set of benchmarks used, but the team that reviews a program must have total confidence that the definition of success makes sense for the organization. 

“BGSU’s plan to improve and expand data collection from students demonstrates a commitment to ensure services currently meet the needs of students as well as identify and meet future needs,” reviewers said. 


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Retired faculty honored with granting of emeritus status

The Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees granted emeritus status to 20 retired or retiring faculty at the May 3 meeting in honor of their distinguished service to the University and achievements in teaching, service and research.

Emeritus status is conferred in recognition of distinguished service to the University. To be designated as emeritus, individuals must have been at the University for at least 10 years and been recommended by their department for the designation.


Evan McFee, 88, professor emeritus of educational curriculum and instruction, died May 5 in Bowling Green. He taught at the University from 1967-98.

Literature of the Great Lakes
Justice article wins prize for analysis of Woolson stories

Dr. Jacqueline Justice
An article by Dr. Jacqueline Justice, associate professor of English at BGSU Firelands, has been awarded the inaugural Anne Boyd Rioux Prize by the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society. The new prize is named after one of the first scholars to promote serious Woolson research and the goals of the society.

“The Lesson of the Storm: Shipwreck, Providence, and American Identity in the Great Lakes Fiction of Constance Fenimore Woolson” appeared in the journal Studies in American Fiction, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. 

Justice’s article “contrasts several of Woolson’s shipwreck stories to antebellum shipwreck literature,” the society said in announcing the Rioux prize. “Prior to the Civil War, these narratives tended to suggest God’s wrath, and, with rescues, his mercy. After the war, they captured the anxiety over a newly fragile America. Woolson’s shipwreck narratives illustrate the conflicted legacy of the storm of slavery and the fragile hope for a new national identity marred by the discord and division of the war.”


'BG Ideas' podcast looks at national issues with local relevance

The Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS) and the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University have introduced a new podcast, "BG Ideas." In each episode, the host, Dr. Jolie Sheffer, director of ICS, talks with academics, artists, activists and other professionals about their work in the humanities on national issues with local relevance.

"With this podcast, we hope to help listeners learn more about the amazing work being done in and around the University to help address social and cultural problems," Sheffer said. "Each guest brings unique expertise to the conversation, allowing us to share this knowledge with the rest of the world."


BGSU seminar addresses remote sensing for water quality monitoring

Professionals from NASA's Glenn Research Center, the Ohio Department of Transportation and Bowling Green State University will speak during "SPatial LITeracy - SPLIT Remote Sensing for Water Quality Monitoring" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday (May 10) in 101 Olscamp Hall.

The seminar will provide an overview of the latest remote sensing techniques and applications concerning Lake Erie water quality. BGSU students from Dr. Anita Simic Milas' class in the School of Earth, Environment and Society will share information from their remote sensing studies, followed by presentations about monitoring algal bloom in Lake Erie, wetlands and water quality, a Landsat program overview and Federal Aviation Administration regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones. Speakers include Roger Tokars, optics engineer at NASA; Fred Judson, director for the DriveOhio UAS Center - Department of Transportation; Dr. Robert Vincent, BGSU professor emeritus of geology and founder of Satelytics, and Simic Milas.

Anyone with an interest in land and water management and protection, environmental monitoring, remote sensing techniques and drones is encouraged to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. There is no cost to attend the workshop; however, reservations are required by contacting Simic Milas at

The seminar is funded by America View and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).