With a spirit of innovation, Bowling Green State University is a premier, inclusive learning community that develops, transforms, and impacts individuals and communities through learning, collaboration, and discovery. As a public university, BGSU focuses on contributing to the public good and embraces its role as a national model in addressing the educational, economic, and social vitality of our region, the state of Ohio, the nation, and the world.


Our Mission

Bowling Green State University provides holistic and comprehensive educational experiences that enhance the lives of our students, stakeholders, and the many publics we serve. Our graduates are prepared for lifelong personal and career growth and for engaged citizenship and leadership in a global society. Through our excellence in teaching, research, and outreach, BGSU builds a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive community where creative ideas, new knowledge, and entrepreneurial achievements can benefit others in our region, the state of Ohio, the nation, and the world.


Core Values

Intellectual and personal growth
Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurism
Diversity and inclusion
Collaboration with each other and our partners
Excellence in all we do


Proposed Objectives


Provide undergraduate and graduate students (traditional and post-traditional) a demonstrably superior and innovative learning experience that intentionally prepares them to lead meaningful and productive lives.


Spring 2018 Feedback Session Themes

  • Deliver a differentiated undergraduate experience that intentionally prepares students for meaningful and productive lives as well as their career goals
  • Achieve national/international recognition for excellence in 5-10 additional undergraduate and graduate academic programs
  • Implement a Graduate College strategic plan to ensure adequate and sustained support for all graduate programs essential to the University’s mission, regional development, and workforce needs
  • Target key underrepresented (e.g., Hispanic) student sub-populations with necessary financial support (i.e., discounting and scholarships) to achieve University goals for retention, graduation, and success
  • Commit academic and co-curricular programmatic support to attract, retain, and graduate key undergraduate subgroups such as: transfer, degree completion, high achieving, college-ready, and College Credit Plus students
  • Grow post-traditional student enrollment through the development of targeted academic programs, innovative program delivery, and administrative/support services that create a more inclusive culture tailored to this population


Support and focus BGSU's research and creative activities to serve the public interest and support our commitment to the public good.


Spring 2018 Feedback Session Themes

  • Identify 2-3 societal challenges in Ohio and align our efforts to demonstrate and communicate BGSU’s active contributions to the “public good” for Ohio and beyond
  • Achieve national/international recognition for research excellence in 5-10 disciplines


Support all individuals to build a quality learning community that fosters diversity and inclusion, collaboration, creativity, and excellence.


Spring 2018 Feedback Session Themes

  • Ensure access to mental health counseling, advising, and mentoring services to meet the expanding needs of today’s student and support retention, graduation, and student success
  • Invest in all employees and implement a comprehensive talent management system (recruitment, onboarding, professional development, etc.) to ensure BGSU attracts and retains the best faculty and staff
  • Prioritize diversity and inclusion for faculty, staff, and students (e.g., increase recruitment and retention, improve culture, enhance intercultural competence, and strengthen institutional accountability)  


Expand domestic and international engagement and partnerships to benefit students, academic programs, research, and outreach.


Spring 2018 Feedback Session Themes

  • Strengthen and grow external partnerships to expand academic programs, research/creative work and engagement activities to fulfill our mission and the needs of the external partner


Enhance the quality and value of a BGSU education by developing a physical, organizational, academic, and financial infrastructure that ensures the University's short- and long-term vitality and success.


Spring 2018 Feedback Session Themes

  • Implement University Advancement strategic plan that grows the endowment, improves business processes, and connects students, alumni, and friends to the University’s mission and needs
  • Ongoing continuous review and refinement of academic programs, curricular offerings, and non-academic programming to ensure alignment with University strategy and/or sustainable financial capabilities
  • Develop robust systems (data analytics, process improvement) for university leadership to achieve excellence and efficiency within and across all functional areas


Raise BGSU's profile as a national, comprehensive research university that drives the social, economic, educational, and cultural vitality of our region, nation, and world.


Spring 2018 Feedback Session Themes

  • Develop and implement a strategic marketing plan to raise BGSU’s profile as a national, comprehensive research university that drives the social, economic and vitality of our region, nation and world through excellence in academic programs, research, athletics and cultural performances