BGSU Board of Trustees approves new nursing and physical therapy schools, supports Falcon Tuition Guarantee

Board also approves new master's programs for next phase, named spaces in Maurer Center

Bowling Green State University is moving forward two new schools, and financial assurances for students through the Falcon Tuition Guarantee, as well as new programs and facility improvements. Action taken at the June 26 Board of Trustees meeting supported the University’s commitment to creating public good and embracing its role as a national model in addressing the educational, economic, cultural and social vitality of our region, state, nation and the world.

The board adopted general and operating budgets for fiscal year 2021, approved several action items and set tuition and fees for the University’s third cohort of incoming full-time students covered under the Falcon Tuition Guarantee.

School of Nursing Coming to BGSU

With the growth of BGSU’s nursing programs, including an online RN to BSN program introduced in 2019, and the current nursing shortages projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, trustees approved the creation of a School of Nursing at BGSU in the College of Health and Human Services.

In addition to the online RN to BSN program, the School of Nursing will lay the groundwork for future academic programs. BGSU also offers a pathway to a nursing degree through the University’s partnership and dual degree with Mercy College.

The trustees also approved ​funding for the development of a Nursing Skills and Simulation Lab at BGSU. The project will include the renovation of the second and third floors of the former Business Administration Building, now Central Hall, to include ​experiential learning labs, support areas and offices for nursing education. The Nursing Skills ​and Simulation Lab will provide advanced learning environments for students to meet the increased workforce need for nursing professionals in the region, state and nation.

The College of Business faculty, staff and programs will relocate to the Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center during summer 2020. The majority of the Nursing Skills Lab construction will begin in early 2021, with completion planned for fall 2021.

BGSU to Launch School of Physical Therapy

Based on an increased demand for physical therapists in the region, state and nation, trustees approved a School of Physical Therapy at BGSU to facilitate access to physical therapy education to students nationwide.

The School of Physical Therapy will house BGSU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program* in the College of Health and Human Services. Once approved, the graduate program will integrate innovative technology that supports a two-year accelerated hybrid program, allowing students to complete coursework online and participate in onsite lab instruction. The hybrid model will enable BGSU to offer a unique opportunity for students to complete coursework from anywhere in the country. The school plans to admit its first class of students for Fall 2022.

Falcon Tuition Guarantee Rates Locked for Next Four Years

Trustees again approved BGSU’s commitment to the Falcon Tuition Guarantee, giving students financial assurance that what they pay in tuition and fees will be locked in for the next four years.

The Falcon Tuition Guarantee, first introduced in 2017, provides all undergraduate, first-time students and their families the certainty that their tuition and fees will not increase over the four academic years, in twelve consecutive semesters, at BGSU.

Trustees approved a 4.1 percent increase to in-state, undergraduate instructional and general fees for the third cohort of the BGSU Falcon Tuition Guarantee, which equates to an increase of $19.84/credit hour.

Students not covered by the Falcon Tuition Guarantee, including fourth- and fifth-year students, as well as part-time, eCampus or distance and extended campus undergraduate students, will see a 2 percent increase to the in-state undergraduate instruction and general fee, an increase of $8.70/credit hour.

The University did not increase the out-of-state surcharge of either undergraduate or graduate instruction fees.

Students at BGSU Firelands are also covered by the Falcon Tuition Guarantee and will see the same percentage of changes. Trustees approved a 4.1 percent increase for first-year, full-time, four-year degree seeking students at BGSU Firelands, an increase of $8.92/credit hour.

BGSU Firelands students not covered by the Falcon Tuition Guarantee will see a 2 percent increase in instructional and general fees, an increase of $4.19/credit hour.

New Master’s Programs Move to Next Phase

BGSU will continue to pursue the creation of two master’s programs to address increased industry demand for innovative professionals.

Trustees approved the creation of the Master of Design in Integrative Design program, which will be among the first of its kind in the nation. The graduate degree program will offer an online hybrid option to support the growing need for more designers with creative, adaptive and strategic skills facing ever-changing communication complexities.

The board also approved the creation of a Master of Science in Logistics and Systems Engineering, which will be a joint program through the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering. The program is designed to meet growing industry demand for engineers with the ability to design, integrate and improve highly complex systems, including logistics, production, health care and retail.

The program will be the first of its kind in northwest Ohio and will be offered online and in a hybrid format, allowing students from across the nation to earn the degree anywhere while working full time.

Both master’s degree programs will now move to the Ohio Department of Higher Education for final approval.

Named Spaces Approved for the Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center

As the new home of the College of Business nears completion and prepares to open its doors to students this fall, trustees approved numerous named spaces for the Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center.

Philanthropic support for the state-of-the-art learning facility has not waned as trustees recognized the support of friends and alumni who are committed to the center’s cutting-edge vision through their financial gifts.

Betty Montgomery Serves as Chair of BGSU Board of Trustees

Longtime public servant and current trustee Betty Montgomery presided in her first meeting as chair. Montgomery was appointed to the board on Aug. 22, 2012, by Gov. John Kasich and assumed the role of chair at the conclusion of the Board of Trustees meeting May 15.

Throughout the course of her long and distinguished career, Montgomery has been a trailblazer for women in public service. She previously served as vice chair on the BGSU Board of Trustees and succeeds Daniel Keller who served as chair since 2018.

BGSU welcomes Russell Martin, Estee Miller, and George Miller, new BGSU Trustees

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine recently announced the appointment of Russell Martin '80 to serve a nine-year term on the Board of Trustees. A graduate of BGSU's criminal justice program, Russell is the sheriff of Delaware County, Ohio, and has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience. In addition, DeWine appointed graduate student Estee Miller to serve a two-year term on the BGSU Board of Trustees. Miller is a 2020 alumna of BGSU and will begin her master's in public administration program this fall at the University.

This is also the first meeting for George Miller '73, who was named a national trustee in May. Miller, a BGSU alumnus, is currently president and CEO of Loretto Hospital in Chicago. He is serving a three-year term as a non-voting member.  

BGSU is excited to welcome all three alumni to its Board of Trustees. Their leadership and commitment to BGSU will help position the University to thrive now and in the future as a public university for the public good.  

Infrastructure Improvements for Ridge Street Utility and Sidewalk

The Board of Trustees also approved funds to replace the Ridge Street utility and sidewalk. The project will include infrastructure repairs, including tunnel top and wall repairs; repairing or replacing interior piping supports and lighting; and connecting the three existing central cooling plants via buried chilled water and adding the Building Automation System infrastructure to improving waterflow and operating efficiencies.

*Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Bowling Green State University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on 12/1/2021. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the [professional/technical] phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in [professional/technical] courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.