Strategic Goals & Accomplishments 2015-2016

Goal 1: Engage undergraduate students in a unique BG learning experience that fosters engaged citizenship, global leadership and career preparedness which will lead to lifelong success.

Articulate “BG Experience”
  • 77% of FTFT in linked courses.
  • 30% of students in learning communities.
  • 300 undergraduate research projects.
  • Completed assessment results for all general education courses.
  • Developed and implemented a new convocation for entering students.
  • Emphasized unique BG learning experience in student recruitment materials, advancement materials, advertising campaigns, web presence and stories, social media, media relations and internal communications. Developed major maps for programs.
  • Featured BG learning experience for all feature stories in BGSU Magazine (mailed to all alumni and donors, distributed by Admissions staff).
  • Focused strategies for Learning Commons. Saw overall growth in use of services.
  • Developed fee-based program (FLY) for learning differences and access to education.
  • Obtained rankings by The Economist, PayScale, Bloomsburg Businessweek, Sales Education Foundation, and other nationally recognized publications or organizations.
  • Completed successful accreditation reviews in select academic programs; gained approval for new bachelor’s degrees in: Allied Health; Forensic Science; Biology; and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law.
  • Won MAC Championship in football; Gymnastics earned place in NCAA competition; Had a 20-win season in Hockey.
Career-related activities
  • Embedded activities in all undergraduate programs.
  • Registered more than 1,000 students for internship guarantee.
  • Distributed survey about career plans to all graduates; 82% participation rate.
  • Completed review of programs to reduce time to degree.
  • Developed programming in support of transfer, adult, online and international students.
Experiential learning 
  • Provided experiential learning experiences in professional broadcasting to more than 75 students via WBGU-TV. Nearly 50 students participated in ESPN3 broadcasts through the station’s partnership with BGSU Athletics and the School of Media and Communication.
  • Increased study abroad participation by 16% with 441 BGSU students participating.
  • Ensured a quality service-learning education for more than 3,000 students.

Goal 2: Link graduate programs strategically to scholarship and research pursuits.

Academic assets
  • Enhanced programming offerings via eCampus for more than 700 enrolled students.
External funding
  • Conducted grant-writing workshops for more than 100 faculty.
  • Developed faculty incentive program and supported 125 faculty members.
  • Increased external funding by nearly $2 million.
  • Approved new graduate programs in Forensic Science, Strategic Communication.
  • Programs in approval process: MSW (Social Work); MA European Studies
  • New certificates as part of the College Credit Plus initiative to credential high school teachers to deliver CCP courses at their schools
Interdisciplinary programs
  • Hired faculty focused on interdisciplinary academic opportunities.
  • Recruited a nationally recognized faculty member to lead Photochemical Sciences program.
Program review
  • Completed administrative review of graduate programs.
  • Completed review of all centers and institutes.

Goal 3: Expand academic, research, and public service partnerships with regional communities, the State of Ohio, and other universities; and with national and global private, nonprofit, and governmental entities.

  • Developing a hospitality program in partnership with an area company.
Regional networks
  • Developed commercialization and public service partnerships with ProMedica, ProMedica Innovations, Toledo Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Toledo Museum of Art, and select tech start-up companies.
  • Developed educational partnerships with employers (ProMedica, First Solar, Cedar Fair (to be finalized)).
  • Developed partnerships to support advanced manufacturing with all two-year community colleges in northwest Ohio and the University of Toledo. Received grant funding from the State of Ohio.
  • Developed partnerships with Medical Mutual on Optimal Aging.
  • Conducted projects for companies and organizations through the Center for Developing Effective Businesses and Organizations.
Research and commercialization
  • Designed the Collab Lab and scheduled opening for fall 2016.

Goal 4: Advance global engagement through learning, discovery and service.

International presence on and off campus
  • Created campus celebration of International Education Week with more than 25 events with an international theme.
  • Finalized 11 new partnership/exchange agreements with international institutions.
  • Sent key administrators to India to establish recruitment relationships with Indian universities and education providers.
  • Selected Common Read, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on its international emphasis.
  • Arranged international tours for Volleyball, Men’s Basketball, and Women’s Basketball.
Service-learning opportunities
  • Facilitated the creation of seven education abroad programs with service-learning components.

Goal 5: Build a campus and community that fosters diversity and inclusion.

Increase diversity
  • Received $200,000 from an NSF AGEP grant to increase the number of minority STEM Ph.D. students interested in academic careers.
  • Repositioned graduate funds for diversity recruitment to increase enrollment yield of students from targeted backgrounds.
  • Restored graduate recruitment relationships with eight HBCUs.
  • Established graduate recruitment relationships with McNair Scholars programs in the region.
  • Enhanced work by President’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Conducted workshops focused on diversity/inclusion challenges facing BGSU.
  • Conducted Black Issues Conference and Latino Issues Conference.
  • Supported “Not in Our Town” and “It’s on Us” initiatives.
  • Received national and international awards for “Not in Our Town” programming.
Articulation agreements
  • Created agreements with Owens Community College, Lorain County Community College, and NEOMED. 

Goal 6: Enhance the well-being and quality of life of BGSU students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.

Negotiated mutually beneficial collective bargaining agreement with the BGSU Faculty Association. Agreement approved by 96 percent of faculty and unanimously by Board of Trustees.

Summer programming
  • Continued to support Buckeye Boys State to ensure program remains at BGSU.
  • Introduced “Alumni Summer College.”
Implementation of Lean Principles and Practices
  • Lean Six Sigma initiatives at BGSU (finalizing of new faculty hiring process to improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of hiring decisions (e.g., faculty hiring kaizen and Hire Touch e-workflow).
  • Facilitated the BGSU/WBGU-TV strategic planning process.
  • Enhanced Faculty Excellence program to recognize and reward faculty success in teaching, scholarship and service.
  • Introduced bonus program for BGSU staff.
  • Received subaward from NSF ADVANCE to advance the academic careers of women faculty members in STEM fields.
  • Systemized data collection and reporting for award/recognition for national student awards (Truman, Rhodes, Marshall, etc.).
  • Received a 2016 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow award (Meg Burrell).
  • Awarded Charles J. Ping Award (Emily Hillyer).
  • Received David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service from Ohio Campus Compact (Lisa Hanasono).
  • Received Fulbright Award (Cole Burger).

Goal 7: Develop a physical, organizational, and financial infrastructure that ensures the short- and long-term success of the BG experience and enhances the development of the BG family.

Student body to 25,000; sustain a retention rate of 80 percent
  • Achieved enrollment goals for new freshmen, transfer and international students for fall 2016, which also includes increased diversity as well as continued strength in academic quality for freshman class.
  • Increased overall spring 2016 enrollment 3.9%, with 50% more new freshmen in spring than last year (90 vs. 59).  Total new student enrollment increased 7% for spring term.; summer enrollment increased by 12%.
  • Increased international enrollment for spring 2016 by 100%, with 102 vs. 48 students enrolled. 
  • Increased Firelands Pathway program to grow enrollment.
  • Created Falcon Express Dual Admissions program with Owens Community College. Currently 950 students have opted in since the creation in December; signed MOU with Lorain County Community College for dual admissions program.
  • Developed partners for College Credit Plus program.
  • Developed policies and criteria for enrolling in accelerated (4+1) bachelor’s-master’s degrees. 
  • Established pathways for undergraduate students interested in accelerated (4+1) option in 17 programs.
  • Increased graduate enrollments in fall 15 7.5% (FTE) over the previous year. Number of applications received and admissions made for fall 16 are, respectively, 9% and 19% above last year.
  • Offering 34 online and/or certificate programs.
Master Plan
  • Completed upgrades/renovations of more than 50 classrooms. Completed demolition of Johnston Hall. 
  • Completed renovations in Eppler, Math/Science, Business Administration, Education and Olscamp halls. Completed renovation of Health and Human Services Building, Park Avenue Warehouse, Huntington Building. Completed core campus infrastructure project. Completed BGSU’s second regional chiller. Completed design and began renovations of Moseley Hall and University Hall. Completed construction of the Allied Health and Sciences building at BGSU Firelands. Completed construction/upgrade of practice fields for the Perry Stadium and associated stadium upgrades.
  • Completed design and began construction of the new Career Center and new campus store.
  • Completed design concept for Hanna Hall/CBA.   
  • Continued construction of Greek Village. Continued renovation of Kuhlin Center.
  • Completed preliminary draft plan for: (a) updating BGSU’s campus classroom space model, (b) improving classroom scheduling and classroom utilization to State of Ohio minimum acceptable levels, (c) decommissioning unnecessary classrooms, and (e) further phased renovations of classrooms to achieve 100% active learning. Tested approach for preparing 30-year capital plans for all auxiliaries by completing draft studies for Conklin North and Founders Hall; prepared prioritized plan for addressing site and building deferred-maintenance needs, received state capital funding for highest need projects, and began design and implementation of initial high priority projects.
Comprehensive campaign
  • Secured lead gifts and pledges for South Hall/Kuhlin Center.
  • Secured more than $8 million in gifts and pledges for scholarships. 
  • Secured two faculty chairs/professorships.
  • Increased annual giving 5% to $4.4 million.
  • Created and implemented two new leadership programs for faculty and staff.
Complete Accenture; ensure efficiency and effectiveness of operations
  • Implemented plan to reduce undergraduate education cost by 5%. (College Credit Plus, Transfer Pathways, Math Emporium, Summer Discounts, Competency-based Learning, Scholarship Maintenance Plan).
  • Developed plan for low performing courses/programs.
  • Creating efficiencies for cost savings of more than $3M. Examples include: improved span of control for staff positions to save $1.72M; revised tuition fee waiver policy to save <$100K; reconfigured computer labs to save $190K; centralized IT and accounting functions for Foundation to save $225K; continued energy management to save $413K; centralized facilities management to save $630K.
  • Increased events generating additional revenue of $400K.