This presentation provides a comprehensive array of student success initiatives that reflect the efforts of many “key players” campus-wide at Bowling Green State University. On a large and complex campus such as BGSU, it is only possible to achieve desired levels of student success by focusing on multiple initiatives. Building student success requires a diversity of efforts consistent with the diverse student body that BGSU serves.
The presentation highlights an array of initiatives that includes BGSU’s various learning communities, first year programs, course-based programs, and programs designed to meet the needs of students with specific attributes. The session offers background on efforts to employ institutionally funded student financial aid to attract and retain targeted student groups with increasing emphasis on student access. This work describes the University’s development of an early warning system centered on the use of feedback from the “New Student Transition Questionnaire” and mid-term progress reports.
The presentation includes various initiatives supported by the Ohio Board of Regents Success Challenge Program and includes discussion of evaluation, assessment, and planning support and outcomes, particularly those provided by the Office of Institutional Research. Various organizational changes and enhancements between academic and student affairs are addressed in the context of the University’s Strategic Enrollment Management structure. Discussion includes attention to key task forces and standing groups. Finally, the presentation concludes by conceptualizing the spectrum of student success efforts in BGSU’s Falcon Compact.