Investing in the Future
BGSU’s successful journey from its founding as a teacher’s college in 1910 to a leading, nationally recognized public university is to be applauded. We now have the opportunity to shape the future of higher education as the next generation of teachers and thinkers, entrepreneurs and creators, leaders and visionaries, risk takers and dreamers looks to BGSU for an education that transforms lives. To realize this vision, a significant investment in BGSU is needed at this critical moment.
Priority 1 — Scholarships
1,000 NEW SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS
ENDOWED AND NON-ENDOWED
From the start, Bowling Green State University has changed lives for students from all walks of life. BGSU is committed to maintaining a heritage of excellence, access and affordability. However, in the face of changing student demographics, declining family incomes, and strained state budgets, private support is paramount. To meet a clearly escalating need — both in the number of students served and the amount of support needed — private support is needed for:
BRIDGE TO BGSU SCHOLARSHIPS
Students often must make their final university choice based on cost — often a $1,000-$3,000 scholarship award package is the deciding factor. At $19,296 a year, BGSU has the lowest cost of attendance for any residential public school in Ohio. However, the vast majority of BGSU students file the federal financial aid form (FAFSA) to seek financial assistance to attend college and the average need for a student is $17,055 per year. Scholarships help to bridge the gap between cost of attendance and families’ resources.
Bridge to BGSU gap scholarships enable the University to close the gap between a standard award package and offers made from other schools, thus removing this financial obstacle for students.
These awards, such as Alumni Laureate Scholarships and the Trustee Scholarship, allow BGSU to compete for exceptionally talented and motivated students. As more universities compete for fewer students, these scholarships provide a competitive advantage in a crowded marketplace.
Athletic scholarships reward outstanding student-athletes for their hard work, and allow the University to increase the competitiveness of its sports teams. Private support for athletic scholarships
will make a lasting impact on student-athletes by providing the financial resources necessary to build champions for life.
Competitive financial packages are necessary to recruit outstanding graduate students who generate knowledge, attract top faculty and play a critical role as teachers and mentors to undergraduate students.
Priority 2 — NAMED PROFESSORSHIPS, CHAIRS, COACHES AND LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
80 NEW NAMED POSITIONS
INVESTMENTS OF $300,000 – $2 MILLION
Time and again, students from Bowling Green State University talk about faculty who change lives – dedicated and passionate teachers who inspire and mentor their students in the pursuit of knowledge and excellence. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated BGSU as a curricularly engaged university. The faculty at BGSU are leaders in research and discovery. The National Research Council recently ranked the Department of Sociology’s graduate program among the top 20 in the nation for research productivity. Faculty in chemistry, mathematics and statistics, and bioinformatics are creating tools that will enable biomedical researchers to use new knowledge for drug development and gene therapy with a $1.3 million National Institutes of Health grant.
However, faculty and other campus leaders of this caliber have many positions to choose from at state and private universities as well as leading business and government organizations. Private support is the key to attracting and retaining the best and brightest with:
ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIPS AND CHAIRS
The most effective way to attract and retain gifted faculty, endowed professorships support faculty salaries and provide resources for research and scholarly activities. This, in turn, raises the level of academic engagement throughout the University and makes BGSU a top choice for the best faculty and students.
ENDOWED COACHING AND LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
With private support for leadership positions, the University can ensure that students benefit from the expertise and experience of visionary chairs and directors in top-rated programs. Similarly, BGSU’s highly successful Athletics programs are in intense competition to recruit and retain inspiring coaches who lead student-athletes to success on the field of play and in life. The highly visible academic, athletic and leadership accomplishments of student-athletes also raise the visibility of the University in national competition for student recruitment.
ENDOWED VISITING LECTURERS AND SERIES
The BGSU community is further enriched when students and faculty have the opportunity to interact with leading scholars, artists and entrepreneurs from across the country.
Priority 3 — CAMPUS MASTER PLAN
Another critical component to a robust Bowling Green State University community is continual improvement to the physical campus.
The quality of academic, research, athletic and recreational facilities sets the tone for institutional excellence and requires ongoing
capital investments that surpass the resources the state of Ohio can provide. Private support will provide the measure of difference
for the University’s campus master plan, which features key areas:
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
The College of Business Administration continues to climb in national rankings, including Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s “Best Undergraduate Business Schools” and the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Grad Schools.” The college is also one of the top two business schools in Ohio for admissions selectivity and academic experience, according to the Princeton Review. The College is poised for a new era of excellence with a curriculum responsive to changing values in the business world, interactive learning opportunities, and connecting students to the best career opportunities. BGSU has identified a new business building as central to the college’s ongoing leadership and a signature component of the University’s master plan.
The traditions buildings of Moseley, University and Hanna Halls will serve as the academic core of campus with renovations that create next-generation teaching and learning spaces while allowing closer collaboration among disciplines. Moseley Hall will return to its science roots with innovative and interdisciplinary laboratories supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs for students from all majors. University Hall will feature active learning classrooms and serve as the entry point for future Falcons with the Admissions welcome center. Serving as the new home for the College of Business Administration, Hanna Hall will anchor the historic quad as a center for innovative teaching and learning.
MICHAEL & SARA KUHLIN CENTER
The facility at BGSU formerly known as “South Hall,” is now the “Michael & Sara Kuhlin Center” in recognition of the couple’s financial support. The facility will be referred to as the “Kuhlin Center” and houses the School of Media and Communication. With video and audio production suites, a media effects lab and media convergence lab, the building is a shining example of private philanthropy driving change at BGSU.
ENHANCED ACADEMIC AND STUDENT SERVICES BUILDINGS
From technological improvements to classrooms and labs across campus to an expansion of the College of Health and Human Services, and the Allied Health and Sciences project at Firelands, private support will allow BGSU to create learning spaces that support modern teaching methods and better align facilities to meet the needs of impactful and emerging programs. To ensure students find both academic and professional success, the University is also seeking private support in critical student services areas with new investments in the Career Center and Learning Commons.
NEW AND RENOVATED RESIDENTIAL AND RECREATIONAL BUILDINGS
With more than 40 percent of students choosing to live on campus at BGSU, and student recreational facilities being cited as a primary
factor in students’ selection criteria, constant attention to residential and recreational facilities is necessary to recruit top students.
The new Greek Village will support the University’s strong tradition of developing student leaders in fraternity and sorority life. The Student Recreation Center renovation provides a strong recruitment tool while supporting active and healthy lifestyles for BGSU students, faculty,
staff and community members.
STADIUM RENOVATION AND ENHANCED ATHLETICS VENUES
BGSU offers 18 varsity sports and is one of only 14 schools in the country with NCAA Division I football, hockey, and men’s and women’s basketball. To maintain the University’s high standards of performance for student-athletes in competition and in classrooms, investments are needed to provide state-of-the-art facilities, inviting spectator amenities, and support for student-athletes. Stadium renovation will attract attention and resources for the football program
and provide a focal point for a campus community known for its close-knit atmosphere.
Priority 4 — NAMED COLLEGES, SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS
INVESTMENTS OF VARYING AMOUNTS
A culture of academic excellence is vital to Bowling Green State University’s continued success. Currently, 29 programs hold the highest level of specialized accreditation from the appropriate accrediting bodies. The Ohio Department of Education has recognized three centers of excellence at BGSU: “Developing Effective Businesses and Organizations, “Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan,” and “Sustainability and the Environment.” The University also has the world’s only doctoral program in photochemical sciences and is one of the few campuses where students can earn a doctorate in contemporary music.
Private support is necessary to strengthen academic programs across disciplines while providing resources in emerging fields.
A gift to name a college raises the prestige of Bowling Green State University, thereby attracting top faculty and students as well as research dollars and additional resources.
Academic departments with private support are able to provide a wealth of resources to foster faculty and student success.
Gifts to areas across campus such as Fraternity and Sorority Life, Career Services and the Center for Community and Civic Engagement provide students with robust opportunities for leadership and engagement.