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The Charting Our Future process was created to bring together existing planning efforts and allow members of our community to participate in creating a unified plan.  The planning process can be divided into several phases, some of which have been completed.


Strategic Planning Readiness (Complete)
During spring and summer 2008, a strategic planning readiness team worked with University leadership to create a starting point for dialogue.


Community Engagement (Complete)
Charting Our Future week (September 8-12) brought approximately 600 faculty, staff and students together in eight collaborative dialogue sessions to talk about big ideas.  Individuals who could not participate in person were invited to offer ideas through this blog.


Strategy Development and Prioritization
A revised Working Framework was created based on the input from the Charting Our Futures Sessions.  The Vision, Mission, Values and Goals identified in the framework will become the basis for developing distinctive and major approaches to support the accomplishment of Goals. 

A process for strategy development has been designed in partnership with the Faculty Senate and the Administrative and Classified Staff councils. In addition, everyone in the BGSU community is invited and encouraged to participate in the development of strategies through this blog. Each of the six goals identified in the Working Framework have blog pages where you can submit your strategy ideas.


Plan Execution and Monitoring
Selected strategies will be cascaded to colleges and departments to determine appropriate actions to implement within their organization.

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  1. Kelly
    2:28 pm - 10-27-2008

    This school does not have any support for non-traditional, commuter students. My 3.7 gpa has slipped to 3-5 since transferring here from firelands. I have to say that if I had the option of starting over I would choose a 4 year program closer to me, even if I had to go into another field. I pay more in commuter fees, tuition, and books even though I get less support and have more difficult access to computer labs, printers, bookstore, parking, labs, resourcces, labs, etc.

  2. Dawn
    3:16 pm - 10-27-2008

    I agree 100% with the student above. There are a large number of students that would really be grateful being able to complete a BSBA at Firelands. It is really tough for non-traditional students to commute to main campus because of family or job obligations. Many of the students that I have met through my BSBA program left in their 3rd and 4th year because they of the very limited options for evening classes or because of the long commute to main campus. Most people transferred to Cleveland State, Ashland, and Tiffin because those campuses were more flexible with non-traditional students.

    I have attended both Firelands and main campus and between the two I prefer Firelands not only because of its convenience but also because I feel the instructors are more attentive. They seem to take a more personal approach to their students.

    A lot of students are being misled that they can get their 4 year degree in business at Firelands and that is not true. Due to my work schedule and family obligations it has taken me 10+ years to finish my BSBA. During that time I have expressed my displeasure with the lack of class offerings at Firelands. The excuse…we are working on it….more classes will be offered next spring. I believe I last heard that in 2002 or 2003 from the Dean of the School of Business. What is the truth? A class at Firelands is $600 and the same class at main campus is around $1200. Must have something to do with money???

  3. Chris
    3:39 pm - 10-27-2008

    You have been talking about this plan ever since I have been at school (four years). It seems to all the students that you guys have meetings to plan for future meetings. You really show how some government agencies are VERY inefficent. If you were a business you would be bankrupt by now.

    Listen, stop planning and start doing. I will never give this school money until it shows me (I am a business student) that it can be efficient.

  4. Kevin
    5:10 pm - 10-27-2008

    I agree with the above, start doing something other than planning. You guys are so slow.

  5. Kyle
    11:14 pm - 10-27-2008

    I seriously just tried to read your presentation and I got lost. I agree with the above. Stop planning and start spending the $120 million you have in the bank.

  6. Ryan
    1:20 pm - 10-30-2008

    Seriously, this campus looks shady. It needs a BIG makeover. Start spending the money you raised!

  7. DeeDee
    11:54 am - 11-3-2008

    I’m an employee on main campus and I see the need to do things differently regarding our non-traditional students. Our 8-5 office hours aren’t convenient for evening students. I never see some of our graduate students because they are only taking evening classes.

    My stepdaughter goes to Owens and, even though she registered in August, she was able to schedule all her classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays so she could continue to work the other days of the week.

    Many of our sister universities are opting for 4 day work weeks for employees. Doing this at BGSU would allow us to be more available for our evening students. We should move to a M-R class schedule and keep Fridays open for weekend degree programs.

    We need to increase our online class options to attract more students, but good proposals have been shot down by colleges because of personality clashes, not program quality issues.

    We need to wake up and realize that the non-traditional student is the student of our not-so-distant future. Without them, we all have no future at BGSU.

  8. Dawn
    2:06 pm - 11-14-2008

    DeeDee you are correct. Office hours are near impossible for the non-traditional student. Not to mention quite a few of the instructors do not even reply when you send them an email.

    Over the summer I took a class and during my first on-line exam I got an error and was unable to finish because the system locked me out of the test. I sent my instructor 2 emails and placed 2 phone calls asking for help and I did not hear back from her until 10:30pm. I only had 1.5 hours to complete the test which started at 6pm. I left the instructor my phone number hoping that she would call me back….instead I get an email around 11pm telling me “that my test has been unlocked and that I had until midnight to complete the test!”

    How can an instructor assign a test…especially the first test of the class…and not be available??? Not to mention that she could not even call me back…. I work at 7am…if I had went to bed I would have missed her email and I HIGHLY doubt she would have even unlocked my exam a second time.

  9. Ian
    2:19 pm - 11-14-2008

    Speaking of campus beautification, where are those new buildings BGSU kept mentioning? When does construction start? WILL construction start? Those items on hold leaves us just seeing demolitions and no construction. If there is only demolition, is it any wonder that people think there will be LESS room for students in the future?

  10. ncolsma
    6:29 pm - 1-29-2009

    Since quite a few goals, and the section of “glads to mads” indicate that a mojor focus should be our building structures and their improvements, I will comment about that goal and how it affects the spirit of collaboration. Since we are to think creatively as well, I believe it would be possible to engage the City of Bowling Green as well as Wood County when we structure a building and formulate its function, and functionalities. Could this tri-partisan usage and respective funding be more the model in the near future?

    For example, the current physical status of the Ice Arena and its contents are indeed a “sad”. Recently splashed across our BG News and website was: BGSU student Czisny wins US figure skating Gold medal.!” This amongst other student skating and hockey triumphs encourages others to try–beyond the classrooms.
    The Ice Arena/rink needs to be renovated; if not a new one built–whatever is more efficient and less costly in the long run.

    Problem: funding—what if it were a ” more municipal endeavor”?
    What if other facilities were thought of as more community oriented? Would thinking along those lines lead to more funding, more donor interest, a wider (paying) customer base? I hope that it would do that and more. Could, would, and should we try for it? We are stating to our student population to experience new opportunities, experience and explore growth, and learn to work as a team. Is the university striving for these endeavors as well? Governor Strickland has requested (strongly) that we collaborate to be more efficient. I believe that as BGSU goes through the building process: Stroh Center, The Wolfe Performing Arts Center, and the next building a more community involved process needs to be tried. persevered, and tested. The old adage: where there’s a will; there’s a way.

  11. Jennifer
    4:31 pm - 2-3-2009

    I think it would boost enrollment if BGSU would offer many more classes at times which allow working individuals to be able to take the classes. For example, after 5 PM or maybe some Saturday classes. Also, as the number of online classes and enrollment in said classes has grown so much, I would hope that BGSU would continue to offer more classes and complete programs online. The online programs should expland outside of the “typical” majors one would assume would be online such as those that are offered now. Also, I think these sorts of offerings should hold a more “front row” seat on the web page.

  12. Don
    4:51 pm - 3-20-2009

    I find it a little confusing to hear about all of the budget troubles the university is having, and at the same time see offices completetly refurbished (new carpet, painting, ect.) and brand new office furniture being put in, bucause the old desks didn’t match. If we put a stop to the old montra of use it or loss it, when it comes to department budgets and put a stop to the insane waste of university money, maybe we would not have budget troubles.

    At the same time, there are renovations that need to be completed. Our academic buildings are falling apart and our dorms are so run down, I am surprised that the students pay to live there. Maybe we should take a look at what the University of Toledo is doing, they seem to be on the right track. They have recently built several new dorms and they are currently working on a project that would convert Scott Park to an alternative energy campus.


    They are also looking to renovate and start new construction to improve the communities close to campus.


    If we want to get more students and keep the ones we have then we need to concentrate on improving academics and start the way overdue renovations needed across campus.

  13. Ian
    10:15 am - 11-12-2009

    Don, I sincerely hope you are not talking about the re-carpeting of Conklin. If so, I suggest you live in a house that smells of urine and vomit because that’s what some offices smelled like due to previously being a dorm. This fact did not put a positive spin on student life here before the move, but it’s also an intolerable work condition.

    If it is something else you refer to, then maybe you ought to be a bit more specific.

    Speaking of a failure to be specific, I recall last year’s initial “town hall” style planning sessions with some chagrin in that most people agreed to a comment that “some students that ought not be here.” I think it’s ok for me to HATE vague language like that. I gave “hate” caps because that’s what seems to be behind the comment, provided the failure to be specific. Moreover, I HATE the fact that such a “sad” or “mad” is so utterly vague as to be a completely ineffective (let alone inefficient) objective to address. Are we being asked to break some laws to exclude people “we” don’t like? Worse yet, are “we” saying “we” are willing to exclude people at the price of a further reduction in admissions? Can *we* really afford such arrogance?

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