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BGSU trustees approve two new degree programs for emerging careers

BOWLING GREEN, OH: The Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees at its Dec. 7, 2018 meeting approved two new degree programs, both aimed at meeting workforce needs and providing additional career opportunities for BGSU graduates.

The University’s new Bachelor of Science in resort and attraction management program (RAAM) is designed to prepare managers for the multibillion-dollar resort and attraction industry. A degree-completion program offered through BGSU Firelands, it will be only the fourth such academic program in the world, and just the second in the nation.

Unique to the BGSU program is a partnership with Cedar Fair, a widely recognized industry leader. The company will provide students on-the-job training opportunities through paid co-ops. The final two years of the program will be taught by BGSU faculty at a multipurpose facility developed by Cedar Fair in downtown Sandusky.

“This is an innovative, high-demand bachelor’s degree,” BGSU President Rodney Rogers said. “It will benefit the University, Cedar Fair, and the community. As a public university, we are always looking at how best to serve our communities and be responsive to workforce needs.”

BGSU worked with Cedar Fair and with the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions in composing the curriculum and practicums to ensure they meet industry standards and prepare students with the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful in their jobs. They will study such topics as finance and accounting, guest services, facilities management and food and beverage service—all in a resort or attraction context.

The program must still be approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission, the University’s accrediting body. BGSU hopes to launch the program in 2020.

The new Bachelor of Arts in physics strengthens workforce development, Dr. John Fischer, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said. It complements the existing Bachelor of Science degree in physics but is aimed at a different student audience: those who wish to focus on applied, rather than theoretical, physics.

The degree will prepare them to work in such fields as computer science, technology or business and to enter the workforce directly from their undergraduate program. Instead of engaging in a research project, they may instead participate in an internship. They will take fewer physics courses but more math and chemistry courses.

“This provides an alternative pathway to employment through the sciences,” Dr. Fischer said.


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