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
“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
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
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.