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BGSU won’t take over operation of Mercy College; will pursue alliance instead

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University will not pursue taking over ownership of Mercy College of Ohio. Instead the university is taking a new tack to build an alliance with the health science college.  In a letter Friday afternoon, BGSU President Rodney Rogers stated: “We have identified a more effective path forward with Mercy College remaining in operation. Because of this, we will not complete the transfer of operations at this time.” In September, officials at BGSU, Mercy College, and Mercy Health announced plans for the operations of Mercy College to be transferred from Mercy Health to BGSU. That transfer was due to occur this summer. In his letter, Rogers states that the university has been working through a complicated process of realizing that plan. “Through our due diligence, we have been working on complex transitions, along with regional political concerns.”  While the ownership was to have transferred in summer, officials expected the actual merging of the two operations to take as long as another three years. Changes made by Higher Learning Commission presented new possibilities of moving ahead with an alliance that would not require the transfer of operations to BGSU. Instead Mercy College would continue to remain as part of Mercy Health. That strategic alliance, the statement explained, would: ·         Provide the clinical pathway for future BGSU nursing students ·         Offer concurrent enrollment at BGSU and Mercy College ·         Offer dual degrees ·         Develop new, joint health care programs that are in high demand ·         Share resources, such as learning management software and data-driven student retention tools ·         Expand professional development options for faculty and staff ·         Expand student life opportunities at BGSU for Mercy students The letter also states that Mercy and BGSU are committed to exploring the construction of a joint facility somewhere between the two campuses. “It’s our shared goal to build upon the strengths of our organizations to better meet the educational needs of our students and the growing workforce demand for health care professionals in Ohio and across the nation,” Rogers wrote.  The Mercy College acquisition came about in the wake of the end of a consortium arrangement with the University of Toledo. Both BGSU and UT saw the need to increase the number of nurses they graduated, and that was not possible within the consortium. By taking over operations of Mercy College, BGSU was looking forward dramatically increase the number of nursing students. Rogers concluded: “We are confident this strategic alliance will help us accomplish our goals of providing outstanding academic health care programs to prepare our students to create public good.” Rogers’ letter follows: Dear Faculty and Staff, I want to update you on our progress in developing a closer relationship with Mercy Health and Mercy College of Ohio. It’s our shared goal to build upon the strengths of our organizations to…

Sexual assault reported on BGSU campus

Bowling Green State University has received a new report of a sexual assault. A student reported that she was forced to perform oral sex in Kohl Hall in September by a male suspect who is known to the student. In announcing the incident the BGSU police stated: “University shares this information so that members of the community can take appropriate precautions. Campus notifications are made in compliance with the provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. Certain details in this alert are omitted to protect the privacy of the reporting party. “ For more information on sexual assault prevention and community resources visit BGSU Cares.

Missing student’s absence is voluntary, BGSU reports

Bowling Green State University is reporting that the  investigation by BGSU Police confirmed Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2018) that missing student Jacob Bromm’s absence is voluntary. According to a post on BGSU’s Facebook page Bromm “has indicated to law enforcement that he should not be considered a missing person.” “For privacy reasons, we are unable to share additional details,” the post continued. Bromm was reported missing after he had not been in contact with friends and family for more than a week over Thanksgiving break. The freshman from Troy Michigan, had told his parents he as not coming homer Thanksgiving and told friends he was taking an her from Kohl Hall to fly out west. The Facebook post states: “The University appreciates the outpouring of support from the BGSU community and people all across the country. Thank you for sharing our request for information and for your concern.”

Halloween bias incident counter to BGSU values, but did not violate code of conduct

Nine Bowling Green State University students who dressed up as Mexicans and denigrated the concept of cultural appropriation on social media will not face discipline under the student code of conduct, though they will be required to meet with administrators to discuss the Halloween incident. The fraternity has also agreed to other actions. In a statement to the BGSU community issued Wednesday President Rodney Rogers and Vice President for Student Affairs Thomas Gibson said the investigation into the action of nine fraternity members has been completed. Though Gibson and Rogers did not name the fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, has issued an apology for the incident. In the administration’s statement, Rogers and Gibson write: “While their actions were inappropriate and counter to BGSU’s Core Values on diversity and inclusion, the reported behavior is protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and our own policy on free speech and expression. Therefore, there was no violation of the student code of conduct.” The nine students, however, have been suspended from the fraternity for at least one year and must apply to be readmitted. In its apology, the fraternity said: “The costumes pictured were offensive, arrogant, and insensitive.” Pi Kappa Alpha promised to cooperate with the university on sanctions to the nine students. The behavior, the fraternity said, was “unacceptable,” and does not reflect “who we are a chapter or as citizens to the community.” The fraternity and administration agreed to a series of sanctions: • The chapter will appoint a Diversity and Inclusion Chair. The fraternity member appointed to this role will meet with staff from the Office of the Dean of Students to learn about campus resources to educate active and future members on diversity and inclusion. • The chapter will work with the Office of the Dean of Students to identify a speaker to come to campus next semester to talk about diversity and inclusion. All members of the fraternity will attend, and the presentation will be open to the campus community. • The chapter will identify a community service project for spring 2019 that focuses on the Latino/a/x community. In addition, the Office of the Dean of Students will meet with each of the students involved in the incident to discuss their choices and how they do not align with our values as a university.

Provost appointment leads to shifts in BGSU administration

In a message to the Bowling Green State University campus, President Rodney Rogers announced two key administrative shift. With the pending arrival of Joe Whitehead in January as the university’s new provost, John Fischer, who has been interim provost, will serve as senior vice provost for academic affairs during a transition period. His responsibilities will include oversight of undergraduate education and experiential learning, academic advising, eCampus and the development of new programs. Rogers stated: “He has also made critical and ongoing contributions to program development and student success. I know he will play an important role in supporting Dr. Whitehead as he transitions to Bowling Green State University.” He had been vice provost for academic affairs assuming the duties as interim provost in January. Also, Sheila Roberts, who has served as acting vice provost for academic affairs, will be going on administrative leave before returning to her position as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Whitehead will assume his duties as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs on Jan. 22. He currently is professor of physics at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University and senior adviser for research with the University of North Carolina System.  

Looted artifacts are making their way home to Turkey

By JAN LARSON  McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The 2,000-year-old artifacts looted from Turkey and sold to BGSU are being carefully packed up for their trip home. Officials from BGSU and Turkey shared the stage Tuesday morning to talk about how history is being righted with the return of the ancient art. “It is clear today that the best place for these is in the Republic of Turkey,” BGSU President Rodney Rogers said. The Turkish officials were grateful. “I know BGSU could have prolonged this process if they wanted to,” said Umut Acar, consul general for Turkey. The story of the mosaics is part history, part mystery. Dr. Stephanie Langin-Hooper, one of the people who solved the mystery of the mosaics, pieced together their story. About 2,000 years ago, a Roman family built a home in the area of Zeugma on the banks of the Euphrates River, said Langin-Hooper. They had a luxurious dining room floor created with custom mosaics of handcut stone and glass. The mosaics were a “marvel of artistic creation,” with intricate images of Bacchus the God of wine, theater masks and exotic birds. “Fast forward to the early 1960s,” Langin-Hooper said. “Zeugma and all of its glorious villas had long since fallen into ruin and been buried by the sands of time.” The artifacts were lost – except to looters, who were interested in profits not preserving art. Using crude methods, like pickaxes and sledgehammers, the looters removed at least 12 of the mosaic images and smuggled them out of Turkey. They were shipped halfway across the world. They ended up in an antiquities gallery in New York City, where they were fraudulently labeled with the provenance of a legal excavation in Antioch. It was there that BGSU officials spotted them and legally purchased them for $35,000. When the mosaics made a re-debut in 2011 at the newly constructed Wolfe Center for the Performing Arts at BGSU, a new professor on campus – Langin-Hooper – started researching the artifacts. She was assisted by Professor Rebecca Molholt of Brown University. “Together we began to suspect the truth,” said Langin-Hooper, who is now at Southern Methodist University in Texas. The mosaics were not artifacts delicately removed and sold with legitimate documentation – but rather art that had been illegally looted and smuggled out of Turkey. It has been seven years since the discovery. “Today is a triumph,” Langin-Hooper said. “The looted masterpieces get to go home.” The Turkish government sent over a delegation of officials to accept the mosaics and accompany them home. The news of the artifacts returning was broadcast live on Turkey TV. Though the mosaics had been restored and were being displayed in the arts building, BGSU officials knew they needed to be returned, said Ray Craig, dean of the college of arts and sciences. “They will be reunited with…

Physicist Joe Whitehead named provost at BGSU

Bowling Green State University has hired Dr. Joe B. Whitehead as  Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bowling Green State University. In a letter to the university community, President Rodney Rogers stated: “He will lead and support our faculty, implement academic priorities and oversee our academic programs and resources.” Whitehead will assume his new duties on Jan. 22. He currently is professor of physics at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University (NCAT) and senior adviser for research with the University of North Carolina System, North Carolina’s state office of higher education, where he manages an extensive portfolio of research initiatives. He has served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at NCAT, and as dean of the College of Science and Technology at the University of Southern Mississippi. Rogers wrote: “As provost at NCAT, he was successful in growing enrollment and retention, improving student success and raising the university’s research profile. As dean at Southern Mississippi, he led the development of new programs in engineering, science and logistics, and innovative initiatives to support students and increase research, scholarship and creative activities.” Whitehead is a physicist specializing in liquid crystal and polymer materials and  has held faculty appointments both in physics and chemistry. Whitehead earned both his master’s and doctorate in physics from Kent State University. Rogers served as provost at BGSU until he was first appointed interim president upon the retirement of President Mary Ellen Mazey. The BGSU Board of Trustees appointed him president on Feb. 28. John Fischer has been serving as interim provost. Rogers wrote of Fischer: “He has helped us not only to maintain our momentum but to launch promising new programs that raise our national profile and support our mission as a public university.”

BGSU on track to take over Mercy College by fall

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University’s acquisition of Mercy College is on pace to be completed by fall. Interim Provost John Fischer told Faculty Senate Tuesday that BGSU officials have been meeting with the nursing and health  college’s officials and students. On Monday, he said, Mercy faculty and staff received letters from BGSU assuring them that they will remain employed when BGSU takes over operation of the college. Pending state approval that will occur next fall. Completing the integration of the two institutions is expected to take up to three years. BGSU soon will file its application to transfer Mercy’s operations to the Higher Learning Commission. That application process will involved site visits to both Mercy and BGSU. In June the HLC will vote on whether to approve the transfer, If it approves, the transfer will happen within 30 days. Mercy will then become part of BGSU. But then it will take years to integrate its operations — financial aid, billing, course registration, email, and more — with the university. Fischer said that Mercy students are “very passionate” about being part of that college. Many are post-traditional students. Mercy students expressed concerns about what their diplomas will say when they graduate. BGSU officials said one of the attractions of the deal is Mercy’s success working with non-traditional students, something that’s essential for the university’s future health given the decline in the number of high school graduates. Fischer said that one change will be that senators from Mercy College will be seated in Faculty Senate next fall. How that happens will be driven by the Mercy faculty.  Fischer said that given enrollment is up at Mercy College, the transfer of operations should benefit BGSU financially. The transfer of operations was first announced in September. Mercy College has 1,300 students in Toledo and another 200 in an associate’s degree program in Youngstown.  BGSU is ending its nursing education consortium with the University of Toledo. That arrangement was ended, officials said, so each institution could explore other options that will result in the education of more nurses. The nation, they say, is facing a shortage of nurses and other health professionals. Students enrolled in that consortium will not have their studies interrupted.

BGSU honors 10 under 10

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS From basketball coaches and photographers, to environmentalists and advocates, leaders and visionaries, risk takers and dreamers, recent Falcon alumni are changing lives for the world. To honor the accomplishments of recent alumni, the Bowling Green State University 10 Under 10 Award was established in 2017. The 2018 class was honored during Homecoming festivities Oct. 12: Kate Achter ’08,’10 Kate Achter is a former women’s basketball player who led the Falcons to four MAC Championships and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 during her four years as a starter. During her senior year, she was named All-American and Mid-American Conference (MAC) Player of the Year. She is the only player in school history with 1,000 career points and 600 career assists. After playing professionally with Palaio Faliro in Greece and holding several assistant coaching positions at St. Bonaventure and Xavier, she was named the head women’s basketball coach at Loyola University in Chicago and is starting her third season at the helm of the Ramblers. She is a graduate of BGSU’s acclaimed sport management program and also has a master’s in sport administration. Leo Almeida ’10 Leo Almeida is a policy associate for the Nature Conservancy in Ohio, where he develops and executes strategies to broaden support for the organization’s climate and energy policies. He is actively involved in politics, having worked as a senior legislative aide in the Ohio Senate and volunteering for numerous organizations and election campaigns. He is particularly interested in engaging new Americans and the Latino community, as well as working with groups to promote voter registration and education about voter rights. As an immigrant, he has committed himself to helping others become U.S. citizens. He currently serves as president of the board of Community Refugee and Immigration Services, a nonprofit organization that helps refugees in the Columbus area find housing and employment and also learn English. He graduated from BGSU with a degree in ethnic studies. Scott Hochenberg ’12 After earning a master’s in sport administration from BGSU, Scott Hochenberg took a career path into public service after having the opportunity to intern at the Clinton Foundation. He now works as a program analyst for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he has received several awards for his teamwork, leadership and contributions. He held a previous role in USAID’s U.S. Global Development Lab, where he worked on innovative practices to defeat extreme poverty. He also served as a three-term president of Young Professionals at USAID. He continues to give back to BGSU by hosting a student group at his agency’s offices in Washington, D.C., every spring. Sara Houlihan ’09 Sara Houlihan is a physical therapist at Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan in the departments of General Medicine, Oncology and Emergency Medicine. Since being promoted to her current position as…

BGSU working to get sexual violence victims to report assaults

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Mike Campbell, police chief and director of public safety at Bowling Green State University, knows what people do when they look at the Campus Security and Fire Safety Report. They scroll to the end where the numbers are. Numbers that show how many thefts and liquor code infractions there are. He knows what number is going to pop out on the 2018 report. In 2017 there were 20 rapes, all on campus,  reported, up from 14 reported in 2015 and eight reported in 2016. There were also seven reported cases of fondling when none had been reported before. That number comes with a caveat though. The key term is “reported.” Campbell said: “If we’re talking about those numbers themselves, it’s not completely unexpected.” The university has expanded its efforts to combat sexual violence, and a lot of that effort has been to increase reporting.  “We’re trying to create an environment  where people are comfortable reporting. …If we don’t know something transpired it’s difficult to support the survivor, and it gives us the ability to investigate that and hold someone accountable for their actions.” Jennifer McCary, the Title IX officer for BGSU, has been central in getting out the message that sexual assaults should be reported. She has given presentations to 2,100 students and about 200 faculty, who are required to report if a student tells them of an assault. She noted that nine of the rapes reported in 2017, actually happened in 2016. But neither McCary nor Campbell would say that the increase in the number represents just more reporting as opposed to an actual increase. “That’s always tough to discern,” Campbell said.  “Studies out there show approximately 90 percent don’t report their assaults ever,” he said. “Sexual violence is very underreported. Everything we can do that encourages those  victimized to report gives us the ability to investigate that crime but also to support that survivor.” McCary, who is assistant vice resident for student affairs, was hired as a result of the report by a task force on sexual violence that was created in response to protests in spring, 2017, over the way the university handled reports of rape and sexual violence.“We do have new student sexual misconduct and relationship policy,” McCary said. “We will investigate reports that come in.” A student may report an incident but may not want to pursue it, she said.  A student may talk about something to a professor, but will not want to go through the investigative process. If a student “is willing to participate,” fact-finding is conducted “to try to get as much information as possible,” McCary said. That may progress to disciplinary action. That process has resulted in students being permanently and temporarily removed from campus. That disciplinary process is under a shadow as institutions of higher education are awaiting new…

BGSU cited as one of the top in the country from student engagement

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University has been recognized as one of the best universities in the country for student engagement. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings placed BGSU at No. 20 nationally in student engagement among public universities. The WSJ/THE rankings are “designed to answer the questions that matter most to students and their families when making one of the most important decisions of their lives — who to trust with their education.” Student engagement examines factors such as engagement with campus, interaction with teachers and other students, and the number of accredited programs. BGSU scored especially high in the student rankings, according to the data published as part of the study. BGSU was recognized by students for being their right choice, providing an inspiring environment and for being worth the cost. On a scale of zero to 10, with 10 representing strongest agreement, BGSU students gave the University the following scores: Right choice: If you could start over, would you still choose this college? — 8.4/10 Inspiring: Does your college provide an environment where you feel you are surrounded by exceptional students who inspire and motivate you? — 7.6/10 Worth the cost: Do you think your college will be worth what you and your family are paying? — 8.1/10 “As a public university focused on preparing students for success beyond graduation, we know that connecting with students in meaningful ways plays a critical role in their achievement,” said BGSU President Rodney Rogers. “Because student engagement and outcomes are key to these rankings, they reaffirm the work of our faculty and staff in providing our students with rich and diverse learning environments.” Data sources for the rankings include the Times Higher Education U.S. Student Survey of nearly 200,000 current students and the annual Times Higher Education Academic Reputation Survey, along with public data on areas including completion rates, graduate employment and loan repayments.

Trustees approve study of transfer Mercy College to BGSU

The Bowling Green State University trustees approved a motion to explore the possibility of merging with Mercy College. The university and Mercy Health announced their intent to transfer the operations of Mercy College to BGSU earlier this month. This would also allow the university to explore additional collaborations with Mercy Health, BGSU President Rodney Rogers said. The transfer is expected to take three to four years to realize. The resolution gives Rogers and other top university officials the authority to make the decisions to realize the transfer. “I think this is a wonderful day for the university,”  said Daniel Keller, chair of the trustees. Acknowledging the work ahead for university personnel, he added: “The board will be fully supporting of you in your efforts.”

BGSU gets $1 million from National Science Foundation to promote women in STEM

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University has earned a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $984,484 to support the “BGSU ALLIES: Building Inclusive Leadership Practices and Policies to Transform the Institution” project. This award is given to qualifying institutions demonstrating a desire for social and institutional reform. The award is granted through NSF’s Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) program. The mission of ADVANCE is to develop systemic approaches to include, enhance and highlight the contributions of women in academic STEM careers. ADVANCE works to identify and eliminate organizational barriers that inhibit the full participation and advancement of diverse faculty in academic institutions. The BGSU ALLIES project will focus on how administrators and faculty allies can work collaboratively to reduce biases and transform institutional policies and practices regarding gender equity. The project will adapt strategies to create allied partnerships between faculty departments and administrative leaders to produce a unified program of inclusive institutional operations. “By making allyship and inclusive leadership the expectation and norm at BGSU, the ALLIES program will directly help the University achieve its mission,” said Dr. Peg Yacobucci, professor of geology and principal investigator (PI) for the grant. “Our goal is to provide individual faculty with the tools they need to promote positive change and actively combat bias while also building a supportive network across campus.” Yacobucci will serve as the project director, coordinating all project activities and assisting the development of faculty ally workshops. In addition to faculty workshops, BGSU ALLIES will support online professional development training modules, revise University policies and processes and collect data on faculty success. BGSU also will host a regional conference to share best practice research with other area institutions. “The BGSU ALLIES program will bring together BGSU faculty and administrators to transform the policies and practices which impede the recruitment and career advancement of women faculty members in STEM fields at our university,” said Dr. Mike Ogawa, vice president of research and economic engagement at BGSU. “This is important work because it will also positively impact the career growth of all women faculty members at BGSU.” This project is unique in that most research in ally building in higher education focuses on what STEM means for students while BGSU’s ALLIES project will contribute new and important information regarding gender equity for faculty and administrators working in the STEM fields. The long-term goal of the project is to enhance the University’s mission of building an inclusive environment dedicated to collaboration and shaping innovative leaders regionally, nationally and globally.

BGSU to host all-day opioid teach-in, Sept. 25

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATION Bowling Green State University will host “Change the Story: Opioid Teach-In” on Sept. 25 to raise awareness about the opioid crisis, make connections to existing resources, research and data, and to apply BGSU expertise to help individuals gain practical skills to help the community. The event is open to community members interested in or affected by the opioid crisis. Sessions will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in various rooms in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. “Because of our knowledgeable faculty and staff, across disciplines, Bowling Green State University is uniquely positioned to examine the opioid crisis facing the region and the country,” said Dr. Melissa Burek, associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services. “We hope to increase awareness of this epidemic as well as explore solutions for positive change.” Topics of the teach-in include: National context of crisis Family experiences Neurology of addiction Recovery Treatment Urban, suburban and rural justice responses Prevention Policies and approaches to changing the story The opioid crisis affects nearly every community and the country at large. It is projected that opioid use may result in the deaths of more than 500,000 people over the next 10 years at the present trajectory. In Ohio, opioid overdoses and deaths are among the highest in the nation. By hosting the opioid teach-in, the University takes a leadership role in education and solutions for this epidemic. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in any session of interest. Sessions will vary from informational videos, discussion panels, training seminars and story sessions to presentations by individuals who have experienced addiction as well as families affected by the opioid crisis. BGSU also has created “Change the Story: An Original Film,” offering important techniques to lead safe and informative discussions for positive change in the way the community views the opioid crisis. BGSU has brought together knowledgeable faculty and leading community members to share their expertise. Sessions will be led or facilitated by representatives from local health and safety organizations, including the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board, Wood County Sheriff’s Department, the Zepf Center, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Northwest Community Correctional Center. Burek added that, in addition, BGSU students have been a valuable part of the planning process. In keeping with BGSU’s role as a public university invested in the public good of the region, the teach-in will help individuals responsibly address the crisis in their fields, occupations and neighborhoods. The knowledge and skills of University faculty will go on to educate the public and make a lasting impression on the health and well-being of our community, she said. Find more information on teach-in session themes, locations and times, visit

BGSU eyes Mercy College partnership as way to expand its nursing program

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University announced Wednesday an agreement with Mercy Health that will dramatically increase the number of nursing students it educates. BGSU and Mercy Health have signed a letter of intent to transfer operations of Mercy College of Ohio to the university. This marks just the first step of the transition that could take up to four years to finalize. First the trustees of BGSU, Mercy Health, and Mercy College need to approve the plan, then it will need to run a gauntlet of state, federal, professional and accrediting boards. That’s expected to take about a year. Then finalizing the arrangement will take  another two to three years. While many details are yet to be worked out, the goal is for BGSU to increase to 2,000 the number of nursing students. It now has about 350 who receive their clinical training through partnership with the University of Toledo. Earlier that summer the two institutions announced that partnership will end in 2022. Mercy College now has 1,300 students in Toledo and another 200 in an associate’s degree program in Youngstown. None of the students currently in either the BGSU or Mercy programs will not be affected by the change.  “This is an exciting day,” BGSU President Rodney Rogers said at a press conference announcing the partnership. “Clearly there is a tremendous need to insure we’re growing the number of nursing graduates.”  Bob Baxter, president and CEO of Mercy Health-Toledo Region said: “The demand for nurses and other allied health professionals far exceeds the supply in Ohio and the nation.”  By 2024 the country will need a million more nurses. That demand is driven by the aging of baby boomers, retirements in the health care field, and increasing demand by consumers for health care close to home. He said that the partnership builds on BGSU’s depth of academic programs and Mercy College’s 100 years of educating nurses.  The collaboration with Mercy Health will also offer BGSU faculty and students opportunities for research. Because of Mercy’s statewide network, clinical opportunities will be available around the state closer to here many BGSU students live. In entering into this plan, Baxter said, Mercy Health is responding to changing market conditions and the reduction in reimbursement for hospital-based nursing education programs. The transfer will allow Mercy Health to be able to focus on “its core business.” The need to educate more nursing students was behind the ending of the BGSU-UT consortium.  “At both institutions we were having very high quality, qualified students who weren’t able to get into the nursing program,” Rogers said. The two institutions felt separately they could pursue ways to educate more. Rogers said he would hope to have more nursing students than Mercy and BGSU now have. Rogers praised the “personalized education” Mercy offers to both traditional and nontraditional students…