BGSU eyes 'enterprise' proposal PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 August 2011 09:47
A proposal for "enterprise status" for Bowling Green State University and 13 other schools in Ohio presents interesting possibilities and lots of questions," President Mary Ellen Mazey said late Thursday afternoon.
Mazey was among university officials and media representatives who attended a question and answer session with Chancellor Jim Petro in Columbus.
Mazey said being able to do away with some state mandates is a positive but until the details are in place it will be difficult to determine how BGSU would be affected. A big question is how much State Share of Instruction money the university would have to give up. She likes a scholarship program that is being proposed but again has questions about what the university would have to give up.
Mazey noted that SSI is now just 25 percent of the university budget, compared to more than 70 percent 25-30 years ago.
"We will have to wait to see what the state legislature will do. We have to wait on the specifics," she said.
The enterprise proposal was part of the state budget approved by the legislature June 30. The legislature is supposed to have a plan in place for Petro and Gov. John Kasich by next July 1.
Petro's plan is based on what other states have done, such as Colorado and Virginia.
BGSU Trustees met for dinner Thursday night in Columbus and are holding their annual retreat in that city today.
No formal board meeting is planned.

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