In mid-September, the application for admission to ACTION for next year's Cohort 10 was launched at the website (bgsu.edu/action). This is an exciting time in the history of the program, as we will soon be approaching our tenth anniversary year. Currently, ACTION includes a record number of 115 scholars across six different cohorts, with students not only majoring in Middle Childhood Education (MCE) and AYA/Secondary fields but also minoring in areas from Special Education to Spanish, Coaching, Psychology, Astronomy, and more. Our students continue to come to BGSU with increasing numbers of previously earned college credits - from college courses they took while in high school to Advanced Placement credits. In turn, these credits enable them to pick up academic minors, while others are able to complete their college degree in
3 or 3.5 years. While the MCE program is technically intended to require 4.5 years, ACTION has never had a student take more than 4 years unless also completing an additional m
inor area of study.
As I noted last month, the cumulative GPA of all ACTION students is 3.81, so not only are these scholars earning minors and completing their university studies early, but they are also excelling in their academic pursuits. One of the primary contributors to their success is the building of community that is part of the design of the program. Students begin with Summer Bridge before their freshman year, and deliberate efforts to maintain these connections are made throughout their years of college. ACTION features service opportunities, social events, a state-of-the-art student center, a residence hall learning community, "Common Time" meetings and sessions, and tutoring services to keep students in touch with one another and working together toward common goals. This year, we initiated Freshman Meetings for Cohort 9 - one in September and one planned for February. The purpose is to pull all of our first-year students together in one place to discuss issues from scheduling classes to organizing calendars and generally keeping them abreast of what we offer in the ACTION program.
Communication among our students is a priority for the staff, and we use texts, email, the website, and social media to ensure that our students are in the loop. Are you following us on Facebook?Have you liked us on Twitter? If not, please make it a point to do so and you will not miss a thing either! We look forward to reading the applications of high school seniors who are interested in being part of our tenth ACTION cohort. Please help us spread the word!