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College Programs to Support Students with Learning Differences: The FLY Program

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In my last blog entry, we examined Ohio Wesleyan University’s new “Bishop ACCESS Program,” a fee-based academic coaching program designed to help students with learning differences who need an additional level of academic and out-of-class support. In today’s blog, we will look at Bowling Green State University’s “FLY Program.”

BGSU’s FLY Program is only a few years old, but has grown rapidly. It assists students with learning differences and attention challenges while providing a supportive and structured academic environment. Students in the FLY Program work with a Learning Specialist one-on-one. The Learning Specialist provides academic coaching, accountability, and triage. The Learning Specialist may connect the student with other university services that he or she might need such as counseling or disability services. They additionally help students stay aware of grades, manage assignments, and exercise time management. They also coach students on how to activate accommodations as needed. The program is housed in the “Learning Commons” located in the University Library.

Services included:

  • 60 minutes of coaching per week with a dedicated Learning Specialist
  • One hour of focused tutoring for each enrolled course
  • Access to a writing coach, math coach, and research coach through BGSU’s “Learning Commons”
  • Bi-weekly e-mail or phone updates provided to parents with student permission
  • Ongoing workshop access on topics including test taking, motivation, organizational skills
  • Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI)
  • Secondary advising support

Similar to Ohio Wesleyan University’s Bishop ACCESS Program, the FLY Program is a fee-based optional offering and costs an additional $2,500 per semester. The program is currently working to design a “Level 2” option that would provide less services and cost around $1,200 per semester. Enrollment is currently 57 students and the FLY Program is excited to graduate its first class in 2020!

Students apply for admission to the FLY Program after achieving admission to the University and providing documentation (such as IPE and ETR) to the Disability Services Office. Admitted students often have a primary diagnosis of a learning disability, attention deficit disorder, or autism spectrum disorder. The ideal candidate is motivated to take advantage of academic support, has performed academically in the past, and can self-advocate. The program is not designed to support social skill development.

The FLY Program is impressive and should be investigated by families interested in identifying resources to support their student with learning differences. Next week we will look at one of the oldest and most established of our unique academic support programs. Don’t miss it.

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA) – a Columbus, Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 18 “fit factors” and helping students clarify co-curricular and major options while exploring colleges that specialize in them.  College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas. Check us out at www.collegeboundadvantage.com or check out what we can do for you here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6SSjHp8n98

Bowling Green State University

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Each year Bowling Green State University enrolls over 14,000 undergraduate students on their main campus. With over 200 academic programs and 325 student organizations, there is a lot going on at BGSU. Established in 1910 as a teacher-training institution, BGSU still has one of the best education programs in the state – but that’s not all. Today, strong programs abound, including those in Music, Forensic Science, Accounting, Digital Arts, Apparel Merchandising & Product Development, Popular Culture, Sport Management, Aviation, Architecture, and others.

Additionally, BGSU is one of only a few institutions in Ohio (and the only public university) that offer an intensive, individualized academic support program for students with learning challenges including ADD and ADHD. Their new “FLY Program” (Falcon Learning Your Way) matches students to a full-time learning specialist, assigned tutor, and a writing consultant for each enrolled course. An Academic Coach is also assigned to help students improve time management skills and study strategies. The FLY Program is a specialized service offered for an additional charge.

At BGSU, over 6,000 students live on campus in 14 residence halls and 19 learning and theme communities. In 2016 BGSU opened a new Greek Village complete with townhome-style residences in 10 buildings with individual units for 33 chapters. Dining facilities are first-rate, and options are plentiful.

It’s clear that there is a lot to be proud of at BGSU!

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our last visit to Bowling Green State University:

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed for only $10, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Uncommon Majors offered at Ohio’s Colleges – Fashion Design

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Fashion Design Lab at CCAD

For students interested in “Fashion,” the first distinction to make is the difference between majors in “Fashion Design” and “Fashion Merchandising.” Fashion Design focuses on the nuts and bolts of designing and making clothing and accessories (we’re talking sewing machines, patterns, fabric, etc.). Students study fashion sketching and illustration, computer design, pattern making, and fabric selection. It is a very demanding and time consuming major and the Devil is always in the details. Fashion Merchandising, on the other hand, focuses on the skills aligned with the demands of a retail or wholesale fashion/clothing buyer. Students learn about the fashion industry and the attributes of fashion styles and products – their design, manufacture, and distribution. They also may take courses in the Business school such as Marketing and Retail Sales.

Ohio has only four colleges offering majors in Fashion Design: They include one of the best in the country at Kent State University’s “Fashion School” where they offer a BA and BFA in Fashion Design. Not far behind is Columbus College of Art & Design’s program in Fashion Design and University of Cincinnati’s major in Design – Fashion. Finally, Ursuline offers the only adult program in Fashion Design in the state.

Alternatively, there are many programs in Fashion Merchandising in Ohio, with offerings at Kent State University, Ashland University, Bowling Green State University, University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, Ohio State University, University of Akron, and Ursuline College.

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

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