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Bowling Green State University plan to offer amusement park management degree

An amusement park-oriented coursework program is reportedly in the latter stages of design at Bowling Green State University. Educators have revealed plans for a four year Bachelors degree in resort & attraction management in partnership with Cedar Fair LP of Sandusky.

Sandusky city plans to help develop a multimillion dollar academic centre in the city which will house classrooms as well as student accommodation.

University officials have developed three core courses; management-information systems for resorts and attractions, legal environment of the hospitality industry, and operation planning and supply chain management. The curriculum will be submitted to the university’s curriculum committee for approval before also needing to pass muster with the university board of trustees; the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and lastly, the Higher Learning Commission.

BGSU spokesman Dave Kielmeyer claimed that the growth of amusement parks into billion-dollar operations prompted the development of the degree.

“If you look at these parks, they’re like small cities. There’s that level of complexity,” Kielmeyer commented. “This program will bring in a broader base and more holistic approach to management. … It will be a very unique partnership between us and Cedar Fair and the city of Sandusky.”

The program is aimed to launch in fall 2020 with around 200 students.

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