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Peter Karsten Returns to Baker College of Auburn Hills as PresidentJuly 16, 2014
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Baker College officials have announced that Peter W. Karsten, Ph.D. CPA, has succeeded Jeff Love as Baker College of Auburn Hills president.
Karsten returns to the Auburn Hills campus after serving six years as president of Baker College of Owosso. He joined Baker College in 1992 and had advanced to vice president for academics at Baker College of Auburn Hills before taking the Owosso position.
Love is retiring after a successful 46-year career with Baker College, including 19 years as president for Baker College of Auburn Hills.
Baker College System President F. James Cummins said, “We are fortunate to have a person of Pete’s talent, education and experience take the reins of Baker College of Auburn Hills. Jeff’s departure is bittersweet. We wish him the very best in retirement. He led the campus through many years of extraordinary growth in enrollment, programs, buildings and graduates in addition to building a well qualified staff to succeed him.”
Susan Ebeling, chair of Baker College of Auburn Hills Board of Regents, said “Our board members are looking forward to working with Karsten again. We are fortunate to have President Love’s replacement be someone who has worked closely with him for 16 years.”
Karsten said, “I am honored to follow in my mentor’s footsteps. His name is synonymous with integrity on the Baker College of Auburn Hills campus, and he has been a great influence on me and many other educators and students. I am also eager to extend Jeff’s legacy of providing education and training that meet the needs of today’s employers.”
About Peter W. Karsten
During Karsten’s tenure as president of Baker College of Owosso, the campus achieved record levels of student enrollment and number of graduates; added several new programs and a student housing option; and constructed and opened the 40,000-square-foot Health Sciences Building and the 43,000-square-foot Auto/Diesel Institute of Michigan facility.
Karsten began his Baker College career as a financial aid advisor at the Clinton Township campus. He transferred to the Auburn Hills campus where he was a member of the accounting faculty and dean of general education and accounting before becoming vice president for academics in 1998.
Karsten holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Oakland University, a master’s in education from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s and an MBA in accounting from Michigan State University.
Baker College offers more than 150 high-demand career programs in the areas of business administration, computer information systems, education, engineering and technology, health sciences and human services. The Auburn Hills campus employs nearly 400 instructors, staff and other support personnel at its 17-acre campus at 1500 University Drive, Auburn Hills. Student enrollment is approximately 3,100.
During the campus’ 22-year history, 100 percent of the available graduates in 12 graduating classes were employed upon graduation.return
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Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
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For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
- Does Baker provide any help in my job search?
As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
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- Is Baker College Online accredited?
Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.
As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.
All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the following regional institutional accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: http://www.hlcommission.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.
Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
- The MBA program has international accreditation through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
- The Occupational Therapy program also has accreditation through The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
- How do online classes work?
After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
- How do I apply for a student loan?
Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin.
If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
- Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
- Sign and date the form.
- Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
- Log into the SOLAR system.
- Select STAR System.
- Select Financial Aid office.
- Select Loan Request.
- Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
- Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
- Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
- Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.