Baker College Online Adds Two New Programs to Fall Roster

May 29, 2013

Education master’s and political science bachelor’s degrees
Baker College Online will offer two new programs beginning fall quarter: educational effectiveness master’s degree and political science bachelor degree. Registration is open now for classes that begin Thursday, September 26.

The educational effectiveness graduate program will emphasize improving student learning in an era of accountability. Candidates will select one of two concentrations: P-12 education or higher education.

“Baker College created this unique leadership program to address teacher accountability issues,” explained Christine Schram, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Education, Baker College. “In general, data is driving the education system now. This program will help leaders keep student learning as the first priority while working to meet increased accountability standards.”

The program will provide students with the context for learning in areas such as management, organizational development, budgeting, ethics, diversity, and faculty evaluation. They will learn to locate research and best practice information, interpret and use data for decision making, and apply continuous improvement processes to the classroom as well as all aspects of administration. There will also be a strong emphasis on technology as a tool for managing information and improving efficiency.

Schram said the educational effectiveness program is ideal for working teachers and educational administrators because of the flexibility of online classes.

Baker College added the online political science bachelor’s program because administrators saw a growing demand for political science research and an increased interest in politics, foreign affairs, and public policy especially in the areas of health care, immigration and the environment.

“Few institutions offer an online political science program,” said Jill Langen, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer, Baker College Online and Center for Graduate Studies. “We were able to utilize our expertise to provide career-focused education with the convenience of online classes.”

The program provides students the skills to analyze public policies, political organizations and governmental structures. Graduates of this program will be able to forecast economic, political and social trends, which are valuable employee skills for social, civic, not-for-profit, government and political lobbying organizations.

“Because the program focuses on building the highly desired skill set of critical thinking, global perspectives, and written and oral communication, graduates will likely be in demand in the business industry as well,” Langen said. “Many may pursue graduate education in political science, business or law.’

For more information about either program, contact the Baker College admissions department at 800.469.3165 or visit the web site at

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