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Academic Quality Improvement Program.

AQIP at Baker College.

Baker College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission provides an opportunity for us to maintain our accreditation through a continuous quality improvement process referred to as the Academic Quality Improvement Program or AQIP.  Baker College joined AQIP in 2006 and has worked steadily to improve its academic offerings and support programs through this process.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, 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 Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • 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:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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Academic Quality Improvement Program

Academic Quality Improvement Program.

AQIP at Baker College.

Baker College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission provides an opportunity for us to maintain our accreditation through a continuous quality improvement process referred to as the Academic Quality Improvement Program or AQIP.  Baker College joined AQIP in 2006 and has worked steadily to improve its academic offerings and support programs through this process.

Vital Focus

Vital Focus

As part of the process of joining AQIP, an institution must perform a self-assessment of itself to provide the basis for determining action projects to support quality improvement efforts. Baker College contracted with the Higher Learning Commission to use the Vital Focus process. In the first phase of Vital Focus, over 1,300 faculty, staff, and administrators responded to the Constellation Survey. The results of the survey were used by over 1,000 faculty, staff, and administrators at two Conversation Days in August 2006.

Faculty and Staff can view the Vital Focus Results by logging into MyBaker.

Action Projects

Action Projects

AQIP requires that each institution actively pursue three-four quality improvement action projects. The results from Vital Focus were used to guide the selection of quality improvement action projects that the college launched in March 2007. As action projects are completed, the college will select replacement projects. Project updates are due to the Higher Learning Commission every September 15.

Current Projects

Completed Projects

Systems Portfolio

The Systems Portfolio is a public portfolio describing fundamental institutional systems including the context, processes, results, and improvement in each system. The portfolio also shows evidence that the institution continues to meet the Higher Learning Commission’s five Criteria for Accreditation. Baker College’s portfolio is due May 1, 2010.

Download the Baker College Systems Portfolio Guide (242 KB).

Contact

For more information about AQIP at Baker College, contact:

Denise Bannan
AQIP Liaison, Baker College System
1050 West Bristol Road
Flint, MI 48507-9843
Phone: (810) 766-2148
Toll Free: (800) 469-3165
Fax: (810) 766-4279
aqip@baker.edu

*Additional information on the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and AQIP.

Systems Portfolio

Systems Portfolio

Baker College is most grateful to the Higher Learning Commission for allowing us to be an AQIP institution.  The portfolio process and the AQIP projects undertaken by the College have provided an accurate road map for both strategic visioning and long range planning. The AQIP process also promotes the institutional transparency that is so important in this day and age.

View the entire Baker College Systems Portfolio.

Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma

Baker College has adopted Continuous Quality Improvement as our 11th Guiding Principle.  While the drive for improvement has always been central in our operations, the endorsement of continuous quality improvement as a guiding principle was seen as a milestone in our own growth and development.  The principle of CQI provides an aspirational goal, but left the College without specific tools and methods to reach our improvement goal.  In 2012, the College selected the philosophy of Lean Six Sigma as the specific management model to be used to drive our efforts. Lean Six Sigma provides not only a framework to help understand how to reach improvement goals, but also provides specific tools and techniques to be used along the way.

From this page, stakeholders in the Baker College community can access archival material on past Lean Six Sigma projects as well as training and support materials.  These materials are not intended to be an exhaustive review of everything we have done, or provide everything someone needs to know to be successful with Lean Six Sigma. It is hoped that the material provided presents an accurate picture of our work and accomplishments.

For more information about AQIP at Baker College please contact:

Denise Bannan
AQIP Liaison, Baker College System
1050 West Bristol Road
Flint, MI 48507-9843
Phone: (810) 766-2148
Toll Free: (800) 469-3165
Fax: (810) 766-4279
aqip@baker.edu

Kaizen Event

Kaizen Event

As a part of the Lean Six Sigma philosophy of reducing waste and controlling variation, there may be a need to employ an activity to gain immediate improvements in a short period of time-Kaizen event. Kaizen events are closely associated with the DMAIC process and occur within the “Improve” phase of the DMAIC model. The Kaizen tools are provided to assist with preparing for and completing a Kaizen event. The Kaizen Archives provide actual documents from Kaizen events at Baker College.

Kaizen Event Archives

After completing a workshop in January of 2014, Baker College started organizing and conducting Kaizen events. The Kaizen leader for each event archived key documents to communicate the process and provide history for future events.

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FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, 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 Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • 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:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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