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Baker College Launches New Digital FaceAugust 29, 2014
New website designed with evolving technologies
When Google launched in 1998, it forever altered the way we find information. Rich Internet applications brought a visually appealing and engaging experience that changed how we consume media on the Internet. Social media has changed our relationship with technology and, to a large extent, how we interact with each other.
Top it all off with the evolving ways we access the Internet using smartphones and tablets — which are only seven years old. The technology is still in its early stages.
How can businesses keep up? With mobile devices lasting only an average of 18 months in the U.S. and personal computer sales declining for the first time ever in favor of mobile devices, how can organizations possibly ensure their websites are up-to-date with the constant changes in hardware, operating systems and software?
Enter responsive design — a design approach aimed at crafting websites to provide an optimal viewing experience. A website built on responsive design technology automatically adapts itself to the viewing screens across a wide range of devices—from mobile phones to desktop computers.
Responsive design technology took off rapidly in 2013, alleviating the need for businesses to build and support multiple versions of a website that were optimized for viewing on different sizes of devices.
The technology benefits those consuming media too, by delivering the best possible views available depending on the screen they’re viewing.
Although Baker College isn’t the first college in the nation to deploy a responsive website, it has integrated several additional technological tools to meet the needs of its current and prospective students.
“This new website leverages the latest technology to make locating information even easier for our students and prospective students,” said Wen Hemingway, M.B.A., CTP, president of Baker College of Flint. “With more than 150 program options available at Baker College, we want to ensure people have information at their fingertips that can lead to education and training for a career in a high-demand field.”
Baker College’s new website combines many of the latest and evolving trends in Internet usage. It is worth a look, even for nonstudents and those not planning to go to college. Here are some of the site’s features and attributes:
Search box – Browsing until you find just what you’re looking for is a thing of the past. Today, digital users expect to be able to search and find specific information of interest. As such, the search box is prominently located at the top center of every page.
Online options – Options such as live chats with admissions counselors, requests for information, online visit scheduling and online class registration help engage visitors and meet their information needs.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) – FAQs at the bottom of every page are populated with content relevant to the specific page. Baker College’s site contains a database of more than 1,000 preloaded FAQs and has the ability grow and become “smarter” with continued use.
Save-pages function – The save-pages function is similar to bookmarking a Web page. When you revisit the website, your saved pages appear in a customized drop-down menu.
Share function – A one-click share function makes it easy for viewers to share information with their friends via email, Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
Event calendar – A calendar of events for each campus and information about student organizations and events makes the website a hub for the students and the community.
Just as responsive design allows a website to scale and be seen by the latest devices, the new Baker College website reflects the ever-evolving face of educational institutions and, more broadly, the ongoing evolution of Flint and the organizations that make this community special.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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).
- 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.
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
- 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.