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Baker College One of First Two Institutions to Earn ‘Exemplary Endorsement’ for Online ProgramsJune 07, 2016
Consortium measures excellence to advance digital learning worldwide
The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) today announced that Baker College is one of the first two higher education institutions to earn the new OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, which recognizes outstanding online learning programs.
OLC is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of digital learning worldwide. The other institution receiving the Exemplary Endorsement is the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. The Quality Scorecard was introduced in 2011; the Exemplary Endorsement is new this year.
“The concept of quality in online education can be elusive and complex,” said Kathleen Ives, D.M., CEO and executive director of OLC. “The OLC Quality Scorecard enables administrators to identify, measure and quantify elements of quality within their online education programs. Baker College and UWL offer tremendous models of excellence in online learning, and we are delighted to recognize their exemplary programs with the Quality Scorecard’s highest level of endorsement.”
The OLC Quality Scorecard uses research-based benchmarks and standards of excellence to help higher education institutions evaluate their online learning programs. Institutions use the scorecard to determine strengths and weaknesses of their programs, and to initiate planning efforts to address areas that require enhancement.
Jill Langen, Ph.D., Baker College Online/Center for Graduate Studies president, said, “This Exemplary Endorsement by a panel of our peers is further evidence that Baker College delivers an extremely high quality digital education to our students."
Baker College offers a doctoral degree in business administration, and master’s degrees in the fields of business, nursing, psychology, information systems, educational leadership and occupational therapy. Undergraduate degrees include certificate, associate or bachelor’s in business administration, computer information systems, nursing, health sciences, criminal justice and psychology, among others.
All programs can be completed without a visit to a Baker College campus; undergraduate degrees are also available via a blended program with a Baker College on-ground campus located throughout Michigan
Peer Review and Endorsement
The interactive OLC Quality Scorecard is completed by the institution and submitted for peer review.
Institutions scoring 180 or higher are granted the OLC Seal of Endorsement, valid for two years. Institutions like Baker College that score 202 or higher are granted an additional seal, acknowledging and verifying their “exemplary” programs, which are endorsed for a period of three years.
More information about the OLC Quality Scorecard is available at http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/consult/quality-scorecard.
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- 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).
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- 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
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