We promote a community of belonging and Baker family connections, which result in lifelong associations.
We challenge all students to think critically using open inquiry and freedom of expression.
Baker is a private, liberal arts university that educates students through small classes, innovative instructors and rigorous coursework.
Baker: a community where excellence lives and students thrive.
For over 150 years students at the first university in Kansas have fully engaged in learning; connected with peers, faculty and staff and developed lifelong relationships.
Alumni include four Rhodes Scholars, a Pulitzer Prize winner, entrepreneurs, educators, nurses, writers, artists, doctors, explorers and trendsetters who have shaped our world.
Four schools comprise Baker University: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Professional and Graduate Studies.
Baker University’s history and culture place a strong emphasis on a system of shared governance. The faculty primarily governs academic and curricular matters, while administrative staff oversees the other functions of the University.
The University is ultimately governed by an independent Board of Trustees that exerts final authority over planning and budgeting, promotion and tenure, changes to the University constitution and faculty handbooks, and the selection and evaluation of the University president.
The president’s primary consulting group, the Executive Cabinet includes officers who report directly to the president. The Executive Cabinet serves as a budget and planning committee, engages in critical policy decisions, and provides advice and counsel to the president and to its individual members. Meetings are held two or three times a month.
The Administrative Cabinet consists of Executive Cabinet members plus members who report directly to them. It is a body of approximately 45 individuals carrying the title of director and higher. The Administrative Cabinet provides additional input to the president on matters initially discussed at Executive Cabinet, such as budgeting and strategic planning. The group was expanded to more than 40 members in the fall of 2010 with the goal of improving communication and awareness throughout the institution. Meetings are held monthly.
The University Cabinet was launched in 2008. Its open membership includes faculty, staff, students and interested community members who wish to participate. This group is made up of approximately 75 members and serves to provide a broader perspective in reacting to drafts of initiatives and policies. University Cabinet typically meets once a semester.
Baker University is composed of four academic units administered by three deans. The deans of the individual academic units operate as equal partners in matters that concern the University. Learn more about academic leadership.