Baker: a community where excellence lives and students thrive.
We promote a community of belonging and Baker family connections, which result in lifelong associations.
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.
Baker is a private, liberal arts university that educates students through small classes, innovative instructors and rigorous coursework.
Alumni include four Rhodes Scholars, a Pulitzer Prize winner, entrepreneurs, educators, nurses, writers, artists, doctors, explorers and trendsetters who have shaped our world.
We challenge all students to think critically using open inquiry and freedom of expression.
Four schools comprise Baker University: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Professional and Graduate Studies.
The president, Dr. Pat Long, provides oversight of all University academic affairs, and Dr. Brian Posler serves as chief academic officer and manages the academic operations of the University. The University is composed of four academic units administered by four deans who operate as partners in matters that concern the University.
Four associate and assistant deans support the academic units:
The academic legislative structure of the University is governed by the University Constitution, which stipulates the governing bodies and their responsibilities for each of the four academic units. Each school or college has a primary governing body with associated standing committees. The governing bodies for CAS, SON and SPGS are faculty senates. SOE refers to its governing body as the Professional Education Council.
The process for academic legislation is consistent throughout the four schools. Standing committees make recommendations regarding curriculum and academic policy changes to their appropriate governing bodies. The faculty senates and Professional Education Council forward recommendations regarding new programs, admission or graduation requirements, constitutional amendments and catalog or faculty handbook changes to the University Academic Council (UAC). The UAC consists of the deans of the four schools and faculty representatives from each school. Following approval by the UAC, recommendations are then forwarded to the Board of Trustees for final approval.