Baker University named college of distinction
Baker University is one of the most recent universities to be recognized in Colleges of Distinction, a website and guidebook which highlights four-year institutions that have stood out and meet necessary requirements.
Baker Chief Operating Officer Susan Lindahl originally heard about Colleges of Distinction while visiting William Jewell College and seeing a banner promoting that school being named a College of Distinction.
Lindahl and University President Pat Long then applied to be a College of Distinction, and after research done by the organization, two interviews and several months, Lindahl was notified May 19 that Baker passed the application requirements.
“They were very impressed with Dr. Pat’s openness,” Lindahl said. “When we had the difficulty that we had and had to make the decisions that we made financially, I think that they appreciated the transparency and also the genuineness of our community.”
Baker met the requirements in all four pillars for the Colleges of Distinction, which are engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.
“It denotes, to me, a certain quality that I think would be important for an institution to be able to communicate to their constituencies, whether they are future students, current students or alumni,” Lindahl said. “That we do have that level of really great teaching and engaged students.”
Baker is just the third university in Kansas to be recognized by the organization. Benedictine College and Bethel College are also recognized as Colleges of Distinction.
Lindahl said Colleges of Distinction is a communication tool for prospective students. Visitors to the website can find facts and information on the school, while also finding a link to the school’s website and contact information.
While Baker’s inclusion in the organization can be beneficial to finding new students, Lindahl said the honor of passing the requirements should be shared with current faculty, staff, students and alumni.
“There’s a pride in Baker,” Lindahl said. “Some people say, ‘well, it is kind of a Baker magic’ and I think that is very true — that there’s just a very real pride in being part of the Baker community.”