2017-2018 University Catalog 
    Jan 21, 2022  
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Baldwin Wallace University

About Baldwin Wallace University

Founded in 1845, Baldwin Wallace was among the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. That spirit of inclusiveness and innovation continues today. The academic program, rooted in the liberal arts, yet balanced by abundant opportunities for career exploration and application, is designed to prepare students to make a living…and a life worth living. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Baldwin Wallace University is an independent, coeducational University located in Berea, Ohio, a suburb southwest of Cleveland. Today, the University serves approximately 3100 full-time undergraduates, 300 part-time students in evening and weekend programs and over 600 graduate students.

The University maintains more than 50 academic programs within the following eight schools: business administration, education, health and physical education, health science, humanities, Conservatory of Music, science and mathematics, and social sciences.

Non-Discriminatory Policy

Baldwin Wallace University does not discriminate because of race, creed, age, disabilities, national origin, gender or sexual orientation in the administration of its policies or programs.

Statement of Mission of Baldwin Wallace University

Baldwin Wallace University is an academic community committed to the liberal arts and sciences as the foundation for lifelong learning.

The University fulfills this mission through a rigorous academic program that is characterized by excellence in teaching and learning within a challenging, supportive environment that enhances students’ intellectual and spiritual growth.

Baldwin Wallace assists students in their preparation to become contributing, compassionate citizens of an increasingly global society and encourages their pursuit of personal and professional excellence.

Statement of Church Relatedness

Baldwin Wallace University values its historic relationship and active affiliation with the United Methodist Church. The University provides a supportive environment enhancing all students’ intellectual, moral, and spiritual growth. The University respects the diversity of individual religious beliefs, including those who profess no religious viewpoint. All members of the University community are encouraged to participate in activities related to spiritual growth and development. The University is deeply committed to the open pursuit of knowledge and stresses such values as integrity, honesty, justice, compassion, and spiritual growth as integral to that pursuit. Further, the University recognizes the vital connection between faith, knowledge, and service and offers a variety of means to develop and strengthen those connections for members of the University community. As a United Methodist related school, Baldwin Wallace University prepares students for lives of informed and mature leadership as global citizens in a diverse world.

Division III Athletic Philosophy Statement

Athletic Department Vision

To provide our student athletes with exceptional opportunities to learn and grow through intercollegiate athletics as part of their learning experience and to strive to achieve excellence in individual and team athletic performance at the conference, regional, and national level.

Athletic Department Mission Statement

The Intercollegiate Athletic Department is committed to the vision and mission of Baldwin Wallace University in which a student’s athletic activities are conducted as an integral part of the total educational experience. Intercollegiate athletics provide a unique learning environment for developing and teaching teamwork, patience, persistence, service to others, respect for authority, ethics, leadership, commitment, and a strong work ethic.

Guiding Principles:

  • Expect and support student athlete academic success
  • Value cultural diversity and gender equity
  • Conduct and represent all programs and Baldwin Wallace University with sportsmanship, integrity, and professionalism.
  • Follow all rules and regulations established by the University, OAC, and NCAA
  • Since the student athlete participation is conducted as an integral part of the total educational experience, the purpose of the intercollegiate athletic program is therefore no different than that of any academic program; to achieve the highest possible standard of excellence.

To achieve this end, Baldwin Wallace University

  1. places special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators and greater emphasis on the internal constituency (students, alumni, institutional personnel) than on the general public and its entertainment needs;
  2. awards no athletically related financial aid to any student;
  3. assures that athletics participants are treated no differently than any other member of the student body;
  4. assures that athletics programs support the institution’s educational mission by financing, staffing, and controlling the programs through the same general procedures as other departments of the institution;
  5. provides equitable athletics opportunities for males and females and gives equal emphasis to men and women’s sports.


Baldwin Wallace University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The address, telephone number and website for this accrediting body is 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413; info@hlcommision.org; www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.

In addition, the University is on the approved lists of the American Chemical Society, University Senate of the United Methodist Church, Ohio College Association and the American Association of University Women. It was approved by the Association of American Universities in 1931, and its credits are accepted wherever American college work is recognized. Baldwin Wallace is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, the  Association to advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and are members of the Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

The undergraduate programs in music also are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Music Therapy and in elementary, secondary and all-grades education by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The University is approved for teacher education in the following areas: Early Childhood Education (pre-kindergarten-grade 3); Middle Childhood Education (grades 4-9); Adolescent Young Adult (grades 7-12) in Integrated Language Arts, Integrated Mathematics, Integrated Science, Integrated Social Studies, Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences; Multi-Age Education (prekindergarten-grade 12) in Foreign Languages (French, German, or Spanish), Health, Music, Physical Education, or Visual Arts, Intervention Specialist: Mild/Moderate Educational Needs (kindergarten-grade 12); and endorsements in K-12 Reading and Computer Technology and school leadership license. Because of the fluctuating requirements for licensure to teach in the various states, it is recommended that candidates for licensure check with departments of education in the states in which they intend to teach. This will give them the opportunity to schedule required courses wherever possible.

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Program holds Full Operating Approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The ABSN Program is also a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Provisional to the Baldwin Wallace University Physician Assistant Program.

The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).