2012-2013 University Catalog 
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2012-2013 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

2012-2013 University Catalog

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, 800 part-time students in evening and weekend programs and over 700 graduate students in education and business administration.

The University maintains more than 50 academic programs within the following seven divisions: business administration, education, health and physical education, humanities, 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

Baldwin Wallace University seeks to establish and maintain an environment in which a student’s athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of the total educational experience. The University places highest priority on the successful completion of the academic program for all students.

In addition the University seeks to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among their student-athletes and athletics staff.

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. 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 American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business, and the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

The undergraduate programs in music also are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and in elementary, secondary and all-grades education by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 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 Reading and Computer Technology. 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 Athletic Training Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Approved plans of study are provided to prepare students for graduate study or for professional schools of medicine, dentistry, law, engineering, theology, art, library science, social service work, medical technology, physical therapy and forestry.

This catalog is a source of general information and does not constitute an irrevocable contract between Baldwin Wallace University and any person. The University reserves the right to make necessary changes to the provisions and policies of this catalog at any time. All such changes are effective at such time as determined by the University and may apply to all prospective and matriculated students.