BW Trustees voted at their winter meeting to adopt the name change after months of study.
The changes include the university designation as well as dropped hyphen.
Classes at Berea, Beachwood, Online
A thriving university, BW has over 4,100 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs on its 125-acre Berea campus, online and at BW in Beachwood.
It's Official: Baldwin Wallace University
BW's Structure and University Program Offerings
Since the U.S. News & World Report survey of "America's Best Colleges" was established nearly two decades ago, Baldwin Wallace has been listed among the top Masters Universities - Midwest. BW was considered a university because of the breadth of its academic program and number of graduate degrees awarded each year.
According to criteria set by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the 200-plus graduate degrees BW awards in the 13 program offerings in business and education qualifies it as a large-size graduate program.
BW currently offers more than 60 major areas of study in seven academic divisions, many of which are in pre-professional areas. Of the 10 undergraduate and graduate programs added in recent years and several others in the approval process, most are viewed as university offerings.
Task Force Sought Input
In fall 2011 former BW President Richard Durst established a task force to review the advisability of changing the name. The group was chaired by William Spiker, vice president for advancement. Members recommended the adoption of "university" following five months of study and constituent surveys that included input from students, alumni, faculty and staff, with each group favoring the change.
Liberal Arts and Personal Attention Remain
"Members of the Task Force—and ultimately the Board of Trustees—concluded the change to university designation more completely conveys who we are today as well as the institution that is emerging for tomorrow," noted Durst in making the announcement. "What will not change is our dedication to the liberal arts as the foundation for a lifetime of learning and our core values. The BW focus on student learning and personal growth, individual attention and exceptional achievement will be unwavering."
Return to Historic Name
BW was founded in 1845 as Baldwin Institute and re-chartered ten years later as Baldwin University. In 1913 Baldwin University merged with neighboring German Wallace College to become Baldwin-Wallace College.
Posted July 2012