2010-12-16 / Business

Business Briefs

Baker online enrollment on the rise

FLINT — Baker College Online officials today announced a 1.2 percent increase in fall enrollment compared to the same period in 2009, signifying a steady and continued upward student enrollment trend. A total of 5,318 undergraduate students attended online classes exclusively during fall quarter 2010.

“Our steadily increasing numbers are an indication that individuals continue to see the advantages of an online education,” said Dr. Julia Teahen, president, Baker College Online. “At Baker College Online, in addition to flexibility, affordability and accessibility, we offer the types of programs that will enhance or advance a career.”

A total of 50,816 students throughout the Baker College system took Baker Online classes this fall quarter. This total includes:

• 6,181 students who took 100 percent of their classes online, including 5,318 undergraduate students and a total of 863 MBA, MSIS, MOT and DBA students

• 8,335 students who took a combination of online classes and campus-based classes

• 36,300 students who took campus-based classes that also included online coursework, a 15.8 percent increase over fall 2009

Details: Visit www.baker.edu. — G.G.

Preservation grant offered

DETROIT — The Michigan Architectural Foundation is once again accepting applications for the Evans Memorial Grant for Historic Preservation.

Thanks to a partnership with the Clannad Foundation, a five year commitment from Quinn Evans Architects of Ann Arbor and an anonymous endowment, a grant of $7,500 will be awarded to a not-for-profit (501(c)(3) organization that can demonstrate a creative solution to a preservation problem.

An application form and further information is available online at the link below. The deadline is March 10. Applicants may call the Foundation at 313-965-4100 with specific questions.

Since the program began in 1999, the Evans Grant jury has awarded a total of $70,000 to 12 separate projects to stabilize and preserve structures with historic significance throughout Michigan. The jury is particularly interested in projects that can demonstrate community commitment through matching funds. David Evans, FAIA, for whom the grant is named, saw building restoration as a key element in successful downtown economic revivals and this grant encourages proposals that seek to reuse a historic property. The grant program acts as a catalyst for the continued use of Michigan's historic building stock. — G.G.

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