Pinchot University

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Pinchot University
Motto "A University for the Common Good"
Established 2002
Type Private Non-Profit Educational
President Jill Bamburg
Administrative staff
15
Postgraduates 500+
Location Seattle, WA, USA
Coordinates: 47°37′41″N 122°31′07″W / 47.628105°N 122.518749°W / 47.628105; -122.518749
Website www.pinchot.edu

Pinchot University (formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute, or BGI) is a private graduate university in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 2002, Pinchot University was the first school to offer an MBA in Sustainable Business. With a main campus in Seattle, Washington, Pinchot University also offers an MBA in Sustainable Systems.

History[edit]

Pinchot University was founded in 2002 by [Gifford Pincot III], Libba Pinchot, Sherman Severin and Jill Bamburg as Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI). In 2009, BGI was awarded the grant of accreditation from the [Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools] (ACIS), in addition to accreditation by the State of Washington's Higher Education Coordinating Board. Now Pinchot University, the school accommodates several programs which aim to give students the entrepreneurial skills, strategic rigor, disruptive business acumen and life-changing personal development to respond to a rapidly changing world. With this change, Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) still exists as a business school offering MBAs in Sustainable Business and in Sustainable Systems. Also within Pinchot University is the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (CIE), which is a program that provides entrepreneurship and enterprise support to under-served communities.


Programs of study[edit]

MBA Programs at Bainbridge Graduate Institute[edit]

Built upon a learning community model pioneered at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, Pinchot University offers MBA programs which are designed to accommodate the varying lifestyles of working adults.[citation needed]

MBA in Sustainable Systems[edit]

In the [MBA] in Sustainable Systems program, the school's pioneer program, students and faculty meet in intensive classroom sessions for a 4-day weekend once a month, October through June. Known as the Hybrid Program, classes take place at [IslandWood], a LEED Gold Certified environmental learning center on Bainbridge Island, 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Seattle. Between intensive sessions, classes utilize a variety of interactive distance-learning technologies to support student learning. This hybrid format combines an emphasis on building an immersive learning community with the flexibility, focus and self-paced engagement afforded by distance learning.[citation needed] Given its focus on remote learning, this program appeals to students located throughout the world, as well as within the Greater Seattle Area.[citation needed] This program's academic calendar uses the quarter system, and requires no course work in the summer. A typical quarter consists of weekly online distance learning and three weekend intensives. Students can choose between a 2- or 3-year course plan. Students beginning the MBA in Sustainable Systems, participate in a 5-day orientation retreat at Channel Rock, Pinchot University’s eco-retreat center on Cortes Island in [British Columbia], where they are divided into learning communities. This orientation style emphasizes the value of learning communities to students’ ability to connect both as people and as professionals.[citation needed]


MBA in Sustainable Business[edit]

In the [MBA] in Sustainable Business, known within BGI as the Metro Program, classes take place at the school's Seattle campus, located on the top floor of Pioneer Square's 220 & Change building. Students in the Metro Program participate in weekly classes, which meet face-to-face from 6pm - 9pm. This format began in order to accommodate individuals working typical 9-5 schedules within the greater Seattle area who prefer to learn in a typical classroom setting. This program's academic calendar operates under the quarter system. Students attend classes year round, and may opt to begin their studies at the beginning of any quarter: fall, winter, spring or summer. Students in this program can choose between a 2- or 3-year course plan. MBA program credits are awarded for graduate course work in a combination of 3-credit and 1-credit courses. Individual courses may vary as to the distribution of lecture, lab and practicum.

Certificate in Sustainable Energy Solutions[edit]

The Certificate in Sustainable Energy Solutions is a one-year program which offers students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of entrepreneurial and sustainable business practices that champion [social justice], [environmental responsibility] and [profitability]. Credits earned in the Certificate programs may be eligible for transfer into either the MBA in Sustainable Business or MBA in Sustainable Systems. The certificates are for people who want to make a future or existing business more profitable, equitable, and restorative to the [environment].[citation needed]

Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship[edit]

CIE offers programs that provide entrepreneurship and enterprise support that empowers people in low-wealth and under-served communities to build resilient, sustainable and equitably shared community wealth. The program gives priority to individuals with barriers to financial self-sufficiency and limited access to mainstream entrepreneurship and enterprise support resources through its CommunityBuilders™ and CommunityEnterprise™ programs.[citation needed]

Learning Style[edit]

Pinchot University offers a broad spectrum of learning styles and environments in order to prepare students for situations that they are likely to encounter upon graduation into the business world. Across all programs, lecture/directed instruction can include a combination of: • In-person and distance faculty lecture/presentation • Faculty-moderated analyses and dialogue • Case studies • Simulations • Faculty-led exercises with debrief • Facilitated classroom and web-based discussions • Online conferences • Guest speakers and panels of experts • Threaded online discussions • Computer-guided instruction • Lab/practicum collaboration addressing structured problems in real organizations • Capstone course in [entrepreneurship] or intrapreneurship • Business plan presentation

Student Body[edit]

The average age of Pinchot University’s student body is 35, with students ranging in age from 23 to 69. While students come from all over the United States and Canada, 61% of students are from Washington State. Of the remaining students, a large percentage are drawn from the rest of the Pacific Northwest. The gender ratio is 6 females ; 4 males. The majority of students hold full-time jobs in the private, non-profit and public sector. Companies, including [Boeing], [REI] and [Hewlett-Packard] have reimbursed employees to attend the university. Pinchot University attracts professors from some of the top universities across the nation (including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Virginia) to teach classes ( http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2002290270_bainbridge27.html). BGI was recognized as the #1 MBA program overall in [Net Impact]'s (www.netimpact.org) report: "Business as UNusual: The 2008 Net Impact Student Guide to Graduate Business Programs." In 2011, Pinchot University (formerly BGI) was the only school in the report where 100% of the student body agreed that they were committed to social and environmental issues. In 2014, Net Impact ranked Pinchot University as #1 for their preparation for ethical and socially responsible leadership (https://netimpact.org/sites/default/files/documents/business-as-unusual-2014.pdf). BGI was one of only a handful of business schools chosen by [BusinessWeek] magazine for its international list of Best Design Schools - schools emphasizing creativity, innovation and design as a strategic advantage. Pinchot University alumni are recognized as thought leaders in the sustainability movement and the field of sustainable business, and include [Kevin Wilhelm], Cecilia Utne, Kevin Hagan and others. 1 in 5 Alumni are entrepreneurs, 21% of which have launched a company. One of the highest rates recorded nationally, 37% of Pinchot University alumni give back to the university upon graduation.

Change Agents in Residence[edit]

Pinchot’s Change Agents in Residence (CAIR) program invites entrepreneurs, executives and activists to spend time with students in and out of classes. Past CAIRS include Van Jones, Letita Webster, Betsy Blaisdell and many others.

After Pinchot[edit]

Pinchot University has a professional development program with a proven track record[citation needed] of preparing students for Careers in Business. Pinchot University graduates have a job placement rate on par with Ivy League universities: 82% within 3 months of graduation. Graduates of Pinchot University have an 86% employer satisfaction rate, according to an annual employer survey.[citation needed] Further, 78% of Pinchot University alumni are executives, directors, managers, or entrepreneurs.[citation needed]

Certificate programs[edit]

BGI also offers certificate programs in Sustainable Energy Solutions. Credits earned in the Certificate programs may be eligible for transfer into either the MBA in Sustainable Business or MBA in Sustainable Systems. The certificates are for people who want to make a future or existing business more profitable, equitable, and restorative to the environment.

The Certificate Programs offers the opportunity to deepen students' understanding of entrepreneurial and sustainable business practices that champion social justice, environmental responsibility and profitability.

Student body[edit]

BGI's student body has an average age of 35, and a range from 22 to 66. Students come from all over the nation and Canada. About 65% are from the Pacific Northwest, they also draw students from the Bay area and other parts of the US. The majority of students hold full-time jobs in the private, non-profit and public sector.

Companies including Boeing, REI and Hewlett-Packard have reimbursed for some employees to attend BGI. BGI has attracted professors from some of the top universities across the nation (including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Virginia) to teach classes.[1]

BGI was recognized as the #1 MBA program overall in Net Impact's (www.netimpact.org) report: "Business as UNusual: The 2008 Net Impact Student Guide to Graduate Business Programs." In 2011, BGI was the only school in the report where 100% of the student body agreed that they were committed to social and environmental issues.[citation needed]

BGI was one of only a handful of business schools chosen by BusinessWeek magazine for its international list of Best Design Schools - schools emphasizing creativity, innovation and design as a strategic advantage.[citation needed]

BGI alumni are recognized as thought leaders in the sustainability movement[citation needed] and the field of sustainable business, such as Kevin Wilhelm, Cecilia Utne, Kevin Hagan and others.[citation needed]

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