The BAC Earns 2015 CHEA Award for Outstanding Practice

The BAC's Practice Department is recognized for "Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes"

Students installing the Gateway Parkolation Project

Jamie Schwadel, MArch ’14, Architectural Designer at BAC Practice employer Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc (C7A), and Kirsten Lawsen, AIA, Architectural Designer at C7A; Photo by Sam Rosenholtz

The BAC is pleased to announce that the College's Practice Department has been recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) with its 2015 Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes. The College is the first and only New England school to have received this recognition. The BAC's Practice Department earns the award for creating and overseeing an effective partnership, or "learning contract," between educators, students, and practitioners, including thorough documentation of experiential learning.

Established in 2005, the award recognizes institutions that have been exceptional in developing and applying evidence of student learning outcomes to improve higher education quality and accountability. The award was established because sharing information about outstanding practices provides concrete and workable examples that can help institutions and programs seeking to make gains in this important area.

"The BAC is honored to be recognized with the CHEA 2015 Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes," said Len Charney, Dean of Practice at the BAC. "Combining academic coursework with assessment of professional skills gained through non-classroom instruction and discipline-specific employment remains an essential educational component that distinguishes the BAC from all other nationally accredited design programs. The BAC's dynamic learning model helps students make connections between theoretical and practical approaches and equips them with necessary tools for solving complex projects and design parameters for today's global and diverse communities."

A committee selected from higher education institutions, accrediting organizations, and the public judged the 2015 entries. The Boston Architectural College and James Madison University were selected for the award based on four criteria: articulation and evidence of outcomes, success with regard to outcomes, information to the public about outcomes, and use of outcomes for educational improvement.

The award was conferred on the BAC at a ceremony during the 2015 CHEA Annual Conference at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.