Bainbridge Graduate Institute

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Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI)
Motto"Changing Business for Good"
Established2002
TypePrivate Non-Profit Educational
PresidentGifford Pinchot III
Admin. staff25
Postgraduates500+
LocationSeattle, WA, USA
Coordinates: 47°37′41″N 122°31′07″W / 47.628105°N 122.518749°W / 47.628105; -122.518749
Websitewww.bgi.edu
 
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Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI)
Motto"Changing Business for Good"
Established2002
TypePrivate Non-Profit Educational
PresidentGifford Pinchot III
Admin. staff25
Postgraduates500+
LocationSeattle, WA, USA
Coordinates: 47°37′41″N 122°31′07″W / 47.628105°N 122.518749°W / 47.628105; -122.518749
Websitewww.bgi.edu

The Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) is based in Bainbridge Island, Washington and Seattle, Washington. BGI offers an MBA in Sustainable Business, an MBA in Sustainable Systems and several Certificates in Sustainable Business and related industry concentrations. BGI's unique and pioneering curriculum infuses social and environmental responsibility into all of its courses, including MBA core competencies. BGI's mission is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds to build enterprises that are financially successful, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable.

They mean this mission in the broader sense – not only preparing its own students, but also helping other business schools integrate sustainability into the heart of their programs. Founded in 2002 by Gifford Pinchot III, Libba Pinchot, Sherman Severin and Jill Bamburg, the school has grown in enrollment and impact over the years. In 2009, BGI was awarded the grant of accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). It is also accredited by the State of Washington's Higher Education Coordinating Board. In 2012, BGI graduated its 500th alum.

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Programs of Study

MBA Program

The MBA in Sustainable Business is a program designed for working adults. The program is built upon a learning community model pioneered at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.

In the Evening MBA program, students and faculty meet at one of the Seattle Learning Site classrooms a few nights per week from 6 to 9 pm. All classes meet face-to-face. BGI's academic calendar uses the quarter system. Students of the Evening MBA attend classes year round in fall, winter, spring and summer quarters.

In the Hybrid MBA program, students and faculty meet in intensive classroom sessions for a 4-day weekend once a month, October through June, at the IslandWood environmental learning center on Bainbridge Island, 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Seattle. Between sessions, classes utilize a variety of distance-learning technologies to support student learning. This hybrid format combines our emphasis on building an immersive learning community with the flexibility, focus and self-paced engagement afforded by distance learning. BGI’s academic calendar uses the quarter system. No required Hybrid MBA courses are offered in summer. A typical quarter at BGI consists of weekly online distance learning and three weekend intensives. Students can choose between a 2- or 3-year course plan.

The learning community formation begins with a 5-day orientation retreat at Channel Rock, our eco-retreat center on Cortes Island in British Columbia. The community continues to develop in face-to-face intensives once a month at IslandWood, the LEED Gold Certified outdoor learning center on Bainbridge Island known for programs teaching stewardship and sustainability to school children and the community, supplemented with distance learning and online interaction.

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.

Lecture/directed instruction can include a combination of:

Lab/practicum includes team-related work and collaboration to address assigned structured problems, beyond individual time reading and writing.

BGI offers content focus called Industry Concentrations that include:

Other program highlights include a strong focus on entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship with a capstone course and business plan presentation. Change Agents in Residence program that invites entrepreneurship, executives and activists to spend time with students in and out of class during an intensive. Action Learning Projects where students work in teams with companies that are working on timely issues about sustainability.

Certificate Program

BGI also offers a certificate program in downtown Seattle, Washington in Sustainable Business. Up to 18 credits earned in the Certificate program may be eligible for transfer into the MBA program in Sustainable Business. The Certificate in Sustainable Business is for people who want to make a future or existing business more profitable, equitable, and restorative to the environment.

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

Student body

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." BGI has been rated #1, every year, since 2006.

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.

President and Co-Founder Gifford Pinchot III

President and BGI Co-Founder, Gifford Pinchot III, Gifford Pinchot is a well-known author, speaker, and consultant on launching businesses and innovation management. He has helped to launch over 700 businesses, several of which are each doing over a billion dollars in sales. He has built four companies and sold three of them, one for a profit of over 100-to-1 for the original investors. He is a partner in a successful angel capital firm, Alacrity Ventures.

Mr. Pinchot has published three books. The first, in 1985, INTRAPRENEURING: Why You Don’t Have to Leave the Corporation to Become an Entrepreneur, was a business best-seller and introduced the concept of intrapreneuring – creating innovation within existing organizations. Intrapreneuring has now been published worldwide in fifteen languages and is a classic text in business education. The word “intrapreneur,” which was coined by Mr. Pinchot to describe the intra-corporate entrepreneur, has been included in the American Heritage Dictionary and Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary. In 1999, he co-authored Intrapreneuring in Action – A Handbook for Business Innovation, the long awaited follow-up. Mr. Pinchot has appeared on Larry King Live and the Today Show to discuss his approach to innovation.

In his second book, The Intelligent Organization (Berrett Koehler, 1994), written with Elizabeth Pinchot, the vision is broadened to include a revolutionary way of organizing all work, from the most innovative to the most mundane, that increases intrapreneurship and promotes democratic participation.

Since 1983, Mr. Pinchot has led Pinchot & Company, a firm that helps companies launch new businesses and implement more sustainable business practices. Its client list includes half of the Fortune 100 and numerous government and non-profit organizations as well as clients on every continent except Antarctica.

Mr. Pinchot has facilitated numerous sustainability projects. He has licensed two of his inventions. Mr. Pinchot graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1965 with an A.B. degree in economics, then completed his coursework for a Ph.D. in neurophysiology at Johns Hopkins University.

In 2008, Executive Excellence Publishing listed Gifford as number 32 in their Excellence 100 - The top 100 Leadership Consultants. Also, in 2008 he was awarded a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa from the University of Puget Sound.

In March 2009 he was awarded The Olympus Lifetime of Education Innovation Award. The national program, executed by Olympus in partnership with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), recognizes individuals who have fostered or demonstrated innovative thinking in education.

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