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Thursday, February 04 2021 - 08:04
Boston Architectural College Announces New Vision and Strategic Plan Highlighting Innovation and Expanding Global Access to Future-Oriented Design Education
BOSTON, Feb. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The Boston Architectural College (BAC) today announced the launching of its 
bold new vision through its 'BAC to the Future' strategic plan. Through this 
innovative plan, the BAC's focus will be transforming current programs and 
creating future-oriented design programs accessible to students in the U.S. and 
around the world.

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The plan is the culmination of efforts that began in 2019, spearheaded by 
President Mahesh Daas. "This bold initiative demonstrates the institution's 
long-term commitment to inclusive access to world-class design education for 
all students," said Daas. "Our focus is to lead the way by creatively 
responding to sector-wide changes in higher education, and harnessing the 
wisdom gained during pandemic times." 

Throughout the BAC's collaborative process, leadership engaged students, 
faculty, staff, trustees, and creative instigators as well as gathered insights 
for the institution's future direction through "think wrong" design workshops 
and other creative fora along with conducting rigorous strategy validation 
studies to inform the plan. The five-year plan has been enthusiastically 
approved by the BAC Board of Trustees.

This year-long effort translated into a set of six vision statements:

    -- We envision delivering on our educational mission of diversity and
       inclusion to help our students fully actualize their potential. 

    -- We envision the college as a global network, a cloud canopy with
       virtual aerial roots that capture social differences and facilitate
       the learning of the curious, the creative, the ambitious, the
       exemplary traditional and nontraditional students irrespective
       of social identities and geographic location. 

    -- We envision a network of seamless flows propelling students from
       preK-12 systems and across national and international postsecondary
       systems into design education. 

    -- We envision a world where design literacy is an essential quality
       of global citizens, and design thinking becomes a basic skill for
       all to build a sustainable, thriving, and robust community. 

    -- We envision promoting design literacy and design thinking to build
       a resilient and flourishing society. 

    -- We envision the BAC evolving into a robust and growing institution,
       and the BAC's educational innovations emulated across the higher
       education spectrum.

This vision combined with supporting goals and strategies enable the BAC to 
undertake nine key initiatives in areas such as Academic Excellence, Social 
Justice, Global Growth, Design Entrepreneurship, and others. 

One of the early initiatives, The BAC Cloud Canopy(TM) platform was expedited 
and launched its first component, The BAC Cloud Lab(TM) during the Coronavirus 
pandemic to meet students' emerging needs. The groundbreaking platform offers 
cloud-based access to coursework, labs, events, and services on any enabled 
device--regardless of where students are located around the world.

"Since its inception over 130 years ago, this institution has been a hub 
promoting creativity and innovation. Its alumni--spread around the 
globe--continually transform the human experience through the built 
environment," said Board Chair, Richard Martini, B.Arch. '84. "Now, under the 
direction of President Daas, the BAC is advancing toward fulfilling its vital 
mission of diversifying the design fields. Not only does this influence how we 
approach the global learning experience, but it also prepares our students for 
producing real world, sustainable solutions."

Founded 131 years ago, The Boston Architectural College is a recognized 
institution providing excellence in practice-integrated design education to 
members of diverse communities--with students representing 35 countries. Ranked 
#1 for Best Graduate School for Earning Potential and #4 for Best Architecture 
School offering Bachelor's Degrees in the U.S. in 2020 by GradReports, the BAC 
offers on-site and online bachelors and graduate degrees in architecture, 
interior architecture, landscape architecture, design studies, and continuing 
education. In 2005, the BAC became the first institution in the U.S. to offer 
an accredited online degree in architecture. The BAC upholds the importance of 
inclusive admission, diversity, innovation, dedicated faculty, and the 
intrinsic value of both academic and experiential education.

SOURCE  The Boston Architectural College

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