Our Curriculum & Community
The BGI education combines traditional instruction and course work with team-based applied projects, research, and ﬁeld experience to solve real-world business challenges. BGI faculty design instructional activities to encourage students’ active engagement with the learning content, creating interactive dialogue. This approach stimulates critical thinking, analysis and application of theory to complex business situations.
Curriculum design and delivery methods are selected based on content, topic, learner needs, learning objectives, optimal pedagogy and computer technology capabilities. We believe leadership, teamwork, and ﬂuency with software programs and online collaboration tools are essential competencies for tomorrow’s business leaders and managers.
Students are expected to build and demonstrate a mastery of skills and knowledge, deﬁned by learning objectives. This requires active participation in learning activities. Given the importance of high-performance teamwork to managerial and leadership roles, a large percentage of learning activities and assignments require collaboration. Students are evaluated based on both individual and team performance.
BGI is a community of adult learners committed to changing the world. Students from across the globe consult each other to explore the value of their diverse experiences. Our learning community shapes the academic experience, and provides a framework for lifelong learning among the alumni and extended BGI community.
BGI holds sessions for Kaizen—the Japanese term for “continuous improvement”—at every intensive in the Hybrid Program and monthly at the Seattle Learning Site to address community-wide issues. Kaizen provides an opportunity to voice suggestions for improving the BGI learning experience. Topics range from curriculum evolution and ethics to graduation plans and school growth. Many Kaizen sessions allow for topic choices by students, while others rely on full community engagement. A group of current students plans each Kaizen session.
Change Agents in Residence
Each quarter, BGI hosts Change Agents in Residence (CAIRs). These leaders are advancing sustainable business practices, researching social and ecological sustainability, and engaging in social activism. They share their stories and professional wisdom with our students during intensives by giving guest lectures and participating in group learning sessions.
Action Learning Projects
Experience-based learning is a central component of BGI’s curriculum. Action Learning Projects (ALPs) are designed to bring real value to an organization while a student meets individual course objectives. Working with community and business organizations deepens students’ educational experience, providing a context for coursework by immersing students in real-world business scenarios. Past ALPs have worked with Nike, Nature’s Path, REI, Boeing, the City of Corvallis and others.