Educational Institutions

BIRCHAM INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY INC

A good education should teach HOW to think, rather than WHAT to think.

Miami, FL

Mission

Bircham International University is a non profit institution of distance learning higher education. BIU offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees, as well as continuing education and professional diplomas. BIU distance learning degree programs are highly affordable, and are entirely completed by correspondence, not online. Curricula are designed to meet the needs of the adult student, without interfering significantly in his/her professional life. Credit for prior learning and experience may be granted. Upon enrollment, BIU will elaborate a personalized distance learning program of study, then we will mail the corresponding physical textbooks to the address provided. The student will be required to write reports about the assigned textbooks as a way of evaluation.

Ruling Year

2014

CEO

William Martin

Main Address

1221 Brickell Ave, 9th Floor

Miami, FL 33131 USA

Keywords

Distance Learning Higher Education for Adults

EIN

45-5513559

 Number

7227021086

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Education is a lifetime asset, and one of the best ways to help others. Education opens up opportunities to people from all socioeconomic status, despite of their gender, race, or religion or place of residence. Adult students, who cannot afford to leave their employment or families, and who do not require the social experiences a campus university normally offers, may significantly improve their professional careers and personal lives through distance learning higher education programs like the ones offered by Bircham International University. Additionally, adults pursuing a distance education program do prove to their social network, community and family their strong commitment to make life better. They become an example for others, because distance learning higher education demands a greater degree of self-motivation and self-discipline. Education is undoubtedly one of the key elements to make a better world.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Scholarship Fund

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) developed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Adults

Related program

Scholarship Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

All Bircham University distance learning degree programs are individualized and designed according to each student needs and profile. This metric generated from input from BIU database enrollments.

Average financial aid award per FTE student

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Scholarship Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Average scholarship granted per student along that year in US$ per student.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Scholarship Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Total scholarship fund assigned along this year in US$. Bircham University is an international institution, not just a USA 501c3. All BIU offices worldwide contribute to the scholarship fund.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Scholarship Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Total number of students who received a scholarship this year. Note that the Bircham University scholarship fund is generated from profits and donation.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Since its foundation, Bircham International University has used the income from the students tuition to grow and improve. Now we have been able to shape this reinvestment and improvement spirit in the form of a non profit organization. We want to thank all those students who have believed in BIU's innovative distance learning higher education and have made this progress possible.

Full tuition scholarships are limited to a specific major of study and adult degree program. A list of the available scholarships will be informed through BIU web. Available majors of study and degree program will not be made available upon student request, but upon donation preferences.
https://www.bircham.us/graduation/scholarship-fund.html

If the student who got the full tuition scholarship wants to change to another program of study, or degree, he or she may be required to pay any tuition difference, and any additional textbook assignments, set by the new distance learning adult degree program. The donation value chart will be used for this purpose. This change must be requested in writing only after the acceptance of the full scholarship has been confirmed with the payment of the deposit.

Full scholarships are subject to completion deadlines. If the student does not complete any of the required assignments in the due dates, the scholarship will be lost, and reassigned to another student.

Bircham International University (BIU) tuition scholarship fund is generated by donations and profits. Former students and graduate's networks are the many source of donation. Additionally, BIU reinvests 100% of its income and “profits" into self improvement, financial aid and scholarships.

The tuition scholarship fund for distance learning degree programs will be granted depending on the availability of donations and support from individuals and organizations. 100% of the donations are allocated to the tuition scholarship fund.

Donations may be in the form of money or textbooks.

* Money donations:
Use Paypal, bank transfer to BIU's Chase Manhattan Bank account in the USA, or a check payable to Bircham International University. You may find payments details downloading the payment form.

* Textbooks donations.
¡Donate the text books that you are not using!
BIU does only accept textbooks that may be applicable to our distance learning higher education programs. Inform the BIU office of the books that you intend to donate. If we can use them, BIU will send a courier to pick up the books at no cost from your side.

Bircham International University (BIU) is a higher education alternative for adults from all countries and cultures who choose not to attend a formal campus based university. The special character of BIU is reflected in its diversity of programs, its effective pedagogical distance learning degree programs and its international presence. BIU was founded in 1992 and has more than 20 years of dedicated experience and success rates.

BIU distance learning degree programs are highly affordable, and are entirely completed by correspondence, not online. Curricula are designed to meet the needs of the adult student, without interfering significantly in his/her professional life. Credit for prior learning and experience may be granted. Upon enrollment, BIU will elaborate a personalized distance learning program of study, then we will mail the corresponding physical textbooks to the address provided. The student will be required to write reports about the assigned textbooks as a way of evaluating his/her academic program progress and outcome. A project or thesis is always required for any distance learning postgraduate degree.

Bircham International University has experience in designing personalized degree programs. Thousands of graduates may attest this fact as you may read at the testimony section of the BIU web. BIU uses donations to provide financial aid and scholarships. Scholarship granting terms are described at our web.

We normally forget that education provides us with basic tools to accomplish increasingly skilled tasks in our careers. For this reason, when designing an adult degree program, Bircham International University considers not only a student's previous education, but also all the knowledge, skills, and expertise accumulated throughout a professional and personal life. At Bircham International University, we work hard to show our students how to make sound and logical decisions in life. We strongly believe that our students are proficient not because they study more, but because we teach them how to competently apply their knowledge to succeed in their professions.

Bircham International University (BIU) non profit goals are clearly outlined at the BIU web. The Financial aid section displays the terms for applying and receiving financial aid and scholarships. BIU has been granting partial scholarships since its foundation. More information at: https://www.bircham.edu/admission/financial-aid.html

Now we have managed to provide full scholarships based on donation of money and books. The list of available scholarships is published at: https://www.bircham.us/graduation/scholarship-fund.html This website also provides information about the total amount decimated to scholarships per year, the number of students that have received scholarships, and the average amount granted per person.

All enrolled students, and scholarships granted, full and partial, are filed at the institution's database. A list of the students enrolled may be checked at the web: https://www.bircham.net

Additionally, BIU displays a list of hundreds of testimony provided by our graduates:
https://www.bircham.net/biu-references/graduates-testimony.html
I can not think of better indicators to demonstrate the progress of our institution.

Bircham International University (BIU) website provides information about the total amount of money assigned to scholarships per year, the number of students that have received scholarships, and the average amount granted per person.
https://www.bircham.us/graduation/scholarship-fund.html

We expect to increase the donation flow in terms of books and money in order to be able to provide more financial assistance to students of all races, gender, religion, status all over the world.

Donors may name the scholarship on their behalf, they may also and contact know the person they are helping to study in order to monitor his or her progress. Donors may decide to offer a scholarship limited to a specific field of study, or student profile.

What's next? Education is the best way to combat extremism and narrow mind. A good education should teach HOW to think, rather than WHAT to think. Bircham International University intends to spread education via distance learning to people wh may actually change their lives thanks to our study programs. We also expect that the beneficiaries of a scholarship will contribute to help other students to study, thus creating a chain of good will and gratitude founded on a good education.

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BIRCHAM INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY INC

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

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