Samford University

BACHE Program (Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education)

Created with initial funding support from The Greater Birmingham and Robert R. Meyer Foundations, BACHE is a collaborative approach by which the five, four-year colleges and universities in the Birmingham area enhance the educational opportunities of their students in a prudent economic fashion. BACHE initiatives focus on programs that are improved through inter-institutional cooperation or that all institutions may not offer. The participating institutions are: Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Miles College, the University of Montevallo and Samford University. Full-time, degree-seeking students in good academic standing at their home campus may take one exchange course per academic term at another BACHE campus on a space-available basis. These courses are offered at no additional cost and through registration at the student's home campus. In most cases, such courses are not available at the home campus and are taken elsewhere to improve the student's program and overall educational experience. Written permission from an academic advisor and the campus BACHE coordinator are required.

Students, faculty, and staff at BACHE institutions may access the resources of all the member libraries by simply presenting a valid I.D. It is best for students to first discuss research projects with the faculty and reference staff at their home library before using member libraries. The rules and regulations of the lending library are in effect and must be respected. Use of special library resources, such as computer labs and some online services, may be limited to persons from the home campus

The Cooperative Course Exchange Program of BACHE expands course offerings available to students in their field of study and helps eliminates gaps that occasionally occur within programs on individual campuses. To take an exchange course at another Consortium campus, one must do the following:

  • Determine what courses are available through your academic advisor or by contacting the appropriate department at the other campuses.
  • Obtain a Cooperative Course Exchange Approval Form from the registrar's office, and get it signed by advisor and registrar. Obtain the host institution's academic and student policies applicable during the host term.
  • Review the official course exchange policies and procedures click here.
  • Samford students, please use the BACHE Form in PDF  (Form opens in a new window).
  • To register in the BACHE program at Samford, please contact Sara Gould in Students Records at 726-2906.

For more information about BACHE and available courses, please consult the links provided below: