Review Averages: 4.9 out of 10 (35 reviews)Baker College meets the distance learning needs of high school students and adults. It’s the largest independent school in Michigan and its graduates boast a 98% employment rate. This regionally accredited school has a statewide network of campuses and also awards online degrees in business, information technology, and other areas.
Accreditation: State of Michigan
Baker College Reviews:
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Not For Working Adults
July 9, 2011
While Baker advertises itself as a great online program for working adults, it is anything but. Their log in requirements alone negate a "flexible" school environment. In any class, students are required to log in and post to a discussion board 5 of 7 days out of the week. Some instructors require more postings than others, and some require nearly full-page essays per posting. Few instructors help facilitate any discussion, and some actually hinder students from obtaining participation points. There is no school-wide consistency regarding discussion board participation, and it is left up to the individual instructors to determine what qualifies as "substantive" enough to receive points. Most classes also have assignments due throughout the week, instead of at the very end of the week, forcing students to meet arbitrary deadlines throughout the course, and again, definitely not allowing the flexibility they claim in their advertising. The school's bookstore is questionable. More often than not, students are provided with wrong ISBN numbers for textbooks, and Baker rarely has used textbooks available for purchase. Whether this is a ploy to force students to purchase new textbooks through Baker, or an honest mistake (time after time) on the part of the bookstore, it is very frustrating when trying to find a cheaper alternative for textbooks. Since Baker doesn't provide extra class (or instructor) information until the day before a class begins, students either have to order through the bookstore, or wait until after the class has started to receive textbooks. With the arbitrary deadlines I mentioned above, this could be dangerous in regards to losing assignment or participation points, since most instructors rely very heavily on textbooks. Baker uses "quarters" instead of semesters. This makes transferring any credit earned here extremely difficult. For any written assignments, Baker requires APA format. It is not difficult to follow, but there are instructors more concerned about format rather than content, and will fail a whole assignment over one formatting error. Instructor quality is hit-or-miss. Some are very educated, helpful and knowledgeable about their classes. Others are overbearing, narcissistic and downright hostile towards students. I am a straight-A student; I am aware of the challenges (and benefits) that go along with online learning. After an instructor whose workload was beyond excessive, was impossible to please (20+ students dropped that class by the time it was over), trying to communicate with her to no avail, and finally sending a 5-page letter to the dean that was basically ignored, I decided to find another school to finish my degree, where I am currently enrolled and very pleased with.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Offering advanced degrees in Forum Posting and APA Formatting
July 4, 2012
If you want to learn Obsessive Forum Posting and Advanced Concepts in APA Formatting then this is the place for you. Focus on actual course subject matter is secondary. Only good thing about this place is its CHEAPNESS.
16 of 28 people found the following review helpful
I was wrong
October 1, 2011
I thought I made the right decision on transfering from my community college to baker college online, but now I see I made the wrong move. I used to read online reviews on how people were unsatisfied as well as satisfied so I was confused and decided to give it a try. In the beginning, it was going great and I have a 3.5 gpa and made the deans list. I didn't mind the massive amount of homework or the so called "posting at least twice a day for attendence". I come to realize the teachers are completely unfair. First of all I had a 3.5 gpa all on my own. Baker college online teachers DON'T teach. You are required to read your book, do your homework, and answer discussion questions. Second (not all) some instructors do not even respond to your emails. Instructors can decide to fail you if they want to for no reason. Sucking up to them doesn't work. I emailed him and he never responded why I recieved a 0 for participation when I have participated more than once everyday. Sooner or later this school will find a way to screw you over. And that they did to me. Never going to an online school again. All my Accounting classes I have completed aren't even transferable to my community college; Go figure. If you want to go to baker online go right ahead no one's stopping you. This is my personal experience and maybe it can knock some sense to some of you.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Associates of business in graphic communications
April 1, 2013
I completed my associate degree in business at Baker in Clinton Township, with a concentration in graphic communications. In my final year, they changed the program title to Digital Media and Design. The worst part is that the teacher I had for MOST of my graphic classes, didn't even know how to use the software. Isn't that what digital media means? People have written reviews saying the cost was low for this college. $1800 for 2 classes is NOT cheap. Macomb charges about half of that. Now for the REAL problem...APA! They should just change the name of the school to Baker College School of APA! Seriously, I learned a ton about APA, in EVERY class. In fact, I know it better than a lot of my instructors do. Too bad it is utterly useless. I would have rather walked out of college with that much knowledge about the subject of my degree. The demands of citing sources in a format you will NEVER use anywhere else in your life, far overshadow the actual content of the course. I have seriously spent days writing papers that could have been completed in a couple of hours because I spent more time trying to find and cite sources. The tests online are copy and pasted, not written by the instructor, so I have had far too many instances where I got a question wrong because it was misleading. Let me give you an example. I just took a test in Geography and the question asked which country had the most compact territorial shape. That week we were talking about South America, so I found it odd that Panama was listed as one of the multiple choice answers, since it is in Central America. The correct answer, according to the instructor, was Uraguay. If the question had said, "Which one of these countries is in South America AND has the smallest territorial shape?" I would have chosen Uraguay. However, since we had just learned abour Central America the week before, I figured it was a trick question because Panama isn't even hal the size of Uraguay. Needless to say, I got it wrong and she will not buge on it. Look it up, CLEARLY Panama is smaller, but you can't ask questions about a test online when your in the middle of taking the test that is due that day. Chances are, you won't get a response before you need to post it anyways. This happens all the time! Shouldn't the instructor write their own tests based on what they actually taught you? Don't even get me started on the books either! I just bought my psychology book for $191! I immediatly looked up how much they would buy it back for...$56!!! For a non-profit school, they sure are screwing you over on the cost of books. I would love to see them offer books on loan instead of putting giant tv's in the lobby that serve no purpose to anyone, or having a pond full of fish in the lobby. Honestly, I would love to drop out and go to a different college but the credits DO NOT TRANSFER. I feel like I got robbed going here. I can't seem to find ANY jobs in graphics, so I have started my bachelors in health care administration in hopes that I might find something there. Shameful really, isn't it? I am seriously considering talking to my councelor about switching over to teaching, because obviously you do not need a quality degree to teach online classes here at Baker. I am guessing that those 98% that are employed, work AT Baker. The school is a joke really, and I would be happy to argue with anyone who feels differently.
14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
No real world staff
March 22, 2012
A large number of Baker's instructors focus solely on APA formatting and not real world implementation of skills taught. Baker's administration endorses this. Test materials and online quizzes are typically littered with errors. Do research on the institution. While they advertise a 98% employment rate for graduates, they have one of the lowest graduation rates. There are better schools for less money.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Highly challenging and rewarding
August 18, 2011
I am coming to the end of my first year with Baker and I cannot speak highly enough of the system. It is very intense and effort driven so if you are looking for an easy way to get a degree, do not go to Baker. I have read other students reviews and I agree, 5 out of 7 days you must post 2 quality posts to the board and sometimes it is difficult. It is not impossible and requires just a few moments out of each day if you know the material and yes, some instructors like a couple of paragraphs but what is the issue with that if you have read the material. And for those of you stating that not all instructors facilitate the posting process, that is ridiculous. You will have questions yourself, your classmates will have questions. By either asking a question and/or answering a question on course material, your making a substantial post. Bottom line is, it is a credible college providing high intensity workload in order to facilitate you not having to commute to campus every other day. It is no secret that online education requires great amounts of self discipline and dedication and those who lack these traits should definitely look for an easier school to attend. Just because you cannot commit yourself to the workload or maybe you give up to easily, does not mean you should try to discredit this college. Other students including me are paying hard earned dollars to get a degree and people who complain and pass the blame like this are trying to take away the good name of the college while not acknowledging their own issues. Bottomline, I researched many online schools before deciding on Baker and I have yet to regret the decision.
12 of 24 people found the following review helpful
The truth about Baker College Online
April 27, 2013
I just have to say, after reading all the complaints on this forum; I can understand why these people are saying that Baker College Online is so horrible. It is because they are not meant for online schooling; some people just lack the self-discipline to teach themselves--which is basically what online schooling consists of. "Online" does not mean "less work," (unless you are attending a diploma-mill school) you should actually expect to spend more time on your studies if you are completing your degree online vs. a brick and mortar setting because, for the most part, you are teaching yourself. However, one benefit is being able to complete your work at any time of the day. In addition, you can do this work in the comfort of your own home instead of having to drive to a campus and sit through boring lectures. For anyone looking into information on Baker College, I can provide you with a solid review of what you can expect. First off, you have to participate in active discussion on their forums with meaningful posts at least 5 out of 7 days a week. This participation is a majority of your grade, which in turn, many people may call it ridiculous; however, how many brick and mortar schools let you show up whenever you want and turn in your work at your leisure? In addition, to reference one of the complainer’s posts on this form, Baker is indeed very strict on their APA formatting. I believe that this person said, “Too bad it is utterly useless,” and that he could have “completed his work in a couple hours if he did not have to cite the source.” Now let us think logically, is there any college that does not make you cite the source of your work? If you do not, it is called plagiarism, which is against the law! In regards to the instructors, I admit that some of them do not seem like the most respected professors that one may expect from a college. However, I have witnessed their students first hand and what they have to deal with on a daily basis. The idiocy of said students often makes my head hurt when trying to participate in mandatory class discussions. These are the same students that are failed from the class and then go complain about it to anyone that will listen to their sob-story. To address the statements about Baker being a “diploma mill,” obviously these people have not attended DeVry Online, or University of Phoenix. I only say this because these sub-par students would have their degree handed to them because they made their payments on time, instead of being failed because of their lack of effort. Baker is a regionally accredited college with the Higher Learning Commission, as well as, the largest Private Not-For-Profit brick and mortar College in Michigan. I could rant about the inaccuracy of these people’s complaints for hours. However, I must sum this up by saying that Baker College Online is not for anyone. Moreover, it is also more expensive than your local community college. Nonetheless, if you are willing to put forth the 110% effort to obtain your degree online, you will not find any problems from this college. As with anything in life, you must strive to achieve excellence, if not you will not make it regardless of what legitimate college you attend. If this is the case, then you are better off paying four times the tuition to get your degree handed to you by University of Phoenix so that you can hang it on your wall and let it collect dust while employers laugh in your face.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Baker Degree not worth anything...
December 5, 2012
This college is quickly spiraling downhill. The students they are producing for the most part don't know crap about their degree. This is mainly because they aren't hiring teachers that know what they are talking about, so how can they teach the students anything. They are simply giving the students good grades to pass them so they can move onto to something that will confuse them more. I had a class where the teacher didn't even have an associate degree and was teaching a 200 level I.T. class!!! To top things off even more the Port Huron campus offers a bachelors in IT and security but no longer actually offers the courses on their campus (in the third year and I'm now screwed). And to make things even better the Port Huron campus just hired an IT Department chair that's not even certified to teach the material he was hired to teach. Bottom Line: Don't go to baker. They will suck out your time and money. Their credits are like confederate money, just because you have lots of it doesn't mean that it's worth anything. A Baker degree will simply give you a bad reputation. Baker Credits will not transfer to any other College of University.
12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
June 19, 2009
While I have nor problem with the intensity or the quantity of work for their online classes. When I first looked for information on this school there was not a lot out there to go on. I wish there was. It would have saved me a lot of grief. But I didn't like that there was no interaction whatsoever between the professors and students when it came to discussion questions. There is no meaningful exchange of ideas, there is no way to know if you are on track until after everything has been graded. Their administration is a joke - particularly financial aid. Beware if you are in the grad program that your first class is not covered by aid [it is not even considered a full class and yet it is mandatory] and they will send all monies back to the originator forcing you to carry a balance that you are personally responsible for. This will also cause any other loans in deferment to come due during the class and they won't be placed in deferment until you are in the second "full time" class. Their platforms are supposed to be compatible with a variety of computers, but beware - professors will require software for certain classes that are only compatible with PC's. So if you are on a MAC or Linux you are out of luck. If you need assistance. Good luck. You will get passed around 4-5 times to people who are clueless and have no problem saying that they are clueless and can't help you. Not only that, but you get the privilege of having people be mean, rude, and disrespectful when you are in need of help. So think twice, three times, before thinking of going to this school. They are even being sued: http://dockets.justia.com/docket/court-miedce/case_no-5:2008cv13061/case_id-231972/ I don't know the particulars, but research before you get involved with any school. Truly better safe than sorry. And I am sorry I ever dealt with these people.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
November 12, 2012
This is nothing but a diploma mill school. They expect you to post to discussion at least 4 times a day on 5 different days. As if you dont have a life and it revolves around them. The teachers are very rude and have no education or qualifications to be teaching the courses. I have experience many online schools and this one has to be the worse of them all.
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