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:
23 of 26 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 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.
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