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:
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
his is the place if you want to be disrespected...
Human Resource Management - October 24, 2014
I started this school a month ago because it was close to home. I had planned on going for a few semesters and then transferring to an accredited university. Guess what they don't tell you? You credits mean nothing! You cannot transfer without wasting all that time and money for no reason. I have 2 racist instructors who are not professors, nor even seem intelligent enough to teach! They spend the time talking about themselves or yelling at students. I am middle aged and have been ridiculed and harassed for weeks! No one will help me. The Dean is a joke. I pay almost $100 each class to be subjected to a nightmare. Do not send your kids or go to this joke. And the 97% employed? Prove it! Their job fair consisted of only Lowes, Where you can make minimum wage. Really?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Out with the efficient In with the junk
Bachelor of Computer Science - July 14, 2014
I've been attending the campus classes for almost two years now trying to complete my Bachelors in Information Technology and Security. About half way through my degree my fellow BITS students and I noticed that many of our classes were being phased out. Not in the sense of being removed from the curriculum - no. In the sense that they are FORCING us to go online to complete these classes. Many classes that require HEAVY hands on methods so that you can fully understand how parts work and how you will deal with certain programs are now shoved onto you in online format along with an overpriced book that resales for next to nothing if your lucky. Those same classes are then slowly removed from campus so you can't try and squeeze in there. All online classes are designed in the same concept of "attendance" is posting normally two times a day, five times a week to discussion boards where most of your fellow students give you little to nothing to actually "Discuss." A typical discussion goes: [A]: here is an article I found [B]: I found this interesting [C]: I too found this interesting [D]: I have to agree with [B], x is definitely the correct thing. And if you happen to find some way to inject something meaningful into that conversation it is up to the instructors discretion if your post means anything or not. You could meet the two post for five days and still get no points if the instructor didn't "FEEL" like your message contributed in any way to the discussion. While the campus classes you could have done everything and more that the online offers minus the mirage of "flexibility" of course but you actually have people and an instructor who are willing to have an intelligible talk with you on something if need be and if you run into problems you don't have to communicate via email and hope they get back to you before the deadline. Yet, they still charge the same for tuition so you get less for more, yay~
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Depends on the person
Bachelor of Computer Science - July 2, 2014
I just completed my second year at Baker. So far I have been pretty middle of the road with the college. I attended OTG classes at other colleges and with my schedule, working parent, I believe Baker Online is a better choice for me. I did have a misconception that online would somehow be easier. The posting can be difficult and I understand the frustration of APA. To be clear the frustration usually comes form APA in regards to the posting requirements. I have not been given credit on a few post because I didn't cite even though the information I posted was general knowledge. The math classes are the toughest but most of the instructors are good about keeping them going. They may seem like general obvious questions but if you post they are pretty good about giving credit. Be prepared to teach yourself and utilize outside sources for help with learning. I have an outside tutor for my math classes and in general the web has great resources for help with other classes. It is not easy and I have had pretty good luck with instructors. Grading is about 50/50 being early or on time with return grades. I have never had an instructor be late except with final grades. Some of the one star post I agree with but online schooling is for a certain type of person. I am already a professional in a field for 15 years so the degree is just for a boost to management. The Classes are 6 weeks long and it is usually over before it began. Very fast paced and there is a lot of information to digest. Mids and finals are pretty tough, maybe a little tougher then the OTG classes as I remember but that may just be because the OTG finals were many years ago and these ones come every 3 weeks. Do or don't it's not easy or for everybody so good luck either way.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Thin meatless gruel of a program
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering - July 2, 2014
I enrolled in the BSME program a few years ago after beginning a program in Florida and being forced to transfer back home to Michigan for financial reasons. I had no desire at the age of 30 to recommit myself to yet another traditional institution because I had been to too many and just wanted to get my BSME over with. So I found Baker in Flint that offered the same critical ABET accredited program as I had been in and I transferred to Flint to finish. Here is where the garbage starts. I went to my first class and I believe there were 5-6 students. The head of the program had a Masters not a PHD. The classes were very unstructured and the level of academic rigor on the subjects I was studying was significantly less than I was used to. The tests were easy. Funny almost. And I eventually would find that in my core classes maybe half of the time would be instructional and the rest would be just shootin the stuff some days. I was so mortified and disgusted with Baker that I transferred the next semester in what would be my final transfer to SVSU where I did graduate. The problem with baker is that I would argue that a lot of your peers are not competitive, the instructors are lazy, the program is too protracted and sliced up to extract maximum cash from students, the classes often DO NOT transfer to a traditional institution, the location is very unpleasant, etc. If you have to go to Baker than good luck to you but you would be far better off at a local public school or even a community college which at least will maintain a traditional academic atmosphere with transferrable courses and articulation agreements.
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
BBA Management - June 8, 2014
It's a diploma mill. I know my work is shabby but I get A's. The teachers don't want bad reviews so they pass everybody. If they do something you don't like, you can go straight to the top and complain and get what you want.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Online Program
BBA: Finance - April 14, 2014
Clearly some of the people posting were not in the online program, others speak of not for working parents, APA style, grading system, 5 out of 7 day posts. I believe these people are just complainers. How hard is it to have 2 posts and you get to pick which 5 days you post on and also you have until 12 midnight to do so. You can post at work, at lunch, at the restaurant ANYWHERE!!!! How is the grading system unfair when the instructor gives you a syllabus and advises you of the grading system and how EVERYTHING is weighted. APA style, if you have windows you select the writing style and it will format everything for you, cite, etc. Bakers online is so simple, like other smart, logical, people your posted great things, if you do the work you will not have any problems. I work, I am a parent, people stop complaining because you lacked the effort and dedication. Maybe online classes are not for you!
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Fine School
web development - January 13, 2014
While several others have written very poor reviews of Baker here, this school is a fine school and while not everyone will benefit from it since it is 100% online, it is worthy of a truly objective review instead of the ranting of spoiled students wanting to be hand fed the material by an instructor. I have been a student at Baker Online for 3 plus years and have had several instructors and most of them are good in what they do. It is not the instructor's job to hold a college student's hand to walk them through assignments and if you can't cut the high paced environment and want to take your time getting a degree, then do NOT attend Baker Online. It is EXPECTED that you will work hard to earn your degree and while it may be true about the outages of Blackboard, most of the time this is not the staff's fault and instead a different problem that is usually solved by the student installing the proper software (browser version) to enable things to work. A great school and a great place to learn!!!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Trying to think of something good to say
Bachelor of Computer Science - August 21, 2013
Oh yeah, it's relatively cheap. Can't think of anything else positive. The "professors" seem very unhappy and that is reflected in their hostile attitudes. There is very little support. There is indeed a strange fixation on the number forum posts you do, quite odd. I'm looking for another school.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An honest description of my experience.
Bachelor of Computer Science - June 10, 2013
Score: Overall 2. After one and a half years, I have a laundry list of issues and not much good to say about Baker College, however, I will post the good towards the end. Materials: Books are typical college level text. There are no lectures and about half of the instructors I have had will offer the textbook's accompanying power-point slides. All classes rely solely on the textbooks. Assigned chapters to read each week and assignments consist of the textbooks end-of-chapter exercises or questions. Teachers: 1. Just one instructor I have had thus far actually seemed knowledgeable of the curricula. Very few instructors post grades on time and few reply to emails before two or three days. Institution: 2. No one is ever in their office and leaving messages rarely works. I am a 3.8 GPA student who was very concerned about one grade in a class I took 4 months ago. Backboard system (which is where all work and communication goes through for Online students) has a extremely low up-rate and students receive several Blackboard outage emails each week. I had to determine the best time of the day to log-in because of a two, sometimes three, minute delay while submitting answers on quizzes and test. The delay caused for over ten hours recorded of wasted time staring at the screen waiting for Backboard during the first five weeks of the course. I spent a considerable amount of time just trying to convey my experience with the colleges officials and nothing seemed to come out of it. The college is completely non-responsive to any complaints and for that I scored them a 2. Support: 1. See previous. Value: 5 This is one of the few good things to score of my experience with Baker College. Technology: 1. I know of much better technology than that of which Baker College administers. The college cannot even seem to keep there email system up. All video resources used by all instructors (which are far few and in-between)seemed filmed thirty years ago. Mainly just the math courses have used videos as part of the curricula. The Oral Communication course requires video uploaded and the system used to upload and review is utterly junk. As a tech guy, I can say with certainty, Baker has not much pride in their use and administration of technology. They must save a fortune in this area. I did much research before deciding on Baker, however, I regret my decision much. I just transferred to a local University mostly to take advantage of class lectures and the benefits of having a instructor that participates in the learning process. Baker College seems almost like a Degree mill in that you are given a textbook, expected to teach yourself entirely from just the book, and take erroneous tests and quizzes to prove your understanding of the material. I can buy the textbooks for half the price Baker sells them for and teach myself for much less money. The $800.00 per class is entirely for the four credits on paper. I have received an A in courses which I did not feel comfortable with the material whatsoever and received a B in courses which I already understood every bit of the material before talking the class. The Baker system is very much flawed and there are many holes in it. I took three programming classes which covered the exact same material. Therefore, I paid $2900.00 to learn conditional statements and loops. I could not image being ready for the job market after graduating from the Computer Science program at Baker. If you are looking for a easy degree which mostly consist of posting whatever to a discussion board twice five days a week for each course, than Baker is for you. Other programs may involve a much better curricula than the C, so please do not consider my post if not seeking a CS degree. The overall experience and service should apply to all. Recap: the good-an degree mill. Easy degree, but not for those who actually want to get a job after college.
13 of 25 people found the following review helpful
The truth about Baker College Online
Bachelor of Computer Science - 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.
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