Baker College Center for Graduate Studies Reviews
This college is great if you want to go to college but also need to work to support yourself. I will say that the advisors act as though you are bothering them if you have a question or need assistance. The online format is easy to understand and they use blackboard, once you get the hang of this the program is easy to work around life.
Baker College was a great experience for me. I applied to Baker College and started my classes as a freshman 3 months after graduating high school. Not only did Baker help me to become more versed in the Human Services field, the program, staff, and school has helped me recognize strengths that I did not know that I had. I was able to open up easier and listen to more opinions about Human Services. I am proud to have attended Baker College. The staff and career advisors were very helpful and continued to work with me throughout my school year and through graduation. I also developed many friendships throughout the Human Services program. Each class consisted of a small amount of students which was helpful when needed assistance in class by the instructor. Although the class sizes were small, when attending classes and completing the program, I was able to move forward with the same group of people in which I grew closer with. Upon graduating, I had attended class with each individual graduating with a Bachelors of Human Services. This program and school helped prepare me for my career and helped prepare me for the person that I am today.
At the time and maybe still today, Baker was the only MBA program authorized through the Army Tuition Assistance Program that offered an MBA 100% online, which was critical to my success in completing the degree while traveling back and forth between a 15 month deployment and 12 month deployment to Iraq. Their teachers have extensive experience in the fields they teach and the texts have modern concepts and examples to make the learning experience excellent. The digital library was extensive but sometimes difficult to navigate. I highly recommend it to any soldier looking for an MBA. Their bookstore, teachers, and financial office all were willing and able to work with the difficulties of being educated in austere combat environments with poor internet connectivity and slow mailing times. Plenty of my classmates were civilians, so it clearly works for them as well. I have since retired and my MBA from Baker was critical in my rapid employment in the civilian sector with a six-digit salary.
This College is a scam, & I don't recommend it. The purpose of my taking my second degree there was such that I could find a job in my field, which is accounting. Students go through a large number of very laborious, very condensed, and very boring courses. How interesting a course is is not something that concerns me, because at the time I thought that I was being trained to do something that would get me a job. The college will make you complete 75% of your major course work before you can be sent out for an internship. And now I see why! There are many, many more interns than there are internships. Also, since there are so few internships available, then they want to get the maximum amount of money out of you before you decide to not finish the degree program. I think the graduation rate for that college is only something like 15 percent. My experience speaking with the woman who does internships - - her name is Tammy Mattison - - was that she was very guarded and very cautious. Almost as if she had had the experience of telling people lies all day every day, and she did not want to say anything for which she could be held accountable. I sent out probably 100 application for an internship, with the resumes that were produced based upon the recommendation of Career Services and a career prep class. After it was all said and done, I got exactly one follow up. And they rejected me, but not before offering an explanation: they said that they were something like 20 applicants for every single position working at an $11 an hour job. The quality of the instruction is not something that could be commented on, because all courses consist of the same thing: reading massive amounts of material and then answering discussion board questions. Oh, and let's not forget that you have to answer detailed multi-step problems with absolutely no discussion, and sometimes poorly worked, poorly chosen textbooks. The textbooks are still another issue. They will buy the newest addition of the most expensive and obscure textbooks that I have ever seen. For Accounting, there are a large number of books to choose from. We could have used editions that were next to last, and gotten them for something like $25. Instead, these guys had us buy only the newest edition of lousy texts. And don't get me started on the "custom published" books that were cannibalized from several other sources. The at-the-time Dean (Jill Langen) was a shrew. The assistant Dean (Deb Cash) was no more helpful when I was trying to solve a problem. You can better spend your money on a trip somewhere (like the bathroom of a public train in Mainland China) and at least then you would have some relatively more pleasant memories.