Baker College Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (98)
I need to write this review since it seems many other reviews paint Baker College in a negative frame and I am sorry some feel that way. In 2015 received a BS in Information Technology and Security and was on the Presidents list multiple times. Today I reviewed the curriculum for the degree and it has changed as I would hope it would have since Security changes everyday. My degree prepared me far better than a fellow employee who had a Masters from another college within the same IT/Security. My instructors were from the field and were not uninformed of the "real world" as they had real life experiences and shared them. Where some students were "newbies" and others well seasoned the prof's could relate to all of them. Many instructors made the point your degree will not be the reason you get a job, be sure to get credentials such as a CompTIA type, Cisco cert or MS cert. I read a few reviews how Baker does not prepare you for these, my classes did prepare me mostly due to the real life experiences from the profs in IT and the textbooks were current. Especially for the A+ exam. The General Ed classes ( fill in classes like humanity, to make you a well rounded student), they had much to be desired. One item is be firm with the college. I was told I needed to take Math 099 to place me since I had not taken Algebra in my former degree. When I spoke with the college and explained I had taken all 300-400 level classes (since at my former University they placed me in those classes) and to look at my transcripts they said something like, oh how did we miss that. So be firm with them, the college is there to make money. My Algebra II prof was not a positive instructor, she spoke of her life experiences which went more toward a Social class over a Mathematics class. She was intelligent in mathematics but I felt as though I was back in a High School class since if I did not show my work the way she wanted to see it I was marked down. In the real world you solve the problem at hand and cannot follow one way. I received a C in this class since basically I checked out due to her attitude whereas in the Algebra I class I aced it since it was fun and easy to relate to that prof. To sum up my experience, the General Ed courses were drudgery and there to make the college more money, I made it thru them and the strong opinions of many instructors. The IT/Security portion of the degree was awesome, one class I may have changed a bit, however the instructors I had in all the rest were above what I expected. Upon graduating I was working with a Fortune 50 company and gaining more insight. Baker is not a waste of money, price for tuition is reasonable and the Online offering was what I needed. I now plan on gaining my MBA/IS from Baker Online to become the next CIO at our organization.
Do not waste your money on this school, even if they offer you scholarships. They lured me in by offering me scholarships and they did little to warn me about the incompetence of the college itself. They have been constantly changing since I have been here, books continue to skyrocket in price as they continuously rip students off by forcing them to buy custom books or loose leaf books. I had a number of on-ground classes at the campus in Owosso, those were a solid experience for the most part, but Online is absolutely horrible. Owosso did drop my program when they switched to semesters forcing me to go Online full time, which is a horrible experience on all levels. They give you tons of reading and busy work to do with deadlines that are in the middle of a work week. They require you to be online nearly every day to do busy work and assignments that dont really educate you about business at all. Some instructors try really hard to make the system Baker has set up work, but rarely do they succeed. Other online instructors provide little instruction on assignments, little material for discussion, and very vague answers to questions. Some other instructors take their online work too seriously and end up screwing over busy students who have to juggle more than 1 online class at a time. If your assignment is not submitted by 11:59 pm, even if it is just 5 minutes late, you will get a zero and be behind in the class, even if you do much better work than other classmates who cant even use correct grammar in their assignments. Career services and advising has basically been shut down in my opinion, very little communication or motivation from their employees. Baker is a horrible school, much worse than when I started here in 2014, and I wouldnt be surprised if they started closing campuses soon. I shouldve went somewhere else and I recommend anyone reading this do the same
I would not recommend this school to anyone. Run away, as fast as you can. My experience was an awful one. 1. The online accounting program seems to be designed with the intent of keeping students as busy as possible, not with the intent of actually teaching them what they need to know to start their careers. As a student, my time was absolutely filled with busy work, most of which taught me nothing, and was simply a way to keep me frantically meeting deadlines without actually learning much. To illustrate this point, I graduated with an extremely high GPA and felt (and feel!) completely unequipped to enter the work force in the accounting field. I feel like I barely know anything and would need to start as a basic bookkeeper, and yet my grades were insanely good. This should not be possible. It's possible only because I put in ridiculous hours and jumped through all the hoops and did every assignment to the letter. I got nearly straight A's. Yet, I am so far from being an accounting professional. This shows you the value of their assignments. Busywork, nothing more. 2. The teachers are uneducated, bumbling morons, most of whom do the absolute bare minimum to actually teach. You will be learning from a textbook, and you will get ZERO support from your teachers. If I wanted to learn that way, I could have just bought the book and saved thousands and thousands of dollars. Teachers' correspondence was often full of grammar and spelling errors, unclear word choices in assignments, and vague and evasive answers. There were one or two exceptions. They are not all bad. The vast majority though are quite horrible and should be fired. In almost every case, my own self-education and general IQ were clearly much higher than the individual supposed to be "teaching" me. I was not at all pleased with this. 3. The school makes zero effort to bring the online program up to speed technologically. As an audio-visual learner, I found myself very often trying to find video lectures on Youtube in order to complete assignments, rather than wading through hundreds of hours of dry reading material to find the information you actually need to complete the assignment. Why am I paying the salary of these teachers and buying insanely overpriced books when information is available in a much more succinct and precise delivery system? Baker online offers absolutely no videos, and absolutely no alternative for audio-visual learners. Prepare to spend four years of your life reading massive textbooks just to dig out little tiny jewels of information you need. Completely bogus in 2016. 4. Baker has way too many classes in which your grade will depend upon the work of a team of people... usually worthless lazy people whose portions of the assignment are quickly going to become YOURS if you show any elements of intellect and competence. Prepare to do the work of a whole team, if you don't want your grades to suck. 5. Baker's online bookstore is absolutely dreadful. As an American student living in a foreign and 2nd world country, I made my book orders at least two months in advance of any class. THREE TIMES the book store neglected to ship the books until a couple of days before class, even though I made special requests telling them about my situation in a far off country with slow mail. One time, they neglected to send the books at all, and never even sent me an email about it. As a result, I found myself stuck multiple times at the start of a class, with absolutely no class material. I had to quickly befriend other students and get them to scan book chapters for me. A number of times I had to drop classes because I did not have the books, even though I orders them months in advance. Absolutely horrible. 6. Because of my location in a foreign country, I have a US taxable income of 0 dollars. I do not live or work in America. As the result of this, I was selected for a "random financial verification" every ... single.. year. I was put through basically a full financial audit each and every school year, just to get my financial aid and Pell grants. It took literally weeks each time to provide all the information they required. Hours and hours of work and correspondence with them, getting documents translated, notarized. getting my foreign employer's documents translated into English, notarized, and verified, and all through "random selection." I was targeted for reporting zero US income, not "randomly selected." They lied to me directly about this every year, when I questioned why I was being put through all this again. 7. Baker College is NOT an accredited school, no matter what they claim. Their bizarre class length system makes their credits completely non-transferable. After several years of absolute misery at their horrible school, I tried transferring to other accredited schools. The answer was always the same. I would get "partial credit" (usually half credit) for my classes, and basically start back halfway through what I've already done. Baker College is an accredited school? In what what world? Overall, my experience at Baker was awful, and I would recommend that you go attend literally any other college. My conclusion is that they are a money grubbing front with very little concern for anything other than collecting tuition fees. Harsh? Not harsh enough. I would give 0 stars if I could.
Stay away from this school! Their online support is a joke. Most of the time the online registration for classes doesn't work and their website seems like it was designed by someone who read about web design in a magazine. I shouldn't have to log in 4 different times in the same website to navigate it. The instructors are hit or miss as far as quality. I had a statistics instructor that never bothered grading my final project, which lowered my final grade, and ignored all emails about it. The administration just shrugged it off because I passed the class. Horribly run institution. Now they started the new semesters earlier than previous years without any warning/emails to notify students. Now I'm stuck taking classes that I didn't want because the others were already filled up. Avoid this college at all costs!
Overall good experience did receive my BA and then went to get masters ...I got my Masters diploma and it was just that ...my BA degree came in baker protective case and included transcript...my masters came in envelope with nothing....I would have thought that my Masters would come in the baker case ....very disappointing
I went to Baker (Online) for my BBA in HR Management. I was a bit tepidness as many of us in Michigan know, Baker has a bit of an unpopular favor. However, they are accredited and I read enough reviews to give it a try. The program I was in required a lot of hard research but ended up being so worth it. I have been in HR since 2012 and I am very successful. Better yet, when I went to take my PHR test (for those not in HR this is a very important title to your name in HR) I passed it on my first attempt. Less than 55% of PHR test takers pass on their first try. So clearly the knowledge I needed to pass a hard internationally known exam, was obtained through Baker. A lot of the bad image, in my opinion, is from Universities and the push to scare people to pay much more $$ to have a University on their resume. It is time to stop that. We have a skills deficit because so many are focusing on what college instead of what skill is in demand. Consider Baker, consider a tech school or a tech program, consider them all and do your research where you will get more of a return in your investment.
I would not recommend this school to anyone. There is no one that can help you and if they do you end up taking more classes than you had to. Also this semester they took away minors, which many of the students were told they had to choose one when they first registered. I have all but two classes done for my minor and I am unable to finish it! I just gave Baker over $3000 for an outcome of nothing! Also why is it costing more for us to take classes when you are now making them 3 credits? I paid less when they were 4 credits! This school is just about taking your money and is no help. Please do not go here!
I would have to agree with R. S. Most of his comments are true. In addition, for those studying towards Computer Science and Information Technology Degrees; those who are studying for the CompTIA exams, please be aware.!!! The books and course materials are not up-to-date. In fact, they are obsolete!!! The number one Certification that gets student's foot into the door of your future employers, is the CompTIA A+ certification. Baker College has courses that train you for this exam, however, one probably will not pass the exam based the curriculum of the course. Reason being that 100% of the objectives of the exam no longer are covered. New material has been added to the exam and the books used to study for this exam don't cover those objectives. There is a book that does cover all of the objectives for the exam however, Baker College chooses not to teach from that book. The book is even written by the same author! So basically what I am saying is, Baker College does not put any effort in keeping up with computer science material for the students. This in turn will cause you to fail the CompTIA A+ Certification Exam! Sorry to share this but it is true. The students have to go to outside sources to learn the rest of the material that is not covered in class just to learn all the objectives to successfully pass the CompTIA exams. PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS!!! In addition, I personally have found that most of the teachers are either lazy or just dont know the material of the class they are teaching. They usually don't have an answer to questions I have asked. Usually they just refer the questions to other classmates or send you to an online website for instructions. The online Baker College instructors DO NOT TEACH THE COURSES! If you want to learn the subject, you teach yourself. And the other reviews I have read about Baker are also true. If you are comfortable learning the subject on your own efforts, you will do well. If you do well being instructed on the material including hands on practice, best not take courses online thru Baker College. The greatest difficulty I have had so far with Baker College instructors have been their lack of interest in the students and just plain refusing to answer questions. The subject matter is hard enough by itself, much less not getting any answers when I am struggling. If I have presented to my instructor my work and ask for confirmation or ask for some help, I never got an answer to my questions from them. It kind of made me wonder if they even knew the subject matter they were in charge of teaching. Incidentally, the instructors don't write the course nor do they chose the books. So usually they don't know anything about the books nor the course they are supposed to be teaching. I believe that if they did chose the books and wrote the course, they would be knowledgeable enough to answer my questions. I would like to end on a positive note however. My academic advisor IS AWESOME and very interested in my success at Baker College!!! Ask for T. if you decide to attend Baker College online after all.
Baker offers more than they actually give. I just dropped out of Baker today after 3 years of wasted time and money. The online classes I "attended" for 6-weeks at a time, back-to-back, were far too focused on piling through a text versus student learning. Almost every teacher I had responded with "Google it" or "watch this video on YouTube" when asking any questions. There is 0, as in zero, instruction for this program. The school advertises that help is available for their courses but in the Web Development program, there is actually none. The only support they provide is if you can't access the software they use for turning in assignments. Beyond that, you have no help. Baker does not allow late assignments. So, if you cannot get a program installed and working correctly in week one, regardless of the hours you spend troubleshooting, they don't care that you're behind on your assignments. In fact, this is all that Baker cares about...just plowing through everything. If you don't understand a topic, well, too bad. Everything is deadline based. There is no such thing as practice. You buy a book and are told to complete an assignment with no instruction and no practice. If you don't get it, your grade is poor and you're forced to move on with not understanding the course. You'll find that neither the admin, counselors, or teachers care about the knowledge you gain --- or should I say, don't gain. After 3 years, I can honestly say, I have learned nothing. This has been an extremely stressful process. Because I work full-time, I was only able to take one class at a time. Even with this, due to the lack of teacher involvement and no instruction, you may find yourself spending 6-10 hours a day trying to figure out how to do something and still come up short. You're so stressed out about getting it done that you have no time to actually learn. As well, to spend this much time in a day working on something only because you have no instruction, yet paying for it, is completely absurd. If you complain about a teacher, the school argues back that their instruction was provided via the YouTube videos or links to websites that they shared online, which 9 out of 10 times have absolutely no relevance to the actual assignment you are working on. The reason I just dropped out is because the classes were originally 6-weeks long. After I spent 3 years there, taking one class at a time, and knowing my date of graduation, they decided to "switch to 8-week courses." They claim that graduation dates are the same but, obviously, this doesn't make sense mathematically. The extends my graduation date by 32 weeks. The told me I could triple up on my class schedule to graduate at the same time. I explained that I signed up for Baker with an expected graduation date that made sense to me. They did not care. The only option they offered me was to withdraw, take on more work that I could handle, or extend for an extra half year. This is like telling a student, you're going to graduate in 4 years and then suddenly change it to 6. Awesome! And of course, they feel no guilt or obligations financially. My goal at this point is to see if I can pursue a legal defense against them to get some of my loans dismissed.
Traditional full-time campus programs were pretty much out of the question since I was working one full-time job and a part-time job. I needed an online option or a hybrid online +part-time campus option. I was initially attracted to Baker College Online because of its impressive statistic of 95% of its graduates working. Yes, they may be working but not necessarily in their field of study. I also liked the school's talk about lifetime job search assistance; how was I to know at the time that the lifetime job search assistance would end up being someone sending me job postings from major job boards--something that I could do on my own? The majority of the instructors that I had were decent and seemed to care about the students. I did have a couple who treated it as "just a job" but they were in the minority. The coursework was stated to be "challenging" as the degree I took was an accelerated program. It was actually pretty easy; just a lot of writing but otherwise not difficult. I am in the same field that I was in prior to amassing $80K in student loan debt. Be wary of claims and research carefully the field that you want to enter.