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Baker Online is not for everyone, let me get that out of the way first. If you are not a self starter and cannot learn through textbooks and interactions with other students without the guaranteed lectures of proctors/professors/facilitators, then rethink Baker Online and consider their brick and mortar locations instead. That is the negative with the distance learning at Baker. Now for the positive, you can achieve great things in your education here. I finished my Associates in Accounting with a double major in Computer Information Systems and managed to do so Cum Laude. Keep in mind my first attempt at college fresh out of high school I flunked out after three semesters. You HAVE to make real time to study and commit to your course studies, participate in the discussions with other students and sometimes the instructors in a message board setting, and if you get lost there is no time to catch up, get a tutor (which is FREE through Baker and online as well) and get back on track. There may be better online colleges out there but after watching a few nieces go from some very big name TV online colleges to other TV advertised colleges and failing again and again, I'll spend my money where I know I can not only succeed but excel. I begin my last semester in my Bachelors Fall of 2017 and I am certainly considering on with a Master's here at Baker Online as well! Remember, if you need classroom interaction and lecture time with professors online classes at Baker are not for you! The ability to learn independently is required.
I really like Baker. Like with any school there are instructors that aren't great and some that are flat out rude. For the most part the instructors I had were pretty good and gave clear instruction. Financial Aid is pretty fast and I have never had any issues. I am graduating after about three years with my Bachelors in Psychology.
The school is very impersonal. They didn't inform me that I wasn't eligible for financial aid until the day before my first day of class. I am withdrawing immediately . I do not recommend this school to anyone. TAKE CAUTION !!! The instructors are rude and don't respond to you promptly or grade your work promptly. I made a huge mistake enrolling here. The cost is not worth the money. I spent over 500 dollars on books just to not use them during the course.
Online school is not for everyone just as any degree is not for everyone. Online school is harder and requires more time than on ground classes. Also, you can wish to pursue a career but it does not mean you are going to succeed in it. For example, some people are not born to be doctors even if they want to be doctors. I wanted to be dental assistant and obtained the diploma for it but once it came to work as a dental assistant I knew it wasn’t for me! I love numbers but accounting career is not for me unless it’s income taxes. However, the finance is! Here I am pursuing a Bachelor’s in Business Administration Finance concentration and right after I will proceed with grad school. I had my ups and downs with the instructors but I made sure to let them know since at the end of the day I am paying them to teach me, also I have to pitch in even if they not doing their job and let admissions know about it. As I read the comments from others everyone is giving the bad review for the instructors and I ask myself if the students took time to do the review questionnaires at the end of each class about their instructors? Believe it or not Baker takes them seriously and takes action. I knew when I had an issue with a professor and reported it to my adviser it went straight to Dean and they took care of it. So we can’t blame Baker for our failures can we?!I am happy with Baker as a college and I agree that there are professors that do not participate in the class, the student has to learn on their own and participate with students to make their participation points and that is the reason it’s called online school. The professor is not there when you need them, they are there when they are available from their regular day job. Therefore, you might wait 24 hours before they respond to you. My advice to struggling students is to contact tutors to get help rather than waiting on the instructor because I did it in past where I did not bother reaching out to the instructor. I got hold of the tutor at Baker and its completely free and they take time to explain everything clearly for the student to understand and be prepared. At last, if the help doesn’t come to you seek for it. It’s your life, it’s your knowledge, and it’s your career! Good luck to the future students! Remember if you are not good figuring things on your own, online school is not for you! :)
I've researched plenty of Online schools even locally. I chose this school based on the degree and programs it offered, but also because of the cost! Baker Online was a lot cheaper than my local Universities in my State. I've been very satisfied with how my instructors and the courses have been engaging! In going to Baker it has helped in my professional career in being able to not only interview, but also in my current profession of management. It offers up to date information that is relevant and engaging with small classroom environments. My academic advisor has been great in providing me the step plans necessary for me to be successful, because I work full time and attend full Time.
If you have the option to go to any other school, take it. This school is a joke. It is outdated in almost every conceivable way. Instead of having a user friendly system for students to add classes, it has an archaic and confusing catalog style system. The financial aid department plays games with you on when you might get any financial aid disbursements. (So for those who take out loans to help cover living costs while going to school, this is extremely problematic.) The Blackboard will state that disbursements are released on x date, that date will come and go with nothing. You contact financial aid and they state, 'No it won't be released until 2 weeks into the next set of courses.' Ask repeatedly why this is, and why it is different than it was the previous semester (when it was on time) and just have the same thing reiterated to you. It isn't going to be disbursed until two weeks into the next set of courses.' Then, 4 days into the next set of courses...it's released. The courses themselves are pointless. You don't learn anything, and they are obsessed with APA formatting, which does NOTHING for you in the outside world. You're required to post and 'participate' 5 to 6 days a week, and some of the instructors don't give you enough to comment on in the discussion boards, so you're literally just reiterating what everybody else said on the same tired subjects, just to maintain your participation points. The credits don't transfer to a 'real' college and I am becoming increasingly worried over what employers will even take this degree seriously. So be warned, unless you are really just interested in having a piece of paper that states it's a degree, go elsewhere. This college has been nothing but stress and frustration for me since I started it.
It took me longer than most to finish but in the end I feel that it was worth the time and effort. I worked full time and had a family as well so sometimes I was only able to take a class or two a semester depending on work load.
I am finally graduating after 5 years at Baker. I have a previous bachelor's so my experience here is compared to that and may not be the same for everyone. Transfer credits - I saw some complaints about this. Not sure if things have changed since 2010 but Baker fully honored 100% of my relevant classes from my previous degree. It may depend on what institution you are coming from (I had graduated from a different Michigan school) but it worked out well for me. The material - It was really hit or miss, depending on the class. Some classes, specifically the core computer science ones, were very good and had challenging material. I have several good friends who are CS majors and they all said what I was learning was on par with what they'd expect for a BCS. This was a concern for me when I originally decided to attend because I didn't want to get a joke degree. That being said, some classes simply did challenge me enough. The database classes in particular I wish were 1-2 weeks longer. I felt we were just getting a good hold on the content and then the class was over. The electives, particularly for my interests (programming, algorithms, databases/structures) were very sparse but I did feel the ones I took were actually worth taking. Every class I took I was glad to have taken it afterward. The instructors - I feel this is where this school really falls short. I had some very good, engaging professors but I also had some that just didn't devote any time to their students. I had one class where it would take 6-7 days for a question to be answered. That is just simply unacceptable for an online environment. As someone else noted in their review, some professors with PhD's would know less than the students. I came across this once or twice, where the professor would be pushing some outdated concept or program, but it was only for one topic. Contrasting from my old degree, I don't think this is that unheard of. Plus, knowing multiple ways to do things is always a plus. Participation - Ugh, the WORST part of this whole experience is trying to find something to say 5 days a week. Some classes it was a breeze but others I really struggled with trying to come up with decent content to discuss. A few classes I just resorted to asking really dumb questions just to get a conversation started. However, participation did offer a great points buffer for those classes where you had zero instructor input which resulted in a lower grade than you may have deserved. Overall - My takeaway from all this is actually fairly positive. I had many times where I was frustrated and the online environment made it difficult to resolve any questions but I got through it. The biggest thing to consider is that you are basically teaching yourself 95% of what you are learning. That means that things won't always be a breeze and you actually have to put in some work. This whole experience has taught me to be much more disciplined and also eager to learn more. I currently have a career in a different field so I am unsure about how this degree from Baker will impact that but it has helped me a lot at work. I am hoping to pursue a master's degree in CS this fall (not at Baker) so that will be the real test of how well this one prepared me. In conclusion, it was a great learning experience and I would recommend the school to working professionals who want a career change in the future.
I just graduated from Baker college this past weekend. I started at Baker a few years ago. My husband graduated from Baker in 2010 with a Bachelor degree and he had attended on campus classes and online classes and loved both. I have also taken both types of classes at Baker. I honestly have to say that I have absolutely loved my time at Baker. In fact I will be starting again in the fall to pursue a Bachelor in Health Services Administration. I am considering taking only online courses. I do have to say though that the online courses are much more intense and difficult. To begin with Baker has quarters that are 10 weeks long instead of the traditional 16. Then their online courses are only 6 weeks long. There is a lot of content packed in the 10 week courses so you can imagine what is in the 6 week courses. It will be tough but takes a dedicated student. Many professors have a requirement for the amount of discussion board posts on blackboard each week. Many also have a word requirement for those same posts on blackboard. I understand what they are getting at. If you were sitting in a classroom and a peer raised their hand and made a comment would you raise your hand right after them and say I agree totally. Not typically. Requiring a minimum assures them that you are truly reading the textbook and discussions, are putting forth a valid effort and are being challenged to think. If you are simply posting "I agree with you", what contribution are you making? Post requirements make sure you are making a valid contribution that has been thought out based upon the knowledge you have learned from the textbook and your peers. I have been reading a lot of reviews and see that many say that Baker is a "degree mill" or are frustrated with the APA requirements. Considering the work that I have put in I can definitely say that Baker is not a degree mill. I can also understand the frustration with the APA requirements. Yes, it can be hard to have to write a paper and then make sure that it conforms to certain standards but at the same time you are learning how to properly credit someone for their work, which is huge. Also, learning these things help prepare you for having to prepare documents in your future career and help you learn how to be more well spoken. More research leads to more knowledge which leads to highly educated, well spoken people. If you are truly dedicated you will learn the APA standards after a few classes. In terms of instructors online I have never had a bad online professor. They have always been there to ask questions to and are usually pretty timely with their responses. Many times those that are not getting in touch with their professors have not clearly read the syllabus or comments posted. Many of them give out their personal phone number to call or text them whenever needed. Not all do but I have had some along the way. The on campus professors have also been nothing short of incredible. Since they are in person they are more available to help instantly. I have never had a question go unanswered or unexplained. They have always been friendly and professional. They provide many different opportunities to learn the material and seem to actually care about you as a person. The professors go above and beyond. Some complain about the internship/externship that needs to be completed before you can graduate. All I can say is that this gives you hands on experience. Many employers love to see such recent hands on experience. Also there are some students that even end up with an employment offer from the organization that they performed their internship/externship with. The degree program that I studied was very thorough. I feel as if I have been prepared for every situation possible that I may encounter in employment. Baker has been around for a long time and has an incredible history. There are many campuses throughout the state that I live in. Baker is a very reputable place of higher learning. I would only recommend it to those that are serious about their education, those that are willing to put the time in and those that do not expect an easy A.
I think the college is fine if you are in Michigan but if you are in a different area, their degree won't do much for you. Employers tend to look at not only your degree but where you got it. There are also issues with what employers want as far as skill and the classes they offer. Of course I went to grad school after and compounded the issue. I had a 3.95 at Baker and 4.0 in grad school and didn't feel prepared to do much.