Baker College Online Reviews
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Ok, I have only been attending Baker part time because of a busy schedule and between my associates and my almost complete bachelors, I have been there for 7 years. My biggest complaint I have is that they might as well call this school Baker College of APA. With the exception of Algebra, EVERY course has focused more on using APA formatting than on the actual course material. This is utterly useless. It is like algebra in a way in that you will NEVER use it, yet it is drilled into your head from day one. It seems every instructor grades APA in a different manner also. Some are more particular than others about placements of periods and commas, and honestly, none of it matters. I have friends that attend Oakland University, Macomb College, and Wayne State, and NONE of them focus so much time on this useless style of format. In fact, if you ever look at the American Psychological Association's website for info, they do not even write in this stupid format. The books are your teacher here if you are in online courses. The instructors cut and paste the assignments and lectures into the seminar folders, and most interact very little in the courses. You pay $900 for a 6 week course, and at the end of each course, I feel like I didn't learn anything useful. I got lucky and landed a career in my field and I don't even have a degree yet in HCA. There is no hands-on experience in an online course, and knowing APA formatting won't get your foot in the door anywhere. The APA part of each course takes the lead over the actual subject matter and harms the learning experience. If you have to write a 500 word essay, you will spend the vast majority of your time scouring through their lousy online library trying to find something that is actually useful. The books are outrageously priced for a "non-profit" college. They sometimes charge you $500 for two books and six weeks later they will not buy them back, or they offer you $20-$40 for them. Surprisingly though, they NEVER have used books and even if they do, they still charge you $100 or more for them. Honestly, I feel like I am being cheated out of my money and my education. I seriously would recommend a community college over Baker College of APA Formatting any day. The only positive to this school is that the online courses are generally easy, but made more difficult because of the wasteful APA crap.
It's Russian Roulette with the Online instructors. Communication is horrible. Complaint process is horrible. Books and programming languages are outdated for degree.
Unless you are already have a nursing degree, a bachelor of Business with a focus in Healthcare Administration is basically a useless degree. If you look at jobs for this field, you are not going to get hired without a nursing degree so the degree Baker College offers is basically useless. I wasted a ton of time and money getting this degree and have yet to find any job that this qualifies me for. Needless to say I am not using this degree at all for my current job as a control room operator. Overall, the online courses at Baker are useless - you might as well get the books and teach yourself what you need to learn since that is basically what you will be doing. The bull**** required comments in the online classroom serve no purpose at all. The huge amount of required papers to write are just busy work and I doubt if instructors even read them. Anyone can get an A in the courses by just submitting meaningless garble. I have considered trying to get a class action lawsuit against Baker College for offering this degree since there is no way to get any decent job in this field without also having a nursing degree or similar health care degree.
This school have rudest instructors, I have ever seen. They all say they are there for you, to answer questions you may have, concerns you may have, or explain the assignment, WRONG!!! THEY ARE RUDE AND NO MATTER WHAT YOUR QUESTION OR CONCERN MAY BE, THEY DON'T WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU... I JUST STARTED MY SECOND SEMESTER AND I'M LOOKING FOR A NEW ONLINE SCHOOL!!!
I wouldn't recommend this school to no one,For the simple fact, The instructors are worthless they learning just like your trying to learn... the coursework is bogus. all you do is read, read, read, there is no teacher to assist you if you need any help. You have students copying off of other students work in the discussion board...credits are not transferable at other colleges. I recommend to seek other colleges before you give them your money ....
Personally, I wanted to complete my BA as I had only been able to attain my Associates many years prior due to financial issues. Online was very new to me, I found everyone I dealt with at Baker to be very helpful. I was paying for it myself and found the price to be reasonable compared with others. The instructors were mostly very good and very helpful when asked. It turned out to be a good move on my part as I am currently in an insurance career and a Bachelor's degree is now required. My career is great and my income puts me in the top 10% of wage earners and Baker was a part of that. As my company now pays for it, I'm going to start my MBA shortly at Baker Online.
Some of these rants are valid in some ways. I don't know how you can tell if a course is planned ahead of time and frankly, I don't care. The Computer Science program uses the same book as almost every other computer science program in America. One of the first things I did before attending Baker is find out what books they were using and compare those with what everyone else was using. They are the same for the most part. Most Colleges are not using the new VB programs but instead using 06,08, or VB10, same as Baker. We were told to use Dev-C or Codeblocks but the course recommended Microsoft. I can't speak for most of the core classes, I took most of those in a community college. I know English 102 was right in line with Eng 101 and did teach me things you don't learn much about in high school despite what some people here are saying. I took VB in high school and it was nothing like Baker. All the programming we did at Baker was with on the job skills in mind. We had several group projects and I love that because in the real world you are not writing programs alone!! We spent a lot of time on debugging. I would say SQL was a disappointment, only because I thought I would learn so much more but as I have read that is pretty much at every college. If you want to know about Baker here ya go, It's not a degree mill , people saying that just skip them because they don't even know wth that is. You must work hard, you don't get an A for effort. They will flunk you , kick you out, ect. You will find you are writing a lot of research papers, posting in discussions (some require a stupid amount of class participation so be ready for 500 words per post requirements). You will work with others, some professors do skype seminars but its not required by the course and most post some sort of written lecture. The discussion questions allow you to lecture each other as well. All of its credits transfer to most Universities (a few hate the 10 and 6 weeks systems, but most will accept them). You won't get a degree that says "Baker Online" , your background will show your degree is accredited like any other degree. I don't get the complaints here. You are in distant learning, no matter the college or university you are at, the professor isn't going to spend hours every day lecturing you like you are in class. They will help if you need it and many resources are available but all you need to know is in those books!!! I don't get the complaints. Most of them are lies, if this was a degree mill or easy you wouldn't see the complaining you do and its grad rate would be much higher.
The experience at Baker in the Computer Science program leans towards degree mill quality. The "instruction" entails mostly nothing more than reading a book, and the books are of varying quality. The book I am currently reading on web technologies is 7-8 years old, which is ancient for this subject. I don't mind reading a book to learn, but I was expecting more for $900 a course. The course materials are often disjointed, with the assignments having nothing to do with book, and the discussions having little to do with either. Some of the classes haven't been on the same subject as the name implies, such as "Introduction to Computer Science" being about how businesses use computers - nothing about Alan Turing here. Most of the time the "instructors" do little to nothing, and could be replaced by an automated bot that occasionally posts a conversation starter on the discussion board. While you are required to post 10 posts a week, most of the posts by other students are of far lower quality than what you could find in 3 seconds on stackoverflow. Much of the time the conversations are chatty and don't help you learn anything about the subject. It is seems like it would be quite possible to get a degree from here without really having much knowledge or expertise on the subject. Just posting drivel on the discussion board and turning in assignments that don't really test your knowledge is enough.
I was very excited to start at Baker. I have a new computer and operate with all the latest technology, however, after taking the required orientation "class" I was told I didn't receive enough points to register for classes and would have to take it again even though my computer of "Blackboard" (the online classroom environment) showed I passed. I argued and argued and got nowhere. Then, 2 semesters in to this program I signed up for a very small 3 week class which is a required class. It was only 2 credits while other 6 week classes are 4 credits and typically have 1000 possible points. I immediately noticed this 2 credit class was basically 6 weeks of curriculum CRAMMED into 3 weeks and I was very stressed as to how I was going to complete the coursework and required reading, so I consulted the drop policy and dropped within the deadline for 100% refund listed on my registration confirmation. I was charged for 50% of the class! When I argued this one and included a copy of their exact words listed on my registration that I dropped within the timeline I got nowhere. Now I have to pay for this class and frankly, I'm pissed. The final straw that is making me leave Baker is this, and I feel this is very important to some people: my accounting class is basically them sending you a book, assigning you a chapter or two a week to read, and sending you assignments. THERE IS NO INSTRUCTION FROM A TEACHER. You never see a teacher actually teach. Accounting is hard and I am struggling more than need be. If this was provided information in a classroom, I think I would be doing fine. Just be aware that this online format is not the same at all as brick and mortar classes!!!!
I am currently not attending Baker. I attended in 2011 in the HRM program. Baker was my second online campus and first time using Blackboard. I was not a fan of Blackboard but I enjoyed the course. My final thoughts are that I was enrolled with no problems started on time and enjoyed the enrollment process. I think the only time I got voice mail was late one day when I tried to call financial planning. I applied for a student loan advance received a debit card and the funds were loaded on the card about the third week of the term. My textbooks were not problem. I almost withdrew from the class but I stuck it out and passed one course and failed the other - the courses are intense and you have to be willing to do the work. I am now completing my bachelors degree at another online college next year in March but I have considered Baker because of the cost and the fact that they are regionally accrediated. The only reason I withdrew was because of the intense course schedule and more importantly I was working full-time while taking two courses. I read that APA is driving some people crazy and the papers were too much - however if you cannot write well which includes being ethical by siting your work college really would be a joke. Baker graduates students in Social Sciences so American Psychological Association will be the academic body that governs the institutions academia while MLA will most likely be required in a liberal arts or humanities school. Online education is not for every body but even schools of higher education are now debating MOOC's Massive Open Online Courses. I am really glad the options are plentiful and if I do not attend Baker again I would recommend it as an above average school in part because it is affordable and regionally accredited. Cheers