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I got my associates degree from a reputable university. I started attending Baker Online in 2008 going full and part time and taking a couple of long breaks, but finally finished in 2014. I wish Baker would have transferred more of my classes prom my previous school, but I understand their hands are tied based upon their accreditation. I loved the flexibility, but if you are not good at studying and learning on your own, do not take online classes. They are very time consuming and more dedication is required versus traditional campus classes. I learned a lot and my BaCS helped me land a good paying software engineering position with a Fortune 500 tech company in California. If you can attend a traditional university, I would suggest that option first. But if you are older and need a degree for advancement and the traditional route is not an option for you, I highly recommend Baker Online. It will be hard, but stick it out and study hard and you will succeed. I graduated with a 3.86 GPA due to some stupid core classes that I got a C or B in otherwise I would have had a 4.0 GPA. In a traditional setting, this would have been closer to a 3.7-3.8. Without Baker College I would not be where I am today working in my dream job.
Everything seems completely reversed as to what they should focus on for their students. For example, teachers for general education requirements are usually very involved but often rude, inconsiderate, and only care how well you follow rules. Actually learning material is up to you as it does not seem important to the teachers. There are also massive discrepancies from teacher to teacher. For my web development classes, where it matters, it is completely the opposite. Most teachers are non-existent and only there to grade papers. Feedback is minimal and they are not engaged at all. There is very little material prepared by Baker to help you learn. The story is basically the same from class to class. Here is a book and here are the assignments. Do the assignments and if you don’t understand, try to figure it out on your own or hope a fellow student can help. One complaint specific to the web development program is that they “introduce” you to many topics. They cover way too many topics and don’t help you to become skilled in anything. At the end of the program, you have basically played with a ton of options but need large amounts of training to use any of them. My wife went to college online almost a decade ago and every class had live presentations every week. The professor would have prepared material for the week and go over it via webcam, and at the end every student had the ability to type questions and have the professor address them. With Baker, you are lucky if the teacher gets back to you within two days and it is often useless. In summary…go to Baker if you want a degree, but go to another school if you actually want to learn and get a degree.
I am a current student with two semesters to go. My Baker experience has been disappointing so far. Though I have passed all my classes with good grades, I do not feel I really learned a lot. There is way too much information to learn in the short, six-week classes. I guess it is okay if you just want the degree, but my goal has been to actually learn the subject material. I had a problem with the programming class. I literally begged for help from the instructor, and my emails and discussion board questions went unanswered by the instructor. Many of the instructors are not instructors. They blow in once a week to grade your work and give you critical feedback, yet do not help you understand what you did wrong. I feel in order to succeed in these accelerated classes, you have to have instructors that answer questions quickly and add helpful tips and resources to the discussions to help guide you through the class. I have had a few excellent instructors that did participate in the class and help guide you through, and I applaud them for actually doing their jobs. At the end of those classes, I actually felt like I learned something. I have found the textbooks in many of the classes to be very poor quality. Some of them I literally had to read sentences over and over to understand what they were saying due to the very poor grammar and spelling. Most of the classes are slapped together and have incorrect or conflicting instructions. I takes several days before you can figure out what it is you are supposed to be doing, and by that time, you are scrambling to get the work done. I feel these classes should be tested before they use them on actual students so they can work the bugs out. It is not fair to use students as Guinea Pigs when our futures depend on these classes. In a nutshell, Baker needs to either extend the length of their classes or shorten the learning material so students can actually learn. They need to make sure the classes are set up properly before presenting them to the students, and they need to make sure the instructors are actually instructing.
I registered for a university when I graduated from college. Nobody checked my background to see if I had a degree or any certificates and so I was planted into Computer Engineering without the required prior IT education. I stayed for one semester, dropped out and spent the next 10 years trying to figure out how to get back in college. One day I learned that s cousin, supervisor, and two co-workers were all registered at Baker and that Baker accepts tuition assistance from my job. The Website made it easy to research the school and the 1-800 number answered all my remaining questions. The online registration system made it easy to get started and my First Year Advisor has been patient, allowing me to email her any relevant questions. The first class you get familiarizes you with how Baker's Online classes work. Most of my teachers so far (I'm in my 11th class) have required the "naming convention" and APA citations. Some let people post however the post. I notice the class size halves by the end, so maybe if you do crap work, you get crap grades? Three of my teachers have been really trying in that they blatantly did not answer questions and would tell you to contact the Helpdesk or sign up for tutoring if you didn't understand something. Most, however were helpful, upbeat, and really added to "discussion". Some encouraged me to check out other books outside of homework if I was curious (I always am). My current one asks questions but doesn't participate at all. Not. At. All. My classes have had books in the $10-$160 range. My technical classes and math classes required me to download software (you might want a 500 GB hard drive to play it safe). One class required that I get a membership with Adobe paying $30 a month to get the software I needed and all future updates. What else... I cannot maintain my social life, hobbies, and do a couple classes. I don't know if I'm doing it wrong or if this is normal for Baker Online, but all I can do is one class with hobbies, my job, and socializing. I do homework and studying from 6pm-11pm (with house chores thrown in there somewhere). I tend to take a class, maybe two back to back, and then a break otherwise I start getting really irritable and stressed out. You can expect to read through your entire textbook (maybe minus a chapter or two) for each class... Or at least be expected the teacher to ask you to. Some co-workers tell me they don't read and they pass the classes with Cs. What I like about Baker is that they do have an online library available; You can check your grades, balances, required books, progress, and assignments online; you can check what classes you need, available classes, and register online; and you can purchase books online. My experience doing "online" with two other schools didn't do any of this. What I dislike about Baker Online is that some teachers get away with not being helpful or responsive. The only actual facilitator - from what I understand - is supposed to be on your first class ("college success and something or other"). If you're getting paid for me to treat you like a teacher, I expect you to interact just as much and just as kindly as me. Anyway, if you register for Baker, mind your Ps and Qs! There's no undo or recall button, lol.
Don't. The on campus classes aren't horrible, they are fair, but don't bother, get a real education at a real school. Any class online only cares about writing in APA doesn't matter if you write about the topic or not. They also will tell you every single source you use isn't scholary, no matter where you retrieve it from. Basically everything you do is wrong and you are stupid. Your teachers will tell you that you are inadquate and to check the rubric. The "Doctors" are stuck up and they think they are important because they "worked so hard" and you need to respect them. Most of the classes you already know what is going on and they make you take 2 or 3 sections on the same topic, you never learn anything new outside of the 101 classes, it's a scam.
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 ....