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I have been attending Baker Online since Summer 2011. I have not had one issue in my time here. The instructors are knowledgeable, and responsive. They make you work for your grades and that was comforting. I wanted to actually learn something and have learned a lot.
I have had only one issue and it was the VA's fault, not the schools when it came to financial aid. I will actually graduate with a very reasonable amount of debt which I am thankful for. I would recommend to anyone wanting to attend an online school.
Baker College is the WORST school ever. Since it is private owned and run by TERMS, not semesters, NO OTHER NORMAL COLLEGES will take Baker's credits if you try and transfer. Also the classes are like $800 each (rip off). And the books you have to buy brand new which are also a rip off.
If you ever have an issue and try to call them they never answer and take their sweet time to call you back. I would NEVER let anyone I know attend Baker. Dont waste your time!
Before I started using Baker College's online classes I was at a on campus collage finishing my computer science bachelors. Due to proximity challenges I decided to look into finding a college that provided my classes all online. I narrowed it down to Baker Collage. I wanted to make sure it was legit. So, I compared the classes I would take at my campus college with baker online classes. Then, just to be clear, I compared bakers coarse work to devry, ITT and U of Phoenix. Baker's classes where on par with other solid collages. I was happy it wasn't like devry or ITT tech.
So far I really like it. It has been 2 years. It is not for slackers or people who want an easy way out. You have to be organized, dedicated and be willing to study/research independently more often. Most of the professors I have had have been great. About one out of ten teachers are poor communicators though. However, I have had few that have been incredible.
As I said, online course work is not for everyone. I've seen other students struggle with it and blame it on the school or the whole online medium of study. Then, they go on message boards and trash talk the school when they didn't get the result they wanted. So, that is why I wanted to write a quick review. The college is great and their online course work is great too. It is not easy, nor is the online medium for everyone. For students who know the difference, can put in the effort and are truly inspired to dig deeper into their field of study, Baker Collage Online is a great school.
Baker College is on of the best colleges in the world. It has good programs and very experienced and talented professors. The courses are rigorous and make sense.
Based on my recent experience with staff at Baker College, I would not recommend Baker. Several years ago I enrolled in the introductory online course new online students are required to take prior to enrollment at Baker. I actually enjoyed the experience.
Several years passed before I decided to continue with my degree and I selected Baker's AAS online degree program with Baker since initially I was only going to be a guest student and take prerequisite courses at a local college - which I did. I was only going to take the courses I needed that were not offered online from my own community college at Baker.
Looking forward to enrolling - I let them know of my goal and asked how to get started. I was flabbergasted when I received an email from a representative informing me that I'd failed to complete a course and that I hadn't paid for it and was not able to register until it was taken care of. I let them know this was a mistake - requested any documentation they were relying on that implied that these charges applied to me. They never sent any documentation to support the false claim but I was promised someone would look into it.
I got another email informing me that the corrections had been made and that I should get in touch in order to set my course plan. A few minutes later another email arrived informing me that I was not eligible based on the same gross errors and that a reply was "required." First thought: "How dare they make such a huge mistake and then have the nerve to hold me responsible for it." Then to demand a reply! What kind of mismanaged operation is this? It is clear they have poor communication between divisions, poor record keeping, and horrible customer service.
The operator also refused to put me through to the office of the college president after I explained my complaint. She insisted I try to get it sorted with the same group who'd made the mistake and were ignoring my requests to have the situation corrected. I am going to file complaints with appropriate agencies and request a refund for the money I paid to take the intro to online studies since I have no intention of enrolling at Baker now. My daughter was also enrolled in Baker and my son was to have enrolled as a full-time online student beginning fall 2012 - that's not happening now.
All Baker had to do was review the mistake they made and be decent enough to admit it and correct it. I hope the loss of tuition times 3 was worth it and I pray my letters will initiate an investigation. With the level of omnipotence they have shown me, I surely can't be the only person they've done this to. I don't care how they messed up I just want them to correct their error and give me an apology and my refund.
I am a student who started in 2009 and was in the BCS 2009 program, steadliy taking classes and last quarter I had to take time off. Now I went to sign up for classes again and there is a new 2011 BCS program in which they say I must take. It has several more classes than the 2009 program in which I first enrolled, I wish to go back to the 2009 program and Baker will not let me.
They say it is a policy that if a students take a quarter off then they will be reentered into the new program, however I have taken a quarter of before due to work schedule and nothing changed. Wish I could talk to the online Dean regading this. Classes here do have alot of work but you have a sense of accomplishment after finishing and I feel like I know the subject matter. All my teachers were nice except my Sociology teacher, and I will say his name because he was horrible at grading and not helpful, unclear direction for assignments - A.D.. Not sure if he is still a teacher, I am sure he had alot of bad complaints, but if you get him, drop the class, immediately.
I have had the best experience so far. Any paper work you would ever need is on the website. The staff is SO nice. They always take time to talk to me and they give me straight answers instead of transferring me from department to department like other colleges I have attended. Everything is just so organized, easy and pleasant. I'm so relieved because I didn't think I could go back to college. I'm glad I did :)
I got my Associates Degree from Fisher College, in Boston, MA- at present I do not see where they offer online classes. With Baker College, they accepted all my classes from Fisher College and also from Charleston Southern here in South Carolina.
I have found Baker College to have excellent instructors, who are quite knowledgeable in the subject matter and they do interact very well with students on our discussion board. I think the curriculum that Baker College offers, are in-depth, with much research and thought taken for assignments. I am having a wonderful time taking classes online.
A person who attends Baker College will get a deep understanding of the subjects being taught, and come away with not wanting some classes to end.
I have been reading several reviews of Baker Online and I will admit that some of them are quite interesting to say the least.
For a little background information on myself, I graduated from one of Baker's campus programs in 2005 and without it, I would not be where I am today. I'm currently enrolled in Baker's online Psychology program and expect to graduate next year.
Baker requires a great deal of work and dedication on behalf of their students. Any problem that you find in the classroom setting, you can find online as well. Yes, there is a great deal of homework involved and yes, you are practically teaching yourself the material. I have had really crummy instructors in the past that made me question my decision to attend Baker any further, but that is where the end of quarter surveys come into play. I have seen on-campus instructors lose their jobs over these surveys as well as online instructors.
Yes, if you are attending Baker Online, expect to do a lot of work--your degree wouldn't feel as good if it was just handed to you, now would it? I work full time and attend class full-time and currently carry a 3.6gpa. Yes, the discussion board requirements are demanding (especially if you're taking more than one class at a time), but if you use your noggin, you can not only answer any questions that you have regarding homework assignments (lets face it--if you have a question, someone else probably does as well) by reading what other people have posted.
Welcome to the real world where you are actually expected to work to obtain your degree. Online classes are not for everyone and there are those who require the physicality of having an instructor in front of them. However, after attending Baker's Online program for almost 2 years, I will most likely attend their Online campus for my Master's program in the near future.
As far as the price of classes are concerned, I have researched numerous online schools and Baker Online (even their Master's program) is still the cheapest I've found. Also, no where is it written that you MUST purchase the books from the Baker Bookstore. They would like you to, but its not a requirement. As long as you have the ISBN number for the book, you can get it anywhere such as Amazon. I've even rented books for class (via ecampus.com or half.com) so purchasing brand new textbooks each quarter is not necessary.
I read many of the reviews and it seems as though many people just complain about the instructors being part time. Why should it matter if an instructor is part time or full time, just as long as they contribute to the class. I have attended Baker for two years now, and I am very happy with the school. I have had horrible instructors as well as good, but let's face it, you get the same thing in a brick and mortar college. Online college is great. It allows me the flexibility to work full time and go to school from my couch.
I have found that Baker is actually harder than one of my local colleges I attended. They give you a lot of work, but college isn't supposed to be a cake walk. The reason why I decided to go to Baker was due to their participation requirements. I had taken several online classes as my local school and it seemed as if I was the only one attending.
Baker is a great school and I would highly recommend it for someone who is not afraid to work. Let's face it, if you just want to be handed a degree there are many schools out there that will just send you your diploma for making your payments. Is that the type of school you want to go to? If you're really serious about a quality education, then Baker is the place for you.