Baker College Online Reviews
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I've been with Baker for a few years now and had all kinds of instructors. Some of them are conscious that they have an easy job - they don't have to show up on classes five days a week as it's required from the students. So they go easy on the students that need help.
In the other hand, there are the lazy teachers that whine about compensation, don't help anyone at all, change policies in the middle of the quarter, despise students who are better employed than they are... you name it. One thing is to know you have a mediocre job and keep on the down low. The other is to get money for nothing and puff your chest saying you're an academic.
Most instructors don't even provide answers for assignments that were graded. How does the student know what they got right and what they got wrong, and thus, how fair is the grading? Once again, not all of them are like that, but some are. One example: since the assignments and Discussions Questions rarely change from one session to another, instructors just forward the material to the students as they received, without checking for errors.
I took several programming classes, and ALL of them had outdated instructions on how to install software, or how to load a database, where to get help or even links. If a instructor don't even bother to check if a link works, what is the point of having a instructor? They should be called bureaucrat clerks, whose only job is to make sure that students are turning in assignments on time.
In one of those classes that I've taken for example, I was having a hard time figuring out how to configure an web Server, then I was naive enough to ask for help from the instructor. He had the audacity to tell me - "too bad, it's your problem. You should have asked your colleagues". That infuriated me! I came down on him as a ton of proverbial bricks, and from that day on he seemed much more "concerned" on how I was doing in class. Since students that are enrolled on Baker are on their own - and as it was expected the “Judiciary” is set to keep the dysfunction as it is; its hearing processes are there just to avoiding law suits. If you were assigned to a lame instructor, do this instead:
- If it's too late to drop and get any refund on your tuition, don't bother to contact your advisor - it's a waste of time. My advisor was scared to even give me the name of the Dean that oversees that instructor, let alone help me at all. Contact Michigan State Board of Education, then contact the Dean of that instructor, and let him know that you have filed a formal complaint with the Michigan State Board of Education.
- If you want to go higher, contact the US Department of Education too, since Baker, for being a recipient of federal money, is bound to follow federal regulations, as far as not committing fraud (false advertisement, skewed graduation forecasts, not accepting transfer credits from other accredited high education institutions) and other known issues.
- Also, contact the Baker Online Dean and let her know of your official complaints.
- If you stay till the end of the class and got jerked around, be sure that you fill out the survey that comes out in the end of the quarter, providing your contact information, so they know you're not joking. Also make sure that you inform them, once again, that you have filed complaints with both Michigan State Board of Education and the US Dept of Education, and that they are aware that the school is ignoring you. That survey is disclosed to the school board of trustees. Someone will contact you for sure then. It's your money, it's your time, it's your life. You have the right to have the education that you deserve.
Just to conclude: the whole problem with this school is that they tried to get into the online education market without budgeting correctly up front. Now they are struggling and the students are the getting the bad end of the deal.
Baker College thought that the online education should be like this:
students should learn each other in order to get fun from learning.
Then, I may ask "what's role of the online instructor?"
Baker college's online instructor, they all think they are part-time instructor, and they think why they should devote themselves very hard to teach the students.
That's why Baker college's online instructors most of them are very lazy, some instructors boast that they have more of real world working experience, but I think why they are not going to show students their experience by offering more materials or exercises to the students.
All in all, Baker's Online education is absolutely "Wrong".
I'm currently a student at Baker College and I can say that the online classes are great you have great instructors who help you when you need help also the class is straight forward and gives you the assignment for the entire week or some professor will give you the class work for the entire semester. I'm also take classes at the main building and I can say Baker has great professor although it lacks diversity in it's teaching staff and overall employees. I would like to see more diversity in the baker workforce but overall you get an great education for the price.
I have attended Baker online for a little over two years. I just completed my accelerated Bachelors in Business Administration Degree, and it was a lot of work. Weekly assignments are plenty, very time consuming and difficult. But what do you expect...this is college.
The professors were all helpful but not at your beckon call..., again, this is college. I had a hiatus from school of about 23 years and was not ready for the amount of work and dedication needed for this, but I soon learned exactly what was needed to do well.
I have completed my program with a 3.9 GPA and am very glad I did. I am exhausted from the work, but I also feel a great sense of accomplishment for doing it. This program is for the adult, mature learner, otherwise you will not be happy. If you are ready to work 4-5 hours a day, 12-16 hours on weekends, then this college is for you.
When I started, I was not ready for this, but I soon became acclimated to what the professors wanted and then I dug in and did it. I feel that it was a great investment in my future and hopefully, I will be able to take advantage of it with a promotion in my career goals. I am now looking into a graduate degree and may return to Baker to do this. I know it will be a ton of work, but then again, it is college.
Im doing my Bachelors in psychology. I love it! I really do. It is a lot of work but I am willing to take the time and effort since I work full time and need the flexibility.
Only thing I do not like is that I have to buy my books through them which can never be bought used... They say the used books get sold fast but I never get an option. They will not let me know what books I need until I am able to actually start purchasing them. At that point it just brand new, full price book. I tried to do a search online for the books and apparently they are no where to be found.
My advisor is great though. You can almost never get someone on the phone but they do reply fast by email.
This system is broken and a waste of time. To complain about an instructor(and trust me there is ample reason to do so), you have to wait until the course is finished (word to the wise: drop the class asap), then wait for a phone call that ends the appeal if missed. After submitting your paperwork of your desired outcome expect it to be denied by the dean then continue to judiciary and expect it to be denied again, regardless of your evidence. You can then complain to the Dept of Education, who admit Unlike in many countries, and they will forward you to your state's higher education agency where you should have started in the first place. Good luck (you'll need it).
I graduated from Baker's Online Healthcare Management MBA program in 2009. The program was excellent from the program content to the instruction. My advice, don't underestimate the time involved. Understand that your effort will be well worth your time.
The MBA program is well respected and will prepare you for every day challenges in the work place. The impact on your career options and salary is simply outstanding.
I recently graduated from Baker with my BBA in Management (Magma cum laude). I returned to school after a 25 year hiatus. I liked the on-line environment however I did find the math classes (accounting & stats) more difficult to complete. I did the stats class in person at there Owosso campus.
The flexibilty of on-line let me travel due to work. While online is not for everyone I felt that overall Baker did a good job. There were a few instructors who were not that good (isn't that at every college)but overall most of them were good and I learned a lot.
You have to be disciplined to do on-line and be ready to give up your free time. If I do go for my masters I have decided to do it in person.
After having been at Baker and established myself as an excellent student, I submitted a paper and only earned a B+ on it. I thought I had followed the instructions of the professor. When I asked where I had gone wrong, he replied that, "I apparently ignored his instructions." I was angry at the accusation since I thought that I had absolutely followed them.
I wrote to the administrator and she backed the professor up, which was exactly what I expected. I had submitted a pre-approval paper and nowhere was there an indication that there was any kind of a problem other then to elaborate, so I naturally felt that I was doing ok.
One of the comments was that I didn't head the paragraphs like "other students" had. So I was being compared to others instead of graded on the merits of content of my own work, accompanied by the fact that I thought I was doing the right thing, not having been told that it was wrong.
This was an insulting experience and the administrator wasn't a disappointment because she did just what I thought she would - and that was nothing. My grade remains therefore and the experience has left me with a very bad view of Baker as a result of condescending remarks and lack of effort to even do a review.
I really enjoyed my time at Baker. Sure they had minor issues- Books that changed a week before class, which is more of an issue of you bought used through Amazon :). But overall these were small and this happens at other colleges as well.
I also appreciate how hard they word to get the latest technology and worked to change them. They also worked work you if this caused you any problems. I graduated 2009 with a Web Development degree and I appreciate their Bakers commitment to professionalism and respect for each student.
Color yourself lucky of you take a class with: Wes Sweeter, Brandon Love and Chris Davis, just a few of my favorite instructors you can tell, love what they do!