Baker College Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (97)
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!
I have read several of the negative reviews and while everyone is entitled to their opinion, I must say that my experience with Baker was great.
I recently completed my BBA in corporate HR-accelerated program, and most of this was done while being full time in the US Army deployed to Iraq, and stationed in South Korea on a hardship duty assignment.
My advisor for the military was excellent always there for me, and went above and beyond to ensure that I stayed on track.
Everyone of my Teachers were proffesional and helpful ( some more than others) but all met or exceeded my expectations.
I completed my degree while deployed and it was very very very challenging to do so, but with the help of the staff at Baker, I graduated a month before I retired from active duty after 21 years of service. great school proud to be an alumni and would highly recommend this school.
Overall I would say Baker is not a bad school for online courses. I have been going online for two years now and some of the teachers are not the best but the classes are six weeks and are a lot of work. For me my schedule at work leaves me pretty worn out and the accelerated courses are just not for me with all the work you must do in one week.
After having completed my BBA (all online) I would highly recommend Baker's Accounting program to any responsible individual. The accounting curriculum is the most purposed and certainly the most extensive I was able to find of all the online schools.
Online courses offer much freedom, but on the same hand require an equal amount of self-discipline. In short, what you put in to the program is exactly what you'll get out of it. Some of the complaints I've read I would certainly take with a grain of salt, although Baker, like ALL online educational institutions, do have some of the typical problems.
My program was filled with a wide variance of instructor personalities, but all were helpful. In general, I did find that those with a Masters degrees were much more involved than those with Doctorates, but all were certainly adequate to outstanding.
The one drawback that I experienced was a complete absence of video lectures, with the exception of the Stats course, which was outstanding.
For reference, I graduated at age 50 in Dec 08 with a 4.0 GPA and currently manage a private CPA firm of ~35 people.
I'm currently attending Baker Online, and have been for the past 3 years working on my Bachelor's of Business Administration in Accounting. I've read some other reviews that bash the school's policies and teachers, but from what I've read, you can run into the same problems at numerous different institutions. Since I started back in 2007, things have gotten better. The system outages are much less frequent and the instructors are more versed in the class topics. Yes, some instructors are not very involved in the learning process or they answer your questions with another question (which is unhelpful), but the majority of them are great and are willing to help you so long as you put the effort in. I've definitely learned a lot (I had no prior experience of any kind in Accounting when I started taking classes) and now have recommendations/references from instructors with Doctorate degrees and real job experience in Accounting. I would absolutely recommend this school - 100% online classes allow me to work full-time and attend classes full-time.