Baker College Online is a division of Baker College, an institution that was founded in Flint Michigan, in 1911. Online classes began being offered by Baker College in the mid 1990’s, and Baker was one of the first colleges in the country to look into the possibility of online education. In addition to Baker Online, 13 additional divisions of Baker College exist at locations throughout Michigan, and all of the campuses and their services are coordinated by the Baker College System.
Academic programs at Baker College are career-focused, and lead students to employment and career advancement.
Baker College Online offers more than 40 associate, bachelors, master and doctoral degrees and certificates in the areas of health sciences, human service, education, business and technical fields. Baker’s online classroom is accessible twenty four hours a day, seven days a week from any location that has internet access, and rather than being a self-paced program, classwork has assigned deadlines, and courses have specific begin and end dates.
Students enrolling in Baker Online begin their online experience by taking a three week orientation class that familiarizes them with the online classroom, and reviews the requirements and expectations of students. After students successfully complete the course, they can begin taking additional online courses. Students use the Blackboard system to participate in classes.
Online courses are typically six weeks long, and on the first day of each week, instructors send information for the topic that week and reiterate the course assignments, and to start the weeks study process, instructors send an introductory lecture. The instructor typically includes topic related discussion questions at the end of their lecture to stimulate class discussions. Throughout the week, students participate in classroom discussions, as they would in a normal classroom setting, and use their computer to communicate with their teacher and classmates. At the time that assignments are due, students submit them to the online classroom, or to their instructors who grade them, and offer feedback. Students are informed of their status weekly by their instructors.
Online courses are considered to be on the same level of difficulty as traditional classroom courses, but the focus of the course work differs in the fact that online courses focus on writing and reading, and when students attend classes in a traditional classroom environment, listening is also a part of the participation process. A large part of succeeding in online classes includes participating in discussions, and participation is a requirement for students wishing to succeed.
Learning services are available to help Baker students reach their educational goals. Students can receive help through online math, reading and writing tutorials and tutors are also available to help students with preparation for certifications, tests and licensure exams. Career services exist to assist students and graduates, and these services include assistance with writing resumes, hosting annual job fairs, preparing students for interviews and conduction mock interviews. Graduates of Baker receive employment assistance for life.
Baker Online is a G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School, and is a resource for members of the military, and their families, and has experience in meeting specific needs of military students.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Sector Of Institution:4-year, primarily associate's, Private, not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Postbaccalaureate certficate
Adult Age Enrollments:1,940
Percent Admitted:Open admission policy
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