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The Baker College Academics department provides support and coordination for all academic areas at Baker College, including the academic calendar, curriculum, counseling and advising, recordkeeping, and services for special needs.

If you have a question or concern that’s not answered here, please contact us. Our goal is to help you achieve your educational objectives, and one of the important ways we do that is by providing information, resources, and advisory services.

Whether you are seeking career advice, counseling, looking for academic records, or looking to change a course or program, we’re ready to help.

FAQ'S

  • Is there online tutoring for APA styles?

    Online students can find help with APA citations and formatting in their Blackboard classroom.

    • Cick the Online Tutoring button on the left-hand side of the page.
    • Click on Schedules. 
    • Click on English (between Economics and Finance).
    • Click the Enroll button next to APA Questions & Answers Classroom.
    • Click Submit.

    After you enroll in the APA Classroom, you'll find all the available APA-related resources. You can also ask questions on the Discussion Board, which is monitored by Baker's online librarians. For more information, contact us at library@baker.edu.

  • How do I sign up for tutoring?

    Contact Learning Support Services on your campus to sign up for tutoring. If you're a Baker Online student or the in a Center for Graduate Studies program, you may request tutoring by visiting Blackboard's Community tab, in the Institution Discussion Boards area.

  • If a new disability evaluation is needed, who pays for it?

    Neither your high school nor your postsecondary school is required to conduct or pay for a new evaluation to document your disability and need for accommodations.

  • Do I have to prove that I have a disability to receive accommodations?

    Yes. You are required to provide relevant comprehensive documentation that without the services you would not have equal access.

  • Do I have to inform a postsecondary school that I have a disability?

    No. However, if you want the school to provide an accommodation, you must identify yourself as having a disability.

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Academics

We’re here with information and resources.

We’re here for you.

The Baker College Academics department provides support and coordination for all academic areas at Baker College, including the academic calendar, curriculum, counseling and advising, recordkeeping, and services for special needs.

If you have a question or concern that’s not answered here, please contact us. Our goal is to help you achieve your educational objectives, and one of the important ways we do that is by providing information, resources, and advisory services.

Whether you are seeking career advice, counseling, looking for academic records, or looking to change a course or program, we’re ready to help.

Academic Calendar

Spring 2014

On-Ground:  April 3 - June 25
Online First Session:  April 3 - May 14
Online Second Session:  May 15 - June 25

Fall 2014

On-Ground:  September 29 - December 13
Online First Session:  September 25 - November 5
Online Second Session:  November 6 - December 17


Winter 2015

On-Ground:  January 12 - March 20
Online First Session:  January 8 - February 18
Online Second Session:  February 19 - April 1

Spring 2015

On-Ground:  April 6 - June 12
Online First Session:  April 2 - May 13
Online Second Session:  May 14 - June 24

Summer 2015

On-Ground:  June 29 - August 29
Online First Session:  June 25 - August 5
Online Second Session:  August 6 - September 16

Fall 2015

On-Ground:  September 28 - December 12
Online First Session:  September 24 - November 4
Online Second Session:  November 5 - December 16


Winter 2016

On-Ground:  January 11 - March 19
Online First Session:  January 7 - February 17
Online Second Session:  February 18 - March 30

Spring 2016

On-Ground:  April 4 - June 11
Online First Session:  March 31 - May 11
Online Second Session:  May 12 - June 22

Summer 2016

On-Ground:  June 27 - August 27
Online First Session:  June 23 - August 3
Online Second Session:  August 4 - September 14

Fall 2016

On-Ground:  September 26 - December 10
Online First Session:  September 22 - November 2
Online Second Session:  November 3 - December 14


Winter 2017

On-Ground:  January 9 - March 18
Online First Session:  January 5 - February 15
Online Second Session:  February 16 - March 29

Spring 2017

On-Ground:  April 3 - June 10
Online First Session:  March 30 - May 10
Online Second Session:  May 11 - June 21

Summer 2017

On-Ground:  June 26 - August 26
Online First Session:  June 22 - August 2
Online Second Session:  August 3 - September 13

Fall 2017

On-Ground:  September 25 - December 9
Online First Session:  September 21 - November 1
Online Second Session:  November 2 - December 13


Winter 2018

On-Ground:  January 8 - March 17
Online First Session:  January 4 - February 14
Online Second Session:  February 15 - March 28

Spring 2018

On-Ground:  April 2 - June 19
Online First Session:  March 29 - May 9
Online Second Session:  May 10 - June 20

Summer 2018

On-Ground:  June 25 - August 25
Online First Session:  June 21 - August 1
Online Second Session:  August 2 - September 12

Fall 2018

On-Ground:  September 24 - December 8
Online First Session:  September 20 - October 31
Online Second Session:  November 1 - December 12


Winter 2019

On-Ground:  January 7 - March 16
Online First Session:  January 3 - February 13
Online Second Session:  February 14 - March 27

Spring 2019

On-Ground:  April 1 - June 8
Online First Session:  March 28 - May 8
Online Second Session:  May 9 - June 19

Summer 2019

On-Ground:  June 224 - August 24
Online First Session:  June 20 - July 31
Online Second Session:  August 1 - September 11

Fall 2019

On-Ground:  September 30 - December 14
Online First Session:  September 26 - November 6
Online Second Session:  November 7 - December 18


Winter 2020

On-Ground:  January 13 - March 21
Online First Session:  January 9 - February 19
Online Second Session:  February 20 - April 1

Spring 2020

On-Ground:  April 6 - June 13
Online First Session:  April 2 - May 13
Online Second Session:  May 14 - June 24

Summer 2020

On-Ground:  June 29 - August 29
Online First Session:  June 25 - August 5
Online Second Session:  August 6 - September 16

Policies and Procedures

The policies and procedures of Baker College guide our faculty, staff, and students in achieving our mission: to provide quality higher education and training which enable graduates to be successful throughout challenging and rewarding careers. 

Specific information about our academic policies can be found through the resources below, along with information about office hours and policies for each campus.

Philosophy of Developmental Education

Developmental Education Mission Statement

The mission of developmental education is to provide a comprehensive preparatory program enabling students to acquire academic skills necessary to complete a college-level course of study.

Developmental Education Goals

  1. Provide appropriate educational opportunities and services
  2. Ensure proper placement of students
  3. Maintain high academic standards that support student success in college-level courses
  4. Enhance the quality of student learning
  5. Promote continued development and application of adult learning theory, adhering to best practices
  6. Provide students with opportunities to build strong foundational skills
  7. Be sensitive and responsive to individual differences among students
  8. Promote a collaborative and supportive environment for faculty, staff, and students

Developmental Education Objectives

  1. Entry-level students will complete appropriate placement testing.
  2. Students will use developmental education resources provided by the College.
  3. Students will demonstrate reasoning, communication, and comprehension skills required for college-level work.
  4. Students will demonstrate competency in reading, writing, and mathematics through exit processes.

The following courses are designed to meet the above objectives:

  • ENG 091 - English Review
  • ENG 098B - College Reading
  • MTH 091 - Essential Math Concepts
  • MTH 099E - Pre-Algebra

In addition to these developmental education courses, other developmental courses, specific to a program area, may be required. See individual program requirements for details.

Developmental Courses

Baker College supports its Right-to-Try Admissions Policy with several educational services. Some students who enter Baker College require assistance to meet the pressures of an academic community. Because of this, Baker College provides these students with a developmental education program which enables them to achieve success in college and their future careers.

  1. Students with below college-level reading skills, as determined by the results of a placement test, are required to enroll in College Reading (ENG 098B).
  2. Students with below college-level English writing skills, as determined by the results of a placement test, are required to enroll in English Review (ENG 091).
  3. Students with below college-level math skills, as determined by the results of a placement test, are required to enroll in Essential Math Concepts (MTH 091) and/or Pre-Algebra (MTH 099E).
  4. Students who place into these developmental areas should take the developmental course(s) the first quarter. These courses should be completed within the first academic year, prior to enrolling in a college-level general education course.
  5. Students who place into two or three developmental areas, one of which is MTH 091 Essential Math Concepts, are required to enroll part time (less than 12 credits) the first quarter of attendance only.
  6. Students must successfully complete all required developmental education courses. Successful completion of each of the developmental courses requires passing a consistent exit assessment that demonstrates a minimum standard of competency in order to enroll in the subsequent college-level courses. Students unable to successfully complete (pass) any one or more of the developmental education courses (ENG 091, ENG 098B, MTH 091, MTH 099E) within three attempts, including withdrawals, will face academic dismissal from the College. For both the second and third attempts, students are placed on a Student Learning Contract. (A second attempt contract serves as a warning, and a third attempt contract serves as notice of the student facing academic dismissal.)
Accreditation – MBA

Master of Business Adminstration (MBA) Program

External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.

Baker College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business program in the following degree is accredited by the IACBE:

  • Master of Business Administration

Master’s Level IACBE Outcomes

In master’s-level programs, knowledge of the key content areas and functional disciplines of business is assumed. Graduates of master’s-level programs should acquire a depth of knowledge in these areas that exceeds that of the typical bachelor’s degree graduate. Graduates of master’s-level programs in business should be able to:

  1. Recognize problems.
  2. Integrate theory and practice for the purpose of strategic analysis.
  3. Employ and apply quantitative techniques and methods in the analysis of real-world business situations.
  4. Communicate to relevant audiences;  graduates should be able to:
    a.    Compose clear, consistent, and effective written forms of communication
    b.  Compose and present effective oral business presentations.
  5. Work effectively with a team of colleagues on diverse projects.
  6. Identify and analyze the ethical obligations and responsibilities of business.

MBA Program - IACBE Assessment Reports
 


MBA Program - Annual Assessment Reports
 


The MBA program provides the following majors:
 

Academic Probation and Dismissal

Academic Standing

Undergraduate
Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 to graduate from any program. For students to stay off academic probation, the following grade point averages must be earned.

Hours Attempted Minimum GPA
1-16 1.5
17-32 1.65
33-48 1.80
49-64 1.90
65+ 2.00

Graduate
Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 to graduate. A grade of “C” or better is required in all classes used to calculate hours for graduation. For students to stay off academic probation, the following grade point averages must be earned.

Hours Attempted Minimum GPA
1-12 2.75
13-24 2.87
25-Graduation 3.00

Academic Probation Policy

If the student’s cumulative GPA falls below the appropriate minimum GPA required to remain in good academic standing as illustrated on the step scale, the student will be placed on academic probation for the following quarter. The student will be advised to restrict his/her course load and curtail extracurricular activities and work schedules. If the student attains a satisfactory GPA according to the step scale in the probationary quarter, but his/her cumulative GPA is still below the step scale, the student will remain on probation for the next quarter.

Removal from Academic Probation

The student will be removed from academic probation at the end of the quarter in which his/her cumulative GPA places him/her in good academic standing as illustrated on the step scale.

Academic Suspension Policy

Students are academically suspended based on either of the following:

  • A student receives all failures his/her first quarter.
  • A student on academic probation who earns a GPA at the end of the probationary quarter lower than that called for by the step scale.

Consideration for re-enrollment will be given to academically suspended students only after an absence of at least one academic quarter. Requests to re-enroll are processed through the Academic Department.

Students who were living in Baker College housing at the time of academic suspension must reapply in order to be readmitted to college housing.

Academic Dismissal

Students are academically dismissed based on either of the following:

  • A student is unable to successfully complete (pass) any developmental education course within three attempts (one attempt for COL115).
  • A student received a prior academic suspension and his/her GPA falls below the step scale regarding good academic standing.

Baker College reserves the right to academically dismiss any student whose level of achievement makes it inadvisable for the student to remain in school. Students who are academically dismissed may not attend classes in any future quarter, unless they apply for and receive Academic Amnesty. Readmission for developmental education academic dismissal may be considered earlier than the four year requirement if the student produces documentation of transferable college-level math and English courses which were completed following dismissal from Baker College. If a student requests Amnesty after four years and retakes COMPASS, he/she may be readmitted if COMPASS scores indicate that no developmental courses are needed.

Academic Amnesty: Fresh Start Program

The Fresh Start Program, which is for undergraduate students only, allows students with poor academic records who have not attended Baker College for at least four years to resume their college education with a clean slate. A student with a poor academic record is defined as a student who is not in good academic standing. If a student is approved for the Fresh Start Program, all previous grades and courses will be excluded from the computation of the student’s grade point average. Courses passed with a “C” or better can count as a credit grade for program requirements and graduation. All courses and all grades remain on the student’s transcript with a notation of Fresh Start on the transcript. The Fresh Start Program can only be used once by a student. Requests should be made in the Registrar’s Office, with final approval from the Chief Academic Officer/Vice President for Academics. Approval for academic amnesty must be received prior to the end of the quarter in which the student returns. Once a student is granted academic amnesty, the student’s permanent record cannot be changed.

The Fresh Start Program will not supersede the Baker College Satisfactory Academic Progress Rules for receiving federal and state financial aid funds, which are based on cumulative grades, hours attempted, and hours completed. If a “Fresh Start” student is in violation of the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Rules and wishes to establish eligibility for those funds, an appeal for re-instatement must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.

Testing

Baker College offers many non-traditional credit options for students with varied academic and professional backgrounds. It is a policy of Baker College to award credit to those with the appropriate experience.

For more information about the types of testing available on your campus, contact:

Waiver Tests

Waiver test credit may be earned for skills already developed. This credit is awarded based on an examination developed by Baker College in the subject area.

Credit By Examination

These national credit by examination programs offer students the opportunity to demonstrate their academic proficiency in various general education and specific subject areas. Such proficiency may have been developed by the student outside of a traditional classroom through such means as personal reading, adult education courses, job experiences, etc.

Please visit the Web sites listed below for specific information regarding national credit by examination programs:

If you would like to schedule CLEP and DANTES testing, (available only on the Flint Campus) contact the Testing Services Department by email at fltesting@baker.edu or by callilng (810) 766-4300.

For more information about credit by examination available on your campus, please call the contact listed above.

WorkKeys® Assessments

WorkKeys® is a workplace skills assessment system used by employers, students, workers, and educators across the nation. The WorkKeys® system from ACT is being introduced in high schools across the country to help students understand how to improve job and career skills for better-paying jobs. WorkKeys® measures skills in:

  • Reading for Information
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Locating Information
  • Business Writing
  • Teamwork

These are skills that employers feel are critical to job success. WorkKeys® assessment results demonstrate current ability level to employers. These assessments help businesses and educators understand each other’s needs. The goal is to ensure that students enter the work force with a strong foundation that enables them to do well in their chosen career.

If you would like to learn more about WorkKeys, or to schedule a test:

Registrar

Baker College Registrars are here to help you meet your educational goals as quickly and efficiently as possible. We can help you with:

  • Program changes and other course registration concerns
  • Advice for bachelor degrees
  • Non-traditional credit
  • Transfer of credits 
  • Graduation requirements
  • Certifications
  • Registrations
  • Transcripts and other academic records

Baker College offers many non-traditional credit options for students with varied academic and professional backgrounds. Non-traditional credit may include:

  • Articulation
  • Experiential credit
  • Credit by examination
  • CLEP
  • Advanced placement

To learn more about non-traditional credit, please visit our sections on Articulation or Testing. You can also call the Academic Office for more information.

Open Class List

The Open Class List can also be found at https://carina.baker.edu/dlvopen

Graduation Application

All students who anticipate successful completion of their program course requirements for a degree or certificate must complete the Graduation Application one quarter prior to their graduation date in order to officially graduate.

You can fill out the Graduation Application online or by visting the Academic Office on your campus.

Transcript Request

Contact the Registrar's office to request transcripts and other academic records, or send an e-mail to: transcripts@baker.edu.

You can also request and receive transcripts online. Transcripts sent online are fully secure and FERPA compliant. Our PCI Certification and independent third-party testing ensure that security is never in question.

Choose one of the following to request an official transcript online and track it in process:

Please note:

Baker College will be closed from December 24 – 28, 2014, for the Christmas holiday. Requests received on those days will be processed on Monday, December 29.

Baker College will be closed from January 1 – 4, 2015, for the New Year’s holiday. Requests received on those days will be processed on Monday, January 5.

There is a nominal fee associated with our online transcript process. Please have a debit or credit card available.

 

A hold on your Baker College account will not prevent you from requesting a transcript through Parchment Exchange. However, Baker College will not be able to release your transcript until the hold is resolved.

Grades

Grades are computed at the end of each course. You may access final grades through the Student Online Links to Academic Records (SOLAR) System.

Baker College no longer prints or mails final grade reports. 

Your final grade report will list your:

  • Courses
  • Grade for each course
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) for that quarter
  • Cumulative GPA

Grades | Letter and Grade Point Value

A     =    4.0 points
A-     =      3.7 points
B+      =      3.3 points
B     =    3.0 points
B-     =    2.7 points
C+    =    2.3 points
C    =    2.0 points
C-    =    1.7 points
D+    =    1.3 points
D    =    1.0 points
D-    =    0.7 points
F    =    Failure = 0.0 points
P    =    Passed = 4.0 points 
WF    =    Withdrawal Failing = 0.0 points

GPA is not computed for the following grades:

CR    =    Credit (undergraduate - C or better, graduate - B or better.)
EL    =    Non-traditional credit
EX    =    Extended (used in selected courses to indicate progress, but failure to acquire all required competencies)
R    =    Articulation Credit
S    =    Satisfactory
T    =    Test Credit
U    =    Unsatisfactory

Hours and GPA are not computed for the following:

AU     =    Audit
I    =    Incomplete
NC     =    No Credit
PR    =    Progress (coursework extends beyond the end of the quarter)
W    =    Withdrawal
WP    =    Withdrawal Passing

To compute the Baker College cumulative GPA:

  • Calculate the honor points for each course completed (grade points multiplied by credit hours; an “A” or 4.0 grade in a four credit-hour class yields 16 honor points).
  • Add all honor points earned at Baker.
  • Divide by the total credit hours attempted for all quarters at Baker.

Incomplete Grade Policy

An instructor may agree to issue an Incomplete (I) grade for a course if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The student requests the Incomplete (I) grade before the end of the course.
  • The student has completed 80% of the total coursework and has a chance at a passing grade in the course.
  • The student is unable to complete the course requirements within the regular time frame due to significant, extenuating circumstances. Documentation may be required.
  • The student and instructor have signed a “contract” which clearly states the requirements to be completed and the due date for the completion of each requirement. The due date may not exceed the last day of the following quarter.

If the coursework is not completed by the agreed upon due date, the final course grade will be based on the work that was completed by the end of the quarter in which the course was taken.

Honors - Undergraduate

The President’s List
Students who earn a 4.0 GPA during a quarter in which 12 credit hours or more were completed will be placed on the President’s List for publication the following quarter. These students may also be invited to attend a President’s Luncheon/Dinner held in their honor.

The Full-Time Student Deans’ List
Students who earn a 3.5 to 3.99 GPA during a quarter in which 12 credit hours or more were completed will be placed on the Full-Time Student Deans’ List for publication the following quarter.

The Part-Time Student Deans’ List
Students who earn a 3.5 to 4.0 GPA during a quarter in which 4 to 11 credit hours were completed will be placed on the Part-Time Student Deans’ List for publication the following quarter.

Honors - Graduates

Graduates who achieve a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher are awarded a special distinction at graduation: 

  • 3.9 - 4.0 Summa Cum Laude
  • 3.7 - 3.899 Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.5 - 3.699 Cum Laude

Unofficial honor status for undergraduates for the spring graduation ceremony will be based on the student’s GPA at the time graduation materials are prepared. If a graduate’s status changes after the final audit, the graduate may obtain the appropriate honor cord. In addition, faculty on each campus may select an Honor Graduate—a student who has demonstrated the greatest potential for success in his/her field of study—in each of the degree disciplines.

Class Status - Undergraduate

The following schedule defines the number of credit hours that must be completed to qualify for class designations:

  • Freshman: Less than 45 credit hours completed
  • Sophmore: 45 to 89 credit hours completed
  • Junior*: 90 to 135 credit hours completed
  • Senior: 136 or more credit hours completed

*In addition to credit hours, the student must be currently enrolled in a program that constitutes the appropriate class level. For example, to be considered a junior, the student must be enrolled in a bachelor degree program and have already completed an associate degree or its equivalent.

Academic Standing - Undergraduate

Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 to graduate from any program. For students to stay off academic probation, the following GPAs must be earned.

Hours Attempted Minimum GPA
1-16 1.5
17-32 1.65
33-48 1.80
49-64