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On-campus and online.

All the resources to help you succeed.

Books, articles, videos, databases. You’ll find them all in our state-of-the-art libraries, on-campus and online, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

All Baker College libraries are linked through the Internet, so you have access to information, books, research, and other resources throughout the entire Baker College system, along with more than 100 online resources.

When you have questions or need assistance, visit your campus Academic Resource Center, and talk with a librarian. You can also text us at (810) 771-8959 or Ask Us online. We’re here to help.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?
    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?
    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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Looking back, Baker definitely helped me along the way.

Korey Adams

Library

On-campus and online.

All the resources to help you succeed.

Books, articles, videos, databases. You’ll find them all in our state-of-the-art libraries, on-campus and online, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

All Baker College libraries are linked through the Internet, so you have access to information, books, research, and other resources throughout the entire Baker College system, along with more than 100 online resources.

When you have questions or need assistance, visit your campus Academic Resource Center, and talk with a librarian. You can also text us at (810) 771-8959 or Ask Us online. We’re here to help.

Faculty / Staff Resources

Faculty / Staff Resources

Baker College Libraries provide research and reference materials that support curricula and promote self-development.

  • The combined book collection of the Baker College Library System currently consists of almost 300,000 items available for student, staff, and faculty use through 11 campus Academic Resource Centers.
  • Our libraries open the door to more than 100 online resources that allow access to 60,000 magazines and journals, interactive maps covering the entire world, over 5,000 films, and 35,000 electronic books.
  • Our electronic resources are also available remotely using the Baker College ID card, which is also our library card.

Library Instruction

Baker College librarians can work with you to: 

  • Design and present general or customized library instruction for any course.
  • Familiarize your students with the book catalog and other library databases.
  • Provide refresher sessions for upper level classes.
  • Ease research anxiety and information overload.
  • Discuss finding appropriate academic resources.
  • Conduct library tours.
  • Develop Research Guides for specific courses.

Support for Assignments and Research

If you currently have an assignment for your students that includes library work, our library staff can test it for you to be sure we have the information and resources your students will need. If you want students to have more exposure to doing library research, we can work with you to create an assignment that incorporates more research.

Faculty Course Reserves

When you want to supplement your course material, you can place items on reserve to ensure that all students will have access. Reserve items are for in-library use only, unless other arrangements are made in advance between you and the library.  To view reserves for classes:

Items Suitable for Reserve

  • Single copies of personally owned books, videos, articles or other media
  • Books available through the Baker College Library general collection
  • Supplementary course materials such as lecture notes, sample tests, and answer keys
  • Journal or magazine articles available through one of the library’s online databases

Note: Compliance with current copyright law must be assured.

To Reserve Print Materials

  • Contact your campus Academic Resource Center.
  • If you would like us to reserve your materials, you can drop them off in person at the library, or use an Interoffice envelope.
  • Please allow sufficient time for us to process new reserve requests before sending students to the Academic Resource Center. Generally, we can have materials available within 24 hours of receipt.
  • We recommend completing the reserve process prior to the beginning of classes each quarter.

To Reserve Online Materials

  • Contact your campus Academic Resource Center.
  • Provide the name of publication, article, author, publication date, volume, and issue number, if possible.
  • We will check our databases for electronic access and notify you of the article’s availability.
  • Articles cannot be directly linked in Blackboard using the URL. Please contact your campus librarians for assistance.
  • If your reserve item is available from one of the library’s online resources, you can point your students to it using the following sample format:

Ten (updated) Principles of Academic Integrity: how faculty can
foster student honesty.
Donald L. McCabe and Gary Pavela.
Change 36.3 (May-June 2004): p10(6). (3554 words).
Availability: Academic OneFile database.

Note: Students must first be logged into the online resources in order to view articles.

Copyright Guidelines

To prevent copyright infringement, please utilize Fair Use standards to evaluate your proposed use of copyrighted material using the following criteria below.  When the factors in the aggregate weigh toward fairness, use is better justified. When in doubt, seek permission.

  • Purpose and character – If your use is for teaching at a nonprofit educational institution and access is restricted to your students, this favors fair use.
  • Nature of copyrighted works – If the work is fact-based, published, or out-of-print, this favors fair use.
  • Amount used – Using a small portion of a whole work is generally considered fair use.  Sometimes it may be considered fair to use an entire work, such as an image, if it is needed for instructional purposes.
  • Market effect – A use is more likely to be fair if it does not harm the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work.
  • Read more about using copyrighted materials in your classroom at Know Your Copy Rights.

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FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?
    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?
    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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Here you learn from what you do… very hands on.

Ashley Hawkins