American InterContinental University Reviews
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I went to the AIU in Houston, TX for two quarters. Here are the pros and cons of this institution that I encountered: Cons - One of the IT professors appears as if she doesn't care about teaching. She introduced herself as a Doctorate in Information Technology, but from the measly lectures that she prepared and her timid tone of her voice (I had to literally move within 5 or 10 feet of her, just so I could hear what she was saying), I'm convinced that she knows absolutely nothing about teaching. She appears as if she is more interested in just doing the minimum and getting out of there early. Yes, I know it was an evening class and she may not be an "evening person", but she has a job to do, which is to teach the students. She failed miserably. I had to look at the syllabus and get all of my information from the Internet, just so I could learn as much as I could about the subject. There is also one English professor, who is from one of the Caribbean islands and has a thick enough accent that I had to listen extra carefully to understand what he was saying, even when I was only 5 feet away from him. I am surprised that the university would hire an English professor that has difficulty speaking English (I think that being able to actually speak the language would be a requirement of the job). He actually complained to the entire class during a lecture that he was "overwhelmed" by teaching classes at AIU because he "had his plate full" with a teaching job at Community College of Houston. Due to this, he was constantly behind on grading assignments and getting my final grade was like revealing a prize at a game show. Also, the tuition, books, lab fees, etc. for this university are outrageous! They would charge $100 for a book one could go onto Amazon or another website that sells textbooks and get them new for 1/4 - 1/2 the price or used for almost nothing for a used book. For what they were charging $80 for a new book at the book store, I was able to buy used for $1 ($4.50 with S/H) and another book that they wanted over $100, I rented for $25 from Valore Books. For $25,000 a year, one could get an education at a reputable state-funded university. Yes, I know that AIU does help with their graduates getting jobs after graduation, but based upon what I heard from the few graduating seniors, they may as well be on their own. Pros - There are two professors there that are very good. One is an IT professor that teaches the basics of MS Office and an IT Ethics class who is very good and actually is concerned about the education of her students. She goes out of her way to organize student activities to get them more active and have them interact with one another to improve their learning experiences. The other professor is a Math professor who also teaches the University Basics class that every student must take in their first or second quarter. I have had prior experience with going to a university, and I thought I knew everything about the "university experience". He taught us a lot about finance, time management, and the whole process of searching for and getting a job. He also goes out of his way to make sure that we understood the importance of what he is teaching. Also, the online classes were very good. They assessed what you already know and adjust the curriculum to what you need to learn to get the most of the classes without too much repetition of what you already know (they do review all the material in the video lectures and assessment procedure just to be sure that you didn't just guess and "got lucky and clicked the correct answer"). The financial aid staff is professional and did everything to make sure that I had as much financial aid as I was able to attain. My academic advisor (who is also the head of the IT and General Education departments) is very good at handling the troubles I had with the professors who weren't doing their jobs properly and making sure that I was enrolled in the classes that would best help me attain my academic and professional goals. I am currently not enrolled because I didn't get enough financial aid to continue my education. If I did have enough money to pay for the tuition, I am not sure that I would go back just because I am genuinely concerned about the quality of education I would get here because the lack of professionalism and caring of some members of the teaching staff they currently have doesn't justify paying that outrageous amount of money. If they were to lower the tuition and other fees to $15,000 a year or lower or use that extra money to hire better professors that actually are qualified to teach a class at the university level and actually care about whether or not the students are learning, then I would be more comfortable with the decision to return.
I was very disappointed in AIU's organization as a whole. When enrolled I still constantly received emails from the admissions department asking to enroll and contact an advisor (even after emailing back letting them know I was currently enrolled.) When I had problems arise the only person that I felt cared or bothered listening was my advisor. I was subjected to a zero on an assignment due to a group member not submitting the assignment like they claimed. This one zero lowered my grade a full letter, I submitted for grade review and I was blamed for not staying up until midnight to make sure the assignment was submitted by my fellow group member who stated they would. Overall I think the organization has a structure issue starting from the top. If you are someone who really cares about getting good grades, I would consider looking at another university.
Good afternoon, I went to AIU in 2012 and was supposed to Graduate in 2015 in a degree in Business management but do to the high cost and all the loads I had to take I was not able to finish. I have called the school leaving messages trying to see the cost so that I can get my Transcript but have not got a call back. I don't know it this was all worth it because I get paper in the mail saying a I all this money to pay back.
If you like easy and don't care much for learning this is the place. Books are not covered by tuition for all of the money you spend unless you like e-books which are horrible for learning. AIU expects people to sit in front of the computer all day long to learn from e-books and Google because instructors only give you one hour a week and mostly cover irrelevant topics in my opinion. Customer service is non existent you can never reach your student advisor and you go through an annoying automated system to reach someone who hopefully understands why you are calling. Online courses sound like a great idea and they really are not half bad but AIU does not seem to handle their program properly like they just want to make money and herd people through.
I made the decision to attend American InterContinental University Online, as I have been out of school for a while at the time, and needed a better job opportunity. Even though all the classes were taken online, my schedule became more flexible, the advisors and instructors were attentive to my needs and goals, and my motivation to complete college increased. This institution is a wonderful opportunity for potential students who are currently preoccupied with their jobs and or families. There is also career advising available and the option to attend a virtual or ground graduation.
I began my academic journey at AIU online during the fall of 2014. I had great professors over the past two years, I'd have to say there was only one that I didn't like that much but you'll have that at almost any college. The staff at AIU was very helpful and would call me to make sure I was on track which I appreciated very much because I didn't just feel like "a number" This school is more affordable than a lot of other colleges but education is just expensive in general so I don't understand why people on here are complaining about the costs. I'll be using my Associates for a management position for the insurance company I work for. If there's one thing online learning taught me it's self discipline, online classes will challenge you because you don't have somebody there telling you how and when to do your work. There are so many great resources available that the university offers they just need to be utilized. All in all, after much research AIU proved to be one of the best decisions of my life and I look forward to going back for my Bachelors in Human Resource Management. I've attended other online institutions but they simply couldn't beat the good experience I've had at AIU.
The staff is very friendly and helpful, the coarse load isn't to hard or overwhelming and the teachers are very knowledgeable.
It was hard and I felt like giving up, however, I found myself with some of the most intriguing professors and classmates. You have to apply yourself, you must demand more of you, which makes the commencement ever more satisfying. I would recommend AIU to anyone, especially working parents. While I would have loved to had the time to go into classes my life and responsibilities demand that time so AIU online was perfect for my degree.
My Business Administration Degree was the best thing i could of done for myself and family. AIU was a GREAT school. I will be going for my MBA next at American Intercontinental University. It's never to late to build on your education. Hope this helps someone out there that's on the verge of going back to school but is still unsure.
When I attended this college and graduated in 2011, it was a high acclaimed college you wanted to come home and get going on your homework every night. A few years later decided to return for my Bachelors. That was a mistake. Never completed my degree and still paying for classes I never took. It is a fraud school in such a short time.