Arizona State University Reviews
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During my undergraduate degree as an Applied Biological Sciences student at ASU I have had the pleasure of spending the majority of my time throughout my studies at the Polytechnic campus and in the field performing research. Attending the Polytechnic campus has been an incredible experience as I have had the opportunity to network with others who had similar interests to my career goals including both students and professionals in the field. Along with this, I have also been granted the opportunity to perform field work and research alongside esteemed wildlife biologists, who have also been instructors for my required courses through my degree, and have been able practice and learn invaluable skills related to my interests in wildlife biology. Also, due to the small size of this campus, professors and resources have consistently been helpful and accessible, allowing more opportunities for success as a student. However, many issues lie within the university as it has been apparent that the majority of support awarded to students is clearly directed towards those involved in the engineering programs with little or no support for biological sciences. Another issue that I have dealt with on multiple occasions has been with the advising department as my I have been given incorrect or no assistance applied towards my educational career. Additionally, I have been unimpressed with the lack of options for a focus on wildlife biology at this university as most of my course options have been directed more towards veterinary majors. With all that being said however, I am now on track to begin graduate school and am working closely with a professor who has proven to be an invaluable resource in assisting to improve my abilities as a student and professional. I am confident in saying that the knowledge I have gained towards my field of interest and that the opportunities that have been presented to me would not have been achieved elsewhere and because of this I feel great pride in the education I have received at Arizona State University.
Arizona State University's traditional upper-division nursing program is currently undergoing a massive renovation to apply a more concept-based curriculum that incorporates updated technology and educational approaches. I began the upper division program as part of the first division that began this new curriculum. My experience with the program, while it has been overall positive, has had its ups and downs as they overhaul the old system and try new techniques and juggle new ideas. Within my term, there have been some significant inconsistencies as the educators attempt to communicate more efficiently with one another and revise their expectations of each course/test. For example, while the Obstetrics rotation used to include a semester-long course with some education concerning the human lifespan, the Obstetrics portion has been shortened to five weeks so that there is an increased focus on assessing and providing culturally competent care, etc. There have been pros and cons related to this change, which is one of the more drastic changes. Another change includes the extension of the Medical-Surgical portion of the nursing curriculum, which was approximately eight weeks long in the past semesters and is now dispersed over the entire course of the semester. This has been a positive change, as it allows students to incorporate more of the learning and feel less overwhelmed. Despite the difficulties that students in my term have had with differences in instruction and testing, there have been "aha" moments when the concepts that the educators are attempting to correlate between didactic and clinical rotations has matched beautifully. Word of mouth from the educators and students in terms below mine have reported a seamless match between the concepts, expectations, and tests both in didactic and practical rotations with this new program. My reason for awarding the rigor of the curriculum as a four out of five is due to the inconsistencies that I have faced within my term concerning test grading and concepts. While my Medical-Surgical didactic did an excellent job of balancing difficult concepts with simpler concepts, some of the other courses have had a few consecutive weeks of difficult material interspersed with more weeks of relative boredom. I have reviewed these courses for them and have suggested that they use this time a little more wisely. I believe, however, that there are many other students that might disagree with me, as this semester has certainly had its challenges when it comes to content. However, I can see the light at the end of this tunnel. I believe that after our term, with the experience the educators gain from their first "go-around" with the new curriculum, the courses will reflect a very good balance between challenging and building upon past concepts. I also awarded a four out of five for the instruction in the upper-division program. While I have had wonderful educators that I highly esteem as individuals both within ASU and as health care professionals, it has not been a consistent experience to the point that I would award it five out of five stars. All of the instructors have been exceptionally kind, and professional. However, there has been several instructors who are not adept at lecturing in front of a class and the time in lecture ends up feeling a little wasted, since the information presented is read off of the powerpoint. With that being said, it in no way diminishes the many other educators who engage the students and offer various case studies and probing questions to reflect on the material for the day and how to put it into practice. Overall, I have enjoyed my semesters in the upper-division nursing program at ASU despite the upheavals of a new curriculum and some less-than-ideal educators. The nursing program is very open to feedback and the sense of community within the program is very cohesive. I have enjoyed all of my hands-on rotations at the hospitals that ASU contracts with, and this year has been a very good challenge for someone who is looking to learn in such a competitive and expanding career. After I earn my BSN, I plan on attending graduate school to earn either my Master's in Nursing or Speech and Hearing Science, so that I may be better equipped to specialize on the special needs community and how nursing can accommodate these individuals.
I received my degree online. While it was challenging at times, I was able to balance my work and life very well using this method. I was very pleased that I was able to utilize ASU's large online curriculum to receive the degree I wanted. I recommend anyone who would like to higher their education to do so. With the easy accessibility of online courses, there is nothing in your way.
Arizona State University provided me with a quality education through experienced and knowledgeable professors. The year long internship with a veteran teacher helped me to become acquainted with the process both teachers and students go through during the school year. I was exposed to multiple situations with both students behavior and student academics which allowed me to change my teaching practices to those best suited to the students sitting in my classroom. I had already obtained a position at a school before my graduation date and I thank Arizona State for the experiences and knowledge I gained to help me become the best possible educator for my students.
Arizona State University is a school full of bright minds and creative individuals. ASU follows a mantra of being known "not for whom we exclude, but for whom we include." Because of this, ASU offers it's services to a great deal of students, whether or not they are financially stable, have connections with the university, or any other petty reason other universities exclude students. With such a high acceptance rate, ASU opens the door of opportunity to many great minds who otherwise may not have had an opportunity to further their education or career. I do not come from a wealthy family, so I must pay for my education myself. ASU has provided me with unending service and aid in helping me pay for college, whether through student loans or scholarships. The financial aid office is extremely helpful and provides a huge amount of resources for students like myself. I am currently enrolled in a Biomedicine program through the School of Life Sciences and in conjunction with Barrett Honors College, on a pre-MD program. ASU provides an immense amount of opportunities for research, which is currently helping me towards publishing my first journal article on a study on the physical and chemical nature of the spread and decay of information in social creatures. I am not writing this to toot my own horn, but rather to show that without ASU, I would not currently be on this path. ASU provides many opportunities for students from all walks of life, it is up to you, the student, to take that waiting opportunity.
Over the course of my experience at Arizona State University, I learned a multitude of information based on the theories and practices of teaching. The time that I was able to spend in the classroom, at two sites within a school district, I was able to dive directly into real time experiences that have made me the teacher that I am today. Through the guidance of my mentor teachers, the dedicated class discussions, and the course specific classes I was able to become one of the most effective teachers in my school district. Going to Arizona State's Mary Lou Fulton Teacher's College is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.
Arizona State University is a great community to learn and thrive in regards to networking. The community is so large that no matter what your interest is, there is bound to be a professor, staff member or faculty member to point you in the right direction. There is a tremendous amount of support here, particularly in terms of student leadership. Student leadership is such an attractive idea when you are surrounded by a university community full of pride and spirit. I am surrounded by a community that is willing to express concerns and share ideas freely - whether that be with the student body president or with President Crow himself, opinions here matter. Although this university usually gets media attention for incidents beyond the university's control, it's important to remember that we are an inclusive community. I see that everyday. I now work as a University Staff member here at the Tempe campus, and students are given every opportunity and support system to succeed. The fact that some students do not take advantage of those opportunities is not reflective of the perceived lack of effort put forth by the university. The one downfall about the university is that it is obvious that particular colleges receive more support than others - both moral and monetary support. That's just the name of the game at every higher education institution. It's particularly helpful, then, that ASU has created the ASU Foundations program with the sole intention of raising funds for respective colleges. Where there's support, they'll find it. You just have to be willing to take the initiative, ask questions and be bold! Go Devils!
ASU is not the place to go if you are looking for an academically rigorous college experience. Professors routinely passed students on who had in reality failed the class by introducing a massive curve, since they are forbidden to fail more than a certain percentage of students. In reality, the students didn't even know the basic competencies of the class. That created a vicious cycle, because then those losers are in your class next semester (which builds on the class they should have failed but didn't), and they don't know what the hell is going on. The professor then teaches to the bottom of the class so he doesn't lose them, and you end up with a degree a few years later and realize that you actually didn't learn a whole lot. The instructors were good quality overall, though I had my fair share of instructors that were of foreign origin, making them very difficult / nigh impossible to understand. The online classes are terrible if you ever take them - basically recorded in-person lectures with all the background noise, people shuffling / coughing, definitely not worth your time. The one positive thing is I went to ASU on a full ride scholarship, so I didn't pay a dime for my school. And now I'm working as an engineer at a company in the top 25 Fortune 500 companies, so I guess all is well that ends well, and I really can't complain. Still, I feel like I got cheated out of what I deserved.
ASU is a beautiful campus, with the ability to easily support a large student population. The campus feels like a tight community tucked neatly into a square mile, with all the benefits of a large school. It's clear from walking around campus that revenue is reinvested in campus resources. Whether you're into athletics or arts, there are many ways to show school spirit and enjoy campus life. Their programs and staff are superior to other public universities because the emphasis is on research and real-world interactions with major companies. There are many resources to help students land great jobs and start their careers post graduation.
I was introduced to ASU when Starbucks started their College Achivement Plan in association with ASU. I think their online program is groundbreaking and an amazing experience. I am a parent and full time Store Manager and I was able to complete my degree after transferring in as a Junior straight through 2 years. Their block system makes mapping out coursework easier because you can see your loads in two class increments. The financial aid information in their MyASU platform made tracking my tuition seamless. There were plenty of people from ASU available for support but I rarely needed to use those resources because the portal itself is so user friendly and informative. All of the instructing staff were knowledgeable about their subjects and created excellent learning environments for their students. Text book pricing was fair and the course work itself was not overwhelming while still drive all the necessary key points. I feel like I gained so much more from my experience while at ASUOnline than just a degree. I was so happy with ASU's online environment that I have continued on with the Thunderbird OMGM through ASUOnline.