Ashford University Reviews
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This is my third year at Ashford and am two weeks away from finishing the last class for my B.A. in Organizational Management. I have never had one problem with this school. I have had teachers that I did not like, and one actually killed my 4.0 GPA, but that was in my first year. There was one other class I did not attain an A in and that would have killed it for me anyway. That was all on me. This experience was smooth going, outside of some of the classes I stayed up until 3 in the morning to finish homework, but that's part of it. They contacted me one time and one time only about continuing on with my Masters Degree. When I told them no, that was it, I have heard nothing since. No harassment, no constant calls. There has not been one issue with financial aspects either, in fact, they have always bent over backwards to assist in resolving any issues. This school is fully accredited, and within the past year received accreditation from the Western Region, so those who say they are not recognized are grossly mis-informed or are just slanderous. They also formed a partnership with Forbes School of Business. Forbes has a solid reputation to uphold, and if anybody thinks that Forbes would put their name on or associate with any unethical school, that person is out of their head. As for the "for profit" issue. Yes, they are for profit, but you know what, they don't get the hundreds of thousands of dollars from selling out 100,000 seat football stadiums, the universities the same ones that use college athletes to make millions of dollars from televised sports and the NCAA money. All of this is also free advertising. I took several online college classes from a public university and compared to Ashford, they were garbage. The teachers there may respond a week later - well after an assignment was due. Ooops, too late, guess who took the hit? I did. At Ashford, very rarely did I not receive timely responses from any of my teachers. There was a couple of times where it took a few days, but nothing like at the other university. These people are disgruntled for some reason, or they may be posers, just trying to trash talk. Some may have had valid complaints, but this school is dealing with 90,000 students, and I am certain there are hiccups in the system. As for me, in two weeks I will have my degree, and in May, I will walk across the stage an honor grad. It wasn't easy, it's not a diploma mill, and I certainly worked my butt off. Thank you.
First, I would like to say regardless of what expectations for a degree are, a member will only get what they put into an on-line degree program. There is obviously a decent amount of self motivation and accountability. If you fail to read the text, offer critical analysis, and this results in poor grades on assignments and discussion posts, that is not the instructors fault. I am in my seventh MBA course through Ashford and found the course work appropriate for a graduate level work (much harder than brick and mortar BS); however, at no point have I felt this degree is "automatic" or "guaranteed". I have certainly put in hundreds of hours of work in pursuit of this degree and learned quite a bit, my GPA reflects as such. It has been reported that Ashford has a high drop out rate and before we start pointing fingers at the Ashford staff, we should look at those numbers of students who find dropped from classes for such actions as; not citing properly, failing to meet minimum standards, and not showing the ability for such a degree. I accredit Ashford for holding a line. It is when we let "failure to meet" slip through, that the integrity in the system is lost and everyone gets a trophy mentality prevails failing to create high performers. I did have a rough patch with the Financial Advisor that was frustrating; however, not an issue that couldn't be worked through or dealt with like professionals. My student advisor has been amazing since day one and gone out of his way to assist in anything I've addressed with him. The instructors have gotten back with me on course work questions within minutes to no more than 24 hours. The tuition is higher than not for profit schools, but Ashford doesn't hide the fact they are a "for profit" school. Many of the negative reviews seem to be a lack of research on the students part in deciding life-altering decisions and investments. Everyone's situation is vitally different than the next, so the fact that one employer scoffs at a degree from a certain University doesn't mean another one won't accept it with open arms. Perhaps an employer is stating a degree is the reason someone fails to secure the job; however, it was the GPA or other resume fodder than drives that decision. We will never truly know. The issue is that much of this is subjective and should be looked at with an objective eye for real situational awareness. Do your research, dedicate your time to offer your best, and when "life" doesn't work out how someone promised you don't take the victim role, adjust and re-fire. If you paid for a degree you can't use, I argue that is indecisiveness and direction on your part and not the institutions fault to know what it is you want out of life. As an active duty mother of three, with an extremely taxing work schedule, I have plenty of reasons to complain (in case the news hasn't reported we are cutting over 25,000 active duty military by Jan '15 in already resource constrained organization), but have chosen to find success. Ashford holds the capability and ability to bring you along successfully, but not without personal sacrifice and dedication.
Ashford University provided me the opportunity to finish my degree while working full-time and raising a two year old child with my Wife. My experience with Ashford was a positive one. I greatly improved my communication skills, which in part also improved my leadership skills. I would definitely recommend this technology savvy university to anyone that is looking to improve their career prospects/outlook.
Ashford is no different from any other online school such as phoenix, Walden or Capella,its hard to satisfy some people. I will be graduating with my Masters in 2014 and the work was difficult. All my professors were PhD leveled educators with a lot of experience. ALL THE COMPLAINTS HERE ARE PERSONAL (FINANCIAL AID ISSUES, BAD GRADES,STAFF WITH ATTITUDES). I read above, someone was mad due a bad grade. Hello! You earned it. I had NOOOOOO problems, my grades were earned, financial aid went smoothly and the staff was nice to me. In an online format it takes a lot of dedication and discipline. I worked 40hr/wk and studied at least 20hr/wk. One comment above: This school is not recognized in the US, REALLY!. If that was true, then why would the US dept of education (THE GOVERNMENT)allow us to borrow money to a non-accreditation school. It's a known fact, If a school is on the list at the dept. of education, then it is accredited. This school is accredited and they have a real brick and mortar in Iowa. I attended the ceremony for my BA at Ashford university. I've checked out many online schools reviews and each one has the same complaints, even top rated schools.
I started going to school in person at a local college back in 02 right after graduation. When I got married I moved, so I couldn't continue on there. I started another school when the military decided time to move us again. I gave up on going back to school. It wasn't until my husband enrolled to use his TA from the military that I even considered going back. His counselor talked to me and she eventually talked me into it. I've not regretted it since. I'm enjoying the pace (I've doubled up on classes taking 2 every 5wks vs the normal 1) and I like the feedback from professors. It fits great into my time of being a mom, a volunteer, a wife, and a small business owner. I haven't had any real problems from Ashford. I've encountered things I encountered at other schools (rude faculty, smart butt students, etc) but nothing horrible. I can't wait to graduate in 2014. I will say I'm glad they offer the Military SPOUSE a military tuition discount also. That has made life a lot easier. It even includes the textbook for free. Trust me that was something that cost me tons prior. I do appreciate it.
First of all, I notice the only reviews "Yelp" recommends are the positive reviews. This public should see all of the reviews without navigating the maze of pages here to find them. I often stay away from reviews because all to often we see a timed emotion, which doesn't describe the entire experience from a student while at this institution. I have attended two online universities and lack just a few classes from obtaining my BA. You may find grammatical errors in this post, but it does not take away from the truth it covers about Ashford. Let’s start with the University of Phoenix, since that is where I cam from with my Associate’s. The instructors and staff were a lot more in-tune with the student. My only complaint was “group projects” in the Bachelor’s level courses. This review isn’t about UOP, so I won’t go into detail, but the staff there seemed to care about the student, probably because classes were almost $2,000 a piece. On to Ashford University: Jeffrey Woods was my admissions counselor, and as always, he was fantastic. This is a common theme among admissions counselors because they are the bread and butter of the company. He stuck with me for the first three classes. I couldn’t ask for anything better, so I was hooked. I was moved to Chad Small after this… and this is where it began. I required a receipt (Univ of Phoenix offered this on their site as self-service) for each paid class for tuition reimbursement purposes through my employer. The system is set up to auto-email these, so they tell me, but it never worked correctly. When I requested any items from Chad, he would take in excess of 2 weeks to respond, or many times he would simply not respond at all. I started attaching delivery notifications to each email, so then I received the response that my emails were deleted without being read; therefore I never received a response. I asked Chad over and over to improve his response time, left voicemails with this information, and asked to speak to his supervisor. I never received any of the requested items. I requested a new counselor, so I was moved to Elana Perry… which would turn out to be worse than Chad. I only had to contact Elana a handful of times during my 7-8 months with her, but ant hills turned into mountains when I requested anything. She was beyond rude, even telling me at one point that this is my education and my responsibility, not hers to deal with. She made me aware I was on her timeline, when I simply asked for her to follow-up with me before 4 days had passed with no response. She was beyond facetious and made no attempt to apologize or help me, the student. I asked for yet another counselor, and this was made it clear in the beginning that she would respond to me when she could, which is usually 48-72 hours. Her name is Aimee Downes; in which business environment is it acceptable to write to the company in which you are a paying customer, with an issue, only to be put on hold for more than 3 days? Overall, the university does not care about the students, do not work for you but against you, and is the biggest joke for a business that I have ever encountered. We get better service at Taco Bell! The counselors, after your admissions timeframe ends, are rude, non-responsive, and their managers are no different. Sadly I am so close to finishing that I, like others, have trapped myself in their circle of chaos. Why switch now, only to do more paperwork, attend more entry classes, and risk my classes not transferring. I wish I would have done this different, but I will continue to swap counselors until they treat me like the customer I am, which is a high paying customer.
When I first started I spoke to a wonderful lady who was my Advisor. However, before the end of my first class she was no longer with Ashford and I was given a new Advisor. Everyone I spoke too afterwards was unhelpful and rude. I have taken four classes and only one instructor was good. The woman instructor at Ashford in my experience are horrible they never got back to me in time and when I complained about the first one she started grading me way below what I was originally getting. I complained about her and they found no problem with her lacking communication and not returning work on time. My last class in my fourth assignment I was told I plagiarized but everything that was highlighted was cited. In addition some of the highlighted things included the cite itself inside the parentheses. I told my professor to personally review my paper and review. Of course their program is not accurate because it marked things incorrectly. This situation showed me that the papers are not being viewed by the instructor, they are being reviewed by a program. I am very dissatisfied. It does not matter that I have earned a 3.5 till today but I do not think I will continue at Ashford.
THIS IS VERY LONG BUT A MUST-READ IF YOU'RE ACTUALLY CONSIDERING PAYING THESE PEOPLE TO TREAT YOU LIKE A NUMBER IN THE NAME OF "EDUCATION." GOING BACK TO SCHOOL IS HARD ENOUGH. DON'T PAY ASHFORD TO MAKE IT HARDER! I had big dreams when I enrolled in Ashford in February 2013. My admissions advisor, Jn, felt like an old friend; she was encouraging and helpful and supportive. Once I was officially enrolled, she called me incessantly for one week and then I never heard from her again. I went about my classes and did very well; my GPA was a 3.4 when my trouble started. I was notified that my financial aid couldn't be processed due to a 2012 tax return issue. I had to take two official leaves of absence from classes to wait for my IRS info to be available to upload to my FAFSA. On the last day of my second break, even though my hands were now completely tied in terms of what I could do and the school was aware of my situation, I was officially withdrawn from Ashford. About a week later I got a cold email from my financial "advisor" DU. It explained that they'd love to have me back in school, but that they need my missing docs. I fell for it. He said they needed two documents; one of which was still out of my control and the other was reliant on the first. Finally the IRS processed my forms and I could get back into class! I sent DU the second form that they needed and I waited for action from him. I heard nothing for weeks until wouldn't you know, I got ANOTHER cold email from him saying that they'd love to have me back in class, but that they need my missing docs. I emailed DU immediately (I never called him. He'd never answer and when he called me back he was nervous and not at all helpful, answering questions I didn't ask as if he wasn't listening), and I told him that I'd sent the documents to him weeks prior. In his email back, instead of professionally taking responsibility for the massive oversight that unnecessarily delayed my education, DU wrote back to ask if I had "maybe sent it to someone else?" Just yesterday I received a cold email from yet another "manager" of something that sounds important, TA, hoping that I'm "doing so well today!" She went on to ramble (for two paragraphs!) about how important students are to her, that she works for me, essentially that I will forever be in the Ashford family whether I like it or not. She goes on to say "Now it looks like you are no longer in attendance with us and I am not sure on the reasons to why that may be.." I laughed out loud because a) she has atrocious grammar for an academic professional and b) as you know from reading my post, there are many well-documented reasons as to why I am no longer enrolled in Ashford. Good thing TA didn't do any research or cross-referencing prior to contacting me, otherwise she could have been accused of doing her job properly. PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS: THIS WILL HAPPEN TO YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE JUST A DOLLAR AMOUNT. Do your research and find a decent school. There are plenty. Just type "reputable online colleges" into Google. Guess who you won't see. YOUR EDUCATION SHOULD START WITH AN EDUCATED DECISION. YOU DESERVE BETTER THAN ASHFORD.
My experience at Ashford University was excellent. If you are looking to complete your education in a nontraditional setting, Ashford University's online programs are an excellent choice. The coursework is challenging, flexible, and rewarding. There is a significant amount of support and guidance by the university's professors. Also, the online library is phenomenal and is a great resource to conduct all your research for your coursework. If you are serious about completing your education, Ashford University can help you realize that endeavor. Overall, it was an excellent experience for me.
I am still in school but I am very pleased with the experience. I have attended both traditional and online college throughout adulthood while juggling a job and a family. In this time I have to say without a doubt going to an online university is, in my opinion, more challenging. In my traditional classes the professors taught me what I needed to know to pass the course. As long as I could retain the information I scored well. In online schooling the most difficult part is the not knowing whats on the test. You have to study everything and read everything on your own with little hand holding. I have to say though that the experience in an online program is dull compared to the party rich environment that a traditional college brings. I do think I would enjoy my self there as a full time student but I am also in school to learn.