Ashford University Reviews
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I am on my way to an Associate of Applied Science degree with Ashford. I have almost completed my third class which is English Composition. If you register for this school and think it is going to be easy because it is online, then you are in for a big awakening. I am barely making an A at this point and expect to have a B+ by the end. I struggled through high school, and believe me, these classes are challenging. If you have your doubts and register for this school not ready to give 100%, then don't bother. If you are ready to work you butt off and scedule time to do you work then by all means register. I can not say enough about this school and the staff. The staff is always there to help you along the way, but you have to ASK for the help and not whine to the instructors after the fact about a poor grade. The reason you got a poor grade is probably because you are a slacker. I will be graduating in 2013 with my Associate's degree, then it is highly likely I will continue on to get a BA.
There courses and scheduling are very inviting. but there process with financial aid process and counseling advisory support is a complete failure to the student as their polices and process can be so confusing to you the student who's credibility is at stake.
In other words if any failure within the system you have with them you can be in very serious trouble as it comes down to money and how much you can pay and in a sad way the direction of focus of you getting a education at Ashford slowly goes away once your in the school is a nightmare!
Ashford University is the worst school I have ever been to. I started out with all of it paid for, and then suddenly I was told I owed 2200 dollars. After realizing that, I tried to get in touch with Ashford for a straight month and got no response whatsoever.
Then, they called me out of the blue, and told me that I had 3 days to come up with that money or they were putting me on hold. They told me I didn't qualify for a payment plan and the only option I had was to pay it in full. After putting my account on hold, because I had no way to come up with that money, they emailed me again and said that I had 15 days to pay the amount in full. What I don't understand is if I had the money to pay in full, why would I have let my status go to dropped? This school was not helpful at all, and I would not recommend it to anyone.
I got my AA in sociology on a campus college close to home, but then decided to go online. I chose Ashford because they have a lot of military students, and are adding new programs rapidly. One issue I would like for them to is have a Master in Social Work program, because if they do not have it by the time I graduate with this Masters, I will have to transfer somewhere, attain that goal.
As for the educational assignments being to easy, I have to agree with a previous post which had a statement saying" For those whom think the work is not hard enough. well you get what put into it". If one will treat each course as if they were on campus in the classroom. and dedicate them self to learning, well they might not find it so easy....
Ashford University is prefect for busy people! I started Ashford University last year and in the beginning it was a little difficult.
My main issue was with the financial department. I have had seven different financial advisors at AU and they would change them without even giving me notice, but now things have changed greatly. My financial advisor is also my academic advisor which is great because I'm not speaking to numerous people, just one person and she handles everything. My classes are wonderful and challenging. So far, my experience at AU is great and I'm making preparations next year to pursue my masters.
I went to UC Berkeley for my BA- yes it was incredibly challenging, but now that I work full time and have to do so, a master's degree seemed impossible. Ashford was the solution.
I LOVE the online format. At Cal, I was a small to medium at best fish in a huge pond. I battled for time and recognition from my instructors. At Ashford, professors provide individualized attention and really make themselves accessible. Ashford is MORE affordable than my not-for-profit state school, and I am experiencing the same if not more challenging levels of curriculum. (You still gotta do the work!) I highly endorse Ashford and recommend it to all my friends. All online programs are NOT equal.
I have been to several online schools and finally have found my home at Ashford. I am a year away from completing my dual Bachelors degree in English and Communications and could not be happier. Those that are complaining that the course work is not hard enough are more than likely not really reading the material and applying it. Sure, I could hurry through the information, read for only the answer and slap something in a word document. But, with Ashford, and any online institution for that matter, you have to put in the time and make it into something. You do have to participate in discussions and this is something that I think is so good about this rather than a traditional school.
After all, how many people would participate in a discussion in a brick and mortar school? Most people simply sit there and wait for the time that they get to leave.
I find that the teachers are good, though there have been a few that I have not cared for, but this was personal preference.
Overall, I would recommend Ashford, yes there may be a few bumps and bruises along the way, but it is what you make it.
I was able to attend Ashford University by receiving a scholarship through Project Working Mom.
I am currently completing my degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. The coursework, for what I expected from an online school, was surprisingly challenging, and the curriculum is thorough.
Most of the teachers are very helpful and responsive, though I have had a handful that were unreasonably tough, but I assume that would be the case at any college.
I have been able to connect offline with several of my classmates, and I have found their friendship to be an invaluable complement to the degree that will hopefuly land me in the job of my dreams after graduation.
I visited Ashford's campus two years ago to attend a friend's graduation, and it was nice to be able to feel like a real part of an actual institution.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Ashford to someone seeking an online education. Just like a stationary college, it is not for the faint of heart or mind. It isn't a cakewalk. It's real college for real life.
I graduated from Ashford University with two Bachelors. One in Psychology, and one in Criminal and Social Justice. If you want a school you will be able to coast through, Ashford is not it. At Ashford University, the Professors expect you to show that you have absorbed the lessons. You write papers almost every week. Take tests almost every week. And participate in discussion forums. The classes are intense, with knowledgeable professors.
Each class is five weeks long. I have to say it was a lot of work, but completely doable, and I have two children, work full time, and have a husband with cancer. If you are willing to put forth the effort, then Ashford is a great college to add to your resume!!
I am on my 5th course with Ashford University and I have very few complaints. My courses are challenging and interesting and taught by qualified folks who know their stuff. Financial aid funding happens for me the way it is supposed to, though I have had to wait a few days for a reply to an email or voicemail from my FA advisor a couple of times. My new advisor takes an average of 2 days to get back to me, but I am sure I am sharing him with a zillion other students, so I understand. If you are a high maintenance type, or are just impatient by nature, this will not work for you. I will get into that and more later; for now I want to focus on the goods, which, in my opinion, are the academics.
The texts so far have all been ebooks and of high quality. I like that we don't just cover selected chapters of a text in any given course, as was my experience in the 2 schools I attended prior to Ashford. Ashford texts are custom editions and the entire book is used in a course, and courses are only five weeks long. In addition, there are supplemental readings and multimedia resources that contribute to learning. The online learning platform is user-friendly, and so far I have had no technical issues with it. There have been a couple of site maintenance incidents that did not affect me at all though my instructor was alerted of the situation and gave us an extra day to turn in assignments with no point deductions.
Oh, and speaking of time, we get a 2 week holiday break at the end of the year, and national holidays are observed in the sense that I have been given an extra day to turn in assignments during units containing a national holiday. Aside from that, the five week terms run one right after the other, though you can take a term off if you need to. I did once and there were no academic or financial consequences.
I was never promised anything, and I knew that since I started classes before my financial aid was processed I would have to pay out of pocket for that first course if my financial aid situation didn't work out as planned/hoped. Asking questions always helps! My one beef with on-line colleges in general is that the enrollment crews operate under the presumption that every incoming student will get the aid that everyone hopes for. Still, and just like with every other area of life, you have to do your due diligence and make sure you understand what is going on.
I do not like predatory enrollment practices anymore than anybody else, but I have been lucky in my own experiences in that regard. Still, until I leave this world, I will assume that I and I alone ultimately have my best interests at heart and act accordingly.
As far as Ashford being investigated is concerned, let's not fool ourselves into thinking that this is the first incident of scandal in higher education. Ashford students will only gain from this, since it seems to me that Ashford will only up their game and deliver the goods better than ever to prove their worthiness. I consider myself to be more liberal than anything else, but I, in my old age, have come to the understanding that competition can serve an exalted purpose in the grand scheme of things. Like it or not, higher education is business, and the competition is only getting stiffer. This competition will, hopefully, continue to steer higher education in the direction of being uniformly high in quality and accessible to anyone who is capable of benefitting from it.
Now that the sermon part of my review is complete, back to the actual review: I highly recommend Ashford to anybody serious about earning a degree online, but it should be understood that online does not mean that your computer will do the work for you. There are deadlines to meet same as in any traditional college, and there is nobody to hold your hand. The coursework is writing intensive, and plagiarism is not tolerated.
A lot of ground is covered in five weeks, so you have to be disciplined and motivated to get the work done or risk falling behind, and that is easy to do if you are balancing other commitments such as full-time work, etc…I know, I know, I said the sermon was over. Hey, I just want to be as helpful as possible and drive home the importance of individual responsibility. As with anything else, you will get out of your education what you put into it, and it is my humble opinion that Ashford University is as good a place to do this as any.
In the interest of truth, I will be sure to report on my experiences at Ashford, positive or negative, until I am handed my degree some time in 2013.