Ashford University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (575)
I started the process of looking into Ashford in April 2008. I was still unsure if it was the place for me, so I took my time. The advisors were very pushy because that is their job. It is a business after all.
In September 2008, I decided it was the right place for me, and I initiated the proceedings again. They processed my financial aid immediately. I was enrolled when I requested, and my actual academic advisor (not enrollment advisor) has been incredibly helpful. Ashford accepted all of my prior college credits, which meant that I only had to complete the core curriculum. I will graduate in January 2010.
To the person complaining about classes "at your own time", what do you expect? Of course you have deadlines. It is in your own time when you decide to publish your posts, take your tests, and write your papers. BUT, there is always a deadline. Otherwise, students would turn in 5 weeks of course work in the fifth week. The courses are designed around student participation in forums. If there is no deadline to turn that in, how is student participation necessary? It is common sense.
The enrollment advisors are pushy. It is a business. When the process is completed though, your Ashford experience will be a good one as long as you are committed and disciplined. Five week classes are not for the weak. I like that I am the only one responsible for my learning. If I choose not to do the work, then I will get nothing from the course. It keeps me disciplined.
My wife began working on her BA in Organizational Management in January of 2008. It has gone so well that I decided to complete my Masters with Ashford. I am starting a MA in Learning with Technology in June 2009. The scheduling and week-to-week layout of the classes is perfect for those of us who have full-time jobs.
I will be able to get my Masters more quickly and at less cost through Ashford than if I went to my local University - PLUS I can do the work at my schedule.
A great experience.
I graduated a few months ago-so here is a review from someone who has recently completed the whole program. The coursework is weekly reading, weekly discussions (usually two), short papers (usually between 2-5 pages), and a final exam (usually between 8-10 pages). In addition, there were also weekly quizzes due in a couple of my classes.
Ashford offers ProQuest database, and EBSCOHOST in their online library. Classmate interaction was slow at times (I found most classmates did the bare minimum when it came to discussion boards). Yet, this was understandable, working adults attend this college. Professors were, more often than not, willing to assist students with questions. Some professors left phone numbers where they could be reached; however, most seemed to prefer emails, which they would respond to within 24 hours (I found they usually responded back within a few hours).
OKAY-So, now down to my overall experience: Ashford is a great college, and I do not regret earning my degree from this college. For those who are iffy about the fact that the college is in Iowa, and phone calls, etc. go to California-it is OKAY! They have offices in California, so not to worry (I already received my official transcripts and diploma). My advisor was always really good at calling me back (if she did not answer when I called). Financial aid was always helpful.
The only problem that I had was when I called Ashford, I would get a busy signal quite often (pretty annoying when you cannot get in your car and drive to the school to address your needs)! Blackboard was often down for "upgrades" (again, this was annoying, but apparently, it was needed). I just have to throw this in here-there was a student in my class who kept copying my discussions and posting them as her own, I emailed the instructor and no response, emailed her again, no response. I finally called my advisor, and she contacted my professor who stated she never received my emails. By then, the class was done and over with. Then, the same girl was in my next class, and did the same thing, I contacted the professor, and her name disappeared off the roster.
This showed me that they do not put up with students who cannot take the time to do their own work (but I was confused as to why the professor did not catch this).
My last two courses were a disappointment. I had quizzes in one of them and, for example, the answers could have been A or C. I, along with several other students were frustrated and contacted the professor, she said there was nothing that she could do, the answers were based off our readings. I contacted my advisor, and she said there was nothing she could do. That made a few of us upset, if there is going to be tests they should always be CLEAR. A student should not have to sit there and debate whether the answer is C or D after they read the weekly readings. Questions and answers should always be clear-cut. In my last class, I was disappointed because a "teacher's assistant" was grading our papers. It was funny how I was getting A's on the assignments the professor was grading, but was getting B's and C's on my written assignments (when I have always done well on my written assignments at Ashford). I finally got my paper proofread twice, and it just took a little more effort than all of my other courses. APA format was always expected to be done at the professors preferences, I wish they would have all been on the same page about this).
Other than that, my experience at Ashford was GREAT, and I highly recommend this college!!! I wish they would have a Masters degree in Social and Criminal Justice, and I wish that books had been included in the tuition; my credit card bill is killing me!!! :) Oh, I almost forgot, I was able to do 14 courses to graduate (the rest of the credits were transfer credits)!!! I was also able to continue taking classes while working, being a single-mother, moving four hours away from my hometown, going to court for custody, and a million other "crazy" life circumstances (like having my house broken into and having my computer taken, being sick with the flu the whole month of February, and the list can go on and on). Obtaining a degree is possible through this college, even if it seems as if it is far out of reach!!!
Ashford University is a great place for the non-traditional student. I went to two state schools in PA before finishing up my BA in Organizational Management. People argue that students do not learn as much, or that it is easier, or they do not get the same "feel" as a traditional school. Well, it really depends on what the student wants to do. If they want to get the "feel" then go to a traditional school of sitting in a lecture hall, and going to the over crowded student union center.
Ashford University has a different learning purpose. My purpose was to finish my degree and to also gain work experience, which I accomplished. I was able to work 40-70 hour weeks, which I chose to, and also go to school full time at AU. I believe that the school emphasizes more on learning concepts, and application rather than learning terms and definitions like a traditional university. Their courses are set up where the student learns the material in a course, and applies it in their every day work environment or lives.
To be honest, I believe an employer looks more for work experience over education. That doesn't mean that they will take someone without a college education. For example, if prospect A goes to a liberal arts student with a 4.0, while prospect b has the same degree from an online school, but with five years work experience, I think that they employer will choose prospect B. Guess, what they did. I was that prospect B. I believe that their material was essential enough to learn the concepts of the basic materials, and had enough application to relate it to life. I thought that it was a great experience, that I actually enrolled in their MBA program.
Just to criticize their program, there are a couple classes, maybe one or two that are redundant, they were similar in their BA program. So is Ashford University a good school? It depends what you want to do. If you want to go to an Ivy league school and gain that "college experience" go for it. If you already had that college experience, or you want to work and go to school, Ashford University is a great place.
I do love Ashford University, because it is accredited, and it has a beautiful ground campus in Clinton Iowa. After receiving a BA in Organizational Management; I realized, that this school was better than any other school in which I have ever attended. I will soon be receiving my MBA/Marketing degree. You do have to be mature, disciplined, and eager to succeed at this school. I chose this school because Ashford does have a ground campus, sports teams (baseball, track and field, golf, etc.), with distant learning opportunities for working people.
I have had issues in the past, like any other school, where my academic instructor falsely gave me the wrong answer to my academic questions. So like any other school, job, or whatever, it does suck getting advice from those who do not attend, or understand the curriculum, and or rules of the game.
Anyhow, "Go Saints"!!!
I had a wonderful experience at Ashford. I am a flight attendant and wanted to explore the idea of finishing my degree online! At first, I was skeptical of an online degree but based on an extensive amount of research, I decided to enroll. My experience at Ashford was nothing but positive! It was very challenging for me, and I learned so much from other students and my teachers! My academic advisers were extremely informative and helpful and my graduation was amazing! I am so proud to be an Ashford Graduate!
I have been attending Ashford since March 2006, I will be graduating in April 2010. The only problem that has occured was when the Student Portal was being redone, and my future classes were not shown. I emailed my academic advisor and she was able to give me my future classes.
I have had professors that took forever to get back to me, and professors that got back to me immediately. If you think that sort of thing doesn't happen at every College than you should rethink the online courses.
I know everyone may have a different view based upon their own experience--but my experience at Ashford has been great. From the enrollment process, the financial aid, and the actual classes, I have no complaint. I am two classes away from a Master's in Organizational Management, and the academic experience has been great--but then you reap what you sow!
As far as I'm concerned, Ashford is a great value. Is it Ivy League? No, but it doesn't pretend to be. Does it offer an alternative for those of us who need some flexibility in class schedules while still doing a substantial amount of work--yes! I would recommend Ashford, and have. Four friends from work are also attending Ashford online.
I have read the negative posts for quite some time now and finally have something to say. I will be completing my MBA this month (6/09) from Ashford University and have had nothing but a positive experience for the past 18 months. For those of you who need your hands held, go to a traditional school. For the adults seeking a great education from an accredited university, Ashford is it. The teachers have been excellent, and the classes have been challenging, yet rewarding.
If you can't manage time well, or need someone to babysit you, a brick-and-mortar school is for you. I have read all the negative posts from sissys who can't handle the work load, or are looking for an easy degree with minimal effort. Go somewhere else, no-one cares, whine until someone gives you a degree instead of earning one on your own.
I am a new student at Ashford University currently seeking my BA in Psychology. Before this, I was a student with Kaplan University (which was a little fast for my taste). When I came to Ashford, my academic advisor, Micheal, was very informative, very helpful, and also showed a general passion for helping to achieve my academic goals.
Unlike Kaplan, my financial aid advisor helped me with all my financial aid documents, and was also very patient with me in getting them turned in. I felt like I belonged there, although I am online! Other than that, I find the classes to be just my speed. the only problem I have is that the books are not included with the financial aid, and without it, they are so darn expensive! I guess that is one of the perks of becoming a college student!