Ashford University Reviews
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Absolutely loved online learning. Professors were very interactive, well versed, and engaging. Held to a high standard, which challenged me to excel in my studies. Very flexible to accommodate anyone's schedule. By far, exceeded my expectations. Great school.
I was expected to graduate in April 2016, now the school has me taking two classes that I just previously took due to "plagiarism". I am not expected to graduate in June 2016. Even though I'm so close to my graduation date, I'm tired of the higher expectations when it comes to assignments. I'm currently in a course where I received a 97 on my Week 2 Assignment and it gave me a 53% due to the paper being 57% of originality. The instructions for the assignment doesn't say anything about the paper being original, so I took it as doing the paper and doing what was asked. I've had some great moments at this school, but the closer I get to my EGD (expected graduation date), the more problems I have out of them saying something about my assignments.
I am a current student at the university. The school at one time had excellent communication when asked questions. Whenever I call now, I get the run around and sometimes no response from emails at all. I am seriously thinking about enrolling in another school. I am currently obtaining my master's through the online services. The information from each person is different. I had a recent issue. I had to call back several times getting different answers from each person I spoke to. Today I called. The representative from yesterday told me he would handle for me. The problem was still unresolved after speaking with the rep. today. A lot of inconsistencies. My academic advisor is great. Everyone else, no. If you go, double check any questions you have. I have been going there 5 years. I got my B. A. from the college. Since the school going online only, their high standards have changed. I always in the past thought the school was great and they was, but here lately the disappointments continue to build.
Ashford university is a great school for people who like structure but need flexibility. Most of the classes are designed where the due dates are the same(Tues/Thurs) so you can get into a rhythm. You will read a lot because the aren't any "video lectures" or teleconferencing. For me that was a good thing. They even have apps for your class and books so you can read and/or complete assignments any where in the world. If you're a busy, self-motivated adult, this is the school for you.
Before I begin this is just a post so spare me with any comments about misspellings and improper grammar because this is my review and Im not getting graded.(lol) I am coming upon a full year at AU and it has been a difficult, all i do is write papers, but I enjoy every moment of my journey. There are good with the bad and peoples personalities clash and by it being online and your communicating thru emails and such: much can get misconstrued. Isn't that life though? Nobody said it was going to be easy. You have to communicate as best you can with your advisers and instructors and communicate your needs and concerns. I tell you Ashford is alright with me. Only 5 weeks for a class you get your 3 credits and then you jump to another class and its full time. There is only one two week break around the holidays. I get burned out some times. All in all I have made the right choice for me with choosing this school. I do wish they would get a little more inventive with the curriculum and tweek it a little more. But like I stated it is not quite a year yet.
I just had to reply to a couple of the comments I read here. They mentioned that Ashford was not a good school, grades were changed that you did not earn, that they could never get any response from staff or on emails and yak, yak, yak. I have to strongly disagree. I am four weeks away from my MBA and have had nothing but good experiences and vibes from this school. I have never got a grade that I did not earn. I even disputed a grade once and was told to suck it up and be a man about. So there are no free lunches at Ashford. I received a lot of ribbing about an online school but as soon as I mentioned that Steve Forbes had put his name on the program those comments all stopped. I would and do refer Ashford to everyone interested in continuing their education and still hold a job. You will work harder than you could ever imagine but it will be worth it. Even if it is just in your heart that you were strong enough to make it through.
I see so many people upset with how bad Ashford is, but all of the classes along with the staff were incredibly helpful. And yes, I have debt, but everyone does. I'm working on applying for my MSW and got a great job because of my BA. Graduation on stage in Iowa and seeing them gain accreditation during my time there showed they care. I also got to see the first class of campus students graduate. The only negative I saw (and this happens at every college) is that higher education programs force you do work and actually learn the material. Since it's all online, it really helps you gain a sense of passion and if you do it right, follow through as well. I'm incredibly satisfied and sad at the same time because they don't have an MSW program and my guidance counselor straight up told me, that he didn't want me to spend money on a degree that didn't necessarily set me up for positions I wanted. And for the record, I did 18 months at Ashford and a little under $20,000 in debt, which translates to less than a semester at my second school of choice for my Masters, USC, which can run you upwards of $50,000 a year.
I do not understand why there are so many negative reviews. You most definitely have to work hard and believe me when I say the course "crunch" is grueling but at the end it is very worth it to pursue a degree with this school. I did have a couple instructors that were subpar but for the most part they were outstanding. As for the cost, my youngest daughter is considering a school that charges almost $1200 per credit so at $450 a credit it's a bargain... I graduated with a 3.74 overall GPA; 3.54 in Information Systems and a 4.0 in Psychology. I finished my degree on February 8, 2016 and am planning to return in a couple months to pursue a Masters in Psychology.
This is my second graduate level degree with Ashford University. I graduated with my MAOM in 2013 and returned for my MBA. The MBA program was challenging and at often times really hard. Online programs have this stigma that they are somehow easier. Technology has made it easier to ACCESS learning opportunities. The curriculum is just as challenging as a traditional in- classroom learning institution. You must be self motivated and be prepared to show off and improve your writing skills. Yes there are exams and tests, and deadlines. The online library is an outstanding resource at your fingertips 24/7. I believe they've won awards for the vast and in-depth availability of periodicals and scholarly journals. The instructors are incredible. Yes, I've had a couple duds, but I've also had the opportunity to learn from professors who graduated from top schools such as Stanford or Cornell and former CEOs and CIOs of top firms. The virtual classroom experience is incredible and focused on learning. All I see is a name when interacting with other students in the discussion boards. This is important because in an in-classroom environment we, as humans, tend to judge others, and then filter our interpretation of their discussion based on frivolous attributes such as their posture, outward appearance or voice. In an online environment those factors are removed and are not influencing how I'm perceiving their discussion or response. Instead I'm focusing on what they have written in accordance with the topic. Lastly - distance learning is not for everyone, but if you want the flexibility to work full time and/or raise a family and earn a degree then consider AU. It will not be "easy" the programs are accelerated. Be prepared to dedicate several hours a week to your studies and assignments. It will be worth it. It will go fast and it will help you advance as a person and in your career. Yes I've studied theories but each degree program is designed to help You understand how to turn theory into practice. I can say with full certainty that earning my degrees with AU have helped me excel in my career and helped me showcase my skills and earn promotions and raises. You get out of it what you put into it. If you think 6-10 hours a week sounds like a lot ask yourself how much time you spend on social media, playing games on your phone and watching TV. Sacrifice that for a couple years and make the time you spend in front of a "screen" with it. Good luck and congratulations in advance for choosing to better yourself!
Ashford is a great school. My advisors were always available to answer any questions I had. I love the format and I felt challenged with the assignments. If you want to go back and further your education, you should check out Ashford. I'm a busy Mom of two young boys and I work full time. If I can do it, then anyone can.