Ashworth College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (248)
I completed my Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Ashworth which had been a lifelong goal. The format , pace and price are the right fit for a busy working adult with family commitments who wants to complete their education. I immersed myself in the curriculum, which allowed me to retain a lot of the information from the program and that's exactly what I wanted. I am actively looking for a regionally accredited Graduate degree program in Criminal Justice and I feel that the education I received here at Ashworth College provided me with the tools I need to succeed at the Graduate level. In order to provide the reader with full disclosure , I have to mention the areas where Ashworth has to improve. The customer and administrative services at this school are awful. Expect to have your requests delayed, answered incorrectly or have the contracted employees treat you with little care or regard for your education. This is an area where Ashworth has to greatly improve, and if you notice a great deal of the negative responses on this site are due to the fact that they receive really poor customer service when they ask for assistance. Here is a general warning for students who require a real professor or staff to guide them along through their course of study, there are no real instructors for these courses. This is a true self-paced model, where the student has to be an independent learner in order to succeed, especially at the Bachelors levels as the course work does get more difficult. You will have access to tutors and a real life human being will correct your papers with feedback, but there is little else outside of those areas where you have live interaction with classmates or directly with the instructor, it is almost non-existent in most of the programs. Lastly, I wish Ashworth College would fine tune its programs and apply for regional accreditation for their college programs, so the issue could finally be put to rest. I am in a government position and the degree is fully recognized, but if they would finally take the leap and get regional accreditation it really would elevate Ashworths reputation. Those of us that are sick of hearing about the debate of who holds the gold standard in accreditation could finally rest knowing that Ashworth has made the commitment to offer the so called most accepted form of accreditation for their students.
I completed my Associates in Criminal Justice with Ashworth College in 2004. I had no issues with their websites nor did I have a problem finding a proctor at the nearby colleges. Tuition prices were great and you couldn't beat the low monthly payments for the program. Currently looking into my Bachelors with them now!
College was exactly that. Long hours of study, difficult projects. Classes you know really want to do or fully understand... but rewarding when you are finished. I started off with the Bachelor's program, but had switch to Associates as it fit better with my educational goals. After I was finished, I called the school and re-enrolled back in to the Bachelor's program.
I am from Canada and actually enrolled in the undergraduate certificate in Criminal Justice as well as the Forensic Science program since August. I am pleased! The courses materials are interesting and easy to understand. The staff are always very polite and cordial and quick to answer all of my questions. I'm just starting so I will post another review once I have my degree and diploma. Ashworth College is awesome so far!
I have enrolled for the AA program but I was so pleased of the course that I continued, the staff always answer the phone and provide guidance and help when necessary The course is at your own pace and very clear, it really challenged me and, being an English second language student it improved also my English ... will enroll in the master program soon.
I had an awesome experience! Everything was as the representative had told me, it was affordable and very convenient. I am planning on going back for a few more courses. I am a stay at home mom with 3 kids so having the flexibility and self-pace is very important and with Ashworth College I can do just that.
I enrolled with the medical billing and coding program 12 days ago. I was initially able to review all of the documentation that was sent to me. I was able to immediately log into the student portal and access the workspace. However, upon trying to complete the first lesson, the student handbook was mislabeled as career guidebook and did not match up with the correspondence in that lesson. I also could not access the orientation that was recommended that I watch. I sent a ticket in asking for clarification and received a response several days later that was very vague. I tried to contact the school two previous times by phone, both times I would select my choice on the automated menu and it directed me to the student survey line. Yesterday morning, I sent an email requesting withdrawal and a full refund of the total amount that I paid. I have not received a response. I contacted the school again today, finally reached a human being, proceeded to tell my experience and was transferred unknowingly to the survey line again! I called back, got a new person, and she claimed that I never called that line because no one else has complained, and that i did receive a response about my ticket submission, although it was not the answer I was looking for. I am a previous student of a well known university. I am a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. I am a member of an elite honors sorority. I take my education very seriously. With that said, the best they could offer was a $400 refund, of which I have paid almost $900 in full for the program! So this has cost me almost $500 in 12 days and I have no resolve. This is highly unacceptable, and I wouldn't recommend Ashworth to my enemy. Proceed very cautiously!!!!!
I am a recent graduate of Ashworth with a degree in Marketing. I currently have a career in marketing with one of the US's largest and most respected resort/outdoor recreation companies. I am also in the process of obtaining my Masters from Capella, which is an institution that holds the same regional accreditation as all the state colleges around this region (HLC-NCA). Transferring from Ashworth was harder than transferring from community college when attempting to move between institutions holding different accreditation standards. Not all brick and mortar schools view alternative methods of education as valid and subsequently the distance education accreditation that they hold. The education I received was on par with my experience at state college with obvious exceptions in learning styles. Ashworth is more akin to homeschooling. It is up to you to be motivated and willing to budget your effort. You’ll be utilizing the same text books as state but will be in a situation where you won’t have a teacher to explain every detail should you need it. You also must be prepared to succeed. Given the opportunity, I admit that I would have gladly abandoned an accounting course once I had a passing grade but the college would not allow me to move forward until I had passed every exam, quiz, and assignment. This is a detail I did not realize until well into the curriculum but is for the best. If you’re dedicated, driven, and a self-learner, this could be for you. If you need to hear a teacher’s opinion on every detail, this is probably not for you. If you’re up for it, it’s a great alternative to traditional lecture based education. I would score 4 ½ stars if I could. This is due to communication being slower than I would have liked from the school.
I received my undergraduate in Criminal Justice earlier this year. Ashworth's program is well structured, and the course materials seem up to date. My only problem would be with the staff, when you call to address a problem, they seem unprofessional and uninterested. Ashworth has national accreditation which is ok, but may not transfer to most regional institutions. The price is similar to Penn Foster or most community colleges and books are included in the tuition.
So first I should say that this school is exactly what every review i read before said before I enrolled, so truly I'm the idiot here for applying in the first place. I did talk to a rep on the phone who DID in fact tell me the school was regionally accredited, However I did my homework and as you probably know only the high school has earned that distinction I did however get desperate however an decided that any degree I could afford was a good enough degree. When I enrolled I had a couple of hiccups and you can tell right away that person is not there to answer your questions they will tell you anything basiclly to sell sell sell. The I told the rep I was interested in 2 different programs however our connection was lost in the middle of my enrollment and I got an email that I was enrolled in the career program verse the degree. It was an easy mistake as they both have the same name so I had understanding for it however when I called them they said the only way I could change programs was to pay them 50$ I was upset about it but thats the best the supervisor" could do. Unable to change programs I stuck it out and actually graduated from that program with honors which was nice. However, on their website at the time it blatantly said that you can transfer credits from your career program to a degree program. unfortunately when I asked about it and after a few days of waiting with actually someone who was very nice about it, I was told that they discontinued that the same year and were happy that I noticed it so they could take it down... then nothing. The books for the school take forever to get to you so plan on sitting for a few weeks and at least in the career program were creeply filled with spelling errors and contradictory information then what was asked on the exams. The first couple of classes on the degree track were extremely easy. Then admittedly I hit a brick wall in my life with a course which was well beyond the previous courses and had to step away from the program because i'm working 12 hours a day and couldn't do both. I was given a 2 month notice which said that I would be kicked out if i didn't complete the program, which was never mentioned however is in a contract which I failed to reed so I accept it even though very misleading. At the same time my employer had a ACT specialist evaluate my work history for 24ish credits and I submitted a ticket to see if they considered these or not as valid and have literally been ignored ever since. I am finished with the program and they will not grade my papers they have sent me no communication and are going to force me into paying for another semester or a 6 month extension which I don't need. Except for 2 very nice people from the school I've been treated very poorly here and I can't believe a school would operate like this. It had so much promise, anyone can get in anyone can pay for it but they just don't give a hoot about you and even though I'm still going to purse an education here, I really wish I hadn't started with Ashworth, my career diploma has not backing to it and they just have the wrong culture to be running a school. Do yourself a favor and go to a community college where you can get finacial aid and can make tax deductions on, because Ashworth has nothing but a bluff to hand employers.