Ashworth College Reviews
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~ THE REAL DEAL ABOUT ASHWORTH COLLEGE ~ Alright people, here is my experience and the real breakdown of Ashworth College. First, Ashworth College is in fact an accredited school, if you have doubts, go to the U.S. Department of Education website, click on the accreditation search and type in Ashworth College. Rest assure, they are in fact accredited. HOWEVER, they are a nationally accredited school - not regionally accredited. For those who don't know, regionally accredited schools are considered the "gold standard" in academia. These schools include Harvard, University of Alabama, Stanford, Florida State University...get the idea? There are two problems, that I found, which come from attending a nationally accredited school, such as Ashworth College. One, its very difficult finding a regionally accredited school that will recognize and transfer over credits from a NA school. THERE ARE schools out there that will accept NA credits though, its just a matter of reading the schools transfer policies and then sending them your transcript to see if they'll accept them. Don't be disappointed if 9 out of the 10 schools you contact don't accept them, but don't give up searching. The second problem is in regards to licensing. If a career your pursuing requires some kind of state licensing, such as being a teacher - your going to be out of luck, as the majority of state licensing requires that degrees be from regionally accredited schools. ABOUT ASHWORTH - my experience with Ashworth was so-so. I quickly learned that the "tutors" weren't actually tutors. If you have a question about math, you'll likely end up speaking with the same person who "tutored" you with your last science question. They're not tutors. The person you speak with over the phone is most likely not competent in the particular area your inquiring about. Additionally, these "tutors" often seemed bothered whenever I called them. It seemed like I was inconveniencing them by calling and asking for help. They are very low class, low quality people. If your looking for a strong support network and good academic advisors - you won't find it at Ashworth. WHAT I DID - so I enrolled in the Criminal Justice program and wanted to "test the waters." I planned on obtaining an associates degree. During my studies, I was researching tons and tons of schools, reading transfer policies and trying to find a RA school that would allow me to transfer over my RA credits from Ashworth. My planned ultimately worked. I took advantage of Ashworth College's cheap tuition and self-paced courses. I worked daily on my assignments and completed a lot of classes over a one year period. I found a regionally accredited school in IOWA, that accepted every single one of my credits. I ultimately transferred over 90 credits to this institution, leaving me with 10 classes to finish until earning a bachelors degree from a regionally accredited school!! So essentially, I took advantage of Ashworth - not vice versa. In short - you need to do your homework. If you have a plan, figure out exactly what's required in order for you to accomplish your goal. Ashworth will allow you to earn a degree from an accredited school, but if you plan on transferring your credits you need to do your homework and find a school that will accept their credits. Last, don't expect quality service from the people at Ashworth, as the saying goes, "you get what you pay." I hope this helps. Good luck!
Very poor material support! Course cannot be completed. No cooperation from the staff when contacted repeatedly. Each time they say be patient but 2 months later still waiting for course material that was pre-paid. Courses should not be offered if the school has no material
I have mixed feelings about this college, which is why I gave it a 3. I was excited to start a program with them because the program was self paced, and their tuition is the cheapest I've seen. It is really easy to get in which I had anxiety about with other schools because I was afraid of passing placement tests. I'm a single mother and I work 60+ hours a week so this college seemed like the best fit for me. When I first started it all seemed pretty easy I like the first course you take its just kind of like a "dummy course" to help you get familiar with studying at their school. I completed one course there and it took me two months and I have to say it was nice not having anyone (seriously not one time) bug me about completing an assignment or taking an exam. Then the problems started.. 1). The professor is ALWAYS cancelling live lessons mostly due to computer issues. I think this is ridiculous considering my entire education is online based. And by the way all papers due are due in APA style (if you don't know what that is then I'm happy for you) Word actually had a feature where you can cite references and I highly recommend going to YouTube and watching how to format APA style because the instructor gives awful instructions. 2). Everytime you call they are always unprofessional and rude. It seems like no matter who it is they sound uneducated and unprofessional. 3). Yo can't switch from a bachelors to an associates. This was my final straw with them. I asked them to please explain this policy and I just got "because it is". I don't understand this policy. I've never heard of a college not allowing you to elect an associate instead. If you look at Ashworth College's curriculum, the only difference between an Associates and a Bachelor is the Bachelor has 4 more semesters. They each have the exact same first 4 semester plan. So the fact I couldn't switch and to just not take the extra 4 semesters baffles me! 4). After a lesson you take an exam which is open book. Considering how easy this course is it is really hard to not do good. I read each lesson thoroughly and when I took my exam I answered each question based on what was in the open book WORD FOR WORD and somehow got a 75% (coming from being a previous straight A student). I asked the professor if she could give me some feedback on what I needed to study more and I got a "no". 5). Access to coursework seems to be unavailable a lot! I planned for my daughter to have a sleep over at my moms tomorrow night so I could get some school work done, only to get an email saying course work was unavailable the ENTIRE weekend. Well there goes me getting any done and that was my only free time. I quit going to this school today. It was just rubbing merge wrong way. I am enrolling at Penn Foster online. Same price, self pace, exceptional customer service. I see a lot of complaints about textbooks which I cannot comment because I never needed one. Only down side to Penn Foster is they my offer 2 bachelors degrees. It's mostly associate and certificates. I want to get my associate first to make sure I like the field before I move onto a bachelor. I also forgot to mention an upside to Ashworh is they did accept 24 credits from my certificate from a nationally accredited school. This just wasn't a good fit for me. I wouldn't say it's a bad school, just doesn't fit my needs.
The certificate program I took with this school was OK. I got a well written physical textbook and had no problems. With the degree program however, I noticed their grading was quirky. For instance they would comment on a Essay Writing exam that the essay was well written and then give me a D- grade. Also, I noticed some of the exam questions would ask about material that had not been in the lesson. When I asked the professor about this she told me to email her the question and correct answer. I did and got no response. This happened on just about every exam. The online e-books are written poorly with multiple typos and even mistakes that alter the correct info that you retain. I feel they could do a lot better with the school considering the money they have rolling in!
I am currently in a Master's program with Ashworth and am totally aggravated by the lack of access to faculty. I am tired of receiving graded assignment that say "poor grammar" or other such comments with nothing marked on the assignments, so that I can see what went wrong. I graduated from an Ivy League school and have never received papers back that say "poor grammar," which leads me to believe that the professors may have a poor grammar base which with they are grading. Also, instructions for assignments are convoluted and contradictory. I know that no matter what I submit it will be unsatisfactory. Students need to go through "advisors" to get information back about assignments for progress. I do not understand why, unless it is to save money by not paying for extra faculty time. Good luck to people in these programs. I wish was learning more and could understand why I am getting the grades that I do. Ashworth is quick enough to take money though....
Back in 2002 to 2004 I applied for a account degree with Ashworth on line. The studies went great and I did everything I was suppose to do and finish in 2004 with 4.0 GPA. When I went to get my transcripts I was informed that I never finished the program and I explained to them that I had received a confirmation letter stating that I have finished my degree program and that everything would be sent to me they even ask what size ring I worn because I was to get a class ring. Never seen it and to this day I still do not have it or the acknowledgement of my Associate Degree in Accounting I still have all my books sometimes I want to burn them in the fire pit but I have kept them. If they do not stand by what they "teach" or should I say "preach" why are they still offering the on line classes because it is a scam.
I was told they would help find externship only to find out that was a lie. I was told would have to pay an extra 200+ for one. Are you serious. Then when I go online again I see where they included it in the newer course offered to others. This is not even three months later!!! I felt betrayed and was not able to find an externship on my own. I feel like I paid for nothing. Then at graduation time I paid for all my stuff only to have to not be able to attend because my daughter was hopitalized with a serious rare condition. So I asked could I be sent my diploma cover and anything They handed out at graduation. I explained to them in detail what was going on and that I would provide all information needed was told it would code me 30 for the diploma cover and I could come back in 2016 and attend that graduation. Since I was unable to get externship or anything else as far as training in just hanging on to a piece of paper that I can't use. I suggest you go to a school to get some hands-on as well as a real teacher, they can't provide you with help to questions in your book as far as question review or sampling the exam. How am I suppose to know if I got it right of they can't even help explain the correct answer to you.
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.
I was very disappointed in the many mistakes in the questions and answers and to realize they had not been fixed for years according to former student reviews. If I had read reviews first I would not have signed up. Nevertheless I finished the course and paid it in full in 3 months. It has been 11 months now and still have NOT received the key duplicator they promised to send upon completion and payment of this course :( I am not very happy about this. I have called at least 4 times in the past year. They said they sent it. Oh but it was returned since I had moved in February. I have called since I moved and it seems they are all out of them now, even the one they originally sent me ,and when they get one they will send it. !!?? I wish I had looked around more before singing up.
I was for the most part happy with my experience at Ashworth College .The last two years was the best. The first two years were not great. Many years ago I had to wait about two or three weeks for a course to be shipped and I couldn't move on until my paper was graded. But presently they have made improvements that are much better than years ago.