California Coast University Reviews
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I was required to have a Master in Psychology to retain my current job and as I looked around I found California Coast University a very good option. I checked with the Agency where I worked and found they would accept the Degree and infact help pay for some of the degree cost.
The work was demanding and I gained a great deal of knowledge from the courses. The staff was considerate and helpful and the payment program affordable. People argue over the acceditation National vs. Regional but from my experience the regional accreditation is just a more expensive route and does not necessarily produce a superior student. When you realize that both Regional and National schools are ackowledged by the U.S. Office of Education it makes you wonder just what is the real great divide between the two?
To those who were surprised or disappointed about CCU based on what kind of accreditation it has. Anyone who does not check the "accreditation" of a school before signing on the dotted line, should probably not be going to college in the first place. Not everyone needs a degree (or all of their degrees) to be from an RA school. Perhaps it would be wise for a person to determine special needs or goals ahead of time? The fact is, I was able to obtain licensure in my field using a degree from this school.
It is how you approach things in life that matters more than where or when; this is course number 101!
I "graduated" from this online school in 2007. They took most of my credits I had piled up from many other schools since 1991. Sure CCU is not a brick and mortar school BUT, this is the easiest and fastest way to get a paper stating you have a BS. This paper now hangs on my wall and thanks to this paper- I am in a MBA program under a regionally accredited program with WGU out of Utah.
In my experience, I was making $70k a year without a degree and over ten years of experience. With a BS, I jumped to 100k. With an MBA, I'll jump to 125k per year for the rest of my life. I would recommend CCU as a stepping stone to get a MBA. Think of a BS as a stepping stone to double your income.
This was a difficult but rewarding experience. The faculty was excellent, the Chair flexible, allowing me to do a field-oriented study of an antipsychotic drug that was new and untested in several areas. Faculty was supportive and helpful, I RECOMMEND THE university to anyone already established in a career, but needing additional learning and accreditation to advance.
My course work was challenging. The tuition was affordable and manageable given my demanding work schedule and family financial responsibilities. The staff is highly professional and most helpful. The academic standards of CCU are high. I have learned much more from these courses than I did an another state university. The program suited my personal and professional needs. I am quite proud to be a CCU student.
I received my degree in February from CalCoast and the college is what you put in to it. If you are disciplined and honest with yourself, then it can be a good learning education. I enjoyed the independence and the work and got my degree in 13 months. Granted, it is not regionally accredited and that will hurt you if you try to go to another college to further your degree or even find a job. While some employers don't know the difference between regionally and nationally accredited, some do. If you live outside of California, IT WILL MATTER. You also, most likely outside of California, WILL NOT be eligible for licensure in Psychology. So just be aware when making your decision for your future when considering licensure.
I was a little concerned when I first began my course with CCU, but that soon disappeared as I dealt with the highly professional staff. They were a great assist, and were always excellent in giving whatever information I needed. I have taken traditional degree work in University/college settings, and I can say that the course work was equal to any residential course work I experienced. It's a great University.
I graduated from this school on 4/20/2006 with a bachelor of science in management and this school is awful. I wanted to cancel right away since nobody ever told me, and learning on my own, that they are not regionally accredited. I went through the courses quickly because there was never any real help. I don't like this school, when you need help on a course you call a number and the person on the other line doesn't help. I tried getting a refund but no such luck so I had to finish the program.
I think this school is like a diploma mill. There are courses, but no help when you need it, and they even ruined an Ex FEMA chief due to accreditation. If I had money I would sue this school and have them close down. I felt as though I didn't earn my degree but just paid for it.
I contact CCU now to complain again and ask for a refund, but no such luck. After you graduate then good luck finding a job with this type of degree, I think it's worthless.
I am a recent graduate of Cal Coast University who earned a BS degree in Psychology.
The positives of CCU include the affordability, flexibility and convenience of working on a degree in a stress free asynchronous environment. The downside is that their accreditation is only "national" and not regional, which may impact the transfer of credits, professional licensing, and the credibility of the degree for those who live in certain states that do not recognize non-regional college degrees.
The course work at CCU is not on-line based, but correspondence based, and you have study guides where you submit exams and compose a few essay questions before taking a final exam to complete a course. Books are not included, but they do have a library you can rent them from or you can buy your own off of Amazon or E-Bay.
The staff are really helpful should you need them. However, there is virtually no teacher-student interaction, as it is a correspondence based program where you read the text and study guides, then complete the exams and write your essays. No deadlines on assignments and you can take as many classes as you want at one time.
Some of the courses range in difficulty from "moderately challenging" to "painfully easy." You can get through the program without too much effort with some of the courses, which sort of undermines the whole learning experience. The general electives were actually a little more challenging for me personally than the actual psychology courses. You must complete a minimum of two courses per year, but this is an easy task to accomplish.
I can recommend this school, but I suggest you check with your local area to ensure that the degree will be recognized for employment and or other professional purposes before committing to their psychology degree program.
I can assure anyone who is skeptical about online/distance education that California Coast University is an outstanding school. The work I completed was extremely challenging, even more so than several doctoral classes I had taken on campus at a state university. The faculty and staff always went beyond the call of duty to be helpful, and I feel my experience at CCU provided me with the latest online learning tools as well as quality instruction/coursework. I recommend CCU without reservation to anyone who is willing to put forth diligence in pursuing an advanced degree.