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Grand Canyon University
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Good Choice but Expensive
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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 0000
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GCU was the first offer degree's other than IT, Business or Public management. Their course offerings are broad. This is what attracted me to them as I am a mid-forties non-traditional student with credit hours spread from Egypt to Tennessee. Their evaluation process is next to none I have experienced and the courses are good if you understand that online course work is self-motivational. The negatives are price and structure. Where they are extremely accommodating they are plagued by their format, right from the start you will be required to take two introductory courses that will put a dent in you pocket book, they will also hinder you from doubling up to finish earlier. This also has to do with price as financial aide will not cover extra courses. I found the course work to be paced well but with exception to Mathematics. If you are very good with Math and right out of honors Math in High School you might be OK for the first few classes. After that the accelerated format will eat your lunch. I will be transferring to WGU for this reason, simply to finish Math and cut my costs.

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Dont Do It!!!
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Degree: Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs
Graduation Year: 2014
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If anyone went to a traditional institution do not attempt this online debacle. The program is long, redundant, and full of "instructors" that have never taught in the field. The assignments are pointless (powerpoints, pathlets) long drawn out assignments that they do not read. There are a few courses with instructors who like to be overly meticulous on format but not content. There is no actual learning at this institution. You pay your money, you get a degree.

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NO DIPLOMA MILL
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Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2017
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I am enrolled in my sixth course at GCU. My courses have been challenging and my professors have been excellent. The only issue I have is the cost. However, this school is not a diploma mill in my opinion. The discussion questions have been helpful, I have enjoyed quality discourse with my colleagues. My undergraduate and masters degrees are from two public state universities. GCU works well with my schedule, especially now that I am living outside of America.

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Inflexible Degree Mill
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2015
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Let me preface my review by stating that I received my bachelor's in a traditional setting, on campus, from a quality institution; the experience there taught me what the college experience should be like. After the birth of my daughter I became a temporary stay-at-home mom and decided to further my education online; GCU promised quality education in a convenient format. GCU is a diploma mill and nothing more; I have so many stories that could serve as an anecdote for this. If you do the work and submit something you'll usually get a 100% on the assignment. If the professor is trying to seem alive or interested in teaching the course they might ding a few points off arbitrarily, but you're getting an A nonetheless. The professors rarely read what you submit; I've submitted a few assignments where I KNEW my answers were wrong and I've still been given a 100. There was a paper assignment for one of my courses that I particularly enjoyed writing and, when the assignment was returned to me, I eagerly looked for my instructor's comments. The paper that was returned to me wasn't even mine but that of another student's. I read it, it was barely literate and scarcely answered the paper's prompt. The student was given 100% for something any undergraduate school would have failed outright. Not only are the professors careless in their grading but careless in their instruction as well. Learning is done exclusively through the text book; if you're not someone who can learn from the book alone well you're SOL. If you have a question, god forbid, the turn around time on answering it is usually longer than the week long module and by the time they answer you're onto the next topic. I once had a question about the accounting concept behind a problem on a particular assignment and was told to "do my best" and nothing more. Never in my academic experience have I been rejected for help by a professor before; yet I witness this on a nearly weekly basis as my fellow classmates ask in vain for assistance or understanding on the forums. The 8 week online courses are notoriously inflexible- if you're looking for something where you can go at your own pace, look elsewhere. To get full credit for the weekly discussion questions and participation you must post a minimum of 5 times on 5 different days. You're stuck committing to being online 5 days a week which can be a real hassle if you're traveling or working. For whatever reason assignments cannot be submitted early (explain that one to me) and you're expected to adhere to the class's rigid time table with no exceptions. 8 weeks goes by far too quickly and it's far too short a time to devote any significant amount of time to the important material covered. I am now one class away from receiving my master's degree and I have a 4.0 GPA. I would say that I am absolutely unprepared to enter the work force and perform accounting work; I have learned precious little and retained even less. I could never, ever, hope to take the CPA exam, which GCU's program description assured me I'd be ready to do by the end of my studies. Take heed and read the reviews here, save your time and money and look elsewhere for your education.

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Michael - 5 days ago

Thank you very helpful review. You are coming from different directions and that makes a good review by showing multiple views.

Degree mill
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Degree: Nursing Practice
Graduation Year: 2014
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This is the worst kind of degree mill. An embarrassment of a program that reads like it was put together in a weekend . Professors actually copy and paste the same comments on discussion boards, that is if they show up at all and they often hardly read the work that is turned in . Students copy and paste garbage and the discussions are ridiculously boring because if this activity. I tried to get something out of it but it was mostly a waste of money and time. The advisors come and go and are used car salesmen. I had a deadline to meet for my graduate program and they wouldn't even pick up the phone to confer my degree. I missed my deadline because after spending 20000 dollars they couldn't find the common courtesy to get me a unofficial conferred copy of my transcript. The irony is that it's a Christian university but like most things this is hypocrisy. If you're an idiot you will have no problem because I know people who can't write a clear sentence and they still got A's. You even have to write papers on why prayer and prayer hospitals heal people. An entire class of anti- science Mumbai jumbo. This school should lose it's accreditation.

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Perfect for busy people
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Degree: Business/Managerial Economics
Graduation Year: 2014
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I wish there was more instruction, especially with the price. The structure is perfect for a person working full-time, but I had to use outside sources a lot because the instructors would merely point me back to the text instead of helping me understand. I also like that it is a regular school and people won't automatically know I did online courses.

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Highly Recommend
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Degree: Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Graduation Year: 2013
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I did a lot of research before deciding on this school. I was able to get a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education in the same time it would of take me to get one. I was hired as a Special Education teacher within three months of graduating. The principal that actually hired me graduated from Grand Canyon as well. I was able to easily get into a very reputable Masters program at the University of Nevada Reno with my degrees. My only issue was that the staff changed constantly which was a little frustrating. Overall, I would highly recommend this school.

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Jermaine Carter - 4 days ago

For your special education degree, was it a master or bachelors? If in a master, how was the program, classes, and teachers?

Instructor and supervisor is a joke
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Degree: Management Science
Graduation Year: 2016
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I took execption with my instructor S. D. "fronting" me out in front of the entire class. She specifically named me in a comment that caused me embarrasment and she had never done that to anyone alse. I complained to her about her lack of ethics and lack of professionalism in that I took exceptiont to her comment and that she was looking for an excuse to take away point from me on assignments because she did not like my postings on a previous assigment. D. then called me and as I was trying to explain to her she kept interupting me and talking over me. I repeatedly asked her to stop and wait and let me finish but she continued to talk over me. Finally, after having enough of her antics, I yelled at her to let me finish. She then told me that she was terminating the call. So I told her that I can't wait for the class to end so that I would be away from her. I also told her that I would complain about her to her supervisor M. C.. The next day I found out from her that she was filing a code of conduct violation against for yelling at her. Seems to me that she preempted me by filing on me. I called D. supervisor twice and left messages. C. excuse as to why he did not return my first call was because he was in a meeting. When C. called me back we arranged a time to speak. He did not call me at the arranged time but called me and left me a message at time when he knew I was not available because I told him that at a certain time I was unavailable. When I spoke to him, he told me that he was late because he was in another meeting yet he never told me when we first spoke that he might be late because he had a meeting. It seems to me that he used the meeting excuse so that he had time to prepare his reponse to my complaint against his subordinate. After spending 26 miuntes on the phone with him listening to him rationalize everything that Dwyer did and said, I reliazied that no matter what I said, that he was going to rule against me. He basically told me that he was an unibiased party. What does that tell you about the man's integrity? He was not able to expalin why and has not provided an explantion for why D. regraded my essay after I accused her of looking for an excuse to take points away from me (which she did) after I made the corrections that she recommended. D. has no integrity because she was caught by me in unethical behavior and then tried to cover her tracks by regrading my paper and giving me a higher score. C. said he would look into when she changed the grade because "magically" he was unable to access the information at that time but was able to access everything else. Also, at the end of my call to C. he refused to listen to my side as I tried to explain how D., kep talking over me and interutping me when I was trying to explain to her. I told him that she escalated the situation by continuing to interupt. C. claimed that I kept interupting because he heard the audio recording of the call (which I have not heard and doubt they will ever let me hear). C. claimed there was a paused in the recording and that D. felt she could speak. If there is such a pause, then my question is, "Who edited the recording?"

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Diploma Mill
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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2014
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I'm a student and an employee at GCU.. This is nothing but a diploma mill institution. You will not gain anything out of this place, except a debt for the next 10+ years. They will recruit anyone, and I mean anyone.. Accelerated nursing program, class you can finish in 5 weeks, (good luck retaining anything valuable). There are people that failed nursing acceptance exam 4 times, and still got accepted. Management is joke. 90% are former employees from University of Phoenix. Don't be fooled by "Christian University" . They are publicly traded and are after one thing, and one thing only, profit! Be smart and due diligence before committing to this institution.

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Anthony C. - about 1 month ago

I agree with your assessment of management. I had and still have an issue with one of my instructors. I went to her supervisor who after 26 minutes on the phone with him, I learned that no matter what I said or did that he already determined that his was going to take her side. So I wasted 26 minutes listening to him rationalize her very action.

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Riley - about 1 month ago

I agree with everything you are saying.

This school should be shut down . I just finished my BSN and this school is a joke ine every way.

I'm embarrassed to have gone there.

Professors barely look at your work and copy and paste the same comments on everything.

The curriculum was essentially put together on a weekend and is useless.

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Riley - about 1 month ago

I agree with everything you are saying.

This school should be shut down . I just finished my BSN and this school is a joke ine every way.

I'm embarrassed to have gone there.

Professors barely look at your work and copy and paste the same comments on everything.

The curriculum was essentially put together on a weekend and is useless.

Credits don't transfer
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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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There is a lot to be said about a "Christian" for-profit university. Transferring credits in or out of GCU is nearly impossible. The entire process feels so automated. There is no freedom in classes taken. They are the only university that I have encountered that uses 4 credit classes that are not labs. This, I suspect, is the main obstacle to getting any credits to transfer. I had two years of full-time academics at a well established state university graduate program, but GCU refused to allow me to "skip" the introduction to graduate school class. The whole experience is very impersonal. All of my concerns and questions were never fully heard. If one is a first time graduate student, then this may be a good place to consider. But if you are attempting to transfer to GCU, be very cautious and look other places.

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Anthony C - about 1 month ago

I had the same problem with my concerns not being addressed.

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