Grand Canyon University Reviews
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My Opinion: Teachers are terrible; they read slides instead of lecturing with no comprehension or understanding of the course material. Don't bother asking questions as the instructor will be clueless usually. In addition, the slides, book, and tests do not correlate with one another. The teachers also frequently don't even know what the tests are over - most haven't even looked at the tests. Instead, it seems like this school hires anyone off the street as long as they have a the right credentials - and hand them a pack of slides and notes that they read, and many are too lazy to look at the test material so they cannot even begin to give students a decent study guide. I had to resort to online videos from other sources to get a decent lecture. I have never seen ANYTHING so bad, and this is my third degree.
I think the biggest issue with this school is that they admit students who are not capable of succeeding in an online environment. I have attended UNLV and UNR in the past. I only settled on GCU because I now live 100 miles away from the closest college to me. The only difference from a traditional class is the professors do not lecture very much. They serve a purpose more akin to a moderator, albeit a very knowledgeable one. It isn't for everyone. I can grasp a concept well after reading a textbook and doing my own research. I see some students saying they needed tutors, I do not understand why. I see many students in my class making silly mistakes. For example, in one class, all out posts were required to be 75 words, I would see students posting 10 words posts up until the very last day of class. I saw people saying they couldn't fit it into their schedule. I can finish all the work for the week in a few hours, except for the discussion questions that have to be done on 4 different days; I can accomplish that in less than an hour. I really think that the online degree program is not for everyone. However, I do not think people should be on here trashing a school based on their experience.
They were dishonest when I turned in my assignment and in giving me only one-day turnaround for 1/4 of my grade. When I showed them with evidence from their own posting date they were incorrect, they still denied they were dishonest. Please don't confuse them with the facts, for God's sake. When they don't agree with you, they belittle and try to demean. They soaked me for one class but no more than that. Very short-sighted. They call themselves Christians? Christ would be rolling over in his grave - if he had one. All they want is your money and then they pull the "holier-than-thou" response. Don't waste your money unless you don't care how you are treated.
Really upset with the school and the "customer service" went there for my I9, they rejected my copy of my social security after my friend used a copy and not the original and had no problems. On top of that a girl who just gave a ride to people from where I just was and I needed a ride back in the 110 degree weather she said "it's not my job to give people a ride" after giving other's a ride. It was a bit a mile walk to my car...
I am currently in the doctorate program at GCU and it is excellent. I will be getting a degree in about 1 year in Behavioral Health and it will be an Ed.D. Degree. I have had great support from students services, the library and the library team is excellent. I have had some instructors that were under par, but most have been excellent. Both residency experience were also great. I would recommend this place for anyone who is getting an online degree. They are very accommodating. Thanks GCU!! Larry
Most of the staff that I have contacted at GCU have been helpful & friendly; however, the student services advisor that I was assigned to has been somewhat rude and not very knowledgeable. I asked about completing my online degree in another state and the advisor replied I could not. I further investigated and found out I could. The advisor also mentioned that my learning and degree are meant for the state that I live in. I have big plans after I receive my degree and they do not involve working in the state I live in or for that matter in the United States. I do not feel that this counselor is motivating or encouraging and is just doing their job unlike other GCU staff that I have spoken with.
The MBA program is excellent. After being accepted to the MBA programs at ASU, UA, and GCU I chose to go to GCU because it was cheapest and probably the best quality of the three. ASUs' W.P. Carey MBA is way overpriced (55k) for its low ranking (57th according to US News and 47th to Forbes, 2016) and UAs' Eller MBA is 52k and is ranked in the mid-sixties by several major business journals. GCUs' Collangelo MBA is accredited, costs 30k, and offers emphasis. I've seen all three programs and unless you're desperate to visit another country during your program (Which ASU and UA will charge plenty extra for) they all offer the same quality for a typical MBA program. Both UA and ASU MBA programs use the same group exercises for example (the Climbing Mount Everest game), and GCUs' MBA program uses the same textbooks as ASUs'. If you're determined to get your MBA in Arizona, be smart and choose the MBA program that will be the most cost effective to save your money. After all, that's what you're paying for an MBA program to teach you.
Good School! Very responsive instructors and advisors that help students accomplish their academic goals. Like all academic institutions students must communicate with instructors and advisors effectively. That eliminate 90% of the problems most students are complaining about. My experience has been very good thus far.
I have been happy overall with the degree program that I am enrolled in for online classes, but I feel that I must warn potential students of one thing that can ruin their grades. That thing is the FINAL SUBMIT link that must be clicked in order to turn in your weekly assignments. This seems to be an unnecessary extra step in a process that requires you to first click New Attempt, then browse for and attach your paper, and then click Save. Nonetheless, that is not finished yet.... You must also then click Final Submit, or your paper is never submitted, and you will not find out until maybe 10 days later when the grades for the week are finally published. The standard policy is to deduct 10% for every day overdue, so if you do not know it was never turned in until 10 days later, then that is all the points, and you cannot get better than a zero on your assignment now, which will DEVASTATE you grade in the class. WATCH IT guys, because the professors, who may well know their stuff, are NOT quick to post grades, and if they wait too long, it will make you get a total zero on your assignments!!
I feel this Master's Degree in ELED sets you up to fail. If you work a full time job, do not enroll in this program- you will not be able to meet the requirements necessary to succeed. I work a full time job, 50+ hours a week and I am enrolled as a full-time online student. To me, the purpose of online schooling is to allow students to work AND get a higher degree at the same time. This program is designed in a way that 10-20 hours of observation are required in EACH CLASS, let alone student teaching, which makes it incredibly difficult, if not impossible to find the time, while working a full time job (and keeping your job). The staff- teachers take forever to give feedback, grades, and answer questions which is difficult and incredibly stressful to work with. Administration/advisors- very disorganized, do not disclose all information up front, and by the end of the program, you're bound to talk to at least 5 different people who say they are your advisor. Why not just have ONE person be the source of all your guidance, questions, and answers? Test- What I do like about the program is that there aren't any tests, which increases the load of paper writing, but decreases test anxiety. However, about 3/4 of the way through the program, you are instructed to take the teaching test (praxis, basic skills, PLACE, etc). I am really frustrated with the lack of guidance from instructors and advisors as to go about finding study materials and assistance with test prep overall. The teaching test includes everything- social studies, LA, math, science, reading, ELL- by the time you take your teaching test, you have not covered all the subjects needed for the test. The test also asks you to know specific dates, history, people, etc- none of which are even remotely mentioned in the online courses. Honestly, it feels like we are set up to fail. Very disappointed, stressed, concerned, and aggravated with online schooling. Unless your job allows you to not go to work and you are comfortable with disorganization, I do not recommend this school or program.