Jones International University Reviews
When I enrolled, I had a great experience with my enrollment counselor. Almost always, I received appropriate responses from various departments, including from professors. Overall, the knowledge I learned helped me in my career. However, the cost for an online graduate degree at JIU is extremely high. I was treated respectfully and generally enjoyed my experience. I would recommend for an advanced degree.
JONES PROVIDES THE LATEST AND GREATEST RESOURCES FOR ONLINE LEARNING. I DIDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT "TIMED" SIGN INS AND I WAS ABLE TO PACE MYSELF WHILE INCREASING MY LEARNING ABILITIES
I had a wonderful learning experience at JIU. I obtained my Associates Degree in Business from them and it was a good learning experience. I changed schools to get my BA because JIU did not offer the course that I wanted to take. It was a big mistake. I recommend JIU to any student who wants to study online. They were extremely supportive at all times with my educational goals.
While I was turned on to this school by a professor from another school, I have to say I am underwhelmed. Since entering into a degree major that I did not study before, I was prepared to be intimidated and overwhelmed with homework. Some classes offer little challenge, others offer a bit more, but none have really, truly challenged me. I keep hoping that the next class will be more rewarding in the end when I receive good grades, but I feel as though I'm not learning anything that will help me in the end! I have professors who comment on how I am "in an MBA program and should know how to....", well...unfortunately I receive very little criticism, critique or guidance. Some professors are very strict, others seem not to care at all. I wish that I was putting my hard earned money into an education that will actually benefit me, but at this point it's too late to turn back. Hopefully my last few classes won't be as disappointing...but I won't count on anything.
I would happily recommend JIU. It has been a fantastic experience. The classes have been challenging and exciting. The majority of the instructors have been easy to communicate with and have challenged me to use critical thinking and self motivation to take my education to the next level. I have found communicating with students rewarding and helpful in my pursuit to expand my world with positive interaction with others. In addition, I have found the education I am receiving is practical and I can use it in my life and career today. I found the financial aid services to be very helpful and any glitch has been due to my lack of understanding, which the JIU counselor patiently assisted me in correcting. Also, the Admissions Counselor was straight forward in helping me make a decision based on the degree I wanted to pursue.
I have had multiple student services coordinators and multiple dissertation mentors (and the did not renew the contract of my favorite one). The rules of the game change every few months, and if I hadn't already spent so much money (I'm in my fourth year), I'd have quit a long time ago. Granted, I've met some amazing professors, but they don't tend to stick around and they don't have much power. I've been un-enrolled twice due to electronic glitches (on their end, not mine) and then made to jump through hoops to get back in. Now I find out (2 weeks before my mentoring class due date) that my research methodology (one that a JIU professor recommended, mind you) will not be accepted and I have 2 weeks to pretty much rewrite all of my research methodology sections and how and why I'm doing that approach. I knew this wouldn't be easy, but this is ridiculous.
This school has been one ordeal after the next. I have already written a review with this school for terrible student services along with their extremely poor if not HORRIBLE financial aid department and I am sadly back here again. Upon graduating from this establishment I was informed that I needed to make yet another $100 payment for my diploma in which I was told would arrive in 3-4 weeks. It is now June 17th, which is going on 8 weeks. I have called in 3 times now and each time someone tells me they just ordered the diploma and that I should receive mine in the mail within a week. This would be great except that its the third time I have heard the exact same lie. At this point I am not surprised by the lack of professionalism, poor time management or lies courtesy of the Jones International University. However, I am writing this review to spread awareness about this poor excuse of a learning establishment. Those considering this school please be advised that this establishment is entirely misleading. Student services, Financial aid and pretty much every department associated within this school is a JOKE!! BEWARE!!
I have read the positive and negative posts regarding JIU, and used them to make my decision. I was worried at first, but I have had nothing but positive experiences. I am half way through by BBA, with the goal of continuing to the MBA level, and I plan on doing it at JIU. I have had three SSC's and two Financial Aid reps, and only had a problem with one. I was worried that the professors would only look at APA format in deciding the grade, and this has been untrue. I have not only had assignments corrected for grammar, spelling and APA format, I have also had grammar corrected in the forum discussions. I have had one problem with a professor, and the SSC had my complaint forwarded, and the professor called to apologize for the deductions in a grade, and the mistake he had made. I urge everyone to look at the positive and negative remarks and make their own decision, but at least make the decision to go back to school.
Wow....I thank God for the opportunity to go to JIU. Yes, I was a little afraid at first reading a few of the negative reviews, however I have never been a person to listen to someone's judgement. My experience was an awesome one. Was it easy, not at all! There are some amazing leaders Dr. N, Dr. B, Dr. AJ, Dr. P, and a host of others who work at other major universities.
They knew their craft and were willing to work with you. One thing I do want to say is this, there are no handouts in life. Doctorate programs should be challenging and are not for anyone to hold your hand. You must put the hard work in to get positve results. I was told by one of my committee members my work was not acceptable to his liking and he was not going to sign my dissertation approval. One day later on the weekend, I get a call with him telling me everything that needed to be changed and helping me make the corrections. We have challenges in our lives, but it's about taking whatever the criticism is and making the necessary adjustments to be successful.
Was everything perfect, of course not! I am not perfect and neither are you! In order to achieve any dream in life, we must be determined and not take no for an answer. Again, this was not suppose to be easy and if it was, then everyone would walk around with Doctorate Degrees!!
I realize that if we take the negative experiences and turn them into postives, they become learning gains. For me the online program was even more challenging because time managment becomes vital. JIU, thank you and God bless all my cohorts who made it through the struggle! God is good...Amen
I began JIU with high hopes that this online experience would be both beneficial and rewarding towards furthering my education and career goals. However, after completing the entire four year program I am left feeling overwhelmed and jobless.
I would say that my overall experience with JIU has me dumbfounded. Student services are TERRIBLE!! Sure most are pleasant to speak with if you can get in contact with them, but most I came in contact with had no idea what was going on.
Student services aside, my biggest gripe is actually with the curriculum and the teaching staff. I feel as though my entire process at Jones was done on my own accord versus having any constructive criticism from professors. There was no growth!! I completely agree with some of the previous posts as almost every assignment was returned with some sort of good job comment but NO and I mean NO feedback about my papers. This includes punctuation, proper format, research topic, paper organization, wording, writing standards and technique. Nothing on how to improve, nothing on where I could do better, just good job. Coursework is redundant and boring. Like a previous post, I am ashamed that I wasted my time and more importantly my money. Just about $60,000 in debt for the program and I didn't really learn anything.
Its to bad because I was really excited to return to school and learn about something I was genuinely interested in. JIU is not a school that teaches, rather a school that promotes a gold standard but doesn't come close to hitting the bar. I had high hopes yet I ended with utter disappointment.