Jones International University Reviews
I've been in the program for 9 months and it is BORING. This isn't my first experience in online education but it is without a doubt the worst experience I've had. I was assured that this program would provide a different approach to the field of education and it does... a useles, unrealistic and entirely hypothetical approach. NOTHING can be readily used in a teaching environment. I'm maintaining a 4.0 without effort. I haven't bothered bying a text book for my last four classes. Most of them are written by the people that designed the class. It's a waste of money and all of the information can be found online anyway. Some of the students in the class come across as being idiots, but I have no doubt that they probably have a 4.0 too. You've got to remember, it's a "for profit" university. It wouldn't do them any good to flunk students.
I haven't had the problems with customer service that others have had. Although the school does hang on to the financial aid refund a lot longer than most schools do.
The degree won't be worth the paper it's printed on. I don't even put the school on my resume. I'm embarrassed to be a part of the system. Right now it's just helping me to kill time until I start a different program next summer. (So yes, I'm wasting money by staying in it.) I hope others are smart enough to find a real education elsewhere.
Student support services are extremely poor to say the least. Financial aid needs constant supervision. After refusing to speak to my assigned Financial aid adviser and request to only speak with the department heads, I still had to call in every time to ensure my funds were correct and sent on time. If the department supervisors can't get it right, it makes sense why the rest of the department is a complete failure. Academic service counselors are the same, no one knows what is going on. It seems like they are always on vacation, returning from vacation or just a lack of overall communication skills. It seems like I am always having to call in or file complaint reports to student affairs. Classes are completely repetitive with the same subject each time, just paper after paper. Professors give little to none of constructive criticism and seem to only look at APA format. Grammar and punctuation from students is baffling especially, at higher grade levels. Only positives I can say about this school is the course navigation and online capabilities. Otherwise, this school is terrible. Save your time and money and invest them elsewhere.
After researching this school online and seeing the accreditation I thought it would be a good fit. Was I ever wrong. Student services here are POOR to say the least. The financial aid department and student services departments are a joke. Not one person in any department has any idea of what is going on. I have had to call in several times to each department to make sure my financial aid was on time and in the correct amount, which it never was.
Also, my student services counselor never registered me for the proper classes along with responded to me when I had questions. Each class is completely repetitive, nothing innovative to learn, just write paper after paper with the same subject (profile an organization). Professors give little to no feedback and always give an A grade. I am a great student with a good work ethic however, I can always stand to learn something, constructive criticism would have been greatly appreciated. After almost 4 years at this school and $55,000 in debt, I have little show for it besides a 4.0 gpa that I think a 4th grader could probably earn from this school. What a complete waste of time, money and effort. My advice, RUN!!
After going through the entire program, I have to say you are better off going somewhere else. Not sure what the staff there does but they lack communication skills. Spent a lot of time and money there and sadly it was not a worthwhile investment. Some of the curriculum was good and I had some engaged teachers, but other than that JIU overall seemed to be "going by the numbers" (As in collecting and counting YOUR money)
I've attended this school for nearly 8 or 9 months. From the start everything was amasing, the staff really cared about me and were helpful with my interests. The admissions counselor they assigned me was really helpful and totally friendly. To me it felt like this was more than a college experience like everyone was family. The connections I made with the staff and proffessors is outstanding.
I no longer attend this school but I do highly reccomend it. :} you won't regert it. I will add that JIU has a high standard for maintaing acceptable grades as all colleges do, tradional or virtual. I feel that most of the comments made about this school were un-true or totally biased. It' expensive; but that shouldn't stop you from attending they have programs to offer you if you qualify.
I enjoyed this school a great deal. The course work was well thought out, and all my instructors were easy to get a hold of in case I needed them. I personally found this university to suit my needs and therefore found success in the program. I would recommend this school to anyone as I found its overall performance very satisfactory. Also, being a spouse of a military husband I found added benefits the school provided because this.
The professors are good, and I did learn a few things in the courses. The classes get very redundant as the format is the SAME for each class--abstract critique and review, papers, papers, papers. It'd be cool to have some more innovative ideas for projects and real world applications. The ability to choose your own topics is good, and I eventually started presenting my own project ideas, and the professors were great.
The student services / advising is TERRIBLE. Besides crazy turnover, people are always on vacation or on medical leave... and no one takes accountability for anything. They basically tell you to read the handbook (which changes every 6 months or so as they add new requirements). This would be fine if I were paying $10,000 instead of over $50,000. I also lost time based on "glitches" 3 times... unacceptable.
The mentoring program is also a joke. They put you with random people who have no idea about your interests.... I wasted SO MUCH TIME with about 3 mentors who had no idea about my topic / field of interest. I finally ended up (in year 3) with a decent mentor and now I'm playing catch up.
On the up side, my peers were nice and dedicated, and I met some great professors. It's too bad that the people who "sign up" for JIU (professors and students) are awesome... and JIU's management is not.
I've been a student at brick and mortar institutions as well as JIU. At JIU my experience has been wonderful. While I cant say that every professor I've had has been great, the classes are legit as well as the curriculum and the degree overall.
I graduated from JIU with a Masters of Education. It was a very good experience overall. The professors and degrees are legit, and I feel that I learned a lot. It's true that financial aid has a bit of a turnaround delay, but if you budget ahead for the delay (about a month), it's not an issue, and the payment is reliable. I don't think the school is "keeping" the money for any sinister reasons.
I had mostly good professors, with a few patchy performances, in terms of grading turnaround and feedback. My classmates were wonderful and supportive.
I see a lot of reviews that appear to be written by people who expected JIU to be a diploma mill. It isn't...I worked hard for my degree. As with any other university, you have to commit. Do your work and take care of business and you will learn a lot and be successful.
I was attending JIU for my MEd until Dec. 2011, however, they withheld information that they have problems with their "highest level of accreditation" and may lose it. So then what would my courses be worth if I try to transfer? I would have to repeat the courses.
Also, they claim to have great student support, but their student support is terrible. When I said I needed to drop a class they just argued with me and then said my financial aid would be affected. Really? It better not be. My financial aid comes from the federal government and they have no right to have it at all.
And what about all the counselor staff changes? They must have at least a 40% turnover in staff. That is awful for anyone attempting to take courses there, much less the actual staff members who are constantly in fear of losing their jobs. What kind of a lousy place is this?