Since 2008, I have been a online student at University of Phoenix, Ashford University, and Kaplan University. Kaplan offered the most challenge academically, and had a better platform in comparison to the other two. University of Phoenix and Ashford was an easy A, that took me through fly by courses. I actually don't remember anything I learned there. Here are things that I really liked at Kaplan:
WEEKLY SEMINARS- I liked the real-time interaction with the instructor and other students. It gave me the opportunity to probe for clarity.
ENGAGING INSTRUCTORS- In all of my classes, except one, my professors delve into deep conversations about the topics and challenged students to critically think. Many used real-life scenarios to explain theories, rules, etc, in order to demonstrate how the learning material can be applied.
PROJECTS- I had a lot of projects that required me to step away from my computer, and glean information from my local community. Others, allowed the opportunity to collaborate with other students. With this, we used free online conferencing tools to hold meetings.
FEEDBACK- Many of my instructors gave real feedback on assignments, and guided me on how to improve, rather than just give a grade.What really made me give this a good rating was the level of communication between the instructors and I. They were always ready and willing to talk beyond the scheduled classroom hours.
Their career placement services isn't much for me. I have only spoken to my assigned representative once by phone, within the last 3 months. It's hard to catch up with each other. We have communicated via email, and she has provided links to various websites to do career research. However, all those listed, I had already found on my own. The area I live in, isn't booming with the type of jobs I was pursuing. I do like that my career counselor encourage me to be open to consider relocating. It allowed me to see the opportunities else where, and my husband and I are in serious discussion about making a leap.
I don't have complaints with Financial Aid. I never had to talk to them by phone. Everything was email. I never had any problems with processing documents, and timing.
There are a lot of resources available online. You have to be self-driven to make use of all the resources. I have particpated in the webinars, used the library extensively to read beyond the academic literature, and found useful links to resources that helped me enhance my knowledge base, in order to promote myself at my current job.