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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015
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Great program, although it was challenging, I learned a lot. Disregard the negative post, you will get a good education. The program is designed for self motivated students. Bottom line, you get back what you put in. The instructors will challenge you, and you will have earned your degree!

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Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2014
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I had a very positive overall experience with NCU. In particular, I enjoy studying on my own and at my own pace and NCU gave me that flexibility. Moreover, syllabus instructions were direct, and easy to understand. I also felt the professors provided fair and positive feedback. That said, if you need "hand holding" or a "classroom experience", then perhaps this isn't for you. Personally, I wouldn't hesitate to continue my education at NCU and feel proud to be an alumnus.

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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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I cannot recommend this college to anyone who is seeking a degree in a field where you are already working. No matter what you already know, you will be treated like a person that just rolled off the back of a turnip truck. I don't feel respected at this place as an adult learner with real work and academic experience. I am trying to complete my dissertation here but I am dealing with teachers and a chair who have no training in how to give constructive feedback. At NCU they give you a paper on on "how to benefit from feedback" but it turns out that the teachers are not actually given training in giving feedback and so its a real crapshoot, if you get a bad one on your committee with some ego problems or some other type of bee in their bonnet you are doomed as there is no way for students to appeal anything. A lot of the teachers are really low level, untrained, unaware folks out in the middle of nowhere doing research on cows (this is actually what happened to me, my chair's dissertation was about cows and goats). There is absolutely no interaction with other students, and the quality of the course materials is very low, and then when you move into the dissertation process there are all sorts of unsupported demands and expectations that you are not prepared for during the coursework process. High expectations on their part, while the delivery and quality is very low. Plus this experience is not cheap. you are basically paying for them to treat you like an idiot who should just shut up and do what they tell you. At this point I will probably withdraw and attempt to go elsewhere to somewhere that has a more professional quality program.

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Degree: Project Management
Graduation Year: 2014
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I graduated from the college of business with a focus in project management. I must add that the professors were very knowledgeable and helpful in making sure I understood the requirements of the course assignments. In areas that I felt was not clear in the assignments, I was able to send messages and in some instances provided the opportunity to call my professors. For future students I strongly recommend NCU and advise that in each course and or assignments reach out to your professors and or advisers. They can only help and or reach out when they are aware of the student's issues and or concerns.

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Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2015
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As an NCU doctoral student, I was most impressed with the professionalism that each professor provided me. All professors provided immediate positive feedback, positive comments, and encouragement was offered throughout my entire doctoral process. I had a "GREAT' experience as an NCU doctorate student. I recommend that 'everyone' wanting to continue their higher educational tenure to enroll in NCU. You will not be disappointed.

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Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2016
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I am very impressed Northcentral university approach toward higher education. My experience so far has been wonderful, my advisor and enrollment counselor has been very supportive, and my financial aid advisor handle all my concerns with diligence. I highly recommend this college for working parents and students.

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Ty - 15 days ago

Hi did you have any problems getting a job with an online degree from NCU?

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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2012
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Best online university. Best professors. The professor are very dedicated and the level of education that a person receive will be very useful in helping the student find a job in his or her field of study. The one-to-one model at Northcentral University gives the student the opportunity to start a course at any time. Additionally, the feedback, feedforward, and feedup that students receive help them achieve the best educational experience. The professors care about the achievement of the students. Though sometimes, things can get really tough because of their high standards, the degree I got from Northcentral University has opened numerous career and job opportunities. I gave Northcentral 100 percentage because none of the other universities I attended offered me the flexibility and cost effectiveness.

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Degree: Adult and Continuing Education Administration
Graduation Year: 2013
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I had been out of school for many years when I decided to pursue my masters. NCU looked good and I went for it. Since completing my MEd there, I have been to three other online grad schools (taking a few courses). Here's what I've discovered NCU is very different from the others. It allowed no interaction with fellow students except a general message board (which was dominated most of the time by a couple of chatty idiots who used it as a platform for self aggrandizement). Many of the mentors were good; a few were terrible. I had one that gave feedback on one paper; for the next one, I changed to do it the way she said. She also marked that wrong. The "set" classes, allowing very little room to choose, are ridiculous. I was in adult ed and had to take a class about administrating at the elementary level. My academic adviser was superior; he went to bat for me on several occasions. The longer I was at NCU, the less I liked it. They continually changed the rules and did not grandfather anyone in. When I started they allowed the student to finish as quickly as he or she could as long as all the work was done. Before I left, that was no longer the case. I am now working on a PhD online. The experience I am having is greatly superior to that at NCU--we have interactive classes where we can work with other students and professor live; we have syllabi that are written by the professors; and we are not hounded by the APA police. I would suggest looking elsewhere for your higher education, although my experience was not horrific. Caveat emptor is my best advice but that goes not only for NCU but for all other online and brick and mortar universities as well.

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Mike - about 2 months ago

What school did you attend for your phd?

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Cordovan - about 2 months ago

University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY.

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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2019
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Just like you, I was interested in reading current and former students' opinions of their experience at NCU. I can tell you that you will hear a TON of negative reviews. Yes, the graduation rate is lower in general for PhD programs than the national standard (37% versus 57% in 2005). But just keep in mind that not everyone is cut out to earn a PhD. It is supposed to be hard! Don't let that deter you from choosing this school. If you are looking for a solid education with amazing support staff and mentors (that is what the professors are called) that provide valuable feedback, then this is the place to go. When I was researching schools to attend (online because it wasn't possible with my schedule to go to a traditional B&M school), what really swayed me was the "no residency" requirement and the one-on-one classroom model. The thing I hated about my MBA was half my grade resulted from group work. The classes at NCU run for either 8 weeks or 12 weeks, and you really have the chance to start exploring and doing research on your chosen dissertation topic early in the process. Your coursework makes up the first two years of your studies, then you take a 12 week comprehensive exam. Once you pass that, you are deemed a doctoral candidate. It is at that point you start your concept paper. The concept paper is a 9 page paper that explores your chosen topic. Once that is accepted, you are able to start on your dissertation. Unlike many other PhD programs where you pretty much have to write your dissertation and then find out if it is accepted or not, if your concept paper doesn't pass then you didn't just waste years of writing. The biggest complaint I hear from other students further in the program is the lack of valuable feedback or mentors that take way too long to comment on work. The school has a 21 day feedback policy once you get into the dissertation phase and a 4 day policy with regular coursework. The program is challenging, especially if you are not good at managing your time. It was suggested to me that hiring an editor as early as the comprehensive exam is smart because they are able to pinpoint issues with your writing and identify grammatical/APA formatting mistakes so you don't have to keep rewriting your work. The mentors are not there to teach you, but more to guide you. In a PhD program, there shouldn't be anything new to teach since you have already gone through at least seven years of college prior to your acceptance into the program. The support staff at the school have been excellent in my opinion, from the initial advisers signing you up for your classes, to financial aid, down to the academic support center they have. If you need help with any of your classes, you can utilize their tutoring services, which they provide twice a week for free. I used it for my Stats course and it helped me tremendously. The books for this program are so much lower than any other school I have gone to, even when compared to my undergraduate degree at a state university. And they reuse some of the books in future classes! Do yourself a favor and disregard the negativity that comes from some of the comments here on this site and others. That's what I did because I read a few reviews that said just what I am saying to you. It doesn't matter what school you go to, online or B&M, you will get people that aren't satisfied with their experience. Just think about it, are you more likely to fill out a survey if you have a negative or positive experience? Most people would say negative. This is why I wrote this response to educate prospective students out there. Don't listen to the noise! If you are looking for a challenge in an independent home environment where the only person that can fail you is you, then consider NCU. The grades I have received are not easy to get so I really feel like I worked for those grades. I am much more satisfied with my education at this school than in either of my Master degree programs or my undergraduate program.

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As a NCU student and possessing undergrad and grad degrees from other online for-profit universities and a brick and mortar non-profit university, I respectfully disagree with you. In the doctoral program, the mentors are there to teach you how to research and prepare you for the dissertation stage. The Chair is there to guide you through the dissertation stage. Your final product, the dissertation, is evidence that you mastered how to academically research and apply your research to real world situations. The doctoral program is unlike any other degree, so whether you have 7 years previous education or not, at the most, that background should have taught one how to write and express oneself intellectually. If you pay all of the money toward a doctoral degree and you've learned nothing new, then that says a lot about the school. The reason the cost of books are lower are because the required books are three to five years old. In a sense, this is not so bad because many times new editions of many textbooks are minute and it makes no sense to have pay hundreds of dollars to use the newest book every year (However at the same time when you are paying thousands of dollars for a course, one may want the most updated version). Time management can definitely be a factor, but it is not fair to trivialize others opinions by calling it "noise" or saying they could not cut the mustard because they are not pleased with their school experience. The reviews I've read both good and bad should be taken into consideration. Let's be real, a third or fourth tier school with a graduation rate way lower than the average legitimately raises eyebrows and sends red flags. And the complaints on this platform may explain why this is so. This platform provides an even playing field on both positives and negatives about a school and a truly informed consumer can make the best decision for them. The bottom line is NCU is a for profit university and the focus of any for profit organization is to increase the bottom line. Are there policies in place to do that? Definitely! Is that a bad thing? It could be, but it doesn't have to be. I believe that a for profit university can be ethical and still make a profit. It is a matter of whether the school chooses to be ethical. The question that an informed consumer of education would need to ask is whether their needs are best met through a for-profit or a non-profit university and how much they are willing to pay for it? For NCU, the benefits are the non-residency requirement and the ease of getting accepted into the school (no bureaucracy). The negatives are the ever-changing policies, the annual tuition increases and the difficulty in resolving problems through the administration. Most of the mentors seem to genuinely care about the students and will teach if given the chance; however it appears that the way the courses are set up, there are subject matter experts that create the courses and the mentors basically facilitate. This is most likely utilized to keep costs down (you don't have to pay a "mentor" as much and it is easier to simply get someone with a doctoral degree who does not have the specific specialization in the course to teach) and efficiency. This is true of most for profit universities, not just NCU. I think prospective students are smart enough to sort through the negative and positive comments on this site and make a fair assessment of the school. And students should be able to post positive or negative comments about the school without being insulted by others who may have had a different experience. I do think that students should justify their comments with providing just a little more detail. I found that to be helpful when I was looking for a school.

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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2011
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It was a shaky start after I completed my oral comps due to a change in my dissertation chair. However, my committee was exceptional and challenged me all the way. The key is communication and team work. The mentors I had were good in giving constructive feedback and in a timely manner for the most part. I did have one mentor who was abroad so we never talked by phone either.

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