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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 - 23 days ago

What school did you attend for your phd?

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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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I decided to write this review because I wished I had listened to the complaints I read before enrolling and do not wish this school on my worst enemy. Like others, I surmised that these complainers were biased and were most likely emotional at the time they wrote their complaint. I withdrew from the university in March and decided to take time to cool off before sharing my experiences. I thought I was pretty thorough in my research before deciding to attend the university, reading reviews and complaints, but honestly I don't think anything prepares you for the experience. I left the university with a 3.9 GPA and completed all of my courses leading to the comprehensive exam. For the most part, I did not have any problems during this time except for a couple of bad mentors (but there are a few bad apples at every school). I had some very good mentors who were responsive and appeared to genuinely care about the success of the student (I initiated contact with the mentors and most of them responded positively). It's true that the syllabus and required books were dated, but I disagree that you could not find less expensive books elsewhere (In fairness, around the time I was contemplating withdrawing from the university, the school was in the process of updating the coursework--I had already taken the courses, so I cannot tell you if the content was better or not). I did not experience problems until it was time to take the comprehensive exam. I did not successfully complete the exam at the first attempt and I must say that I was partly responsible as I experienced a technical nightmare on my part. However, I found out later during my retake that the mentor deleted a couple of the required articles to complete the exam, so now I understood why I had some of the difficulty that I had in completing the questions. I don't think the mentor did this maliciously and to make a long story short, I think she was trying to be fair (I know it doesn't make sense, but it would take too long to explain). It was during this time that I began to see some creative calculations with my financial aid. Like other former students, I had trouble with reaching the financial aid department and there were so many different explanations when I did that I decided to keep a paper trail by sending email. I was told that I was short financial aid. There was no way that could be the case. I kept going back and forth with them about their inconsistencies with what was on the Department of Education website versus what they had on record. It did not make sense. I know how to count, I graduate with a BBA and MBA with honors. Something was incredibly wrong. And the kicker was that I was dealing with all of this during my retake of the COMPS exam. Also, during this time my mother in law had a recurring bout with cancer and I was dealing with this crap. I was stressed. I did not feel comfortable with paying anymore money to NCU, I needed to help tend to my mil and I could not concentrate, so I decided to withdraw as I did not have the option to take a leave of absence in the middle of the exam. This where its gets very messed up. I was informed that I owed the school approximately $3500. NCU was already paid for both the COMPS and COMPS retake and the retake should have completed my payment period of three courses; however, that's not how it works. Let me try to explain: NCU defines a school year as 6 earned courses; divided by 2 payment periods of 3 courses each. However, the caveat is that NCU defines an earned courses as meeting the time requirement and passing the course. So, if you fail a course, your payment period is extended by one course, so instead of 3 courses, you now have taken 4 courses (pending you pass the 4th course) to complete a payment period. This is the same with withdrawals. If you withdraw from a course after 7 days, you are on the hook to pay full tuition for the course and you are given an Incomplete as a grade. However if you withdraw from the course after 14 days, then you are given a failing grade for the course. This means that either way, you will owe them money. If you have the incomplete, you owe the tuition for that course (and if you did not complete the payment period of 3 passing courses, you may be on the hook for additional courses) and if you receive a failing grade for withdrawing and you did not satisfactorily complete 3 courses, you are on the hook for the difference. Once you withdraw, NCU is required to submit a form calculating the money they have to return to the Department of Education as a result of your separating from the school. The calculations are based on the percentages of earned courses versus the total number of days required. The total number of days depend on satisfactorily completing the payment period of 3 courses [passing grade and time (8 or 12 weeks each course)]. If the percentages are less than 60%, then you did not "earn" enough courses and so the school has to return money to the Department of Education. If the payment period is constantly expanding due to the withdrawal or failing grade, then the student will never earn enough. NCU returns this amount to the Department of Education and passes the amount to you. For the most part, you have two options: pay the balance they say you owe or do not (and risk damaging your credit, collection calls/emails, etc. and hijacking your transcript). The Department of Education has turned a blind eye because they allow the schools to set the conditions of their withdrawal and refund policies. So whether you withdraw or fail a course, you will end up owing NCU some amount of money. It's almost like you are being penalized for withdrawing or failing a course. I withdrew from NCU with a 3.9 because I experienced a situation that caused concern over how they were handling my financial aid and I felt that I better get out before I end up losing much more money that I have to pay back. They told me I owed around $3,500 and it took me a minute to figure out what was going on. I was then transferred to their collections where one of the clerks appeared to take my questioning personally and told me that they are right and I pretty much need to get with the program. I filed a complaint with the Dept of Education and NCU response to my complaint was pretty basic, they followed proper protocol and pretty much I did not understand the process (despite having proof of the contradictory statements they made in my situation). According to the date/time stamp on the email, almost immediately after NCU's response, the investigator assigned to the case stated they found no violations and closed my case. So for those of you who do not understand why you owe money after withdrawing, this is why. I have decided that I will allow them to send the balance to collections and take a hit on my credit report. The only thing I can surmise is that the investment company or NCU itself has hired lobbyists to lobby legislation in their favor. I was able to access the Department of Education's policies and it does allow for non-traditional institutions to create their own withdrawal and refund policies. Clearly NCU's policies favor their stockholders and board and not the students. So although unethical, it's legal for them to do so. The school does have a low graduation rate and contrary to NCU's belief, it's not because of the rigor of the degree. Although I do not have first hand experiences about the dissertation process, I know of students who have gotten the run-around during the dissertation process and they are 6 - 7 years into the program and are still trying to get their concept paper approved. After the 7th year, those students are dismissed. I've seen where students cannot get into touch with mentors, the subject matter expert disagreement with the Chair, personality conflicts between the Chair and the student. Students have been assigned Chairs who do not specialize in the student's area. Unfair policies such as not being able to take a break between dissertation sequences. The policies are changed at a drop of the hat and previous students are not grandfathered into the former policies. Again, this is so unethical, but NCU has somehow managed to stay in that gray area. I do not doubt there are some students who had great experiences with NCU; however there are too many in the doctoral program who have not. I know of about 5 students who had problems but did not want to spend time complaining because they thought it would be a lost cause or they're embarrassed. A majority of NCU's student population are doctoral students, so one would think that there are more doctoral graduates than the other degrees, but take a look and you would be surprised. Then compare the graduation rate to ivy league schools or even other online schools. Then ask yourself would it be financially prudent to attend NCU? That is the question I wished I had asked before I enrolled. I apologize that my post is so long, but I attempted to give a fair description of my experience at NCU. I cannot recommend that anyone attend this university to pursue a doctorate degree unless you are into giving away money.

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Rebecca - 26 days ago

To start off, I have over 5 years with working with for-profit schools. My entire education has been completed online. I started with DeVry and I switched to UOPX because it was cheaper as I was receiving free tuition as an employee. Your issue is not an issue that is at fault of the school. The R2T4 process as it is referred to in the industry or in other words Return to Lender is not a process controlled by the University but by the Department of Education. Throughout your post you mention the DOE and the University without realizing that the money was never yours to begin with. I have worked for-profit schools since 2009. One of the most irritating and aggravating things I would here from students were where is my stipend, refund check, or I want to take a break. Most students despite of their education level failed to really truly read the agreements they were signing to utilize financial aid. As with any loan, it is a loan and it is owned by the creditor. Just like with a credit card you cannot take a break from paying your bill because of life issues. They want their money as agreed despite of your excuse. You can't show up for your job late or not-at-all because of a death in the family and expect to keep it. Why would you think an educational loan would be any different. In addition, if you want the flexibility to withdraw and take breaks at your leisure, you should consider paying for your education in cash and not signing loan documents that hold you accountable for attending school and decide to bad mouth a school because you can't do what you want. It baffles me the at the amount of accountability many people take when it comes to their finances and then want to blame schools or creditors for the dire consequences they experience because their lack of education on what they agreed to and accountability for causing the issue that cause the problem. I have an associate's, two bachelors, and two MBAs. Each time, I took out employer tuition reimbursement I understood that if I took breaks, failed, dropped/withdrew, was terminated or disciplined, or requested a leave I was fully responsible for paying the money back. Even when I had to take out loans I knew that I needed to stay enrolled no matter what. A doctor cannot decide to stop operating on a patient in the middle of surgery because of personal issues. They have a person's life in their hands and know they must complete what they started. Take accountability for your actions instead of writing an extended drawn out post about your bad experience that was in fact caused by you. If you had enough time to write a post this long you could of spent the time finishing the class your dropped from and avoided this entire issue. Anytime a student received financial aid traditional (Brick and Mortar) or non-traditional (online or accelerated) you have to agree that you will complete the program and credit hours successfully along with maintaining continuous enrollment. Not once have I heard you state that you returned the generous stipends or refunds as students call it back to the school. I know you received them because most graduate students received pretty decent stipends after their education costs for each period are satisfied. This is probably why you owe such as large balance because you thought you would have your cake and eat it too. You have to fulfill your end of the bargain for loans. If the DOE gives you the money you have to complete the classes successfully in order to earn the payment period's FA disbursement. If you fail or drop it extends the payment period and overall academic year which results in a retake. The retake is of course your responsibility not the DOE or the University's as you failed or dropped the course. You could of used your stipend to cover the deficit but you chose not to because you probably already spent which is quite typically for students. So now you are out of luck and allowed your credited which is a representation of character be tarnished because of your lack of consequences and accountability for your actions. You cannot blame NCU but yourself. Regardless of whatever school you decide to return to you will have the same issue. Remember it is not your money. The DOE or NCU owes you a thing. Schools are required to return funds to the DOE if you do not meet the credit hour and GPA requirements to keep FA. And yes, funds are returned to lenders if you do not keep your GPA at least a 2.0 for undergrads and 3.0 for graduates and are placed on academic suspension. The DOE would not assist you because the school did nothing wrong. NCU will not lose their FA eligibility over your lack of accountability. So please before blaming a school actually research your facts first and accept responsibility for your poor decisions. In addition, if you needed a break you could of requested of Leave of Absence for up to 180 days which would have preserved your FA and not resulting in you owing a balance. But of course that would have required you to complete your current class which is sounds like you didn't want to do. So at the end of the day, you are to blame not NCU.

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Thank you for your comments relative to my review on my experiences at NCU. I can tell you are very passionate in your response and really believe in what you are attempting to express. I would like to take a moment to address your comments. I can appreciate that you attended two for-profit universities and work in the for-profit education industry for a length of time. Your comment relative to comparing a student loan to a credit card does not correlate. A for-profit university is not the creditor; however, there is an apparent culture among these institutions that student aid funds belong to them and they will make sure they collect on these federal funds. An example to support this is in the return policies for many of these for-profit schools. One has to become a detective to ascertain how the refund policy works. In my particular situation, under the refund policy at NCU, there was ambiguous language on how NCU calculates the refund and is absent online if a perspective student wanted to educate herself. However, if you peruse many non-profit university’s information, not only do they indicate how the process works, but also how they calculate refunds in detail. I will not rehash the specifics because I concisely described my evidence in my original comment. In essence, these non-traditional institutions found a loophole within the R2T4 process to maximize their profits. Did the school violate the statutes of the DOE policy, no; however, the policy is very unethical (I also discuss that point in length with evidence so I will not rehash). I also disagree that the money does not belong to the student. When a student is loaned federal money for their education, the student responsible to the Department of Education and any debt incurred belongs to the student, so yes, the money belongs to the student and Title IV students have a right to know how refunds are processed, ask questions for clarity, and participate in a complaint process.

In response to your comments regarding the ability to take a leave of absence, there are situations where students may take a leave of absence. Many universities clearly allow for leave of absences and in NCU’s defense, they also have policies in place for a student taking a leave of absence. That is not what I said and you may refer to my original post for clarity. As institutions that receive Title IV funding, there are situations that a leave of absence must be granted. One such situation is that for medical situations. I will not go into detail, but you may search further at your convenience. Relative to your closing remarks about being accountable, I have never commented that I am not accountable for the money loaned to me by the DOE and I specifically mentioned that I intend to pay my student loans. What I did state is that the policy NCU has in place for refunds is unethical and I refuse to pay them extra because they were able to create a policy that is not equitable to the student’s right. Yes, there is a flaw in the educational system that would allow non-traditional universities to integrate policies that are not fair to the student body; but I believe that it is only a matter of time before that policy changes. For-profit universities (and all institutions of higher learning) should be held accountable for their policies, marketing, recruitment and the quality of education they provide to their students. Despite a high enrollment rate, the graduation rate for most for-profit universities are dismal, with way less than half actually graduating. Does these numbers reveal a disturbing problem about the quality of the education or is there something else at play. I surmise that it may be both. Apparently, I am not alone in my reasoning: Congress has seen fit to make vast changes to student aid regulations to make for-profit institutions more accountable. It appears the two schools you mentioned are being held accountable via the spirit of commerce: DeVry and University of Phoenix (UoP) are losing great sums of money due to decreased enrollment. DeVry Education Group is currently restructuring and rebranding its schools, closing a number of campuses across the nation. Enrollment has also declined and the school has laid-off a number of employees. The University of Phoenix (UoP) has also lain off hundreds of employees due to decreased student enrollment. There are also several class action lawsuits against the company including one by two former employees who allege that UoP forced recruiters to lie to prospective students about credits, attend military job fairs to recruit secretly and work without overtime pay. Additionally, a member of the Senate is asking Congress to investigate UoP’s marketing practices. Also, a recent study found that 20 universities received one-fifth, or $6.5 billion, of the total amount of loans the government gave graduate students in the 2013-2014 academic year. Those schools, however, only educate 12 percent of all graduate students. Both schools ranked within the top 20. It appears that these for-profit universities were only concerned with receiving financial aid as upwards of 80% of their profits were from student financial aid. Your comments suggest a thinking that most students are uneducated in the financial aid process and are only interested in receiving stipends. Please specify. You then infer that I took stipends, assuming that I received a hefty stipend and possibly was only enrolled for the stipend? Not that it matters whether I took a stipend or not, any stipend that I would have received as a student would not have been enough to even pay my electric bill. However, it appears that these for-profit institutions are only interested in maximizing their profits using the federal government to do so as a majority their students are on financial aid. Is it possible that the students who have questions about stipends and their financial aid have these questions because the university has not been forthcoming during the recruitment process? I’m sure these schools did not have that attitude when they were recruiting these students. Where is the school’s accountability for concise information? I’m not sure whether you are currently employed at a for-profit university, but I sincerely hope your attitude toward students who receive financial aid is the exception and not the rule. At the end of the day, these students are customers and it’s their enrollment that sustains employment.

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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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Ask about grad rate and time to grad. I had a poor learning experience. The curriculum was outdated. The texts were old editions. The disertation process changes many times. The class schedule is flexable. Most profs would not talk with me. One said she was busy and could not take a call.

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J. Fishbone - about 1 month ago

Nothing has changed, it is still a Ph.D money sucking machine with 95% of the mentors not responding or saying,"They don't talk to students". Fail the class due to mentor reply, resubmits creating a time crunch that prevents finishing the course. Their answer, "just repay for the class and pick up where you left off".

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Degree: Education Administration
Graduation Year: 2015
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When I started the program I was satisfied with the progress I made. But, further into the program I had difficulty reaching anyone that could make decisions. Advisors were no help and chairs ( education and graduate) will not return my emails. I have requested a review of my mentor's work and no one will return calls or emails. Therefore, I feel obligated to share with others my experience. NCU has been a major letdown. They are threatening to remove me but, no one will speak to me. I have been in the program seven years and the last three have been a struggle. There have been constant change with staff and student are the last to know. After completing all coursework, in the middle of my dissertation they want to drop me with no warning or explanation. Their communication is terrible and extremely frustrating. I would not recommend this University to anyone. The reviews are true.

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Cory Booth - 2 months ago

What was your program? When did you start? And what was your background before going into it? How far into the program did you stop? I am looking to start at CTU and need to know if it's a program-specific problem, or wide spread neglect on behalf of the university. Thank you

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Cory Booth - 2 months ago

What was your program? When did you start? And what was your background before going into it? How far into the program did you stop? I am looking to start at CTU and need to know if it's a program-specific problem, or wide spread neglect on behalf of the university. Thank you

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Degree: Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Graduation Year: 2013
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The entire application process was so easy and I got in no problem. All of my advisers were extremely helpful but then once I registered for my first class. Then every single one of them stopped talking to me. I never even heard from my financial advisers. She refused to respond to my e-mails and phone calls. I had two scheduled meetings with my enrollment adviser and my academic adviser and they didn't return my calls or e-mails. They just completely forgot about me. Needless to say, I withdrew from the program before I even started classes. There was a complete lack of communication which is pretty important given that it's an ONLINE program. SO unbelievably disappointing that I wasted my time with it.

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Michelle Elaine Tisch - 3 months ago

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Cory Booth - 2 months ago

What was your program? When did you start? And what was your background before going into it? How far into the program did you stop? I am looking to start at CTU and need to know if it's a program-specific problem, or wide spread neglect on behalf of the university. Thank you

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Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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I have to write this review. I have attended several online universities trying to complete my Specialist Degree in education and I have had several bad experiences. At the other schools I had very little support and I was given a lot of busy work, which made it difficult for me as a working adult and parent. However I took a chance on NCU and I am glad I did. I love love love NCU. I loved the one on one mentor environment. I did not want to post on a discussion board each week. I love the fact that I got real feedback from my professors and they called me back when I called them. NCU is work!! Your degree will not be given to you just because you paid your tuition. You have to be self motivated. You have read and figure some information out on your own. If you are simply looking for someone to hold your hand through your graduate degree then NCU is not right for you. However, if you are a mature student, who wants to earn a degree at your own pace NCU is perfect. I love NCU!!!

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Paulette Miller - 3 months ago

This response sounds great "IF" it is not a plant and from a real student who actually attended the school. It would have a ring of truth if the person left his or her name. I've been around for awhile and have found that when reading reviews for any product or service, if there is a signature attached to the comment, it is usually legit. Those without it have something to hide or disguise. I would be more inclined to believe this one if there were more like it rather than the opposite.

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Michelle - 3 months ago

Hi Terri,

I would love to speak with you in more detail soon. Would that be OK with you? I've just applied.

Thanks,

-Michelle

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Michelle Elaine Tisch - 3 months ago

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Terri Oliver - 3 months ago

HI Michelle you can email me at terrioliver@aol.com. I can answer your questions. I am a REAL student who REALLY finished the program and NCU I earned my specialist degree in education last month!! email me and I will give you my telephone number.

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Degree: Education Administration
Graduation Year: 2015
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This was the worst experience ever. Two years in the program and more and more students were reporting major issues. I tried to keep an open mind but I started having them as well. Unknowledgeable mentors and very one sided rules. I followed the program to a tea. But after 5 years and huge student loans no degree. I can't get a response or speak to a dean or chair. Are they real? Selecting this institution would be a mistake.

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Cory Booth - 2 months ago

What was your program? When did you start? And what was your background before going into it? How far into the program did you stop? I am looking to start at CTU and need to know if it's a program-specific problem, or wide spread neglect on behalf of the university. Thank you

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