Northcentral University Reviews
Many instances of poor writing are evident that have been produced by the faculty, including the dissertation chair. The writing does not meet upper-division and graduate-University requirements--the composition consists of short choppy sentences that are of the same sentence style, and that frequently contain modification and predication problems. Much about subordination and coordination should be important to the administrators and faculty of NCU. Their awkward wording conveys problems--readers are bound to misinterpret passages such as, "With the increasing turnover rates, the specific problem was to investigate..." Please notice that the introductory phrase incoherently modifies its subject in this case. As an introductory phrase, it illogically relates to its subject. Comprehensive and logical wording should be, for example, "the...turnover rates caused the specific problem..." Furthermore, the specific problem cannot investigate--only an individual or group of individuals can investigate. The problem in this case was the effect of increasing turnover rates on the emotional intelligence of the leader; and, the related loss of profitability. As this passage is worded in the Best Practices for the Concept Paper example, no distinct cause-and-effect relationship is conveyed between the subject and predicate, and the absence of a fully logical connection between the subject and predicate leads to confusion. Even more trying are the oxymoronic passages such as, "If you turn in a revised milestone document, you do not need to turn in a status update", and, "Please update me each week by the due date with your progress for the week"--"it is very important to NCU policy that you turn in a weekly progress report." The first clause in this case obviously is contradicted by the 2nd and 3rd clauses. Awkward wording such as this is common in the NCU Syllabi and Welcome Letters. Furthermore, my objectively worded questions about such awkward wording were ignored by the Chair, mentors, and advisors. These mentors and Chairs have not diligently pursued the subject that they are intending to instruct; nor have they prepared their syllabi. They have not read what I've submitted, and the feedback from my Chair is poorly written. Is such incoherent writing common in America today? She is not knowledgeable in language education. Wherever I have edited and revised reports and assignments for students, and as I have worked avidly in class, my faculty members have expressed gratitude for my contributions. Avid reading and writing skills clearly are not appreciated by the highly paid Department Chairs at NCU who do not understand that many students today graduate with their first degree only to discover that their senior parental figures sold their home and moved to another community. Private-interest groups are dominating financial outlets so unjustly that the literary standards of the U.S. are declining. Scholarly writing should be void of faulty expletives--poorly focused sentences that use "it" and "there" with no reference to what "it" and "there" mean. Sentences with "there" are existential sentences that should mean "there exists." However, such expletive patterns, including "it [+ a conjugation of the infinitive 'to be']" are commonly overused and misused. Conscientious University instructors do not boast steadily about their achievements as they ignore the need to answer critical questions and to improve their wording. Learning institutions must include a faculty of instructors who are concerned about proficient communicative interaction between instructor and student; and, they must convey a sense of responsibility and accountability for their actions. If NCU representatives sincerely were concerned about achieving educational goals, they would offer valid feedback with each assignment that they return to their students. Appallingly, they have been intensely offended that I posed concern about their contradictory and awkward wording. Yes, I passed the Comps and DIS1, and my GPA is 3.97; yet, the NCU system abounds in incoherent wording, communication gaps, and superiority complexes that are not evident in the most highly accredited learning institutions; consequently, I must report my observations and experiences about inevitable misunderstandings that are inherent in the Chair-Committee-student scenario. The mentors and chair do not converse or relate interactively with students about textbook assignments and milestone projects. The consequences will be severe now that I have complained to my advisor and the BBB about my NCU Chair. I complained because she is not knowledgeable in the areas of English and language instruction, which are the topics of my research in the instruction of English as a second language. In fact, I have learned that NCU maintains no English Department or English-credentialed instructor whatsoever. The salesmen who enrolled me did not reveal this issue to me. Since then, I have offered to edit/revise their literature. However, neither my Advisor nor Chair have responded conscientiously about the issues that I have shared here--these being but a couple of many more communication problems that are inherent in the operations of NCU. Of course, subversion is occurring throughout our nation today. Our academic standards are being compromised as we must interact with strangers who after all may advocate for war rather than for peaceful resolve. One may read and report about what one has read at NCU, but that may render naught as the NCU mentors and Chair are not supporting an active learning agenda. Neither are they accounting for the original promises that their sales people promised their perspective students. They should be willing to work with me; however, they are too predisposed with their goals, agenda, and private interests to respond appropriately with any hint even that they have read my work or the assigned textbooks. One would hope for improved attitudes and performance levels. Overwhelming is the quest of the faculty and staff for thousands of dollars and more, with no regard for the quality of their product. Without a doubt, active-duty military members and governmental employees are an asset for NCU's reputation, credibility, and financial portfolio. Remember, though, that these students are working from a business orientation that does not parallel the high literary standards of upper-division and graduate academia. Profit-mindedness is causing a deterioration of our national academic standards and excellent verbal skills that include critical and analytical reading and writing proficiencies. English majors who represent Cambridge and Oxford Universities and other Universities throughout the world would not approve of the practices to which I have referred here.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.