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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2017
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I am reading such conflicting accounts of NCU and its dissertation hold-ups, unavailable faculty, dismissals of students, and availability of education materials. I have seen reviews by people with such venom that they cannot concede that a comment on their post disagreeing has any merit. For example, blast the school online all you want, but do not say that the books are available at the school store only--it's simply not true. Yes, they will charge $100 for something I bought on amazon for $20, but that's just the business of school. I went to NYU on tuition remission, but I watched people paying the school's exorbant costs and wondered why they were paying that much for a college that isn't even Ivy League. Please do not think I am at NCU because I cannot get into a better school. To be clear, I have a disability that I cannot attend classes, there is nothing wrong with me that I can't get into a regular school. I am Phi Beta Kappa since 1995, graduated undergrad that year with a 3.892, I was 20-years-old and working in HIV/AIDS medicine as a clinical research coordinator and getting my black belt. My point? That, when paying for education, it comes back to getting what you ask for. If someone asks me if the glass is half empty or full, I say, it depends on whether or not I paid for it. This is the first degree I am paying for and when the glass served to me is half-empty because I'm not getting what I need out of a course, I speak up about the other half a glass I purchased because if NCU is going on my resume, it is in my interest to enforce that it lives up to its promises for when online schools are fully ranked. I tried Capella--good luck there. Other schools may be just as bad. I had to buy 5 empty glasses--I have a masters degree, though it is not in psychology so I had to take 5 extra classes--did I complain about being ripped off? No, it's better than taking a whole masters degree again. I have a Masters in Public Administration and worked in Quality Management for an NYC hospital--professionally, I was administration and management and outranked physicians I was monitoring. Being intimidated is a patient's, or a student's worst enemy. You must stop complaining and start reporting. I have cited rules and codes on professors and been granted my requests because I back them up with APA ethical codes and make a convincing argument. I thought about jumping ship in reading these reviews but then I thought, if anyone is going to detain me from graduating for no good reason, they better be holding a firearm. No, seriously, the complaints people have about the professors and the school have to go one step up and you have to find where it's written that they cannot do this to you and you mention--not threaten, but promise--that you will go to a higher body with your evidence and be grandiose about what the consequences would be, like a class-action suit. It takes work, patience, and creativity to get one's due. i do not plan on a 3-year dissertation. Any professor that intimates that that is how long it takes, not 9-12 months, already provided the data one needs to go after the school. I am disabled, so I get extra time for classes, and have been specifically told there is a cap on how long it takes to finish one's degree. Start there if your degree is dragging out and politely point out to your chair some of the conduct codes in the APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct in the 7,0-- section I believe it is. There are rules for the university that if it is preparing you for APA standards--that's a code, There's a section on advertising, too. NCU must abide by the ethics codes that cover meeting expectations set and delivered. To those people who are embittered enough to attack someone responding to their post with an alternate way of seeing something--if you are justified in your complaint, you will simply answer back. If you get all angry and insulting then you have to ask yourself about your strategy for dealing with NCU, what gets more flies, and whether or not you're not just throwing punches in the air in your comment. Do something about it, leave the school, sue the school--but wasting more time than NCU with these comments and indictments is not the way to get what you want, at least, not out of an institution in the public service. Good Luck to all. I remain neutral until I see otherwise.

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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2017
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The financial aid department is good because they want their money. The Dissertation process is a complete joke. Buyer beware.

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I regret attending Northcentral.
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2017
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My experience was consistent with some other posts. Classes were fine for an online school My big problem is the dissertation phase. I have spent two years, and feel the chair does not want me to proceed at a reasonable pace. I do not feel like I am learning about how to perform research. Going to NCU was a decision I regret.

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Degree: Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Graduation Year: 2010
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Classes are not conducive to an adult learning experience. Offers a lot of busy work. One would have to spend at least 25 or more hours each week in order to fulfill weekend assignments while at work full time. Another issue, zero feedback...you are given a textbook and direct orders to fulfill assignments without any further instruction or class time. I have no idea who my classmates are! Totally unacceptable experience.

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It what you put in!
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2018
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I have looked into many schools and have spoken to several individuals who have attended other schools, and I have found Northcentral to be the most professional institution out there. They may not have the big name, but it is all what you get out of it. I have friends that have gone to schools and had to resubmit their discertation several times, but when they made the changes, they knew they actually learned something. I have friends that have gone to some of the big name schools and have had terrible experiences, and what that tells me is that every school is not for everybody. And that is okay. North Central is for me, and I am looking forward to putting my best foot forward.

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Graduation Year: 02
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I attended Northcentral Univ. 2013. The P.HD program is not what it seems. I took my first course- Foundations for Doctoral Study in Business. I made an A- for that class. But my second class dealt with Marketing and a much older teacher, was very confusing. The study materials were sort of 9th or 10th level books. They want you to turn in a cover sheet for each assignment. You have one week to do each assignment. If, you get an older instructor (you’re probably in trouble because the University has it course syllabus to follow by, but the older instructor has his own course syllabus that he wants you to follow. And don't miss one little tiny, citation on a 6 pages report using APA style. They will put you on probation-warning to expel you, instead of mentoring you like a professional Professor would do. I lie not to you about this University. It cost me $2570 for one course. So, if you drop-out of a class in the middle of a semester or had a fall-out with an instructor, and you probably will later down the road. They still want their $2570 from you, or they will send it to a collection-placed on your credit report. Your credit score would drop by 10 to 15 points, believe me, it will hurt your credit score when it’s in a collection status. But it’s your choice, if you decide to attend Northcentral University.

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Graduation Year: 2014
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My experience at Northcentral University was devastating. The cost of this University is outrageous for the service that you receive. They call their teachers "Mentors" when no one really mentor you, you are pretty much teaching yourself. The mentors provide you with the syllabus and grade your weekly homework. After attending this school for over four years and failed one class, I made an appeal and dismissed from the University. I asked to speak to the Dean of my school, I was denied, everyone I talked to had no advice for me, only to offer me a Masters in place of my Doctors degree, I declined being that I already have two Masters. I really heart broken that all the loans I have accumulated only to end up with nothing. I don't know no more now than I new when I started with this institution. My advice, DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT enroll in this University, it is a huge rip off

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Roschelle - 5 days ago

Did you contact the outside agencies that the school must answer to? Students complain but are not willing to contact others about serious issues. I blame students because they are in the majority but do not take advantage of their authority. NCU depends on the student to do nothing but take their inconsistent policies, etc.

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Degree: Education, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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When I started my program, I was very excited. I had a great experience my first class; my teacher engaged me and created opportunity for deeper thinking. However, from there, the value of my program disintegrated to the point where I am considering leaving with only 7 weeks left. The other instructors I have had have not been helpful; to call them a "mentor" would be a joke. I had to request a change for one of them because she was so awful. The courses have not been insightful and most of the assignments are repeats of that previous assignments.

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Degree: Marketing, Other
Graduation Year: 2016
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My BBA degree is concentrated on marketing. You can expect to take a lot of business related and prep classes. An example of a prep class I liked involved putting a resume together. The is no portal where other students interact. I wish that there was at times because you are teaching yourself and trying to understand directions on your own.

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Toujours - 23 days ago

Try Liberty University. It is a better school, higher integrity and cheaper.

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Degree: Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Graduation Year: 2015
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Coursework is okay until you get to the disseratation stage. The school constantly makes changes so it is easy to lose sight of what policies are in effect. They do not grandfather in changes in their own programs.If you have problems, there is lots of red tape to get them resolved, if resolution really takes place. NCU is not really accountable to anyone. Tuition has nearly doubled in five years and you really teach yourself. I frankly do not trust anyone at the school. They have a first milestone for the dissertation called a "concept paper." Most schools do not have this, but if they do it is around 10 pages. At NCU it might be 60 pages or more and you can spend years working on this. I frankly do not think much of the school but once you get past taking a couple classes it is too late to turn about without taking a great loss.

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J. Kaplan - 28 days ago

I would like to know more about your experience at NCU. I have not had to deal with red tape so much as calling professors on conduct that violates ethical codes to switch mentors during a course--which they don't allow, but have for me twice. This is largely to do with my Master;s in Public Administration and my work in Quality Management for an NYC hospitals. Monitoring those in the public service, including doctors, was part of my job. I live on disability and am getting into a lot of debt from this school and you are wrong--NCU is quite accountable to its accrediting agency. They have codes of conduct and if NCU is violating any, I can find them. It was my job--at school I am a student and the professor has the leverage, but professionally I outrank psychologists in that I was the one monitoring doctor behavior. I am only in my second year, but if I get tossed around during my dissertation I will not hesitate to go up against the school. I write fast, and I can churn out a 60-page paper within a few months--I am curious what other difficulties you may have had.

Thank You,

JK

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Toujours - 28 days ago

The doctoral program is completely different than the others. Therefore there is little to compare. I also have about 6.5 years experience at NCU so there is little to compare. You do not understand the problems until you are involved in them. Yes, the school is accredited but when students have issues, the school gives the indication it is the student's fault or blame is cast on the "dissertation process". Churning a paper is one thing, but having a concept paper the required way is different. It is not about a pass/fail issue or a grade but about perfection. One chair can claim your paper is great while another does not like the topic. Then the Graduate School can label a topic "not research worthy" after a student has worked on it and passed its requirements for two years, and others have received a doctorate very similar.

Probably it is a waste of time for me to discuss specifics with you because you already have your mind made up on what you think. I am writing about my past experiences. Plus we are in two entirely different degree levels, that is IF you are a student there.

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Jamie Kaplan - 27 days ago

I'm not exactly sure why you responded to me if you find me so useless. I wrote I am a student at NCU for two years, and I was only getting at 2 things. The first was to ask you about your experience because I don't want to hand it myself, and the second was maybe you think the professors and the school can't be held accountable, but you're wrong. I have a masters degree and work experience in how to get people in the Public Service sanctioned. It may be a private university but it is responsible to governing bodies because it serves the public. I have had to complain on three professors, I have found satisfaction in two complaints, and school policy was bent to accommodate me.

You have a very combative position towards someone who was trying to explain to you that recourse exists, you just need the professional knowledge and experience to obtain it. I was asking for your opinion and I was affording you credit as being in the program longer, and asking about any more pitfalls of which I should be aware. Frankly though, if this is how you talk to somebody who is trying to be on your side, I can't imagine the dysfunctional conversations you've had with NCU faculty and administration in trying to get your way. I am not remotely concerned about how to hold NCU accountable if things like that happen to me. I don't know that I will be successful, but those of us who are not rich enough for a lawyer file pro se, and I would have no qualms about trying to get my money back. That is not to say that I remotely think that's going to be necessary, I'm just telling you to stop levying accusations of my competence, or any kind of character assassination you gathered with your bad attitude. I am not NCU faculty or administration and you don't have to get snippy with me. Like I said, if this is the way you write when you're feeling cheated, it is no surprise to me that you have not gotten the satisfaction you seek. Good luck with your attitude and your aggression, with those as your communication tools I don't think you'll ever graduate. And I certainly would not help you at this point because I don't want to be associated with you and whatever bridges you burned already.

Btw, so you know, I don't just churn out papers, I have concepts and ideas that don't even exist in psychology yet. I have an impressive academic career behind me, I have been Phi Beta Kappa since 1995, IF you're acquainted with what that is, & my IQ was last clocked at 145. I am also a writer so I can produce 60 pages easily and coming up with concepts is nothing I'm worried about. I don't know how you got what you got out of what I wrote, you're just disgruntled and not able to contain that, so if you're looking to pick a fight with somebody you picked the wrong person this time. I don't care what level you're at, you're obviously feeling inept at whatever you're trying to do, why you're lording that over me I am not qualified to figure out out, but or is nothing to be proud of. I'm dropping this matter now, I have other things in my life.

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Jamie Kaplan - 26 days ago

Btw, right before you wrote, "Churning out a paper..." you put the period in the position of British style. The period goes inside the quotation marks in America, according to SPA style (p. 92). So the sentence ending before should read, "dissertation process."

For what it's worth.

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Toujours - 24 days ago

I only responded because the message was notified in my regular email. I glanced at your current response and really do not have time to read it. I did not fully understand the first one. Don't remember calling you useless, but if this is your interpretation. Most students at the school have great career track records. I do not know who you are, etc so it is all irrelevant. I am currently involved in some issues with the school so there is no need to say more. This is my last one however.

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jaime kaplan - 24 days ago

For someone who complained like you'd fix and said you wouldn't bother telling me specifics, IF I even go to the school, you seen suddenly underwhelmed by your problems at NCU. Stop being so negative about the school for your transient dissatisfaction with the school.these review are tracked& make the school look bad.

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Toujours - 23 days ago

Only 45% of people recommend this school so I am not the only one. Just because you have not had any problems does not indicate that it is a good school. It is not! At least not for an online one. I do not have to tell you anything. You cannot control others' experiences or perceptions. I have taken coursework at 11 different universities and this is the only one I had unresolved issues. If the school looks bad, it is not my fault. Any fool can realize that one negative posting has little effect. But if 55% would not recommend, then it is worth looking at. AND I AM DISSATISFIED...giving my money and little in return. I suggest take courses at a good school like Liberty University where they are military friendly (tuition max $750, they have high moral standards and they are transparent. Besides who are you anyway? You probably work for the school. Since you mentioned it....IT IS A BAD SCHOOL AND I WILL WARN PEOPLE.

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Toujours - 23 days ago

Jamie K,

No one cares about your IQ or credentials. If you are so smart why is it you ended up at a school like NCU. Why not Harvard or Yale? Why haven't you invented something great or changed the world? People who brag about their so-called capabilities are generally insecure. I do not care about people like you trying to correct my writing skills. If I decided to check my errors, that is up to me, but this place is not that important. NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR OPINION!!!

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jaime kaplan - 22 days ago

You got a lot to say for somebody who doesn't care about what I think. I already told you I got school policy bent for me twice, so maybe I know something you don't know. I do know that I was done with this conversation, I'm not the one having problems in school, and I'm not at Harvard because I have a disability that physically prevents me from attending classes, you insensitive, disgruntled, insecure person who responded twice to someone he doesn't care what she thinks. Maybe you should have gone to the school psychology like me then you know that the more you rant and the louder you get it becomes more apparent that you should stop writing because your Napoleon is showing. Now leave it be.

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ron miolla - 9 days ago

I have been attending NCU as a Ph. D. candidate for 6 years. My classes were ok, but the dissertation phase has been disappointing. The feedback has not helped me proceed, and the mentor told me that it should take three to four years just to complete the dissertation. He admitted that NCU misleads its students implying it should only take 9 months. Be careful with NCU.

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Jamie Kaplan - 8 days ago

I'm sorry to hear of your experience, but if you're not getting feedback that points you to writing a satisfactory dissertation, they cannot justify not accepting what you submitted. What you should do is write the committee and say you want itemized reasons from your committee on what needs work, cc your academic advisor. When you get what will be vague responses, or no response, write Dean Haussmann, cc your academic advisor and cite any of the following codes you feel the committee members are violating: 7.01, 7.02, 7.03, 7.06 of the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. It is not NCU policy necessarily that the committee follow APA rules. However those members are responsible for upholding those codes even when they're just walking down the street. If they are violating codes then they are unethical psychologist and professors who are incapable of teaching you to be an ethical psychologist as the program is described to do, by virtue of offering a psychology doctorate, and your next move would be to go to the accrediting agency with whatever responses you got if they still led you nowhere. Also, I keep hearing about this taking years to do the dissertation, when I was told the degree had to be fulfilled in a certain number of years--I thought it was 7. look into that and see if they're not violating their own policy, or what exactly they're "out" is. That's the best I can do without knowing more specifics. Hope that helps.

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