Northcentral University Reviews
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To anyone who is thinking of taking a course through NCU, I would very strongly suggest that you reconsider. I have completed a degree and two post graduate masters programs in other more traditional universities. Having had such positive experiences in these programs, I was completely unprepared for the NCU experience. As far as my experience went with NCU, I felt that none of the staff were invested or cared in the slightest whether I advanced my knowledge, or if In fact the whole learning experience was positive. I had terrible experiences with some of the 'teaching' staff and administration constantly changed, making it difficult to know who to go to. I strongly advise to give this place a very clear miss - avoid, at all cost.
I recommend that you do not consider NCU. Unfortunately, you are at the mercy of the style/personality and schedule of your "mentor" (that is what they call professors). They will be excellent during the recruitment process. Once you're in your courses, if you have any problems or need help and support, after the first month you won't find much help. Nothing will be clear. Every professor will have different obsessions with APA and other academic writing things, so one will accept one kind of paper, and another one won't - they'are hard to reach, but very quick to take your money . Many people will feel robbed.If you do choose an online program, your best bet is a brick and mortar school that has an online program. You're alone all the time, are basically educating yourself and pay them to say they educated you. I know someone pursuing their PhD program there who has been struggling for four years. The professors take vacations without warning, and then transfer you to someone else. The web page resources are very rudimentary. These days an education costs dearly. If you are an undergraduate, do not even consider this school unless there are reasons you cannot be in a brick and mortar school. I tried to do my Mater's there, and they accepted me into a program without telling me I needed to have a degree in Education before starting. Then, they left me on my own. One of two professors there will not help you learn or give you credit for work in any way, but will find fault with the most well-prepared assignments. The instructions will never be clear, as everyone interprets the instructions for a course in their own way. It has serious problems. Unless you have a job and are absolutely sure this is the right thing for you, don't even think of NCU. It was the most disappointing and costly decision I ever made.
During my Masters degree program, I enjoyed attending Northcentral University. The syllabuses were a little misleading sometimes but the mentors were available to help clarify any questions. I learned a great deal from my courses and ended my degree in early childhood education with a 4.00. However, when I started my doctorate program a new administrator with a bachelors degree was hired. Since then the syllabus has been changed and is now very unclear. The mentors are allowed to makeup what they want you to learn and not tell you until after they grade your papers. They have four days to respond to any request or questions and five days to grade assignments. This is very frustrating. Most mentors are flexible, but others can destroy your grade and the appeal process is like going to a kangaroo court. Also the tuition has increased ridicuously. At this point I would not recommend the school for anyone.
Initially I was very satisfied with Northcentral University. However, during my Comprehensive exams I was provided with a unqualified professor causing a retake, and afterwards a uncooperative and unchangeable Chair. With continuous changes in Review, Academic and Ombudsman processes; creating extensive delays in the learning process. I have dropped NCU after seven-years and would not recommend NCU to any professional wishing to better them self.
I am in my last 3 core classes before my comprehensive exam. I have a lot of reviews about how hard the courses are and my only response would be...Its a Doctorate degree! This journey isn't supposed to be easy, nothing worth having is. The workload is demanding and some of the teachers are rough, but it is to make you prepared to defend you dissertation. I like NCU and have a great learning experience here. No matter where you go, you will need to put the blood, sweat and tears in to be successful. It is what you make of it. Buckle down and work and accomplish what you came here to do~
This school is great at getting you to enroll. Once your enrolled it fails in every other category - I completed all of the classes for my Doctorate, but then when family commitments arose they would not allow me to take the needed time off to resolve these issues. The classes were easy and not challenging at all. I have transferred to another school and I am happy.
During the 2 years I took courses toward an Ed.D., I had six different "mentors." Only one actually gave any evidence of reading my submissions; he was encouraging and helping. Another actually returned a 10 page paper written earlier in the course instead of grading my culminating 40 page paper. When I pointed it out and asked for a grade and feedback on the larger work, he seemed confused about why I didn't want to just take the A and run; said he'd grade the other if I insisted (I did), but I never heard back from him. The discipline of research and writing was good for me, but it wasn't adding up a doctorate that was going to be meaningful. (A friend with a real PhD expressed concern about the school early on.) Meanwhile, tuition rose astronomically and the flexibility to take a week or month off here and there was reduced to nil - definitely not user-friendly for people with full-time jobs. I see that the website still is not forthcoming about the pace one is required to keep. Basically, the program is designed to separate you from your money as quickly as possible. There are too many other providers out there to mess with these folks.
I started my MBA in healthcare in NCU and have successfully completed my 9 out of 10 courses required to get my degree. I have not have any issues with anyone or any complains against NCU. I have a responsible academic advisor who calls me up and helps me with all my class schedules. I have had some mentors who were gave me valubale guidelines and there were some who did not give me very constructive feedbacks, which can happen in any univ. It is true that unless u reach out to your mentor you are on your own to study and complete your asignment, there is no spoon feeding. The classes goes smoothly as long as you fulfilled the assignment according to instructions, which can be challenging because one has to invest the time to read and research all the papers before you write your assignment. The mentors are not there to make your life diffcult, that is my experience but they want you to get the work done. It all depends on how well one can handle independent study, which is the basic of NCU. I have 2 prior MS dgrees from brick and mortar state univ and I think the MBA program is quite good for working profesisonals. I am full time working mom and the coursework load is tiring for me. I will recommend the school to any working professionals. Those who complain maybe need a more classroom based and interactive environment where they can talk to the mentor and the students and do group studies, its just a different level of comfort and there is nothing wrong in it and there is nothing wrong with NCU either. Among the success stories of MBA healthcare I know from NCU there are 2 VP in the healthcare industry who have used their degrees from NCU to make it to the higher level. So please do not get discouraged by the reviews, just evaluate what would be a good environment for you to study.
I have read a number of reviews on NCU. I can only say that folks who complain about turning papers in on weekly basis, being stalled during the dissertation process, books only available on the book store, ramifications of not citing properly have not fairly reviewed the course. I am in PhD program and it's hard. It is designed to teach curriculum related to your area of expertise (15 courses) then teach you to be a researcher by focusing you on your dissertation process. My wife and I have had a saying since I started: "they just don't hand these degrees out". NCU has no benefit from keeping students from completing their degree. In fact, once you exceed the four course period to complete your dissertation coursework, they only charge you 1/3 of the standard course. So in fact, they take financial hit to make sure you succeed. If they wanted you to stay in limbo, they'd just keep charging you the full course fee for of about $2,600 for the 12 weeks instead of the $900 for the 12 week course continuation. This is a great school and I will graduate knowing that I earned the degree and put in the same amount of work I would have at any top school. I know it because my Dissertation Chair has not made it easy on me, but she has made the end result much better.
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.