University of Phoenix Reviews
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Let me preface this review by saying that I would have regarded "The Truth about UoP" with a little higher credibility if the author actually used correct grammar. By college level academia, one should know the difference between 'your' and 'you're.'
In 2006, I acquired a bachelors degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix. Unless anything has changed in the past four years, I found the program to be even more challenging than traditional college classes. It required a great deal of participation, research, and paper-writing. This challenge applies especially to people with full-time jobs. However, I felt a huge sense of accomplishment when I finally reached completion.
Truthfully, the group assignments usually left a lot to be desired. As others have mentioned, they only proved to be easy when all group members pulled their weight. I think the facilitators/instructors should probably check in with the students periodically about such issues.
Apart from that, I felt that my own instructors were GENERALLY very helpful and qualified, having a great deal of field experience and accreditation. The program expects 100% fulfillment on a daily basis. You are basically teaching yourself with the assistant of a guide.
Of course, if you are not a self-motivator and feel that the sheer obligation of going to class is more effective in your studies, then this is not the program for you.
I hear the comments about the UOP and how great it is. I wish I could agree with you. Learning teams suck because my grade is dependent on their stupidity. Team mates always have an excuse as to why they can't get their parts done.
Instructors suck because they are more interested in telling students they are not there to teach. They are only facilitators. I constantly here this phrase, "If you give a student a fish they will be hungry tomorrow but if you teach them to fish they can feed themselves." This means what to me when I have a question? Oh, that's right; you are teaching me to fail. They would like that to happen because they can make even more money on your requirement to take the class over again.
Tuition is an issue. I am five classes away from by BA and they are steadily raising my tuition rates. I currently pay $1,670.00 per class and they are raising it again to almost 1,800.00 per class. They have got me because I can't transfer to another college and only take five classes and the other college would not accept all of my classes.
I found it funny that when I enrolled they only accepted 20 credit hours from my Associates Degree from the local community college and I actually took a class that used the same text book and covered the exact same information as the one I took in a lower level class at John Tyler Community College.
I really have no one to blame but myself, I wanted to improve myself and now I am over 70k in debt because these vultures preyed on my dream of getting my BA.
Posting on this blog will not do anything. What we need to do is write letters to congress to remove government financial aid from the University of Phoenix and then maybe they will care about the products they are trying to rip us off with.
At this point I just have to laugh reading all these reviews. I am currently at the end of my AAPSY program at University of Phoenix. I have been considering switching schools as I advance with my psychology degree but, the more research I do the more I know I should dig my heels in and reach the goal I set for myself.
There are positives and negatives to an online degree and everyone seems to have a different experience. There are also advantages and disadvantages to attending state school. For example, I would have to switch my degree and change my entire 10 year plan to work my state school into my life. Either that or move to one of the cities that has a large campus - no thank you. I live in a post card perfect little town in Alaska and I plan to stay right here. I also plan to earn my PhD I/O which not every school offers.
The amount of reading and writing at UOP is not for everyone - it caters to a specific learning style regardless of claims that anyone can succeed at online school.
What it boils down to is: To each their own. University of Phoenix works for me. I like it. Maybe i will work for you, maybe it will not. I hope you go with your instinct, find the right school for You, and have a successful future!
I would like to first say that ones educational experience is based on what you put into it. What you put in is what you are going to get back as far as worth. Now I am a student who attended a state university ASU and completed a bachelor's degree there, I was like most people who turned their noses up at the idea of attending UOP,now after attending UOP and receiving an MBA there, I wish I would have went to UOP from the beginning.
The support system at UOP compared to ASU was better as far as counselors, the instructors at UOP want to see you succeed, versus instructors at state funded institustions who have a set pass and fail rate for their students prior to the semesters. In my experience I learned more at UOP, I took more away from my classes where as with ASU I felt as if I retained less, it felt I was just racing toward the finish line, studying, taking test, studying and taking more tests, but not really learning anything that I could contribute in a job.
UOP is the opposite, everything I learned I was then able to take back into my workplace and apply it in some form. So take it from me don't judge based off of what others say. You may save yourself a lot of stress and mental anguish by attending UOP..
This were the biggest mistake of my life. The advisors or terrible when there are problems they are no help. And I had a real bad financial aid advisor, she really gave me a real bad experience at this college.
Some of the instructors must were from a different planet they were no help. When I completed assignments they were never good enought to receive a passing grade. I started at this college with a 3.5 GPA but after attending this college by GPA dropped down alot.
This is a school I will not recommend because this is a bad school in my opinion.
I'm currently in my fourth class at UOP so far I have 2 A- and 1 B-. It wasn't easy earning those grades either. I had to pay a price, I don't have much of a personal life, I don't get to spend as much time with my bf and I live with him, and it sucks but its to be expected.
I have a more difficult time now because when I was getting my Bachelors, I was only working part-time and I was living at home. If I slack off, it shows, hence the B-. UOP is like any other school but its more difficult because its crunching an entire semester's work into 6 weeks. After 2 of my classes, I decided I need a break, so now I take a week off in between classes.
In general, I have to write a 3-5 page paper each week, either as an individual assignment or a team assignment. Teams can be good and bad, it really depends on the people in your team. In my first class, one of my team members dropped out of class, the other always seem to only reply to my messages when the assignment was due, and I had a language barrier with but he was the only one I could count on and he definitely helped me out!
In my last class, the team was great, everyone participated and our grade showed it. In my opinion, its best to get to know a member in the class, that you know you can count on and stick together. I haven't found that person as of yet since I take breaks in between classes, many classmates just keep going, kudos to them!
The tools offered by UOP are awesome, such as Write Point and the plagiarism checker. I wish we had these tools when I was in college for my Bachelors!
In sum, UOP is not for everyone, you have to work hard and read a lot to get a decent grade. In addition, if you have a full-time job, you have to learn to juggle things such as your job, personal life and school. Its not easy, and I still have not found a perfect medium for everything but I'm still working on it.
I just look forward to when I graduate, I can take the CPA exam and once I pass, I can make a better living and hopefully move into a house! I hope I was helpful in some way, I know I was all over the place.
After earning an associate's degree in psychology at UOP online, I can attest to the fact that credits ARE transferable and the college IS recognized by brick and mortar institutions.
My experience at this school was positive, and the instructors and various staff were extremely helpful, especially their military liaison, B.F.. My daughter is now enrolled at UOP, and loves it.
For those who feel a need to lie about ridiculous claims of non-accreditation, there are those of us who know better. I highly recommend UOP, especially if your schedule is tight.
I have attended another private university where I sat in a physical classroom; I have to say that I have learned more from UoP on the same course material than I did sitting at a desk listening to a lecture. I will be receiving my BS in psych in about a month. I have looked at other schools in persuit of my masters. I have found no problems with anyone not recognizing this fully accredited school or thier diplomas.
I recieved my BS from UOP in July 2007. I later decided to go to UH to get my Masters and found that I learned more at UOP than I did at UH. Not saying that one school is better than the other, I just realized that I preferred UOP learning model better.
At UH the professor just talk the whole time and expected each student to be ready for the midterm exam and the final exam. Well at UOP you can't help but be prepared with all the papers you have to write. You cannot help but learn because you have to write about it.
At other universities they are testing your knowledge base on what the professor has taught you. At UOP you are writing abput what you learned. In addition,giving example and backing up those examples with proven facts from your research.
After getting my degree from UOP my conversations change, my finances change and my job changed. Now, I am back at UOP getting my MBA because UH required me to take 2 course to satisfy financial aid and that was to stressful. As for employers, I guess you really need to ask them what they think of UOP.
Some employers just want to know do you have a degree and are you train-able. Many employers will tell you that it is very hard to find qualified employees to file some positions. I think UOP is a great school and will recommend everyone to give it a try. If over 270,000 students currently enrolled don't tell you something great is going on, then you don't deserve to be there. Another great then to point out, many school are trying to follow UOP education model.
When I first started taking classes, I was not working. I was a stay-at-home mom married to my husband who was in Iraq. It was easy if you read the material and I really enjoyed it. Attendance was easy to make and so was participation. They provide a reference generator and you can have any paper reviewed for APA standards.
Then they changed the criteria to check in for attendance more during the week and do more participation. If the participation comments are not to the teachers par, then it is not counted. A lot of times, I have a hard time trying to reply to other classmates posts because it is all the same information.
I also started a full time job and my work demands are very high and I am having a hard time keeping up with due dates and participation. For a college that is supposed to be for working Americans, I cannot keep up.
I am not looking for an online college that is not so stressed. I may even look into the local University here.