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I've read the reviews on this site and they enumerate the pros and cons about attending UOP. However, what most people do not state is that the earning potential of getting a bachelor's degree or master's degree from any school will increase your earning potential two to three times from what you are currently making. This is especially the case if you have a number of years of work experience in your current field and you are trying to bolster your position with a degree.
UOP specifically advertises itself as a university for working adults. To be specific, one of the requirements for attending UOP is that you are currently employed. For some of the master's degree programs, work experience in the specific field is required. If a person has the expectation that retraining in a new field is possible at UOP, then the best option is to attend a traditional university.
Coursework at the university has become rigorous over the last 2 years that I have attended. I recently applied to a traditional university for a master's degree program and the admissions director was surprised by the amount of work I was required to complete during the 5 week period for each course. The course are comparable to independent study and only students who spend a great deal of time and effort will graduate with a GPA above a 3.0. For those who want to get by with little or no effort, they will have trouble with more advanced coursework. Consequently, when these people try to compete in the workforce for employment, the question will arise if they did complete a degree with any effort. What people fail to realize is that UOP is becoming more popular and employers are becoming more familiar with UOP. More employee tuition assistance programs pay for the nature of these courses, including a fortune 500 company I am familiar with.
Overall, my experience with UOP was positive. I will be graduating in a couple of months. Some classmates were frustrating, some administrative officials were not accommodating, and I had some professors (also known as facilitators) that were obnoxious. However, this is the case at other schools I attended. It's no secret that the college and university system in the U.S. is not perfect. But busting UOP because it's an online university for its faults is an unfair position because the university has the same faults as most institutions of higher learning.
By the way, I don't think that UOP is expensive. I recently researched the prices at other private universities for comparable degrees, and I spent less for my bachelor's degree then I would have spent at a local university. And, for a master's degree it is $10k less than a local public university.
I have read some of the reviews here and wonder about the bad ones. Sure there are some who have issues but for the most part, those who seem to complain have no need to look further than their own mirrors to find blame, in my opinion.
My experience with this school over the last 3 years while completing my Bachelors degree has been fulfilling, beneficial to me and my employer and the investment in myself gives me even more confidence.
It is clear an education is one of the best investments a person can make in themselves and if not for the on line facility of this school, I would still be less educated. Really, having the ability to complete my assignments, studies and interactions with class on my schedule is fantastic. It takes discipline but with success comes more success. I love it and wish I would have tried it sooner.
While expensive, I find the course work challenging, pertinent to my work - so I benefit from it immediately and the convenience of not having to trudge over to class - where ever it may be, is empowering. I go home to do my school work, or sign in from the office and knock out a little participation. Or if I go on a little trip, I can still do my school work and meet my school commitments as long as there is an internet connection. I even worked on an assignment and turned it in while on a cruise in the Caribbean! I would not have scheduled this normally but it could not be avoided and it worked out perfectly. The ship had internet access so my laptop with wireless was put to good use.
I have had instructors that were less effective than most but I can count those less effective experiences on one hand after almost three years - there have been three. One which was very bad caused me to complain to my advisor. The outcome was a success after five weeks of class time though. My advisor and an investigator were involved. There have been several instances of peer review for the instructors during class and a post class survey is always requested. It's solid.
If you have trouble managing your time and commitments or have little drive to push your efforts - forget it. Go get some of that stuff first and then come back to the on line education possibilities, or go for a traditional classroom experience. But if you can make the commitment to yourself that nothing will stand in your way, no matter what and can follow through with your goals and objectives, this is the format for you.
Best of luck to you.
At first I was enjoying the online classes and it seemed as if I was going to get the support that was needed. I didn't.
The school changed my financial aid and academic advisors without my knowledge several times. With each change I was given new information that did not relate to what was told before. Because the school financial aid department messed on on my fin aid I now owe the school and there is a hold on my transcript.
I started classes with fin aid in tact but somewhere along the way they sent my fin aid back for no reason then enrolled me into more classes and sent me a bill for it.
I am in my final class with Axia College of University of Phoenix. I hope that everyone who reads the horror stories online take them with a grain of salt and realize that most people only complain when they are angry or upset because something did not go their way.
My academic, financial aid and enrollment counselors have all been exceptional in performing their duties. I have already been accepted into Arizona State University to continue my education and there have been no issues with the transfer of my degree credits into ASU.
If you think you can skate by in Axia/UoP you are sadly mistaken. The workload is enough sometimes to drive a person crazy. Mix in a demanding full time career and a family of four and there is no real personal time for oneself.
I should have gone to school when I was young and didn't have all of this "life" to deal with in addition to school. But now it’s been 20 months and I'm done until fall at ASU. It has been worth it.
Ok,I am feeling as though it is time for my review. I have seen all the negetive and positive reviews of Phoenix and all I can say is that I had a great expereince. My advisor never changed and she was extremely helpful. I always had an answer to a call or email within 24-48hrs and the questions were always answered well.
Some people have made mention of the lack of tests in certain programs. I had a few tests in my program (even a final exam at the end of the program) but tests only prove you can spit back knowledge. I was challenged each week to take the knowledge I gained through the reading and apply it to real life situations.
The coursework was tough! There was never a week that I did not have a lot of reading and participating to do. Sometimes group assignments were difficult and I had to work at keeping the group on task at some points but we all go through that.
My overall experience was very positive. I had great professor interactiions as well as classmate interaction. There were times that I got frustrated but we all experience that from time to time. To all the negetive reviews out there we all had different experiences but UOP worked well for me as a busy adult looking to work hard and get ahead in life.
I am a current student of UofP and have been attending Axia (online courses) since August 2008. In August 2010 I will be receiving my associates in Health care Information Systems and am scheduled to start working on my Bachelors shortly after that. I have 3 kids and my husband works about 15 hours a day 6 days a week so this is why I chose this school. (getting a babysitter is not an option for personal and financial reasons) It has not been easy.
I don't want people to get the wrong impression when they hear online classes. I have attended a brick and mortar school and to be honest, the classes at U of P have been more challenging because basically I am teaching myself. Not only that, I have no one telling me when to turn in my assignments, what I should study for, etc. It does take a lot of self motivation and drive to complete these classes.
I will break my experience down in to pros and cons...
Pros- ~I have 3 kids, I wait until they go to bed to do my school work and have until midnight to turn everything in. ~These classes have taught me to be more independent, and not rely so much on someone to pull me through. ~I am terrible at Algebra to be honest, and I did fail my first Algebra class here at this school. They originally told me that I could not continue until I paid money, however, I told them that wasn't possible and they did waive the fee for me and let me re-take the class without paying any extra money b/c my GPA has been pretty good throughout my time here. ~My counselor recommended all kinds of things that I could do to help me in my algebra class and she calls every few weeks to check on my progress.
Cons ~The cost to attend is quite expensive ~For a long while, I tried to contact my former financial aid adviser and she would rarely contact me back. She claims to have called my home phone, but I had told her that I no longer had that phone and best way to reach me would be by email. I had to complain about her a few times and shortly after, I had a new financial aid adviser. This is a con because I had NO idea that my advisers had changed. Not only did she change, but my counselor has changed 3 times since I started school here. Yes, they have all been nice... but I had no idea why they kept changing. Still have no idea. It makes me wonder if the staff just comes and goes there if they don't get the right amount of students to enroll, continue their education here, etc.
I also had pros and cons about the local university that I use to attend as well. This is going to be with any school.
Overall I have had a good experience at this school. Before I enrolled I also contacted several places around my town asking if they recognized a degree from U of P and they told me that they did. They did say that they would choose someone with a brick and mortar degree over my online degree, but since I am going to be working in the health care field, these kinds of jobs are always in demand.
I would have to say that YOU and only YOU can make the decision to attend this school. Every one is going to have something negative or positive to say, but you should do your own research and make sure that this is the best option for you before enrolling.
I am a working adult with a 50 hour work week and other commitments. I must say that I have had a decent expierience with UOP so far. It may not be worth the money to some people but for me it is.
This year I have definetely seen other students who speak as if they should be enrolled into an ESL program not a college english class. However, I am not so concerned with that; I am just here to learn (which I have been doing,) and to get my degree.
If you are young and do not have a job than maybe you should reconsider uop, but for the rest of us who are seeking an educational solution for ourselves while we work full time, UOP is a fantastic option.
At first I also felt that I was being ignored by instructors and by other staff. In reality I was just expecting immediate contact. UOP has a policy that allowes them up to 24 hours to respond to your email or phone call; and they always make it by the deadline. You have the abillity to work ahead in your assignments, if you do so and than have questions you will be able to get the answers from your instructor before the assignment is due.
If anyone has questions about the school feel free to ask me, overall I think it is a great school and I recommend it highly. I want to help offset some of this negativity that remains in this forum, e-mail me anytime.
I graduated UOP in 2006 with MBA/Global Management. As soon as I graduated I was making close to 6 figures and a year later made 6 figs. Although that was a contract position, I have always made above 70k since 2006. Before 2006, i was stuck in the 50k range. Say what you will, do what you want but the numbers do not lie. You can dispute all you want but the numbers do not lie. My only regret, I did not get my MBA sooner. That is the bottom line.
First let me start by saying that while UOP may not be anyone's top choice for colleges, it is certainly a school that holds its own.For working adults with families like me, this was the best option. The coursework is challenging for those that strive to maintain a 4.0. Yes, the tuition is high but I have friends who attended institutions 20 years ago and are still paying back their loans, and some of them are currently out of work. I have attended on ground classes, which I prefer, and I have had some great instructors and some not so great instructors. The great ones have far outweighed the bad ones. Some of the instructors I have had are well established individuals who have been extremely successful in their careers. In my experience I have come across many who put down one school over another. An education is what you make of it and what you put into it. This school has been the subject of a lot of bad press but I am still proud to be receiving my degree this year and no one is going to take that away from me. I have certainly worked hard as well as my fellow classmates to earn this and I look forward to hanging my degree up in my home.
The classes themselves were okay and the instructors are good. But like students this is a second properity for them. The finanical aid deptment is awful! I drop after I finished my last class, I sent a offical drop too FA and they were still sending me notices two months later to fill out my loan information for next class. dud? I e-mail them at least ten times called was told lines were too busy and the school itself refused to fill out forms needed for my current school.
Futhermore trying to get my transcript is not going to easy either. I have my hands full for the last three months tring to transfer my info over to my new college. I still have not had no respond on the credit in my account there. So I doubt I will get that back..
Beware of this place the classes and fees are total 1070.00 each there are two class for every nine weeks of schools.... I would not recommend to go there...