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I am currently one class away from receiving my degree and received an email 1 week to the start of class, stating that I would need to pay the course up front or get dropped from the program due to retaking a course?! Problem is, this stipulation was never stated and I called a few months ago to ensure that the payment plan that I have been on will cover the summer course and was told it would be taken out of my paycheck once school resumes in the Fall, and I would receive my degree when the course is paid in full. Prior to this happening, I took classes with ACE four years ago to receive my ESL endorsement and had a nice experience. After a little research, I discovered that I could receive my Masters in ESL if completed within five years of the classes I took for the endorsement (the courses from the endorsement would carry over, thus I was half done with the Masters degree). ACE seemed to be a reasonable and smart choice to obtain my Master's degree as they also work with my school district by deducting money from my paycheck bi-weekly. I would just have to ensure that I complete the courses prior to October 2018. Lo and behold if I do not take this course in July or August, the next time to take the course is October (Thus, I would have to take the course I took in October of 2013 again providing ACE with more money). After reading the other reviews, I am realizing that unethical practices may be a typical pattern of ACE. I have emailed and called ACE to work the financial situation out to no avail. I have written a complaint after discovering that my balance shows different prices in different sections, and no one has contacted me. I have every reason to believe that I am being swindled as customer service was once overly helpful and now are not providing adequate information about my balance or responding to my emails or complaints. Talking on the phone was also useless as the staff has no explanation as to why I was told I could continue on the payment plan after pulling up my information and class history. Do not waste your time or money. If you do, get everything in writing.
I see a number of negative comments about the program. That is not my experience. Was there frustrations? You bet, one of which was the contradictory direction and feedback from different professors. That said, my dissertation Chair and committee members were outstanding. Incredible support and feedback. I truly felt they wanted me to succeed, not just get me through. Yes there were many changes in the program but thats how the program gets better.
Don't take a class through this school if you have a deadline to meet. They will take their time getting you a grade. It's impossible to speak to anyone in a specific department especially the registrar. They can only be reached via email and even then, they are not answering your question. My so called advisor was little to no help, not following through with anything she said she would do. All around terrible experience. Save your money
I am halfway through my program at ACE, and find it to be both extremely useful, and affordable. The lessons have honestly had a great impact on my teaching and make me think about how I can improve my teaching/classroom. The professors have been helpful and provide feedback each week through discussions, or for my weekly research papers. I am not sure about the other programs, but the M.Ed programs are very helpful, and although challenging, I am able to do the work along with working full time in Shanghai. This is an extremely beneficial program for anyone living abroad who is trying to seek a M.Ed.
I graduated with a Doctor of Education in 2018. I found the coursework to be good, but not particularly challenging (typical of most coursework in American doctoral programs). The dissertation is really what a doctorate is all about and I was not disappointed. I received a lot of faculty support from my committee and others and was challenged to produce my best work. The program changes which others are complaining about would actually make me recommend the program more. While I had no problems completing the program in a reasonable time, the new changes seem well-designed for student success. The changes include dedicating specific courses to the development of dissertation chapters rather than just being in a continuous "Crafting a Dissertation" course each term. Overall, I was very happy with my experience.
Unfortunately ACE does not live up to their claims. Following virtually no teacher-student interaction I left ACE after a year. Although I had a 4.0 grade point, actual intellectual growth was virtually non-existent. The institution changes requirements for program completion mid-program, making on time graduation unlikely. Go with an institution that values your drive and intellect, not ACE.
Run away from this doctoral program! I am sorry that I selected this school over others. I am now 2/3 of the way through, and it is both a joke and a nightmare. Professors are rarely involved and provide minimal feedback. In several courses, I received no feedback at all, other than "Good job." The doctoral program has been revamped midway through, and students have been told that some of the courses they were required to take will no longer count. Many students will now have their earliest possible graduation date extended by six months, through no fault of their own. The school did offer to provide a refund for those redundant courses, but there is no way to get back the time and effort already invested. Students are expected to write and re-write a draft of their concept paper no less than five times, each time keeping the Turn it In score to under 20% similarity... for the same paper. It is not an iterative process, so do NOT give them your best work early on. Write the bare minimum; many of the instructors do not read your work anyway. Save your best for your final draft in your final course, because you will not be permitted to use work that you have previously written, even if you cite yourself. Most concerning is that a significant part of what they teach you is simply wrong. The statistics professor will literally argue that 125/510 (a fraction taken from a chart provided to students) must equal 0.276 (not 0.245) using his formula -- because he does not understand the difference between dependent and independent events when calculating probability. His reasoning is that there are lots of ways to do things in statistics. Unfortunately, this is just math done incorrectly, but he cannot understand that there are rules about when to use a formula for dependent vs independent events. In another question about whether someone (who guessed a series of fair coin flips correctly) would correctly guess the next coin flip, he will accept the answer as either an independent or dependent event. Again, this is simply wrong. Any middle school math student will understand that coin flips are independent events. It is very concerning that this is taught at the doctoral level. The good news is that the grading is very easy. After 15 courses, I earned either 99% or 100% in every course. But who knows if I'll ever graduate. They change the program to make the process longer, and offer no support to students. You get what you pay for.
Ace has the good, the ok, and the REALLY BAD. The good. If you are able to work on your own the work itself is not that bad. The horrible? The Professors. Usually, I have very little interaction with them. So far I have had three negative interactions with three different professors. All three times I received bad grades for items missing from the assignment. The problem? the instructions are so unclear that you need a miracle to understand them most of the time. Once, I copied the instructions and pointed out that what I had been marked off on was NOWHERE in the instructions. The reply? Sorry you didn't understand. Virtually the same thing happened twice more. This last time it was almost the entire class that missed it. Not in the instructions again. Multiple people have been asking for clarification on the message board and we get very curt snarky answers. One student asked if this assigment consisted of option a or b. Response? if you do option a you wont be happy with your grade. So is option b correct? I have no idea. So someone else asked. Again a vague answer. Another reviewer put it perfectly, they treat the students like children. They often forget that many of us have more years experience than they do. If the majority of the class( who are mostly seasoned educators themselves) does not understand the instructions THERE IS A PROBLEM.
ACE is a good school, especially if you put in the effort to learn. It tries to balance value for the student with low cost. Most assignments provide the ability to learn something relevant in a low stress environment. I've only had 1 bad instructor, most range from helpful to very helpful. I have offered feedback on several occasions and have felt listened too, which speaks to a student-centric climate. The doctoral program has been reorganized, it sounds like for the better but it is too early to tell. I am not sure if I would attend this school if I wanted to get a degree and teach at a university, but for a professional who is already employed, it is a good fit.
I thought the doctor of education degree is a nightmare! You get what you pay for. As some students stated, the professors treat the students like children but the students seem to have more experience in the public school. Feedback are not professional and the professors really dont support you to graduate. It seems like they are trying to get rid of you. And this is not my first school of being in a doctoral program but decided to do ACE for the cost. If you can do it, please go to a state school with some reputation bc you get what you pay for. Instructors are not big picture people and really some of them are not decent hunan beings. P