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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
As several others have mentioned, don't do it, at least not for the Doctorate. The classes are fine (expect to receive late feedback, announcements, etc), but the dissertation process is a NIGHTMARE. I once had a professor who showed up the first 3 days, then was gone until Week 4. It wasn't until a classmate contacted an administrator that we found out what happened. Admin had no idea she was gone! Don't they check in on their faculty?!? They have recently revamped the program, leaving many of us to take new courses not originally on our degree plans. I have yet to find more than 2 people who have completed in the 3 year completion they sell you on. I attend ACE full time, worked diligently on my concept paper, and am still in the program, 4 years later! The entire dissertation process, which is currently being changed has students sending papers back and forth through several instructors and reviewers, wasting time and energy. When I obtained my Masters degree, I worked with my 3 person committee right from the start. At ACE, you create a concept paper first (a needless hoop to jump through) before even being assigned a committee. That's right, assigned. Good luck at getting to choose for yourself. Before you say it, yes, I know some people can take years to write a dissertation. I wrote a 120 page quality thesis in 6 months, and have plenty of experience in researching and writing, so I KNOW it is possible to complete a dissertation in a years time. That's another thing. If you are a current student, take a look at the sample dissertations provided. Yes, quality is preferred over quantity, but seeing DISSERTATIONS less than 100 pages was quite surprising for a rigorous program ACE claims to be. Finally, be prepared to deal with a bit of what I like to call attitude. Some of the doctoral faculty seem to forget many of us have been working in higher education AND TEACHING longer than they have. Don't let the lower price and 3 year promise fool you! I did have some great professors, but you can find great professors at other schools and in the academic community. Spare yourself the confusion and headache. Go elsewhere.
Very upset about the Doctoral program! It has not been organized and has taken me way longer than expected. The professors are not reliable and unfortunately the "good old boys" (male and female) look out for one another and nothing happens from the top. My professor is unprofessional and does not care about your personal time being wasted. The program has ALSO changed so many times throughout my class, that they should grandfather us in if we have been in a program for awhile. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PROGRAM!!!!
ACE changed the doctoral requirements without warning mid-program. For some now-obsolete courses, money will be applied to future courses but no compensation of time will be given. Some classes will require a focus of study change to be accepted, but tuition won't be reimbursed for those classes if you don't change your focus of study to the "General Track" (but really, what's the point of that track anyway?). I got my Masters from ACE and it did count towards my work, so I decided to stay on. This doctoral program change has caused many students to be out hundreds of study hours and thousands of dollars. The management has little respect for the problems this causes students all while saying it's for our own good.
If you need a totally accessible, friendly, amazing degree, this is the place. I have never had instructors that were so helpful, interested, and knowledgeable in one place. The work is balanced. I love that we had no books to purchase,and we used current everything! The price cannot be beat, especially for what you receive in return. Look no further for a great place for your next degree. ACE is the best!
ACE offers a curriculum which is both challenging and engaging. Courses are accelerated, each is 5 weeks for the Master's program and 10 weeks for the doctoral program. Accelerated courses are NOT a red flag, most graduate programs offer 5, 8 or 10 week courses. I know this because I have worked in higher education for several years. Student support services are readily available to students--whenever I sent an email with any question, I typically received a response within hours. The best part about ACE is that I will graduating debt free! However, I must admit, it isn't all rainbows and sunshine. I experienced a few minor inconveniences while enrolled at ACE: for example, the university only offers one commencement ceremony per year (and it's in July), this is upsetting because I'll graduate 7 months before the ceremony; another downfall is that most people are not familiar with the university; the final set back I experienced was that all the rules are not clearly communicated--I had an issue submitting a payment and was forced to pay a $100 late fee, despite never making a late payment and sending multiple emails explaining the difficulty that I had experienced attempting to pay. Apparently, I failed to follow a policy I was never aware of. In any case, for those of you who think that earning a degree online is somehow less work than attending a brick and mortar institution--you are sadly mistaken. At ACE, students must submit a paper, complete a quiz and an additional assignment, each week, every week. I have friends who attended graduate schools at more well known, prestigious universities who would complete 3-5 assignments during an entire course. My thoughts are all over the place and for that I apologize; however, I hope this provides insight to anyone who's considering ACE. Overall, I would recommend it.
Red Flag! Red Flag! $8,500.00 for a masters Degree that, so far, not one employer recognizes. ACE has one of the highest faculty/staff turn around in the country. Additionally, ACE purchased a small accredited university when their application for regional accreditation was turned down. The University wants your money. The education you receive is sub par. Most classes are only 5 weeks in length. You get what you pay for. Good luck.
I highly recommend the American College of Education if a person is looking for a challenging, online, degree program that certainly is affordable. Instructors were connected and available. No hidden degree requirements; instructional pacing was straight forward. Great experience.....Thank You ACE!