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Think twice before attending this school. I thought it sounded great to attend school online and signed up from overseas. After one week, I found the course work and adjusting to their computer system was going to be taxing. I asked the teacher for assistance but was put on hold and had to wait to find out the school was not for me. I asked for a refund as quickly as I could and was denied. Less than 1 week in school and my money was held. The school admits there is a challenge on coming on board and learning their system. Yet they make no concessions in work load, adjustment or refunds.
Unrealistic expectations for full time working students. Several articles to read and post by Wednesday, replay to two other peers, and a final project and test by the end of the week, every week for 5 straight weeks. Also, you should already know APA format before you begin.
Expectations are unrealistic. 4 papers and a final exam ALL for one class is ridiculous and an untrainable goal for full time workers. DO NOT enroll in this program!!! Online classes are very difficult and there was no training on all of the requirements. The instructor expected you to learn APA format in 2 days. I am not happy and feel I wasted my money.
If you do not already know what your dissertation topic will be, then this is not the school for you. The ACE doctorate is a completely DIY program. If you ask the instructors for guidance they will only say "pick whatever topic you want." Also, you will not receive helpful feedback on assignments. If you ask for clarification, it will not be given. But on the plus side, if you know your topic and are a self-starter, then this program is the obvious choice--it's so much less expensive than other online programs and you can miss the entire point of an assignment and still get 100% as long as you don't miss any deadlines (there is NO late work accepted). Sadly, I did not have a solid topic in mind before I started the program, so the entire experience has been frustrating, hence the 1-star rating.
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
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.
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.