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I recently completed my MBA at AIU (June 2014) and must say how pleased I am with my experience. I attended the traditional "brick and mortar" universities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and found AIU to be as challenging...if not more. Part of the reason is that there is no one to hold your hand; you have to be motivated, exercise good time management skills and have great work ethics. Additionally, you have to be really ready to learn and not simply go through a process. As with ANY college or university, there are pros and cons. First, some of the professors were extremely tough while others were somewhat lenient. I guess the reason for that is that each has his/her view on teaching and learning, coupled with their personal priorities. To some, it may be just a job to meet financial obligations while for others, it may be their life. Second, some students simply don't care; It's all about "the degree"...this is evident on discussion boards where it is obvious that no thought goes into their contribution. it is not AIU's fault if the overall level of education in the US has fallen. For instance, some prominent and learned personalities do not even know the difference between than and then, affect and effect as well as ending a sentence with "at". The grammatical problem is widespread. Third, some of the issues that are raised when discussing the quality of the university does not belong on this forum. Case in point; during the first two weeks of my enrollment, a disastrous event occurred that I had no control over. I ended up being late with my assignments beyond the allowable limits set forth by the school. Consequently, I ended up with a grade that did not accurately reflect my academic ability. I simply cannot blame AIU for that, especially, given the fact that it is online, fast paced and for profit. Online learning is not ideal for everyone and every circumstance. If there is an issue with financial aid, look at the related policy; If there is a rude instructor or support staff...report them; if there are errors in Intellipath, provide feedback to the developers and the school. Don't just paint the institution with a broad brush because something annoyed you. And for those that found their program less challenging, I say congratulation. I exerted much effort and learned a great deal that I hope will serve me well.
Every opportunity is what you make it. The school has amazing facilities and extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and experienced staff/instructors. Hours of operation for the facilities are very inconvenient to students. We should have at least 1 main building open 24 hours or at the least available until 2am. We invest a lot of money and time in our education, we should at least have a facility available when needed like most universities. Transportation has major opportunities. We have some dedicated drivers, but the shuttle systems is unreliable.Overall it's a great school, but there are many areas of opportunity, I have made the best of my experience this far.
AIU Online has been a very good experience for me personally. The instructors/professors have been wonderful within the art program and I am sad to see it go. I have seen mixed reviews of this school, just as you can see with any other facility. Some students will be happy with their experience while others will be less than happy. I feel that the success of an online degree program really depends on the individual. Of course it helps to have a wonderful faculty, and I have, but it takes a lot of personal motivation and responsibility. Online learning is not for everyone, but for a self motivated individual who is comfortable with online interaction and who is looking for academic achievement that is flexible it can be a fantastic option. You will truly get out of it what you put into it. If you are not really interested in learning and putting forth an effort this may not be for you, but if you are and they have a degree program that fits your needs this may be exactly what you are looking for.
I loved every minute of the instruction and all the new and exciting skills I learned at AIU. The instructors were all extremely knowledgable, the requirements for assignments and discussion with classmates was all a good experience. I would recommend this online school and degree to anyone. I am currently working in Freelance art and illustration for children's books and magazines, as well as online stock companies.
I got my Bachelors in Business Administration Specializing in Health Care Management and it has put me in the hole. I have applied for months to various places trying to get a job even at places i was over qualified in and have nothing. Now i am stuck scrapping to make 500 dollar payments with no job. I made good grades, i learned a little the work was more time consuming than anything. This school is VERY expensive be sure to compare finances to other schools and the way there academic year is, is year round so you don't get as much financial aid as you would at a campus school.
I graduated from AIU online in 2007 with a Master's in Information Technology. I recommend AIU for three reasons: the academic advisors are helpful throughout your academic program, the curriculum is geared towards working professionals, and it is worth the personal investment. The academic advisor helped guide me by checking in on me throughout my courses to see how things were progressing. I used my advisor to mediate for me when I needed more time with projects. This was helpful especially when I had business trips that overlapped with my job schedule making meeting deadlines tight. The program is wonderful if you already in a professional environment and seeking the degree for a promotion or just in general to improve prospects. The program teaches you time management skills but as previously stated, advisors are willing to work with you if you fall behind. In addition, the papers submitted are scored for similarity with papers from top universities to avoid plagiarism. Primarily, I wanted to obtain this degree for personal reasons to prove to myself and to my peers that I had the integrity, determination, and wherewithal to complete what I started. The only thing I wished I had done differently was cash flowed the student loan payments.
A school is only as good as its graduates. So, before posting any comments, be sure to brush up on your grammar and punctuation. I often wonder how many of you were able to graduate with you level of English... Anyway, I am currently enrolled and hope to graduate next year. At first, I thought it was going to be "a piece of cake", until I got a F. I had to seriously reevaluate my approach. Things are much better now and I am doing the level of graduate work I am capable of. In the process, my knowledge base has grown immensely! Let's face it, the standard of education is falling in so many colleges and universities. This is due, in part, to the level of preparation in high school. I read a comment earlier where someone stated; "there are no tests". Guess what, graduate work involve tons of research and miles of writing.
I have to admit after reading all these negative reviews it appears many people are just pissed off because they realized the school wasn’t easy. This is not for the faint of heart, you will work and you will be doing a ton of reading and research. I have found a handful of current students dropping or only doing one class at a time after realizing just how tough it is. Trust me when I say I earned my current 3.95 GPA and this did not come easy. This was all about working ahead both in group and on my own. I always worked ahead and didn’t wait until the last minute to hand in my assignments. I will be complete with my Masters in information technology on November 10th and I’m very excited about my accomplishments. Java was a really tough class, along with object orientated programming and that’s not even the icing on the cake. I had to hire a tutor at one point, its all about how you apply yourself and how dedicated a person is to get the best out of any college. People I say stop crying because you didn’t do your research on how much AIU is and about not getting your degree, that is no one’s fault but your own. I don’t care what college you go to, AIU, University Of Phoenix, CTU, Yale, you will have to put in many hours of work and money into it any way you slice it. And my degree is also helping me get the nice raise that I deserve! So to all the haters grow up and stop blaming your laziness on the college, take a big look at yourself and what you could have done before committing.
This is my review of AIU. I began AIU in 2009 and just finished my BBA with a concentration in human resource management. Next month I begin my MBA as well. My experience with this school has been great. The faculty is awesome, the student advisors and staff are awesome as well. Sometimes I wonder how people have gotten into the school with the assignments that they post but its part of it. I do dislike the group projects but that is part of it as well. Overall I love the school and my oldest son who is 21 and my husband both attend here as well both start their MBA's in October as well.
This university was a good fit for me since I enjoyed its array of study aid and the fact that many courses were taught in a live environment where the professors were actually lecturing live and we had the opportunity to ask questions for clarification and for participations as it progressed.
Yes, I think I made the right decision since it has solidified my position at work towards becoming the Materials Manager.
Be sure to understand that is a high value of taking courses in a traditional format versus online if you have time to pursuit that option. I do not recommend an undergraduate degree online but I definitely recommend a graduate degree online. As for earning a graduate degree, do not expect to get a job or high paying job right away simply because you have the degree, nor that you are now entitled to a higher salary or be promoted if you're already employed. The degree will help you in the long run but may not in the short term.