American Public University System Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (115)
My program was online and it was a very enjoyable experience.
Future students need to know what awaits you with the faculty that will teach you. In the last couple of years there have been layoffs 'only' in the Academic area - the part of the school that is truly needed for students. The upper echelon has not suffered at all during any layoffs, drops in enrollment, and so forth. The upper echelon keeps increasing their fat salaries along with titles such as VP in front of their names to collect free stock. If their goals are met at the end of the year they also graciously give themselves bonuses. No one else receives these self appointed bonuses in the company. All this goes on at the cost of the backbone of the other employees. For example, faculty wages are 42% below the average payable wage. The average pay for a faculty member at the Instructor level is $38,524.00. Part time faculty have not been given an increase in pay since before 2005. Part time faculty are paid by the student with a payment of $120.00 per student. One student in an eight week course - yes you have just earned $120.00! This of course is before taxes. The new retention effort is targeted clearly at faculty. It is faculty's responsibility to 'keep' students. Faculty are constantly observed by a Program Director, Faculty Director, outside observer, or the Center for Teaching and Learning. Faculty are rated on three levels of engagement for participation and feedback on forums. Each faculty is targeted at least every other eight week start. There are monthly meetings to discuss why a teacher (even good teachers) have a high drop rate and should that teacher be removed from the course. If a teacher is removed from a course it is generally a high volume course and the teacher will loose his or her job because one cannot meet their teaching numbers. Teachers are required to meet their yearly work plan goal on the number of students taught each year, e.g., 500 (which is to be increased for 2016 by 10%). The university has concocted another creative way to layoff (fire) faculty now with what they believe is lack of performance on the retention initiative. Faculty are often told 'you do not want to be on the list.' Lately faculty have also been told (not in writing of course) that you do not want to submit students for plagiarism and students need to pass with at least a C in courses. The other new layoff (firing) tactic is to set up a one-on-one meeting with your departmental Dean. You think it is just a meeting. Alas, you are wrong. The faculty member is blind sided with Human Resources being on the phone. You are told you are not a good fit for the university based on your performance - period. No time to lawyer up. They send you a severance package within five minutes at the end of the phone call, which is generally for three months - clearly not enough time to support you or your family while trying to find new employment. The layoff meter at APUS has become very creative. Employees live in the fear factor of the dictatorship of APUS and not having a job. It is a constant threat held over your head. It is so bad they have started calling a new dean "the litter reign of terror" because no one wants to have contact with her out of fear of receiving a phone call meeting summons to be layedoff/fired. Sadly these are the layoff tactics of this university. Given time they will come up with more creative ways to terrorize its employees with fear and layoff tactics.
I received an MA in history and a Graduate Certificate from AMU. I have to admit, I was thoroughly impressed by the attention and quick responses from my professors. AMU actually requires its professors to be very active in their courses. The programs were thorough and well structured. The program director was extremely helpful, as were the live chat options and advisers. For the sake of not sounding like a drone post sent by the university, I would also like to admit that I was very weary of enrolling with APUS because it is strictly online. Even today, despite the fact that most universities have online programs, APUS is criticized. However, in my experience at OSU and other on site universities, APUS was far more hands on. Their workload was difficult and required discipline, which, to an honest student, means they will learn more and work harder. This is what you want from a university. Do not enroll in APUS if you are looking for a cushy diploma mill. APUS may be a for profit university, but I, personally, received a better education from AMU than I ever received as a speck in the crowd at OSU. It is unfortunately true that APUS still receives academic criticisms, but it cannot be justified. APUS is fully accredited. FULLY accredited. A degree from APUS is just as good as a degree from any major university, including OSU. People need to get over themelves and accept the direction that academics is taking. All aspects of APUS far exceeded my expecatations. It was the best decision of my life. Note, I am married, have two young boys, and worked full time while I got my degree. Quite making excuses for your own failures people.
Excellent and updated course materials. Although instructors have an important role in any study program, courses are so well conceived and organized that instructors become almost optional. The online platform is very user friendly and classes' organization fit every potential full-time worker (8-week or 16-week optional duration for any course).
This University has great professors, but the problem is with the financial aid department. As of today, I have had my classes dropped for 2 semesters in a row, and am now behind 16 weeks. I am beyond frustrated and I cannot get an answer or a response from anyone. I could go on and on about how incompetent their department is, but if you choose this University you will find out very shortly exactly what my frustrations are. If I could give this schools financial aid department a negative score I would, but this site requires me to give it one star.
This college is the same as every other. They're not going to give you credit for classes you've taken. Especially for general education this frustrates me. IT'S GENERAL EDUCATION your classes are not special or superior. But hey I guess colleges all have to stick together on one point, ripping students off.
Great college with outstanding professors. This college truly does care for the Student/Service Member. I personally requested extensions and had no problems receiving them. The professors all took their time to help when I had questions and to ensure that I truly understood the course materials.
I will be graduating in June 2017 and I have thoroughly enjoyed attending AMU/APU. Prior to attending AMU, I attended several other schools which did not work out well for me. I am now looking forward to returning in the fall 2015. The positive experience I have gained at AMU/APU has motivated me to pursue my MS degree after I graduate.
I am almost done with my MA in criminal justice. My experience at APU has been excellent. If you are motivated and organized there is no better way for a student to achieve an accredited degree and still be able to work. This is not a school for kids who need a lot of hand holding or who can't self motivate to get their degree. I found the quality of the grad school instructors to be superior. Their academic credentials were frankly amazing with many having a doctorate in one or more fields and many having a JD. All of the instructors had significant life experience as well. If life interferes with your ability to attend for a month or two it is no sweat as the classes each recycle at the beginning of the new month. This degree has been far from easy. It has required two or three times as much writing as a conventional brick and mortar classroom. This is due to all of the class participation being done via a virtual classroom environment. That said, once you get into a rhythm it becomes pretty easy. Keep in mind you are in a graduate level program so there will be a lot of reading and research and a lot of self-learning. I believe that is true of most graduate level work though. This university was recommended to me by one of my undergrad advisors and I have not been disappointed! oh, and I can't speak to how the financial aid works as I was able to pay my tuition as I went.
I loved going here. It was very straight forward. The bureaucracy of the school is made up of individuals who are not self starters. You have to stay on them (calling/emailing over and over). Outside of that aspect, it was a really great school. Cheap classes ($1000 a class for masters whereas my undergraduate was $2000 a class). The grading was fair, etc. I learned a lot. The classes are very cookie cuter. You have to understand that the rules of the assignment dictate at least 30% of your grade. So if you want to make As/b+s you have to read the rules carefully and follow along. Classes changed formats from class to class. One would be APA 6 the next Turbain, the next APA 6. That aspect made no sense at all. I put in the work, made good grades, got the degree. I liked the school. You can comment on here with questions, I'll write you back. JGP