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I attended ASU beginning in February of 2011 and was able to graduate by June 2012. Everything went very smooth for me. Alot of writing which is what you are to expect. So if you do not like to write, do not like to follow a format, and cannot self-motivate, no online school will be for you. I have encouraged over 35 other nurses to continue with their eduction with ASU. Not one of them complained about the school. There were a few who complained about a couple of professors but what do you expect? Not everyone can write well. However, by the time you graduate you will be much better with your writing skills. I was so impressed with ASU that I continued with my studies at ASU and will finish my MSN in April 2014. I have no regrets. The school is accredited. The cost was extremely cheap compared to other programs. The advisors were great and kept me in the loop with registration and any changes. More importantly I did learn alot. I have been a nurse since 1989 and I was amazed how much knowledge I have gained and was able to apply to my work environment.
The school is obviously for profit, but they took it to a whole new level. The tuition maxed the military TA, but they had additional charges for "access" to your class. $150 entry fee, semester charges of $70, $350 to change majors. It seems as if everything had some unexplained fee. The teachers are horrible in the sense that they don't care. I at one point had an instructor tell me it wasn't her job to communicate with me on the phone. She said it was only email and that she only checked it/dealt with it during 4pm-6pm her time. Received perfect grades with no input (unlikely nothing was wrong)... while received bad grades with insane reviews. I received a mark down in a computer ethics class because my opinion was different than the professors. Overall the school is horrible and is essentially a degree mill. I would steer clear from this place. The degree isn't worth anything and is a waste of your time... unless you want a worthless degree to check the box.
I am so devastated at the fact that my employer, does not accept nor acknowledge my BSN degree from American Sentinel University. Reason being, American Sentinel University is not recognized by the BORN in California or any other state BRN. American Sentinel University is CCNE and DETC accredited however; they are not regionally accredited. What a waste of time, money, and energy. I can't believe this. I am so devastated and humiliated at the entire process. PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM AMERICAN SENTINEL UNIVERSITY unless you know exactly what education your employer wants you to have.
Pros: This school is not for those who cannot multitask, or maintain self-discipline. However, this school was great for any working adult who need to obtain their degree while cannot afford the time or the cost of a traditional school. I transferred my credits from a traditional school to ASU because I started working full time to support my family and I must say I love the online environment. I ace in the school more than I did in the traditional school because my traditional school's professors were merely reading my textbook for me - what a waste of my time? The professors in ASU are professional, knowledgeable personals and the student support services are great. I found the payment plan truly flexible and suitable for various income level as well.
Cons: I don't know about now but there should be more interaction between the teachers and the students and between the students. Sometimes it does get a bit lonely. Apart from that, if you are graduating from a computer science degree then you have to do lots of your own career growth as the school will not provide that. Most reputed firms also do not recognize the degree from the university.
I completed my course work on 2/10! I had a good experience at ASU. Classes were challenging and reasonably paced. The most important things to know about any online learning course work: 1. You must be disciplined - this is a university - not high school! 2. Nearly all learning is self taught through assignment research and discussions with fellow students 3. YOU get out of the program what YOU put in - this is the same for all schools
I did have some frustrations with the financial department being organized. The majority of my instructors were great. Engaged and knowledgable. I had only two classes that I felt the instructors were not engaged - I complained about one class where the instructor was totally absent - she was removed and we got a different instructor.
If you are a serious-disciplined student ASU is an excellent program - all on-line programs require mature dedicated students - otherwise don't waste your time or money with ANY on-line program!
I earned my Masters in Computer Science at ASU. I wanted a challenging program and I wasn't disappointed. Every class of challenging and I made it even more so by striving for excellence trying to earn an "A" in every class. I put a great deal of effort in every assignment and did all of the assigned reading. Many of the textbooks we used are the same books that are on the shelves at Stanford University for their Computer Science classes.
Each professor was knowledgeable on the subject, and responsive to any questions that I had. All challenged me to extend myself to come up with novel solutions to each homework question.
The entire progam raised my competence level in the Computer Science field, enabling me be more effective in my job as a Patent Engineer as I prepare for a career as a Patent Attorney.
I am more comfortable understanding inventions involving state-of-the-art software algorithms, and creating patent applications for them as a result of my studies at ASU. Excellent online school.
I was enrolled in the Computer Science program. The classes were generally pretty challenging, for several reasons:
1) Aggressive timeline - a lot to cover in 8 weeks
2) quality of text books were inconsistent. Some texts were terrible and created more confusion. However, even these texts are commonly used through out academia.
3) Instructors fell into three categories: Absent (50%), Terrible (40%), and Great (10%)
4) Depending on the instructor, the value of the online "discussions" varied
There were a few really engaged instructors who were fantastic and took the job very seriously. Some never seemed to show up. One woman - I swear I wondered what class she thought she was teaching because her feedback on assignments made NO sense whatsoever in any context.
The discussion quality - well, it depends on the instructor and the other students. Win some, lose some.
The staff is friendly and helpful most of the time. There were a few instances where there were some administrative issues that seemed difficult to resolve and I couldn't understand why.
I also experienced an issue where I was informed that a class was a pre-requisite for another class, then informed AFTERWARDS that this class would not count towards my degree. I was then told that a really didn't HAVE to take the pre-requisite at all, so I essentially wasted $750 for an entry level class that I had no business taking.
The course work is real, though - you'll work hard for most classes. Some classes were easy because, well the subject matter was easy. It's essentially self-study, which is not always a bad thing. I definitely do NOT feel like I have sham-degree - again, many classes I worked my butt off.
I have also taken brick-and-mortar classes previously, and to be honest I learned just as much with my ASU classes as I did at the University.
I am two classes away from finishing my BSCS. ASU is for serious students only. It takes discipline to do well in the coursework. You must read the material and participate in discussions if you wish to succeed.
I have a doctorate in another unrelated area, but decided to pursue computer science (as a side interest). In many respects, the coursework was as hard or more difficult than my graduate level coursework.
Most of the instructors I have had were excellent. It is definitely more difficult to communicate with online professors, but most are quick to respond to any questions. Professors also make themselves available by phone for additional assistance.
My criticism of ASU is that I would like to see more recorded lecture presentations by the ASU staff. Students help each other out by suggesting free online lectures (YouTube)for many of the courses, but dedicated lecture material would be more helpful. I say this because for my first Bachelors degree, I hardly cracked a book. I gleaned most of the information from the lectures I attended. For ASU, I read every page assigned to me and look to outside sources for better understanding of the material.
If you are a student that is disciplined, motivated, and learns well from a book, then ASU is the school for you.
Found this university to be a challenge compared to traditional universities. ASU understands what it means to be an adult. The flexibility of the programs are unmatched and the tuition is reasonably low. It truly allows you to go at your own pace. It was not easy. Very very rigorous program I went through. Truly an independent learning environment so if you are not organized, can't prioritize your time well, do not like to learn things on your own, and have a good 25 hours a week or more, you will hate it at ASU.
The degrees teach the latest skill sets needed in the work place today and the ASU is Nationally accredited. My Professor's was very helpful in getting me through. There was a lot of help from student advisors . But it was always up to me to get it done. not for everyone but it was just great for me.
I received my BS in Information Systems from ASU in 2000; my BS in Computer Science in 2003. I am about to graduate from my MS program in Business Intelligence at ASU. Provided an individual has the ability to manage their own time successfully, ASU provides one with a great college curriculum at a reasonable cost, with plenty of individual support and with the flexibility that online offers to many who would otherwise be unable to commit to a long term educational program.