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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.
Hello All, I would not recommend this school. It all seems okay when you first enroll and your first couple of classes you will be fine. They were able to obtain the CCNE accredidiation for both the BSN and MSN programs which is a plus. However, they put you through a lot of pain and agony the further into the program that you get.
I have completed all except 2 classes and the capstone project. The financial aide department screwed me. I am a self paying student and was on a payment plan for 12 credit hours paying $500 a month for 9 months. I dropped 2 classes before the classes even started. Big mistake as I had to purchase another 12 credit hours worth of courses and pay off what I owed on the payment plan that I was on. I looked to transfer to a different school and low and behold American Sentinel credits are the accepted at other schools.
So rather than start over I paid $1000 to them to get out the first contract and it still was not enough to pay off my total balance so they added $150 to my new monthly payment which is now $650 a month. They were not supposed to charge me the $500 any more for the first contract and low and behold they did causing me to have paid them $1500 within a 2 week period of time with another payment set up to hit my account for $650 within another week. I called the school and raised holy hell and after 2 weeks they refunded me the $500. I was not prepared to be hit with all of this within 1 month. I am only paid once a month and their error made it difficult for me during that month.
This school is a trap so steer clear. I was too far in it to get out so I have chosen to finish as I don't want to start over as other nursing schools will not allow you to transfer your credits from ASU. That is how they get you. They treat you real nice until you only have a few classes let and then they yank the rug from underneath you. They know it won't be easy for you to transfer and most tough it out because of only having a few classes left to graduate. At the end of the day you will graduate but you will have to jump through a lot of hoops to get there./p>
Be ready to be frustrated. Classes that are 8 weeks long seem very attractive but just know it will be the longest and worst 8 weeks of your life. I have a friend who is in the BSN program at ASU and she says she will not be pursuing her MSN at ASU. She is in the same boat I am in. Only a few classes left and ASU started being ridiculous. She is sticking it out because she can't transfer credits to another program. On a positive note I have had some great instructors. They have a passion for teaching and are reasonable. However, the majority of the instructors are just plain ridiculous and these are the types of instructors whom will be teaching the majority of your classes. ASU does not have a lot of instructors so you are bound to have the same ones in 3-4 of your classes. If you start off on a bad foot with them in 1 class they will remember you and hold it against you in another class which again makes for a long and miserable 8 weeks. While ASU may be reasonably priced and have 8 week classes just know that cheap is not always better. You get exactly what you pay for.
I recommend Sacred Heart University. They are set up on 8 week courses online and are regionally and CCNE accredidated. I chose ASU over Sacred Heart University because of ASU was cheaper but I surely regret this decision now. Please do your homework before deciding to enroll at ASU. I did do not homework but did not read the reviews on ASU prior to starting. I realize some students will write bad reviews because they did not do what was expected of them. I am not one of those type of students. ASU professors do hold you accountable to complete quality assignments and if you do not your grade will reflect it. I have all A's in my classes but I have had to work for them in each class. So if you are looking for a school that will just hand you a passing grade ASU is not the place for you.
At the end of the day you need to learn something so that you can apply it in the workplace. I can truly say that I have learned a lot in the MSN nursing program at ASU but do think that it is ridiculous that they put you through a lot of hurdles in the meantime. It would be better for ASU you weed at students during the first couple of classes instead of trapping them and making it difficult during the last few classes when students are less like to drop. It makes me think they do this on purpose to trap you. Good luck with your search. I hope you find my comments helpful.
I am a current student in ASU, BSN. I truly enjoy my studying. Before I started, I thought I will be able to take 2 or even 3 courses at the time. It turned out that I only can make 1 class because all classes are very challenging. I make a lot of researches for my assignments and learn a lot of new information. I had my doubts while enrolling because the school is not regionally accredited. But despite this fact, I do not regret that I choose ASU because this school gives me an academic background for my further studying. I wish this school a good luck in requiring a regional accreditation that they rightfully deserve.
I HIGHLY recommend the school. I received my Master of Science - Information Systems degree From ASU and can tell you that I learned more there than I would have at a traditional university, mainly because I was able to choose how I would learn the material and study when it was convenient to me.
These classes were not in any way "easy" like many online programs. I had to really apply myself. That being said, the program requires a tremendous amount of self-discipline. Since there are no time lines for turning in assignments and exams, other than the course completion deadline, it is up to the individual to stay on top of her studies and course requirements.
A lot of the people who have a bad experience at ASU are somewhat lacking this self-discipline, as it is easy to get behind very quickly.
I guess the thing I liked the best about ASU, besides the quality of the courses, was the ability to work my studies around my work schedule and complete the program on my terms. I'm in the Army and it was not at all possible for me to attend traditional classes. Besides, I doubt that you'll be able to find a less costly accredited university anywhere!
I know this might seem like some sort of commercial, but this is really how I feel. At least try a few classes and give it a try.
American Sentinel University has been a great experience for me. The tuition is affordable, classes are flexible which fits in well to my busy schedule, and the professors are highly knowledgeable. The textbooks, course materials, and discussion boards have been very informative. I will graduate in 2010 and look forward to attending the graduation ceremony.
I have been attending since March of this year and have completed 6 classes so far. I have quite a busy job(testing/programming on a billing system for a major telecom company), I am quite involved with my church(teaching and musically) , I am married and have a 2-year-old). The 8-week classes and the freedom to do it at basically your own pace, is what really like.
Another reason I chose ASU is , I am prior military and they have great benefits for prior or active duty military. I have beed intrigued with ASU since it was called ACCIS (American College of Computer and Information Systems), this was a couple of years ago. I liked that they had reputable people in the Computer Science field not only teachers, but also involved in writing courseware. Since then , they have expanded their degree offerings to more than just IT fields. They are constantly trying to add more accreditations. Feel free to ask anything specific. I have enjoyed the classes so far, but I have always been better at self-paced learning, I even graduated from a private highschool that had that type of curriculum.