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I'm currently working on a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership at Argosy University Hawaii. I'm a small business owner and I'm roughly a third of the way done with the program. I originally started the program in 2016, and then took a leave of absence for about a year. Upon returning to the school I've observed several noticeable changes regarding the environment and how the organization operates. When I first started attending classes, the schools parent company Education Management Corporation (EDMC) had a lot of influence on the direction and culture of the school. The organization was known for their less than stellar financial aid practices (in addition to other issues). Many of the negative comments I've read about Argosy seem to revolve around EDMC's policies and practices toward student financial services. EDMC was a large chain of for-profit institutions which Argosy and several other schools were apart of. However, upon my return to the campus in 2017, the Argosy brand had been purchased by Los Angeles-based Dream Center Foundation which has instilled many positive changes.The Dream Center, which is a Christian missionary organization, funds programs that primarily provide education, emergency food, medical services and transitional housing to homeless families. As a result, Argosy is now a non-profit organization which I believe has had a positive influence on the schools focus and daily operations. Granted Argosy has many campuses across the country, however, my experience at Argosy Hawaii upon my return has been excellent. I've noticed the financial aid department has been very helpful and accommodating. In addition to dealing with the on-campus staff, I've been in contact with Amy Ketts on several occasions who is the Regional Financial Aid Officer for the West Region and she has been very helpful and responsive. Moreover, the class instruction has been excellent. The professors are highly qualified and very knowledgeable about the subject matter. They're very focused on your success and have provide me with a lot quality guidance regarding the program. The other students in the program are also accomplished professionals, who provide valuable insight during class discussions. Furthermore, I've been impressed with how the academic staff at the school has really created a synergistic environment, which I believe helps students handle the pressure of fulfilling all of the doctoral program requirements. Argosy University Hawaii can be academically challenging if you are not prepared for the course work, however the program is set up for you to succeed. The instructor are great, and school is a regionally accredited institution. I know there have been some issues with different Argosy campuses over the years, however Argosy Hawaii as proven to be a great institution. I would recommend Argosy Hawaii to any potential student looking to complete their Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. So far, it's been a great experience!
I attended Argosy University for 2 years working towards a bachelor's in psychology. Things went decently for a while, but there were a couple of facilitators who were obnoxious. One wanted a 10 page paper in week 2 of the class that was only worth 200 points. I refused to do it as I worked full time and couldn't meet this demand. I still passed the class with a C. Then came my first statistics class 2 years after enrolling. The "professor" said he had his PHD, but anytime I tried to contact him, a woman talked to me in his place. During week 2 of the course, all students were doing the work correctly in the forum posts. However, the professor told everyone that we were inverting fractions and that it wasn't right. In all actuality, the professor was the one inverting the fractions and this caused students to make corrections of their work, which was right the first time, to how he wanted it. Example 6/2=3. Professor was telling the entire class that 2/6=3. I was the only one who said no this is not right and that he was misleading the class. He finally agreed with me that He was wrong and his excuse was that he was thinking of odds; which made no sense at all. I filed a complaint, unenrolled, and was told that I could not get my official transcripts for the 66 credits that I had completed through them to transfer to another university unless I paid them $235.50. Not once was I notified that I owed them money until I tried to get my transcripts two years later. I was never sent a bill nor a statement. I received an unofficial email stating I owed this amount because I withdrew and my financial aide didn't cover it. I asked them to waive it due to them having an incompetent professor in the classroom. They said no. I said this feels like extortion. They told me to get a lawyer then. $20,000+ of debt later and I cannot transfer these credits without transcripts. I've tried multiple times to contact finance and the registrar, but they refuse to contact me back in regards to this issue. Either I pay the money or I kiss my academics goodbye. Stay away from this university. They don't give a c*** about your education. I will continue to request my transcripts that I earned, however each time my request is denied. Get a lawyer they say... This university is negligent on so many fronts in regards to my case. Stay away. You'll only be left with a sour taste in your mouth.
Im seeing a lot of negative reviews and believe me, Ive experienced some frustrating situations with Argosy. I think there are some areas of improvement, for sure. But after being in the program over a year and having different professors, I can confidently say-the bottom line is what amount of effort you put into your studies. I think the professors are very knowledgeable on the material and are willing to help in any way they can. With that said, Ive had a lot of classmates complain about course material while they sit back and put in minimal effort. I do think they purposely make the entrance process easy for us so they can get your money, but dont let that fool you. if you hold yourself accountable and do your part-study, ask questions, engage with your professors and classmates-youll end up learning a lot and it will be worth it once youve landed a good job. But DO NOT expect to pass the NCE or comps by just going to class and taking notes. You need to be studying on your own free time as you progress through your program. Start studying early. If you apply yourself to the program and take responsibility for your grades, I think youll like the program.
At the time of admission to Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) I explained to them that I wanted to study at part time bases that is time e very semester. They assured me that it is fine, and I should not have any problems, but after paying 19000, they dropped me because I am not full time, even though my grades are all As and I have a 4.0 GPA. They will tell you anything to sign you in, but once you are halfway they will drop you. The financial statement sometimes does not make sense, there is an overcharge, but they will just tell you, it should be like that. Advice to anyone thinking of joining Argosy, you will regret it.
I had my share of ups and downs with this school. Just like any organization there are positives and negatives. In regards to teachers- I have learned allot. I feel they are very qualified and fair. You have to apply yourself to see results. I keep seeing complaints about financial aid. Well I wanted to go to the school and tear it down brick by brick over my issues with my financial aid advisor. Then I got with L. the head of Atlanta's financial aid office and I have not had one problem since. In fact she has gone above and beyond what I need and keeps me in the "know". I already have next year financially mapped out because of her dedication and consistency. HW. my admission counselor calls and checks in on me often and because of him I have successful graduated. If I ask him for anything, that same day by the latest next day, he will have what I need. Lastly my academic advisor S. also ensures I'm good with my scheduled classes my work life balance etc. I guess it depends on what campus you attend and more importantly who you seek to know. I was blessed with my dynamic trio H., S., and L. and they make sure everything I need, I have. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone who is working, have a family, and in pursuit of a degree. Its pricy that would be my only complaint but so is a Range Rover or a Porsche. You pay for what you get and I got a degree I can use and education I wont loose.
This was the worst program I had ever attended. The first 1.5 years I really appreciated the professors, but then things changed. I went from professors who were actively practicing in the field to all academics. After the change most of my professors had not actively practiced at least 7+ years prior. The new teaching staff was very vocal about their thoughts of the previous staff and of their assignments (this was difficult as they came in during the middle of the semester and told us how "stupid" the work we were doing was and how they were "offended by the need to grade it"). During my three years in the program, we had 4 deans, high turnover of staff, and discovered that the admissions department lied to those of us in the program. The recruiter had been fired but the school neglected to tell the students. There was a lawsuit filed against my school by a student (my branch is no longer around) as well as several other Argosy branches and several State Attorney's General file lawsuits as well. If you want to learn something do not attend this school. There are better options out there for you.
They lie and lie and lie then dont call you back then lie some more. They are awful at getting back to you they never have answers and they are poorly run. Even when i was a student worker there they were awful inside and out. I regret choosing to go to this school. They lied about scholarships and aid. They owe me money but wont pay.
Argosy University- Hawaii has a terrific faculty and staff. The instructors are well educated and competent re: their respective course platforms. This school has impressed me with the overall level of education taught and the continued focus to its comittment in support of students. The campus has a large military based student body which has contributed greatly to the overall experience due to its diverse contigency (compared to other schools in the State).
The Instructors are all qualified and well researched. The course content is somewhat challenging. You need to know how to apply yourself. If you are a slacker or do not put much effort, do not expect to get good grades.One concern though is the enrollment criteria. It is a bit disturbing to see how some students respond to discussion posts and assignments- as if they don't even belong in college. Besides that, the complaints posted here are clearly from persons who did not apply themselves sufficiently, did not ask their academic, financial and admission counselors enough questions and feel the need to vent for mistakes they themselves may be responsible for instead of the school.
Please do not go to this school. I finished my BS degree and they kept my financial aid money and I never received my diploma. This school is a rip off and do not care about any students only about how many they enroll to keep the doors open. Do more research online you will see.