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From 2010-2013, the Sustainability program at ASU was still very new, and therefore contained broad and general studies. You were able to choose your own courses and this included pulling courses from outside of the School of Sustainability and producing a strong justification of why the course fit in with your studies. There were pros and cons to this method. A few pros were that because of the eclectic nature of the degree, many courses outside of the school could be counted toward the degree. It offered many options and could be catered toward each student's particular interests. The cons to this wide-ranging program, was that it lacked a certain amount of direction. Though this may be a positive aspect for some students, I wished there was more direction and requirements within a certain track and less elective course options. Since I graduated from this program, it has become more focused and expectations more clear. A science component has also been added to help create a better understanding of the environmental pieces. Overall, I am glad that I pursued the program. It was a great program to kick off my career in International Development, and continues to be modified each year to better prepare students for the workforce in these areas.
Not to completely do a plug for my university, but Arizona State University boasts the largest student population in the Western Hemisphere. It is a diverse university with four (4) campuses in the Valley of the Sun and a immense online network. President Crow has transformed the university, promising a new stadium, a multitude of new dorm and living options and making a university town out of downtown Tempe, AZ. I think my experience comes on the cusp of ASU turning into a great university. My first degree attained at ASU was a Pre-Health and Psychology BA. The positives I experienced during my time in these programs were the internship and research opportunities, the drafting of prestigious professors, and a strong community. The network of extra-curricular activities, clubs, and events were endless. Returning to ASU for a Finance BS at the W.P. Carey School of Business was a much more focused attempt at academic achievement. The W.P. Carey is one of the schools at ASU that prepares learners for the real-world and professional development. Some of my favorite professors were L and S. Both had immense experience as professors and in the business realm. The negatives about ASU from my experiences are the varying level of interest from students to learn, standard of education varying due to priorities of professors, and the potential for your area of interest to not have the backing compared to the heavy hitters like Engineering. If you are interested in attending ASU, you will find the Business and Engineering School really prepare you for a future career and the STEM area majors will have very extensive research opportunities. Beyond the classroom being a Sun Devil means there will always be opportunity to celebrate. I would recommend ASU to anyone looking to get a public education in a place where is it always summer.
Since Arizona State is such a big school, your academic experience will depend on where you take your classes and what program you are in. I was a part of a smaller major and felt that my education in my major was excellent. However, some of the larger majors often feel "lost" in the crowds of people. I think that the smaller your major, the better your experience will be. The campus you are on will also make a difference. My classes were mostly downtown and I appreciated the smaller campus feel. Tempe is much larger and it is easy to feel lost, in classes as well as on campus.
I felt as though Arizona State University was an innovative and well organized university. I attended the Herberger College of Fine Arts. They had great advisors that helped me formulate a plan for my success. While it has been some time since I attend ASU, I still believe that they prepared me well in my degree choice and I was employable the moment I graduated.
ASU had a good curriculum for a Biology major. The teachers were excellent and I enjoyed all my classes. There's an active social scene and the campus is proud of their sport teams.
I attended the Tucson School of Social Work to receive my MSW. What I liked about the program was that it was small, so you can get to know your classmates and teachers very well. Attending the Tucson location means that if you are looking for opportunities to get involved in government, advocacy, or research, your options are limited and you'd have to make a serious effort to connect to faculty and organizations in Phoenix. Also, this is not the school's fault, but the cost of the degree is not commensurate with pay in the field. Before applying to this program, get a job in behavioral health with an employer who will do tuition reimbursement. Although I now have a job in the field, I'm pretty sure I will never pay off all of my student loans before I die.
ASU is a great school to study in. ASU has interdisciplinary and innovative programs of study. ASU provides a great education in all undergraduate and graduate programs.
Poor/non-existent use of the case method, far too much emphasis on research trivia - most instructors had little/no 'real-world' experience. Material was also too easy. 'Socratic Method' never used. No effort to provide a structured approach to application.
I like many others chose ASU for the convince of being able be a distance learner at a reputable brick and mortar institution. I had a great experience. My professors and TA's were extremely helpful and actually taught classes. Online lectures were what you would expect if you were in an in class environment with added power point presentations. I really enjoyed my time there and am exploring my options to obtain my Graduate Degree from this institution. I am seriously surprised at all the negative reviews.
I researched many online institutions and eventually made the choice to attend Arizona State University. I completed my Master's in Criminal Justice mostly for my career and to eventually teach part time at the local community college. I read many mixed reviews and came to the realization that I needed to make a choice because every online institution had their pros and cons. I am very satisfied my choice and happy to have graduated from a credible institution. Remember, you will get out what you put in. So read the assigned material, put your mind and heart into every assignment and you will be glad you did. The amount of work depends on the professor. Some professors wanted a short paper every week and a final paper at the end of the course. (Each course is 7 weeks). Some professors only required discussion boards and a final exam. I never had an issue with communication. Professors or their assistants always responded quickly. Remember you are an adult. You are responsible for giving yourself enough time to get your questions answered before an assignment is due or to fix an issue.