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There are really two separate schools here --the campus school and the online school. I attended the online school. What I found was that the stated work load for the courses did not match the credit hour ratings. For instance, the 2 credit Intro to Engineering Science course had some interesting content, but it required 12 hours weekly to manage it, with some weeks reaching to 30 hours. The typical work load for a 2 credit course is supposed to be roughly 3 hours for every credit, or 6 hours. The course itself had material that was quite interesting --creating a musical instrument. But a large portion of the final grade is based on the work group playing a song together in the proper key and notes from instruments created. Many of the students were panicked about creating instruments, and there were points removed from creativity for not coming up with an idea solely yourself. And the constraints on the instrument materials made the project quite tricky for novices, leading to a lot of extra time working on a design. This was not the only anomaly. The C++ course that was 3 credits was about a 6-8 hour workload per week, had difficult to understand videos for course instruction, and a new programmer would have a lot of difficulty managing the programs without a lot of consultation. Discussion forums only go so far. Calculus is what finally drove me out. Most college calculus courses are 15 weeks long. All of ASU's courses are 7.5 weeks long. And that's compressing an already difficult subject into a very tight timeline with requirements to make high grades to continue in the Engineering program. There are no 15 week online courses. Calculus and Physics are run with the Pearson tools, and many students complain that they are never sure if their wrong answers are due to not entering the answer in the way that the tool requires or whether they just got the problems wrong. But I seriously question the mastery of a subject in a 7.5 week compressed course. It is VERY difficult to manage this hurdle. As noted by others, instructors and TAs don't always answer email promptly. If you are overseas, finding tutoring that will fit your hours is going to be quite difficult. The hours run are Arizona standard time. I also found that the course graders for some subjects were not actually grading the homework. There was no feedback after the work was graded. And I found that on some occasions, work that I turned in incomplete got perfect scores while other work was meticulously graded but not feedback given for points taken off. I wondered if it is possibly a degree mill or a cash cow for an established school. Those students in the US thinking of taking this should instead look at community colleges for basic credits in math and physics at cheaper prices with longer terms. These courses are crucial to STEM degrees and should not be rushed through without thoroughly understanding the material.
If you are a working adult and seek to obtain your undergraduate degree to further your career, but lack the time to attend on campus courses, ASU Online is a great option. I have compared my experience with my courses taken on campus at U of A and in all honesty, I learned much more through the online studies. People may complain that you don't get enough attention when you work online, but take into consideration the amount of students per the amount of TA's and one instructor. Instructors will reply within 72 hours and your questions will be answered if you utilize the proper routes of communication. Some classes were simple and easy to complete, others were more difficult and demanded attention, overall there were many different teaching styles and many new and interesting things to learn. I was able to work full time, graduate from school, and still raise my daughter by myself. As long as you have the motivation and passion to learn, you will succeed. Good luck future students!
I would not recommend this school for sure. I am enrolled in the MSBE program here. I do not have any problem with coursework as the program is good and the best part is that the faculty is very good and much more competent than many of the best universities in the USA. However their administration is terrible. Instead of supporting students, they will always try to obstruct things merely because of their ignorance, attitude, lazyness and may be some internal politics. And if you are an internatonal student. Get prepared to face all kinds of obstacles related to your internship, jobs etc. despite of having good offers at your table, to an extent of loosing the offer just because of hostile attitude.
Do not attend ASU. Its highly expensive. Most people attend this school for the parties. Let me tell you, there are hardly any parties my friend. The few parties you can find, are exclusive, frats or 'cool' people. ASU is pretty much just reliving your high school years. As far as your education, you'd honestly be better off going somewhere else. The education here is awful. Especially in the engineering school. You get loaded on with tons of coursework that is impossible to keep up with. Very few teachers curve and expect way to much of you. I am trying to do you all a favor. Also, the dorms are awful. I have had multiple cockroaches in my dorm room and mold growing on my carpet because the maintenance beanors don't know how to fix our shower pipes properly. Not to mention, it is very dangerous in tempe. Someone was STABBED on CAMPUS GROUNDS. There was a drive by shooting ON CAMPUS GROUNDS. Nobody is friendly at this school either. Everyone is very cliquish here compared to my friends schools. I went to visit my friends at there respective schools and I had a blast! In the 2 days I was there I met and befriended 7 people. People at ASU feel they are too rich and good for you so there is no bothering to make friends. The girls here aren't even that attractive to be honest. You would never have a chance with of the girls at this school unless your a 12/10 in attractiveness. That is how dumb girls standards here are. I hope this informally written review helped influence your choice in avoiding this school. If you already decided to attend, good luck my friend. Let me know if you need help with schools to transfer to because that is what I did after attending 1 year here. STEAR CLEAR OF ASU!
If you are attending ASU online, don't expect much attention. I had to send multiple emails just to get an answer a week (or more) later. This happened often. The certification program will not prepare you to teach. Ask lots of questions prior to enrolling in any program online. I had to transfer to another program in order to be properly educated and pass the certification tests.
I absolutely love ASU! The professors have been fantastic, it's very easy to get in touch with my academic advisor, and all online areas are user friendly. The classes are no different that on campus classes, which I appreciate, as ASUs online degree is just as valuable.
The structure of online learning environments desperately needs to be restructured if it is going to justify the price of the courses. 1500 USD a course(Which is more than it costs to attend in person) for watching pre-made videos is unacceptable in my opinion. There is almost no teacher student interaction beyond waiting for a TA to make followup posts on a forum. Pre-made Video lectures should be used to support course material not teach it. We have the tools to host steamed classroom sessions which is the way it should be. Very disappointed in ASU's online learning system and will not stay enrolled for fall 2015. As it stands now I am forced into attending because thankfully the credits will transfer to another school, however I would not pay beyond what a traditional community college would charge for equivalent courses. Additionally the degree I was pursuing was titled as "Software Engineering" but the truth is that it is more of a management degree than a programming degree, which also has a lower employment rate. In todays world where when it comes to computer science specifically you need to do better than post videos that you can find for free on YouTube. I understand your getting a grade but is paying $1500 a course really worth it? Especially considering attending on campus is cheaper and definitely a more enriching environment while providing more degree options. Im sure there are better schools out there for cheaper, so my advice is don't buy into the hype. I really hope that in the future Online Courses are developed to be more interactive because right now Schools seem to be jumping on the bandwagon to take advantage of people who can't necessarily attend in person.
This school is great at first, but once you are about half way done, not so much. The professors take their time returning emails and grading assignments. The grading is all over the place, and is usually done by "associate" instructors. No support what so ever. Good luck getting your academic counslor to return your messages. Seriously, if I could start over, I would choose a different college.
I will admit, I wish I had done my homework and looked into other schools. I jumped into this school for a few reasons. My father graduated in 1970 from ASU. After I had to drop out of UNT (I would NOT recommend UNT), I needed to finish up. Having my associate's degree, I checked out their site and saw the BAS in Operations Management, The degree accepted my associate's and I went in at year 3. The online format was amazing, and I was doing fairly well. It can be at times more difficult, but the ability to do it around my schedule was amazing. The reason I wish I had done more research is mainly pricing. It was about $450 a credit hour for my degree and I had to rely on federal funding and some student loans outside the school. Luckily my tax returns paid those off. If I had done more research, I may have found another state university on equal level as ASU, maybe better, maybe not quite as good, that had an equally amazing online program for cheaper. Maybe not. I chose not to look into other schools after starting, out of fear I'd find something I wish I had taken instead somewhere else. The degree though is what I wanted, as my associate's was in management, so it transitioned well. I just wish I had more flexibility on electives. What I recommend is this: Research extensively. Do not get pushed into a "For Profit" school. Choose a major that has good career prospects. My motto is this: For the first degree, choose something useful. Then go back and get the useless degree. So if you want to study religious studies, get a degree in engineering or business, finance, whatever, then go back for that other degree. This school is pricey, but if you choose a degree that is right for you, it can be worth it. Be sure to research other state universities as well, but stick to the non-profit schools.
I loved ASU! The professors challenge you, but were also very fair. I had a lot of wonderful experiences on campus as well as off. I will tell you that as an online student there is a bit of a gap when it comes to feeling involved in the ASU atmosphere. I did think it was nice that I received free tickets to an ASU basketball game, but that was only once the entire time I was a student. Being an online student was very time demanding. I did not have much of a social life, as most of my time went to taking care of my son, school, and working. However, it was very nice because I could do my school work from home and around my own schedule, and I didn't feel as though I was getting less as an online student. I read the same, learned the same, and produced a lot more work being an online student. If online is not for you, the Phoenix campus is beautiful. I would take the light rail and step right onto campus which helped me save a lot on transportation. The professors are passionate about what they teach, and that is what I look for in an instructor. I cant think of one teacher that I didn't enjoy as far as my degree program. My degree program was amazing. It is such a variety of things, so I was always learning something new. It wasn't just one subject like nutrition, but exercise and wellness, stress management, behavioral science, neuroscience and much more. The one thing I did not like about this degree is I felt like they didn't focus enough on the career side of things. As I am applying for jobs now, I'm noticing that people want you to be certified in personal training, or certified in counseling, and other certifications. So now I'm in a bind trying to get all these certifications when I wished the school could have stepped in and at least offered these certifications so I could do it all as a student. I feel a little unprepared and since this degree was focused on coaching and theory, it's very difficult to find a career without experience. The experience they are looking for is teaching health classes (like a gym class), being CPR, AED and first aid certified, and having experience in creating and implementing actual programs. I wish I had more opportunities to implement the programs I created in my degree program so that I could have measured the outcomes and see if they were successful. So if you want to do this program I highly suggest that you are very clear with what direction you want to go with it and focus on gaining the experience while you are still in school (if that is possible). I think this degree is perfect for starting your own business, and that is what I plan on doing with mine.