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I would recommend ASU for programs other than Design Management. The Design Management program was too easy. It's designed to be a flexible program with no specific career path. A lot of students settle for this when they don't get accepted into a design studio program. The successful students I know out of this program are the ones who took it intentionally and with a goal. If you take this program, make sure you set a career path for yourself. It does help you become a well rounded person if you need help in that area. It also helps with communication, management and a bit of entrepreneurial topics (but if you're interested in those things just take the business or entrepreneur program). If you don't know what you want to go to college for, don't settle for a major like this. Just don't go at all until you figure out what it is you want spend 4 years and a bunch of money on.
The business program is expansive. In additional to the tuition, they charged extra fee (+$400 each semester) and also so-called "athletic" fee. Professors rarely provide students with feedback about student work, and you do not really know where you need improve. All you are entitled is a grade. The overall culture is dominated by liberals. You cannot really express your opinion and values if they are different from "progressivists" agenda.
ASU is not the place to go if you are looking for an academically rigorous college experience. Professors routinely passed students on who had in reality failed the class by introducing a massive curve, since they are forbidden to fail more than a certain percentage of students. In reality, the students didn't even know the basic competencies of the class. That created a vicious cycle, because then those losers are in your class next semester (which builds on the class they should have failed but didn't), and they don't know what the hell is going on. The professor then teaches to the bottom of the class so he doesn't lose them, and you end up with a degree a few years later and realize that you actually didn't learn a whole lot. The instructors were good quality overall, though I had my fair share of instructors that were of foreign origin, making them very difficult / nigh impossible to understand. The online classes are terrible if you ever take them - basically recorded in-person lectures with all the background noise, people shuffling / coughing, definitely not worth your time. The one positive thing is I went to ASU on a full ride scholarship, so I didn't pay a dime for my school. And now I'm working as an engineer at a company in the top 25 Fortune 500 companies, so I guess all is well that ends well, and I really can't complain. Still, I feel like I got cheated out of what I deserved.
If you are looking for an online degree program, this university has a reputable one with many options. However, certain professors are "unprofessional" and the administration within this particular school of the university lacked compassion for their students and seemed unconcerned with student success. There are many reputable online universities these days, don't get caught up in their sales pitch.
There are many young people who work there. Not many seem to know the reality of life. Every aspect of attending ASU is all done online in the beginning. There will be computer glitches between ASU's system and FASFA's. There is no way to deal with any of it person to person. I tried and thought it was resolved, nope, it still did not accept my taxes from 2015. The first person lead me to believe it was all taken care of. I could not find help to find a three credit class that would fit in my schedule to be full time. I asked for help and was shown online the classes I could choose from. Nothing was a fit except a lab for biology that I was already taking on Fridays. Horrible that companies who take our money for what we are seeking have bad customer service. Worse is the education system is flipping people in taking their money and not communicating with clarity. I think all education systems need a few classes in communication and the value of communicating that leads to long-term relationships to sustain business. DON'T BE SCAMMED! I have already attended colleges in TN, TX, AZ, and CA. I was able to attain an education that has aided me. ASU is not for me. Especially since my interest is genetics, AZ is not the place for education in genetics.
Every single course I have taken online at ASU is 7.5 weeks. That's half the time of a normal semester. Taking two classes is a full load. Once you get into your 3 physics courses, 3 calculus courses, and off to the EE program, you'll find that every class flies through the information and leaves you with the bill. These are incredibly hard courses, that you'll spend most of your time teaching yourself, and spending long hours at your computer. By the time you reach you upper classes you have flown through so much material that every class becomes more and more daunting. If these courses were the standard 16 week courses, I might recommend them, but I can't stress it hard enough, that the 7.5 week course format makes it impossible to be a great student and help you reach your potential. If you really want to do this, do yourself a favor, sign up for a mini-mester calculus class at your local community college, and see how you fair. It will never be easier than that, and it progressively gets harder and harder with every course.
The Spirit Airlines of colleges. ASU baits you with their initial price, but you will pay a lot more. ASU up sells for everything. The marketplace and bookstore's prices are ridiculously overpriced. They are also greedy by charging students to pay in their parking garages. They even charge to play intramural sports! Watch for speed traps. The cops will even write you up for jaywalking. It's not just the greediness of ASU, but also what you get for your money. Instructors can be rude and sleazy, the quality of the dining hall food is atrocious, and the school is not great in one particular academic field. The advisors are always clogged with appointments; you'll have to wait up to a month just to meet with them, and most of them are incompetent. Some of the housing us unlivable and the housing employees are lazy. With ASU not being a household academic name, I would definitely spend more money not only for a better name, but for better service.
I'm a bit older (35), and although finishing school probably won't influence my career path, wanted to finish school for personal reasons. I found the program to be manageable with work, and of course, you'll get out of it what you put into it (for the most part). The Technological Entrepreneurship program is pretty good, I enjoyed the courses, however, I think it's important for those looking at ASU to know a few things up front. First, this probably comes as no surprise to you, but this university is out for nothing else than to increase it's profit margins. This means that if you've got an issue that you need to address with someone above your instructor, you'll probably receive a very dismissive response because any confirmation of instructor misconduct would be an admission that ASU is not actually all that "innovative" which translates to fewer students attending online classes to fill up the coffers. I enjoyed some of the general studies courses, however, there were a few that have and will really hurt the university as a whole, and those are what I'll focus on for the remainder of this review. Just for a bit of background, I'm a decent student, am graduating in 2 weeks with a 3.91, and have no qualms about spending entire weekends to exceed the requirements if possible. In one particular course, I'd turned in a research proposal (psychology), and got it back with a 30%, and some very unprofessional comments. Shocked, I wrote back to the instructor to ask for some appropriate feedback so I could understand where I'd gone wrong, and to ask that she refrain from unprofessional comments in the future. After 72 hours, she wrote back, very apologetic (as I think she assumed it would be followed up with legal action). However, I simply told her "no problem", I'm happy to move forward, and start over, as I truly wanted to just get through the class with no further issues. The next week came, and after spending ~50 hours on the next assignment, she gave me a zero and said that she couldn't grade the assignment because it was in .pdf format, and that I needed to resubmit it as a .doc (claiming that it was stated in the syllabus ). After thorough review of the syllabus by myself and two other people, not a single thing was said about the format. I tried to resubmit in .doc format, however, once an assignment is submitted, the particular version of "Blackboard" doesn't allow for it to be submitted again. I sent via email and asked that she accept it as such or to please let me know how to resubmit it via Blackboard, however, never got a response. I emailed 5x more times, but never got any response. Since then, I've emailed the department head, but have yet to resolve the issue - it's been 12 days. This is not a one-off instance, unresponsive instructors are a norm at the university, and I've dealt with this on multiple occasions. At one point I emailed the dean of the school, and received a dismissive email about how he was "sure" that nothing like this was happening by any of his faculty. The bottom line: Technological Entrepreneurship is a decent program, however, if you're looking for a school that takes education seriously, ASU is not the place to pursue those ambitions. I'm not overly sensitive, but I can certainly call foul when enough is enough, and for the money that you spend, you'd expect nothing less than a quality education.
I can’t speak much of the school for an on-campus degree but the online program is very expensive for what you are getting. Depending on the degree program you are trying to achieve many of the core required classes are only offered one time per year, which can delay your graduation date 2-4 semesters. About half the classes I took for my degree, Business-Global Leadership, the ta’s did most of the correspondence and grading. So you are basically paying for a grad-student to do the professor’s work. Some classes have unexpected fees for lock-down browsers or an app that listens and records you while you take tests or quizzes. That would be good but the test and quizzes were open book and notes but you still had to pay the extra money for it. If I knew what I know now I would have attended a different school to complete my degree. How ASU has such high ratings in some of the nationally distributed magazines like Forbes and USNEWS is hard to believe.
The early courses are structured well enough to get you committed. After the first full semester you begin to see the true colors of the program. There is very little teaching going on, the majority of programming classes give you a pile of information or a couple of links to online manuals and expect you to build code out of it once a week. If you are lucky you can access other materials online, some courses are teaching PLP which is a learning platform that appears to exist only at ASU. I would steer clear of this program knowing what i know now. Math courses were surprisingly well taught for what its worth.