Ashford University Reviews - Bachelor's in Liberal Studies
Review of Liberal Studies Bachelors Degrees
I just graduated with a Bachelor's in Behavioral Science. When I first started, my graduation date seemed centuries away, but it got here in no time. Time really flies when you're busy. I must admit, when I decided to take online courses, I was a bit skeptical. I'm what some refer to as "old school," so obtaining a legitimate degree while in the comforts of home seemed a bit ridiculous, not to mention a waste of time and money. Luckily, I opened up my mind, realizing this is the wave of the future, and went with it. Whoever thinks online learning is a cake-walk, I beg to differ. I missed out on a lot of social occasions because of academic commitments. Some of the courses were difficult, and some of the instructors were really difficult, but I noticed I learned more from the ones that made you tow the line. I felt like I really earned my grades from the tough instructors; that they didn't just hand out A's willy-nilly. If I had any complaints, it would probably be the continuous changing of academic advisers. It seemed like as soon as I was comfortable with one, he or she would jump ship. Fortunately, every single one of my advisers was extremely helpful. Although I can't speak for everyone, I loved the whole experience. Sadly, I wasn't able to attend commencements, but I just received my diploma, which aside from my children and grandchildren, is the most beautiful thing I have ever held!
Ashford isn't a bad school. However, good luck being able to speak with an advisor. Financial Aid office is basically a joke. Other than that I loved the atmosphere and online classroom settings. The graduation advisor was extremely knowledgeable and helpful as well as the instructors. For working adults and parents this online atmosphere allows you to gain the knowledge for a career. You do learn!
Before I begin this is just a post so spare me with any comments about misspellings and improper grammar because this is my review and Im not getting graded.(lol) I am coming upon a full year at AU and it has been a difficult, all i do is write papers, but I enjoy every moment of my journey. There are good with the bad and peoples personalities clash and by it being online and your communicating thru emails and such: much can get misconstrued. Isn't that life though? Nobody said it was going to be easy. You have to communicate as best you can with your advisers and instructors and communicate your needs and concerns. I tell you Ashford is alright with me. Only 5 weeks for a class you get your 3 credits and then you jump to another class and its full time. There is only one two week break around the holidays. I get burned out some times. All in all I have made the right choice for me with choosing this school. I do wish they would get a little more inventive with the curriculum and tweek it a little more. But like I stated it is not quite a year yet.
Even though I am a graduate from the online degree program, every advisor I spoke with in the phone genuinely cared about me and my success as an individual. It motivated me to excel and graduate with high honors. Advice I would give to prospecting students would be: if you are thinking about which accredited school to choose, online or on campus, Ashford University is a great choice when it comes to graduation rate and success for those alumni. One thing that really stands out besides the statistics is how the advisors make you feel special and help you make your dreams a reality in the best way possible.
THIS IS VERY LONG BUT A MUST-READ IF YOU'RE ACTUALLY CONSIDERING PAYING THESE PEOPLE TO TREAT YOU LIKE A NUMBER IN THE NAME OF "EDUCATION." GOING BACK TO SCHOOL IS HARD ENOUGH. DON'T PAY ASHFORD TO MAKE IT HARDER! I had big dreams when I enrolled in Ashford in February 2013. My admissions advisor, Jn, felt like an old friend; she was encouraging and helpful and supportive. Once I was officially enrolled, she called me incessantly for one week and then I never heard from her again. I went about my classes and did very well; my GPA was a 3.4 when my trouble started. I was notified that my financial aid couldn't be processed due to a 2012 tax return issue. I had to take two official leaves of absence from classes to wait for my IRS info to be available to upload to my FAFSA. On the last day of my second break, even though my hands were now completely tied in terms of what I could do and the school was aware of my situation, I was officially withdrawn from Ashford. About a week later I got a cold email from my financial "advisor" DU. It explained that they'd love to have me back in school, but that they need my missing docs. I fell for it. He said they needed two documents; one of which was still out of my control and the other was reliant on the first. Finally the IRS processed my forms and I could get back into class! I sent DU the second form that they needed and I waited for action from him. I heard nothing for weeks until wouldn't you know, I got ANOTHER cold email from him saying that they'd love to have me back in class, but that they need my missing docs. I emailed DU immediately (I never called him. He'd never answer and when he called me back he was nervous and not at all helpful, answering questions I didn't ask as if he wasn't listening), and I told him that I'd sent the documents to him weeks prior. In his email back, instead of professionally taking responsibility for the massive oversight that unnecessarily delayed my education, DU wrote back to ask if I had "maybe sent it to someone else?" Just yesterday I received a cold email from yet another "manager" of something that sounds important, TA, hoping that I'm "doing so well today!" She went on to ramble (for two paragraphs!) about how important students are to her, that she works for me, essentially that I will forever be in the Ashford family whether I like it or not. She goes on to say "Now it looks like you are no longer in attendance with us and I am not sure on the reasons to why that may be.." I laughed out loud because a) she has atrocious grammar for an academic professional and b) as you know from reading my post, there are many well-documented reasons as to why I am no longer enrolled in Ashford. Good thing TA didn't do any research or cross-referencing prior to contacting me, otherwise she could have been accused of doing her job properly. PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS: THIS WILL HAPPEN TO YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE JUST A DOLLAR AMOUNT. Do your research and find a decent school. There are plenty. Just type "reputable online colleges" into Google. Guess who you won't see. YOUR EDUCATION SHOULD START WITH AN EDUCATED DECISION. YOU DESERVE BETTER THAN ASHFORD.