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I attended Ashford University and would recommend it to anyone who can balance a check book. An education cost money and like everything else, you get out of it what you put in. I travel for a living and the only way I could attend any college was to do it online. The 5 week class schedule was perfect for my life style and family. Yeah, it was hard and it took time, so I would take a couple of weeks off between each class. On several occasions I took up to 45 days off to help with my work and family obligations. You shouldn't graduate if you can't take responsibility for your own actions. All my advisors were awesome and helped me every chance I gave them. My advisors scheduled my courses to streamline the number of courses I needed to graduate. I appreciate everything my advisors did for me. The only problems I had with Ashford University were those I created.
Ashford pushed and pushed advertising for several months leading up to the start date of Jan 2nd, which I can I only imagine they received a large amount of new students (me being one of them) one week into the new school year they announced that beginning February 6th they are increasing the tuition rate PER CREDIT, the "technology fee" and the cost of the books.
I received a very good education here. I do feel as though the cost is over priced and students should not have to pay so much for a good education and the organization when it came to clinicals was bad at times. But overall the school gave me a guaranteed BSN in just 4 years and had small class sizes which made learning much easier and plenty of hands on opportunities in their state of the art simulation labs.
Ashford University is a for profit school, that is the first thing that must be taken into consideration. Not always a bad thing, more often than not for profit schools are extremely flexible. Know what you are getting into and have a plan for finances. I am active duty military so I used TA and owned them a little so they appeased me to ensure I continued my education. For those who say it is easy great, then I am sure they graduated 4.0 or 3.97 like I did. Is it useless? I was accepted to Johns Hopkins for grad school so I would say that Ashford did its job. Now you also need to be a realist, if you are a waiter and you get a degree in hospitality management (I don't know if they offer it) don't assume that a BA will get you hired strait away as a manager. It would be beneficial to work in the industry you are achieving your degree in so you have a resume that is complimentary. So take always from this, know your finances and expectation management.
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!
I'm almost fifty and I returned to school to receive my bachelor's in psychology with the intention of going to grad school at another university. They don't have a program designed for MFTs. Even though I'm older and have a learning disability (encoding, decoding, memory) I've maintained almost straight A's. The instructors all have PhD.s and most of them are pretty helpful. Bare in mind their help is very limited because they are teaching online and running who knows how many courses at a time. I only have two more classes until I graduate. I found it challenging but doable. If you're a self starter and willing to apply yourself, you will earn your degree. The school is quite expensive and I would do my first two years through a community college if possible. They will transfer 60 to 90 units for the bachelor's program depending on your courses and the criteria of the state requirements you have. I'm in California, so out of 134 previous units only 60 transferred (FYI) In my opinion I've obtained a pretty good education and enjoyed the challenge seventy five percent of the time. Ashford has very low math requirements for their bachelor's in arts programs. This was a deal breaker for me since I absolutely cannot do higher levels of math. There is a statistics course, but I survived it with an A minus. Be mindful that Ashford University is a private school and a business. My only complaints were that I was kind of mislead by the recruiter regarding my units and the financial department took almost a year to get my scholarship working right. What they say on the phone is not set in stone. Get everything confirmed by email. Ask as many questions as you can. Make a well informed decision. All things said, I've had a great overall experience at Ashford.
I've attended traditional brick and mortar schools. One of them being a state university. However, being a full-time employee and a full-time student is nearly impossible to make happen these days. At least if you value your health, time and money. So, I did a lot of research prior to enrolling in an online university and decided to go with Ashford. Like in most colleges, you will experience both good and bad instructors. Some were very helpful and some were anything but. Ashford has taken measures to improve its reputation and maintain its status as an accredited online university. This is very important if you intend to also follow up with a Masters and so forth. Be aware that online NOT for everyone. In fact, I would dissuade the majority of people from attending an online university unless they know for a fact they can be disciplined in their studies and not require face to face interaction to stay motivated. Some drawbacks were the advisors. They changed on me three times during my time at Ashford. That is NOT professional. Apparently, they have a high turnover rate. Not sure if that's still true today.
I've been going to Ashford for about 4 1/2 months and have finished 3 courses so far (each 5 weeks long) and just started my 4th course, because I had to be put on academic leave for a month after my 2nd course for my financial papers to be put through (and I had started sending in financial papers the first day I started attending Ashford.). This is my only complaint. Several times, when I thought I had submitted all forms needed, they told me I needed something else, and many times, they kept telling me I needed something I had already turned in. The most ridiculous thing is, when I didn't check the box on my TPD Discharge Worksheet saying that I had attached my physicians letter because I sent it separately through email, they told me I had to resend the worksheet with the box checked, and come to find out, that's a big reason why it took that extra month for my financial papers to be put through. They were waiting for me to resend that worksheet with the box checked and didn't notify me of it until near the end of the month. If it took just a few days longer, I would have been withdrawn from the university and they would have tried to make me pay for the 2 courses I had already taken (I was told I could not take any more academic leave time off.). I'm finally through dealing with the financial papers and actually got my Pell Grant and Unsubsidized/Subsidized loans applied pretty quickly. That aside, I like the classes. It's challenging, as all colleges should be, because you're required to do 2-3 200+ word essays and 1-2 500+ word essays every week and sometimes a quiz or 2, as well, of 10 to 15 questions, but it's not too overwhelming. You only do 1 class at a time (You can apply to do 2 at a time, if you want.), and they're pretty lenient on late work. Usually, the teacher just takes off 10% off the assignment for each day late, up to 3 days late (After that, you could get a zero for the assignment. It's up to the teacher.)
I too had doubts about my education until I started attending my graduate level classes. These classes hold a CACREP accreditation. (Look it up.) Missouri requires this level of accreditation for all online schools at this level of education. I am well prepared, and able to obtain great grades at Capella; this is all due to the level of education I received at Ashford. You get back what you put in. True, there is very little hand holding and in reality this type of education in not for everyone. One needs to be a self-starter, dedicated and willing to go beyond sitting in a classroom with an occasional repeat after me parrot test. This system of education turns out thinkers, movers and shakers. In doing so it has upset the balance of what education was and what it is becoming. While it is true that everyone could earn an education, not many do and even fewer know how to use one. Lastly, as I stated above I lack for nothing at the graduate level. Thank you Ashford!
I did learn a lot at Ashford. It was perfect for my schedule and it allowed me to obtain a degree while working two jobs. It definitely requires dedication and the ability to be a self-starter. You do not get a lot of breaks along the way either, but it is nice to only have to concentrate on one class at a time. I would highly recommend this school for those who are looking for a way to get their degree while working or caring for children and for those who are dedicated and willing to put in the work that is required, as it is no small feat to obtain a degree online.