Ashford University Reviews - Public Administration

1.6 out of 5 stars
(3 Reviews)
33% of 3 students said this degree improved their career prospects
33% of 3 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.4 out of 5 stars
Angela S. - 10/6/2015
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2016
"I had read the reviews but everyone seemed so nice and the classes seemed to be what I was looking for. If I had a way to transfer I would. I have 12 credits left and I cant wait to be finished. I have never used APA format. Since the start of my classes, back in August of 2014, I have been writing my papers the same way. Not one teacher has ever told me, in addition to the author footnote, that I have to put the quotes in quotations. The instructor I just had let me write 5 papers for his class and then gave me a zero on my final paper because he said I plagiarized because I didn't use quotations. I honestly didn't know and if someone had informed me in my previous 8 classes I would have done that. Appealing was a waste of time as I was informed that even though my teacher(s) never told me it is listed online. I was under the impression that teachers were there to point out mistakes and help you learn not to do them. Now I have to take the class over and come out of pocket to do so. If you are looking for a quality school don't go here. The teachers, when they actually teach, are either mediocre or condescending. I am so mad at myself for even going here."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 6/23/2013
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year:
"This school was a waste of my time. I had to withdraw after 6 months due to arrogant and vengeful teacher giving me a non-passing grade, which dropped my GPA tremendously. I tried to appeal the grade but my appeal was rejected, even after the Academic Advisor stated that I shouldn't have received a failing grade. Due to the non-passing grade, I was informed I would have to retake the course, although I completed the course two months before. When I sent a email to both the academic advisor and appeals clerk informing them that I was withdrawing from the school due to this situation, no one responded back. It's been three days. This school claims to care for their students, but if there is an issue between a student and an instructor, the student will be left in the cold!"
4.0 out of 5 stars
Mike - 4/24/2012
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2012
"I hope my review of Ashford University assists you in making and informed decision. I received my Bachelor's in Public Administration. For those who have not taken an online course or program, I am sure you have been reluctant due to the stigma that comes along with online learning. As with traditional learning, you get out what you put in. Sure, you can skip the reading, or turn in sloppy work just to pass, but remember: You are paying to attend. If you plan on getting a job with your degree, you should some concepts right?One who chooses to attend Ashford should be prepared to do a lot of reading. Classes are five weeks long. You are getting through an entire textbook during those five weeks. Of course, reading is accompanied by writing. Be prepared to write papers. I wrote an average of 2-3 papers in each class. Most papers have to be at least 5 pages, and the final paper was usually required to be at least 8-10 pages. Of course with online learning, it is not easy to just walk into a counselor's office if you have a question. Remember that these advisors have hundreds of students to deal with. My advisors switched a few times, and I will admit I had one in particular that was not so pleasant. And would not return any emails for phone calls. I had good experiences with instructors. They were knowledgeable, and provided great additions to discussions. And of course, there were those ones that were just too hard to please, no matter how hard you try. Answering discussion questions will be a big part of each class. You will answer two every week and be required to respond to classmates. This is where you should really bring something to the table. Engage in discussions and learn from each other. Most instructors will deduct points for not providing detailed answers or responses.This is a campus-based university and it is regionally accredited. Regional accreditation is the single most important thing you should look for when considering online learning.Financial aid seems to be a trend when reviewing this school. I have personally not had any issue with financial aid. It seems that people that complain about financial aid were very dependent on those excess funds to be dispersed to them. I did not need that income, so it did not matter to me if the check came or not. If you are relying heavily on that check, maybe an expensive school should not be a priority of yours.Overall, I am very satisfied. With all the reading and writing I did, I have definitely become stronger academically. I have thorough knowledge about what a good paper or research paper should look like. I hope this review has been helpful."
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