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I'm in my last week of classes at Ashford. What a lifesaver this has been. Although I can't speak for everyone else, here's my experience: My advisor: Returns calls within 24 hours and usually even sooner. Has called and emailed me routinely to make sure that I'm on track, doing well and don't have any problems or questions. Financial Aid: Although a bit screwy, what school's FA department isn't a bit screwy? My FA advisor clearly states that he will return your call within 48 hours and he always has. He responds to emails and voice mails and yes, even picks up now and then. He's been very helpful Professors: Hit and miss just like every school. 90% have been absolutely great and help with whatever you need. Bottom line: A real school with a real campus and real coursework. If you don't like independent study, then this is not for you.
I am currently in my third course at Ashford and my experience has been pretty positive for the most part. I transferred to Ashford from a local, well known university and have found this work to be more challenging than the work from my brick and mortar school. All of my instructors have been very helpful so far, with the exception of my first writing consultant. I sent her four different emails regarding my paper and have yet to hear back from her, the class was in May, this is now September. I have also found the financial aid department to not be as knowledgeable as they probably should be. I\'ve spoken to a few people who seemed to know what they were doing but for the most part they don\'t, but my finances are covered so I\'ll just deal with it. For those complaining about books not being included in tuition, I\'ve never known of any reputable school who has included their books in the tuition fee.
This school has poor communication. They should include books in tuition because no one wants to read online all day or keep printing everything out. Just because people want to go to college online doesn't mean to make everything online, it gets boring and its not every encouraging. Their financial aid department is slow and doesn't get back to you on time. I don't care what anyone thinks, even if they think this school is awesome because its not but everyone has their own opinion. I would just tell anyone i know wanting to go here what I have experienced. I was very nice to these people to, only to get the opposite in return.
I am currently taking my third class with Ashford. My enrollment advisor [name redacted] is the Best! He is so helpful and has been patient. I received my associate's from a well known online school and I have attened campus school in the past. I love Ashford the most of them all. My only problem is finance counselor never calls me back, but my finances are handled. I would just like for her to call me to answer small questions I have. The work is challenging and worth while. A lot more writing is required than from traditional schools.
I am in my last class with Ashford. I've been enrolled since August of 2006. Ashford is great. I have had no problems with customer service like others have mentioned. I've learned a lot. I do wish they would make the ISBN number of books available so I can find a cheaper source than the book store.
I have just finished my first week and i am really liking ashford. I would like to say that I have the best enrollment advisor [name redacted]. She has been there to answer all my questons and helped me through the whole process to include my first class. Thank you [name redacted] and ashford
To all of you who are complaining about books not being included-wakeup! If you went to a traditional on-campus college, you would have to pay for your books out-of-pocket at that bookstore. There are A LOT of scam schools out there that include the books in your tuition and send them to you or let you "pick" them out. Those books will not be bought by any bookstore, not even Amazon. I have bought more expensive text books than what AU charges and their prices aren't even that bad. At least with AU, it is only 1 course you are buying for instead of 3-4, like with most schools(online or traditional). Why didn't you use the refund money to buy the book/books needed? That is what the refund is for-buying school supplies.
I have been enrolled at Ashford for a year now. The books are very expensive. Financial aid department is no help. Email and calls are never answered. I was attracted with taking classes every five weeks. I did not realize the books would be so expensive. Yes, there is a lot of writing involved but the overall format of classes has been great. I am looking for a university that has books included in the overall tuition.
Ashford's curriculum is up to par with other universities on-campus programs. The difference is, when attending college on campus, you don't have to write so many academic research papers. Being forced to write this many papers actually makes you apply yourself. I can appreciate the challenge Ashord has brought into my life, but it was totally unexpected.
I'm in my fifth course, trying to keep up with the pace and every other week, major writing assignments are due. I was a day late in one of my courses and my professor deducted 30 points. In my previous courses, they only took off 10 points for each day late.
Overall, this has been a great learning experience and I'm more than happy with Ashford University. Please note: Unless you are truly passionate about pursuing a degree, no college will ever work out for you. If you are serious, any college you choose will back you up.
Most people who have bad experiences, bring it on themselves- by not being sincere and passionate about their goals. Obama visited Ashford earlier this year because he knew it was a good college to speak to. I'm extremely proud that I'm an Ashford University Saint!
I completed the online MBA program in October, 2007 and found the experience overwhelmingly positive.
If I had any criticism of the program, it would be that the grading was not tough enough. Otherwise, the volume and content of the material covered was challenging enough and several of the instructors, most notably Father Dave, were outstanding.
I rejected most of the MBA programs I considered because of their emphasis on "collaborative learning" or team based assignments and grading. I believe that such programs tend to attract and breed freeloaders and I was determined to avoid this. I chose Ashford because their classes were all based on individual performance and I believe I made the right choice.