Ashford University Reviews
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You'll get out of it what you put into it - period. If you want someone to hold your hand and give you a pat on the back when you get a good grade, this is not the school for you. If you want to take it upon yourself to make an impact and contribute to your company or society at a higher level... AU is fine. Honestly, I feel like a lot of these reviews have been posted by people who thought AU would be a "cake walk" and ended up being surprised by just how difficult AU's curriculum is. I work for one of the largest companies in the world and they think highly enough of AU's curriculum to participate in the Leadership Development program/grant. I can't speak for the undergraduate curriculum, however, the MBA program was challenging and incredibly insightful. I learned a ton about business and marketing... and everything I learned will most definitely help me with my career aspirations.
Great staff and awesome experience and I am better because of Ashford. I was having a difficult time pursuing a degree but the academic advisor team was friendly and cordial. Furthermore, the classes were applicable and engaging. I am currently working on finishing masters and thanks to Ashford I am able to do well in my program.
Ashford University has a 14.8% Graduation rate for a reason...they only want your student loans. The classes are rudimentary in the knowledge they try to provide and most of the instructors are just phoning it in for the paycheck, or trying to impress you with their knowledge of the subject matter. You cannot teach "Database Management" in 5 weeks by posting 2 times a week and writing a paper every other. The database we were to build utilizing Adventure Works 2008....2008...not the 2012 or the 2014 version....but 2008. Why am I paying $1500 for a class that is using software that is 9 years old? The teacher responses to the discussions are so bland if they were a color it would be beige.... Here is a response to my 300 word post.."Nice description of your proposed database, P, and its data elements. How about relationships among these entity types? For example, what is the relationship between the Patient and the Equipment?"... Wow thanks instructor,,that really expanded my understanding,..... Do not waste your money on online BS, go to school on campus, even if it takes you longer the benfits of a classroom and face to face interaction with an instructor will pay you dividends. P.S. Average time for instructors to respond to you at Ashford for a question about homework 24-48 hours.. On campus in a classroom...as long it takes to raise your hand and ask " I have a question".
The staff are not helpful and generally rude. I was asked to submit some paperwork and did a couple dozen times in three different formats. Over a span of several months I was repeatedly told they did not have the paperwork and did not know why I needed to submit it. When I was threatened with not being able to complete school I was finally told they had a dozen copies but it was not completed correctly. I fixed it and submitted but was so close to quitting. I did quit when a professor refused to accomodate my disability! Now they have sent me to collections. Biggest waste of time and money ever!
After reviewing several comments, I can say that I had a much more positive experience while attending classes online at Ashford. I graduated with honors on August 28 and will be attending the commencement in October. Almost every aspect of school this time around was amazing and a much greater learning experience than I received while attending East Carolina University from 1986 -88. Now, 29 years later I have completed my education and goals that I started way back then. The classes and instructions were exactly what I wanted with the exception of one class. I believe that in most situations we have the one bad apple in the basket. This learning experience was much more than I ever expected from an online experience. Today, I am a graduate that truly believes that the education and instructions from Ashford are exactly what a person should expect when they pay good money for your education. I will recommend this online experience to any person that wants to work hard to get good grades and can manage the work and still work a full time job and be on call once a month. I did this for the past three years and will graduate with honors, as a Marine veteran, a member of an national honor society and mentor for students at this university. This has been the greatest educational experience in my life. Thanks to the university, the instructors and all the wonderful advisers that I made contact with while attending. Outstanding experience that I can recommend to those seeking a great learning forum. Semper FI,
Ashford University is not an accredited school. I found that out when I tried to obtain a loan to attend the school. No one would touch this school. So my advise is if you want to continue your education go some where else. Because this school is WAY TOO expensive.
When I started at Ashford University as an Education major I was told that I would be able to become licensed in my state with student teaching and state testing after I graduated. This is completely untrue! If I want to become licensed I will have to complete a second Bachelor's degree. Ashford is ambiguous in their wording and my academic advisor assured me that I would be able to accomplish my goals through Ashford multiple times. Be careful if you choose to go to Ashford, they are predatory and will continue calling you and telling you what you want to hear in order to get you to attend school there. The teachers are usually unavailable and most grading is a complete joke. I made a few friends through my program and we all found that even those who would write in "text speech" or put complete non-sense in their papers would still receive a 90 or higher. A friend once wrote "monkeys like bananas because they are yellow" in the middle of an essay to see if the instructor would notice, he did not and then they continued to create even more odd sentences in the papers and nothing was ever said to him. Save your money and learn more somewhere else!
Ashford is very good at financial services likely because they want your attendance and money (especially GI Bill). I had three amazing instructors during my degree. That's it. The rest could care less if you could coherently explain an idea using proper spelling, punctuation or grammar. A lot of content is superficially covered at a quick pace and is repetitive throughout the degree with very little being expounded on. Many of the instructors in the environmental degree were of a "group think" mentality and consider you disruptive if you voice an opinion or share facts contrary to their teaching material (which was heavily slanted). I used Ashford online after several relocations rendered my 100+ credits nearly useless (colleges picking and choosing which of my courses were comparable to theirs). Ashford was great about accepting my previous studies (90%) but in hindsight I understand why. One year into my degree with them it became apparent that attendance and minimal participation were the only requirements for passing. If all you care about is a participation trophy piece of paper, this college is for you. If you care about your education and it's viability in landing you a job, look elsewhere.
While continuing my education with Ashford, it was difficult to get ahold of anyone in any department! I would constantly get a run around with them. Now that I'm trying to attend another college, I am getting same run around with my college transcripts! I would not recommend this college to anyone and please by all means attend anywhere else but here!!!
Ashford University is a great school that has a lot of options. In my opinion, it is very organized and they also challenge you and provide a curriculum that will assist in advancing your career. I rarely had any problems and I do recommend this school.