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Had a fantastic experience with Ashford University. I initially started my degree while still on active duty military (using tuition assistance) and then finished my degree a little over a year after I got out using the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Had a couple changes to my academic advisor in my 3+ years of study but each change was very seamless. Each time, I was adequately informed and kept in the loop on everything that would affect me and my studies. Entry was seamless as well and they knew exactly how to process my military status and any special requests or needs I had as a veteran. Collaboration and communication were always very important, at least from my perspective. Overall, I would recommend Ashford to anyone who is looking to enhance their career path, especially adults with children/family or have full-time jobs who can't just drop everything to pursue higher education!
Ashford is a great school! I just want to warn you if you are planning on becoming a teacher! I went there for my Bachelors & Masters in Early Childhood Education. After I graduated, I call to find out how to get certify for my teaching license because I knew Ashford told us that we will had to get certified on your own. I thought that would not be a problem! Ashford told me to get in contact with SC Department of Education. SC Department of Education told me that Ashford was not an "Regionally Accredited School", so I would have to go to another school that offers Teaching License for students after graduation for at least 2 more years! In other words, they would help you get certify in your state as well as set you up for student teaching as a part of your coursework. When I enter, I knew that they were accredited, but did not know the difference between regionally accredited and accredited at the time. Now I feel that I have wasted all those years with 2 degrees, that will most likely want help me to become a teacher! Just go to a school that is regionally accredited for example: University of phoenix, WGU, Walden or Liberty University. Please read small print and everything!!!
I will graduate in January 2016 with my BA degree my experience with Ashford has been excellent. The staff has always been helpful and answered any questions I have had. My advisor changed once in four years and my first advisor let me know she was leaving for a better job and introduced me to the new one. Those that are complaining must not have put any effort into their program, maybe they thought it would be handed to them. I have and will continue to recommend this school to others.
I transferred from a brick and mortar school to Ashford in 2010, realizing that I needed a college that was more flexible with my schedule. The professors were very helpful and available to answer any questions you had. Unless given special permission, you take one class every six weeks, which helps you focus solely on that class. This also means that you learn a great deal of material in a short amount of time. If you have gone to a brick and mortar college, think of a summer class. Many of the books are electronic, so you cannot return them. Some of the books have an audio version, while others are strictly digital. (You can always buy IVONA or something similar.) I found that as long as you have your degree, you are just as marketable. Just make sure you research your field to ensure there are a plethora of jobs available for you when get out. Of course, you don't want there to be a negative reason for all of these job openings either, like poor working conditions, low wages, etc. It is a little difficult to find out where to send financial aid. Get that figured out straight away. I lost one of my scholarships because Ashford couldn't figure out where to have the money sent - their online division (Cali) or their physical location. (Yes, I tried multiple times to get this fixed. I just ended up accepting defeat. It was a small scholarship, but even little bit helps.) The school is crazy expensive. Save. Save. Save. Find out where to send the scholarship money and get scholarships. Be careful though because alot of them won't send to online schools. Stinks, doesn't it?! Best part about going to Ashford besides getting my degree: I actually was able to go to graduation!!! (Well, there was a little fiasco at mine because of a storm, but I still went!!) Also, I graduated Summa Cum Laude and am now part of two honor societies!
I feel like I must warn people of this university. I have completed 95 credit hours with Ashford and yesterday they placed a hold on my account. After several (around 3 phone calls and 2 e-mails sent) I finally got in touch with my advisor. He told me that I needed to take another English class (eng122) or I wouldn't meet graduating requirements. I was told when I started that all of my English credits transferred when I began to take classes. Don't get me wrong, if another English class was required from the beginning I would have done it. The point here is that they waited until I was almost ready to graduate to tell me that I had to pay another $750.00 for this class. I feel like they tried to ripe me off. This is just the most recent issue I've had with Ashford and the one that finally got me fed up. I've had issues with being dropped from classes because the TA office didn't process my TA in a timely fashion, then they would blame it on me for not sending it in on time. Fortunately for me I keep all e-mails and I would send the message I sent them and they would say sorry we must have over looked it. Then I've had issues with most of my advisors (they change a lot) not returning my calls or e-mails for several days. This university has also been on the diploma mill site, found that out yesterday. DO NOT ATTEND Ashford.
I graduated in 2011, yes I have significant debt but I am happy to have the degree. I am now poised to enter a graduate program. I will choose another on-line school because of the flexibility offered in this type of education. I liked the pace, there was a rhythm predictable two responses to my classmates posts and one every week written by me, two 1000 word papers and a final paper. I have attended class on campus at other schools and I realize there is a difference, you must be disciplined to finish a degree on-line.
I obtained both BA in Organizational Management & Accounting and MA in Organizational Management. Throughout the years of study my academic advisor, financial advisor and instructors were informative as well as assisted in keeping me on track. However, often times we encounter individuals who are not good fit to our personalities and/or needs. There was a few times one of the staff members was not a fit in handling my situation. The result of the matter was immediately rectified either reassigning a staff member or switching a course. My overall experience with Ashford University was rewarding. The coursework applied to today’s global workforce, economy, and daily living.
I thought Ashford was a very good school. While I have no complaints about the staff, I do think that the educational material should go more in depth into the topics. Of course, some teachers were better than others, but overall the school was good.
First of all I loved Ashford. It may be a bit expensive , but college is. If you are in an online program, expect a stigma, but times are changing, more and more universities have online programs, this is a fact. I transfered classes from junior college and a SWAC university, all the professors had master degrees and my advisor never changed. I received all they promised, my advisor even advised on the cost!!!! I am proud to say that I graduated from Ashford with honors and my employer does not look down on it, I put in the blood, sweat and tears to get a degree, period!!! I could go on on, just wanted to add that some of the Negativity is not founded. Remember that folks that have a negative experience are more likely to voice an opinion, For me it was great and now I am experiencing the rewards of my hard work.
I felt compelled to write a review on behalf of Ashford University as a student and not an employee. All the negativity I have read is far from the opposite to my experience. My student advisor may have changed a few times, but who cares--as long as I have one. Secondly, people complaint of cost; well, one should be smart enough in this day an age to do a little research on school tuitions before enrolling like I did. I loved the rep that helped me enroll in school, if it were not for him; I would not have known that my work offers tuition reimbursement and since they are accredited; my company pays up to $5,000 of the cost. Yes, I agree that the tuition cost is excessive; but then again,. so is the cost of technology. One can pay hundrerds of dollars for a smartphone (yearly), but is complaining about their cost for their future. I am nearing my junior year and I have nothing but good things to say about the staff. The instructors are quick to answer my questions and have even praised me on several occassions for my excellent work. I have not been in a school setting since 1996 and so, I was freaking out; however, Asfhord helped be get through it. I work 10-hour days----5 days a week and so, this has become a very flexible way I can learn and further my academic and professional career. My theory is, if you cannot follow the simple instructions and questions of an instruction, than one is not putting in their 110% effort. I say this because I hate math with a passion, which I always failed math; but yet, with the help of my teacher, classmate, and resources, I was able to pass the class with a 94% since I gave more than 110%. Moreover, because of this school, I have been inducted into 2 different well known honor societies since so far I have aced all my classes because of my drive for success. I find it interesting that people can complain when in fact, they have the choice to do whatever they please including how they spend their money. I do agree with the positive comments that unless you put your best foot forward and strive for success, you will fail in anything you do in life. In order to face the easy road to life, one must face turbalance and hardship to get there. Life was never meant to be easy, look what Jesus Christ (if you believe) endured for our sins. Overall, I am loving this school for getting me to have some college courses under my belt in oppose to just a high school diploma. Since I enrolled in school, my grades have granted me two HUGE raises. Therefore, for those that say that this school is not worth it, well it was to me because I get paid more than double than I was before beginning this school and it is not as hard as many make it out to be. If you have apurpose in life, than make it happen. #PlainAndSimle