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First off, I am a National Guard veteran. When I spoke with an advisor, they took this into consideration and were very excited to tell me about their veteran discounts and what they have to offer. I have taken 6 courses so far and I have noticed a lot of my classmates are also veterans or currently in the military. I started with Ashford in the beginning of summer 2014. So far my cons I have with the school are: 1. They first told me I had all the paperwork, and then they told me there was missing paper work. Not a big deal to redo some if it, but it was annoying. 2. Instructors are VERY less than helpful. I e-mail when I have issues, concerns, or flat out confused and they just tell me to go to the Ashford writing center. Even when my question had nothing to do with writing, I was asking for clarification on an assignment. 3. The amount of essays, discussion topics, and everything else they cram into 5 weeks in insane! I can hardly keep up with it and my GPA can speak for that. 4. First week of my most recent class I had to create a layout already for the week 5 final essay, do my intro, discussion topics, and a quiz on top of all of it. I understand it's a school and you have assignments and discussion topics count towards attendance, but wow! That first week felt like an overload. How is a person supposed to make a final essay outline in the first week of class if we have no knowledge so far of everything we are to learn? 5. They really need to implement more breaks, such as spring breaks or at least a week or two in the summer. It's nice have a couple of days during Thanksgiving and two weeks during Christmas, but I feel I will get burned out with everything being back to back, nonstop and no breaks again until the end of the year. 6. The instructor’s reviews of submitted assignments are so vague. For example my thesis statement was considered "awkward” by my instructor. Can I take that moment to be the instructor and ask questions such as "What about this thesis statement makes it awkward?" Pros: 1. Having one class at a time to concentrate on is nice. 2. I didn't have to take an accuplacer, which I think is a good thing?? 3. The online class is quite simple to navigate. 4. Online school is convenient since I work part-time and the local tech school class hours clash with my work hours. Those are about the only four I can think of at the moment. I honestly feel like I am not getting the education I deserve with how fast they fly through these classes. I want to know that I WORKED for my education and degree and not just fly through a bunch of classes and end up with a degree with no knowledge to back it up. I think I might end up going to a brick and mortar school because I learn better in a face to face setting.
In working a full-time position in a non-profit organization, I was able to complete my studies without any feelings of being overwhelmed. Yes the assignments were a challange looking at the syllabus, but once you have devised your study pattern that worked for you, I found it was managable. I think you as a student need to have the determination to take on the task of continuing your education. Yes the tuition fees are higher than some other tuitions you as a person need to be able to make that determination whether the cost of the programs is what you are willing to invest in a career. I experienced death of 2 family members while in school and I was able to take the time that I needed with the direction of my advisor that also allowed me to maintain my attendance requirements for finanacial aid. The program challenged my to devise a plan that worked for me. I would advise students to ask questions and use your judgment as to whether this program would be a beneficial venture for your.
I would never recommend this school to anyone just because of the financial aid office!! the instructor's are very good, but I feel like the financial aid office did not apply all my aid to my classes and/or stipend. they are telling me I owe $1071 and I know I had enough aid to take care of my classes!! they also add classes on that are not even scheduled for months later!! I am going to file a report with the doe and let them check into this school!!!
This school claims it offers a flexible schedule for the working student. In fact, it doesn't. I am a retired military veteran. This school goes hard after the military, because of the Post-911 GI Bill. The instructors do not operate from the same set of criteria. Some may give you partial credit if you're late with an assignment. Others will fail you if you submit your assignment at 12:01. It was my experience that most of the instructors do not answer your emails, or will answer them too late. If your internet goes down, you may as well consider yourself failed for the week if your work hours do not afford you the opportunity to go to the library during their hours of operation. The reading assignments on some of the courses are pretty long. If the class starts on Tuesday, you're expected to retain what you read in multiple chapters, and then complete 2 assignments and two Discussion Boards, using and citing multiple scholarly sources by Thursday. Then you take the test by Sunday. If you have a paper to write, then you have to research your sources, and go through the process of putting it all together. How can you prepare a draft final paper on your second week of a course, when the final paper covers the entire textbook? Ashford Online could probably work for somebody who has nothing to do but go to school. In that case, I suggest going to a brick and mortar school with live instructors that TEACH. Otherwise, you are teaching yourself if you use Ashford Online.
I attended Ashford for 7 years and never ran into any real problems. I have had advisors that would change my classes as I needed to so I could receive my Associates from CCAF first. I've heard several stories about pushy recruiters but I only dealt with one in that entire time frame and my advice on that is that you are a grown up so you don't have to let anyone push you into doing anything you're not sure about. I do not need much instruction but when I did need it the professors were there. I did have one professor that I never heard from but for the most part everyone did their job exceptional.
Ashford provided me with the opportunity to earn my degree while working a full time job, owning a business, and raising a family. This opportunity benefited me in so many ways beyond simply sharpening my job skills. Ashford gave me all the tools I needed to learn about business, marketing, government, ethics, logic, and a host of other topics. Classes provide a structure that motivated and intelligent students can follow to great success. I graduated with a high GPA and was happy to put the work in to achieve it. If you are trying to simply "get through" classes and be handed a diploma, this is not the place for you. If you lead a busy life but are willing to carve out the necessary time each week to earn an education, Ashford can make it possible. Classes are accelerated and cover a lot of ground but that is perfect for busy adults that are willing to put in the work. I just finished three years of one class right after another and while it took a lot of time and effort, it also provided me with the quickest path to a degree, which is exactly what I was looking for.
If using Post 911 save your benefits. You are a number, that is all. Look back at the time you served. Remember the recruiter needing his/her quota. Same goes for Ashford university. Once you begin you'll be told that all your military experience will count toward your degree.... I won't post all my schooling but was not happy to see it was only worth 10 credits. I know basic and AIT alone are worth roughly 10 credits. Then on top of it financially hopefully you save money from now until your GI Bill runs out (it will) to cover the remaining one to three years for your BA. It's sad to see that I've been enrolled the same amount of time as my dad (both using GI Bill) and he now has an associates and I have 20 credits. We both took time off from school due to MY medical issue and I contacted the school to explain what was going on. No communication between the instructor and the school about my situation. The school had me as withdrawn with no idea what I was facing and ending paying 1400 back for a class I wasn't supposed to do. SAVE YOUR MONEY. LOOK ELSE WHERE. this school doesn't I repeat DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOU!!!!!! You are not a student you are a consumer.
Ashford is a great school for someone employed full time. I was active duty military during my entire enrollment period. The coursework was challenging but not overwhelming. There is quite a bit of writing involved, so be prepared for that. For the most part the professors were engaged and knowledgeable. I learned a great deal and my degree was definitely a factor in finding a good job after I retired. Do not go into this school if you are looking for an easy ride or a degree that does not require a lot of work, but if you are looking for a flexible, nontraditional education and are willing to invest the time and effort, go for it!
Ashford U. is a pushy school that cares about your money and not the student. They will pursue you if a faint interest is drawn from the potential student. The "recruiter" even said he was a former Marine but didn't care to talk about his service in the Corps. About 70 percent of the professors are open for questioning via email. The other 30 percent of my experience could not be reached by email at all, and it seemed though it was a disruption of their day to assist where I had questions. There are different expectations from different teachers, on totally different sides of the coin. This is a quick paced five week course school in which you will write a paper every week and have to do 2 or more discussions, in which everyone seems to say the same thing. Most classes I started, as I took 34 hours with them, dropped about 25 percent of the class. The worst dropout rate from a class I seen was around half of the students. Remember these are five weeks classes. They use turnitin.com to check your papers, and if you want a precheck you will not get your paper back on time, atleast in my experience. The Ashford writing center has been the only true supporting part of this process, but do not do enough for your paper to make a difference. It's almost just a peer review. I did withdrew once from there and they called me 11 times in two weeks wanting me back, this continued with "higher" level admin personnel calling me. My main issue with them personnel, that I miss cited a paper and was given a grade of 0 with no breakdown of the issue. The paper review just said Plagiarism. I've never had anyone call into question my virtues, ones like integrity in my last 16 years of the Army, why would I be judged so quickly, no question asked, by someone that is suppose to instruct and guide me? Recently I've learned that this school went to a several Warrior Transition Units, these units house Wound Warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan, and prayed upon them. Some of these men and women were severely injured with many memory issues and they still signed them on. A minority of these student/soldiers could not remember the name of the school they were attending but knew they were in school. After these facts were presented along with a few others I've decided to withdraw from this university, as I see them as an issue for the scholarly process in which they pride themselves on. This school is a clear example of why a degree will not help you achieve more in life, as they have diluted the point of education by the greed of money. Bottom line please save your money for a place that deserves your attention and will treat you as what you are, a future asset to your family, business, and community. As Ashford U is not a home for the student but a overpriced cheap hotel in a neighborhood that you don't care to be affiliated with. Thanks and hope this helps you select your school.
Ashford University has been the best online educational experience for me, with helpful instructors that are there to help make sure you succeed and learn how to take what you have learned in the classroom and apply it to the real world. I would highly recommend this online university to others. Go Saints!