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I hate this school. It is absolutely terrible. They screwed me over completely multiple times. The last straw was when I failed a class and had to pay them back before I could even move on to any other classes. So I was working on a payment plan with my financial adviser. We started figuring something out and all of a sudden my balance/"Case" got sent to collections by some other idiot in the financial aid department. My financial aid lady said there was nothing she could do about it. (I WAS LIVID) You have somebody sitting there willing to pay you, not trying to get out of paying you and you send my my account to collections???? They suck at communicating with each other. Its ridiculous...I would have one person call me for something and the next day someone would email or call me about the same thing. (This was throughout my time there and didn't just have to do with me paying them back- which is all the cared about) I honestly felt like i was just a number to them and all they gave a crap about was the money I was paying them. I obtained 36 credits and i am 17,000 dollars IN DEBT. I know some people who obtained their bachelors degrees for under 20,000 from junior colleges/state schools. I know it is more expensive to do online schooling (I'm quite aware) but really, that much more expensive? Its absolutely mind blowing and ridiculous. WAY TO EXPENSIVE on top of it being a crappy school. They don't care about you, so don't let them fool you. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Also, i feel like i did't learn anything. You could scoot your way through doing the bare minimum and pass. If that sounds like the right education for you, go for it. ASHFORD IS A JOKE. Btw, no I did not graduate from Ashford.
On the surface Ashford is rainbows and butterflies. They love military students because they pay for the courses. The Admission shark is hot on that and sells the "discount" to you. You get enrolled and have to take prescribed courses to start then you may choose some of the schedule as you go. 1. Instructors are not on the same sheet of music. You learn the APA style in your early class work then as you go the instructors all interpret it differently and the student loses. When you ask questions 80% of the instructors who do respond write to you as if you are a burden on them and make you out to be not competent. 2. When in my last class I asked my instructor if there was an issue with an assignment since it was two weeks since the work was submitted. There was no response just a harshly graded paper. This then went to the final project as well since the instructor was upset he was asked a question. Your advisors are not always the same nor available when you need them. Sometimes it takes over a week to get a response. However, if they need something they are all over you like bees on honey. Now as I seek employment in my field of study I am being laughed away. They see Ashford on my Resume and my body of work goes from hero to zero. It is obviously not a respected University by the vast majority of America and now I must pay the price for a second , actually respected degree.
A friend told me about Ashford University and I was a bit weary about attending at my age. I decided one day to give it a try and I am glad I did. I received my degree in Early Childhood Administration and now I am seriously thinking about working on my Master's Degree at Ashford University.
I attended Ashford University for a little over 3 1/2 years, received a Bachelor in Healthcare Administration, minored in Psychology and specialized in Public Administration. It was the best college I ever attended. The instructors, advisory and curriculum were great. I learned tremendously.
As a military member, I found Ashford to be incredibly user friendly. As with anything, you have to take the good with the bad and no school that you attend will be 100% perfect. The professors that I had were all knowledgeable, and each had their own way of teaching and presenting material. I am not ashamed to say that I was never what you would call an "exemplary student", but the drive and determination that I had combined with the instruction and course material allowed me to graduate Magna Cum Laude. I am very proud of my accomplishments and would advise anyone seeking a college education to check out Ashford University.
Ashford University has been wonderful I really like the faced pace, five week courses because i get bored really fast. There are several things you ned to know to determine if the school is right for you. First, you must be a fast learner who has extensive comprehension skills. Next, academic level writing skills for any online school are required because everything you do is written unlike face-to-face brick and mortar courses. You must be semi computer literate to navigate the classroom, and internet to conduct research. Procrastinators need not apply, time management skills are critical and the instructors hold you to the time frames unless you request extensions with penalties. Ultimately it is your responsibility to complete the work in a timely fashion. Ultimately if you put in the work, can work autonomously, and enjoy learning Ashford University will be for you. On the other hand if you just do enough to get by expecting to get a quality education shame on you. The four years flew by and now I am considering a Masters Degree in Organizational Development (OD). I could not have asked for more from a school. I would highly recommend Ashford University to any one who meets the criteria above.
Ashford has helped me in every way possible. When I call they answer the phone and actually answer my questions. I'm close to graduating and I love this school
As an active duty military student you can't find a more military friendly school. My tuition assistance covers everything and Ashford supplies books and lab kits for free. The curriculum is challenging and engaging. My instructors have all been knowledgeable subject matter experts. Ashford accepted all my military credits and classes I have taken in the past. Ashford is an excellent school.
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.