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THIS IS VERY LONG BUT A MUST-READ IF YOU'RE ACTUALLY CONSIDERING PAYING THESE PEOPLE TO TREAT YOU LIKE A NUMBER IN THE NAME OF "EDUCATION." GOING BACK TO SCHOOL IS HARD ENOUGH. DON'T PAY ASHFORD TO MAKE IT HARDER! I had big dreams when I enrolled in Ashford in February 2013. My admissions advisor, Jn, felt like an old friend; she was encouraging and helpful and supportive. Once I was officially enrolled, she called me incessantly for one week and then I never heard from her again. I went about my classes and did very well; my GPA was a 3.4 when my trouble started. I was notified that my financial aid couldn't be processed due to a 2012 tax return issue. I had to take two official leaves of absence from classes to wait for my IRS info to be available to upload to my FAFSA. On the last day of my second break, even though my hands were now completely tied in terms of what I could do and the school was aware of my situation, I was officially withdrawn from Ashford. About a week later I got a cold email from my financial "advisor" DU. It explained that they'd love to have me back in school, but that they need my missing docs. I fell for it. He said they needed two documents; one of which was still out of my control and the other was reliant on the first. Finally the IRS processed my forms and I could get back into class! I sent DU the second form that they needed and I waited for action from him. I heard nothing for weeks until wouldn't you know, I got ANOTHER cold email from him saying that they'd love to have me back in class, but that they need my missing docs. I emailed DU immediately (I never called him. He'd never answer and when he called me back he was nervous and not at all helpful, answering questions I didn't ask as if he wasn't listening), and I told him that I'd sent the documents to him weeks prior. In his email back, instead of professionally taking responsibility for the massive oversight that unnecessarily delayed my education, DU wrote back to ask if I had "maybe sent it to someone else?" Just yesterday I received a cold email from yet another "manager" of something that sounds important, TA, hoping that I'm "doing so well today!" She went on to ramble (for two paragraphs!) about how important students are to her, that she works for me, essentially that I will forever be in the Ashford family whether I like it or not. She goes on to say "Now it looks like you are no longer in attendance with us and I am not sure on the reasons to why that may be.." I laughed out loud because a) she has atrocious grammar for an academic professional and b) as you know from reading my post, there are many well-documented reasons as to why I am no longer enrolled in Ashford. Good thing TA didn't do any research or cross-referencing prior to contacting me, otherwise she could have been accused of doing her job properly. PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS: THIS WILL HAPPEN TO YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE JUST A DOLLAR AMOUNT. Do your research and find a decent school. There are plenty. Just type "reputable online colleges" into Google. Guess who you won't see. YOUR EDUCATION SHOULD START WITH AN EDUCATED DECISION. YOU DESERVE BETTER THAN ASHFORD.
My experience at Ashford University was excellent. If you are looking to complete your education in a nontraditional setting, Ashford University's online programs are an excellent choice. The coursework is challenging, flexible, and rewarding. There is a significant amount of support and guidance by the university's professors. Also, the online library is phenomenal and is a great resource to conduct all your research for your coursework. If you are serious about completing your education, Ashford University can help you realize that endeavor. Overall, it was an excellent experience for me.
I am still in school but I am very pleased with the experience. I have attended both traditional and online college throughout adulthood while juggling a job and a family. In this time I have to say without a doubt going to an online university is, in my opinion, more challenging. In my traditional classes the professors taught me what I needed to know to pass the course. As long as I could retain the information I scored well. In online schooling the most difficult part is the not knowing whats on the test. You have to study everything and read everything on your own with little hand holding. I have to say though that the experience in an online program is dull compared to the party rich environment that a traditional college brings. I do think I would enjoy my self there as a full time student but I am also in school to learn.
Ok I am a disabled new student and up until now everything has gone well. I have taken a total of three classes. The third class Instructor J.W. when I asked for help I was told that I was fine even after I explained to her my concerns about me getting lower than a C. I asked her twice and twice I got the same response. Well come grade day and Jan gives me a D+ and the financial aid that I have been waiting for to pay bills from my edu expenses got pushed back. Now if you are a student you know how important it is to get5 you loan moneys well I bet Ashford Will get there moneys. This sucks my first online experience and no one cares. I will take my money else ware. thank you
I enrolled in Ashford University online because I was a single parent who had to work full time but desired an education in order to find a job to help ends meet. I was mislead by advisors, had a financial representative who changed my fafsa information that caused me to lose my grant and constantly double charged me among other terrible issues. I worked hard for my grades and degrees only to find out that my Master's degree would get me nowhere. In fact, I was led by advisors to take this master's degree program because it would allow me to teach college (I did not have an educational degree). Now, the degree says you must have a teaching degree to be in the program. After finding out (by applying for a job at many colleges) that my degree was bogus I automatically notified the college advisor ect. The college Reps. have ignored and not gotten back to me except for an email that said I signed up for the degree even though I was not a teacher or qualified and that makes me liable. Since when does a college allow you into a program that you are not qualified for? They don't! Which says that I was mislead and fooled. I owe alot of money for a degree that did not get me anywhere. BEWARE! BTW, they never took off the extra charges either (over 10,000). The only positive aspect of the school is that all of the instructors were excellent (except one which was unprofessional).
The Master's degree will not ever allow me to college (My sought out pursuit when entering Ashford University)
Not to attend Ashford University.
Enrolled at Ashford in 2010 for a BA in Organizational Management, graduated in Dec 2011 and started my MA in the same field in Feb 2012, finished June 2013. I found the online courses interesting, and enjoyed the discussions. Access to the online library makes research and preparing papers easy if you apply yourself. The majority of the instructors were very good and remained engaged with the class.
The only change I might make, not guaranteed, is to switch my MA concentration from Organizational Leadership to Project Management. Plenty of options available, just a matter of selecting what seems to be the best fit going forward.
Do your research first and find a school that will fit your needs. Once that is accomplished, do whatever it takes to get the most out of your education.
I have wanted to complete my college degree for years but always had excuses as to why I couldn't. I enrolled and attended two other colleges before Ashford. Both of those colleges were brick and mortar schools and I always ended up quitting because I just did not want to spend hours sitting in a classroom and the classes always seemed to be at inconvenient times. When I started considering school again, I was immediately drawn to the online experience and it has worked very well for me.
Online classes are not for everyone. It might seem like this would be an easy way to get a degree but believe me, it is not. The instructors expect participation and critical thinking in every aspect of the classroom and the five week courses can at times be overwhelming because there is so much to do in such a short time. Several of my friends are pursuing their degree at the local college in my area and when I tell them the amount of classwork, quizzes, and papers I am required to write, they are surprised. I think this is because this is the only way the instructor can really judge whether the student is understanding the material. Each person has to decide for themselves if this will work or not, but for me it has been the only way to finally accomplish my goal of getting a degree. For anyone who is considering Ashford University's online program, keep in mind that the instructors are not there to GIVE you a degree, you have to earn it. This means there will be times when they will expect a lot of you and you will have to make sacrifices of your time to be sure to give your assignments your all. I am sure, like with any school, there are instructors who are tougher than others but I have found that while some instructors have been very demanding, they are all fair. Everyone's situation is different so if you are having problems, email the instructor one on one, and get clarification, extra attention, or whatever is needed. Finally, be proud of your accomplishments. Do not let others try to make you feel like getting an online degree is "less" than getting one from a brick and mortar classroom. As many of my friends have told me, they would not have been able to do the amount of work I have done to get my degree. I am looking to graduate soon and am very proud to be finally reaching my goal.
I have attended Ashford for over three years and have never experienced any issues. I am very pleased with the support and interaction that I have received from the staff and instructors. If you are not a self starter or have the discipline to read instructions and complete the required work without someone telling you to do so.....this school or any other on-line school may not be for you. You must have realistic expectations and realize that you have decided to pursue your degree through an institution that lacks the respect and reputation as compared to a top tier University. If you are looking for a quality education that can be beneficial and allows for flexibility, then you can find it through this school.
I was one year away from graduating with my Bachelor's when I had to stop going to college due to child care issues. I was devastated. I thought I would never get my degree and a coworker introduced me to Ashford. I had my reservations about an online education but I did my research and found that I could get into many Master's programs at typical brick and mortar schools. I really thought the online environment would be different. I have read many of the reviews and while I know nothing is perfect I do know that some people just do not put forth great efforts to achieve results. I read one person say that you can buy your work online or just reword another student's responses. Well I'm sure you could but what do you get out of doing that? NOTHING...at a brick and mortar school I could pay someone to do my work and I can still get a degree but I have still learned nothing. I believe you get what you put in. I was determined to graduate at a specific time and so I doubled up in classes (I would not recommend this). This was a major challenge for me but I did it and still passed with A's. I will say that I did fail two classes but that was my own fault. The teachers were very understanding of my situation when things came up and sometimes allowed me to make up work. Some teachers have rules and policies and will not budge but I will not say that this is a bad reflection of the school. Rules are rules. As for financial aid and advisors, I did have a few issues here and there but nothing a phone call or an email could not take care of. The staff was always very polite and very helpful when I needed them. My financial aid was never an issue and I received my disbursements as planned. The online experience can be very difficult if you are not disciplined and self-motivated. You do not have anyone holding your hand to get things done but this is college and I don't know any college that "holds your hand." The programs was quite vigorous with their 5 week classes. They were very quick but insightful for me and not everyone participated in discussions as I would have liked but I experienced the same thing in regular school as well. Attending graduation was a very proud moment of mine. My children and family were able to see me walk across that stage in cap and gown and it felt wonderful. I am now applying for my Master's and I would have attended Ashford if they had what I was looking for. I think that you can only make the decision that is best for you so while people will speak negatively of Ashford keep an open mind and be true to yourself. In the end it your education, not theirs.
I took the online program and it required a lot of time and dedication. You must be self disciplined and self motivated in order to maintain passing grades. If you do the minimal required work and do it on time you will pass with good grades. I completed my Masters with a 3.55 and am very happy to have completed it. I was also able to meet faculty and other students at an event in Orlando where they treated us to food and deserts. I recommend Ashford University but only if you are intelligent and self disciplined.