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So I decided to attend Ashford because it had the program I wanted and online learning was convenient for me since I work full time and have an active lifestyle. I have to say that the whole experience was much better than I expected. I heard some negative things about online learning and for profit schools before enrolling but honestly I found the whole online process pretty straight forward with AU, my student advisor was awesome and helped me out several times and I was able to get a pay increase at work when I graduated.
I attended Ashford for 3.5 years and received my BBA. I noticed in reading one of the other reviews that it was stated that Ashford was a sham, but it is far from being a sham. First of all, as soon as I graduated the company I work for started noticing me. I am not going to post publicly all the good that came my way since I graduated, but it has really given me the edge I need. While reading this person’s review I noticed that the student was upset because of the bad grade he received, but I never received less than a B and that was only when I did not give it my all. Most of the time, if I turned in the work on time, I got an A. The grades are not given to you, they are earned. If you are trying to go to Ashford thinking you can pay the tuition and the grade will be given to you, you’re wrong. It’s all about what you put into it. Besides, I would not want to go to a school that just gave good grades out without them being earned; it would put the validity of my degree in question. By the way, I’m dyslexic, with 5 kids, a wife, and a very demanding job so getting my degree would be harder then for most, so stop whining about my school and trying to lessen my degree by calling it a sham. My studies were more then worth it. Ashford alumni GPA 3.86 (It can be done)
This school was a waste of my time. I had to withdraw after 6 months due to arrogant and vengeful teacher giving me a non-passing grade, which dropped my GPA tremendously. I tried to appeal the grade but my appeal was rejected, even after the Academic Advisor stated that I shouldn't have received a failing grade. Due to the non-passing grade, I was informed I would have to retake the course, although I completed the course two months before. When I sent a email to both the academic advisor and appeals clerk informing them that I was withdrawing from the school due to this situation, no one responded back. It's been three days. This school claims to care for their students, but if there is an issue between a student and an instructor, the student will be left in the cold!
As many have pointed out, this program is exactly what you put into it. If you need someone to hold your hand and walk you through every detail in your collegiate experience, then Ashford may not be the place for you. They can help you, but only to a point. You need to be able to help yourself, which is the way life works as well. My issues with Ashford stem from the variable way in which instructors are allowed to apply the rules of APA formatting. Some instructors are not going to award an A no matter how well your paper is written. Another issue is the lack of requirement to encourage discussion in the classroom. I post and must respond to 2 classmates, but there is no requirement for the OP to respond to responses. This does not encourage discussion. Ashford is a relentless program. You are teaching yourself and proving to a qualified instructor that you understand the content of the course. It is no different than a traditional college in that sense. As Ashford grows, it will improve. I completed my MPA in February and actively started looking for jobs in City Management in April. I have had two interviews so far and expect to have more in the near future as the positions across the country become available. My MPA from Ashford wouldn't normally qualify me for these positions, but my history in municipal government, which I used during my coursework at Ashford, certainly does help. You get out of it what you put into it. This is not an education in which you will be spoon fed.
I started Ashford in 2009 and received my Bachelor's in Behavioral Science in 2013. I must say Attending this University was not a walk in the park. However it was a great journey for me; I am now attended Ashford for the second time to receive my MPA )Masters of Public Administration. I am looking forward to achieving my goals that were set.
Ashford is the type of school that you will get out of it what you put into it. I have learned quite a bit from this school and all the staff was a learning experience. As I stated before no walk in the park but my education is worth it. What a great accomplishment for me and it can be for you as well. Your destiny is all on you and you should only attend this school if you are serious about your education!!! Good Luck
I am finishing up my BA in December. I will be transferring to the University of Phoenix for my MBA however. Having to constantly look at my degree progress to make sure they don't add or change any classes around is annoying. Several times they have randomly taken out previously transferred classes or added more classes onto the degree progress page.
Obviously I have the original degree progress printed out. Luckily when I mention these issues to the adviser they are "surprised" and they change it back the way it should be. Using my GI Bill has been a breeze however. That is the one good point of the school. The classes are beyond easy. I barely give any effort and get A's and this is while I am on full active duty.
I will be getting out of this school asap after graduation and getting into an MBA program before they lose there accreditation in June 2014 since they are under review at the moment. Good luck to everyone else. And yes they are Military Friendly, only because of our GI Bill.
Finished my first year here. While the courses are mostly interesting, most of the teachers seem to care less about the students. Once in awhile you find a great one.
Everything is basically self taught through online books etc but if you are a "C" student of above, you should be able to pass everything. Right now I have a 97.8 average so it's not too bad.
I do wish the admin and teachers were more involved but the TA's seem very involved thank goodness.
I am 2 classes from graduating with MBA from Ashford University. The course is not easy but if you do the put in the time it is well worth it. I looked into 25 other schools before deciding on Ashford. I could not be happier with this university.
I had such high hopes for Ashford when I started, the first admissions counselor I had was fabulous and got me excited for my degree program and talked up the wonderful classes. I was IMMENSELY disappointed in this program. While the number of online schools is something to be desired, I wish I had looked at other options as opposed to this one. I have two weeks left in my last class which is an entry level class for writing and is a complete and total waste of my time. The advisors tell you completely different stories from each other and one told me I was able to challenge a course and another told me absolutely not. I feel like I wasted my time in this program and paid a huge amount in required digital materials that I didn't even have access to.
Another area I was disgruntled with was the financial department. I was sent a collection noticed on THANKSGIVING! Yes, that's right a flipping holiday, when my bill was paid in full with additional funding even available in my account. What a frustrating event. To top it off, no one was available to talk with because of the holiday but that didn't stop them from sending crap out. When I did get in touch with someone, I was told that they were looking into it and it was probably a glitch in the system! No apology, nothing!
I have never felt like I wasted my time more in my education aspirations and can only hope that I can deter anyone from attending this university. All they want is your money and it is a complete joke!!!! I am getting ready to start my MBA program at another university and feel like I am going to struggle to keep up because the program at Ashford was so bad./p>
Please look elsewhere!
Okay so I attend Ashford University and have for two years now. Since my start of the school I have had to repeat my needs and requirements of what i wanted from them as per my scheduling of classes, veteran affairs, and financial aid needs.
For the military I am allotted Tuition Assistance which requires me to be full time to get everything paid for and my Gi bill/kicker. I have explained that to my advisor too many times, and i am pretty sure it happened every few months. Basically i need to have two classes at the same time frame to be full time and collect 100% of my gi bill, which i broke down to the workers in baby terms. Due to their incompetence the first year and almost a half i never got my classes at the same time and added upon that is that they never sent the paperwork to Veteran Affairs to validate i was attending classes. An added bonus is that they would repeatedly schedule me for ONE class without even asking or informing me that I would have to call or email them to be withdrawn. Overall this happened many times and caused many problems with the VA for i started accruing a balance of debt.
As for financial aid it has been a year and a half and i still have not received my stipend, and they seemed to try to hold on to it or use it for other means than to give it to me. So i ended up using some of it towards two classes due to the fact that two classes that go 5 weeks long with a maximum 4,500 TA basically ends with more than half the year left and no classes.
Overall it has cost me alot of time, wasted energy, i have had to repeat myself i swear probably almost a 1,000 times to them, and i have lost a lot of money and almost went into collections due to not knowing I had a balance for VA.