Ashford University Reviews
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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.
I would recommend this University to anyone. You get what you put into it. The teachers are fair and knowledgeable. In all honesty, it may not be the best school, but it met my educational needs at the time.
The school is very technology driven. It utilized i-phone apps and online tools that really assisted me in my studies. I could virtually study, research, and submit all my work electronically and/or online.
I started at this school in 2010 and graduated In 2013 with a BA in Early Childhood Education I am in the national Golden Key Honor Society and finished with a 3.72 Magna Cum Laude.
I started my Master's this year and three courses in I have a 3.67 during my fourth class my instructor left and a new assistant professor Keith Pressy took over and felt that my work was not corrected and that he was failing me and he was putting me on a probation, really I received no help from my academic advisor and really this was not handled correctly so if you have a problem with a teacher do not look to get help because they will not help you at all.
With that I am back at University of Phoenix which has a better and more detailed course for what I was really look for.
First of all the tuition is not almost 11,000, the truth of the matter is it is 18,585 a year for a Bachelor Degree, with there being a 3% increase every year since I have attended(now 4 years). They made over a quarter million in profit last year, and continue to raise the cost of classes and force you to purchase digital materials that can be purchased used at over half the cost that they charge. I have had to go to student mediation twice over charges that were on my account that just appeared, and will have to do it again since they just charged twice for the same three classes. All their mistakes not mine.
I work hard at Ashford, do not mind working for my grades, however I should not have to do the staffs job, including the instructors, because they have a I do not have to answer you for up to 48 policy in place.. If the classes are 5 weeks and at the 2 week Friday you do not understand anything, then you are just out of luck, because when Monday rolls around your instructor will not even respond.
This last award period I was overlooked when it came to my disbursement, and my academic advisor told me I had to wait two weeks after the inital disbursement that was supposed to be disbursed before I could make a formal complaint. I mean come on.. That is utterly ridiculous, not to mention always have to verify my tax year as well as my husband who also attends.
Had I not been so close to graduation then I would have changed a year ago. All I can say is when it is time for my masters degree you can BET ASHFORD will not get one more dime of the money I have to pay back.. They are poor at communication and greedy.