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I won't get on here and blast Ashford because some classes were pretty good in my earlier stages. I did think that the classes became a little too repetitive in that you would do an introduction, 2 discussion questions, and a paper. They might change a little around from class to class but i thought they should have put in some lecture classes where you could better communicate with the instructors.
However, as I got to my accounting classes, where I was required to dig in deeper I would have questions on some of the assignments. My instructor would take 2 days to respsond back to me and say "review chapter 6 or whatever" which would not help. I would see others writing him almost seeming like they were begging for help and would get some short answer saying "review this". SOME instructors would make you feel as if you wasn't too important.
Going through the core classes i didn't need too much help but going into my major, I wanted to fully grasp what i was doing and didn't feel that way. Decided this is my last class here at Ashford and going to another online school where they have lecture classes and I can also attend a local school if need be.
I had a vision to create job security and a path forward for career growth. Ashford University fulfilled that vision by helping me enroll, attain financial aid, and choose a Bachelor's Degree that complimented my 15 years of experience in IT without limiting my future to IT. I earned my Associate's degree many years ago and attended the University of Florida for a while before entering the IT field. Ashford's online format enabled me to earn my degree while working.
To prospective students, it is not easy. The classes contain high quality and dificult content. There are deadlines, due dates, and participation in discussion forums is mandatory. I had to be better organized and more diciplined than I did attending traditional classes. The teachers, Academic Advisors, and staff provide tools and assistance to help students manage their time, Their stress, and their health. My Advisor, Joel Brubaker was always there for me, especially at the end when I was tired, weary, and overwhelmed. I completed my degree last week with a degree GPA of 3.67. If you are willing to put forth the effort and work, earning a degree from Ashford is worthwhile. Throughout my time at Ashfors, I applied my new knowledge in the workplace. I have been promoted twice in the last year, largely due to concepts I learned and applied while I was working on my degree. I am considering pursuing a Master's degree from Ashford after I spend some quality time with my wife and sons.
For all those students who are saying that Ashford is a good school, I want to see if you feel the same way when it is time for you to graduate. That is when they stick it to you. Believe me when it's time for you to graduate, you will be singing another tune. I use to saying the same thing, would tell everyone I knew about the school if they wanted to continue their education. Now I wouldn't recommend this school to my worst enemy. I would never do that to them.
For those who have not graduated yet and thinks Ashford is the best. Financial aid will make sure you change your mind; they are the biggest jokers in the deck. They tried twice to rip me off, saying that I owe almost $3700. The first time I complained about it, I guess they didn't want to deal with it and lied and told me it was taken care, (they forgot to say for now). When it was time for me to graduate, after I paid everything I needed to graduate, having a zero balance, thinking I was going to get my degree, HA the joke was on me. They decided now was the right time to take care of it. The thing about it I didn't owe them the money. I went through hell and back getting it straighten out, almost three months later I finally got my degree, that's useless to me, they never told me the main component I needed to use this degree, they didn't offer. I had only five months left before graduation when they told me they didn't offer it.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL THOSE WHO HAS THEIR EYES CLOSED FOR NOW. The last three questions I have to lie and say yes if I want this to post. I would not recommend this school nor the degree I got here to my dogs. Hell no that degree didn't help my career.
I joined Ashford University because it sounded wonderful. They made it sound like most of my credits would transfer. Expecting over 80 credits, I only had 50. I have an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development, and was continuing for a Bachelor's. They were trying to make me retake Intro to Childhood Development and many other courses which I had credit for. The worst part is their Intro class offered far less information and course work than my Intro class I had already completed; not to mention the fact I already had an Associate's.
The work was disgustingly easy, and an insult to the hard work I put into my Associate's Degree with Belmont College. I graduated with Honors and was a part of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
There was no contact information for the Registrar to fight for credit, and no one would give me information. This was a waste of my financial aid and hard work. I was very angry and disappointed.
There are a number of negative reviews about Ashford and I assume most of those are from students who should not be enrolled in college. The Masters program essentially has an "open enrollment" and some of the students in my initial classes could not write at a 5th grade level. I can understand how they would become frustrated with the program because Ashford is a test of your writing skills and dedication to the program. In no way is this an easy task, trying to complete an MBA. You are expected to have a certain level of comprehension and you are on your own to complete coursework and other required items.
I had zero issues with Ashford and felt they provided a solid program that challenged me throughout.
I've been attending Ashford since October 2011, pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Organizational Management. Overall, it has been a great experience, and I honestly have not encountered any of the problems that others here have voiced concerns about. My advisor tends to change every few months or so, but all of them have been prompt and helpful in responding to any questions that I've had. I have had no issues whatsoever with my financial aid or the financial aid process. With the exception of one class, I have found the instructors to be very knowledgeable in their field, and genuinely concerned about the learning experience being provided to the students. The one and only concern that I have (which was voiced by a previous reviewer) is that in each class I tend to encounter one or more fellow students who have very poor grammar, difficulty forming coherent sentences etc. when posting on the discussion boards. I guess I would not expect to see a student pass a class when they have difficulty doing these basic things. Ultimately, this is not a school to enroll in if you are looking to "skate" by and get an easy degree. The classes and class work are demanding, and you truly will get out of it what you put into it.
Graduated from here after attending for two years. Thought it was a good experience overall and especially during the latter portion of my time there. I think They got too large too fast and many of the employees (not instructors) were very unorganized and poorly trained - but are seemingly doing a better job as of late. Expansive library and amount of tools supplied for students as well as a nice online platform. Make sure to be on top of your communication with advisors and you will enjoy your time here. Graduated and was promoted at work the next month, so it proved to be beneficial for me. Receive many alumni e-mails - from career services to events as well - which is nice. Coursework is laid out nicely and as long as you put your effort in, you will earn a very solid learning experience.
I graduate from Ashford on Nov 2011, with a B.A in Organizational Management with a concentration in Engineering for classes I took in another school and the Degree is well respected and accepted. Right now I’m attending the MBA program at Florida International University (FIU) and was no problem at all with the transcripts.
If the University is regionally accredited the credit will be accepted by other regionally accredited institutions. Who is saying that have a problem to enter a graduate school because he/her graduate from Ashford is lying.
What is true is the inefficiency of their Financial Department; they are a joke and push students to look for other alternative to achieve their academic goals.
Getting my first bachelor's Degree at 50 was not easy, but it was very rewarding! It was frustrating to see people who cannot spell and who cannot formulate a proper sentence go forward and onto more classes. I don't believe that they should have passed the basic English Coursework, but yet we did see them in nearly every class. I beleive that this would have to be my only complaint about this school.
Otherwise the coursework was challenging. I hated the critical thinking tests, but they really make you think and use parts of the brain that normally are not stimulated, so overall it was a good thing! I emailed my advisor towards the end of classes (when i was getting burned out) that I needed a break and they were very accomodating and encouraging. K. actually cares that you succeed and she cares that you finish what you started. She was also my financial advisor and she was on top of things every step of the way. no glitches, no hitches! She made this a great experience for me and I am forever grateful that she did not let me give up on myself or the degree!
for those who complained about financial aid and access to advisors, I would need to say, you probably did not stay with it and probably were not persistent. Part of arming yourself with education includes taking on the responsibility to be persistent, to ask the tough questions and to be resourceful. For those who have these qualities, you will do well in an online environment. For those who do not, I recommend you attend the brick and mortar classes.
Read these post carefully. Ashford is a great school. Just like anything else, you will get out of it what you put into it. You can graduate from this University if you EARN your degree.
Ashford is not a paper mill. If you are serious about your goals Ashford is a great place to start. My instructors where helpful and engaging. My financial aid was always on time.
Prior to Ashford I attended a traditional brick and mortar university and had many many many more issues with instructors and financial aid. Ashford was nothing like that. Good luck to all and do your research, don't base your choice on public opinion.