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I have been a student at Ashford for just over 18 months. I decided to return to school online for convenience after leaving a traditional college several years ago. Like most online Universities, I truly believe that you get out of it what you put into it.
However, Ashford has a complete lack of support for its online students. There is no tutoring available, no homework assistance, no call center to help with homework or material questions, no vidoes, no additional text or work books, etc. Their e-books are not user-friendly like other e-materials and contain many errors from spelling/punctuation to the material itself. The textbooks you purchase for the classes are very expensive and are made for in-person classes; not on-line classes. When you learn online, you are essentially teaching yourself. This works fine for many classes or if you have a background in the field of study, but some classes just require more and the University doesn't provide it.
I suggest looking at another University that offers more. I am going to start looking at others. And, I am considered an excellent student with a 4.0. I just want more from a University that is charging me $12,000 a year.
I've been attending Ashford for almost a year now, and for the most part it's been a pleasant experience. My instructors have all been very helpful and informative, and my advisers are always very attentive. My biggest complaint is the financial aid department.
I have been selected twice for verification and I always have issues with them. I send in the required paperwork numerous times, and it somehow always gets misplaced. This has held my financial aid process up in the past. Other than that, I really enjoy attending here!
I turned 65 this past June (2012), started with Ashford in 2011 at age 64. I transferred in 80 some credits from my earlier attempts at getting an education. Ashford accepted the majority of my credits.
The advisors and financial aid people were extremely helpful, while the instructors, I feel, were all top notch. I discovered that I really prefer online education to sitting in a classroom and thoroughly enjoyed my Ashford experience. I graduated in July 2012 with a BA in psych and would heartily recommend this school.
I attended Ashford from 2010 and until 2012. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. I made Dean's list every semester. In March I submitted my petition to graduate which was accepted. They took $180.00 out of my account to cover expenses.
In July I completed my final class (got an A) and was told that my diploma and a free copy of my official transcript will be sent to me as soon as the grade was posted. It was posted on July 30th. Today is September 25th and I haven't received anything. Calls to my advisor and emails have been ignored. I have 2 weeks until my deadline with the University of Denver for my Master's program.
I cannot attend unless they have an official transcript. I can't find a job because I can't prove I have a degree in this field. My unemployment runs out in 2 months. I would like to say I have nothing, but that's not true. I have a $32,000 debt that I have to pay back for a degree I can't prove I have.
I have been with Ashford for 1.5 years. I am scheduled to graduate in April of 2013. I have to say that Ashford has made things easier for me as far as school work and class assignments for the most part. But, like us all, I have many other responsibilities and things on my plate.
Knowing it would be very difficult for me to get access to a computer on a Tuesday when class starts, I posted my introduction to a class on a MOnday figuring that would the most responsible thing to do. I did not want to wait until Wed. to check in a attend class. On Wednesday as I was at work, I received an email informing me that I had been withdrawn from the University.
I called and called the advisor for the next 24 hours, trying desperately to submit assignments and return to class, when I finally got another advisor to re-admit me back to the university. And all for submitting my intro a day earlier, knowing I couldn't do it on Tuesday! The advisor was very rude and I was not able to request a manager or anyone to talk to . I don't think that I should be kicked out of school for this situation. It is hard to believe that they tried to say it was the same scenario as if I showed up on the weekend for a class and it was not accounted for. This is online school for GOd sake, and for a reason.
We have busy schedules and need to be able to alter our class situations to be in school and function with everyday life.
L. from Ashford University has been calling and talking to me about enrolling back in school. This has been about a year and I am a 50 plus year old woman. She conveince me this would not be a bad idea to go back to school.
Things began to happen one after another. My son passed away recently and Ashford University called me. Not to hound me about enrolling in class but to express their concerns about how I was feeling and doing as a person. When you find someone that has your interest and concerns at heart. This is where you belong.
I am currently attending Ashford University and I really haven't had that many problems with the school.I read some of the comments.Someone basically stated that another person was fabricating about their educational experiences at Ashford.You can't say that.The area in which you live could make a difference in whether they accept Ashford's classes or not.The community college in my hometown does not accept any of Ashfords credits,but I now live in Texas,so I pray that my new school does accept them.
The only problems that I encountered at Ashford was dealing with my financial aid,and canceling my classes so that I can attend a college that better suits my educational needs.Other than that I haven't had any major problems.
The instructors are nice,as well as helpful.Ashford is what you make it to be(but that's any school).Why am I transferring?I am transferring in October because I can get my degree with a concentration at another school quicker than I can at Ashford.
Would I recommend this school?It all depends on your educational needs and wants.This school is too easy for me.I need something more challenging.
However,I would recommend this school to someone that is looking for an easy A (like my mother or grandmother).I hope this has been extremely helpful.
This school has been an amazing experience for me and my family. After trying for many years to complete my bachelors degree, Ashford has finally made that possible. I know that everyone has their own experiences with online universities, and I can respect that, but for me, it was hard work and determination that has lead me to my goals.
And yes, Ashford is a REGIONALLY ACCREDITED University and I am able to transfer all of my credits earned at this university. The only way they would not transfer is if you completely change your degree going into your Master's program, however the general education units are all transferrable. Go Ashford! Go Saints!
The on-line portion of this school is only for highly disciplined individuals. There is no hand holding here, you read (study) do research (study) and write more than you would have ever imagined. This school is not a diploma mill, please don't let on-line learning, be confused with easy. You do the work, you get good grades, you get a diploma and you actually know something.
I knew that online college was not going to be the exciting, challenging educational experience I crave, but I at least thought that a school would be more selective in the admission of students, making sure that they had at least minimal writing skills and the intellect to handle the courses. I was mistaken. Discussion posts, when understandable at all, are so poorly written (in the vast majority of cases) they are nearly impossible to respond to in a meaningful way. Cheating is everywhere. Everywhere! And it is incredibly easy to get A's with minimal effort if you have the intellect of a 16 year old.
I am so disappointed and frustrated to have wasted almost a year, only to be looking for another school at this point. If you want a real education that you can be proud of, go into debt and go to a real school.