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I will make my response brief, after completing my undergraduate degree at a state university. I decided to continue my education at Ashford University because it offered work, life flexibility. You get out of school what you put into it! With online courses you have to be diciplined enough to focus only on what you are trying to accomplish. There will be no hand holding. Ashford offered a excellent MPA program which I am now completing. The cirriculum was interesting, knowledgeable and engaging. The professors offer their cell phone numbers and email addresses to contact them for any questions. I enjoyed the professors I had during my courses, they had the experience and credentials to teach the courses that are mandatory which I appreciated. Ashford University is a college I would recommend. Although if you're lazy, don't bother because they do expect you to apply yourself. The academic advisors were very helpful, they called when they needed you as well as emailed you in regards to any concerns or questions. I took a leap of faith and did not regret my decision to receive my degree through Ashford University.
A lot of online schools give the impression that they ONLY want your funds, but that isn't the case with Ashford University. My advisor reached out to me often to ensure I was doing well personally and professionally. When I needed help, he was able to point me to not only my professor (some would post their phone number and available hours to speak on the phone!) but also the Writing Center and Library live chats that are available 24hrs per day (though sometimes there was a small wait time). Though the Finance department reached out on a handful of occasions at the beginning, they were ensuring I was able to submit my documents before the deadline, so I appreciated the reminders, given my busy schedule. Overall a great value! The friendly and responsive support I received helped keep me on-track to finish my degree!
I had both good and bad experiences with Ashford University. In order to make it through classes you must apply yourself. I failed an Algebra two class and had to pay out of pocket! Yes, they had the funds I borrowed already allocated! The online tutoring was not helpful at all so be prepared to pay out of pocket for help; especially if you have not had math in quite some time or are weak in Math! You only get one full break for two weeks in December! You do have access to Career Services as well as your campus email. I dislike the constant emails and phone calls about Ashford's Masters program? My enrollment advisor moved on and I was given two more advisors; one of which was never available. I don't understand why so many advisors and for the most part; don't seem genuinely interested if you're having personal issues! They tend to answer you with words like; "Huh, aww, that's great and perfect"! Online is an improvement to brick and mortar and as a non-traditional student this made studying by myself and for myself memorable.
I will the first to admit I have attended many colleges due to breaks , change in majors , and personal preferences. However, when I came across Ashford I knew from the initial phone call that I would enjoy Ashford University . I did not ever feel pressure to enroll like other online college programs that have a history of being a bit aggressive. The staff was incredible , I never had an issue trying to get a hold of a staff or faculty member. The forums were organized and clear which make the program feasible to complete. I would of continued my education at Ashford after receiving my BA but Ashford unfortunately does not offer a MSW program.
The journey to my bachelor degrees was anything but conventional. I started right out of high school and went to the traditional university setting. But I was not at a place in during that time to take my education seriously. It was not until years later that I realized that my education was extremely important and started looking for a school that would meld well with my life. Since my spouse is an active duty soldier in the Army, going to a traditional school was not plausible. So I began researching a strictly online program. I happen to run into Ashford University and as I did more research, I was really impressed with how their program was designed. It was set up that you could do one class every 5 weeks and they offered tuition assistance to military spouses which was so helpful financially. But the program for Political Science and Government was intriguing and pushed my ability to a point that was eye opening. There was very little memorize and recite in each of the courses, as most of what was taught was absorbed by applying the knowledge and using real life circumstances. And when "life" happened, the faculty and staff at Ashford University was willing to help me out. You could really feel that my success was super important to them as well! So to say the least, Ashford was a great fit for me and I would venture to bet that those students that are looking to balance a career and education would find it as beneficial as I did.
Attending Ashford University online was an overall great experience for me. I was able to complete my BA in Early Childhood Education while working full-time and caring for my family. The online forum is very user friendly and provides many different learning tools for students to utilize to gain a better understanding of the subject matter. The faculty at Ashford was very helpful and had a fast response time whenever I needed to reach out to them.
I have been enrolled at Ashford since Jan 2016 (It was my new years resolution). Attending Ashford has been one of the best experiences that I've had. I am a mother of 2 kids, a wife, and a full time employee. AU has given me all the tools that I need to be successful. The teachers are always helpful, some of them will give you their phone # so they can speak to you about any issues that you may have with an assignment. In the beginning (the first year) the advisors checked on me just to make sure I was doing OK in my classes. My GPA is a 3.90, and I worked hard for it. Nothing in life is easy, so you have to be engaged in the discussion board, read your chapters (or you can download the book, so you can listen to the audio), and start your papers early so you don't have to rush through it. Enrolling in Ashford was the best, I chose to invest in my future, and you should too! If you are a serious student, then stop thinking about it and just do it. I am looking forward to walking down that aisle to receive my degree :)
I love Ashford University. This is my second degree earned here. The late night researching material, reviewing course documents, and typing long essays finally paid off. I complained a lot to family and friends because seem like I always had school work. The classes are challenging but rewarding and class interaction was a plus. I met some great people. I appreciate the advisors I worked with and some of the instructors provided great feedback and guidance. I think overall I had one instructor that was not good at responding. I would recommend this school t anyone. Keep in mind with any online school YOU have to be self motivated to advance yourself and do the research and reading the material provided. You get what you put in it. Good luck to all.
I enrolled at Ashford. 1 lady was so nice, and quite the professional.But, i just don't think Ashford, at least for me is worth it.I was not told when signing up, a 2 week long orientation(smh)is required when i have 15 yrs.,of legal studies expertise/professional writer,wrote multiple books(12)at this time, and expert researcher consultant,life coach,women/men motivator,extremely prudent and astute,well-polished when it come to such field of work,verbal,communicable and always ready to take on the world 1 class at a time. I also notice 1 of the teacher's, rather than during orient,to call me directly,or email me, she share it with the world,for all to view/see, about doing something over, insofar as the actual writing, to a topic that only receive either a "p" for passing or "np"for not passing, not even part of CREDITS for college, yet such queries had to be answered to this 1 teacher at the school "perfect."That is how i felt, hence, i can see this would not be a great fit. 2 other schools I love so far the coursework,and at TRULY my own pace are CTU is a great school(my sister in law graduated in 1/2 the time it took rather than 4 long yrs BA degree, little debt,doing well in life from Colorado Tech,and I am loving it already, and doing well since making the wise choice to say goodbye at this time to ASHFORD.(also I like PENN FOSTER COLLEGE,accredited,and i had prior no issue with them)nor my 2 cousins.)But I really love CTU,and they also offer immediate FTP(fast track program)in which this mean I get my B.A., and or Associate Degree in 1/2 the time or less.I love that. Just a better feel at the schools i've listed. Remember the ole' adage: If something doesn't feel right, it usually isn't. Check it out best you can first, before in life, committing to anything "permanently."I wish you all luck. Now I get to enroll in LAW SCHOOL with only an associate's! and multiple CALI law schools and TAFT are going to enroll me when I get the A.A.degree from CTU,and I am blessed or from Penn Foster, as I have in writing, with my L.S.A.T. score, or without.Thanks to CTU and a school my family member(now an engineer)thanks to PENN I am able to do this, the way I want and truly (at my own pace.)I know regarding mi future, leaving ASHFORD was the best decision in mi career I could've made. But 1 woman ASHELEY TAYLOR was nice,professional enrollment advisor. I have nothing bad to leave publicly at this time about her or ever. Good luck and #happystudies to you all, at the BEST school for you.People may give PENN FOSTER COLLEGE a bad name.But my family member make over 75k to start past year after he graduated from PENN COLLEGE so i seen it work up close and now I am taking some courses from penn, and still going to CTU as well." - Adios.
You'll get out of it what you put into it - period. If you want someone to hold your hand and give you a pat on the back when you get a good grade, this is not the school for you. If you want to take it upon yourself to make an impact and contribute to your company or society at a higher level... AU is fine. Honestly, I feel like a lot of these reviews have been posted by people who thought AU would be a "cake walk" and ended up being surprised by just how difficult AU's curriculum is. I work for one of the largest companies in the world and they think highly enough of AU's curriculum to participate in the Leadership Development program/grant. I can't speak for the undergraduate curriculum, however, the MBA program was challenging and incredibly insightful. I learned a ton about business and marketing... and everything I learned will most definitely help me with my career aspirations.