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I have been attending Ashford University since March 2010. I transferred in from another school that was on quaters and had credits fom another university as well. Ashford took all of my credits converted them from quaters to semesters, but I did not have to start from scratch.
I have worked in education before as a financial aid advisor and director of financial aid at a proprietary business school. Ashford's financial aid works in accordacnce with the regulations set forth from the Dept of Ed. You must submit the necessary paperwork, including verification of your independent or depedent status, so much so that I as an adult student (age 50 at the time) had to verify how I was supporting myself to their satisfaction. As with any other school you will have those that do not do their job correctly, but the majority of Ashfords staff is wonderful.
I do like the fact that we now have one point of contact for both the academic and fiancical issues. As to the professors hee at Ashfrod, some of them have been difficult, but the majority of them have been wonderful to work with and very supportive. I too have encountered other students whose ability to write caused me to wonder what they were doing in the class, and interacting with them was difficult as their posts were hard to read and dicipher. I know that if my writing was harshly judged theirs was as well, but the professors do it because they are not handing out A's just because we show up. I was an A student when I trasferred into Ashford, my grades dropped to just above a C, but it was not Ashford's fault. My job at the time was very stressful, I worked very long shifts and many times was not able to finish assignments in a timely manner so my grades suffered as a result. I have since changed jobs, have been able to bring my GPA up to a B again, and expect to bring back upo to an A average soon.
The classes are not easy, you do need to do a lot of reading, research, and writing. Any student that says you don't need a book is correct up to a point, you can make it through maybe the first two weeks of the class witout the book by using the internet, but after that the book is necessary to be able to fully complete the discussion boards and the writing assignements. I am one of those people who can easily excell at school, but even I am challenged at Ashford. If you are looking to get a free ride, to breeze your way to a degree, it wont be here at Ashford. If you are willing to work, to focus, to be challenged then Ashford is the school for you.
This school was great in the begining but then it went down hill. The advisors will get switched on you every two months and the biggest thing is, they never get back to you. If you lve a message to talk to them,they will contact you a week later. The advisors do not pass on any information to one another. They are now charging me an extra $5,000 to graduate after I was ok with wy myfunding. I see now, all they want is my money and they will othelp me out with anything. This school sucks.
DO NOT GO TO THS SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!
I am on my way to an Associate of Applied Science degree with Ashford. I have almost completed my third class which is English Composition. If you register for this school and think it is going to be easy because it is online, then you are in for a big awakening. I am barely making an A at this point and expect to have a B+ by the end. I struggled through high school, and believe me, these classes are challenging. If you have your doubts and register for this school not ready to give 100%, then don't bother. If you are ready to work you butt off and scedule time to do you work then by all means register. I can not say enough about this school and the staff. The staff is always there to help you along the way, but you have to ASK for the help and not whine to the instructors after the fact about a poor grade. The reason you got a poor grade is probably because you are a slacker. I will be graduating in 2013 with my Associate's degree, then it is highly likely I will continue on to get a BA.
There courses and scheduling are very inviting. but there process with financial aid process and counseling advisory support is a complete failure to the student as their polices and process can be so confusing to you the student who's credibility is at stake.
In other words if any failure within the system you have with them you can be in very serious trouble as it comes down to money and how much you can pay and in a sad way the direction of focus of you getting a education at Ashford slowly goes away once your in the school is a nightmare!
Ashford University is the worst school I have ever been to. I started out with all of it paid for, and then suddenly I was told I owed 2200 dollars. After realizing that, I tried to get in touch with Ashford for a straight month and got no response whatsoever.
Then, they called me out of the blue, and told me that I had 3 days to come up with that money or they were putting me on hold. They told me I didn't qualify for a payment plan and the only option I had was to pay it in full. After putting my account on hold, because I had no way to come up with that money, they emailed me again and said that I had 15 days to pay the amount in full. What I don't understand is if I had the money to pay in full, why would I have let my status go to dropped? This school was not helpful at all, and I would not recommend it to anyone.
I got my AA in sociology on a campus college close to home, but then decided to go online. I chose Ashford because they have a lot of military students, and are adding new programs rapidly. One issue I would like for them to is have a Master in Social Work program, because if they do not have it by the time I graduate with this Masters, I will have to transfer somewhere, attain that goal.
As for the educational assignments being to easy, I have to agree with a previous post which had a statement saying" For those whom think the work is not hard enough. well you get what put into it". If one will treat each course as if they were on campus in the classroom. and dedicate them self to learning, well they might not find it so easy....
Ashford University is prefect for busy people! I started Ashford University last year and in the beginning it was a little difficult.
My main issue was with the financial department. I have had seven different financial advisors at AU and they would change them without even giving me notice, but now things have changed greatly. My financial advisor is also my academic advisor which is great because I'm not speaking to numerous people, just one person and she handles everything. My classes are wonderful and challenging. So far, my experience at AU is great and I'm making preparations next year to pursue my masters.
I went to UC Berkeley for my BA- yes it was incredibly challenging, but now that I work full time and have to do so, a master's degree seemed impossible. Ashford was the solution.
I LOVE the online format. At Cal, I was a small to medium at best fish in a huge pond. I battled for time and recognition from my instructors. At Ashford, professors provide individualized attention and really make themselves accessible. Ashford is MORE affordable than my not-for-profit state school, and I am experiencing the same if not more challenging levels of curriculum. (You still gotta do the work!) I highly endorse Ashford and recommend it to all my friends. All online programs are NOT equal.
I have been to several online schools and finally have found my home at Ashford. I am a year away from completing my dual Bachelors degree in English and Communications and could not be happier. Those that are complaining that the course work is not hard enough are more than likely not really reading the material and applying it. Sure, I could hurry through the information, read for only the answer and slap something in a word document. But, with Ashford, and any online institution for that matter, you have to put in the time and make it into something. You do have to participate in discussions and this is something that I think is so good about this rather than a traditional school.
After all, how many people would participate in a discussion in a brick and mortar school? Most people simply sit there and wait for the time that they get to leave.
I find that the teachers are good, though there have been a few that I have not cared for, but this was personal preference.
Overall, I would recommend Ashford, yes there may be a few bumps and bruises along the way, but it is what you make it.
I was able to attend Ashford University by receiving a scholarship through Project Working Mom.
I am currently completing my degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. The coursework, for what I expected from an online school, was surprisingly challenging, and the curriculum is thorough.
Most of the teachers are very helpful and responsive, though I have had a handful that were unreasonably tough, but I assume that would be the case at any college.
I have been able to connect offline with several of my classmates, and I have found their friendship to be an invaluable complement to the degree that will hopefuly land me in the job of my dreams after graduation.
I visited Ashford's campus two years ago to attend a friend's graduation, and it was nice to be able to feel like a real part of an actual institution.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Ashford to someone seeking an online education. Just like a stationary college, it is not for the faint of heart or mind. It isn't a cakewalk. It's real college for real life.