Ashford University Reviews
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I have to say that I can see why some people are complaining. At Ashford University, you actually have to work and apply critical thinking skills in class in order to pass it.
I see so many people who cut and paste their answers from the books and put it on the discussion boards and then I see them in a different class and they are going on about how they failed the other class but do not understand why, only to cut and paste again.
I will say that it appears they will take anyone that applies. I have seen more people who can't speak any English and/or it is so broken, they are using 3 word sentences and wonder why they fail. If you don't speak English fluently, do NOT apply.
Some instructors grade harder than others. I do have to say that is incredibly frustrating to have such a low amount of students that actually put thought into their responses and/or actually give a crap about the subject at hand to make an honest effort. If you are intelligent, hard working and can actually speak and write English FLUENTLY please apply!! I need someone to write to on the discussion boards that is smarter than my 5 year old niece!
I have to say that it does suck to have to respond to the copy and paste group when I have actually put thought in it.
If you are a copy & paster, do NOT apply. They WILL fail you.
Ashford University is a good program. The value of the degree is one of the highlights. I needed a program with flexibility, cost value, and innovative. I brought a lot of college credits when I attended the state university 15 years ago.
Ashford U. accepted most of those credits: another positive. I realize I wasn't applying for Harvard and I intelligently realize that there is no perfect school and anyone at anytime could find things to complain about.
There is no perfect school...just the right school for you. I wanted a school that still was traditional yet had an online option and Ashford University: matched that perfect. It is a good program for a working professional like me. I would highly recommend this school.
Well, of the last 7 school days, I have only been able to access the student portal TWO days. As a student, you have deadlines for your assignments. It is very frustrating to complete the assignment but not be able to post it because the site is down.
The tech group can only "reset" your password and the "Portal" is owned by a third party. I can't tell you the hours that I have spent trying to be able to access the portal. It doesn't affect all students, it is completely random but seems to be pretty rampant the last week. I am very pleased with the teachers, advisors and ciriculum, but the tech peice is making me consider transferring to another University.
I recently completed my Bachelors in Organizational Management and am very pleased with Ashford. I found the general education classes to be interesting, informative, and well taught. Initially I signed up for Student loans, and the process was relatively painless as long as you have yourself in order.
After a year or so, I switched over to a cash-paying student, and found the online portal to be very easy to work with. Paying for books and classes was as easy as paying for anything else online. The preparation and delivery of my 1098T forms was flawless, helping me get my tuition writeoffs as well.
I should be receiving my diploma in the mail shortly, and I will display it proudly, because I know how much work went into obtaining it.
I am one class away from graduating with my BA in Organizational Management. I've also been a student for 20 years at San Jose State, Texas State, and UT of Austin. I am more than extremely pleased with my experience. Most seem to have trouble with finances. This should not affect one's view of the quality of education. It is a different topic.
I attended several colleges and universities before Ashford. The curriculum is serious. The reading volume is second to only one of the other 9 programs I've attended (I move a lot!) A lot of writing is also required. Because you have to explain the core content of the reading (or additional assigned resources), you really have to learn it well. Remember the old adage, "If you can explain it to me, then you know it."? It's true!
I am currently at Ashford (the online one, not the school in Iowa) and will be "graduating" sometime this year. I have been attending for awhile and ever since I started I have felt that if this is what "higher education" is, its no wonder the youth of america and its education is in such piss poor shape.
I am not putting alot into this and am getting good grades. I've been on the deans list, and I am really not putting much into this. My wife is pissed because she went to a "real" college and what she sees of what I am doing is not difficult enough.
Just to give you an idea of most of the classes... Dicussion Forums aka interaction with the other students - (2) responses in a paragraph or two format, then respond to two other students. That is weekly.
Quiz - Most classes have 10-20 multiple choice quizes, open book obviously since you are not in a classroom, and you have 24 hours to finish it from the time you start (really.. 24 hours for 10-20 multiple questions). This is also normally weekly.
Assignment - Depending on the class, sometimes you have to turn in an assignment every week, others its only two assignments per class. The length of the "final" assignment is 8-10 pages, doublespaced, 12cpi, 1.5"margin on the left side 1" on the right... In otherwords, not much info.
Thats it! That is a class right above there. If I had any motivation I could do *everything* with the exception of responding to other students in a weekend..
So as other people mentioned.. You get out of it what you put in.. I am getting a degree out of it and thats it.
In regards to the teachers, some are useless and let people with extremely bad grammar and they can't seem to read instructions properly pass. Others actually seem to grade with some amount of difficulty. I actually got a C once because the teacher was strict about actually grading me!
I took Ashford University's on-line M.B.A. Project Management courses. Don't do it if you are thinking about it. The program does not cover the PMBoK which is needed for the certification exam. Don't do the program and go out and memorize the PMBoK to take the CAPM exam. Ashford University's Project Management program is a complete waste of time and money.
I saw a few of the reviews that mentioned that other people rated Ashford poorly. Well, even though I cannot comment on other individuals experience, I can only say that I have loved every bit of Ashford University.
From day one, I have not had any problems, and if one occured, it was quickly resolved. The courses weren't difficult...unless you want to count statistic, but that's because I hate dealing with numbers.
The administration, instructors, and classmates were a pleasure to work with every step of the way. Having had several bad experiences dealing with financial aid while attending school at a traditional university, dealing with financial aid with Ashford was a breeze. I would definitely recommend Ashford to those looking to attend school online.
I attended my BA at Upper Iowa and have been in my MBA with and am to graduate in June 2012. College has come easy to me my entire career. Ashford professors expect the best of me. When I slack, they are quick to be on me. My advisor follows up any time I slack on getting into class. Overall, the Masters program is definitely no degree mill. The knowledge I have gained has been tremendous. I am currently a Regional CEO for a national Financial Firm.