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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.
Ashford is an excellent school. I am currently working on my MBA and have found the courses to be challenging and mind exploring. I would reccommend anyone to obtain a degree in the MBA program. The classes are not easy for sure, but what do you expect from a Masters program? Also, Ashford is a stickler on maintaing GPA so be ready to do some work!
I have been attending Ashford for over 2 years now. I also don't know what people are complaining about. I remember the first day I walked onto a regular brick and mortar campus; nobody was there to guide me through the enrollment process or financial aid. I ended up taking classes that just sounded interesting. Nobody checked to make sure I was in class, and if I dropped after a certain amount of time, I still had to pay for the class. In order to talk to someone about my goals, I had to stand in a very long line just to talk to someone who handed me a bunch of papers and wished me luck.
The experience at Ashford is so different. They made my enrollment so easy and guided me through financial aid. They talked to me about my goals and recommended the degree programs that would bring me closest to those goals. They requested my transcripts and applied courses to my elective pool that I did not even think would transfer in. They also built my schedule for me to prevent the chance of me taking unecessary courses, and are happy to work with me when I want to move courses around in my schedule (I keep putting off a statistics course I have to take for my major/minor). Essentially, they are actually providing customer service, which is not typical at brick and mortar schools.
I have also changed my degree program three times, and it took one phone call and about five minutes of my time to complete these changes. I love the way the program is set up; I had given up the idea of going back to school since all of my time was already spent on being a single mother and working full-time.
Again, I don't know why people complain so much. It's as if they expect everything to be handed to them, which Ashford pretty much does any way. I challenge those who are unhappy to try a semester at a campus somewhere--they won't even know what to do with themselves and will certainly realize that they actually had it good after all. And if your biggest complaint has to do with a financial aid check, then you are probably going to school for the wrong reason.
I don't understand the negative reviews Ashford has received. I have been attending for a little over a year now and am very happy. I found it very easy to enroll - I got lots of help obtaining all of the required documentation by my enrollment advisor - she couldn't have been more helpful! I find the courses challenging - you certainly do not get handed a grade at the end of the course - you have to work for it! This is not a diploma mill by any stretch of the imagination.
Probably the only thing I find disappointing is that the classes are set up so much the same each time as far as the class format. I would like to see a little more variation - I don't think writinig papers and more papers is the only way to find out if someone is learning. The only other thing that is even slightly negative is that Ashford is slightly on the expensive side but not any more than the University of Phoenix which has a similar type of program. I will be continuing on at Ashford to get my master's degree.
I'm a current student of Ashford and just began my 3rd year toward my Bachelors Degree online.
While I appreciate the ease in taking courses and working on my degree from home I am experiencing a flaw of the University that I didn't expect. So far I have had a relatively good experience in classes with my fellow students, but many of the instructors seem to be stuck on a liberal kick instead of staying neutral as they should. Facts speak for themselves and don't need a political slant to make them more true or false.
I recommend this school for its programs and convenience, but I have to give a thumbs down to some of the teachers and text required for courses.