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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.
I graduated from Ashford University with two Bachelors. One in Psychology, and one in Criminal and Social Justice. If you want a school you will be able to coast through, Ashford is not it. At Ashford University, the Professors expect you to show that you have absorbed the lessons. You write papers almost every week. Take tests almost every week. And participate in discussion forums. The classes are intense, with knowledgeable professors.
Each class is five weeks long. I have to say it was a lot of work, but completely doable, and I have two children, work full time, and have a husband with cancer. If you are willing to put forth the effort, then Ashford is a great college to add to your resume!!
I am on my 5th course with Ashford University and I have very few complaints. My courses are challenging and interesting and taught by qualified folks who know their stuff. Financial aid funding happens for me the way it is supposed to, though I have had to wait a few days for a reply to an email or voicemail from my FA advisor a couple of times. My new advisor takes an average of 2 days to get back to me, but I am sure I am sharing him with a zillion other students, so I understand. If you are a high maintenance type, or are just impatient by nature, this will not work for you. I will get into that and more later; for now I want to focus on the goods, which, in my opinion, are the academics.
The texts so far have all been ebooks and of high quality. I like that we don't just cover selected chapters of a text in any given course, as was my experience in the 2 schools I attended prior to Ashford. Ashford texts are custom editions and the entire book is used in a course, and courses are only five weeks long. In addition, there are supplemental readings and multimedia resources that contribute to learning. The online learning platform is user-friendly, and so far I have had no technical issues with it. There have been a couple of site maintenance incidents that did not affect me at all though my instructor was alerted of the situation and gave us an extra day to turn in assignments with no point deductions.
Oh, and speaking of time, we get a 2 week holiday break at the end of the year, and national holidays are observed in the sense that I have been given an extra day to turn in assignments during units containing a national holiday. Aside from that, the five week terms run one right after the other, though you can take a term off if you need to. I did once and there were no academic or financial consequences.
I was never promised anything, and I knew that since I started classes before my financial aid was processed I would have to pay out of pocket for that first course if my financial aid situation didn't work out as planned/hoped. Asking questions always helps! My one beef with on-line colleges in general is that the enrollment crews operate under the presumption that every incoming student will get the aid that everyone hopes for. Still, and just like with every other area of life, you have to do your due diligence and make sure you understand what is going on.
I do not like predatory enrollment practices anymore than anybody else, but I have been lucky in my own experiences in that regard. Still, until I leave this world, I will assume that I and I alone ultimately have my best interests at heart and act accordingly.
As far as Ashford being investigated is concerned, let's not fool ourselves into thinking that this is the first incident of scandal in higher education. Ashford students will only gain from this, since it seems to me that Ashford will only up their game and deliver the goods better than ever to prove their worthiness. I consider myself to be more liberal than anything else, but I, in my old age, have come to the understanding that competition can serve an exalted purpose in the grand scheme of things. Like it or not, higher education is business, and the competition is only getting stiffer. This competition will, hopefully, continue to steer higher education in the direction of being uniformly high in quality and accessible to anyone who is capable of benefitting from it.
Now that the sermon part of my review is complete, back to the actual review: I highly recommend Ashford to anybody serious about earning a degree online, but it should be understood that online does not mean that your computer will do the work for you. There are deadlines to meet same as in any traditional college, and there is nobody to hold your hand. The coursework is writing intensive, and plagiarism is not tolerated.
A lot of ground is covered in five weeks, so you have to be disciplined and motivated to get the work done or risk falling behind, and that is easy to do if you are balancing other commitments such as full-time work, etc…I know, I know, I said the sermon was over. Hey, I just want to be as helpful as possible and drive home the importance of individual responsibility. As with anything else, you will get out of your education what you put into it, and it is my humble opinion that Ashford University is as good a place to do this as any.
In the interest of truth, I will be sure to report on my experiences at Ashford, positive or negative, until I am handed my degree some time in 2013.
I have been attending Ashford University online for one year as a Psychology major. I love this school! I have only good things to say. The courses are five weeks long so alot is crammed in those five weeks, but it certainly beats five or six courses at one time for an entire semister. I enjoy being able to concentrate on one course at a time. There is quite a bit of reading required and most courses require an 8 to 10 page research paper as a final assignment. The classes keep you busy but of course the plus side is you choose the time that you do your work provided you meet all deadlines. I highly recommend Ashford University online!
After attending two other universities in person I opted for Ashford Online. Mostly, this was for the benefit of not being in class all night after work and the fast 5 week courses.
I have found my assignments at Ashford much more challenging than either of the two other universities. They expect knowledge. Every assignment, aside from quizzes, is essay questions. You can't just skip through the book and find what you need. You must read, comprehend, regurgitate what you learned. I have found pride with the succeeding in courses that challenge me. Student services have been great. I have always received prompt responses.
I have had a few instructors that lacked communication skills/promptness. I feel that goes with any school.
This is my tenth class with Ashford and overall I am very satisfied. I would recommend Ashford to anyone who is dedicated to getting their degree and willing to put in the effort to get it done fast, yet thoroughly.
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.