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OK so here it goes because I recently found out Ashford was under investigation supposedly for fraud and overcharging and I wanted to try and decrease your fears of this school.
Many of the articles I read appeared to be put together by authors who really had no idea what they were talking about. Yes I am sure people raked up thousands in loans, but who's fault is that? If you wait four years to sit and take a look at your financial account with the university then yeah you can find very scary numbers. But if you keep informed on your student finances then IF there is an error it can be fixed immediately. So its important to be financially aware of your student accounts. How can you hold the University responsible for your loans? They are Pell participating AND have a SOCAD agreement with the military, I was able to use the Pell Grant for my entire enrollment.
When I first started back in August of 2009, yeah there were people in my class that were horrible writers and made no more sense then a 7th grader. I thought do people really write like this? Then I realized yeah, I've seen it in person at work. But as my courses progressed from the 100-200 series to the 300, 400 and 500 series they became very difficult! Much more challenging.
To those who say traditional college is harder because of the papers. Trust me I have been to both and nothing was harder then having to read the exact same books and write the same number of papers. Several classes required 4-8 page papers every week in addition to a 14 page paper at the end. The only difference is that traditional college you have 16 weeks to write the paper, Ashford you have 5.
Another criticism I've read about is the "high" drop out rate. What online college doesn't have a "high" drop out rate. They have a high drop out rate because of the misconceptions of online school. In order to succeed you have to be able to turn that tv off, turn your ringer off avoid the temptation of all the better things you could be doing instead of homework. I enjoyed not having to go to lectures anymore, simply because there is always that one student who asks the most simple and stupid questions thus wasting your time. There is no worries about that here.
I loved being able to do my coursework on my own time. For me most of it was in the middle of the night or early morning before my kids woke up. I didn't have to pay for daycare, which was great.
Another great point is that classes are continuosly starting. I really just wanted to keep going to school nonstop because I knew if I had a break I may not go back. Well in January this year I had major foot surgery. A week after my surgery I sat in bed doing my homework. I was able to withdraw from my class that was in week two and was able to restart it when I felt well enough to do it. I didn't have to wait 4 months like at a traditional college.
Online college is great IF and only if you make the decision and are dedicated! It is not a cake walk, it is very challenging. I remember losing all my work from my computer crashing just days before a final paper was due. I pulled the all nighters doing research. You just need to be motivated.
I graduated with a BA in psychology, recieved Distinguished Honors and will be starting a new career next month not as entry level but as senior level HR management. So trust me I've done University of Pheonix where credits are non-transferrable, I will never regret attending Ashford. I was responsible for my education and had to push myself, but I persevered just like you can.
I received my BA for Ashford Jan 2011. This is definetly not a school to underestimate or take lightly--if you do you will get a C (if you are lucky). The instructors usually directed all questions to their TA, which was good since the TA were the ones grading most of the work. Do not attempt any classes at Ashford if you do not have the time because your grades will reflect.
Been at Ashford for a year now and all I have had was problems. The coursework sucks and no instructors want to help. I have had to get help form a site called www.aceyourcollegeclasses.com They are an excellent way to get good grades and make some money helping others that are having a hard time. I do reccommend aceyourcollegeclasses.com to all College students. As for ashford STAY AWAY FROM THEM!!
I calmly sat here and read quite a few of these reviews and their were of course varying remarks....I am currently completing my third master degree program at Ashford and have no real complaints about the quality of education provided.....Sure there are costs associated with it but you will find that with any for-profit (proprietary) schools...
As for the complaints about the professors their feedback and grading methods are based on a rubric and I feel that the majority of them follow them fairly precisely...Events and trends have taken place in the evolution of education and some of them created a different form of student/professor relationship ideology...If one was to actually critique the review posts they would more than likely find that those who complain about the workload and the responses of professors unacceptable are probably in an age category of 18-30...They become disgruntled because they have that expectation that things in life are to be made easily....
However, things worth anything in life will always take time and dedication....It truly isn't the school that determines your outcomes but your own precept of your self-worth...If you value an education and are determined to better yourself through one then you will apply yourself and help others to educate yourself....No college or university be they public or private or for-profit or non-profit will give you everything you need...So it is on you to get that extra from what there is available....Develop yourself and don't expect others to do it for you.
You know I read these reviews and they appear to be written by 2 year old children who don't understand the educational process. Education is expensive. You cannot simply enroll, start class, and then decide this isn't for you then drop out and expect a refund. Ashford is a "FOR PROFIT" school and they make no bones about it. They tell you that going in so get over yourselves.
I have been attending Ashford for over a year and I am due to graduate in 3 weeks. When I graduate with my BA my degree will carry the same weight as a degree from Texas, UF, etc. The only difference is I obtained mine from a school that told me upfront that they are in it for the money. UT, UF, Alabama are in it for the money too but they go about raising money totally different. Those football stadiums cost big bucks!
My educational experience at Ashford has been a dream. I will graduate with honors and a 3.95 GPA. It has taken HARD work to get here and I have had some excellent professors and some not so great professors. With any school you take the good with the bad. I will probably continue on with a Masters program at Ashford in the future. The financial side of it has been a breeze and that mainly decided by who get as an FA. I have been lucky to have mine for my entire enrollment.
If you are independent and can put your nose to the grindstone then Ashford is for you. It takes an adult to succeed at Ashford not a sniveling little jerk. Ashford is an excellent school for hard working grownups.
I've been attending Ashford University for almost two years now and at the tail end of my B.A. program in Homeland Security/Emergency Management. All I have to say is that this school is absolutely great!
I've attended three other online programs, and by far this is the most well organized, user friendly school I've had the pleasure to be a part of. Teachers are fair, dedicated, and surprisingly you actually learn stuff here. I personally rate Ashford an 8 out of 10 due to the minor conflicts I've had with the Customer support department. Happy Hunting. Cheers!!
I am in my Bachelors program at Ashford after completing an Associates with honors, there as well. I have nothing but good things to say. If you do the work and read the text, you can get the education you need. I have always been able to communicate with anyone I need to at Ashford within 24 hours, excluding weekends. I found everyone courteous and helpful.
I had a family emergency and I needed a little time off. They let me have 30 days off with no penalty, and I was in week 2 or three of a course at that time.
I have had honors all the way through. It is achievable if the work is done and you are diligent. I have never had a problem with any of the staff, except one professor- but every school has them-
However you look at it, all schools and even non-profit organizations need profits - about 10% over their prior year's earnings, to be precise. They teach you that in business schools everywhere. So whenever you read somebody saying "All they care about is your money..." you are reading the emotional rantings of a disgruntled person - not a rational review of an educational institution. I went to a brick-and-mortar campus in the mid-70's. They didn't care any more or any less about my degree than Ashford does. This is because it is not their job to care about your educational career. That's your job. It's their job to process payments and answer questions. I loved the Ashford experience because I'm a working adult who needed to formalize my years of experience with a graduate degree. I put a lot into my education, and feel I got a lot out of it for my time, trouble, and money. My advisors did a great job, in my opinion, and I did my best to partner with them rather than expect them to "serve" me. I did a great deal of research before choosing Ashford and took responsibility for getting all the facts I needed to make my choice. I have no regrets and believe my education (MBA/IS) will help me advance to the next level in my career.
It does seem that the people who view this college negatively, and the supposed 'former enrollment advisor' - they're full of it. Ashford is a great place. Not all of the professors are wonderful, but some of them are, and some of them are passionate about what they are teaching.If you don't do your part, you won't get anything out of it. All colleges consider texts an out-of-pocket expense.
Getting in touch with your advisors can sometimes be challenging, but it's best to attempt to get ahold of ANYONE while they are in the office, instead of leaving voicemails. These people are busy, just like you are, so take that into consideration. In college, you are a face among many, and unless you work hard on your studies, and work hard to make yourself heard, no one will hear you, or care.
The financial aid works, you get your money after the 7th and 14th week of classes. All of the people from ashford have been extremely helpful in all aspects of getting me into their program, and helping me get my traditional college credits transferred.
Remember, not everyone is perfect, and not everyone is good at what they do. Maybe those who have complained merely ran into people who were just learning how to do their job, or they just weren't good at it.
I find most of the coursework easy, but I was attending a private university and they set the bar pretty high. I think a majority of the professors are too lax on due dates, because i work hard to get my assignments in on time whereas someone else may not, but we end up with the same grade.
Ashford is a great place if you have the motivation and the self-discipline to learn something on your computer.
I have nothing but good things to say about this school. The enrollment advisor I had was awesome. My student advisor keeps me up to date on things and responds to my emails in a timely manner. I have had NO issues with finanical aid at all. And um, THIS IS COLLEGE, it's going to be challenging!
I actually was concerned I was not being challenged enough but one of my TA's help me see it from a different perspective.
I had been out of high school for over 15 years before enrolling at Ashford. I am just finishing up my fifth course.
Some professors are more interactive than others but they are not there to hold our hands, they are there to guide us.
I would HIGHLY recommend Ashford University!