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I am working on a second BA degree online with Ashford. When selecting an institution for higher education, one has to ask questions. The responsibility is on the student to do their research and make the selection that is appropriate for their situation.
Ashford does not hide the fact that it is a FOR PROFIT school.
The online courses are some of the toughest that I have ever participated in. The policies and processes are also some of the strictest I have encountered. But they are there for a reason. It is the students responsibility to understand and accept (adhere to) the rules.
Every instructor and TA that I have encountered has been top- notch and knowledgeable in the subject. They communicate effectively, timely and are very helpful. The quality of online instruction makes me want to check out what the on campus instructors are like.
You do get what you pay for. The fact that I am able to continue with my full time jobs, manage my family and attend a school with high standards makes me strive to learn everything that I am able... after all I am paying for this education.
If you research the school and make your decision based on the facts and truth rather than emotional posts by a handful of unhappy individuals. You will find that Ashford will exceed your expectations for an online educational experience.
I had a horrible experience with this university and do not want the same thing that happened to me to happen to someone else. I started with AU because they bragged about being a military friendly school and stated their pride in working with military families. In the beginning they will go out of their way to get you enrolled and then the support and friendliness stop there.
I took several classes and then took a few weeks off due to an uncontrollable health issue. My adviser stated that it was no big deal that I would be placed in the dropped status ad after the few weeks she would change my status. That was in May and I have not heard from her since. She has not returned any of the countless emails or phone calls I have left for her since May. Last week I recieved an email from someone with AU's collection department stating that I owed $900.00 and it had to be paid within 15 days. This was the first correspondance I have had with ANYONE from AU. Apparently, they have some shady billing practices and the GI Bill that my adviser assured me would not be affected had to be refunded and now they are coming after me for the money.
No letter in the mail, no phone call to clear up the confusion, just a hateful email from some jerk hired to do their bidding. Please do yourself and favor and do not enroll here. I have several friends and family that are students and none of them have anything good to say about this university. It is extremely overpriced, they are great until your enrolled and then they will never return your calls.
They say they are military friendly, but they are not looking out for our military personnel. I plan to tell everyone I know and spread the word about the shady practices they exhibit.
I am most of the way through my MBA and I have learned a lot. All my professors have been helpful and fair. However, unlike some of the complainers on here, I do my work and pass it in on time. I do not expect to be given anything. Like with everything else, you get out what you put into it. I highly recommend.
I signed up for my online classes and not only did they make it NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO START, but the cirriculum is a joke. I would NEVER recommend this to anyone. It is awful.
Then they dropped me because I was "out of class" for a certain amount of time, when they were the ones who wouldnt let me continue without some statement about my mothers child support?
I sent it to them about 6 times..literally...and each and every time it either wasnt what they needed or wasnt right..NOTHING was ever right...then when I applied for re-admittance..they denied me and sent me a huge bill. This school is a rip-off.
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!!