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After reviewing several comments, I can say that I had a much more positive experience while attending classes online at Ashford. I graduated with honors on August 28 and will be attending the commencement in October. Almost every aspect of school this time around was amazing and a much greater learning experience than I received while attending East Carolina University from 1986 -88. Now, 29 years later I have completed my education and goals that I started way back then. The classes and instructions were exactly what I wanted with the exception of one class. I believe that in most situations we have the one bad apple in the basket. This learning experience was much more than I ever expected from an online experience. Today, I am a graduate that truly believes that the education and instructions from Ashford are exactly what a person should expect when they pay good money for your education. I will recommend this online experience to any person that wants to work hard to get good grades and can manage the work and still work a full time job and be on call once a month. I did this for the past three years and will graduate with honors, as a Marine veteran, a member of an national honor society and mentor for students at this university. This has been the greatest educational experience in my life. Thanks to the university, the instructors and all the wonderful advisers that I made contact with while attending. Outstanding experience that I can recommend to those seeking a great learning forum. Semper FI,
Ashford University is not an accredited school. I found that out when I tried to obtain a loan to attend the school. No one would touch this school. So my advise is if you want to continue your education go some where else. Because this school is WAY TOO expensive.
When I started at Ashford University as an Education major I was told that I would be able to become licensed in my state with student teaching and state testing after I graduated. This is completely untrue! If I want to become licensed I will have to complete a second Bachelor's degree. Ashford is ambiguous in their wording and my academic advisor assured me that I would be able to accomplish my goals through Ashford multiple times. Be careful if you choose to go to Ashford, they are predatory and will continue calling you and telling you what you want to hear in order to get you to attend school there. The teachers are usually unavailable and most grading is a complete joke. I made a few friends through my program and we all found that even those who would write in "text speech" or put complete non-sense in their papers would still receive a 90 or higher. A friend once wrote "monkeys like bananas because they are yellow" in the middle of an essay to see if the instructor would notice, he did not and then they continued to create even more odd sentences in the papers and nothing was ever said to him. Save your money and learn more somewhere else!
Ashford is very good at financial services likely because they want your attendance and money (especially GI Bill). I had three amazing instructors during my degree. That's it. The rest could care less if you could coherently explain an idea using proper spelling, punctuation or grammar. A lot of content is superficially covered at a quick pace and is repetitive throughout the degree with very little being expounded on. Many of the instructors in the environmental degree were of a "group think" mentality and consider you disruptive if you voice an opinion or share facts contrary to their teaching material (which was heavily slanted). I used Ashford online after several relocations rendered my 100+ credits nearly useless (colleges picking and choosing which of my courses were comparable to theirs). Ashford was great about accepting my previous studies (90%) but in hindsight I understand why. One year into my degree with them it became apparent that attendance and minimal participation were the only requirements for passing. If all you care about is a participation trophy piece of paper, this college is for you. If you care about your education and it's viability in landing you a job, look elsewhere.
While continuing my education with Ashford, it was difficult to get ahold of anyone in any department! I would constantly get a run around with them. Now that I'm trying to attend another college, I am getting same run around with my college transcripts! I would not recommend this college to anyone and please by all means attend anywhere else but here!!!
Ashford University is a great school that has a lot of options. In my opinion, it is very organized and they also challenge you and provide a curriculum that will assist in advancing your career. I rarely had any problems and I do recommend this school.
I just graduated with a Bachelor's in Behavioral Science. When I first started, my graduation date seemed centuries away, but it got here in no time. Time really flies when you're busy. I must admit, when I decided to take online courses, I was a bit skeptical. I'm what some refer to as "old school," so obtaining a legitimate degree while in the comforts of home seemed a bit ridiculous, not to mention a waste of time and money. Luckily, I opened up my mind, realizing this is the wave of the future, and went with it. Whoever thinks online learning is a cake-walk, I beg to differ. I missed out on a lot of social occasions because of academic commitments. Some of the courses were difficult, and some of the instructors were really difficult, but I noticed I learned more from the ones that made you tow the line. I felt like I really earned my grades from the tough instructors; that they didn't just hand out A's willy-nilly. If I had any complaints, it would probably be the continuous changing of academic advisers. It seemed like as soon as I was comfortable with one, he or she would jump ship. Fortunately, every single one of my advisers was extremely helpful. Although I can't speak for everyone, I loved the whole experience. Sadly, I wasn't able to attend commencements, but I just received my diploma, which aside from my children and grandchildren, is the most beautiful thing I have ever held!
Don't waste your money. The school is misleading, the classes are a joke, and you're worse off than when you started. The classes are extremely overpriced and the online courses make you pay for books and materials you don't even use. I have been trying to work with the financial aid office for months to resolve a dispute over a balance on my account and have heard everything from "don't worry about it," to "well if you can't afford it, then you can drop out." The advisors also lie flat out when you start by telling you, you can work ahead in class and have time for your job. They don't tell you that you have to post something weekly regardless of if you've done all the work. They also don't tell you that some classes require you to post multiple days a week just to get credit. The online classroom is terrible since they made their "upgrade." It's a nightmare to navigate and you have to scroll through a massive log to find anything. Seriously, to anyone considering this school, run the other way!
I am a single mother working fulltime. Ashford was able to provide me with the education I lacked to grow within the health care field. I was able to stay at home with my children and receive my education. I did have a few issues with financial aid, but was able to resolve them.
I have just graduated with my Bachelor's Degree from Ashford. I have to say overall I am very pleased with my experience. The work was no joke, especially when it came time for my 300 and 400 level courses. I had some issues with the financial aid department. But quickly realized that when I calmed down, had all my paperwork in front of me and asked for a supervisor I received the information I was looking for. My advisor was not as quick answering me, but she was helpful when I talked to her. The woman that enrolled me into the school was AMAZING, she checked in on me all of the time, with no pressure, just seeing how things were going. When I could not get a hold of my advisor she came through for me. Overall this was a very good experience, and I have just received a promotion at work due to having my degree. I am quite happy!!!!