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I am currently enrolled in Ashford University's on-line program for my Bachelor's Degree.
I realize that learning is a personal experience, and what is a satisfying enterprise for one student may be an academic nightmare for another. Fortunately for me, I am one of the former. Ashford University's on-line program allows me to fully integrate my studies with my busy work schedule. I find that Blackboard is easy to navigate and is an excellent venue compared to a real bricks-and-mortar classroom. For one thing, everybody gets to participate. No wall flower is going to hide in the shadows of a musty classroom while overachievers hog the two-hour period with their soliloquies. Speaking of which, the class sessions are not hampered by the time constraints that apply to a real class session. Mind you, the on-line classes operate on real time, with real schedules and real deadlines.
The instructors are very knowledgeable in the subject matter they are teaching. They're not Einsteins, but to that effect I challenge anyone to present a faculty staff composed entirely of geniuses outside of the Ivy League schools or M.I.T. (and perhaps, they, too, have one or two dullards posing as teachers). As far as classmates go, I have interacted with some of the most erudite, perceptive, and mature people in class. That is not to say that we do not have classmates who need some prompting, but I believe that is why they enrolled to begin with - to learn. To focus on the fact that you have les-than smart people in your class is petty and self-serving. This is college - you leave that minutiae back in high school.
When I enrolled I was swamped with phone calls and e-mails from the university staff, who all want to make sure that I am settling in nicely. Compared to my prior experiences with other colleges and universities (where red tape, apathy,and bureaucracy rule), I always have professional, worry-free transactions, whether it's paying my tuition fee or getting in touch with my instructors.
And Ashford University IS nationally accredited. For those who have stated otherwise, I advise that you look it up again.
Finally, I'd like to retort on the apprehension that a diploma is not going to get you a job: neither diploma,degree,nor fraternity pin will get you a job - YOU will get you that job.
My Ashford experience has been excellent. I attended Westminster College in Salt Lake City years ago and has the very same issues with the financial aid department. I made inquiries and checked reviews on several other colleges and university, and nearly everyone of them had similar financial aid issues. The accelerated program has worked very well for me, and I have to say, you must be ready to write and write a great deal. This is not an easy program, but you will be rewarded based upon what you put into the program. Writing, attribution, submittals, posting and following the many rules will provide a student with success. If you are not ready to follow the prescriptive way in which Ashford demands, then you will fail. On the other hand, if you are will to follow the prescriptive directions, do the work, interact through the blackboard forum and DO THE WORK, you will get a degree from an ACCREDITED university. I took extra measures to make sure I made the right choice. Ashford University was the right choice for my undergraduate degree and it is the right choice for my graduate program.
I am a second year student at Ashford, and although I am on the Dean's list, I would not encourage anyone to attend. They have no scholarship programs, so even though I am at abut a 3.8 GPA< it does not benefit me much. When I enrolled the person who enrolled me lied to told me I could get a 4 year degree in 2 years. I was told that this was because Ashford has accelerated learning. After being enrolled, I found out I had been lied to. I have dropped out of 3 classed, one on the advice of my aunt who is a professor and told me the instructor i was unhappy with should not be teaching. I can only say I have had 3 outstanding professors. Some have actually harassed me, which I reported to the University. One of my favorite professors was dropped and told she did not listen to her students, but she was loved by every student in my class. I think that talented instructors are just not want this school wants. And the class I am in now, is using the worst text I have ever read...all of the students are frustrated with it. Instructors do not chose the texts, but the selection of texts is poor. If you plan to attend this school,. be prepared to fight for a good grade, because sometimes the intelligent student may know more than the instrutor. I have had instructors tell me I knew things about the subject they were teaching they did not...go figure. Who is teaching who?
Overall I am pleased with Ashford. The classes are well designed and the five week schedule is great. As to some of the complaints about deadlines, that is the case in all academic and professional environments. Anywhere you go to school, or work you are going to have to meet deadlines, deal with it. The instructors seem knowledgeable and the teaching assistants are very helpful. Your assignments are graded fairly (even if they don't agree on your position) and I have always been given advice and well deserved criticism. If there is something wrong with your assignments, they will tell you what you need to do improve for your next assignment. To me, that sounds pretty fair.
To the points made about not finding a job, I hope that is not true. From the research I have done here in Indiana, all companies I have contacted will accept a degree from Ashford, as well as any regionally accredited institutions.
Also I had no problem what so ever with my enrollment advisor, Jesse. He was very helpful and not at all pushy. He answered all of my questions and told me everything I needed to know up front, even the technology fee (which by the way is a one time fee). Now this talk about having to buy books, what legitimate school do you think you are going to attend without having to buy books. The books are your responsibility, but that would be the case even in a traditional on campus environment, it is all part of your education. Now the negative. Don't waste your time trying to reach your financial advisor. I am on my second one now, and I have yet to receive a return email or phone call. I have sent email after email and left voicemail after voicemail, and have never, not even once, received a response. On the upside, I have never had trouble reaching the financial aid office itself (aside from a few minute hold waiting for a representative). They have been able to provide all the assistance I need and answer all the questions I have had. So I would recommend starting there, don't waste your time with your financial advisor. Now to the Academic Advisor that I have seen a lot of complaints about. I have had mixed experiences with mine. Sometimes I can call and she will answer right away and help me. Other times I leave a message and she gets back to me in a day or two. Then there are other times I have to leave multiple messages for days before I get a response, so it is kind of a guessing game on whether or not you will get an answer at any given time.
All in all, I am pleased with Ashford. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to further their education and attain a degree. There are some negatives, but where are you going to go that there aren't issues. The bottom line is the education and degree you are seeking, and this school is the right place to do that. I hope you make the right decision.
I'm enrolled at Ashford as we speak. I'm finishing the class I'm paying and stopping all my funds from being dispersed to them when I am done. I was rushed into signing up by an academic advisor who didn't even bother to show me how to use the blackboard until my class had already started. Getting YOUR money, yea right! The checks, when they do come, come from Ashford LLC. Last time I checked, that's not a bank.
So, they are making interest off of every sucker that signs up with their sorry program. I highly reccemend that you look into any other school that will treat you like a human and not a dollar bill, or thousands of dollar bills rather. You are just another number. I am doing well in the school too, so take it from someone who is not just angry because she can't hold her program down, this school is a joke.
Before signing over your life to this college look else where. For starters they give you the run around when you have questions, if questions are answered nobody ever has the same answers. Some of the teachers that they have at this school seem less knowledgeable about the subject they are teaching then you are. And do not think you are going to get any help from them either, they say they will respond if you need them within a certain time, but it never happends.
Half the time the only way you know your doing good or not is when you see your grade. Even though the admissons state to you that its small classes and the teachers will interact more with you then other schools its a bunch of lies, most of the time you never even hear from the teachers. All that may be reading this might think I am only writing this because I failed or what have you, but to assure all of you, I was top in my classes, despite all the negative words I am saying about this school.
I was promised something in the beinging when I signed up and to my surprise nothing was true. The only good experince that I had was the help that Bonnie, my addmissions advisor had given me through out the time I was a student. So again before you sign up look for other options.
I've been a student at Ashford University for, officially, one year now. Initially, I was quite trepidatious about going back to college. Moreover, I was all the more ambivalent about an online university. So, with great care I researched Ashford. At one point I became afraid (due to some of the overly critical reviews on this very site).
In my opinion all of the explicitly hostile reviews are unwarranted. Deciding to attend Ashford was one of the best decisions I've ever made for my life and career. In addition to the subject matter in which I'm studying I've also learned a great deal of self discipline, motivation, and research/study skills (part and parcel to my major of course).
First of all one person (N. I believe)stated that Ashford did not require transcripts from other universities. That is a blatant lie. I attended two universities, prior to Ashford, and that was the first thing the enrollment advisor said that I would need. It took them a little while to transfer my credits in; however, they were required (as well as a highschool diploma).
Others have stated that the school is overprice and that they had to pay for their books. Well, that was not my experience. I only wish that I had done this sooner than later. Ashford has been the most cost efficient university I've ever attended. Moreover, every student has to pay for books (that is why you get residual money from your financial aid disbursements. Stop using it to go shopping and buy your books). If you want a tip buy books from online merchants at Amazon.com. I've saved hundreds of dollars on college literature just by putting in the effort to search.
Furthermore, Ashford--like all schools--is about having discipline and work ethic. You get in what you put out. Since attending Ashford University I've made the Dean's list three times and I'm going to recieve my BA in November.
If you don't do your work and don't make the effort to get in contact with your professors then it is up to you to contact your counselor and enrollment advisor and they'll nip it in the bud. However, unlike some of you, all of my professors have been nothing but professional and courteous. I've not had any of the nightmare horror stories. Sure, Blackboard did go down sometimes but that is every school that utilizes online learning. It happens. They understand that it does.
My initial ambivalence about online learning was unwarranted. As I said before I'm glad that I attended the school. As an adult learning this was the best, and only, option for me.
I highly recommend this for the student who is willing to put in the term and effort to treat themselves to a wonderful education. If you are making bad grades some of the onus goes on YOU.
I just finished my Bachelors at Ashford and although it wasn't easy, I did it. Ashford demands a lot of papers, in fact an 8-10 page paper every 5 weeks and this can be challenging.
You will have to manage your time very carefully because these professors stick to the APA style format to the letter, no exceptions. They are hard but fair and I learned so much. I am now enrolled for my Masters and enjoying my first class. Once again, it is proving to be quite challenging but I'm up for it.
I have had a very bad exspierence with Ashford. I believe this school is a scam. Pushy advisors thats for sure. I should of ran the first day I signed up. I was told that my fee would be waived and they ended up charging my debit card. I told my advisor that I had $2.00 in my account and could not afford any charges at the time. She assured me that everything would be okay and I would not be charged. 2 days later I got a letter in the mail from my bank stating that I was overdrafted. I contacted my student advisor and she told it was a mistake and that there was another student that attended classes with my same name. The school did returned the money to my account but did not cover the fees my bank charged me. My advisor knew from the start that I am a single mother and had no job and was doing what I could to survive.
I did continue classes and really regret it now. I want out and not sure what steps to take. I failed my last class and contacted my advisor through email because I could not reach her on the phone. She finally reschedules my class but that has done me no good. I can not post my work in the discussion group every group says access denied. I am now a week behind and I can not reach anyone. I have sent several emails and made several calls. I stayed on the phone for over a hour waiting for tech support and no one ever came to the phone.
Far as I am concern the school is out for money and once they get it they set you up for failure. I still have not recieved a check and I been in the classes now over 90 days. Books are exspensive and you have to pay for them out of pocket. With me having no income I had to beg borrow and plead my family and promised them when I got the money that was owed back to me I would pay them back. Thanks Ashford for kicking me!
Ashford University has been a wonderful experience for me. All in all the folks are very helpful in all respects. Classes are engerizing and cohort of students are great. I can hardly wait to go to Clinton Iowa to attend graduation and meet many of the people I've interacted with during my classes as well as instructors and actually seeing the campus. After earning my BA degree I intend to continue at Ashford for my master's. By the way, their corporate offices are in San Diego not Los Angeles!