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I am in the middle of my fifth class at Ashford and am having a GREAT time! I was absolutely scared to death to go to school on-line as I am "very old school" however, the advisors and teaching staff have been very helpful and professional. I really like the ability to fit my continuing education into my very busy schedule. Ashford is definately working for me!
Ashford offers a great MBA program online. The enrollment advisors are very helpful, sent very specific instructions with deadlines and clearly stated who was responsible for each item, called me each week to check up on me and to make sure that all my questions were answered. I couldn't have been happier with my experience. I didn't plan to attend Ashford and had just started researching programs and am very happy that I found this one. I love that classes start every Tuesday. It made it easier for me to take a break and go on vacation. The classes are intense and require a lot of work but so far I've been able to apply most of what we've learned to my current job. I'm glad that I found something flexible and set up so that I can complete my MBA fast so that I can move on with my career. Please consider Ashford for your online MBA, it's a great program!
I have been attending Ashford University since July of 2007. I had attended 2 and a half years at other colleges before looking to something online so I could work full time. I did my research on this school and it seemed to meet all of my needs. My enrollment adviser was very professional and answered every question I had. No one was ever pushy toward me and wanted me to feel as though I was making a good decision. I absolutely love AU. I will graduate in December 09 with my BA in Psych. You must be disciplined to attend online classes. All of my instructors have been very helpful when I needed extra help with an assignment. They would respond to my emails in a very timely manner, and if by chance I was going to have a late assignment, they would usually understand and tell me to turn it in as soon as possible. They do not put up with not logging in to your classes. You do get counted absent if not logging in within so many times a week. I have been to 2 different on ground schools and I learn more at Ashford than I ever did at the other colleges. My husband is in the military and once he went active duty they paid for my books. I realized that they would have done this all along had they had my military id. But that is partially my fault. I like how Ashford makes sure you have so many college hours under your belt before they accept you in their accelerated online programs. They want to make sure you have the maturity and determination to complete you classes without someone constantly guiding you along the way. I do not feel that Ashford is all about making money. They certainly haven't acted that way toward me at all. If you are not up to par in your postings, your instructor will ask you to please meet the requirements. Also, in each of the 5 learning blocks your instructor posts weekly guidance that elaborates more on the topics taught that week. The instructors also really know their stuff and are more than qualified when it comes to making sure you learn and understand. I look forward to graduating with my Psych. degree in just a few short months. I would definitely recommend Ashford to anyone looking for a challenge. Many students that I have my classes with are very bright individuals and we learn a lot from one another. Good luck!
I too had a pushy advisor. I was at a point in my life where I was just feeling out my options, then the next thing I knew classes had started. I didn't even have my books yet. I told the advisor I was a a bad time in my life, I just lost my fiance to a drunk driver, and was working 50hrs a week trying to support my two son, needless to say, I failed the class and was supposed to have federal funding, now Ashford is after me to pay for my class. I should have backed out the minute the advisor got pushy with me....
I imagine it is safe to assume that every school is going to have its downfalls as well as its positive aspects. It seems that most schools that are highly acclaimed as having a vast online curriculum seem to have a very pushy emphasis on getting someone enrolled. I thought this of Ashford at first, but once I started talking to other schools, I found out that they were much worse. I do understand that most universities still have to uphold a standard that generates attendance through advertisement. Take sports for instance-right? Initially, I felt Like a savvy car salesman lured me in and I was sort of sucked in with that same kind of tactic. I think what is funny is how some of the other universities, trying to enroll me, asked me drilling questions on what Ashford representatives were telling me that inspired me to choose them. Of course, I am not one for colleges competing with one another in cut-throat attempts; because I feel the importance is about building up smarts.
In addition, with that being said, I do not regret being enrolled in Ashford. I am currently taking online courses through Ashford, and I feel the classes are going quite well. I can not vouch for other online curriculum, but the online criminal justice degree is amazing. Most of the individuals enrolled are already involved in some kind of law enforcement field. They offer their own personal life experiences through discussion; therefore, indicating real life people with real life adventure. The professors also have a substantial resume on hand. Not only did they just merely go out and obtain a degree, but they built it upon their personal experiences. For example, what is more credible? A guy who went out and obtained a masters/doctorate degree in criminal justice and began teaching; or a guy that went out and served as a SWAT team member, local police officer, correctional officer, border patrol, military police, gang task force, drug task force, probation and parole, social work....etc.., then went out and started teaching? This kind of pulls the blue collar aspect into approach. Who is more credible? The guy who has seen that/been there putting their rear-end on the front line; or the individual/professor that only thinks from what he/she sees from his/her window?
Ashford definitely holds this patriotic vision. The person who will achieve the most in the criminal justice field will inevitably succeed having street smarts. The professors at Ashford uphold this high standard by intellectually incorporating this into the subject matter. The only challenge I have for myself is being enrolled as a 3/4 time student. I want to obtain my degree at a faster pace, but do not the unknown, considering I have a full time job. The only downfall that upsets me is the ever-so changing of advisers. Whether it is enrollment, financial, academic, it seems that my advisers are constantly changing throughout the course of the curriculum. I sometimes feel that this is a bond or friendship that has ended. I remember quite well an enrollment adviser actually pulling the weight of other personnel, in answering my questions and concerns when they were absent from the office. Some of the advisers are very proficient to even answering questions of their realm. I was very fortunate to have such an adviser and now he is exempt from my reach. I have failed to ask where he disappeared to. I also enjoy the set up of the student portal system. The degree progress graphs serve as a constant reminder/motivator on how your degree progress is going. I like that feature very much. This feature also enables you to reach your advisers quickly. I also found out how quickly the professors respond to e-mail in time of difficulty. The technicians that help regulate the Blackboard online system answer questions in a timely matter as well. To tell anyone the truth, I'm bought on that feature. I also feel that the professors view students in a compassionate matter, versus some who perhaps view students as a means to compensate their paychecks. One time I made an error in my posting and a professor went out of his way to get me back on track. I never even saw this kind of ethical/moral concern in my previous junior college experience, despite the fact of its small class numbers. I highly recommend this university.
I attended campus classes at Ashford and had a true "mixed-bag" experience. My professors were all very nice people who were knowledgeable about their fields in both academic and professional ways. I had terrible experiences with the financial aid department as well as other areas of the administration....they seemed very unorganized and were rude with me. I feel that I was not given the information that I needed in order to function on campus (ie. parking rules, student i.d. cards, being accused of checking out a book and not returning it when in fact I didn't even have a library card the entire time I was there, etc...)successfully. I feel that the administration is disorganized and unprofessional. I also feel that the course work is not as challenging as it is at other universities. I have $17,000 in student loan debt (have not been able to get a job with my degree yet)and do not feel that it was worth it. I wish that Ashford had offered more by way of career counseling and placement programs, but they didn't. Overall, knowing what I know now, I don't think that I would do it all over again. I think I would have gone to a different school. Sorry, but I wouldn't recommend this school.
I have been attending Ashford since March of 2007, and have had a very good experience until recently. My academic advisor, J. is very very hard to get a hold of, and never ever has any good information for me. Plus, I am trying to take a second course and now they are telling me that I will have to pay for that class aside from my financial aid, so basically with cash. So I am mad and frustrated. I think this school, like like University Of Phoenix, just wants to rip people off to get as much money as they can.
To start off with, I have been attending Ashford for nearly 3 years and almost completed with my BA in Social Sciences w/ concentration in Education. I am also serving in today’s military, USN, and currently have enough time to complete the rest of the program. So, please, keep in mind I will point out the good and the bad for Ashford University.
First to start off with, if you are in the market looking for a college or university that is accredited, this one is. You can verify it by using the government website. Just type in Ashford University in the search and it will pop up as regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Now, there is also a National Accreditation, of course, but employers tend to look for regionally accredited by far.
Alright, enough about accreditation, now the main event. Is Ashford right for you? Depending on your situation, you have to ask yourself a few questions:
-Are you self motivated? -Are you a self learner? -Are the degree plans something that interests you? -Are you financially ready to commit? -When do you feel like you can learn things effectively at a quick pace? -Have you researched enough about the programs on your own? -Is the school flexible with your schedule?
These are the questions I asked myself that were important. Especially, the question about flexibility in regards to my job status. Now, again, I am in the military so time is sometime hard to come by and I needed something that could revolve around my schedule. But I did tons of research, prior to choosing Ashford. I looked at reputation as well, that’s why I didn’t choose UOP for starters (nothing bias). If your job does support a tuition re-imbursement, take advantage of it, especially the military.
For you military folk that are looking don’t just skip Ashford on your list, unless it doesn’t provide for your personal need in regards to a certain degree. Ashford has paid for all my books, accepted a huge majority of my military training (ACE-SMART, AART), there is a waiver for an application fee, and no technology fee.
For those that are not military, please review the costs and understand the financial burdens that come with entering any college. I am sorry I can not give more information in regards to civilian payments, but I hope to ensure you that it is also very competitive with rates. (Don’t pass by APUS/AMU either; the tuition is a strait 250 per credit hour for everyone.)
Transferring college credits was quiet easy too; they accept a lot of credits, up to 99, which I believe for undergraduates, for military helps out a lot. However, you still have to work, to earn the degree which will not be handed to you.
Now, I will point out the bad that I see. With having a degree from a liberal arts college, transferring the credits can be unfair. I had tried to transfer credits that I earned from Ashford to a local university, and they informed me I would have to take a math over again, since it was Applied Mathematics. I would suggest trying a local university for your beginning classes, if possible. I believe they are necessary to having a good base for what to expect once you hit your major courses. (The math set up was very odd, and it was not quiet I expected.) English, I was able to transfer in from Vincennes University, but I actually sat down in the class to study so I had a better understanding what I was messing up in regards to papers.
The beginning two classes are mandatory EXP 101 and PSY 201. They were easy. I am not saying that the class grades will be just handed to you, but as you become more seasoned toward modern day distance learning, the classes will become harder. I actually have learned a lot from these classes, and have come to expect that grading will not be as easy at first. Being patient while persistent to distant learning will be your key to succeeding.
Another bad that I see, is the partnership that Ashford has with Rio Salado College online. The effectiveness to getting a teaching certificate through this program, I believe is not up to par. Arizona is known for having one of the most lenient teacher certifications. So I would suggest if you truly want to become a teacher, do it locally, unless you have no other choice. WGU is the best online teaching colleges, if you want a great university for that. It is accredited not only regionally, but the first online university to have NCATE stamp of approval. This is important to people living in certain states that only allow teachers to teach, if they have been through a school that is NCATE accredited, unfortunately Ashford is not.
Just remember overall, do your research.
I started at Ashford about a year ago, and am getting ready to graduate. If you are Veteran they will give you free books for all of your classes, waive the $900 tech fee, and give you $250 off each class. If Ashford is not offering you this, they are yankin' your chain. It's a decent school if you are just looking to finish a degree, but if you have never been to school, I would recommend a four year traditional college.
Ashford University is regionally accredited. I attended this school for 15 months earning my BA in psychology. I had no problems with the school when I attended. I got in contact with all my professors when I needed to. They were all very helpfull. Everyones experience will be different but I went to both online school and traditional school earning another degree and I love online school. I made a good choice with Ashford. I have sinced applied to 3 different schools for my Masters degree and was accepted to all 3. 2 of them are local schools in NY and the other was online. Go for it and get your own experience. BTW no one paid me or asked me to write this review.