Ashford University Reviews
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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!
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.