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I am a new student at Ashford University currently seeking my BA in Psychology. Before this, I was a student with Kaplan University (which was a little fast for my taste). When I came to Ashford, my academic advisor, Micheal, was very informative, very helpful, and also showed a general passion for helping to achieve my academic goals.
Unlike Kaplan, my financial aid advisor helped me with all my financial aid documents, and was also very patient with me in getting them turned in. I felt like I belonged there, although I am online! Other than that, I find the classes to be just my speed. the only problem I have is that the books are not included with the financial aid, and without it, they are so darn expensive! I guess that is one of the perks of becoming a college student!
I have attended Ashford for almost a year; my time has been positve and uplifting. It all started with my enrollment advisor Alicia - she is terrific! With all the challenges set forth, I have enjoyed all my classes: instructors and students. The instructor's have been professional and an enormous help; guiding me and informing me of all their expectations. If someone is looking to move forward in their career or planning to take on a new one, I believe you should attend this educational institution. After all my years of experience, I don't believe any business can make all their clients happy, but a good one will make most of them satisfied.
After reading many reviews for online classes, I came to realize that all colleges receive a mixture of reviews, both positive and negative. Those who struggle in class seem to be the ones who scream the loudest about the integrity of the college they are bashing, often referring to the school as a diploma mill.
Let me set the record straight. Whether at a brick and mortar campus or an online classroom, you get out of your educational experience what you put into it. I have been enrolled at Ashford for one year, and will be graduating March of 2010. I currently hold a 3.97 GPA, but I will tell you that this is not a cake walk.
On average, I put in approximately 20 hours per week to maintain this average. When grades are posted, a class average for each assignment is posted so you may gage your accomplishments to that of your peers. Let me tell you that not every classmate does this well. For example, on our latest writing assignment, the class average was 6.16 points out of a possible 10, I scored much higher than the average, but this speaks volumes to my statement of you get out of it what you put into it.
I have found all but one of my classes to be challenging, and the instructors are always posting questions to students Blackboard discussions, pressing them to explore further. Ashford is a quality school, that is accredited. If you are serious about learning, not looking for a free pass, Ashford is an excellent choice.
I am no where near this school and I have had a great experience. I thought the adviser was pushy but really they are trained to be concerned that we choose to further our education. For most of us, if the calls stopped we would not feel the need to try getting in. I admit that I was uncomfortable with all the calls but that began in October 2007 and I am in my last class!
I had no problems and I have gotten feedback from each professor and my classmates outside of the class setting. It is school so when they say work is due on your own time, they mean any time of day, not anytime you feel like it. For example on campus students may have to bring their work to class but online students can turn it in at night in the morning as long as it is before the due. Which is VERY understandable.
Each class rubric was the same which provided me with structure. I know certain things would be due on certain days. The only way you could complain is if you didn't really want to do any work, you failed to seek understanding, or if you just aren't great in school anyway. I stay on my professors if I don't understand something. Same goes for advisors. They can only open the door for you, after that you must be dependent enough to walk in yourself! When I needed a break, they granted them.
As for as paying for books, I got a voucher. Plus I had financial aid so why not use the refund for books since it's not yours anyway? The site has even changed so that you can click a button and check your grades, gpa, schedule, and get any documents copies like proof of enrollment...there is more I could say but I am the type of person who makes my choices work for me, not against me. Good Luck!
I personally love Ashford University. I've been attending since August 2008 and I have nothing but great things to say.
I haven't had any issues with my financial aid or my academic advisor. I've had like 4 financial aid advisors but nothing has held up my funds! Federal law now requires financial aid disbursements to occur twice a semester instead of only once. You receive 30% of your stipend after 7 weeks of class and the other 70% 14 weeks after classes (depending on your semester).
I love the convenience of attending school online. I've attended both traditional universities and one other online school that was great as well. I'm majoring in Social Science with a concentration in Education. The classes, thus far, have been awesome and I've learned so much; I personally feel you are responsible for being proactive when it comes to YOUR education. That being said the work isn't hard, but I've yet to take classes in anything, from any college, that are incomprehensible. You have to have great writing skills if you want to succeed online and in life. Period.
One last thing, this program is great for military vets! None of my courses exceed $750 due to the military discount AND all of books are free every month (5 weeks)!!! I HIGHLY recommend Ashford!
I have been attending Ashford University for about 4 months. So far, I am very happy with the results. All of my advisors get back to you within a week of asking a question. The classes are challenging and you are definatly required to read. It may be a tad bit pricey but what school isn't? I am on my third class and I am looking forward to continuing my education at Ashford.
I enrolled in Ashford and was initially handled by an office in California when the campus is located in Iowa. I inquired, and was told by the advisor that they had out of state offices. After enrollment, I was called by the same advisor, and was told that she was at a brunch and wanted to share that with me. I couldn't help but wonder whether it was because she signed me up and that was one of her bonuses. The same advisor informed me that she was 'considered' staff, and she taught online in the evening. I thought all teachers were considered 'staff' or faculty.
Switching majors, which I was told was simple, became a fiasco. I tried to get a response from anyone for over a week. They finally returned my call and still proceeded to get things confused. Prior to beginning my second class, I was informed that I would be paying a $900.00 technical fee - the first time I heard of this fee. This fee, I was told, was for changes on the web pages. So I was charged over $1000.00 for my first class, and the second class I was to be charged at least $1,900.00 plus.
This was a terrible experience for me, and I am now looking within my home state for education. I believe this whole deal with Ashford has been a rip-off.
I was told during enrollment that credits would transfer and that also I could receive 30 life credits by writing an essay. Around my 3rd class I made several attempts to make contact with an academic advisor regarding life credits. It took her almost 3 months to finally call me back and that was only after I requested from her via email her supervisor's contact information. She informed me that if credits received from another university were over 2 years old, Ashford would not honor them. She also stated that the credits for an essay were 3 and not 30. I am looking forward to the end of my 1st academic year and then I will wash my hands of all their magic tricks.
M. wrote a 'sketchy' review as the first entry. Her points were valid but blown out of proportion and taken out of context.
The enrollment advisors of all online schools are pushy. I had inquired with several before choosing Ashford, and they were all pushy. They are trained to get you before you drop the idea of continuing your education, for many reasons.
The physical campus is located in Clinton Iowa. The Online Administration is in Los Angeles. The enrollment advisor tells you this right away.
The enrollment fee was indeed waived for me, as was the first sessions' book cost. There were no weird things with that. It was charged and then it was taken off. It was originally charged in case I didn't go through with the deal. That is so that they give the offer to students who commit and not anyone who signs up.
My enrollment officer and every single person I have dealt with at Ashford for the last six months of my education has been nothing but encouraging, helpful, and truthful. I have grilled them and asked stupid questions and they don't mind.
Each professor I have had so far has been excellent and well versed in their field of expertise. They've all been willing to answer questions and have been positive and encouraging.
The other classmates have been from all different backgrounds and everyone gets to share their opinions and thoughts. I have never had a petty or 'flaming' experience'or anything that had bad energy whatsoever.
If all this sounds too good, that is exactly what I thought at first ... I kept thinking, "OK when does the other shoe drop?" and so far, 6 classes later, it hasn't.
I love the school and the idea.
What I don't like is the silence and the lack of social interaction and the speed of the classes. There is a good amount of discipline and self direction that is required with a degree online. That isn't Ashford's issue, it's a general issue for any degree online.
Ashford could encourage social interaction some more, but honestly, the majority of the students are doing this in their very small amounts of free time, so there isn't much time for meeting and interacting for many people.
The coursework is reading, writing papers and writing essays to be shared in discussion forums. Some courses have online quizzes. The work is paced and very doable. The assignments are given well in advance, there are no surprises, so you have control of how to pace yourself.
There is an online library, access to tutors and lots of academic guidance.
I was all signed up with another online school and at the last minute they decided to tell me that my financial aid package would require me to pay a huge amount out of my own pocket out side of all aid. I not only didn't have the money, I didn't like the way that was done. Ashford is very up straight about that stuff and there are no surprises.
If you're considering an online program, Ashford University is a smart and valuable deal. I recommend it.
I am a recent graduate from Ashford, and let me tell you my two year journey was fantastic. I transferred 68 credits and completed 52 credits in just under two years to earn my BA in Organizational Management.
The 5-week schedule was perfect for me, and I would recommend it for anyone that wants to be in and out of school with no hassle. Going from one class to another with no break as well as knowing almost immediately what to expect from each class put my mind at ease allowing me to study.
Each class followed the same formula. 2 discussion board posts per week, 1 quiz per week, and a 8-page paper due in week five. If you are one that can follow written instruction you will do fine. I graduated summa cum laude by simply following directions and not trying to bend things to my own personal desires.
The accelerated pace of the classes also meant that getting paperwork done had to be accelerated as well. After phone calls and faxes I was accepted, enrolled, and into my third week of class before my degree audit was completed. To some it may be viewed as pressure tactics, but if you're talking about going back to school, is it not something that you should take seriously and act quickly if the need arises?
Ashford University or any other online school is not meant for an impatient person or an individual who needs someone to hold their hand to complete assignments as well as handling the financial and back office parts. All of my advisors answered me in a timely manner, and despite the problems, it did not stop me from attending class.
I learned a lot from my interaction with the other students and professors at Ashford. I highly recommend Ashford University to anyone thinking of continuing their education. I was so impressed by my time at Ashford I started a blog that will not only detail my time with Ashford but will discuss the finer points of pursuing a degree online. http://distancetips.com