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I have been attending Ashford since March 2006, I will be graduating in April 2010. The only problem that has occured was when the Student Portal was being redone, and my future classes were not shown. I emailed my academic advisor and she was able to give me my future classes.
I have had professors that took forever to get back to me, and professors that got back to me immediately. If you think that sort of thing doesn't happen at every College than you should rethink the online courses.
I know everyone may have a different view based upon their own experience--but my experience at Ashford has been great. From the enrollment process, the financial aid, and the actual classes, I have no complaint. I am two classes away from a Master's in Organizational Management, and the academic experience has been great--but then you reap what you sow!
As far as I'm concerned, Ashford is a great value. Is it Ivy League? No, but it doesn't pretend to be. Does it offer an alternative for those of us who need some flexibility in class schedules while still doing a substantial amount of work--yes! I would recommend Ashford, and have. Four friends from work are also attending Ashford online.
I have read the negative posts for quite some time now and finally have something to say. I will be completing my MBA this month (6/09) from Ashford University and have had nothing but a positive experience for the past 18 months. For those of you who need your hands held, go to a traditional school. For the adults seeking a great education from an accredited university, Ashford is it. The teachers have been excellent, and the classes have been challenging, yet rewarding.
If you can't manage time well, or need someone to babysit you, a brick-and-mortar school is for you. I have read all the negative posts from sissys who can't handle the work load, or are looking for an easy degree with minimal effort. Go somewhere else, no-one cares, whine until someone gives you a degree instead of earning one on your own.
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.