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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
I have nothing but positive things to say about Ashford University. I only had one not so good professor, but other than that, it was a very pleasant experience.
I just officially got my degree in the mail today!!! When I called Ashford I was very hesitant, but the guidance counselor assured me that this was the way to go. He was not pushy, but just very reassuring, and really was very knowledgeable, and basically he walked me through the first half of my schooling with Ashford. He was always following up with me to make sure that things were okay. I needed that extra "nudge" to get my butt in gear. I am so happy I did.
It took me 13 months to finish my Bachelor's Degree at Ashford University. I had been out of high school since 1989, finished my second associates degree in 2001, then got married, and had children. All the while I still wanted to get my degree and become a teacher, and now I am one step closer to that dream. I owe it all to that enrollment advisor that helped me make the decision to enroll. I have no regrets at all.
My experience at the start was great. Once you are enrolled the grants and funds you qualified for all of a sudden have quickly vanished. The process to get assistance for grading is worse than any process that you can imagine, or ever want to experience. They will put collections on you faster that you can say help!
I am not sure why people give bad reviews. I started Ashford in June of 06 and am finishing up my BA with a minor in Social & Criminal. Prior to coming to Ashford, I tried a different online school. After the first two classes, I knew that school would not work and I transferred to Ashford.
Everyone is age appropriate and goal oriented. Being an adult with life experience, I felt as if I were in school with teenagers at the other online University. I was wondering how half of the people even got accepted. Here at Ashford, the maturity is evident and I am enjoying communicating with others on the same level.
I would tell anyone to get an education at Ashford. Yes, it takes work, but I would rather work and learn over skating through without knowledge.
I cant say enough good things about Ashford, I have obtained 24 credits towards my Bachelors In Criminal Justice and the program flows...You know exactly where you are in your coursework at all times, no guessing involved, saves a lot of headaches. The books are on your dime, but there is always Amazon and Ebay so no worries there. Its been a great experience so far and I cant wait until graduation!
Ashford University is the worst college when it comes to financial aide. I was told I would receive my award letter in January. Here it is in February, and I still haven't received it. I've been calling every 2 weeks, and they keep telling me that it's in processing.
I finally fulfilled my goal of earning my BA at the age of 52! I had dropped out of college after completing 66 units due to life situations at the age of 21. Returning later to a traditional college was out of the question as I had to work full time to support my family.
I started looking at on-line schools and found Ashford U. I liked the self study much more than others, where you're teamed up with fellow students for projects, mainly due to the negative experiences of others who attended certain on-line colleges.
Anyway, I chose Ashford and started attending in March of 2006. I found the staff to be accommodating and the courses well planned. It does take discipline and studying (as with any learning situation)but the rewards are well worth the time and money spent. I graduated on June 30, 2008 with a GPA of 3.93 and was soon rewarded by a promotion at work!
Ashford is not a college where you can "pay the fee, get a B" as someone once scoffed about on-line education, but if you have the discipline and willingness to dedicate yourself to your education, Ashford U. is a great place to do it. My only regret is that I could not continue in the Masters program due to obligations at home and at work.
I am getting ready for my third class in the online Bachelor's Program at Ashford. All of my credits transferred, so I can't complain about that. My enrollment advisor's great, but my financial aid advisor takes a while to respond. But, since I attended a traditional prestigious university for 2 years, I can tell you, it can take longer to get things done.
The grading process is not really biased. I haven't had any problems yet. My wife was about to enroll in another online program (since Ashford doesn't have her field of study), but the books were included in tuition. They were waaaay more expensive than Ashford. Ashford isn't the cheapest school, but it is ok, but has a good reputation. That's basically what counts in the end.
All said and done, it's no devry. You get what you pay for. Do your work, use common sense, and I think you'll do just fine. That's my two cents.