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I am very glad to have had the wonderful opportunity to graduate from Ashworth College. The courses were relevant and very well presented. I first chose this school because of its attractive pricing, but the solid level of education was well worth the endeavor. My studies at this school clearly prepared me for the rigors of graduate work. For courses that were more challenging, Ashworth had mentors who you could call to help with more difficult concepts. I feel that this school believes in the progress of its students and has the intent of giving the learner the most up to date, and most practical course of study. Truly a school that I would recommend.
So I read reviews before I enrolled in this school. Some were good. Some were bad. Some were awful enough to make me wonder if I should rethink my decision. I started my classes on the 6th of this month (December). It is now the 14th and I am pretty much done with two of my classes. I have two assignments left to turn in for both classes. I actually could have already been done with the assignments, but I have a newborn so I decided to take a break from doing school work for a second just to clear my head. At first I thought to myself, "This is way too easy... what's the catch??" But as a former student of Georgia State University and Atlanta Technical College, it's really not much different. The thing that makes a brick and mortar school harder is that you actually have to get up everyday and physically attend class. It takes longer because there is someone in the front of the class that gets paid to literally lecture to you and so they pretty much waste your time telling you things that you could read about on your own time. I actually enjoy working at my own pace. Truth be told, these online classes actually have more exams than I had for any of the classes I took at the University. The reading material isn't much different. I read people's reviews about the textbooks, but the textbook that I received in the mail today looked just like the textbooks I got from any of the other schools. People complained that the textbooks were written specifically for Ashworth College, but Georgia State's textbooks were written specifically for them too... and written by their professors. NO DIFFERENCE. As long as you get the information you're supposed to get, it shouldn't matter. I also love how AFFORDABLE it is. I am a military wife so I was able to use MyCAA for my associates program, which means I'm not paying anything out of pocket at all. I love that their textbooks are included in the tuition price because MyCAA doesn't cover textbooks. So far I haven't had any issues with communication. Whenever I have a question, my enrollment representative is more than happy to respond to me in a timely manner. I'm overseas so this completely works for me. I knocked out a whole semester worth of classes through transfer credits and will more than likely be pursuing my bachelors degree through Ashworth as well. I haven't taken any finals yet so not really sure how that process works. One could easily finish all 4 semesters of the associates program in 4 months or a lot less if you really just take the time to sit down and do the assignments. I could've easily finished a semester in a week at the rate that I was going had I not taken a break.
Having three years of direct experience in Healthcare I wanted to further my career as well as my knowledge by going back to school. I was a bit skeptical at first with the thought of going to an online school especially with several colleges out in the market offering diploma mills. After further research and enough positive reviews, I decided to give it a shot. Ashworth is not a Regionally Accredited Institution, it is however Nationally Accredited through the DEAC which is further recognize by the U.S department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. Despite what other's might think, Ashworth is a reputable organization. The application process was a bit tenuous, I had prior college credits from a traditional brick and mortar university that transferred to Ashworth. However it did take several weeks for Ashworth to evaluate my transcript in order to transfer some of the credits and remove some of the classes that I have already passed. Everything was smooth sailing from there. In conclusion, Ashworth is a pretty good school. It is affordable and convenient for busy adults. I would say that some of the material is out of date. Coming from a Healthcare background while I did learn a lot of new concepts,protocols, and healthcare statistics; Ashworth has a bit of polishing up to do with some of their curriculum. At the end of the day, student's will get in, what they put out. If you are motivated enough to reach a certain goal, no circumstance will impede you from attaining it. All in all, While I did enjoy my time at Ashworth, my next goal is continue my education at an RA school, this is purely out of preference and not to say that one is better than the other.
Steer clear of Ashworth College. The President/CEO of the school doesn't even have his doctorate or Ph.D. The "tutors" aren't actually educators at all. The tuition is cheap because your getting a cheap education. Outdated textbooks, easy quizzes, and no contact with your professor (class act, right?). You know what I found interesting - it seems that the schools marketing department spends a lot of time on this website reading these posts. I doubt state universities are paying their employees to do the same - they're probably investing that money in hiring staff to really educate their students! Go elsewhere
I'm a current student but felt the need to inform potential students about this college. Please keep looking. This college is saturated with poor service, rude costumer services, has ignored 90% of my emails, and it's been 6 weeks and am still waiting. My emails have been ignored over several issues. When I call, I am given the run around. I called once more about the issues of my books and the person in the phone yelled at me, saying I was interrupting her. I work in customer service-I didn't do that. When I tried to say, that isn't true and explain, she yelled at me again. For the rest of the call I had to ask permission to speak. This is COMPLETELY unprofessional and, honestly, hateful. Please take your business to a place that actually gives a crap. Clearly, it isn't this place.
I attended Ashworth for one semester. The $900 tuition for five classes and free textbooks appealed to me. I decided to give it a shot and see what it was like. Well, I know understand the saying, "You get what you pay for." I never once heard from or spoke with my professor. I received one to two sentence responses on graded work. The textbooks are outdated and several of them looked more like magazines then academic books. Though they're nationally accredited, I've discovered that regionally accredited schools won't accept anything and I'm learning that many nationally accredited schools won't transfer Ashworth credits. This school is certainly one of a kind - and not in a good way. If your simply looking for a piece of paper from an "accredited" school, then Ashworth might be for you. If you actually want to be intellectually challenged or seek coursework with substance and rigor, you will not find it at Ashworth.
The school is great, and the people who I have talked to over the phone have been polite and ready to solve any concerns. Like with any organization you have to learn patients when it comes to calling the school. Even though my questions and concerns were handled in a timely manner. I completed my Associate of Science Degree in Early Child Hood Education and this year 2016 my Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Child Hood Education. Starting Jan. 2017 will start my Master in Healthcare Administration. I recommend this school regardless of what other negative people may say. This is a great school. Thank you Ashworth College.
I just graduate from Ashworth College. This is a good college even though it is nationally accreditation. There are schools accept Ashworth College credits that is regionally accreditation are Liberty University, Southwestern College Professional Studies, Western Governor University, American Military University, West International University, Trident University International. If you are using term schedule, which mean your tuition is paid by your company tuition fund or military tuition assistance. The classes are self pace if you are paying tuition out of pocket for you can take your time to complete the courses. You can only have two courses open at a time in your student portal. Once you are finished your course, just sent a request in the student portal to open your next course. There are no interaction with other students such as group projects or group discussion board for self pace enrollment. All books are included with tuition, the books are mail to your address. Ashworth College do not accept FAFSA. If you are going to get your bachelor, I highly recommend you to get the Associate Degree first because you can have Associate, 4th semester free if you are paid in full, and the courses are the same as the first to fourth semesters. The semester exam you will need a proctor, it can be anyone other than relatives, family, and friends. When you take the semester exam pass the exams on the first or second time, you only have two chances, if you don't you will be place on academic review. I hope this help.
To make a long story short, this was a waste of time and money. Since I graduated from this basic college, I have yet to find an employer that take this diploma that I paid for serious. On top of all that I called them to get a transcript because I'm joining the sheriff department and they have the nerve to charge me to get this nonsense transcript. Really? I do better saying you'll don't exist. I just want to add that I did receive degrees from real schools after finishing at Ashworth College and it does make a big difference. I now hold a MSW and can use it in all the states I have move to.
~ THE REAL DEAL ABOUT ASHWORTH COLLEGE ~ Alright people, here is my experience and the real breakdown of Ashworth College. First, Ashworth College is in fact an accredited school, if you have doubts, go to the U.S. Department of Education website, click on the accreditation search and type in Ashworth College. Rest assure, they are in fact accredited. HOWEVER, they are a nationally accredited school - not regionally accredited. For those who don't know, regionally accredited schools are considered the "gold standard" in academia. These schools include Harvard, University of Alabama, Stanford, Florida State University...get the idea? There are two problems, that I found, which come from attending a nationally accredited school, such as Ashworth College. One, its very difficult finding a regionally accredited school that will recognize and transfer over credits from a NA school. THERE ARE schools out there that will accept NA credits though, its just a matter of reading the schools transfer policies and then sending them your transcript to see if they'll accept them. Don't be disappointed if 9 out of the 10 schools you contact don't accept them, but don't give up searching. The second problem is in regards to licensing. If a career your pursuing requires some kind of state licensing, such as being a teacher - your going to be out of luck, as the majority of state licensing requires that degrees be from regionally accredited schools. ABOUT ASHWORTH - my experience with Ashworth was so-so. I quickly learned that the "tutors" weren't actually tutors. If you have a question about math, you'll likely end up speaking with the same person who "tutored" you with your last science question. They're not tutors. The person you speak with over the phone is most likely not competent in the particular area your inquiring about. Additionally, these "tutors" often seemed bothered whenever I called them. It seemed like I was inconveniencing them by calling and asking for help. They are very low class, low quality people. If your looking for a strong support network and good academic advisors - you won't find it at Ashworth. WHAT I DID - so I enrolled in the Criminal Justice program and wanted to "test the waters." I planned on obtaining an associates degree. During my studies, I was researching tons and tons of schools, reading transfer policies and trying to find a RA school that would allow me to transfer over my RA credits from Ashworth. My planned ultimately worked. I took advantage of Ashworth College's cheap tuition and self-paced courses. I worked daily on my assignments and completed a lot of classes over a one year period. I found a regionally accredited school in IOWA, that accepted every single one of my credits. I ultimately transferred over 90 credits to this institution, leaving me with 10 classes to finish until earning a bachelors degree from a regionally accredited school!! So essentially, I took advantage of Ashworth - not vice versa. In short - you need to do your homework. If you have a plan, figure out exactly what's required in order for you to accomplish your goal. Ashworth will allow you to earn a degree from an accredited school, but if you plan on transferring your credits you need to do your homework and find a school that will accept their credits. Last, don't expect quality service from the people at Ashworth, as the saying goes, "you get what you pay." I hope this helps. Good luck!