Ashworth College Reviews
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Save your time and money and do not enroll in this college. They advertise that you can get diplomas in 4 months but their books will forever be in back order and you will be left with nothing but waiting for months. The only time their helpline representatives (the only point of contact of this college) speak to you nicely is while you are enrolling. After that, with any problem you call theyr'e as clueless and helpless as you are. I wasted my time and money, at least you save yours and run away!
Paper grading was quite slow. Tutoring was very busy and did not have enough knowledgeable staff to fill the demand. For my program you could only do one course at a time, so not all courses were open for studying at once. Ashworth would send time consuming courses like math and statistics at the beginning of a semester; however, since you can only do one course at a time until your at least half complete the next course did not get to you for a while. Then when you finally finished all the other classes for a semester (5 total), then you have a final to take and it could be a year or two later from the first courses. So you have to spend months studying up on the first courses again. This is very archaic and not in alignment with how universities work on classes with their students as normally it is 4-5 courses simultaneously. So, you retain the information better and are much more prepared for a smaller time frame of final studying at the end. I would not recommend this online school. It would be much better to pick a normal university that offers the class structures as are normal with today's universities.
Ashworth is a very affordable college, HOWEVER, it took me almost a year to complete my undergraduate certificate in Psychology. Why? Delays in shipments of books, had to change my electives several times because they did not have the books or it was going to take months to get the books. I also had a delay of up to a month in getting my final paper graded. This is not a work at your own pace school, its a work at THEIR pace school. Sorry to say that I am not going to go into their bachelors degree program. It consists of 8 semesters, it would probably take me 8 YEARS to get my degree at the pace this school moves.
The instructors take forever to get back to you and if you have to call in, the people that answer the phone are obnoxious. Education aside, this is one school that could use a major overhaul when it comes to customer service. The only time anyone has been nice to me when I have called in was when I was enrolling. I would spend my money elsewhere if I knew then what I know now.
I would not recommend this school to anyone. I do not know if this is even legit. Their websit is not current, as far as testimonials / graduation success / graduation ceremony dates for current year, scholarship availability. The most annoying part of dealing with this school has to be their rude / ghetto/ unprofessional staff who answer their phones day in and day out. Don't ever try to get study assistance, as they do not assist you in anyway, I was once told when enquiring about something I was studying, that "That's what your text book is for, why are you calling us for?" I was so infuriated. If you call management, they are just as useless. I do not know the lady's name, but she is pathetic. They only care about getting your money, nothing to do with your education that you are paying for. If you want little to no support, THIS IS THE SCHOOL FOR YOU! If you want rude service personell... this is the place for you. GO somewhere else and obtain quality service, from people who actually care about you.
~ 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!
Very poor material support! Course cannot be completed. No cooperation from the staff when contacted repeatedly. Each time they say be patient but 2 months later still waiting for course material that was pre-paid. Courses should not be offered if the school has no material
The certificate program I took with this school was OK. I got a well written physical textbook and had no problems. With the degree program however, I noticed their grading was quirky. For instance they would comment on a Essay Writing exam that the essay was well written and then give me a D- grade. Also, I noticed some of the exam questions would ask about material that had not been in the lesson. When I asked the professor about this she told me to email her the question and correct answer. I did and got no response. This happened on just about every exam. The online e-books are written poorly with multiple typos and even mistakes that alter the correct info that you retain. I feel they could do a lot better with the school considering the money they have rolling in!
I am currently in a Master's program with Ashworth and am totally aggravated by the lack of access to faculty. I am tired of receiving graded assignment that say "poor grammar" or other such comments with nothing marked on the assignments, so that I can see what went wrong. I graduated from an Ivy League school and have never received papers back that say "poor grammar," which leads me to believe that the professors may have a poor grammar base which with they are grading. Also, instructions for assignments are convoluted and contradictory. I know that no matter what I submit it will be unsatisfactory. Students need to go through "advisors" to get information back about assignments for progress. I do not understand why, unless it is to save money by not paying for extra faculty time. Good luck to people in these programs. I wish was learning more and could understand why I am getting the grades that I do. Ashworth is quick enough to take money though....
Back in 2002 to 2004 I applied for a account degree with Ashworth on line. The studies went great and I did everything I was suppose to do and finish in 2004 with 4.0 GPA. When I went to get my transcripts I was informed that I never finished the program and I explained to them that I had received a confirmation letter stating that I have finished my degree program and that everything would be sent to me they even ask what size ring I worn because I was to get a class ring. Never seen it and to this day I still do not have it or the acknowledgement of my Associate Degree in Accounting I still have all my books sometimes I want to burn them in the fire pit but I have kept them. If they do not stand by what they "teach" or should I say "preach" why are they still offering the on line classes because it is a scam.