Ashworth College Reviews
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Ashworth has been a great college and opened up many doors for me. My biggest complaint about the school was the shipping time for textbooks, but now most of the courses us E-books I believe. It was extremely affordable and I've never had my employer/future employers be concerned about the national accreditation. I will be pursuing my bachelors from Ashworth in the future.
I graduated with an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education and now I'm working on my bachelor's in Psychology. The degree helped me get a pay raise. Online classes are easier for me with a full time job. My only complaint is that the staff is a bit unorganized when it comes to communication.
This school is for you if you're willing to get your hands dirty. Here's a full review. I'm still in process of getting my degree and It's already opening up opportunities for growth and salary increases. the good - 1. National Accredited, and the accrediting agency is recognized by the department of Education. 2. many credit can be transferred, so if I wanted to continue with penn foster or do an MBA with notre dame, the transition would be easy 3.There is a helpful community of students and the student portal is user friendly. 4. they let you go at your own pace 5. the price is low, being a non-profit college The bad 1. no support from staff or teachers, 2. the course materials, although state they've been shipped to me, I never get them 3. ***YOU HAVE TO PAY THE ENTIRE TUITION BEFORE YOU CAN GET YOUR DEGREE. That is my biggest gripe. I didn't realize that in order for me to obtain my diploma, I had to pay off the entire college tuition. for me, that's $3750. That means even after I finish my classes, I have to wait until that is paid off before they release the diploma to me. ***the really good news, or really bad news - depending on your moral compass. 1. you can cheat like crazy - the tests are never updated, so when you take tests, you can open up a new browser window and simply google the question and gets answers from coursehero.com or quizlet, and get 80-100% scores. 2. you can create a fake email and be your own proxy when taking the semester exams 3. the semester exams aren't updated either, so you can google the questions and get solid answers. 4. for a small fee, you can have someone else write your essays. Conclusion - because I never receive the books and materials and virtually no support when asking for help or status on the books; in order to complete the courses in a decent amount of time, I bought a subscription to coursehero and freshessays. I got excellent grades in both assignments and tests, without reading any of the course materials, curriculum, or online reading assignments. I'm at a point where I would rather take full advantage of the schools shortcomings in order to get ahead, since it's clear they are not willing to help me. Is this school for you? If you pay for the college up front, they will treat you well. If you have no moral compass and all you care about is getting that diploma by any means necessary - for the sole purpose of making more money at your job, then this is a great place for you. You can pretty much google your way through the courses with ease.
I took this diploma program for personal interest. I wanted real facts on health, not just opinions. The material was interesting and aligned with recommendations from the government health agencies. The course was challenging but not overwhelming. I see a lot of complaints about this school on the internet, but they all seem to be written by people who didn't bother to read their contracts or the school material on how to deal with issues they might have. Every interaction I had with the school was dealt with professionally and in a timely manner.
I really enjoyed my course work at Ashworth. The information and online learning was easy to fit into my busy calendar. As in other reviews it sometimes was slow to receive books, but I never waited more than a week. The books provided along with the online test is a great to earn a degree fairly quickly. The course is in no way "easy"...you do have to read a lot and study in order to learn (like with any school). Education is what you make of it, and I am really happy with the experience.
The Bachelor's in BA Degree program was excellent in regard to the depth of knowledge that is taught for the price of tuition. It's 100% on-line courses, so you have to be self-motivated (and somewhat self-sufficient) to be able to get the most out of the program. I worked my way through the complete program and earned my degree in about 4 1/2 years; all while working a full time job the entire time. It took a lot of work (and you pretty much have to say good bye to your leisure time for 4+ years), but it definitely can be done. I never had any of the issues that some of the other reviewers mentioned regarding late book arrivals, etc. Maybe I just got lucky; but regardless, my experience with Ashworth was quite good.
My experience with Ashworth has been great, and their tuition is very affordable. I would recommend this school. The Professors that I've had were really great and easy to contact. The dash board is easy to use and customer service is always pleasant and helpful.
I am working towards my Associates Degree in Psychology. I am on my final course of my 1st semester and so far so good. I will apologize in advance because this will probably be lengthy, but I wanted to base this on my experience thus far. 1st, do research regarding the requirements needed for the job/field you are working towards. Ashworth is accredited, but they are nationally accredited and not regionally. Several fields require regionally accredited degree's. Most regionally accredited colleges require the coursework to come from a regionally accredited school if you are looking for transfer credit, but some regionally accredited schools will still accept the nationally accredited courses. 2nd, you have to do the work and be self disciplined enough to hold your self personally accountable for accomplishments or failures. 3rd, like any for profit school, business, or organization employee's are not always happy in their professional setting. (I am stating that fact based on all of the negative reviews I have seen on numerous sites.) I personally have NOT had any issues with the staff. I had to send tickets regarding my transcript and both were responded to within 48 hours. My books shipped within 72 hours of completion of my previous course. My instructors graded my assignments within 48-72 hours as well. I can honestly say, that I wish I would have discovered this school years ago when I attempted online classes with my local college. Working a full time job and being a single mother does not allow much time for studies of multiple classes, so needles to say I only stuck it out for one semester. I am close to 40 now and wanting to change careers, this goal would have already been accomplished had I found Ashworth years ago. This is what I have discovered on a personal level, for those that are on the fence about the school, start with your Associate Degree to see if you like the school. I have started with my Associate, after a ton of research, I have decided to transfer to Western Governors once the Ashworth degree is complete. From all of the information I have found they will accept the Ashworth credits, which means I will start at WGY with several classes out of the way. I have been in the financial industry for almost 20 years, so I will go after my Bachelors in Business at WGU and return to Ashworth for my Bachelor of Psychology after that. WGU is regionally accredited and the University of Alabama will accept their degree/course work. My end goal is to become a school counselor. The UAB offers a Masters in Educational Psychology even if your Bachelor degree is in Business. In my state we are short staffed on teachers in certain counties, so if you have a Bachelors degree in another field they will still allow you to teach under a temporary certificate (to avoid student teaching). With all of that being said, my goal is to obtain as much knowledge as I can in psychology and then apply that to an educational career change. My whole point to all of this .... go after your dreams, do not base your decision on what someone else says. Not everyone will have a great or good experience, but you never know unless you try. I firmly believe, based on my current experience, Ashworth is just the stepping stone I need to achieve my end goals. I would recommend this school for those that are mature and responsible enough to do the research on their job requirements/certifications and self sufficient enough to complete their assignments.
For what I was seeking, I got what I wanted. I learned a lot, and I thought the textbooks were good. I had no problems and got my certificate in about 4 months. Of course, there were challenges from time to time, but I worked with them to complete the program.
I am a current student and I am currently waiting for my professor, to grade my last few assignments so I can register for graduation. This has definitely been a waiting process getting this done. I never had this issue until the classes she is grading. The College gives a 10 day waiting period before contacting the professors. Why?!? This is absurd length of time especially when you have already met the deadline requirements and just waiting for grades to come back. Student's that are trying to make Graduation registration should be put first. The 10 day waiting period is ridiculous and holds the students back. The pro's are I definitely would recommend Ashworth college to friend and family because the work is understandable, it's on your time and tuition is affordable. Con's are 10 day wait to get grades back, a long wait to get ticket/emails answered and staff can be more understanding, patient and professional.