Aspen University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (67)
Pros: Aspen University is affordable and has a convenient payment plan. Accredited by the CCNE. The admissions representative was helpful. Cons: Aspen University seems to have grown too quickly. I used to recommend Aspen University to colleagues but am no longer able to do so. It takes several emails and telephone calls to receive responses from academic advisors. Course faculty will take days to respond to emails (if they respond at all). Some faculty take 3-4 weeks to grade discussion threads and assignments. The lack of prompt feedback makes knowing one's progress in a course difficult. This is even more frustrating given courses are now only 8 weeks long. In the majority of classes, faculty just assign a numeric grade without providing written feedback regarding strengths and weaknesses of submitted work. The Aspen MSN program requires students to complete a portfolio. The program handbook, courses and program discussion threads all describe portfolio requirements differently. I sent two emails to the program director requesting clarification. To this date, I have yet to receive any response. Curriculum is not innovative and involves a significant amount of "busy work". Each nursing course at Aspen typically requires the answering of two discussion threads (with additional responses to classmates' posts) and a 6-10 page paper each week. The papers are usually based on 2-3 questions listed in each week's module. Students are also assigned textbook readings. The discussion threads are ineffective at meeting course outcomes and in most courses, lack any facilitation by faculty. I can say with certainty, that the weekly papers have NOT been valuable in my education. The lack of varying instructional and assessment means is disappointing. I believe that facilitated discussions and 2-3 major papers/presentations each course would be more valuable/effective. Courses are clearly template driven and some appear to have not been updated in many years. I would bet that the coursework I am completing today is the same coursework that students completed years ago. For example, links in classes are often broken, the wrong documents are frequently uploaded into courses, course resources are outdated, etc. The Aspen MSN program is clearly based on getting the most number of students in the program. Aspen University should devote more time to ensuring their program is current, innovative and encourages a welcoming and engaging learning environment. While there are exceptions, the majority of faculty seem cold and distant. I truly feel as if I am just a number. There is little to no effort made to build any type of community within the classes. This is probably based on the lack of interaction with faculty and the limited course-related feedback. I completed my BSN online at another university and always felt supported and challenged. I often feel alone in the classes. If I weren't as far as I am in the MSN program, I would look for a different program. Aspen's MSN program clearly has opportunity for improvement. I would encourage Aspen to consider revamping their courses. With a few small changes, the program could be a great program!
So much busy work! The length and amount of formal papers and discussions in 8 weeks far outweighs the amount in a 5 week course from comparable online programs. Twice the amount of time and work! After writing all 8 formal papers, be prepared for ANOTHER formal 1000 word essay summarizing the course! My advisor was extremely defensive when I had a concern about an instructor that gave me a poor grade after not answering my question prior to submitting the assignment. The writing class was much more beneficial than I expected, and the professor was amazing. Be ready to put in A LOT of time! The payment plan and cost are a bonus!
Great way to earn your degree, while still working full time! My Professors were very helpful and gave insight every step of the way! I have recommended their program to two coworkers who are now taking classes towards their BSN. I wanted to have new doors open for me when I graduated, and they have! Grateful for the experience!
I am very pleased with the education I received from Aspen University. I was able to take one class at a time, so I could give adequate time to both my full time employment and school assignments. The academic quality has high standards, and I always received timely responses every time I had a concern or needed help. I made the right decision when I choose Aspen University.
I am in the RN to BSN online program. I like the program, but am disappointed that my advisor never returns my request to talk about issues I am having. The instructor I have does not allow me to submit work early it seems that they are inflexible. I paid my tuition I should be allowed to submit work early
I have been enrolled at Aspen University from FEB 2015 and will graduate Summer 2017 with a BSN. I could not be more pleased with every aspect of my nursing program. It is hard work. You must be intelligent, motivated, and a self-starter to experience the benefit of a well-rounded educational experience. On-line learning is much more challenging than the classroom setting. If you are not willing to put in at least 20 hours per week, per course, then don't waste your time or money. The work is rigorous. We have excellent instructors who are responsive and treat students with respect. I recommend Aspen University to all my colleagues....do not expect the program to be a cake-walk; it is NOT! I have a 4.0 GPA, and I have worked for it. I am a high achiever, and I chose Aspen over many different educational venues. I do not regret my choice!
I just graduated from Aspen with my MSN thanks to my AMAZING advisor J and my wonderful professors! If you are a working professional this is the program for you. The support I received was amazing. I couldn't be happier and can't wait to come walk at Graduation! My employer is also very happy with the education I received. I DID IT!!!
Loved this university , everything was done online making it easier for me to work full time while attending .
The course material and textbooks were well designed. It was great when they included media of industry experts explaining the topic that they were considered subject matter experts. The online instructors were responsive and helped me push through. Some courses required interaction online with other students and some did not. The interaction with other students didn't enhance the learning in my opinion, it somewhat just felt like busy work. The only course I took that I didn't think was well executed was Organizational Behavior. Hopefully they have found a better textbook.
I'm a college administrator and teacher going for my doctorate. I took classes on ground and online at a lot of schools during my AS/BS and did my MEd online at another college. There are two sides to any school and two sides to the students. At a school, some teachers are involved and interested and others barely show up. Some provide irrelevant generic feedback and others are really inspirational. It is the same everywhere. Unfortunately, adjuncts online are not paid much and so some of them limit the time they devote to a course. Its the same at every school- including several schools where I work. Students - some don't really want to be there and barely show up,some want their hands held, and others - are inspirational. I've learned a LOT more than I expected from other students yet I can't believe others were even passed from course to course (at other schools where I worked and attended), and there will always be a few haters in every class - usually quite vocal with lots of excuses for being absent. People are people. M.G. demonstrated that a "A" student from a lower tier school can be sharper than a "C" student at Harvard. Yet both schools have the same drop out rate. The nice things about Aspen is that it is more about ME - the price, the pace, getting to make courses relevant to your own context (thank you!!), my doctoral committee is phenomenal and so committed to my success. The difficulties I encountered - they changed the curriculum but I negotiated to get what I needed/wanted; the comprehensive exam grading process was mishandled but eventually remedied. True,there are no course-by-course exams, except for one big one covering 5 classes at the half way point. Personally I think that writing and reading is a much better learning process than cramming for exams, but I passed it. Don't expect perfection anywhere. Do you just want a piece of paper or do you want to learn something? It is your choice - its not just about the teachers. If you want to learn and excel at your craft and get some recognition for the effort and perseverance you put into your education, without breaking the bank, then choose Aspen. Also, don't fool yourself into thinking that other schools aren't using a profit model, unless they are free. They get 90% of their money from student loans. I am glad I'm graduating without debt and my dissertation will stand on its own. I might go back for an MBA next.