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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.
Aspen University's Masters in Education Degree cannot combine with state Teaching or Administrative Certificates. However it is a perfect combination with CTE. CTE is a Career and Technical Education designation. Most Aspen classes satisfy CTE vocational classes. With 8 weeks of school I have a more competitive Masters degree than a traditional certification and a CTE teaching Certificate in my state which is Washington. My wages have tripled
Aspen is an affordable university for anyone who wants to challenge themselves. The people I met were working adults. This university allows one to graduate without breaking the bank. You will take courses which are offered at larger brick and mortar schools. I have absolutely no regrets about attending Aspen University and I encourage you to try it.
Aspen University shows a personal interest in my learning experience. As a Service Disabled Veteran, I have always been impressed by the veterans discount Aspen University offers, However, the student-centric care and course costs are secondary to the quality of education. This is my second Master's degree. I highly recommend potential students to seriously consider Aspen U for the education quality at a very reasonable cost!
This is an excellent program for those that already have the classroom experience. You can pace yourself, the feedback is great, and they respond quickly to inquiries. Aspen also accepts transfer credits from more than 10 years ago which no other online program or brick and mortar school will. This is especially helpful for those of us that had to leave school and can't afford to start again from scratch. The busy person will love it because the work is there for you when you have time for it. The discussion pace depends on the students and what they want to give to it. Some weeks I barely shared an opinion and other weeks I gave a more detailed opinion. I think having that flexibility is great. I'm considering going for a second degree with Aspen in the next couple of years, that is how much I liked this program.
So far, my experience has been fairly good. There's been a few issues, but it would be nothing that you wouldn't run into at a regular university. 1. Cost. The cost is the biggest selling point of Aspen and for good reason. It's extremely competitive for those on a more limited income and they are willing to work with you on payment plans and financial aid. One big advantage, in my opinion, is that since they do not own a campus bookstore, there is no motivation for them to push new books at inflated prices just because someone wrote a "new" edition. This helps to keep things very affordable. 2. Classes. For me, it's been a bit of a mixed bag. The best way I can put it is: you get out what you put into it. This is not a hand-holding experience. You take a class, you turn in your assignments, and you are graded on your performance. Some professors - just like at other universities - care about what you're studying and really push you to excel. Others sign in, make sure you've turned in a paper, and then give you a grade. While this is frustrating at times, most of my professors have been responsive to questions and good at giving valuable feedback. 3. Community. My program is fairly small, so there are a limited number of students in it. As such, I cannot really give accurate feedback, other than to say that the students I have interacted with have given me great perspective on the materials. My professors have worked hard to encourage ongoing communication. 4. Non-faculty staff. I've had a few issues here and there, but most of them have been willing to work with me. No real complaints here. 5. Changes and Problems. I did have one major issue that I have to address. Last year, the major I was in suddenly disappeared and I was forced to change to a different major. I did not lose any credits, but I was not able to take a few of the classes I was looking forward to that I felt would help in my career. As I understand this, this move was forced on the University by creditors who felt that the major I was in was too broad and needed to be narrowed. While this was frustrating, I am enjoying the new major quite a bit and can see more consistency in my track. The only concern I have is: what if they decide to do this again, especially at a time when I'm much closer to concluding my degree? All in all, it's a mostly positive experience. There's a couple of concerns, but I feel like if I continue to make the time and effort investment in my education, I will get a decent benefit out of it.
I worked very hard to earn my BSCJ from Aspen, and my disappointment is two fold. First is that they will tell you anything that you want to hear in order for you to enroll and will be quick to return phone calls and emails until you have a problem. If you do experience a problem it is impossible to get a return call or email and when you do get in contact with someone there are no answers or solutions, they just give you the runaround. They also have this habit of changing course curriculum without notice which at times throws off the entire time frame to complete your degree. I entered the school with minimal outside credits and took the vast majority through the school and was not looking for any shortcuts or for anything that I did not deserve, I just wanted to be treated fairly. At the end of the day Aspen University is a business and their main goal is to turn a profit not to have your best educational experience in mind. There are so many online schools available and I would recommend going someplace else.
This program is clean and to the point. You will feel challenged by the course work. The many options available to customize your course of study will fit well with your schedule if you work. This program offers unparalleled value for money if you are shopping for a nationally accredited degree.
Exceptional all around including the faculty, course work, and student support services. I am extremely busy like most individuals but wanted to pursue my graduate degree. My professor is extremely knowledge in his field, responses to my emails in a timely matter and is very supportive. Student services, registrar, and financial aid were professional and responded to my emails and phone calls in timely matter. Would recommended ASPEN to anyone. Go ASPEN U!!!!!!!!!!!
I love the self-pace environment. I am independent and it works best for me to teach myself, with books and online resources. I do not take any breaks, and I take seven classes at a time, instead of the regular two. This is a great college for working adults or adults with small children. I highly recommend this university. Most instructors respond on time and grade papers in a timely manner. I will be able to graduate a lot faster with a bachelor's degree. Instead of the usual 4 yrs, it takes to complete this, I am only taking two years. I am almost half-way done with my coursework.