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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.
First and foremost it’s a business – if you learn great if you don’t they don’t care! I was made to feel that they were doing me a favor by allowing me to be their customer (BTW I have received an A in every course I completed). Be careful - they change their policies with little notice and no student involvement. My student advisor is not very knowledgeable and regularly sends me to others in the business for answers instead of finding the answers on my behalf (hey guys great idea! fire the advisors and pass the savings to your customers). The Bursar’s office and Registrar’s office maintain a non-customer attitude (once they have your money they know you have no alternative). They state one rate and magically you are required to pay another rate. They use the term University Policy a lot – yet fail to have adequate documentation to inform you of those policies. Some of my teachers have been poor quality - they refer you to the text / web for assistance rather than "teaching". I’m about half way through and regret my decision.
Aspen is definitely an affordable school. I work full-time and make my monthly payments. Yes, it's all online so there is a lot of reading, researching, and writing. However, it's doable with effort and commitment. I'll be graduating at the end of 2017 debt free!
I am currently a student at Aspen University and I love this program that I am in. As a nurse I know a lots of coworkers that struggle at local nursing schools and yet they do not get to enjoy the program itself as I do mine. The professors are experts in their areas and are very tactful with their guiding. I have personally learned a ton of things I am able to use at work.
A JOKE. A complete joke. I am so incredibly disappointed in this program. Instructors don't show up for discussions. EVER. The books are outdated. The examples are from 2007. You ask for help, and the instructors point you to websites. Aspen University is a money making machine, housed under a corporation. The Department of Education should be investigating their practices. I will make sure that they know this.