Bellevue University Reviews
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I was in the first graduating class from Bellevue College, later Bellevue University. The original campus was a Quonset hut just off the USAF base (OFFETT). My most memorable instructor was Professor M.; he taught psychology and HR classes. I was his student aid for Human Relations. I was allowed to transfer in a fair number of USAFI course credits. Going full time at nights, I got my BA in about 1.5 years. This had a significant effect on my military time. I qualified for OTS but got out due to medical problems. As a consequence of getting my degree my Captain gave me career advice that has helped me throughout my work and private life including working on advanced degrees.
This review is for the Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science as well as a Master's degree in Human Resource Strategic Management. B.S. in Behavioral Science: I would rate it 8 out of 10 The classes were challenging however, as with most online colleges, you are left to do a lot of reading to learn. The professor provided video discussions which was greatly appreciated and respectable (A+ for that). The discussion boards made me question their effectiveness, as it can be quite difficult to approach an already awkward situation such as forced discussion when you have encounter some discussion posts that resemble those you may expect from jr. high students. I wish the professor was more involved with discussions. However, although I didn't like this aspect I feel it made me learn how to object to others' opinions more respectfully. For all those who think that you can begin to practice in a counseling setting- DO YOUR HOMEWORK (excuse the pun)! IN MOST STATES YOU WILL NEED AT LEAST A MASTER'S AND THOUSANDS OF HOURS OF INTERNSHIP BEFORE YOU CAN PRACTICE. If you do not research the requirements in your state please do not blame Bellevue for your inability to practice with only your Bachelor's degree. The Bellevue curriculum is sufficient in preparing you for further education in the field if you study hard. Worst thing about this degree: The Kirkpatrick Signature Series. It was basically 12 weeks of Political Science and History, and being in a major that relies mostly on theory, the teacher does not allow you to have a difference of opinion from him (even when supported by valid references). Other than that I would suggest going to Bellevue for your degree in Behavioral Science if you are actually interested in the inner-workings of behavior; you will learn a lot if you apply yourself. Just hone in on your history and political science knowledge.... and remember your degree won't be just handed to you- you're going to have to earn it in this discipline. Master's of Science in Human Resource Strategic Management: 8 out of 10 I would give the program a higher rating however I am just finishing the third class. So far the material, assignments and discussions are relevant and effective. I am about to switch teachers yet this teacher has been attentive and educational. The discussion boards are still awkward; I feel more emphasis should be made on discussions between professors and students. I learned a lot more from the teacher's feedback than the students'. Look, stop forcing people to have two uncomfortable "conversations" with students. It doesn't work. I want to learn from someone with knowledge on the matter, not struggle to correct another student. Please Bellevue, find another way to engage students with one another. Even though the collaborative projects are terrible (as our grade depends on the contribution of all parties) sprinkle those in the curriculum and stop making us answer others' discussion posts so much! Also, if the student receives a grade of less than 100% professors should provide feedback, giving the student a chance to improve their grade the next go-around. Okay. I'm done with the venting. I have done extensive studying and devoted much time to my assignments and I feel it is paying off. Aside from the regular frustrations you will feel in this program (and doing online courses) at this school, I would recommend this program. I've learned a lot already about Human Resources, and anticipate much more learning.The teacher answers all questions quickly and completely, and furthers discussions when necessary (A+) and is a great contributor to your learning. Worst thing about this degree: We are forced to respond to discussion posts from peers. Please create a way where we can respond to the professor's questions instead. The professor will be able to more easily gauge our learned knowledge, and students won't have to be forced to replying with sub-par responses. Overall, I still recommend Bellevue University. I have attend other online universities (Ashford and Capella) and have seen these same problems that I have listed. Bellevue is more affordable and their curriculum is comparable to the schools I have attended before.
I attended Bellevue University and received a Bachelor of Science in MIS. I had a great experience. I graduated on time without any issues. The date I was told I would be finished is when I finished. My advisor was great as well as the other advisors that helped me when she was out of the office. The online cohort is very fast paced and very demanding. There were many nights that I stayed up late and worked on assignments for several days. You will have several projects and many papers where you must demonstrate your knowledge and show that you are learning. Additionally, you will need to complete the KSS. Those courses require volunteer work and many papers along with it's own "capstone". Mines was around 45 pages at the end. This does not include the 45 page paper for my core courses. Bellevue University requires time management and dedication just like any other university and it IS a brick and mortar school. In the end it was all worth it for me.
I have two more semesters to go once I complete my current one - five weeks left! I am glad to see so many positive reviews as it has mirrored my experience at the school. My professors have been wonderful - particularly Professor Bergeron, who has taught all the classes for my major, thus far. Overall, the school has made me a better writer, researcher, and thinker. The curriculum is rigorous. There is a lot of work, and one has to be self-disciplined and organized to maintain both a good GPA and the benefits of the program. Which brings me to the negative reviews I saw as I scrolled through. None of the experiences these other students have written reflect mine. It is like I am reading about another school - entirely. Moreover, the review from a student who is a digital marketing major, my major, is somewhat misguided. While it is my understanding that this major will be eliminated and rolled under marketing, all students who are currently enrolled in the major will continue and graduate with a BS, not BA in Digital Marketing. I believe that I am among that last group - graduating next summer. I have been pleased with all my classes and professors. Again, it's not easy, but well worth the effort .
The student coach are always calling to ask how I'm doing, and if I need anything else. Professors will make sure you are learning by making discussions challenging while they use a good sense of humor. The enough interactions and assignments that they provide, will definitely help you in your future career. Putting into practice what you are learning is what stays with you for a life time. Instead of long APA papers, they will provide you with real life scenarios; and enough homework that bring into action a lot of critical thinking and mental effort.
The best Masters of Information Systems degree a working class man or woman can attain. I swear by Bellevue Univ...Got my undergrad in IT in 2006...took me 10 years to finish my masters.. They have been very patient with me for over 14 years...For somebody who has the general edu. out the way.. a soldier. ..a nurse...a teacher...a gov contractor or anybody it's the way to go! One of the best decisions I ever made in my life was choosing Bellevue Univ.
J. S. informed me via telephone on August 7th at 12:33 pm PST that I had fulfilled all requirements for the degree program of Digital Marketing. This information was also followed up and confirmed by student coach, D. N. on August 7th, 2017. As of today, I have been informed that this information, in fact, incorrect. This is an official request for a detailed context summary of today's conversation in writing, including the acknowledgment by T. G. at 2:22 pm on August 11th, that she was directed to not answer or return my calls or voicemails regarding this matter. The following is a copy of my initial email sent out on July 27th, 2017: I am currently filling out the complaint form and I would like to request a call from the Dean of Students as soon as possible. In addition, I also request a different point of contact moving forward as I am no longer comfortable working with D. D. on these matters. I find it very alarming that during my phone conversation with D. D. yesterday, he not only abrasively dismissed my concerns and withheld contacts from speaking with me but also insultingly laughed at me and abruptly ended the conversation only to follow up with a professional and seemingly warm email. The paper trail cover-up is quite apparent and I do not appreciate it. My current student coach, D. N. is out on vacation and so I spoke with A. in her place and she informed me that Mr. D. deliberately instructed her to not forward my message to T. but only to him. This is quite concerning being that I, very clearly, asked to speak specifically with T. as she made her self very approachable and listened with intent. D.'s response to this was "T. answers to me". At this point, I've left voicemails and called T. numerous times with no answer or response. I also asked Mr. D. if I could speak with the Dean a number of times and he continued to repeat "I can't do that for you, just fill out the complaint form". My experience at Bellevue, thus far, has been less than ideal, in fact, I would go as far as to say it was an unfortunate and unprofessional calamity. In the beginning, I cringed at the amount of spelling and grammatical errors in almost all of my appointed assignments but chalked it up to careless student aids doing the work for busy professors. I quickly learned that was not the case after receiving various emails from different professors and realizing the errors extended throughout all communication outlets. Though these are small and insignificant grammatical errors (especially compared to the spelling mistakes in the actual program's assignments), you might understand how it could be discouraging coming from a professor. It just proves a lack of care and academic credibility. As time went on, I came across some classes where after weeks of completing the assignments, I was unable to move forward because none of the submitted assignments were graded and without grades, the assignments following were unable to be viewed. I reached out to my student coach whom, to my surprise, no longer worked for Bellevue. I explained my story to the newly appointed student coach and she transferred me to someone who could help me. I received a voicemail recording, left a message and never received a callback (This has become a very apparent pattern throughout my time at Bellevue, I have almost never received a callback from anyone I have ever left a message for and I have been appointed at least five different student coaches since I began!). So I waited a few days and called back only to find I have been appointed yet another student coach! I explained the story once again, got transferred and finally got the problem resolved. Apparently, there was no communication between the school and my professor to let him know that he actually had a class so he was unable to verify my attendance and it dropped me not only from his class but, also the program altogether. This put me way behind schedule and there was a possibility of actually having to pay for the class again! I demanded the class at no additional costs because I did nothing wrong and it was indeed granted. I have been dropped from the program on three different occasions now!!! This seems absolutely absurd for an establishment of higher education. The last time this happened, my professor personally called me and tried to get me to NOT contact the school and to "work something out between the two of us". I assured him that he did nothing wrong and that it was a lack of communication between the University and himself. After all, I had been through this twice now and was familiar with the mistake. He aggressively spoke over me as if I was accusing him of doing something wrong and once the call ended, he almost immediately followed up and yet again tried to persuade me to not contact the school. It was very unprofessional and made me feel like he was trying to get me to be secretive and somehow beat the system. The problem has never been resolved, he has never been able to view the first five assignments I submitted. After the Assistant Director instructed me, in writing, to do so, I emailed copies of my assignments to my professor from my personal email account without going through the actual program. As of right now, those assignments have not been graded. The time before that, my professor was on a cross country road trip and was absolutely startled by the fact that he was not told he had a class at that time. He assured me he would call me back as soon as they stopped driving and he could look into what was going on. I never heard from him again. I am about to complete my BA in Digital Marketing, a program that will be terminated after my completion unbeknownst to me before I began. In addition to the program being terminated, there are no other "peers" in it, I am the only student in this program which makes it impossible to fulfill the "peer to peer" portion of all of my classes and also makes it impossible for the school to satisfy their end of this educational contract. This not only affects a large portion of my grade but also greatly influences the overall results of my scholarly gains throughout this program. Had I known from the beginning that this program was to be terminated and that I was the only student involved, I would have never ever gone forward with it as those are just too many red flags for my comfort level. I truly feel I was bamboozled and fell through the cracks time and time again as the unrecognized single student in a program no one cares about any longer. I do not have a lot of money and this is a huge financial burden for me so had I known I was about to begin a failing program, I would have never ever done so. In addition to feeling duped by the actual contract I signed up for, I was assured I would have no payments due until six months after graduation but to my surprise, yet again, I was recently contacted by my student coach informing me that I was about to go to collections for past due bills! I didn't understand how this was possible as I received no notice and I was guaranteed no necessary payments for months to come. Well, it turns out that the three times I spoke with different IT members asking them to forward all of my BRUIN emails to my personal email fell on deaf ears. It still has never been linked and I did not receive the notice so I had to desperately scramble and come up with $700 to stop my account from being sent to collections. In addition, I have received notices that on the following dates "Interest has accrued on my account": 9/8/16 5/30/17 6/8/17 How is this possible if I am not to owe anything until six months after graduation? I spoke with a financial advisor at the school and she informed me there is no official graduation date listed in my file so it is possible that interest is accruing. Again, another misconception and breach of contract. I still have yet to understand how all of these Peer-to-Peer classes are able to be completed without any peers. I feel that Bellevue University did not follow through on many occasions but most significantly on the financial contract of exactly what I am paying for. I am including all of my various contacts from Bellevue on this email in the hopes that someone will comply with my initial requests to have this escalated to the Dean's office. This will be my final attempt to address this matter via this channel. If it does not happen, I will be exploring outside options including the Better Business Bureau and accreditation and oversight entities. In addition, I will be filing an official complaint with the Department of Education if there is not some form of financial restitution given the situation.
As an adult learning who commutes and works full-time, Bellevue U (online) was a good fit for me. I thought the Business Management curriculum was extremely relevant to my career. This is not an easy program. I spent at least 12 hours every week on reading and assignments. Don't expect this to be a diploma mill.
I transferred in from a J-co and pursued a Bachelors Degree at Bellevue. It was odd doing most on line work, but after awhile I grew to like it. Most instructors were pretty good, albeit there were a turkey or two along the way. I felt that my writing improved, my analysis of the subject matter improved, and my ability to analyze a wide variety of subjects, has definitely improved. I feel fairly well prepared for the work market. I graduate soon--so I cannot say much about job market, income, etc. However, my Brother attended a traditional 4 year large State College and he feels the material at Bellevue is comparable, if not more comprehensive. Bellevue is not cheap, financial aid is occasionally a weakness, but I feel I obtained a good degree, for my investment.
At Bellevue University , classes are structured to address individual student needs. The courses are focused on getting students ready for the job market. Instructors are always available to answer questions, at any time. The online discussion threads are a great way to interact with fellow classmates wherever they may be.