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Jordan - 12/9/2018
Degree: Software Engineering
Graduation Year: 2019
"Good evening. This will be long but I am writing this to help save students from making the same mistakes I did. I signed up for the Software Development Online Accelerated Program (Cohort) and i am drastically disappointed. In my opinion these classes are set up to be filled with "busy work" only. You are looking at least 4 assignments a week per class and 3 of the 4 are forum postings where you have to reply to your fellow students forum posts about 4 times throughout the week. An alarming amount of the assignments have nothing to do with the reading for the week. You get absolutely 0 feedback or assistance from the instructors. No videos, audios or anything that might assist the student. If this is your first time programming like me you will be extremely lost because their instructions on how to start are very vague. I spent a great deal of time watching youtube videos just to figure out how to complete the programming assignments. It cost $415 per credit hour plus $350 per book to watch youtube videos. Perhaps you are thinking this is my own fault as a student? Well lets talk about some other issues i encountered. I didnt have access to my email for the first 11 weeks of school. I called the schools hotline a total of 9 times in the first 4 weeks of class to receive help. EACH time i never got an answer. Because i didnt know how to even begin one of my classes because of the vague instructions i called the instructor directly. His reply was "post any issue in the forums and see if the other students can assist." I struggled so much to teach myself java that i tried to get an online tutor from the school, but nobody answered. I attempted leaving notes in my programming saying that i couldn't quite figure out how to get some part of the program to work. The comments i received on my assignments was "multiple syntax errors." When i first started to learn C# i somehow accidentally saved my program incorrectly. When i discovered the mistake i emailed the instructor (got email on week 11) and told him of my mistake. I included in the email a copy of the programming so he knew i actually completed the assignment and asked if i could possibly resubmit. I never received a reply and got a 0 on the assignment. I called the school the next day to drop out of the cohort after this winter term. Now i cant blame all of this entirely on the instructors. Some of this is the colleges fault. The book content not matching the assignment, the multiple forum postings, and either a research paper or group project per class is all stuff i believe dictated by the school. This school seems to have forgotten the meaning of the word education. However, if you are already a programmer and just want to receive your degree as quickly as possible and you dont mind a bunch of busy work then this would be perfect for you because the way its set up feels as if they expect the students to already know what they are doing. If you are new to programming and actually want to learn something in college. Do not attend this school."
Anthony James - 10/26/2018
Graduation Year: 2018
"I had only attended the online course for 3 semesters but I would like to take the time out and submit a proper review hitting all points of this school. I am a veteran and like many others that were attending with me, this school is a joke. They, like companies, will start off as friendly, accommodating, and helpful but as soon as they have you in that is when it all goes down from there. I urge all veterans if you do decide to attend this school do not i repeat do not waste your gi bill on it if you choose to use financial aid. They will use your financial aid initially to pay for their own overly high tuition and then return your GI Bill payment back to you almost 6-8 weeks after the semester has already started. They also will not allow you to use your aid for books if you haven't already signed up and received approval 2-3 weeks before the semester begins. I literally had to wait until halfway through my first semester to get books and then work day and night to catch up with classmates that weren't all that intelligent. Also, if you have JST transcripts make sure that they are submitted officially and unofficially before you even start courses because they will either not look at them and start you in general classes you don't need or will and won't add them until after you've reminded them to multiple times so that you can skip the rest of general studies you already know. The veteran office has a few workers that are knowledgeable but some are immature if you tend to micromanage them with how soon they process your certifications. The classes are not difficult but the resources are over priced and you can find used books for far cheaper on amazon so do not use the book store. Upon them receiving knowledge that i was no longer returning, they made it a point to respond late and some times not at all and they have rules for your financial aid that coincide with your GPA that are not legal. I don't recommend any veteran to attend this school but if you do i would say proceed with caution because it is a joke.. Granted there are some good professors the majority are not the best and you can tell they are just doing it as a side gig."
Justin - 8/21/2018
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2018
"My experience ranges about 9 years. I started at BU in 2009 with the Criminal Justice Administration BS degree. I completed the major in about a year and had to complete general education classes. I would say the major was rather easy, but being an active LEO helped with assignments. I had to drop out in 2011 after my first semester of general education classes. This was due to BU's finance department screwing up my VA payments. I received a letter in the mail from the VA stating they over paid me $7,000. I contacted my congressman, and after 18 months of fighting the VA, a settlement of $900 was agreed upon. I just returned to BU on June 4, 2018. I noticed the student coaching is much improved, the financial department is much improved, and as of 2012, it appears more safeguards are in place for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. I began with the Kirkpatrick Signature Series. If anyone is sweating this, stop. It is not a big deal. I dedicated most of my personal time from June 4th -June 25th, and completed every single assignment. All that was left was the volunteering which was easy as well. This class is designed to pad your GPA and make you more aware of the political system. On August 27, 2018, I begin my final three month semester at BU. I will be completing three general education classes and have my degree conferred. If you were to ask me a year ago about BU, I would say that this is a terrible school. However, I can satisfactorily state that BU has come a long way, and should be respected."
Useless degree - 8/17/2018
Degree: Network Administration
Graduation Year: 2016
"The degree courses give you zero benefit unless you already have the skills and need the diploma to advance. You get zero benefit using any of the student assistance offered because you are an online student and you jaycwas well be invisible to the staff."
My experience with Bellevue University - 8/3/2018
Graduation Year: 2019
"To Whomever It May Concern: I enrolled at Bellevue University Online Program on June 4, 2018. This is my first semester with Bellevue, and it will end on August 11, 2018. My experience with Bellevue University so far is excellent. First, the flexibility of Bellevues online program fits my needs very well as a married family man with a full-time job. Second, I get to learn a lot from other students while participating in the online class discussion boards. The participation of students in the discussion boards is helping me expand my knowledge and perspective about the different topics covered in the classes. Additionally, the Bellevue curriculum is designed in a way that prepares students to further their education and reach their academic goals. Lastly, all my online classes (Hi152, EN102, and Bi206) helped me improve my writing skills, developed my confidence and critical thinking while participating in the online discussion boards. I highly recommend anyone who is seeking to further their education to consider Bellevue University. Bellevues curriculum, academic material for online classes and fees are affordable in comparison to most universities. You wont regret your time at Bellevue university if you are a hard-working and dedicated student. "
Andi - 7/25/2018
Graduation Year: 2018
"Run. This school is the worst. Lack of communication. Professor who told me to figure it out on my own or watch YouTube when I asked for help. I was an A student so I know what is expected for an A. This professor would give me a 100% on a paper, even when it was crap. If I get an A, I want to have earned it. Financial aid is a joke. Theyll mess it up and then refuse to take responsibility. Do NOT attend this school."
Rick A. - 7/10/2018
Degree: Project Management
Graduation Year: 2018
"Bellevue University was a great experience for me. The class content was challenging and very informative. The project management degree is acredited by the Project Management Institute and the classes are definitely not easy. The instructors explain the content well and give professional critical feedback on your assignments to help you understand the material. We learned critical leadership and business skills as-well-as in-depth project management courses designed to help you earn the PMP certification. This is definitely not some sort of diploma-mill and the degree is consistantly ranked high in the U.S News rankings."
Shidian - 5/13/2018
Degree: Network Security
Graduation Year: 2016
"This is the small university that most people take the online class to earn a master degree. It is not hard to pass the class and get the degree. Some courses are useful, such as CIS 515 IT infrastructure, and cloud computing. Some courses are useless such as CIS 520. I don't know why they choose this course for an IT student. It is very fast to get a master degree which only takes less than two years. Each quarter, I only take two courses that are easy to handle. Depending on the professor, I would recommend taking the in-campus course. Some teacher told me useful stuff; some professors just read PPT. Most assignments are easy to pass. It is suitable for me."
Phillip Paker - 2/22/2018
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 1967
"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."
Chelle - 9/19/2017
Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."