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Brandman University, has 26 campuses, online classes, and an advisement staff that lacks any knowledge and offers inferior advise. BRANDMAN IS A HUGE WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. They just don't have it together. Beware.
My wife spent a lot of money working to get her teaching credential through Brandman Univeristy. After several semesters of Brandmans classes my wife thought she had finished. However, Brandman University never would get back to her on the teaching certification. When she called they said, "Oh, I am sorry, we forgot to tell you that you need 9 more credits." This was a surprise, as they had advised her on what classes to take in order to get her credential.
She has been a working professional in the educational system for 8 years with a temporary credential. Her school loves her! However, after Brandman University mishandled her advisement, she could no longer work in the public school system. Her school couldn't hire her back as a full time teacher, although they kept her on full time as a substitute until she could work it out with Brandman.
She called Brandman University to say, "Okay, what do I need to take to get this out of the way?" They said 5 more credits! Then advised her to take two more classes. These classes were ones that she had already taken at Brandman University, however, they had changed the names. She told them she had already taken them. A week later she called them back for clarification and they said, "Never-mind, 9 credits....Goodbye." She is now unable to get a hold of them.
Here are the rules of Brandman that I have observed: 1. Brandman University has 26 campuses, with staff that hasn't a clue about what is going on at any of them. You WILL fall through the cracks! 2. They will not return your calls, and they will not answer your questions. They WILL refer you to someone else, who will nearly always refer you back to the first person you talked to. 3. They offer inferior classes at high prices. Although it may seem convenient to take online classes, Brandman's classes are of inferior quality. The classes are a huge waste of time, are one size fits all. Brandman's ineptness has placed financial hardship on us, and has jeopardized our careers. They are a poor choice.
One Stop is not there to manage your money. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of their financial needs. When you open up a checking account, you do not hold the bank accountable for for your lack of funds. Again, it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that you are financing your education, whether it is with Financial Aid or paying out of pocket. Not every system is perfect, but I rather call one person to handle my concerns than calling 3 different departments. They have many campuses throughout CA and WA.
As a working student, I understand that we have other priorities and responsibilities, but the students who speak poorly of BU, should understand that it is still our responsibility to be proactive and not reactive. Follow up with your advisor or with your one stop if your concern has not been addressed. We cannot always feel entitled to certain things, yes we pay for this education, so it is still up to us to ensure that everything is being handled accordingly.
We are all flawed beings, we make mistakes, but we work towards making things better. I think that the system has moved up several notches from where it was last year. This school has a bright and successful future. I will recommend Brandman University to everyone that I know who is seeking a successful education and a bright career.
I have had nothing but a great experiences with Brandman. Sometimes it feels like there is a lot of work to do, but this is college. You do have to earn a degree. I work more then full-time and have a family to take care of and I manage to get all A&B's.
Everything seems pretty streamlined as far as financial aid goes. I use the GI Bill and I have never had to do anything for my tuition. Brandman just took care of everything. I have only had one bad instructor, he was new and he was let go after our class. I have nothing but good things to say about Brandman up here in Washington. They bend over backwards to help you get through your courses and they understand you have a busy life.
I have met many great people in the program and I believe everyone has the same opinion as I do. I have not had any problems with Blackboard through Brandman. Everything online is relatively simple after the first week of classes. I would recommend Brandman.
I've never seen anything so messed up in my life. You have to go through the "One-Stop" system at Brandman, instead of just calling directly to Student Accounts to get something fixed.
It's now two weeks since the error on my student account was discovered. No resolution. They're trying to nab $468 and change that I don't owe. I'm really disgusted with the whole process. Or lack of process I should say.
Professors: some good, some bad, some teach multiple classes and the content is almost identical. If you do go to Brandman, don't throw any of your work away and copy everything you submit on blackboard or email..they're sure to lose it and you can probably use it in another class.
As a current MAT/credentialing student at Brandman, I unfortunately cannot recommend this school for prospective students due to bland professors, excessive busy work, mismanaged portfolios, low enrollment, and cancelled classes. As other reviewers have commented, the coursework cannot be completed while working full time. You will have to take off work to tutor students, observe classrooms, interview teachers..etc. In my cohort more than 50% of the current students are very disappointed, frustrated and even angry at Brandman's program.
The blended program is riddled with problems. I'm currently attending boring nighttime classes wherein students sleep, stay on their cellphones or shop on their laptops. Professors seem worn out and tired - reluctant to teach. Which is ironic if you are working on a teaching credential and your professors are C- quality teachers. Classroom discussions do not happen as the students do not engage with the boring, tired professors - there is no passion or purpose to these night classes.
The online portion of the program is not developed by your satellite campus professor - thus, much of the work seems more 'busy' than substantial or necessary. During our class last night, a single working mother shared that she is spending 3-4 hours nightly to get all her work done and it is negatively impacting her children. Many of the students are not completing all the work as it is overwhelming and unnecessary. I'm not sure if this is the reason for the extremely low enrollment, but many classes are cancelled due to lack of students and this can prevent the completion of your credential/degree in an orderly manner.
I would not suggest this program for persons seeking a teaching credential or MAT. I am currently looking for another program as I am worried that this school will impede my ability to get a quality teaching credential in a timely and effective manner.
Ontario Campus is great! Every 8 weeks I am done with a class! I work full time and I couldnt be more pleased! Class is one night a week! Class size is smaller and free parking! Their is even a deli located in the college! Free wifi :-)
Advisor D. is great! Professors so far have not been boring and I can get my degree so much faster!
As a working professional, I found Brandman to be a viable option when deciding to further my education. Initially, figuring out how to navigate presented with some difficulties, but I managed.
The instructors at the masters level are incredible with applicable background experiences. The rigor of the work was manageable.
I absolutely feel like earning a Masters in Special Education at Brandman has improved my marketability, improved my practice, and increased my earnings.
I graduated from Brandman with a BA and I was extremely satisfied! Not only did I receive quality education, but it prepared me for my future endeavours.
I am now at a very well known expensive grad school and I was more impressed with Brandman in many ways. I did experience a few sub-par instructors at Brandman, but because the students have a voice here, they quickly got replaced.
Brandman deserves five stars because of the personal interactions with staff and faculty, Chapman bookstore and Library facilities and constant support from the school. They want you to succeed but they don't give out A's if you don't put in the effort.
Submission is pretty lenient, but if you're not ready to work hard, you're not going to have a good experience. This is great education for much cheaper than it should be.
Brandman "One Stop" is the lackluster version of financial aid/ online student support. They mismanage your money and don't communicate with you. (My experience was 8 business days to get an answer to one of their "urgent" messages.) Not only that, but they are condescending and rude should you ever manage to get a real person on the telephone. (Should you be trying to reach someone, give their corporate office a call and as for the Director of Financial Aid. Just be watching your e-mail for a response as they won't call you back. Easier to deal with a problem if you don't actually have to talk to someone.)
Students: Don't think for a moment that they are there for your support. They are there to sink you.
Be prepared for them to misapply your funds, or in my case not request the right amount or tell you what steps you need to do to access the money, wait 6 months, then contact you to suspend your account with additional penalties and fees. Great service right? (I think they have been learning customer service skills from the IRS!) Is it worth $500+/ unit? Would you invest $30k+ into a program that doesn't take care of your account and communicate with you AND you end up paying more for something that should have been taken care of?
Brandman Admin: My recommendation to Brandman Administration is to run your school ethically and ditch the "One Stop" idea. I think you should be listed on MSN Money's "Customer Service Hall of Shame." This is definitely NOT the experience you sell and NOT anything like what I experienced at Chapman in my undergrad program.
This school has very poor communication and financial aid services. You wait weeks to get a response and there is always an excuse. If it wasn't for the speedy degree program I would have left. They are horrible but you do learn some interesting things and the teachers for the most part are great.