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Brandman University recently began an Educational Doctorate program in 2012,which sounds impressive at first glance. I was excited to enroll in this program at first. When I started the program, I realized that the classes consist of busy work, writing journals, writing notes, conducting virtual meetings, creating surveys and then writing a paper at the end of each class about what you have learned. The tuition is now $875.00 per unit, which is not cheap. I did not really learn very much from the program and I cringed when I wound up paying $4,375.00 in tuition costs for information that I could have obtained for free or already knew from my rigorous Master's program. The professors did not give me much feedback nor tell me how I could improve my writing. My Master's program I attended was wonderful and my papers were scrutinized in order to ensure that I was performing graduate level work, none of these academic activities occurred at Brandman University. I asked several of my former professors at my previous school to review my course material at Brandman University and they believed that the assignments were geared for lower division undergraduates and did not come close to graduate level work. One of the statistics books that were assigned was written years ago by a Master's student at Cal State Los Angeles. The statistics book is geared for Freshman level students who need to prepare for taking an undergraduate statistics course. After reading this Freshman level book which was assigned for a Doctoral level program, I made the decision to withdraw from Brandman University. I have been provisionally accepted into a PhD track graduate program at a public research university. I do not believe that Brandman University's Educational Doctorate program will be taken seriously by employers or scholars, there are no comprehensive exams, normally there are four in a doctorate program and the books are geared for undergraduate level classes.
Registration for classes is a nightmare! Fininacial aide is a nightmare. No credit cards! Navigation through website is ridiculous. Have to log in many many times. Library is a joke
Brandman University is absolutely terrible. The professors are mediocre at best. It's pretty bad when I have to contact my academic advisor, who then contacts the dean, who then has to MAKE a professor provide feedback on assignments, grade their curriculum according to the syllabus THEY (the professors) created, answer questions at all, etc. There is such a lack of communication and at this point it appears to me to be out of complete laziness. Many of these Profs. seem to be there to collect a paycheck and could care less about the education they're providing. I cant begin to describe how much it peeves me off to work a FT job, take care of 3 kids by myself, and study my butt off in my senior year to maintain my 3.6 GPA only to have the professors at this school (whom im paying for this "education" lets not forget) show a complete lack of commitment to the classes they are teaching. On top of that I get blown off by many of the professors about 2/3 of the time I attempt to communicate with them for any reason. The other 1/3 of the time they don't even answers the questions I ask because they have such a lack of attention to detail. All of this and I haven't even mentioned the administrative issues I've had NON STOP from billing to just getting me my books on time, but some times NOT AT ALL. Iv'e actually had to go out and find books for their classes on my own because their excuse of a book store can't manage. Wish I could give zero (0) stars. P.S.-If anyone from Brandman U. reads this and even thinks of contacting me to "resolve" my issues, don't hold your breath. Too little too late. This post is staying on here for all to see the truth.
I was really disappointed. The idea of one stop sounded so great. What a disappointment.
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!