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Brandman makes the claim that it is geared toward working adults. It definitely is not. Many of the courses geared toward teaching require the student to do MANY observations and to tutor students. How is this possible if you are working full time? Does one have to continually take days off of work to fulfill those requirements?
The new online component is a nightmare. Why is it necessary to meet face to face and online? It is not. The online component is often repetitive and with no value. Most students just get it done and the issues addressed are neither significant, controversial, or relevant; it is simply busy work.
Many students are extremely unhappy at Brandman. I would suggest another school which values student input and appreciates the fact that we are working adults.
I attended Brandman online to get my CLAD certificate. There were a lot of tech problems since the classes were the first online CLAD classes.The program worked well for me because it was accelerated and I could finish quickly over the summer. I did have good instructors in the ESOL department. I still keep in touch with Dr. Larson. She was an excellent teacher. The problems drove me crazy when I attended , but they will be worked out eventually. Anytime something is new it takes awhile to perfect it. I attended the Extended Learning program , so I do not know about the other departments.
When I decided to apply for Brandman's online program, I was persuaded by a college recruiter that raved about the school and its flexibility for working students. As an aspiring actress, I thought going to Brandman would be great in case I ever had to go out of town and not be able to attend class (extras cannot attend on campus school if they want to work). I was only here for two semesters, and enjoyed it up until my final term.
I'm not saying that this is a terrible school. For an online school, it's probably one of the best. I know people who've attended other online universities, such as Phoenix and Kaplan who constantly complain about the professors and class format. Brandman is entirely online, consists of some great professors with reasonable demands for assignments.
The problem is, at least for me, because it works on accelerated terms everything moves pretty quickly. For some classes, this is great. I honestly didn't have a problem until my Statistics course came along. I found myself working every day for HOURS, only to rush to get things turned in Sunday nights. As an actress who is required to be on set for 12 hours a day, I found that my WORK interfered with school that I was worried I couldn't work and study simultaneously without sacrificing one. I considered dropping out many times, but since it is a required course and I needed it to transfer I stuck it out. After only three weeks I stopped caring about maintaining my 4.0. I thought the requirements for discussion posts was ridiculous (4 required posts, relating statistics to your everyday life and asking/answering questions in a Q&A section). It would be better if the Q&A was optional, or offered extra credit rather than being required. Sometimes I didn't have questions, and I got docked for it. If you struggle in math, I don't recommend taking this until the very end, or by itself. I only took it early because I wanted to transfer to a CSU. However, that may just be that particular professor, who is nice and extremely helpful. It was just the format I hated.
As for the classes I did enjoy, the required English courses were great. I could get assignments done by Wednesday without worrying. I also took a Society/Culture and Literature course that required weekly film viewings and a lot of other fun assignments. My Personality Theories class was also very enjoyable, definitely my favorite.
For the most part, the professors are helpful and answer your questions via email timely. If you have problems, or do an assignment incorrectly, they'll actually help you out. I recommend this school for those who are at-home parents or don't have a hectic work schedule. Otherwise you'll find yourself swamped in the more challenging courses.