Colorado State University-Global Campus Reviews - Bachelor's in Information Technology
Review of Information Technology Bachelors Degrees
How is a student supposed to have faith in an online university if you can't access your assignments because of non-stop maintenance? 3/4 of the time I could not even login into the portal, and when I did get logged in, the portal had limited functionality. Because of this, I decided that I would withdraw as I didn't have faith in their online learning environment. When attending an online university, you should be able to access your assignments any time of the day Note: This was only my second week in and I plan on not re-enrolling. This was extremely frustrating, as I was really hoping to complete my Bachelor's degree.
I read a review that said instructors did not give feed back and that the weekly essays are almost 6 pages long. I have been going to this school for almost 3 years and love it! Unfortunately online schooling is not for everyone and it is not easy at all! It is very difficult and needs a lot of time and dedication! I was able to still maintain my A GPA, but it took me doing homework almost every night and 8 hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Yes there is a lot that you have to read and yes essay are due for the first 6 out of 8 weeks, but they start at 3 to 4 pages until you get to 8 weeks which are normally around 8 to 10 pages average. Professor's do respond to your grading you have to go into your work that you submitted and that is where any feedback is located. I loved going to this school! I will graduate 12-3 and will be starting my Master's degree next year.
The classes and instruction at CSU-Global were overall very good. Typical with all learning institutions that I have attended you will find some instructors and classes that are lacking. All in all I was very happy with what I learned and for information technology the hands on approach is the best way to go.
A lot of adults assume that online classes are easy, they are not! Online learning is much harder than in-class learning. I got an Associate Degree in Science (Information technology) at a high quality community college, then enrolled at CSU since i move around a lot. The courses are very challenging and overloaded, writing three responses in interactive forums, weekly papers:4-5 pages a week, and a final project of 11-12 pages. Your professor would provide guidance if you ask, but nothing more. All of my courses (46 credits) i've taken here were all self efforts, reading material provided with the course and doing my own research. I sacrificed a lot when it comes to social life since i also work full-time as an engineer, but it is worth it. If you expect to get an "easy degree", look elsewhere, the curriculum is challenging here in a good way !!
I am a current student at CSU-Global and this University's policy is setup to favor the University. I recently encountered a situation where I had to request an extension due to unforeseen circumstances. I followed CSU's Incomplete Request and the instructor failed to make the exam available. It is going on one month and the between the Instructor and faculty members this issues continues to be unresolved. Their lack of communication amongst one another is poor and they will try to put the blame on the student. Luckily, I am strong willed and I continue to stand my ground and advocate for current and future students. Run away and choose a more reputable University that treats its students with dignity and respect. The Instructors are not helpful and they also refer you to the internet instead of actually teaching the class. If you get stuck you'll have to depend of the internet as instructors declined to guide you through assignments. If I wanted to teach myself I would not have paid so much money to get the job done. Run, run, run, away fast.
I had gone to a "regular" university years ago, and after 2 years of attending classes and not knowing what I wanted to do, I left for the workforce. During the course of the next 15 years I finished an associates in Electronics and gained a lot of practical experience and certifications in the IT industry. With urging from my boss, I decided to go back and finish my Bachelors and CSU-Global seemed like a good fit for someone who worked full time and could only further my education on my own time. The application/admission process was fairly straightforward and they did accept the majority of my previous credits with no problems. There was an option to get some additional credits for real-life experience (based on certifications) but I didn't pursue that option as it seemed tedious and it didn't sound like it would have a major impact. The coursework itself was not overly difficult, but keep in mind I had 15 years experience in the industry so a lot of it was review. The actual computer/network courses were pretty easy because of that. The most engaging courses were the management/leadership type classes and the project management class. The classes I had the most difficulty with were the Accounting course and the Software programming (Java) course, this was largely due to me not being terribly interested in either based on my own personal preferences. Also, a later course was a database class on MS SQL 2005, which was pretty out of date given that both 2008 and 2012 were out. The word was they were developing the new course based off newer versions, but as it was one of my last class requirements I wanted to get it out of the way rather than wait. They also really didn't have an intro to DBA type class, but that was apparently also in development so they likely do by now. Overall, the work wasn't too difficult if you are a proficient writer (as practically all of the homework is written papers or forum topic discussions) and you can manage your time effectively. I can't speak as to how valuable the degree is from a general perspective. I've been with the same company for quite a long time, so I haven't had to interview for any new jobs now that I have this degree and I don't have any feedback to grade how well received it would be by those in hiring positions. However it did help me to get a promotion at work into a management role, which likely wouldn't have happened otherwise. So from that perspective it was worth the time and effort, as well as the personal satisfaction of being able to say I finally finished my Bachelor's.