Colorado State University-Global Campus Reviews
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Just graduated and wish I'd went somewhere else. The learning outcomes are the same at all these bottom-barrel schools so you are best off selecting one that makes you proud to display on your wall. Despite my better judgement I attempted to signup for my masters after graduating. Yet again the staff takes vacation right before a term starts, none of the staff knows whats going on and the ball gets dropped.
I spent multiple month attempting to get enrolled in this "school", and getting very little support from the enrollment counsiler who I had to essentially nag to get contact from or information. After almost a year of jumping through hoops, I was told that I was being denied enrollment as I did not have enough academic history to be eligible, but to try back next year. I was told this AFTER I emailed the enrollment counselor and asked what the update was since she had told me she would let me know by Friday at 3 pm and I emailed her on the following Monday at noon when I hadn't heard anything from her. This is disgraceful! It is incredibly unprofessional to ask a person to jump through numerous hoops and then basically ghost them like a bad tinder date with no regard to a persons time or goals. I would say try to enroll in ANY other school then this, save your money for a school that values it's students and potential students.
I'm reading these reviews and it seems that most here have never taken an online course before. You get material, you are expected to learn it on your own, and you are given opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge. This University was ranked 9th best online degree by US News which is partially why I chose to attend it. The assignments take a lot of time and require you to do serious work. For me, it is difficult to accomplish while holding a 50+ hour a week job. I WISH it was as easy as these other reviews say it is. Perhaps they are okay with getting D's, I'm not sure. This is an adult school for adult students. If you can't learn on your own, and need to be fed like a baby, then find a daycare. I highly recommend this school as I've taken online classes at 3 community colleges before this, and this is by far the most intensive and rigorous of the 4.
Terrible. You pretty much study on your own with no help. Here is a sample of a weeks lessons. Click on this link by some other author and watch his 6 hour video. Click on these 3 other links by other random authors and read and then write an essay. I know how to write. Recently I rushed to write an essay. It was of very poor quality, citations incorrect, grammar, did not meet content requirement, I even had a duplicate sentence. I got an A on the essay and nothing was mentioned of all the errors. I don't think the professor even reads. I learnt nothing. Terrible school. This is side job for the professors.
Listen you can learn a lot from the program. Dont let the reviews on here fool you. However, what you learn is only up to you. All the content is there, but you arent actually taught anything by an instructor. They facilitate the course and grade for work. Thats it. You have to put in the work to actually retain and apply what you learn. I just finished my BS in Information Technology with a 3.75, and it was the easiest course load Ive ever taken. Most of the teachers dont even read the papers; I literally copied and pasted the same three paragraphs one time to make a 10 page paper and received a 95% (I forgot to cite). Its sad to admit but I wanted to see for myself if the instructor paid attention. Obviously they did not. This was true for almost every class I took. Sometimes Id completely bs a paper and get a 90-95%. The paper didnt even make sense. Long story short...you will take from this school what you want. Dont expect anything from the professors. I was told once that if I had questions that Id have to google them to help with a database issue for a program we were required to install on our computers. Enough said.
From the beginning I have had issues with enrollment, advising, academics, and disability services. This is not a real institution and should be condemned. There is a lack of morale and carelessness with the operations of the college. Go to the Harvard Extension School you will have a much better experience.
The comments here discussing how truly poor the instruction is are unfortunately true. I've had one good teacher. Amazing actually and it was evident they cared. Unfortunately, it is also incredibly evident that some instructors put zero effort into these programs and they are employed soley to roll cash. I've myself tried contacting instructors to verify assignment requirements. No response was ever given and the teacher gave me a bad grade. The classes often flow poorly and are rarely relevant to the course content.
I'm near completion of a BS in Information Technology and am very happy with my experience. I've earned a 3.96 GPA and had to work very hard for it. I've always treated my instructors with respect and they've done the same for me. Anytime I've had an issue or didn't fully understand something, my instructors or student advisor have responded to my questions in a timely manner. There have been very few technical difficulties since I started in September of 2015 and I don't regret choosing CSU-Global one bit. I moved from being a System Technician at a telecommunications company to being a Network Support Specialist II at a local university. My experience had a lot to do with that, but I know I wouldn't have been considered for the position without the courses I've taken. I also know that completing my degree increases the likelihood that I'll be able to move up in the future. You get what you put in and if you don't learn anything or you don't succeed, chances are it isn't the school's or anyone else's fault but your own. CSU-Global has the same expectations for all of their students from what I've seen. If you don't want to succeed, they won't make you and they won't do the work for you. I'm sure some people skate by and complete their degree without learning anything. I've seen some pretty poor work from other students and have often wondered if they passed or not, but I can say from experience that my work has always been graded fairly, whether it was good or bad. I will say that there is a lot of writing involved and if you don't improve your skills in that area quickly, you'll have difficulties in most of your courses. Some of the CLEP tests were extremely difficult as well and I wouldn't recommend them for everyone. My suggestion is to do your best work in the time you have, absorb as much of the material you can so that you can apply it to the real world, and don't be afraid to use their tutoring services and actually talk to your instructor. I know that when I complete my degree I will have learned a great deal, I'll be proud of myself for completing it, and I'll be able to apply my knowledge to my profession. If you just want a piece of paper, then CSU-Global probably isn't a good choice for you. If you want an education, I would highly recommend it.
Overall, I had a quality experience at the CSU-Global Campus. Like many other reviewers have said, you often get out what you put into it. The classes require lots of research and paper writing. This is a much more effective way to learn in comparison to simple regurgitation and testing, but it is challenging because doing a good job takes time. I transferred 90 credit hours into the program from a traditional state school. Between the two, I felt I learned the same amount in the CSU-Global classes as I had in my previous traditional college classes. Sure, there were some professors that I did not consider good, but this is consistent with every institute of higher learning. The trick for success is to be adaptable to each individual class, both in requirements and professor expectations. Most of my professors were excellent and guided me through many great academic learning experiences. Many of the negative reviews I read here are from people that do not grasp what a college level education is like, either they have outrageous expectations (classes are never about the success of one student) or they were not able to be successful and are therefore bitter (notice their writing). In terms of a degree being from CSU-GC and employer credibility, the individual must sell themselves and their degree. If an employer is unaware of CSU-GC they may brush off your degree, its up to you as the individual to change their mind. As the Global Campus is part of the same system as the Fort Collins and Pueblos Campuses, this is not hard to do. I cannot speak for other programs/classes within the school, but my teachers certainly graded to standard. No A's were handed out without proper justification. I highly recommend CSU-Global's undergraduate program, I found it on par with other traditional state school programs.
The professors are just facilitators. Most of them have at least two other jobs, so this is in no way their priority, and it shows. They don't create the content, they can't edit the content, and you're lucky if they even know the content. The content doesn't match the course description and is largely useless. There were numerous technical difficulties that the school created by launching new platforms before they were ready and then failed to fix, making what should have been an incredibly easy program unnecessarily difficult. The advisors will tell you that they're here to guide you, but they're not. They're here to manipulate you into staying and giving the school more money. This entire place is a scam. I got a 100 in my first class, which was a senior-level IT course, but I was made to feel too stupid to live by software that didn't work, professors that were rude and insulting, and advisors that don't care about students unless they're waiving the tuition money around. Some of the people do genuinely care, but for everyone else csu global is just another job that they'll half-a** at students' expense.