Colorado State University-Global Campus Reviews
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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.
CSU Global is a great school! I finished my BS in Human Services earlier this month. The Professors are knowledgeable, kind, and helpful. My Student Adviser answered any questions that I had and returned my calls in a timely manner. The curriculum was very challenging and they had help available if you needed it. I've never had any issues with financial aid. The tuition is very affordable and, since I've been attending, has never increased. If you want a quality education for a great price then CSU Global should be your choice.
Very good school but Dont come hear if you need hand holding you will have a hard time. Also only experienced one toxic teacher but I just pushed through it and moved on. Good option for working individuals that can sit through a class and individuals that learn better solo both of which are true for myself. Thanks CSU Global Only wish you had cyber security degree then I would be return form my masters can win then all though.
I have taken a few classes here and it seems that for the accounting field they hire professional accountants. The problem is they are not teachers and do not do a very good job of explaining the material. The assignments are vague but you get points marked off for not having "superior" knowledge of a subject that you might have only studied a week or two. I am looking into another option that might actually prepare me for CMA or CPA testing.
Those who claim the education value is top notch at CSU Global must have a 5th grade education. This online University is an absolute JOKE and before you start classes here you better do some serious research. The universitys president Becky Takeda-Tinker wrote a book in 2018 regarding her idea of hiring instructors that have real life industry experience. Rather than hiring professional educators to teach at CSU Global. The idea was the instructors would then be able to have discussions on actual real life experiences and share them with the students. The problem I experienced along with all the students who were in the 20 some classes I took at CSU Global was the instructors were vertual nonexistent therefore, most of us taught ourself the course material. With instructors working within their specific industry full time, teaching at CSU Global was a side job. The last thing the instructors wanted to do after working in their respective careers 40 plus hours a week. The last thing they wanted to do was answer students dumb questions. Most often instictors were not engaged with the course and their weekly discussions for each student was copied and pasted within each students discussion. Instructors rairly imgaged in discussions with follow up responses. I was left to learn the course material on my own using the course text book and Google search. Because of the information that was provided by the school to the instructors and then shared with the student was worthless at best. It was up to the student to find the required information on their own every week in order to complete the weekly assignments. This took an absorbent amount of time each week to complete the assignments, not only were weekly discussions required per course, multiple page research papers were required. None of the instructors were provided with what an APA formatted paper should be formatted. Every 8 weeks when classes changed the instuctor would have their own idea of how an APA format should be written. This was problematic since the instructor would not provide the students with prior instructions outlining their idea of APA formatting. This is not an over exaggeration in any way, I know after the first week of a new course there would be a weekly discussion about the instructors APA requirements. It wasnt unusual that I would have to write week ones paper a second time because the process I had just spent 8 weeks using was not the right formate CSU Global required. I reported this to advisors on multiple occassions but nothing ever changed im nearly two years. The little bit of course material provided to students usually had multiple errors. Which could consist of bad URLs, conflicting instructions, missing information, spelling mistakes. The course syllabuses were full of mistakes and if brought to the instructor attention they would mostly ignore the post / email. Instructors do not have access to any of the course material, course syllabus, posted with in Schoolology Online Portal. Only CSU Global has the ability to update, change, or manipulate anything course related. Information would only be corrected every other year. Can you believe the amount of students that see the same mistakes within a given course syllabus before something is actually done. Of course no amendments are made or noted prior to any update. The instuctor cant even note it, within the course outline to proactively notify students of the known errors. This would be too easy for the student and God forbid they provide help. This education ended up costing me just under $35,000 and when I think about having to pay money for an education I did not get, it infuriates me. I laugh when I think about the education value, since I graduated with a 3.7 GPA. I would like to believe that I learned the marterial needed to earn the GPA, however, I am more than certain I was giving grades I did not truly earn considering many instructors only looked at assignments long enough to confirm the required information was discussed. As long as an attempt was made in the right format and required amount of pages had been completed it was an A paper. You couldnt copy from any other document because everything had to be checked by a similarity score simulator. There were many courses I took that the instructor never bothered to register the class and activate the program. I would bet it was overlooked because the instructor was not informed of the requirement by CSU Global. Students would never say anything if it was not activated because this meant they could plagiarize their assignments without question. Unless, it was an English course the instructor was never going to read a class of 30 students 10 page weekly assignments. In 8 weeks time they would be reading and grading 2,400 pages give or take. Haha, never going to happen especially while they are working a full time job and taking care of their family. The only thing this allows CSU Global is the opportunity to sell a would be instructor on how simple it is for them. Unlike an actual teacher or professor they actually have to work for the money they earn. Instuctor with CSU Global dont have to worry about the weekly lesson plan, everything is posted online and they dont have to worry about coming up with anything, everything has already done for them. CSU Global instructors are only required do one discussion post per week and post one weekly grade per student. You would have to be brainless to not want to be employed by CSU Global, they are basically giving money away and requiring little in return. They dont require their instructors to have any of the basic teaching qualifications as long as they individual Has real life industry experience. Anyone who is considerate, passionate, understanding, accountable, with ethical standards should not apply. Those who believe the school is all about the bottom dollar even though the school is supposed to be a not for profit university. Please dont make a 35 thousand dollar mistake like I did. Do research and make sure that you choose the absolute best education. Those wanting to pay for their degree this is essentially what their IT degree program requires. Be smart, Good Luck!
I've been very pleased with CSU Global. All of the administrative staff I have interacted with have been upbeat, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and quick to respond. I even won one of thier internal scholarships so regular people do win those. I majored in accounting for my BS. I feel the coursework was very in depth and comprehensive. My issue with accounting was that I had no background in it and stuggled to find relevance to my daily work life. By the time I realized I had no interest in accounting I was so far in I didn't want to change majors. I am currently attending for my MS in healthcare administration. I work in medical billing and my classes now are so relevant to my work it's amazing the difference. The reading materials and paper topics are exactly what upper leadership at my hospital discusses and I feel so in tune. This is a heavy reading and writing program but that's to be expected since it's online. My writing has improved. Some teachers give excellent feedback, others more meh. I have had no negative teacher experiences. If you're outside Colorado I can see people thinking this is just another random online school. If you're in Colorado though this school is well known and respected. I work for the largest healthcare provider in the state. I know several people attending this school and all are competent mid level staff and managers. Nobody has ever discounted my degree or CSU Global to my face. I won a scholarship at work and they knew I was attending here. If you're established in your career or industry this degree will enhance your resume. Nobody pretends it's a Harvard MBA but it doesn't need to be. Adults with full time jobs can really improve themselves at this school. I'm excited because my in-progress MHA has already made me a good candidate for promotions. Tuition is very affordable and there is so little red tape regarding admissions and financial aid.
Regret going back to complete my degree at CSU Global. Peers and employers dont view it as a valid institution, and I truly have to agree. The majority of your class work revolves around writing papers, and as long as you meet the bare minimum requirements (length, number of sources, address each point) you will get an A. I graduated with a 4.0 and can say I didnt learn a thing. Waste of time and money. Work hard at your job and you will end up better off than paying for a piece of paper that no one views as legitimate.