Colorado State University-Global Campus Reviews
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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.
I left before I graduated. The instructors are so poorly attentive. The level of instruction is not at a college level. They mark down papers and have to return the points they marked off due to their negligence. I do not recommend this college. It is not a scholarly environment.
I wish I had thought to read reviews of this school prior to enrolling here. With that said; please be aware that this review is my opinion, and only one of many opinions, so please do your own research, and come to your own conclusions. First off, if you plan on having interaction with your instructors, you will need to look elsewhere. That's not an opinion just a simple fact, one I was unaware of prior to enrolling. I enrolled here mostly because of the lower tuition rate over my previous school; Colorado Technical University - Online. However; the money savings, is becoming questionable. I'm used to a more conventional education experience where you have an instructor/professor give a lecture, or presentation, or live chat, covering the material that will be studied for that week. Here, I have one class that has TWO, (yes 2) live chats scheduled over the ENTIRE 8 WEEKS! and my other class has NONE! I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the idea of paying $350/credit hour to essentially do a bunch of book reports and teach myself. Granted, there is no such thing as a perfect school, CTU certainly had it's drawbacks, (aside from cost), but at least there the instructors held 2 live chats EVERY WEEK, not 2 in 8 weeks! As for the instructors, well I'm still a new student so I haven't been exposed to a large variety of instructors yet, (and it's looking like I never will be, aside from the occasional email). However, when I do email an instructor I've always gotten a response within 24 hours. Financial aid has been good in the fact that they explained everything to me, answered all my questions, and so far haven't given me any headaches. My biggest gripe is the fact that, like I stated above, I feel like I'm spending A LOT of money to be critiqued on book reports! For those who are curious this is the work load for a typical undergraduate course every week: Read Chapters 1, 2, & 14 in (insert book title), plus read these articles from 2 or 3 assorted websites. Then you Critical Thinking Assignment: Your well written paper should meet the following requirements: 3 - 4 pages in length, in addition to the title page and reference page, Formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements, Cite a minimum of two scholarly sources, at least one of which is not provided in, or linked from, the course. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find scholarly sources! Then you have your Discussion Board post, and project portfolio as well as your mastery exercises to complete. This is each week for EACH CLASS, so if you're like me and taking 2 classes each week, then you double the work I just described. All without instructor interaction, unless you reach out to them via email or phone call. In a nutshell, I don't feel like this is the right school for me, but for others it might be just what they are looking for. The key is to find the school you're comfortable with, can afford, and will provide you with a quality education that's accredited and recognized!
Despite what many of the reviews here say the educational quality of the school is fairly high. The setup with heavy reading and lengthy essays make students explore things in a very thorough manner. However, there are a large number of issues with their financial and student services. At the beginning I was told that I had room to fail or retake a few classes, however being a 3.88 GPA student luckily that hasn't been an issue. If it had been an issue I came to learn there's actually no extra room in my loans for any extra classes. I also found out that because so many classes are non-transferable there's not enough money left in my loans to even attend another school without paying out of pocket. Further I had to rework my loans myself to even be able to cover books ( they never tell you that there are terms you won't get your full grants). Coming to terms with this issue I decided to carry on. That is until yesterday, 2 weeks before finals, when my computer stopped working for no reason. Just like any other issue I had, the only solutions proposed to me or take more loans and fix it myself. They give no discounts for tech support they have no loaner computers for emergencies they have nothing to offer students in the way of services for really anything else either. The school seems to regularly use their distance to their advantage, so they can pass the buck back off to the student. I wouldn't recommend this school to anybody else, and I don't know what to do because I'm already stuck here, but all I know is I might actually fail a class because my computer broke and there was no way to get help.
I took a few accounting classes as a requirement for work and got my As. The online environment provided to the student deserves 5 stars. The instructors, though, deserve not more than 2 stars, most claim to have PhDs and one of them 3 Masters (?). Respectfully I believe they were just mere moderators, cheerleaders at the most but I do not know what they learned in their PhD programs. Every time that I asked a question for clarification on a subject I received a copied-and-pasted text from some source, may be from the instructor's manual, the internet, who knows, but never his(her) own. Not added value there. In addition often misinterpreted my question, e.g. Inflation vs Taxation, when asked for a 2nd time and advised to read my question carefully, wow one instructor went ballistic, took offense and told me to wait till I took a more advanced class. So basically this instructor was telling me that I would not be smart enough to understand the explanation if provided. NONE of them prepared their classes, clarified concepts with exercises, often they directed me to You Tube! But aren't I paying CSU Global for my edu? CSU Global can do better.
I loved the campus and the city. It was a great atmosphere. CSU offered a wide range of classes and majors. I felt very prepared going into the real world and my class work definitely applied to my career.