Graduation Year: 2020
"Courses at CSU Global share the same structure: Eight-week courses. Write a robust post each week on a discussion topic by Thursday, make a reasonably thorough response to two classmates by Sunday, submit a paper / project / worksheet by Sunday based on that week's topic or module. No assignment in week 7 (other than the discussion posts) because week eight is your final 'portfolio project' that is supposed to be fairly substantial, and will account for 30-40% of your grade. In theory, this should be a great setup. In practice, it's shambolic. A colossal waste of time and money. Instructors do literally nothing other than make one post a week about how 'you're all doing great!'. Modules are basically collections of Youtube playlists from random contributors - that's right, you're paying $1000 a course to watch free Youtube videos! Discussion topics are awful - rather than pick an interesting topic or question that could generate at least stimulating debate, the topic will be some generic question with only one obvious right answer, so be one of the first ones to post if you don't want to waste time trying to figure out how to say the obvious answer without copy/paste. Good luck trying to make a meaningful response to two posters that goes beyond 'great post, I really agree with the only obvious right answer you posted that was exactly the same as every other post this week'. If the assignments or quizzes were at least challenging it would at least be a saving grace, but alas - since many classes do not have text books, and it's hard to create exercises from Youtube videos, the assignments are recycled exercises from some old text book or test bank. All assignments are freely available online, copy/paste, upload, done. Complete waste of time. I have literally had far more rigorous courses on Coursera / edX. So my recommendation: a) If you *really* want to learn and don't care about credits, there are any number of excellent courses on Coursera, edX, Udemy. Many universities offer non-credit and for-credit courses that will be properly rigorous. Go do those. b) If you just need credits to get a degree, any degree (such as for exam qualifications etc) and don't need to 'learn', CSU will be a low-stress option, but seriously - it's over-priced for the joke of the 'education' they offer. There are cheaper options. c) If you want to pursue a degree and want to learn, why drop $15K for 15 classes at CSU when for $30K you can take 15 classes at Harvard Extension and come away from a degree from Harvard?"