Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
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At first this was a great school, took an English class and the instructor was great, (apparently this school does not use professors, she was a great teacher but no professor). When I took the first math class I was very disappointed. I ended up using YouTube to figure out how to do the math. The instructor stood in front of the class reading the book and could not figure out how to answer the math problem, un-prepared, unprofessional, I did not learn a thing. Not entirely the instructors fault, the book had a lot of errors and that confused the instructor. I ended up showing the instructor the errors and helping her move the class along. I feel bad for some of other students because they should have failed but was given a passing grade since the instructor couldn’t figure it out either. They will go on to harder math classes and fail. I also took the science class and realized this school does not have a lab. The instructor was a very good teacher but the science was 10th or 11th grade material, didn’t learn anything. I also tool a basic networking class, this was an online class, again there were problems and I learned nothing. Most of the online discussion boards were basic and my 10 year old sister could come up with more intelligent things to discuss in a college level class. The instructor didn’t read my last paper and gave me a missing grade, even after I appealed this with evidence from the online submissions they did not change my grade. Luckily this only happened once and with my easy 100% on everything else it did not make that much of a difference. I stuck with the school for a year and all I have to show for it is a few transfer credits to use at a real school.
I took the bachelors degree in Software Engineering. Excellent classes. Am now in my Masters and I have witnessed a huge culture change in CTU. The Dean is not accessible, a supervisor is never accessible. You either take ebooks or go to another school. So when you get two bboks and you can only access one at a time, good luck when you don't have internet. What did the advisor say, (TOO BAD, TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT) Nice huh? Ever since I started CTU the late policies were identical except for one professor who thought education was better served if we were punished with a 20% hit for being one day late. These colleges are for adult learners, sometimes our schedules do not meet deadlines as planned. But this school says "Sorry nothing we can do" So if you want a school that has found the amazing ability to fix or solve nothing, they let rogue professors destroy a students enthusiasm and insults their intelligence, then this is the school for you. I even wrote a letter begging to talk withj the dean, I am sure the advisors threw it out. I am sure they either don't care or do not wish to be exposed for doing nothing. Once they get you in none of your issues will be met with a solution, and I mean absolutely none of them. Best of luck, I am looking elsewhere to finish my degree. And OMG if you owe them any money they will turn you over to a collection agency even without documentable proof of any notices. This school has gone down hill in a hurry! They truly could care less what you think about their program, the arrogance is unbelievable!
It is hard to get in contact with your professors. They say email them and yet they never reply to the emails. Financial aid is the worst. Trying to get help with financial aid documents or getting questions answered is ridiculous. They couldn't explain to me why my stipend went from a very large amount to nothing. They just gave me the run around and then hung up on me. It wasn't very helpful. My student advisior was never available to speak me.and would never answer my questions. The only one who was helpful was the enrollment advisior who walked me through the paperwork and the orientation process step by step.
This school is very fast paced. With each class 5.5 weeks long, a lot of information is compacted into the timeframe. One must be ready to work hard to succeed. The instructors are from the fields being taught. They are more than academics in the traditional school setting; they have actually walked the talk. The more successful student will attend the live chats rather than the archived chats. This is where most of the interaction is. Time spent in class with the instructor should be a priority. The chat archives are great for review but should not be the only way of getting instruction. For the working adult and other, non-traditional students who are highly motivated a self-starters, I heartily recommend CTU. This is not a party school and the student will achieve in direct proportion to the effort expended!
I started attending CTU in 2014. It is hard and I hope it will be worth it. What I am finding out is that students get little to no support from the university. Live chats are held twice a week and sometimes can be helpful, yet for some courses it is very difficult to get much out of the live chats. The online tutoring with the drop in tutoring is great and very helpful, however not all classes seem to have tutors available. It seems at least to me that I am teaching myself with most of the courses that I am taking, very little help is coming from the instructors and no help is available from the student success department. Even though I feel as if I am mostly teaching myself a few of the instructors have been very good and actually reach out to students to let you know you are doing well in their class and offer feedback on assignments, other instructors you never get feed back from and it is frustrating. The student success coaches very rarely reply to emails, or offer any feed back or encouragement to students and when contacting them with any issue, they have up to 72 hours to reply, I think that is in hopes that the students will forget the issue or it will be resolved. Most of the issues I have with attending CTU is the what seems like a total lack of regard for the students(their customers)or whether or not students succeed or not. It also seems as if almost all contact from the student success department is in the form letters or automatic replies, letting you to contact some other department with your issue. I would not recommend this university to anyone and in fact I would try to dissuade anyone from attending CTU. I am only going to stick it out here because I have no choice cause they already got my money.
First off, I graduated in 2007. Things may have changed a bit and it was in transition when I was studying. Almost all of the instructors were extremely helpful with only one exception. He was critical of everyone's work but the criticism was not constructive. It seems like they make a good faith effort to find instructors that work in the field that you are studying. I really enjoyed my time there and it assisted me in obtaining a position as a Criminal Investigator in a State Police agency in Texas. I was already a deputy sheriff while I studied at CTU
Colorado Technical University Online (CTU) has completely changed my life. I am a single mother of two children, one boy and one girl. My daughter is disabled and has an abundance of medical issues. My situation is very challenging and, at one point, I thought that there was no hope as far as furthering my education. Money was too tight to pay for daycare and the level of care my daughter would need. CTU gave me hope. Between the flexibility of online classes and the overwhelming support of the staff, I am now currently pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in Business. I couldn't have done it on my own. At CTU, anyone can become a successful student and brighten their future. CTU is the light at the end of the tunnel!
Excellent experience! I graduated in 2010 and my career took off. I could not have done it without CTU. I found all of the coursework to be relevant, challenging, and interesting. For those of you who rate CTU low, all I can say is that any college or university is what you make of it. If you give 10%, then you get 10%. Likewise, if you give 100% you get 100%. So if you are upset with CTU because they didn't just hand you a degree, then you need to step back and look at you and your performance. I bet what you will find is your lack of commitment, drive, and willingness to work hard led to your disappointment.
I just graduated from CTU with eMBA degree. Looking back on experience, I would confidently say that if I had to do it again, I would repeat this experience. You might read other people reviews, and some say that they have not learn much, or five week of classes was too short. Let me tell you, this is not easy, do not expect to get degree for just login on to the class portal. For me, I spend on average 25 to 30 hours per week to keep up with assignments and learning. Let’s be honest, as with any graduate studies, you are in charge of your education, the teachers are here to guide you, and answer questions on a material you have a problem with. All my teachers in this program had PhD’s in their related fields. Also most of them currently working in an industry, and not just academia, so there was an additional value for me to see how theory applied to the real life. I never had teacher that would not reply to my email within 24 hours, also they all gave students their phone number in case we need to talk with them on a phone. As far as a cost, I found this school most cost effective. My undergrad degree is in science, so to get MBA, I had to have business prerequisites. To make story short, I had to take four additional labs, which CTU provided for me without additional cost (free). At the end, before you sign up for online, or traditional school, keep in mind, it is a hard work, and most of all it requires a lot of sacrifice and commitment. Unfortunately, no pain no gain.
Getting a degree was one of the best things I've ever done for my career, so even with the massive debt I'm happy to have stuck with it. Colorado Technical Unversity Online was an option that worked well for me due to the travel demands from my job. However, since I was already managing call centers domestically and internationally, I had some unique insights into the operations of running a business. As a result, I'd give feedback after each course asking for more real life examples in the curriculum. This way students can understand more about the practical application of their learning, especially for those that had no frame of reference on the topic. Some instructors were excellent at this and some had gaps. Overall, the college was very engaged with the students before, during and after each course. Even though I was a virtual learner I felt connected. If tuition wasn't so expense I'd definitely pursue my Masters....maybe in the future.