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Colorado Technical University Online (CTUO) is not a school for everyone. The courses used to vary from 11 weeks to 5 weeks but I guess they decided that they were not pumping enough students through the system. All courses are now 5 weeks long. There are some good instructors, that is, instructors that want to help you learn but for the most part instructors are low quality and do not help at all. I have had some instructors that barely speak English. The books are mostly e-books that you cannot take with you when you leave. You cannot download them, save them or put them to disk, but you can print them, one chapter at a time. What complicates learning is that most of the time the e-books have little or nothing to do with the course being taught. In this school you get out of the school what you put into it. They might as well call this the self-taught school because that is what it is. You do have grades handed out by the instructors who may dock you points for no other reason than he/she can. I once ran into an instructor who told me that students attending online classes did not deserve a 100% because they did not learn as much as a brick and mortar classroom student did. I believe him now. After two years my money and time have been wasted. I have had employers laugh at me when produce my degree from CTUO. Financial aid is another joke. I do not think even they know what stipends or disbursements you are going to get. I even think that they get points for getting you off the phone by telling you that your money will be in tomorrow. The whole financial aid department is incompetent with exception of one person I talked to a year in a half ago. Speaking of incompetent so is CTUO entire IT department. CTUO has discussion boards and back in 2010 they worked great then they had the 2011 spring update. Discussion board was unable to carry the original format. In other words I spent hours working on a paper making it neat and tidy with 0.5” borders, APA format, double space, and indent first line of paragraph. When I posted to the discussion board it came out with no boarders, single spaced and random enters sometimes five words then enter, and sometimes 10 words then enter. IT said it wasn’t their problem must be my computer. So I spent days figuring out it was not my problem even worked with Microsoft. IT said not their problem discussion boards worked fine. SIX months later they admitted it was a problem in the meantime all the students were getting docked 10 points per assignment for not submitting in APA format. I would go and spend an hour reworking my assignment on the discussion board so that it looked like I had originally written it. CTUO is a horrible place to get your degree from. It takes hours of research to research the subject matter and even longer to put it in a cohesive document. Be prepared to be congratulated on one hand for going above the required word count and punished with a low grade on the other for exceeding the expectations of the assignment. I received my Bachelor’s degree but would NEVER! EVER! Recommend to anyone that they attend this school. OH! And by the way forget about job placement assistance! THERE IS NONE AT ALL!!!!!
This school is awesome. I have tried a couple of others and actually received my AA from another school. I transferred here because I did not like the way the other school did their BS degree program. I have had so much positive help throughout the program. They have a system called the M.U.S.E. and if you do not understand what they instructor is teaching, you go to this system and it's a hands on type of system. I have learned so much from this type of system. I have actually even been behind with a D, and ended up pulling a A out of the entire class because this system had helped me that much. I highly recommend the school and the instructors. I have had phenomenal instructors except for 1 but the good thing is, the classes are only 5.5 weeks so if you get a bad instructor by the time you realize they are not what you like, there's only a week or 2 left in the class.
I have read some of the reviews and it is true that CTU somewhat gives the student a hard time about the financial aid and when they do have you in the school. They kept forcing you to stay in. I was about to not finish my AA degree in this school since I'm undecided on what I really wanted to do. The school is very persistent. But, I just decided to finish it after. I actually like this school. It's very straight forward and easy if you actually put a lot of effort in it. I actually like it way better in a face to face class. I would recommend this school. The only thing that I didn't like is the fact that I couldn't get an internship in the state I'm in. I'm located in Texas and one of the classes you have to take is either you want to do a online internship or a real internship. The main reason I decided to not go to this school anymore is because of that. I like doing a hands-on job whenever I do an internship.
I have been attending CTU online on and off since 2004. I stopped and started a couple of times but finally last year I decided to get serious. I contacted my Student Advisor, the same one since 2004, and told her I was ready to come back and finish my degree. She got me enrolled in the next class and 1 year later I finally graduated. The classes are not easy but they are not hard as long as you manager your time correctly. You must get your assignments in on time because falling behind in a 5.5 week class is a recipe for disaster. I fell behind twice in the last year but luckily I was able to catch back up in both classes and pulled out a passing grade. The only time I had anyone call me multiple times was when I first enrolled and they were trying to get my transcripts and whatnot together quickly so they could get me into the next term. They may be trying to make money but they are also trying to get you into school and help you get an education. I started my first class in my MBA program two days ago and I have to say I was scared at first because I never thought I would ever finish a Bachelor's much less go for an MBA. If you think CTU is not a real school then you are mistaken. CTU is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This is the highest accreditation a school can obtain. Good luck to those of you who decide to attend CTU. It is not a walk in the park like most people expect when they decide to go to an online school. If you are looking for a degree mill then look somewhere else. Peace Out!!!
This school does not care about its students. Everyone is nice & helpful when you are going through the admissions process until you are admitted, then it all goes downhill. I had difficulty accessing my class on the first day, which I was told I would be able to access that day.
I was given the run around by both tech support & advising, each telling me that I needed to contact the other department. After telling advising that I already spoke to tech support they told me that I needed to contact my admissions counselor to verify that I was scheduled for the class. I told them that she had said I was & that she was out until Wednesday (3rd day into the term). They told me I had to wait until then to resolve the issue.
I tried calling to speak to an actual person & got recordings which I left messages & did not get a return call. I was fed up that nobody was willing to help me & I requested to be withdrawn from the university.
I got my BS and MBA from CTU Online.
The curriculum at CTU is similar to that of any other university and just as with any other university, you'll get out of it what you want. The very simple fact is that at any university there are both good and poor professors and CTU Online is not immune to this.
The school is fully accredited and the diploma is very much earned and is not just handed out.
CTU has been very good to me and I have benefited greatly from the experience in the Online school. After I finished the MBA, I continued on to the ground campus in the Doctoral Program and I have been in that program for two years with one year left. Once again, it all comes down to the fact that you will get out of it what you want and what you put into it.
I enrolled with CTU in 2009, though I am still enrolled and planning on getting my Bachelors by Jan 2014. I am from India and I have studied in a brick and mortar school and I hated it. Most of my classes are 5-1/2 weeks, but they cover a lot during this period and you have to be on top of your assignment if you want to get some good grades. I have actually struggled in couple of classes, but Bachelors are not supposed to be just easy going either.
I liked the school and the way the classes are set up and I would recommend anyone. There will always be people who complain, but they will complain no matter where they go.
I just completed my first (and last class) with CTU. Do yourself a favor and find another school...any other school. I transferred from another school thinking it would be better. Wow, was I wrong! I went right back to my old school who would not take these credits.
It started with getting false information from their online chat. I went ahead and enrolled even though my wife said this was the wrong school and a mistake. I totally should have listened to her. I took Operations Management. Now the instructor was very nice and there was a lot of information.
Unfortunately it was way too much information for a six week course. The instruction was OK. The school doesn't give two flips about the student once they are enrolled...unless it is time to get you into a new class. They totally screwed up my GI Bill so now I get to pay this out of pocket. The tuition is way too expensive for what you get. The school is second rate at best.
I am not here to argue for or against CTU in the same ways many of you are. The only thing that pisses me off is their stinking site maintenance prevents us from accessing the online virtual campus or getting assignments in on time etc. it's totally ridiculous and unnaceptable to do site maintenance when students need full access to the campus etc.
Why do they not do it during their online campuses scheduled breaks and time off like the holidays etc.? They could have done this over the Christmas and New Years vacation but NO they gotta do it right at the end of FEB start of March.
Honestly I don't think they give a crap what we students think. Thanks tech support you really do SUCK!!!
I have been attending CTUO for a little over a year where I have been enrolled in a Bachelor of Science program, with a concentration in Finance. Does the school have faults or deficiencies? Of course it does. I don't believe that every school will be a good-fit for everyone.
My initial exposure, with CTUO, was with my assigned student adviser. He was very good at answering my questions and soliciting responses to what I wanted to achieve in order to marry up my desires with what the school offered. I have to admit that it was part and partial due to the rapport that he established with me that led me to register. I also appreciated his periodic calls and email messages where he inquired to how I was doing and offering further assistance.
**Likes: I like that the school offers 5-week long courses, making it feasible to achieve a degree program in an accelerated fashion. That can mean a lot of work in a short span of time. Some friends and coworkers state that they need to be in a classroom environment or they might be easily distracted by family, friends, television or other activities. To them, I would not recommend CTU Online or any online college, for that matter. Online education requires a student to have a lot of discipline and self-motivation in order to complete the courses. The important key, however, is a desire to learn. If an individual has little to no desire to learn, then he/she will gain little, no matter what the environment.
**Don't Like: One aspect of which I am not fond is the feedback assignments required of each student to provide to his classmates. We submit our assignments, read those of our classmates and respond to two of them, weekly. The logic behind this requirement is that we do not have the face-to-face interaction with our classmates by virtue of the technology. As such, this is one way to have the students interact with one another. Personally, even when I attend brick-n-mortar schools, I do not necessarily interact with my classmates. Not because I am antisocial (though there may be truth in that) but because my viewpoint is that I attend these classes to learn and garner an education, not to make additional friends.
Another aspect I do not like is that, no matter how many courses one takes each quarter, the assignments are due on the same day. This means that if you take two classes per quarter, you'll have two assignments due, at the same time (usually on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday) and part of which includes responding to two classmates per class.
In a brick-n-mortar environment, classes may be scheduled on differing days allowing for assignments to be staggered rather than simultaneously due.
**Instructors: As in any school, some instructors are better than others. I found most instructors to be knowledgeable and enthused about their field of study. However, some were not very good at conveying the information (you'll find this in any school). In these cases, it was up to me to learn on my own. A nice feature offered by CTUO are the resources made available to assist. You have access to online research libraries, tutorial services and a Learning Center where you might find similar chats covering the desired topic. Using such venues may allow you to find another source or individual from whom you can better understand the subject matter.
**Books and Material: I do not like having to access my books electronically. Call me old-fashioned but I prefer to have an actual book in my hands when reading or referencing material. CTUO seems to have gone to a standard where the books are published by "Works of Wonder" meaning that you cannot readily find other resources for the material such as on eBay, Amazon, etc. I would rather pay a few bucks to have the hard copy version of the text but discovered it is not always feasible with CTUO. Like many things in life, I don't like it but I can adjust.
**Information Technology: I found IT support to be very helpful, at least with the minor issues I encountered. It was great that the school provided MS Office 2010, at no additional cost to the student, as well as MS Project (for my Project Management class), and a pc video cam (for use with my Career Planning and Mgt class). I was also provided with actual books and a DVD for use with my Literature class.
**Transfer from CTUO: The caveat, with attending this school, is that the credits may not be fully transferable to a school that does not offer Quarter Semester Hours. Transferring to a local 4-yr state college, many of my credits have been accepted (not much of a need for Accounting or Financial Statement Analysis if going into Psychology).
However, I was not granted full credit. For instance, although my Literature course was accepted, I was only credited with 2.67 Semester Hours instead of the 4.00 identified by CTU. Nevertheless, my credits were accepted confirming, in my mind, that the school is accredited. Otherwise, I would assume none would be accepted.
**Costs: As a military member, I pay $210 per credit hour as compared to $250 per credit hour at my local college. A main difference, between the two, is that while a member of my state militia, I can attend a local school for very little to no money, out-of-pocket. Again, my reasoning for having attended CTU Online was due to the accelerated courses and my circumstances that dictated I obtain my degree as quickly as possible; circumstance that have since changed.
**Job Placement: I cannot speak to anything with respect to this as I have not yet been in need of these services.
**OVERALL: This is only my opinion based on my personal experience, with this institution, but I have very much enjoyed my experiences at CTU. My reason for leaving is that I am changing my major, from Finance to clinical Psychology, which is not offered there. If not for this, I probably would stay as it offers the benefits, services, and features that I desire from a school.