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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 spoke 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 instructor 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.
To whom it may concern: 12-20-2012 This online school is great for people who have experience in the field they are in and want a refresher. DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU KNOW NOTHING. You will learn nothing and hurt your GPA in the process. The faculty is made up of a mix of academia graduates of the field of study or actual workers in that field. A small percentage of Professors want to help you learn and succeed but the majorities are there to read a pre-processed power point that may or may not have anything to do with the assignments. Some Professors will dock you points 10-15 points per assignment and they do not have to justify why! Most books are e-books, some are actual books which they send via UPS and are timely. Most have some information about the subject matter but some have little or nothing to do with the assignment or subject matter. PLAN TO SPEND HOURS RESEARCHING IF YOU WANT TO LEARN!!!!!
Financial aid is a joke. Most of the morons that work there do not even know what financial aid IS! There are a few good ones but you have to deal with the mass majority who are idiots. Do not believe anything they say they are graded by how long they have you on the phone the longer you talk to them the faster they want to tell you “whatever” and hang up!
Academic advisor are the same breed as the financial advisor MORONS! Technical support doesn’t even know how boot a computer much less help.
They have this thing called virtual commons what a laugh. There is nothing virtual or common about it. It’s supposed to be a place to meet like-minded people and chat… but there are no chat rooms, not text boxes just email? Really?
In the end you get no help for job placement, may end up like me with a 3.55 when you had a 4.0 and little or no understanding of what you just spent $36,000 for a degree for. Most of the books I paid for are e-books and I will have no access to once I graduate. There is no job placement help I have been searching for six months now for help and I have two classes left? Real help there! This school is a joke! And a waste of time and money! DO NOT MAKE MY MISTAKE!!!!
R. Current student at Colorado Technical University
I'm currently attending the online portion of Colorado Technical University. I started with my associated degree in August. I have to say that the financial aid department is lacking knowledge on that department. I'm waiting for my disburement and yet yo receive it.
I don't see that wait time before the student even receives it. Its takes almost another whole month before you get it when they have you on a scheduled disburesment date. They need to get better with it.
I will begin with the facts first.... Colorado technical university IS a Accredited school...all you have to do is look it up.. it's not hard to research. Never take anyone else's word for it.. Do your research.
I'm currently attending CTU and wouldn't dream of going anywhere else. I contacted St. Louis university here in Missouri to see if my credits would be transferable. And guess what they where !!!! I received my Associates in Criminal Justice in 2011 and I'm currently enrolled in their Bachelors program. Of course the advisors are going to call you in order to get you to enroll. But it's no different than any one else trying to get you to buy into what their offering..
They have real professors and instructors that take their job seriously. And most of them have also graduated or have attended CTU. If your ready to start your online education from a Accredited school contact CTU... You will be so happy you did,.. I promise you.
I am not the perfect student however, I did fail two of my classes and was doing good (A- and a B+) in the classes I just dropped. It is December and as most students my loans/grants etc are used for help during the year for living expenses. I was told by support services, student accounts and financial aid that I was good and would receive my disbursement for this month. My surprise when I get a notice on our main home board saying I needed to e-sign something ("You have important Financial Aid documents that need to be completed. These documents can be completed through the Virtual Campus. It is important that you complete any “Requested – Required” document(s) before the beginning of your next course so the Financial Aid Office can finalize your award letter.")
I went to the letter and found that I owed them money in the tune of almost 1,500.00 when just three weeks ago it was $518.00 (a round that amount) they wanted me to sign an agreement to pay the school out of pocket. There were payments arranged for me and I would see them at the end of the document. I read the documents, it would not show me the payment schedule unless I e-signed first. I called them to find out what is going on and told them that I was told just three weeks ago that I would get my disbursement this month, when can I expect it?
I was told I would not get it nor the one in March and that I still owed them money because my tuition went up by $20.00 per credit hour (for those that do not know; each time you are in class and have a one hour session, that is a credit hour) I was taken back by this because I thought how can you raise tuition when I was already approved for 2012/2013? She stayed fixated on the fact that I wanted my disbursement and that I was angry that they could just come out of left field and raise the tuition out of the blue (especially at the end of the year) when the tuition change did not happen until Jan 6, 2013.
I was told that because I was approved for a certain amount of money for the 2012/2013 year that I would still owe money plus they would have to take my disbursement money as well as me paying them $1,500.00 (about) and I am like well what if we went down in hours, she said we could do that and that I would still get none of my disbursement even after going down in hours however, I would not owe them as much.
I withdrew from CTU because I know next year will be the same and they will raise their tuition again and it does not matter what you are told through out the year from any of the so called "we are here for you; advisors." because they can tell you anything except what they know will happen at the end of the year.
I was some what stalked as well and promised a meeting with career placement (before I even started) to find out what I would be able to do in my chosen field) with my limited ability and working at home. The meeting never happened and I believe I was told that because I mentioned that I was going to go to another online school. I was promised all my disbursements with no hidden charges and I was told that prices would not affect my current year concerning monies that would be given to me or them, it would not happen till the next year if there were any changes.
Be aware that when they tell you "next year" they mean starting in DEC of what ever year you start classes and that it does not go by your grant/loan year i.e. 2012-2013 loan/grant year. Any money that you are planning on having is gone as of Dec because an increase will happen.
I had no problems with the instructors and I found them very helpful. I found the course length; short and I spent many hours on work when I could have just done cheap work by using key words and some of the materials. I felt that the courses were pushed through with out really understanding or grasping the detail of the courses. It was a run through and truthfully I have retained very little of what I thought I was learning. CTU crams stuff down your throat and even when they mess up (my classes went to what I had taken in Oct for like 48 hours and locked me out of my other classes that I already started and turned work into them) the stress level was very high.
They give you a lot of tools to use and I liked that though you had to go on a search and destroy mission on how to find it. they gave you mentors though you communicate with them by email. I found that by the time they got back with you. with a search and destroy, you already found the answer. Another thing is that they constantly do surveys; done all the time, on every little thing. How are they doing, how did you like this, do you like us, your instructors, how do you rate this and that?
I do not like hidden cost or the fact that they can raise their tuition in December which is to a lot of people an important time of year, with many counting on disbursements for a little bit extra cash to live off of, go home, bills or other.
CTU will never get my vote and I feel they are lacking in personality and care of the people that go to CTU. If you want fly by courses and tuition fees raised at the end of your year then hey! maybe that is the school for you.
Upon completing my Bachelors degree I have made myself just about unemployable as many employers want real world experience, which I had none only had the experience I had gained from projects in school. There was absolutely no help obtaining employment at all after graduation, nor was there any attempt.
After you complete your degree program of study you have to register with a place named DOCUFIDE, this will only get you the transcripts from your classes. I graduated in August 2012, it is now the end of November 2012 and I have yet to even see or hear about my diploma for my Bachelors degree. I have contacted the school many times.
First time was in October, they told me there was a problem with the VA as the GI Bill final payment was late, and I should be receiving everything by November 25th, all I got was a refund check for over payment and my transcripts were finally released.
I have attempted to call the school today (26 Nov 2012) and there is no answer. I have sent numerous emails, all have gone unanswered. Do yourself a favor and go to a different school. Now I question the quality of education I received from CTU.
I have attend CTU for a year now and I must say I'm feeling a bit uneasy with the teaching ethics. I am not a failing student (GPA 3.1) nor do I have had any failing classes. I just don't understand how they expect a college student that is new to software development to grasp Java programming in just 5 weeks. Yes, it is an accelerated program at CTU but there need to be a threshold or curriculum for students that are new to such course subjects. Example, I am Network Asst. at my job and I do have some hands on and 7 years experience with networking computers. Simple... Someone else that may consider taking a networking class that may not know anything about networking. What method of teaching do you use? It seems that submitted work that has been graded is final. If a student would like to correct mistakes regarding their submitted work is out of luck!! Where is the learning curve there? Paying for these classes is not easy or FREE!!! There are archived tutorials that are available at anytime. Sounds more like they are reading from a book. During LIVE chats, there is a time frame 2 hrs. If there are questions that need to be asked, you only have the saved chats an email. Waiting on a professor to respond to a question may cost you a entire grade!!! Good luck with that! There is no reform for that.
The students that attend CTU are very helpful and optimistic which is great considering the teacher availability (1hr a day). The community allows you to get information and reading material that can be found just by google or any online database. Coming in contact (online) with some students, I was able to acquire a lot of experience and hands on information that helped me through several classes. I would say 2 out of 10 professors' were actually eager to help. Working and studying extra hard will pay-off eventually. Learning from an actual professor is "to each his own!!" I still attend CTU. I will be looking for another university after this term to continue my education due to the high risk of failing a class and teacher unavailability!!
I feel compelled to write a review on CTU online after reading many of the other posts. My experience has been great, everything I expected. I started classes in October 2010 and will graduate with a BS in May of 2013, then plan on starting the Master’s program.
To help clear up some of the other posts, yes the school is accredited, this is easy to check on so I don’t know you all these people say it’s not, just Google it! Yes the school is a for profit school, why is that so bad? Their owned by Career Education Corporation who also owns 10 other schools, again check the internet, do some homework. The school process was straight forward. I spoke to a adviser prior to applying, he answered all my questions and provided some info on the school. I had my last school forward my Official Transcript to CTU and ALL of my credits from my A.A.S. degree transferred. I signed up for classes submitted the assignments on time attended all the live chats. Instructors were all very responsive to questions, this includes during the live chats, emails, instant messages and many even posted cell phone numbers. One instructor was not responsive, I complained to the school and the problem was resolved. At the end of each class I pay for the class and submit the receipt to my employer for reimbursement, I don’t bother with financial aid, I just pay as I go.
So the bottom line is the school has a set of policy’s and each instructor lays out their expectations at the beginning of each class, it’s your call it you want to follow them, if so you will learn something and do well. If not you may be one of the people complaining how they were cheated and tricked into signing up for online classes and how bad the school is…wake up, it’s not the school! The classes are very flexible, but once you’re in the class the instructor sets the times for live chats, you can always catch the recorded one. The due dates for assignments are clearly laid out, if you late you lose points. The school is expensive and the cost has increased twice since I started, but I feel its offset by convince, my commute it across the house to the den, I don’t spend time and money on a commute. I travel a lot for work, so I can catch class no matter where I am and the books are included in the cost, sent to my home.
My recommendation is if you self-motivated and live a busy life, yes the school is excellent.
I enrolled into CTU back in 2009 I was a bit hesitant at first I'll admit. Well needless to say I received my Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.
I love CTU and would refer them, and have referred them to whom ever wanted to continue their education. I chalk the negative reviews up to simply.. You can please everyone all the time. Colorado Technical University is an Accredited college. I don't excuse the harsh tactic as far as calling, or trying to get people to enroll.
I personally think CTU is the best online college you will find. its better that University of Phoenix and any other. With that said if you are looking for a ACCREDITED ONLINE COLLEGE then choose CTU.. I'm currently pursuing my Bachelors in Criminal Justice.
Their Virtual Campus is easy to maneuver around. And they gave programs in place to walk you through your Resumes, Cover letters and interviews.. And I wouldn't attend any where else..So contact CTU...
I read some of these reviews.. Some people complained that they were stalked by the counselors, some said they were yelled at, some told lies... I have been at the school for 2 years (including a 6 months break) and while I had ONE teacher that shouldn't teach, I have had a great experience. More and more schools are offering online programs and accreditation exists for profit and non-profit schools alike.
By the way, CTU IS accredited through the Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov/
I started to panic when I read that from a previous post... then logic set in and I decided to look it up. Don't believe me though, look it up.
Having the ability to take classes online has been awesome because I do travel for my job and could never be able to be in a classroom. PLUS, CTU offers live chats (and records them) so there is support. Recently, group projects have been non-existent probably because of the complaints.
Speaking of complaints, I have seen many changes since I enrolled and most of them for the better based on student feedback. In my opinion, this school is as good as any brick and mortar school including the one I attended early in my career.
The coursework walks the student through real life situations. Some of the work is straight forward and some of it will take hours of research. As I have progressed, the coursework has become more difficult in many ways but the expectations have remained. There is a consistency between the classes and I am never anxious when starting a class. CTU seemingly has worked diligently in evening out the difficulty between the classes. They are challenging, don't get me wrong - I consider myself an intelligent person but for one class per session, I find myself spending anywhere from 10-20 hours per week on the coursework.
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