Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
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My own experience with CTU Online was not a terrible one, but it wasn't very fulfilling either. I attended this school as my first post secondary education. That was my first mistake. An online learning program is not a good choice for your first college experience. That goes for any online school, not just this one. I found that my biggest problem was not being able to focus all my attention on learning the material.
I'm not writing this review to bash the school, I just wasn't able to devote all my attention on the classwork. At the time I wrote this review, I had just withdrawn from the school to attend a local community college to learn instead.
I have heard some bad things about when you try to withdraw, saying that they drag the process out longer than it needs to be. That remains to be seen with me, but I feel that it won't take very long. The woman that I talked with when I asked to withdraw seemed a little disappointed, but she didn't go out of her way to convince me to stay. She did prod a little bit, but at that point I had already made up my mind.
For the actual "classroom" experience, I thought it left something to be desired. But, as for all online learning, you get what you put into it and I felt that I wasn't able to put my everything into the experience. I could not get as much out of it as other students seemed to. I didn't want to stay in school any longer and accrue more loans to repay, so I decided to withdraw now. I realize I have to pay back the loan, and I intend on doing so. I felt that some teachers did a less than stellar job of giving feedback after assignments. It seemed like the response given was sort of automated like a template.
I believe I had one teacher who for the grade feedback posted the entire rubric and didn't say anything in particular about my assignment. This isn't true for all teachers, as I had others that gave good feedback and actually wanted me to succeed. There was one teacher who for whenever I did an assignment he just stated what I did wrong and didn't tell me any strong points.
I felt that the live chat sessions were good for information, but they were hard to follow. I think you really have to focus on the material so you can learn it, which I couldn't do. It's not that I didn't want to do the work, I felt if I couldn't focus all my attention on the material, I wouldn't get the full experience out of it. I didn't want to get a job that I wouldn't be at least somewhat happy in. It seems like the financial aid department was a tad slow at getting things done. When I first enrolled, everything was done very quickly and I got started right away. But when the first session was over, it took them more than a month to get the financial aid award ready.
So to finish off, the school is not a bad one, if you have the ability to set aside time and devote your attention to it. I think it's a better option to further your education, not to earn your first degree. If your only a year or two removed from high school, your much better off going to local community college which is much cheaper than CTU Online. I definitely did learn some things, but I felt in the end it wouldn't be able to help me get the job I wanted.
First off, most of these reviews that are so praising about Colorado Technical University Online are probably written by current employees of the University. I left CTU online back in June of 2010 with one class left to get my associates degree.
I left the school because they supported an instructor who continually lied. I do have all of the paper work and proof of his lies. During the withdrawl the student advising team told me that if I went to another school, it would cost more money and take a lot more time. Ironically, after speaking with the University of Phoenix, of which I am currently enrolled, I will graduate before I would have with CTU online and it will cost me less money.
Aside from the lies there accounting department is a joke. After leaving my account was zeroed out and the money was sent back to the lender. A month later they sent another $200 back to the lender and charged me for it threatening not to release my trascripts. I contacted the lender, and they did send the money back. The problem was that my lender had absolutely no idea why. I contacted student accounts and they said that Wells Fargo did an audit on the account upon withdrawl. After speaking with Wells Fargo and being assured that they do not do that I knew they were lieing once again.
The scary part about all of this is that CTU online teaches accounting. Hopefully, I am completely done with this school. By the way, to those that would say it was my fault, I left with a 3.95 GPA and was on the Dean's and Chancellor's list. Don't make the mistake of enrolling in this school like I did, and listen to the reviews of the people who worked there.
Wow, some of the reviews given in this forum surprised me. As a recent MBA graduate of CTU, I have only positive feedback for those who are interested in attending this online school. I was very hesitant at first to take online classes since I lacked the patience and underestimated the power of the PC. I assumed that taking onlines classes would be a joke and that the degree earned would be of little value to me as a professional. I now understand that the coursework was probably harder online than it would have been in a traditional setting.
I say this because - as an online student, you must make the time to study and learn the materials given to you. The pace is fast and once you miss an assignment or two, it is very difficult to catch up. This means being able to manage your time effectively, prioritizing tasks, and completing the tasks by the deadline. However, I have had many professors who understand that those attending classes online do so because it is convenient as well as helpful in obtaining a degree without worries accompanied with having a large 'military' family like mine. I have had to suffer the loss of a few points because life is unpredictable and you just can't do everything on time. Instead you suck up the lost points and get it done. I was docked points, several times, for late submissions, but I was made aware before classes started that CTU has a strict policy on late submissions which included point reductions and other penalties. I did the work none the less and it was the quality of work I completed that got me good grades. No whining, no excuses...just good old fashioned hard work.
Now for the cost of an education with CTU... Yes, the fees and tuition are expensive, but aren't most traditional schools expensive as well? Even a great trade or vocational school have high costs associated with being a student. There are lab fees, textbooks, student and maybe parking fees, library fees, and much more! So if you total up your 'nuts and bolts'; the cost of attending a trade school or vocational school will likely cost you about the same or more depending on what you include in the total cost of tuition. CTU's tuition includes the books, technical support, application up-grades, APA pamphlets, and much more. You have to evaluate ALL of the costs incurred with attending classes online versus traditional or vocational schools to understand the bigger picture.
Another plus of going to school online is that they mail the textbooks to your door and offer virtual assistance in various forms (i.e. library, tutorials, live chat sessions, instant messaging, tech support, and so on). I appreciate the fact that I don't have to spend gas driving back and forth to campus and worrying about babysitting fees or daycare fees. Also, I can sit in my PJ's late at night with a snack on hand while I complete discussion board postings to my peers or do research online for upcoming assignments. No need to get dressed to go out to the campus library or pay for snacks at a vending machine or snack bar (which are always over priced). So as far as value is concerned - each student should determine for themselves what they are willing to pay for and trade in terms of overall cost and convenience.
Depending on your financial status, the cost of a higher education differs from one student to the next. I have been fortunate since I was a stay at home mom with five children who also is a military spouse. I was offered a mixture of financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships (which I applied for and received), and other financial aid, such as student loans. The cost of obtaining a higher education is not as expensive for me as it is for those who may have more financial strength and no children. CTU's financial aid department worked with me and provided me with excellent resources to apply for additional funding such as military spouse scholarships and grants based on my education, GPA, work experience, and military status. The student advisor appointed to me, did not 'sell' CTU's program, rather he advised me of what to expect as an online student. Not one minute did he emphasize the importance of being paid the $50.00 admissions fee, which by the way is nominal compared to the admissions fees required by other traditional colleges. In fact, the $50.00 fee was waived because of my military spouse status. Again, each student's needs are different, therefore the fees and tuition will be different at the end of the program. You cannot base your decision to attend online classes soley on the opinions of a few disgruntled students who may have had to pay more because they did not ask the questions about what they may have potentially qualified for in terms of scholarships or grants. The leg work cannot be accomplished for you...you have to ask and then set a goal to apply for those scholarships and grants yourself. As far as the professional staff, I have taken many classes with CTU over the last few years and can honestly say that there was only one incident where I was totally dissatisfied with my instructor. He taught a business course and provided little to no communication or feedback to the class. A few classmates and I used instant messaging to inquire about overdue grades and the lack of communciation with the instructor to student advisors which helped to expedite the grading process, but did little to encourage feedback from him during the course. Many of my classmates, to include myself completed the course and emailed our negative experiences to the student advisors. The rest of the professional staff and instructors I had were terrific in every way. Yes, they all have different interpretations of APA, but CTU provides you with the links and booklets to get you using APA consistently. Many times, my professors would provide examples of what they expected as far as APA formatting which I used as guidelines to get me going. Now, I can do APA formatting in my sleep. It's not that tough and again, you have to learn the trade, it's not done for you.
Now, as far as the remark about the'no asking questions during a live chat session' from an earlier post; here are my thoughts... I have never had a professor state that those attending the live chat sessions could not ask questions. In fact, every instructor, excluding the one I previously talked about, highly encouraged participation during the live chats so that they could gauge whether or not the students were understanding the material. Each of my instructors provided powerpoint presentations, used the white board, and other tools or applications to get us to understand the course materials in order to accomplish each task. Instructor files with notes or ppt's were always made available on the course home page under the intructor files area, so the need to listen to the live chats not a big deal. It still astonishes me that someone would post the statement that an instructor advised them not to ask questions and that the instructor read verbatim out of a textbook. Not once, did this happen to me in any of my courses with CTU. Not once.
Overall, my experience with CTU has been terrific and I highly recommend this online university to anyone willing to work hard to earn their degree and achieve their goals. On a side note, I graduated summa cum laude in my undergraduate program at UCSD and earned an MBA with CTU with a 3.90 GPA. Nothing is impossible...You have to want it, work at it, and mean it in order to achieve it.
Good luck to those of you willing to take that step towards a higher education! Go get 'em!
Back to the instructors, they provided timely responses to my e-mails as well as offered help to all students during their office hours. In one of the recent review I read from C he said that the grading comments provided little to no feedback, this again I didn’t see, and students don’t grade other students papers they may provide feedback but that’s it. If the feedback doesn’t mean anything the instructors won’t give credit for the feedback portion of the assignment.
I liked how C. said the school was stealing federal money from student loans and aid, the people who sign the papers for these loans should know what they are getting into and if they don’t they have no business attending a college or university. It seems that there have been many different opinions formed about this school some positive and some negative. This school provides the opportunity to earn a degree quickly which provides you with the necessary credentials to get your foot in the door.
Overall good experience, it provided me a means to an end. Take it for what it’s worth if you want to earn a degree this school will provide that opportunity and the experience will be what you make of it. If you go in with a negative disposition then it will probably be a terrible experience, but staying positive and putting in the necessary effort will make your experience go much smoother.
Well I am currently attending CTU for my MBA. I have been reading over some of the other reviews and I found them to be very interesting so I wanted to add my comments.
I have used the live chat sessions during some of the classes and some of them I found them to be a waste of time. When you are on the college level and a responsible adult many times you don't need to listen to an instructor facilitate you learning what you as a student should be able to learn on your own.
I found attending school during my Bachelor's a waste of my time because I sat in class for four hours listening to a facilitator talk and I could have been taking care of my family or working or doing anything but sitting in a classroom. Some students may need this because they may not be on the same learning level.
CTU is an accredited school. The enrollment process was great for me because I knew what I wanted and did my research before I signed up. The working world is growing so rapidly that many should realize that an AS, AA, or even a Bachelor's is not going to cut it. You are competing with so many that already have a Bachelor's so you need a Master's plus experience. I read so of the people that were upset that CTU did not explain that to you. Well when you pick up the newspaper and read that you need five plus years of experience and a Bachelor's or Master's degree you should know for yourself that settling for a AS or AA is not going to cut it, so go into the enrollment process knowing that you need to aim higher than a AS or AA.
I think CTU has provided a great learning environment for me to achieve my own personal educational goals. The facilitators at CTU is not there to do the work for you be they do give you back ground information and help you along the way. I have never sent a facilitator a question in the 1 year that I have been attending and not received a response. I have also asked questions during the live chat sessions and received immediate responses. I love the originality check because it really helps you to be honest in your work and all previous similar work shows up on the checks. I went to another University that offered this service and it was not as thorough as the CTU program.
I know that there may be so questionable tactics behind the scenes that allow some students to get into the online programs that maybe should not be there because my husband enrolled as well and we have had many laughs from some of the poor writing techniques of some of the students that were in his classes but then I begin to think about how were these students able to pass a simple high school English class to get their high school diploma but I believe everyone deserves an education and as educators CTU and all educational facilities should work to help the under achievers become achiever. I don’t believe that this is a problem just for nontraditional schools but I have seen personally first hand some of this going on in tradition community colleges and traditional universities.
This is a problem in general that starts from elementary school all the way to the top level. Students are passed when they do not deserve to, students are passed by that need extra help, adult learners needing to further their education are accepted into a learning program that it not ready for their college math class or cannot properly put together a research paper and properly make in-text citations or create a reference paper.
I have enjoyed my time at CTU and with three more classes to go I want to let everyone out there know that when my work was subpar my grades reflected that and when I worked very hard and followed the assignment requirements my grades reflected that as well. There are no easy "A" when you don't do the work you don’t get the good grades has been my experience. The career resources, virtual library, and many other resources have been helpful and just topping on the educational degree that I will receive from an accredited school.
I have attended CTU, both on-site and on-line. I have to say the on-line is not much of a learning experience.
The courses are very short, have very little practical applicability and almost no feedback. You are asked to read some stuff, do a paper or a powerpoint,and you get a grade. Why that grade and what did you do right or wrong to get the grade - who knows.
You just get the grade - usually enough to keep you attending, and that's it. You will never get the feedback you need to improve your understanding or do better in your job.
I find it amazing how many whiners get on a review site and complain about how bad their experience was at a certain school. I attended CTU 2009 - 2010 to finish up my bachelor's degree. The experience was wonderful, contrary to what the whiners say the course work was very challenging and not once did an instructor read from a book.
Look folks, online learning is not for everyone as it takes tremendous dedication to a process that offers much less support than a brick and mortar classroom. For those of you say you had a bad experience my condolences. You probably were lazy from the start and find that you need to place blame on the school instead of yourself for poor performance. Hey I can understand as I have small children that do the same type of blaming.
Finally, I found CTU to be a great school that offers "ADULT" learners the chance to earn a degree in a non-traditional format while continuing with the riggers of real life. Beware of the blamers and whiners as they are lazy people just trying to steer others from succeeding educationally online!!!
I have read many of the negative reviews here and must say "wow!" I am currently attending CTU Online and have NOT had any of the experiences these negative reviewers relate. I have never once had a professor "read from a book" in the LCS.
I have found that (in my case) the student advisors have been forthcoming and very helpful. I have not had even one experience with someone being rude to me because I needed help. In fact, the advisors went out of their way to help me on every issue.
Once, I wanted to change my schedule of classes at the last minute and it was done almost IMMEDIATELY with no arguments. I needed to scale down to one class at a time because I was overwhelmed due to work (and some other issues) and the school was more than willing to accomodate my request.
I changed one class in the first week because I found that I was unprepared for the material (I went to the Learning Labs to correct this) and the advisors took care of that WITHIN MINUTES. I failed one class (got an "F") due to non-attendance (had a family emergency) but have been allowed to retake the course (getting an "A" in it now) and was able to reschedule with NO problems whatsoever.
BTW, the failure in that class was through no fault but my own. I was completely responsible for this and am now being given the chance to correct it. The one thing I have found annoying up to this point, however, is that it does seem there are lots of people who attend the LCS (By the way, contrary to the claims of one reviewer here, you CAN ask questions in the Live Chats. That is what the LCSs are for!) who are of low intelligence or who are there simply to socialize rather than learn.
It is really annoying when attending an LCS and some students are using the Chat Pod to have conversations that have nothing to do with the subject. This is really disruptive to the classes when allowed to get away with this. The only other complaint I might have would be that I had a teacher recently who seemed to think the class was more like a mission field where she would subtly (or not so subtly) be constantly talking about "The Lord" and other religious stuff.
Spending the first half hour of a chat talking about your religious faith when we are there to learn about Professional Communications is not cool. Other than that, I ahve CTU Online to be an excellent school! You do have to actually work to get your degree here, so be warned of that...
I have read many of the reviews on this website and others, out of all of them one may notice that a good portion are negative. This is to be expected, most people that are currently attending the school are not posting anything. I believe it is because they are gaining an education and do not have the time to complain about it.
Now,of course, that is a blanket statement; however, I would like to share my experience with the school. A little background... I am a disabled Marine Veteran that decided to go to school after I returned from my second tour in the middle east. Members of the military live under very different circumstances, and with my service connected disabilities my choices of schools were limited.
I started with CTU online in Jan 2005 and was attempting to attend during my last employment. There are not many colleges in the Desert, so online seemed my only choice. After my contract had ended, I returned to Denver with my family and tried to attend Metro College of Denver in a program that I had five years of classes and experience on with the Marines.
And they told me that although I had been performing the job for years and had gained many dept of education accreditted courses, they would only transfer 9 out of my almost 100 credits I earned while serving my country. And no, it was not for my major in airframes it was for electives in marksmanship and physical education.
After that slap in the face I returned to CTU online. Between the age of 24 and 29 I will have been able to complete my BS in Management with honors, my MSM and my MBA. The first two were through the online campus and the MBA I am taking at the ground campus. I have recieved multiple job offers with my degrees and currently work for the city in an upper management position making around 76,000 per year.
The fact is the Degree gets you the interview and it is the interview that gets you the job. In fact, starting in a week I will be accepting a position with a group in Denver that works with developmental disabilities, specifically returning Veterans from OEF-OIF, my degrees may have gotten my application to the right people, but the knowledge that I have brought with those degrees is why I am where I am.
So for those that have a bad taste in there mouth about CTU Online, try looking from the outside in; life is what you make of it. If the only thing you have to offer Boeing or some other fortune 500 company is a piece of paper, you have a way to go. And for those that think that going to school online is a joke, try sticking it out with three kids and a full time job. And from someone that has done both online and ground campus schools, no this, online is far more difficult.
It requires more discipline and more dedication than most brick and mortar schools. Is the school expensive, yes, does it require testing, sometimes, does that make it a horrible school where no learning occurs, absolutely not. Testing can be crammed for and cheated on, but large amounts of homework and group projects give you the crash course on life.
For those of us that live in the business world, we can all agree that the amount of work we do compared to the amount of tests we take is not even worth trying to calculate. The real world wants to know what you can produce not what you can remember for a 45min period after staying up all night cramming.
The best advise I can give is look ahead and find out what you want, trying to find out when paying private institution tuition is not fiscally responsible. In addition, try taking responsibility for your own choices, you are your best advocate, and in the world of business those mean old admission advisors are the least of your problems. I want to thank you all for your opinions, but just don't let it consume you.
I have just completed my BS in IT at CTUOnline. This is not my first degree and I have attended traditional brick and mortar schools as well. CTUOnline is a challenging to say the least school. If you are not willing to be self motivated and do the research needed to complete assignments and attend class I promise you WILL fail.
For some reason people tend to think that a degree from this school is a walk in the park but honestly when compared to traditional institutions it is much more difficult.
The group projects are horrific but if anyone has ever worked on a project in their job you deal with the same issues of people that work and others that are slack. But that just goes back to there are people willing to work for their degree and those who ride on the coat tails of serious students.
This is my suggestion for anyone looking at attending CTUOnline. If you are serious, self motivated and willing to work for your degree then you will do very well.If you are wanting somewhere that you are spoon fed your education and are given passing grades for poor work do everyone a favor and go to another school.