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I recommend CTU Online for anyone seeking a quality education. CTU Online has been my only online educational experience thus far. I have to admit that I am considering another Online University to obtain my MBA, but have not excluded CTU as one of my choices. I got my BSBA at CTU Online and it was a pleasant but challenging experience.They have an excellent Virtual Campus, everything a student may need to be successful is there. Students have the opportunity to communicate with other students and instructors. The only real problems that I have had with the school is when I signed up for the Master's Advantage Program, for some reason the Financial Aid staff had a problem applying to correct tuition amount to my loans; however, they did get the figures corrected. Another situation I had a problem with, is that for whatever reason, they did not acknowledge my honors in the Virtual Graduation Ceremony in the March 24, 2010 graduation class. Again though, they have informed me that this matter has been addressed and corrected and that I can view it in the May 22, 2010 Virtual Graduation Ceremony. So, they are capable of making mistake like any other institution or human being, but they do take action to correct a bad situation. So I do not understand the negative comments stating that they do not care about the students. All my professors or instructors, except one, were very good at communicating with me and doing whatever they could to help me achieve my educational goals. The course assignments are challenging, and that is what should be expected from a college student. So I would recommend CTU Online to anyone seeking a quality education and believe I will take my MBA Program there. CTU Online faculty, I would like to thank you for everything all of you have done to help me be successful with achieving my BSBA at CTU Online. Please keep up the good work because students that are not looking for the easy way out will appreciate CTU Online educational programs.
The need to voice an opinion is a right each American is afforded in our country. In an online university this right is handled much differently. The system in place may not be easy to work in or provide the response a student needs in a timely manner.
My experience at CTUO has been great until this session culminating the fourth week of a five and a half week session. I am trying to work within CTUO system of communication which relies heavily on the continuing student advising department. I want to be the person who is part of the change I want to see. In addition I want to realize and achieve my goal to advocate for my self and other students, current and future at CTUO.
I have done well in the CTUO learning environment the first three sessions. Now at the end of my fourth session I am in jeopardy of tanking my 3.7 GPA. I have experienced two instructors who have abused the power at each of their discretion's this session. My degree program is the ASMBC. I have taken two courses in HIT.
My experience last session in the introductory class to health care systems compelled me to contact student advising in regard to the number of chats an instructor must give according to CTUO protocol. I learned that instructors interpret rules and expectations differently. this is a learning experience we all encounter in our daily lives along with in our work environments.
I received replies from Student Advising and a very quick response from the Ombudsman department. The HIT 101 class experience enabled me to see how CTUO does not maintain consistency in instructor compliance and it is the role of the student to bring this to CTUO's attention. The instructor did make up the chats she canceled due to illness at the end of the session the last two days after assignments were due to the university. I was able to get my questions resolved and received phone responses and emails from IQA.
This session has been a new experience. I am a persistent student who appreciated having two instructors who were "on the same page." I discovered that CTUO instructors can be allowed to use their discretion in many different ways. I would like to see consistency enforced "across the board."
An advisor whom I found very helpful stated that change would take time. CTUO has 35,000 students I was told by two different advisors in back to back conversations on Sun and Mon. An example is similarity scores. OV scores were enforced for the first time. Scores of 24% or less were acceptable and my BIO161 professor allowed students to fix assignments exceeding the limit and resubmit them for grading.
Although the threat of having 50% taken off the top of your grade is a big incentive to work on your assignment to comply with OV standards. This professor is a case in point.
She was removed from another section of BIO161 mid session. My section of BIO was informed by email from the instructor if we her students continued to send her multiple emails she would not allow more than one submission in the future. Another point is the inconsistency this instructor maintained throughout the session with assignment (assn) expectations.
She constantly verbally altered the task list. For example on a Ph 1 DB assn she gave us extended direction beyond the two conditions the task list stated to discuss and relate more severe conditions the patient may have. This instructor told us if we did not go further than diagnosing hypertension we would not do well on the assn.
Ironically this assn was related to a Ph 4 IP assn which was appropriate and allowed the student in this class to grow and learn as the session progressed. I was bothered by the instructor expecting performance on a Ph 1 assn to parallel the requirements on a ph 4 assn.
Grading was inconsistent in both of my classes this session. In addition responses to my emails directed to both instructors went unanswered at eh beginning of session well past the 48 hr required response time. Calls to Student Advising appeared to provoke responses to my emails and my classmates emails.
The number one lesson I can relate is to network with your fellow students. If your CTUO instructor does not answer your questions posed in emails, questions during chats, refers you to the archived chats for clarification, and responds to your assignment questions for clarification in his or her grading comments keep asking, contact student advising, pursue the issue to be forwarded to IQA and remember the ombudsman system.
The ombudsman department may seem an "after the fact" choice but I plan to pursue my issues through their grievance process. IQA has not addressed my issues directly, communication has taken place solely via student advising and I have had to initiate communication by phone or by email to get a response from IQA in regard to any decision or communication about my issues.
Today I received a response back to my inquiry due to my HIT 115 instructor refusing to grade assn I was granted an extension on during the third week of classes. Do not depend on an instructor to communicate with you.
IQA's decision is to let the instructor grade assignments at her discretion. The CTUO late policy state the deductions for up to 6 days. This instructor refused to grade any of my assn that were past this 6 day period. Her only communication was placed in the instructor comments in the grade book. She placed the deadline at the sixth day. I later found this statement after submitting my assn on the 7th day. I looked at the grade book to see if she had graded my assn. and discovered the comment 3 days after I had submitted my assn.
Phone calls to student advising produced no response from IQA until I received the email today. I have a D in a class now on my record that I began the session with grades of B, B+, and B. Classes with 8 assn for a total of 1000 pts are greatly affected when two of these assn are refused to be graded by the instructor.
Listen to the first class chat of the session and take heed of the instructors policies. Do NOT ASSUME anything.
My BIO161 grade is in worse shape. I do not know the outcome of CTUO decision in regard to my assn in that class either. I have grades for the first 3 assn but find myself in the same situation with the assn I requested extensions for plus have not received any grades for assn submitted following these assignments. I have continued to check the grade book but have not seen any changes to the 5 Fs for Phases 3-5 assns. I have found this experience very disheartening.
I had professors whom I communicated my family emergency last Dec-Jan who were very different than the two I have had this session. I do not know how these two classes will affect my academic plan. The D grade in HIT is not the kind of grade I view as passing. I did "jump through the hoops" to provide documentation of the family illness, hospitalization and treatment in which I was involved.
I have provided documentation to both professors and obtained a doctors note which I faxed to Student Service Mon afternoon. I learned that there is a separate fax number for student advising listed beneath Tech Support on CTUO campus home page. The phone number, DD number are the same but the fax number is different than the fax number listed under student services for student advising.
Lesson "read the fine" print scroll down, investigate further than the first information you find!
I am confused and plan to follow through in the pursuit of my situation and will use the ombudsman system as necessary.
I agree with many of the opinions expressed in this forum. As individual we must take the time to do research to enable good decision making. CTUO is expensive. My confusion in regard to Financial Aid center around my pell grant. At CTUO I receive a grant slightly over $2000 annually.
At the community college I attended from 2003-06 I received this amount each semester. I cannot get an answer at CTUO to explain this discrepancy.
I agree with the opinions regarding the outstanding performance of admissions advisors. In my case I would not be attending CTUO if not for the exemplary attention I have received from my advisor. He still calls me to check in. His description of my experience with my HIT 101 professor was this is an isolated incidence not the "norm" for CTUO. I agree even more with his statement after this session.
I cannot in good conscience penalize all CTUO professors for the performance of the two professors I had this session.
The online learning environment as a whole at CTUO has been very good for me. I could not have performed in such an environment 4-7 yrs ago upon returning to school to complete a degree. My choices in life led me far astray of my original education plans.
I put my education on hold; married at 20; had my children at 22, 24,26, and 29; divorced at 33, moved home with my parents to pursue my education; struggled stopped school; returned to the work force to have a job I enjoyed as a temp at a animal health pharmaceutical company to be disappointed in the company's purchase/merger preventing my full-time employment; to change jobs requiring relocation; disappointment in an unprofessional veterinarian and work environment; and to discover CTUO to continue my pursuit of a degree.
My children have been resistant and disrespectful in the past 5 months as I attend CTUO. Teens are that way, gotta love 'em. My oldest child, daughter graduates from high school Sat. She was amazed at the homework load I had. Her high school teachers stated that college does not have much homework.
She observed my efforts and the due dates of up to four assignment for two classes on the same day and was baffled by these facts. I told her times have changed. On-site classes require attendance to maintain your financial aid. Students who do not attend class or chats are only hurting themselves.
The online learning environment requires dedication, persistence, time management and the ability to self-initiate along with self-motivation. I compare a students will to wrestling, it is up to you whether it is to be, on the mat it is you, your opponent, a referee and the time clock. You get out of your experience what you put into it. The effort you put forth is your hope of a positive outcome.
In the "real world" life comes in different shapes and sizes. Your reaction to the challenge is what you make of your experience. A person can throw in the towel and walk away or stay and fight for what you believe in. Ultimately anything in life will not BE if you don't put forth the effort to make it BE for you!
The example that you set for yourself, your family, children, co-workers, friends, students and instructors will leave its mark. Proactive steps are available to each and everyone of us. Take the time to decide for yourself and pursue your goal. "If it is to be it is up to me."
Remember to "work smarter not harder." The ultimate lesson I have learned is to prioritize. Working ahead on assignments is beneficial. When and unforeseen event happens you have a fail safe. Don't count on leniency. Vague communication makes for assumptions. Don't ASSUME anything!
If CTU was terrible for some, that is unfortunate. However, I have been enrolled since last October and the experience has been great. Graduate on June 23, 2010 with Associates in General Studies and plan to continue for Bachelor's in Property Management.
I enrolled at Colorado Technical University Online (CTUO) after being out of school for 24 years. I was impressed with the advisor and their virtual campus. They have all the tools necessary to help you become successful. I also liked the virtual commons where you get to meet other students and join clubs.
After reading some of the reviews, I became apprehensive about continuing. I immediately decided to withdraw in part because of the negative responses and probably mostly out of fear; not wanting to participate in group projects.
I cannot say anything negative about CTUO because I have not had the experience of attending other schools to say whether or not the way CTUO grade their students is a reason for concern. I can agree that I have worked very hard to earn the grades that I received. I was not pleased with some of the point deductions; but I still received a A.
I agree with those opinions that anything worth having will not come easy. CTUO requires a lot of hard work and exceptional time management. You must be able to keep a manageable file system for all of the task assignments as well.
In closing, I am rethinking my decision to withdraw. I have only attended 4 weeks and my experience has been both good and bad. All of the good is because of the school's virtual campus and the professors I've had so far. The bad part is the amount of stress and time it takes to earn a good grade. It is worth it. I have learned a lot so far and will use this knowledge everyday.
I have to recommend this school for those of you who can handle the group projects that are forthcoming. I probably chickened out, I must admit.
This is the BEST decision that I ever made...not only to return to school, but to attend CTU Online!!
The Admissions Advisors is EXCELLENT, My Instructors are the BEST, and wach and every time I needed assistance, no matter what time of day, I GOT IT!! I will be completing my Associates degree program in Aug,2011.
All I can say is that YOU HAVE TO BE COMMITTED to SUCCEED..and CTU is the place to get the success that I am aiming for!
I have been attending CTU Online for nine months now. I am working towards a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology, and have a 3.90 GPA. So far I have been not impressed at all with this school, and would give it an average rating at best.
One of my main problems with this school has been with the teachers, who I would give an average rating at best. With each assignment you submit, the teacher is supposed to give you a written review of how they graded it. I have found that the majority of teachers just copy and paste the instructions for the assignment into their review, and then only give you one or two sentences consisting of something like “You did a very good job on this assignment.” The instructors do not provide any critical detail on the grading, which makes it hard to correct mistakes when you have them.
Another problem with the teachers is that they are hard to get a hold of. I am pretty self-sufficient in online classes, but occasionally do need assistance. The few times that I have had to email instructors with questions, it has taken days to get a response. Usually it takes 2-4 days to hear back from them, and sometimes I have to send a second email to get them to respond. This is unacceptable in a school where your only form of communication is email.
My final gripe about the teachers is that they have given me grades that have been completely wrong many times. In one class, the teacher gave me zeros three times saying that I hadn’t submitted the assignment. However, I had submitted all three assignments 1-2 weeks before the due date. This same issue has happened in two other classes. I have also had teachers dock points off assignments for not meeting certain criteria, even though I had met the criteria exactly. In all of these cases, I had to take screenshots of my submission dates or the part of my assignment that met criteria to prove that the teacher was wrong. It seems to me like the teachers are just flying through their grading process and are even mixing up students, giving grades from one student to another.
In addition to problems with the teachers, I also have problems with the class structure, and the relevance of some assignments. No matter what type of class you are taking, every single class is broken up into phases, and then each phase will have a Discussion Board assignment and an Individual Project assignment. The problem is that some classes really only need one or the other, not both. For instance, in the programming classes, you may have to write an essay on a programming concept one week, and then program something the next week. For something as complicated as programming, it would be much more beneficial to program something every week, and then maybe comment on other students programming instead of their essays. I have this same feeling about most of the “technical” classes I have taken. It seems like there is way too much theory, and not enough practical application.
My other problem with discussion board assignments is class participation. Each DB assignment requires you to post something, then comment on two other students postings. However, the majority of students do not put any critical thinking into their responses. Most of them just write a few sentences like “I really liked your posting. I especially liked when you talked about blank.” Most students will not point out things that are wrong with other student’s responses. I think this is more a result of people not feeling comfortable criticizing others, but the result is that no one really benefits when no constructive criticism is expressed.
Even though I have a lot of complaints, I figure it is not fair to end this review without mentioning a few positive aspects. The plus side of only having two types of assignments for every class is that you know what to expect. You know when assignments are going to be due, and you get in a rhythm of doing one type of assignment, then the other. Another benefit (which could also be considered a problem) is that you can skip scheduled events like chat sessions if you are already comfortable with a subject. This can help you to focus your time on homework or reading assignments.
As I stated in my introduction, I am not very pleased with this school overall. Since I only have a year left to complete my degree, I am going to keep going, as I feel it would be a waste of a LOT of money to stop now. However, at this point I feel like I am just going through the motions, and am only really learning useful, practical material in a small subset of classes.
CTUO has provided me with the opportunity to earn a degree while still working full time. Let us be honest not only are we students but we are also customers. Customer service and help for students/potential students at CTUO in my mind is excellent. Any education online requires strict self direction and resourcefulness. This is something they stress and even have a class about with collage credits. Their methodology works for me and has improved my writing and typing skills no end. Never mind the degree itself this will and has helped me in the business world.
So if you like and accept their methodology the experience you will have with CTUO should be positive. The pace tends to be accelerated and to succeed you must be motivated. They will let you control the pace at which you earn your degree if the standard does not work for you.
No school will be perfect this is always a good attitude to have. It allows one to enjoy and learn from the experience while not being distracted by small imperfections. Currently I have a two year degree from CTUO and have one more year left to earn my BS.
WOW, I am simply amazed by all of the comments made concerning the education that some received (and some apparently did not) at CTU. I started in 2006 and completed in 2009, receiving, no let me re-phrase, earning both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree. I had some rough times, mostly with my own time management but I made it with out ever failing or having to repeat a class.
Through the entire process I did have one, and only one teacher that I would not recommend. The rest were professional, respectful and informative. I never sat through a chat where there was a text book read to me.
I would highly recommend this type of learning experience for those who are serious about learning, want to advance themselves and are not afraid of committing what time they have. It took three years of nights, weekends, holidays and a few missed adventures but it was well worth it.
I have attend CTU Online for several years getting my BA and presently working on my MA in CJ. 99% of the Professors are excellent and they are there to assist the students.I really enjoy working on my own and having deadlines such as you would the workforce. If you need assistants then the Professor or other students are on hand for help.
What I totally disagree on is the amount that they are charging for the degree program. I am paying it know as I feel that this is the best school for what I am looking for at this time. The group projects can be done away with but in true it teachs us how to work as a team and build our confidences up.
They say they are military friendly school. Myself and a SGT of mine both attend this school. Well we failed our class and had to retake the class and was charged for it again. We were on orders and was unable to get a reception at the base we were on. The are military friendly for the TA, GI, and a Grant for the military.
I had to serve one weekend and we had a group project due that following Monday. Well, the all around problem was the professor waited 5 days before the project was due to give us the group names, normally the professor completes this about 2 to 3 weeks prior. So I had to inform the professor and the group that I had to serve that weekend. I got grief from half of the group about using the military as an excuss to get out from doing my work. The problem is I was not using it as an excuss and I did not have time to research but the groups deadline. The assignment was complete on time the students need to take a chill.
Which is impossible. Besides these three things I do not have a problem with CTU. I just believe if they would fix a couple of things they would be set.
There are many schools out today that will "sale" a student on their programs. I went to ITT and would never suggest anyone attend an ITT campus. They are overpriced for the education you receive and they have poor credentials. Before attending CTU Online, I checked out their credentials and spoke to a lot of people about it.
I began my CTU Online attendance in 2008 and in 15 months received my Bachelors degree (my associates came from ITT) then I embarked on the Masters degree and will have it very soon (15 months as they promised. The coursework and learning experience is great and I would hold it up to any brick and mortar university plus they have the same accredidations that any major univeristy should have.
The chats, two a week for an hour each, are very informative and I have never had an instructor just "read from a book". Many take their experiences and guide the students through the program.
It is very tough though and you must use wise time management because if you fall behind it can be difficult to catch up, but that is part of being a student, adult and self motivator. This is a great school and I am even enrolling for their Doctorates program as I am writing this review. It is reasonably priced and will give you a good foundation to stand on, if you put forth the effort to learn.