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I agree about the grammar and foreign exchange thing. I graduated with a MBA in CJ and the discussion boards and group projects were the worst! I have no idea how a "professor" can pass students with such poor knowledge of the written English language! I am sure they all passed just for completing the assignments. Not sure what their grading policies are or if they even acknowledge poor grammar and writing skills. Overall, my goal was to receive my degree and that is what I did. I used financial aid and the degree has actually benefited me in my current position and positions I will receive in the future with promotions and such. I am currently employed in a really good organization with a lot of room for moving up the ladder and thanks to my degree, I can do that. The courses were very time consuming, since the classes consisted mostly of writing assignments due every week. I would rather write than take tests anyways. Therefore, I enjoyed it. I enjoyed researching and compiling evidence. The instructors were nice and responded if you emailed them. I actually breezed through the degree program without opening one book, LOL. I use the internet to research very often and that was all I needed. I would recommend CTU if you enjoy writing and researching on a deadline. The course assignments are always posted by the first day of class, so you can get a head start and be done with all the assignments if you wanted to do that. If not, time management is key! As I stated above, the worst part about CTU, in my opinion, was reading the discussion posts by some of the students and the group projects. I made it a point to only read the one's from students that I knew could write well. Nothing much to do when it came to group projects since we were assigned our groups. I just went back and revised everyone's part to make sure it sounded good. Oh and I forgot to mention, once you graduate, they have a fee that you have to pay. For me, it was $200. IDK about anyone else. What is the fee for? I have no idea. I had no idea that I owed a fee until I received a collection notice. That sucked when I tried to get my transcripts. I had to call the transcript service to find out why I could not get it and then I had to call the school, which then sent me to the collections company. It was a hassle but has since been removed from my credit report, so no worries there.
Great school online chats and you can talk to teachers; they even give you their phone numbers. I do have one issues where the financial aid and student-loan department only give excuses and useless information. Those departments must be congress's training grounds; I can't give you any proof of what you need but a screen shot without your name and information. Plus they can't send anything important as a certified letter. I do understand the risk of getting anything mailed, but certified letter where you have to prove who you are at the post office, that's too complicated.
After seeing these reviews, I am more than convinced this university is nothing short of a glorified diploma mill where you are paying $40,000 for a worthless piece of paper. Fortunately for me, I got out after 2 classes after noticing I was learning next to nothing and growing tired of hypothetical projects (ie Pretend you are creating a security system for a fictional company--describe how you would build it) Something I want to add to Cleo Scoot's comment about withdrawing--I used the same technique by simply refusing to turn in any more work so that I would automatically be removed from the school. It did work, but for amusement purposes, I have kept all of the emails that have been sent to me asking for me to return to the "university" (and I use the term loosely) So far the count has been 10 over the past 2 months. The senders of the emails have some rather interesting job titles--so far I have been contacted by: two "Campus Director of Admissions", two "Senior National Admission Advisors", a Director of Student Management, a National Admissions Consultant, Manager of Student Success, and a Lead Student Success Coach. Yeah. No idea one business would have so many "directors" in one department. Save your money, this school is a joke and needs to have their accreditation revoked.
CTU is a HUGE JOKE of a college - DO NOT ENROLL IN THIS SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!! the advisors are PAID to be nice to you, they don't really care about whether or not you get a degree, they just want your financial aid money. They mismanaged my transfer credits, having me re-take classes (which I didn't find out until later) I'd already passed at the community college I attended. I am VERY ANGRY that I ended up paying about $1400 for a class I already have credit for and should NOT have been advised to take. Please write a letter to the department of education's FRAUD division to get CTU shut down, just like ITT Tech. Wasting financial aid money and my time is a horrible thing for a college to do!!!
Basically do not waste your money!!!! Horrible experience and program ballooned to 60K + $$$$$ I am extremely upset with everything about this university. Once you are locked in there is little to no assistance with problems. The programs are plagued with issues and the professors just regurgitate text book lessons. There is no critical thinking or problem solving here. With out having years of background knowledge in the field this would have been completely useless data to a novice to apply. As a hiring manager I would steer clear from any individuals going through this program even though I will now posses this high paid glorified piece of paper. Although I really did not want to devalue this degree as I have a huge monetary investment and will be paying for years to come... It sickens me how I was mislead into this program and told things that were not true. Such as applying work history and all of my certification that I had obtained over the years just to be told they were not applicable etc. My advice look for a much cheaper on-line alternative that is less expensive at the end of the day I do not think any employers are specifically looking at were the degree was obtained as much as that one has it. It has been challenging to get through this program and looking back I can honestly say it was stressful with the constant financial needling and threatening to sign agreements. At the end of the day its your money that is cared about and not the education you receive or at least that was my impression. Every time I called in a problem it was brushed off or disregarded but believe me when it came to financial aspects I had a phone call daily with follow up.....
CTU, is a Regionally, Accredited University. I have read a lot of negative reviews concerning CTU. As a current student, I like their learning format. There are numerous writing assignments, that have to be, written and submitted, utilizing the APA format. Writing, can be a challenge for some people, therefore, if you do not write well, I would not recommend CTU. Also, alot of the writing assignments, will be due, back to back, which is not easy. I do not like the Quarter semesters, due to, the out of pocket cost, that can be associated with this, but; you are able to reduce your classes per session, to avoid this. It will take longer to graduate, but; you will have obtain an Accredited degree.
My master's program was offered completely online, and I received my degree in 15 months. I had no time off between quarters. I could not go out with friends at all. However, I ended up earning 4.0 (all A's) thanks to CTU faculties and classmates that I 'met' whilst I was on the program. I do not disagree that the online software could be choppy sometimes, but at the time I graduated, the online program software was much better than my company's meeting application. I earned my CISSP which was in line with the program I was taking within 4 years of graduation. Between my master's and CISSP, I could secure my current job. Thank you, CTU!
IntelliPath is the online software used by CTU. IntelliPath is frustrating and requires many times the hours needed for any given subject due to the wrong answers and required answer entry formats that result in answers being scored as wrong. IntelliPath has been reported many times over many quarters by many students, yet, the incorrect material is not corrected. IntelliPath requires textual entry of material that can be misconstrued such that correct answers are scored wrong. IntelliPath has wrong answers, yet, after being reported many times as wrong, the incorrect answers remain. Students do not learn from IntelliPath. Instead, they are instructed to merely record the correct answers provided by IntelliPath after a wrong answer is scored and repeat the modules for a better grade by giving the memorized answers. (IntelliPath allows modules to repeated for better grades). Since the question pool is comprised of only a few questions, it is easier to record the correct answers and repeat them back when repeating a module. The use of the fraudulent IntelliPath leads to the conclusion that CTU is not interested in being a quality school but is interested in making money as a Diploma Mill.
First bad sign: This school only uses E-books, meaning I really hope you enjoy staring at a screen for hours. I had to buy an e-reader to keep from getting headaches. Second, the classes just really repeated everything I learned in my bachelor's program. Third (and I want you to pay attention to this one): I decided to withdraw, but I already know how institutions get nasty when you try to withdraw and even try to say you owe them money. I did a different tactic--I did not log in, or turn in any assignments in a move to deliberately fail the class and have my GPA fall below the required standard which would ACCORDING TO THEIR GUIDELINES require them to suspend me from the school. They did in fact send me a letter saying I was suspended and that I had 10 days to present an appeal, otherwise I would officially be withdrawn. EVERY SINGLE ONE of those 10 days, student advising office sent an email saying " You need to submit an appeal or you will be withdrawn! Time is running out! Do you need help on how to write an appeal? We'll walk you through the steps!" I made no response. The deadline passed and the student advising office sent an email saying "I spoke with so and so and they granted you a 7 day extension. But this is your last chance! The appeal does not need to be long, just explain what happened and how you intend to keep up in classes.We'll help you through every step!" Astonishingly, they even signed me up for another class even though according to their guidelines, I was suspended and could not take any! I let the 7 day deadline pass and ultimately I was officially withdrawn....but THE SAME DAY that I was withdrawn, I got an email from a "re-enrollment" advisor asking if I would like to re-apply to the school on probationary status. Yeah. The school is a sham...any legitimate school would not beg a student to return after being forced according to their policies to kick them out, and give them chance after chance. Usually it's the student doing the begging and pleading. Avoid this school, it's a diploma mill on the same level as the University of Phoenix.
I am going to be as straightforward and honest about the school without whining about how no one handed me anything on a silver platter or how whatever office was hard to work with. Here we go, are you listening? SKIP THIS SCHOOL. It is overpriced, the courses are far too short, and the curriculum has absolutely no challenge at all. I was in the Master's program for 6 months and they practically handed me A's in all the courses. Know how easy it is to have a 4.0 GPA at CTU? My laptop was stolen while in the middle of a course, and I could only use a library computer until my next paycheck the following month. I had lost all my research and work but to avoid being dropped from the class, I typed up a paper using the knowledge from the top of my head and thought I would take a C in the class and improve it next time. I got an A. People--how do you earn an A in a class doing ZERO RESEARCH and call it a "master's program"?!? Now let's talk about the instructors and CTU's penchant for hiring people whose accent is so thick it's so incomprehensible. With the exception of one instructor (who earned his Ph.D from Devry Univ) all of them spoke horrible English and gave weekly lectures from Powerpoint slides. None of which I watched because I didn't know what the hell they were saying. The curriculum: The study notes and aides provided by CTU are very basic and nearly on a middle school level.The "assignments" involve reading 7 chapters over one week and writing a 2 page paper discussing one random topic covered. In so many other words, their idea of a master's program is just to read a book from cover to cover and write some basic papers. I CAN GO TO A LIBRARY AND DO THAT FOR FREE! You are more or less teaching yourself at this school. There is no experimentation or analysis or complex projects. Just reading and writing basic papers. And when I say "basic" I mean basic as in covering topics you already learned in a bachelor's. Even though I spent only 6 months here, it was a MASSIVE waste of my time and money. I learned absolutely nothing whatsoever, I don't feel that I have "mastered" anything, this school is a joke that has no business with any kind of accreditation and should only be attended by people who want to pay $30,000 to read books. Don't touch this school with a 10 foot pole.You will regret it!