Columbia Southern University Reviews
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I am enrolled at Columbia Southern University. This University is great if you work full-time and/or you are a working parent. The work load is manageable and the curriculum is current and relevant. If you are looking to increase your skills for career opportunities enroll in a bachelor or masters program. The class rates are competitive as well.
Excellent school for those wanting to save money and working. Curriculum is the same as other schools and professors are true professionals. I have nothing negative to say and it is an excellent experience. I am doing the life pace program and currently finishing courses in 4 weeks. If you are concerned with accreditation just move in the last year to Waldorf.
My overall experience at CSU is absolutely amazing. The courses and work load is just right. The professors and student advisors a great, the LifePace Learning option (10 week flexible term) is perfect for my work schedule. The online student portal is easy to use. Nothing but the most positive things to say about CSU.
The University has always assist me when asked upon. I enjoyed the pace,the amount of work and the guidance without confusion. I recommend the school to people that needs flexibility. The instructors are always there when you email or call them directly.
CSU has been helpful in advancing my education for my career. CSU understands that everyday life can become an obstacle, and the professors as well as the counselors, are eager to help. My counselor, Amanda, was very helpful with any questions that I had, and was able to give the advance I needed to carry on. Thank you CSU staff for pushing me towards achieving my goals. Jennifer
I found that CSU was the best choice for me. The class style means you have to be a self starter. As long as you put in the work you can do this type of school. If you are someone who is very busy with life, this is your school. I have truly enjoyed this school and would suggest it to any firefighter or police officer I know that needs to complete their education. Great staff and impressive operation in Orange Beach AL. Many of my co-workers have spoken with me about this school and have signed up in the last year and are equally impressed. I wish them the very best as an institution of education.
I found that CSU was the right school for me. The work load dose make you have to be a self starter. As long as you put in the work you can do this type of school. If you are someone who has to have a teacher standing over you 24-7 to finnish, this is not your school. I have recomened this school to alot of my coworkers and have had a real good response.
CSU is not a bad school but it does require you to educate yourself about accreditation. CSU is a nationally accredited university and if you desire to attend a regionally accredited college there is a very good chance that the regionally accredited school will not accept your transfer request. If you start at a nationally accredited school then you will need to end at a nationally accredited school. Now, with that said there are some rare exceptions as it is up to each individual regionally accredited school to decide for themselves if they will or will not accept your transfer credit. I have transferred my CSU credit to my local regionally accredited Community College (one declined, the other accepted) in which they accepted a full years worth of credit, and once I earned my BS Degree in Criminal Justice from CSU I was able to enroll in a masters program with a regionally accredited University (CSU's sister institution Waldorf University, but from what I have read it seems they will accept CSU Degrees but not individual courses). It is however up to you to know the difference in accreditation and then be willing to shop around to find a school that will accept your credit should you decide to change from Nationally to Regionally Accredited institutions. I do hope this information helps you to be more informed as you decide as to which institution of learning you wish to attend.
I want to start off this assertion with the simple fact that I do not like badmouthing people. I recognize that everyone has a job to provide for their family. Also, I am writing this review so future students are knowledgeable about the priority of CSU, rather than attack the livelihood of people at CSU. When discussing the dynamics of CSU, there are several things to ponder. These facets include rapid enrollment, misleading, and quality of the degree. The only thing that people who work there are concerned with are keeping you happy during the phone call. Normally, this would sound appealing to any student because it sounds like I am suggesting good customer service. But, they instead act like they know the facts about the University but that couldnt be further from the truth. For example, if you call and ask if they have a policy on a maximum number of courses one at one time. They will say, one. Whereas a student can take two courses at a time until reaching 12 hours. Once reaching the 12 credit hours (4 courses) the academic advisory can approve a student to go to three courses at a time. Also, this same advisor explained to me that there was a policy in place preventing me from enrolling in term courses and Life-pace simultaneously. (an individual studying format). That the Department of education doesnt allow it. Reality: there Is nothing preventing you from enrolling in both, it just isnt academically sound. (It took me 6 calls to figure this out) Additionally, the career center told me they had 1000s of partnerships with employers. I asked them what the job growth looked like for my degree by 2020? And how would I network myself in an online setting? The answer: "We cannot speak to the job growth but what we do know is youre guaranteed a job, and we have a career fair that allows you to interact with future employers and network with internships". The reality: There isnt a career fair and I am not sure if a student could set up a face to face interview with an academic advisor much less a future employer. Furthermore, another example is when I asked about if my credits from CSU would transfer to other institutions. The answer: Yes, you can transfer credits to 90% of the schools in America. I then went on to ask if my masters degree would transfer to their sister college Waldorf University. The answer: Yes, you could transfer half of your (M.S) degree to Waldorf University. The reality: Not only did Waldorf not accept their sister colleges degree/credits but they also were surprised that I was even asking the possibility. Also, Waldorf did not offer the degree I was planning to receive at CSU. Waldorfs explanation: Its too different programs at two different schools, and I am not sure who gave you the idea that this was possible. Accreditation- Regional accreditation ensures that an institutions academic program meets acceptable levels of quality. Institutions must be accredited by a federally recognized accrediting agency to qualify for participation in federal financial aid programs that provide low cost loans to students. Oftentimes, too, employers want to verify the accreditation of a college or university before they will pay for tuition or fees as part of a company-sponsored benefits program. Attending a regionally accredited institution is an important consideration if you think you might want to transfer credits to another institution or will want to pursue admission to graduate programs later on. Regionally accredited colleges and universities typically accept credits from other regionally accredited institutions. Each individual institution may decide which transfer credits to accept, however. (http://www.wiche.edu/knowledge/14295) Lastly, CSU credits do not transfer to other institutions because of their accreditation. Yes, Columbia Southern is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accreditation Commission (DEAC). Their website will say DEAC is an accreditation agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). But that does not mean (CHEA) accredited CSU itself. For example, it says CHEA is a nonprofit organization serving as a national advocate for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation. All CSU programs have been reviewed and approved by DEAC. (not CHEA). If they were regionally accredited they would have Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Why this is significant. So, for example, if you are perusing your bachelors in Elementary Education, and decide it is time for further your education to get a masters degree. Well, if you decide to enroll in Harvard University or even the University of Mississippi they will not accept your degree from CSU. Why? Because CSU is not (SACS) accredited. There are six regional accreditations. WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) NAC (Northwest Accreditation Commission) NCA (North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) MSA (Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools) I asked why arent they accredited? Answer: We are waiting for the government to process our other accreditation. It is a long drawn out process. Reality: Earning an accreditation in the United States is a voluntary, nongovernmental process. Schools request to be evaluated and/or have their programs evaluated by an independent accrediting agency. The agency sets its own standards that the school must meet in order to earn their accreditation, and since accrediting agencies vary in their quality standards, some are considered more prestigious than others. Which one a school pursues depends on what standard of quality the school hopes to achieve and to maintain. Why this is significant. Because all the school is required to do is submit its curriculum and the accreditor approves it or denies it. It does not take years to approve not unless there is something wrong with the curriculum. Look up for yourself at: https://www.geteducated.com/regional-vs-national-accreditation-which-is-better-for-online-colleges https://www.petersons.com/college-search/us-colleges-universities-accreditation.aspx#/sweeps-modal https://www.chea.org/4DCGI/degreemills/index.html?MenuKey=main Lastly, degree programs can be accredited too. For instance, if someone is an engineer they would want their degree accredited by (ABET). The point I want anybody reading this to understand is, do your research on your school, program, and degree. They will tell you whatever you want in order to keep you happy.
I received an AAS in Business in 2011 and a BS in HR Management in 2013. This school changed my life! Eight months after receiving a BS, I was promoted to HR Manager. A year later, I received a second promotion and more responsibility. My salary has increased by 45% in the past four years... all thanks to CSU. This school is what you make of it. Education alone will not get you to the next level. Work ethic, drive, motivation, and the right attitude is key and most critical!