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Overall my experience was excellent with Columbia Southern. I did get some useful feedback and the academic adviser was easy to work worth. I will say there was a large varying degree of instructors and the strictness in grading. One thing to pay attention to is the 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. You think it is the other way around but this is not true. I was lucky and found a regionally accredited school which accepted CSU's degree so I was able to start my Master's a few months after a graduated. The course work is definitely geared towards professionals and most of the professors were easy to work worth. I had one issue with one instructor and my adviser was very good at communicating with me. I believe CSU is always trying to improve their academic standards so hopefully they will we regionally accredited some day if not already.
I went to CSU for a little over two years. I entered it with an Associate's degree and finished with my Bachelor's in Business Administration. Please disregard the review (especially the lengthy ones that go on and on...you know what they say - you can tell a liar when they try to give too much information). My only "gripe" with my experience at CSU was during my last year my academic advisor was changed twice on me. Granted I did not require their help much, but I did not like the switching of advisors. Overall I found the professors to be knowledgable and willing to help. The feedback I received on assignments, projects, and essays was professional and on point. I graduated cum laude in May of 2018 and three months later got a job working for my city in their HR department.
Do not expect actual feedback from your professors, this is a instrumental part of learning that CSU thus far seems to lack. Grading responses are automated pre typed and your name is simply inserted. My assessment grades say the same exact thing word for word every week and its upsetting. To put effort into your education and receive no effort in return. Grading is considerably inconsistent and when seeking aid on this matter Ive received nothing. This is a university of convenience, not quality.
I purchased three degrees (Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science) from Columbia Southern University (CSU). The established trend throughout all three programs was the Professors failing to provide valid and useful feedback (i.e. indicating where the mistakes actually were on the submitted assignments) in order to reinforce potential learning points. Without identifying where the "minor errors in punctuation and grammar" or "APA formatting errors" existed in the submissions, these obviously generic critiques became nothing more than random deductions. The trend in reference to feedback for any written assignment is to have an obviously pre-generated and generic assessment prefaced by a sentence, poorly attempting to personalize the generic talking points (i.e. Good job [input Student Name Here]! Generic comments. Keep up the good work.). There were a few exceptions, however, the well-established norm was CSU Professors' reliance on seemingly arbitrary checks in grading rubrics without any useful or meaningful feedback. Speaking from an academic perspective, just what is a student expected to glean from checks on a rubric, without errors being highlighted within the actual submitted assignment? This question was submitted through the student services center multiple times without being adequately addressed. Each time the validity of a critique was challenged, due to a Professor's failure to highlight where the error occurred within the submission, the Professor's response would be to assure me that my course GPA would not be adversely impacted. The challenges to the deductions never stemmed from a focus on the GPA, the challenges were attempts to actually come away with useful information in order to have a quality academic experience. This point fell on deaf ears. To read feedback wherein a professor has the audacity to write, the instructor is left with the impression is frustrating in the extreme. The question Just what instruction has been given? would immediately come to mind. In each course, I'd refer to a syllabus for reading assignments and topics for essays. The only interaction with the instructors is when they review written assignments. I use the term review lightly because of how dependent the professors seem to be on the SafeAssign software to justify their assessments. It seems to me they go for the low hanging fruit of APA format or grammar/punctuation for some quick point deductions so they can demonstrate critical assessments of student submissions. I can refer to multiple times wherein a professors feedback included according to SafeAssign your grade is., yet few and far between are there examples of a professor actually addressing or identifying the submission's content inaccuracies or errors. I am left with the feeling that what has actually occurred during this entire academic endeavor with Columbia Southern University is that I have used my VA Educational benefits to be given access to material which was graded by software. The academic experience has been that inconsistent, that impersonal. Grading criteria is inconsistent applied. There were multiple times when I had to bring amendments to the CSU grading policy to professor's attention. I would share the following excerpt from an email exchange with a full-time faculty member in order to have erroneous deducitons reversed: "Regarding references and citations in Unit Assessment written responses (like Unit I), that requirement was removed more than a year ago. The assessment instructions no longer state that references are required, and the static rubric used for all written assessment responses no longer has an APA element. This has caused some confusion among our students after we pounded APA references into their heads for several years. Complicating the matter are some of our part-time professors who have not paid attention and still deduct points for lack of references. For assignments that are uploaded, the instructions should specify whether APA format is required." There was one professor in the Master of Science Program who didn't know the difference between a written response and an essay! When challenged, he shared the rubric which he was using to justify formatting deductions. I was able to highlight the CSU policy governing formatting requirements for written responses, and the correct grading rubric, only to be told the deductions for formatting were within the "professor's discretion". I'm still waiting on a reponse from the Department Chair and Faculty Lead explaining how a professor who clearly disregarded Unit Assessment instructions, utilized the wrong rubric to assess written responses, ignored CSU policy regarding assessment requirements of written responses, and has demonstrated an inability to discern the difference between a written response and an essay, should continue to represent the academic standards of CSU. I began the Associate of Science program in Occupational Health and Safety in November of 2014. I was able to complete all three (Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science) programs, with a concentration in environmental management in April of 2018. To put it another way, I completed 47 courses, only 2 of which required final exams within 2 years and 4 months! That should tell you all you need to know about this online business. If you're looking to buy a degree from an acreditted degree mill in order to meet a pre-requisite for an application or promotion look no further. Pay the fees and you'll receive a college tuition receipt, suitable for framing. However, if you are looking for a quality academic experience where you will come away with a true education in your field of study, this is not the place.
In 2009, I was pursuing a deggree in Environmental Science and I found Columbia Southern University which offered what I was looking for in the field of environmental science and safety. This degree helped me obtained a position as an Enviromental Inpsector and later as a Safety Trainer.
I completed my MBA at CSU and then decided to continue with the DBA program. The MBA was of value, but the DBA is not. I found that the set courses were fairly straightforward to get through, however the support and expertise at the dissertation stage was abysmal. Extremely poor feedback and I came away with the view that the professors are purely academics with no real world business experience. They have no idea about the real issues facing modern business, and instead look to slow one's progress as much as possible to keep you repeating courses - which of course you have to pay a new fee each time. I showed my work to experts outside of CSU and they were astonished at the obvious lack of business sense by the professors. You may think that the course is cost effective, but you haven't taken into account the multiple times they will make you repeat the dissertation phase courses. At that point you are so invested in finishing (80% through) that you won't stop paying. I paid well over 10k more than they advertised. Don't do the DBA.
My student advisor has been amazing helping me transitioning from my B.S directly into my Masters program with out skipping a beat. with her assistance I will be able to complete my degree with no issues. The great professors also help along the way.
My experience at CSU was amazing. I am an adult student with double masters. I found the classes to be challenging and the instructors sound. I had one instructor that was an outlier in a negative way. I filed a complaint with that one. Some instructors were very strict and some were less so, but overall i felt i had a very good education. I have been able to use my MBA in current line of work.
I earned my Bachelor's of Science this year and one reason I chose this school is because they are accredited with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. One reviewer gave a one star rating because he said the school manufactured reviews. I can assure you that I am not affiliated with the staff of the school besides being a student. You have to earn your grades and yes I did realize that some instructors were stricter than others. I gave 4 stars because of some technical problems I've had with the school when my financial aid ran out and while the school worked with me, it was still an aggravating circumstance. Great school and great instructor, lowest priced online accredited school in the United States, but watch your financial aid status otherwise it'll be a lot of red tape. Also, read every email from the school because sometimes their curriculum becomes changed or updated as they become accredited by another certification body. I'm happy with my degree and employers accept it because of their reputation.
I went here for two years and earned my BS in Business with a focus in Human Resource Management. Anyone who says the classes are easy...is lying. You have to earn your grades. Anyone who says your credits aren't transferable...hasnt done their homework. I found the professors to be engaging and informative. Whrn I got really sick and was hospitalized...I was allowed to extend my classes by 30 days which helpwd immensely. Compared to many online colleges...CSU is one of the best in my opinion.