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After carefully researching online colleges I choose CSU because of the cost and good reviews. From the day I was assigned my Advisor I had a bad feeling about her. I explained my situation to her and she encourage me to enroll and I did. The 2 classes that I am currently in are very difficult. You need to read 2 chapters each week and basically you don't understand what you are reading. Reaching out to one of my Professor compare to reaching out to brick wall. If they had allowed more time to withdraw from there classes I would and start school somewhere else. They say first impressions last but this will most definitey last as the worst online classes. I have done online classes before and here I must say is the worst. The Assessment essays are ridiculous. If you lead a busy lifestyle and have a family, this is not the school for you. To add their a few of the financial office workers are clueless. I called to find out information and that any financial aid officer should be able to answer and they couldn't. I googled the information and got the answer. I have emailed my Advisor requesting help 4 days now and no word. If she was on vacation, I would assume she would changed her greeting on her phone or email. As soon as this term is over I am out of here.
I felt the instructors were very attentive which came as a surprise due to all of my classes being online. As long as you have some self discipline and some extra time to study and read, this is a very great option. It is yet to be determined how this university is accepted on a resume, but I feel like it was legit. Certainly was not a breeze by any means.
Columbia Southern University was an excellent on-line learning program. Teachers were outstanding and the service I received from all employees was always courteous and speedy. The way they have the program set up, it fits everyone's work schedule to include having a family. I recommend CSU to anyone trying to get a better education and still have to work.
This is the most military friendly school I have attended. Prior to CSU I attended: St Leo's Unv, Eastern Michigan Unv, Sinclair Comm College, and Park University. I have also used CLEP and DANTES extensively. I was amazed that CSU accepted/transferred nearly all of my other college credits into their program. Since it is fully nationally accredited, I was able to use my GI bill without any problem. Their Masters Degree Program is considered full time and you only have to take one class every eight weeks. Since full time qualified me for the housing allowance, I got a nice bonus check from VA. As far as the course work, it is a lot of writing and a good amount of time spent on research. Say what you want about "on-line" schools but I have attended several brick and mortar colleges over the years and this course work has been far more challenging. The Professors are first rate and many teach at other colleges as well as CSU. All of the professors that I had, have or are currently working in the field that they are teaching. I was surprised at how many are published experts and connected within their areas of expertise. Overall this is a great choice for anyone with a military background that is self-motivated and has good time-management skills.
I just completed my BS - Criminal Justice Administration degree at Columbia Southern University. I was a "per course" student. That is, I enrolled in one class at a time and completed each one at my own pace. Most classes consisted of graded material such as essays, article reviews, research papers, and multiple choice assessments that needed to be submitted. The workload for each class varied. I found most classes to be challenging, but not daunting. There were a few classes that required over 30 essays along with a research paper or two. In summary, you will be doing a lot of writing at CSU utilizing APA format. The courses are laid out well so I didn't feel the need to have much contact with the professors. They are there if you need them though. The Academic Advisors at CSU are outstanding and extremely helpful. The bottom line with CSU is that it's a quality education at an affordable price. If you're the type of student that needs a professor to hold your hand throughout your educational journey, an online education probably isn't for you. To the contrary, if you're a motivated adult learner, I think you'll be more than satisfied with CSU. I had a stigma early on about the national accreditation (NA) that CSU holds versus a regional accreditation (RA). The truth of the matter is that some RA schools won't accept NA transfer credits. However, many RA schools have no problem accepting NA transfer credits. In my case, I applied at 3 RA schools for grad work using my CSU degree and was accepted by all three. You will also find "education snobs" that look down upon online schools versus brick and mortar schools. I have attended both types of universities and can say without a doubt that my experience as an online student was far more challenging. The only difference is I didn't need to buy a parking pass, run around a campus going from class to class, and missed out on the "keggers." If you'll notice, most major universities are recognizing that degrees completed online are the wave of the future and are moving towards that option for students.
I attended CSU and found the course work to be on course with a regular B and M. The staff supported me every step along the way and I was able to graduate with my MBA. This program is geared toward the mid life learner who perhaps has not attended school for a while or for someone who has a busy life but wants to include school. If you want a degree this may be the place. In terms of RA vis National, the world is changing so many learner do not have the time or the desire to go to class so moving forward, most learning will ve via the internet. Go CSU!
I've been attending CSU since 2006. I earned my Bachelor's degree in 2009 and am now working on my Master's. Since CSU is approved by DOE, my Bachelor's degree fulfilled my education requirement for my current job with the Department of the Interior. CSU degrees are perfectly fine for all US Government jobs that require a degree. This school is legit, the instructors and curriculum are top notch. I am extremely satisfied with my attendance.
The school has really good teachers and the academics is tough,but the professors are easy to reach, if you have any questions about a subject. The staff is very friendly and will call you to check on you, to see how you are doing in that particular class . The online blackboard is accessible to all students and I can work at my own pace.
As for the content of this degree program, it is top notch. CSU provides the books as part of the tuition payment and for most of the classes, the material covered matches the text and also real world scenarios. Another nice thing about CSU is they hire actively working professionals in the fields that you are trying to study. Keep an eye on their Advanced Industrial Hygiene professor who works both at CSU and at EKU though, he's a bit of a dork and although he means well, he doesn't always have the best interest of the student in mind. Some posters will complain about the transferability of the CSU credits.... I never had any problems as some of my credits transferred to a real university... but only those that had applicability to the new major. Those credits that had nothing to do with my new major (Public Health) transferred as electives but some (such as the introductory class (waste of time) did not. In summary, if you are looking for a cheap graduate degree, this is the place to get it. If you are looking for a degree that will help you to get a PhD, go elsewhere as the degree isn't recognized. If you are looking to take a few classes that you hope to transfer, make sure you take classes that are similar to the classes that you'll be taking at the real university. They'll transfer as electives and the real university's classes will be waived as part of you new degree program. Try to avoid taking the introductory class. It is a waste of time and money.
I was told when I started my MSc that it would count in Canada. Unfortunately the school is a money grab. If you live anywhere beside the U.S. your degree/MSc WILL NOT COUNT!!! The online MSc has potential, it was a good program but unfortunately is useless for me.