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I started school with CSU in 2013. Everything was great until recently. A few classes in during an Earth Science class on Unit 1, the professor gave me an AIV (Academic Integrity Violation). This violation was due to not properly citing material which came from the book they provide to you in APA format. She did not give me a warning because this was Unit 1, all she did was write me up for a violation. This happened in May 2014, the reason this is an issue now is because that violation has ruined my chances of graduating with honors because I currently have a 3.82 GPA and will graduate after 3 more sets of classes. APA format was difficult to learn, and many professors won't help you with it all they say is to reference the APA Manuel guide, which doesn't help as much as someone teaching you or showing what you did wrong. I filed an appeal a few days ago, I received a response stating that they are going to stick to their policy and not forgive the violation. Also stating that employers rarely look at honors or GPA. I don't really care if employers look at it, it was a personal goal of mine that I worked really hard at. My main point is that if the professor could have had a bad day or could have been frustrated because other students were not citing in APA properly and took it out on me on Unit 1 without warning. This is pretty pitiful if you ask me. If she did it to me it should be her standard for everyone on every single improperly cited material. I will be finishing the program but I will not return after I receive my bachelors degree in a few months. She invited me back pursue my graduate degree, but that won't be happening. D.
Columbia Southern University has a great curriculum. The advisors are very supportive. The resources for research papers are at your finger tips. The class setting and interaction really stimulate your mind and is sometimes challenging depending on the course. As long as your committed to reading more than your expected too, then you will do well in all the courses. The online schooling consist of a lot of reading, researching and writing. I think it is more challenging than a traditional class room setting. You have to be self driven. I enjoyed every class and I highly recommend Columbia Southern University, I have no regrets and I am so glad I attended this school.
What I love about this college is that my classes were exactly in the work field that I applied every day. The support that I got from the CSU staff was amazing. It took me longer 6-months longer than I thought it would, but my advisor never let me take my eye of the prize. I highly recommend this college if you are in, or wanting to work in the EHS profession.
I spent over 12 years in the public fire service and then made the move to industrial safety. I now work in the oil and gas industry as an Environmental, Safety and Health professional. Overall I am pleased with my educational experience with CSU. The courses were beneficial and some of the instructors were very helpful. I did have a few courses where the instructors seemed to be under qualified judging by the feedback that they administered. One negative comment that I will make is that some instructors were more concerned with APA guidelines than they were with actual content. I understand the importance of professional writing and can appreciate that, however I also know that working professionals at a Graduate level need valuable content to assist with career advancement. I ended with a 3.92 GPA in the Masters program and would recommend this institution for working professionals that desire flexibility in their course work.
I have had the best experience at CSU. I recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Homeland Security program. I experienced a lot over these past four years and all of it was a great experience. I will admit that out of the all of the instructors that I met there each and every one of them deserves kudos from me. Well all except one who I will not name here, but the course was in the Political Science arena. I feel that I was given a great education, at a reasonable price, and in an agreeable amount of time (just under five years). I was so impressed with the education that I received that I have just started a Masters program in Emergency Services Management. Before I sign off I need to give a big shout out to Professor DJ P!
This school is great if you like online classes. They have set rules for class an work that has to be done. If you like a brick mortar type school then you should search else where. Online class give you a freedom to work full time job an get work done around a house. No set tell when to study. But they have a set time an date when the assignments have to be in or it late.
I can say so far I've taken 1 class and today as I write this, I'm starting my 2nd class with CSU. I'm a 38 yr old dad of 3 and married. I've had my A.S. degree since 1999, when I finished my A.S. , I went to work in IT in the silicon valley never to return to school until now. I've searched high and low for the past 8 years for a great school that works for me and my schedule and a school that has a great user interface for online schooling. I can tell you not only have I enjoyed my class here so far, but you truly do get out of it what you put into it. It's really up to you and how great you want to be. The student portal is honestly the best I've seen from any online school, and let me tell you how many school I "almost" went to over the years and didn't because of horrible online interfaces. CSU is truly at the top when it comes to technology and learning! Thank you CSU for creating a program that works for people!
First off I want to start by saying CSU is the best educational experience I've ever had. The commencement was amazing, there was so much support at the ceremony and through out my tenure at CSU!!!! Ths staff was amazing, the curriculum was very organized and relevant. If anyone is considering CSU, I am strongly endorsing this school as an alum of this great institution. As a veteran and student I have never felt so much support! Thanks again CSU!!!
This is a decent school for continuing your upper level education as a working professional. The course work is solid and the schedule is pretty easily to follow and maintain. The professors are helpful. The only thing is with online be education you choose how much you get out of the program so it's not IV league by any means but if you want to gain the knowledge you need to further your career this is a good school to achieve it with.
As stated before, experiences may differ. I never had an issue with CSU, the VA Rep was super helpful, my Academic Advisor was awesome (thanks so much Rachael, you are the best!!) and would call me periodically to check on my progress. All departments were helpful and caring, they created a great culture and I would recommend this institution to anyone interested in higher education, exceptional professionalism!!! CLASS OF 2016!!!!