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Columbia Southern University is by no means a bad school. I'm sure for many students it's a great institution. For me personally, I graduated feeling like I didn't accomplish anything special. Graduating from an M.B.A. program with a 4.0 GPA should be a great accomplishment, however, I feel I graduated with minimal work. Don't mistake this for no work. Many hours were spent on research papers, but after hours of hard work I'd receive a grade from my professors (i.e. 98%, 2pts. deducted for "content"). Many of the professors I dealt with provided very little in terms of comments to assignments. No one is perfect and I believe every assignment can be better, it's the responsibility of the professors to challenge the students and prepare them for success, which I feel many members of the staff neglected. This schools provides you with the resources to further your education, it's your responsibility to learn as much as you want. If all you care about is the degree, then this is an easy school for you, with a little hard work a high 3 GPA or even a 4.0 GPA is attainable.
Let's first start with affordability. This school is extremely affordable, and I received my second masters for under $10k. It was so affordable I paid out of pocket unlike my first masters from another university that I am still paying on five years later. If accreditation is important to you, you should attend Waldorf University which is CSU sister school. They have similar focuses, and they are regionally accredited. However, they cost a little more. Second, the professors are knowledgeable and give you good feedback ( well most of them, but it's the same in any university). The OSH curriculum is not easy at all. It requires a lot of reading and like any online school, you have to be self-motivated. Apparently, over the last two or so years, they had some big cheating scandal with people selling papers or something, so they restructured all the exams and classwork from a mixture of multiple choice and short answers to strictly essays and research articles from the online library (database). Your ability to read, comprehend and write will even make you fail or succeed during this program. The degree hasn't influenced my income more too much as in OSH field; employers really can careless about the degree.The curriculum is good ground work for a cert exam. You will have to study extremely hard, and you get to keep most (or all) books. Getting a CSP, CIH, PE, REM, CHMM, CSHM, etc. or any other EHS professional certification will increase your chances of promotions better. Anyone that say they received a dramatic increase in the EHS field with just the degree and know professional certification is probably blowing smoke up your tail. I have 2 master's and 12 years experience in EHS field. I made it to supervisory level in the field but I have been missing on the managerial or director level positions since I don't have a professional cert. I never really needed it. I am studying to take my cert exam at the end of the month. Overall the program is good. Some classes are more challenging than others and some professors grade harder than others like any college. Anyone that want to work with the federal government you will have to have 30 semester hours of pure sciences and your Industrial Hygiene or Engineering courses will need to come from an ABET accredited program. CSU don't have that accreditation. Most federal agencies wan those classes. I am able to work for one but I have a BS in Chemistry and Masters in Environmental Toxicology from other universities.
Great school and great professors. However, the student advisory department is a waste, they should do away with this department. It is better to contact your professor if you have any concerns. In the four years that I have attended the school only once, I was contacted by my advisor via email. When I needed to talk to an advisor I was unable to reach them. Another problem is the online library. Other than that great school.
I began my college education thirty years after graduating from high school. I researched and found Columbia Southern University offered a BS in Environmental Services Management that best aligned with my current employer and interests. Columbia Southern educators have been great, they have common chat rooms, will contact you via email, and give detailed feedback on assignments. Although not in a classroom or face-to-face it makes it feel more personal, more one-on-one. Earning your degree on-line gives you the freedom to work, handle your family responsibilities and not stress over the commute to get to class. It allows you to schedule your study time around your other responsibilities. In 2009 I began my Associates, by 2012 I completed my Bachelors while working full time. That same year I got promoted and enjoyed taking on a more responsible demanding role. To date I'm still continuing my education, I am now just 5 classes from earning my Masters in Emergency Services Management, with a 4.0 GPA. Not bad for someone who grew up and was told women were to marry and have kids, education was not necessary! There is no end to what you can achieve, just try one class, then one more ... before you know it you too will have earned your degree!
My experience with CSU has been horrible. 1. During the first class I took at CSU, my experience is that the online library significantly lacks resources. When searching the History database for "Federalist Paper number 1", the result I get is "Media Discourse and the Yugoslav Conflicts...." which has absolutely nothing to do with American History and the Federalist papers. When searching for a book referenced in one of the reviews provided by the school, "Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, The Federalist Papers", my first result was "The irony of Barack Obama: Barack Obama, Reinhold Niebuhr and the problem of Christian Statecraft". Again, nothing to do with the search criteria. When searching for "American Revolutionary War", I get "Islam and Political Violence". When requiring use of the online library, it would seem to make sense that adequate resources are provided. The Instructor was understanding and allowed me to use alternate resources to successfully complete the assignments. 2. During the second class, I encountered instructions for assignments in a syllabus that conflict with the grading rubric, a requirement to submit assignments in a system that they know won't accept the required formatting (they tell you that it won't accept the required formatting in their tutorial), was given a textbook that is a different version that what is referenced in the material, experienced a Professor who graded not based on the instructions for the assignment but based on rubrics that don't match the instructions given for the assignment. When attempting to point this out to the staff, they admit that the instructions are confusing and sent it to the Instructional Technology and Design department for review but agreed with the Professor grading based on instructions that were not provided. After completing an assignment with instructions of "Cite the text", I was graded based on yet another rubric that was different than the instructions that were provided (the rubric said to provide outside resources but the instructions for the assignment say "Use your knowledge...." and "Cite the text to support your ideas...") and was threatened with being referred for an Academic Integrity Violation. I have been asked to un-enroll from their University.
Amazing school and highly respected with employers. I got my dream job thank to the Masters Degree offered by this great school. It took me three long years of hard work and lots of assignments but it was totally worth the effort. The tuition fee was very low in comparison to the similar program but the courses and instructors were high quality. I totally recommend them for any EHS/ OHS courses or degrees.
Earned my Bachelor's and Master's degrees here. Excellent student support staff gets you started with ease. Knowledgeable instructors with great credentials. Well rounded degree program with a challenging but achievable workload. You will learn to do research and write well. No group projects, which if you have ever had to deal with that drama, is a big plus. You register for a class, and they ship you the book(s) automatically, or give you online access, whichever is applicable. No hidden fees to nickel and dime you into oblivion. Fair grading, but not everyone gets a trophy- you have to earn it. Curriculum is current and relevant to today's business environment- what you learn here today you will use tomorrow at work.
Columbia Southern University is an outstanding, affordable alternative to the traditional university. It provides excellent courses that are geared towards preparing the student for career advancement as well as entry into their field of study. I would highly recommend Columbia Southern.
I graduated in 2016 and I have to say I love this school. I just hope to find me a good job. I do wish they would offer more scholarships for grad students wanting to enter the DBA program. It would also be nice if the school was Regionally accredited. Tom
This college was amazing. It was all online so I could do it at home without finding childcare for my kids. It was in my own pace yet had deadlines that were set. The deadlines were all realistic and it made completing the assignments on time easy.