Concordia University - Portland Reviews
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I am a current student trying to graduate by 2020. This is an accelerated online doctorate program. You do not realize that and it does not really "hit" you until you enter your dissertation phase. The program is advertised and designed for people who have full-time jobs, have a family life, etc and are too busy to attend a traditional school classroom. However, once you enter your dissertation phase on the 2-3 year of the program, you are expected to deliver large amounts of research and information on "tentative" deadlines. This research you will not get done in 8 weeks if you have a family and a full-time job. You also dont know what you will be writing about or where your research will "drive" you, so you will spend more than 8 weeks putting this information together and brainstorming on how you will deliver. You will get extremely frustrated because life happens and your family and your job come first, but not really, you will find that the way they designed this program makes you question that, and your priorities. Its a tremendous amount of pressure and money because what they dont tell you is that if you dont pass a class after the second time, when you actually dont deliver crazy amount of information, then you have to retake the class and pay for it again. So much money that everything quickly adds up to 10, 20, and even 30k. Easily. I would really consider doing an accelerated program, and even more if its an online program for the sake of calling yourself a doctor.
If you want an honest opinion, this school is out to take your money and that is it. A few professors were actually decent, but in terms of how the programs operate and the financial aid and just billing side, good luck. You will have better luck dealing with a monkey than with these people. Like I said, this school is not out to help you achieve anything except take your money. Good luck to you if you decide to go here. This school does not even deserve stars below.
There are many issues occurring simultaneously within the schools, the administrators, students, and the program itself. I have found very few courses that have added valued to my professional and academic life, and those were only two courses. I did not feel I was ready to enter a dissertation phase because I did not feel that those 2 years taking courses prepared me for the work required. Some professors had no or little interactions throughout the entire program, no feedback on writing, there is no indication of what awaits for you. Once you've entered the dissertation phase, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN, and they expect you to submit deliverables on weekly simply based on a 45 min conversation recorded by a chair you picked, excel spreadsheet, and the online library. Any questions, you can email chair (who is rude and by no means helpful), the library is not available on the weekend (shocker). As a full-time employee, the weekend is all we have to conduct my research and write, but if you have questions, there is some online resource, a random librarian somewhere within the US will attempt to help you and in the end will tell you they are not familiar with your school system so you have to contact the librarians on Monday when they are available to help you. This school is a total set-up for failure. If I was not this far into the program, I'd quit! and enroll myself in another school that cares and has the resources to support students. But guess what? if you enrolled in this program, you cannot transfer anywhere else because your credits will not be accepted anywhere else, so you will be stuck in this program and forced to finished otherwise you wasted 2.5-3 years of your life and your finances trying to accomplish the impossible. I don't know how to start my dissertation when they offer no help whatsoever. No help. No weekend resources. You are on your own. Good luck hiring a tutor to help you and the 100's of dollars per session you will paid when the school resources lack the help you need.
The CU-P program provides a firm foundation and broad curriculum to shape the student into the leader that is needed in higher education. The professors have a tough job since the program is fully on-line, but if you commit to communicating openly and often, the guidance provided will help you progress through each class. Now midway through the program, I am watching cafeully the process of dissertation and exchange thoughts and ideas with the cohort as each step of the way. The courses may seem to overlap a bit in the research, but I view this overlap as a means of develping a deeper understanding of the research process. The doctoral program is NOT a high octane MSc or BSc program, it defintiely opens the door to a more research-based pursuit in higher education.
This school enables anxiety and triggers depression. I was initially excited to move from Texas to Oregon to pursue a master's degree and begin a new chapter in my life! The professors (at least the ones in my program were, for the most part, great. My problem derives from the corrupt, administrative side of things. I applied for graduation in summer 2017, and it was approved by two (2) advisors (they fired one advisor and got a new one on my last term), and it was submitted to the registrars office. I presented my final project and turned in my final paperwork. When my degree did not arrive by mail, I contacted my advisor who assured it would mail in the next couple of weeks. Come Thanksgiving, I still had no degree, so I contacted my advisor once more who told me it would arrive early December. By January, after Christmas break, my advisor called me and let me know that I was one (1) credit short of graduating. On top of that, I had to pay for this class because it was, as they said, my fault. And let me just say that this school does not give its students the authority to register for classes; it is required for students to to set-up an appointment with their advisor--who is the only authorized figure to register students. Supposedly, this is for our benefit; however, two (2) advisors overlooked that I was one (1) credit short and the registrars office was one semester behind on catching a mistake they were supposed to catch when I applied for graduation two semesters before (Fall 2016). When I conducted my undergrad, I was in charge of registering for classes and had authority to look at offered courses throughout the year, and I was on top of things--able to print and accommodate my schedule. Concordia made me look bad in front of my employers, family, and friends because I had said I had graduated in summer 2017 when it turned out it was not true. Thus, it enabled my anxiety, as I struggled to balance a part-time job, an additional class, and the burden of paying for my school because I did not qualify for financial aid (since it was only one class). I was depressed because of extreme budgeting. Now, a year later, I finally got my degree and can, wholeheartedly, say that Concordia is the garbage that litters your sanity.
The school is a ripoff and a fraud. BEWARE! This university is a ripoff and a fraud. The professors failed to follow curriculum, and they are very prejudice. All they worrying about is money. I contacted the President's Office, Vice Provost and Director, and they failed to do anything. I passed the course in the dissertation phase, and then they wanted me to take the course again even though I passed the course.
I love Concordia University-Portland doctoral and graduate programs. It's worth the effort, professors are awesome and engaging. As an online student, you MUST be self-motivated. I am a 4.0 GPA, still striving. Thank you CU for the opportunity to SHINE.
There are some many gems in journeying through Concordia Portlands online M.Ed in Educational Leadership Program, but in a few words, the program is nothing short of amazing. I had the privilege of graduating from the program in 2017, and have found that it has directly advanced my pedagogy within the classroom, as well as my now effectiveness as an educational leader in my current role. My attention to the coursework offered throughout the program allowed me to utilize the new information directly into my classroom, which created a more meaningful understanding of who I was as an educator. I am forever grateful for the value and quality of the program!
I began the Ed.D. program January 2018. Prior to beginning the process and being accepted, I received nothing but the utmost support and attention. The work is challenging yet manageable. Expectations of the program and from the professors has been explicit and known since the beginning. Anytime that I need to contact the school regarding financial aid, changing of specialization, dropping a course, etc. I have been met with prompt assistance and support. I look forward to continuing in the program and have referred several colleagues and friends.
I have been impressed with Concordia's online M.Ed. program from the time I began the application process to now that I am a two classes shy from graduation. I always receive prompt response to any question, regardless if I'm asking Admissions, Finance, the Registrar, or one of my professors. The classes have been demanding, yet with good time management, they are doable. I work about 30 hours a week at my job and have plenty of time for my studies. My professors have been knowledgeable and supportive, and they respond to any inquiry within a few hours. Grades are also posted within a day or two after submitting. Yes, to be an online student, you have a lot of independence and need to take initiative to research and study. However, I've always felt supported by my classmates and by Concordia's staff. Best of all, I have learned so much that has already helped me to become a better teacher.