Concordia University - Portland Reviews
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I had a successful first year on-campus and was granted a 3.5 GPA. At the beginning of my second year my cohort had left Concordia University Portland to move to different Universities to restart their MBA and Doctoral Degrees. I believed I could continue my second year as an on-campus student. Officially this was true, but I was dumped into an extremely poorly operated on-line system with no contact with any of the other students or adjunct teachers controlling the Learning Management System's classes. Upon requesting my advisor to allow me access to learning teams, teacher or student access in the EdD program, he said he would not provide them for me. Effectively I would be working alone with an online Learning Management System that is not certified to serve learning disabled students with Dyslexia. Unlike other universities and colleges I've attended this school has no computers set up to assist learning disabled students. When I was shoved into the on-line class study program the material was scattered all over the Learning Management System and hidden away. A single screen computer would never be capable of navigating these micromanaged Easter egg hunts. The school only provide student with single screen, smaller monitored computers. The day Concordia accessed my FAFSA funds for the two online classes they deposited the funds into their account then immediately shut off all access to the classes. They blocked all further continuation into the program. Student Services and Financial both claimed my GPA was below 2.0, refused to allow FAFSA funding to continue and they would keep the money four the two courses. They'd locked me out of their system. I went up the the chain to the director but still wasn't allow my funds back. I filed a complaint with at least four bureaus including the US Department of Education but the time I spent trying to access the funds and continue in course study, the USDE representative informed me my time limit was already used up, that I should have filed a complaint with them immediately, not months later. The three other bureaus including the SARA System, Concordia claims student should use, said the issue was out of their jurisdictions. They include in total, at least the Oregon State's Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), SARA, US Dept of Education, as well as BOLI. This University appears to be exceptionally good at staying protected from outside interference from our student protection systems. Unlike my other six universities and colleges I'd attended where I'd receive Honor Role and three successful degrees. This Concordia EdD program actively blocks student success by various mean including using disinformation and dirty tricks. As a student I was not allowed to meet with any of the financial group's team members. The financial group work from a locked building many miles away, off campus. I was not allowed to meet with the Dean. When I discovered this I attempted to speak with the acting director but he just told me "Why can't you just keep up with us?" as he acted as he was totally unaware of the financial group and Student Services blocking access to classes and had taken the funds from me. I believe this EdD program is a sham, a bad actor and no matter what their retorts may say it is likely only cover up to what the real issues are with this so called learning institution. The students who enter the EdD program are extremely intelligent. They have passed their Bachelors and Masters degrees with flying colors. At this level these students truthful and are not stupid by any means. This joint acts as if we are stupid. If their are similar complaints about this EdD program I would tend to believe them. Thank you.
I found Concordia to be a great program for my needs and support me in pursuing a higher degree. The program was flexible and allowed me to continue working as well as keep up with my busy family. All of the professors were interested in ensuring I learned and was successful. My dissertation chair was awesome! He supported me and pushed me to achieve more. Overall, it was a fabulous experience being a student with this university.
I enjoyed that each class was only 5 weeks long. Most of the professors were helpful, however, if I got a professor that was not as helpful I knew I only had to deal with them for 5 weeks. The classes are rigorous and they get you thinking. Although it is a Lutheran based college, the Master's program did not involve religion aside from a weekly inspirational quote or scripture on the Learning Management System welcome page. I felt that the courses were easy to navigate and the expectations are clear. You do have to be able to manage your time though as something is due just about every day of the week for most of the classes. There is limited time off so if you are expecting a spring break or summer vacation this is not the program for you.
I would highly recommend Concordia University-Portland to any student looking to further their career as a teacher or school administrator. The program was very well run, professors were very knowledgeable and directed us to learn about techniques we could practice in our classroom if we were teaching or what to look forward to as a teacher. There are so many great resources at your fingertips that make this journey so special. And in only a year. Great experience and highly recommend.
When I was done with my Bachelor degree, I knew I wanted to get a Masters. I looked around for a school that I could do it in a year or so. Concordia was that right fit for me. I was able to do the classes at a quick pace and enjoyed the program and gained a lot from the classes. When I was done, I thought about getting my doctorate also but then decided to wait. I am glad I waited a few years now I am in the EdD program through Concordia, and I love it. There are struggles at times, but I am being pushed to learn more and get involved in more in-depth learning.
The program was great! It was accelerated, took just 12 months as promised. Professors were knowledgeable, helpful and versed in the subject matter. This degree was very instrumental in my recent promotion. I highly recommend this program if you are disciplined, motivated and desire to learn more about teaching.
The online Master's degree is a faced paced course. It challenges students to think outside of the box and use logical processing to grow and develop into excellent educators. Students are supported by their professors and advisors, who do everything they can to help support you. Additionally, they offer spiritual support through their school as well. Overall, I have never been more challenged and proud of something than I was when I finished my Master's degree.
I had been looking into Master's online programs for several years. I chose Concordia University because they were so helpful with enrolling and figuring out how to afford the program. I am half way through my year long program. I am loving the experience. Most of my professors have been knowledgeable, rigorous, and supportive. I have learned so much that has and will make me a better prepared teacher, that will be well educated and informed to better help my students be successful. The whole process has been smooth and anytime that I have had to contact someone for help, it has been a seamless experience and everyone I have been into contact with on campus has been so friendly and professional. I recommend Concordia University and it's online programs. They are supportive and work well with teachers who are juggling jobs and life along with furthering their education.
If this program has more than 1 star, the school paid students or people to write nice reviews because I have several classmates (teachers, school administrators, school counselors, etc) who have the same complaints as me about this program. Do not allow online reviews to mislead you to enroll in this program because you will regret it. Everything an enrollment specialist will tell you before enrolling is fake- a facade. They do not help you with promised grants and scholarships, books, etc. This is an accelerated program and they dont tell you that until the dissertation phase hits you. You are on your own. The school library does not provide any help on the weekend. They graduate writing center does not provide absolutely no help with your writing. They want you to book appointments and meet with someone via web conference during week days, if you have a full-time job, this will not work for you. Any help you ask, its always no and they give you 1000000 reasons why they can't help you, so you end up paying so much money to tutors, editing services, and more editing because to write at graduate level requires a lot of editing and work that you cant simply do on your own. The chain is so mean, you will be hesitant to ask any questions because they really don't help you. You are really on your own. I really suggest you dont enroll but if you really want to speak with current students and get their perspective before you embark on a journey to accomplish the impossible. You have been warned.
If you want a school that is incredibly disorganized, doesn't care about student success, and ignores student contact and requests this is a great school for you. However if you want a school that won't rip you off, will assist you, and provides a quality education do not enroll here.