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I was an online student at GCU for both my undergrad and for my first Masters. I will be obtaining my second masters from GCU as well. My experience has been absolutely wonderful! I LOVE being a LOPE! My SSA is someone I trust and value. I have great respect for all of my instructors, as they have been instrumental in my success. I had to work hard for my Masters 4.0 GPA, but more importantly, I am motivated to work hard and not complain about things that indicative to EVERY university. I have not encountered any of the negative experiences that have been reported on this site, not to say they did not happen, but I want to report that GCU is supportive and provides me with the tools/recourses that I have needed to be successful within this environment. If I need anything, I simply pick-up the phone and CALL my SSA or my instructors and communicate with them. I am accountable for ALL of my interactions with GCU and I strive for each Interaction to be a learning and positive experience. LETS GO LOPES!
I love this campus! It is beautiful, new, and green. I enjoy hanging out and studying on campus. There are so many resources and learning tools that it has to offer, that it makes it convenient for me. I do not live on campus, but I spend a lot more time here.
In all honesty, the quality of your education here depends on how actively involved you are in the learning process. Whenever I felt that my classwork was not adequately proportional to the class level (e.g. getting level 100 coursework for a level 400 class), I would engage in extra-curricular activities that served to increase my knowledge on the subject I needed more info on. That's what internships, honor societies, and other extra-curricular and co-curricular activities are for.
I really liked the program at GCU. It allowed me to live life, yet work on my schoolwork in between. Too bad they required us to go to AZ for their residency 2 times or I would have continued my EdD there as well. The teachers were amazingly supportive, although keep in mind that any online program educators basically serve the role of facilitators rather than true teachers. This did not affect the quality of education I received however, and I actually got my husband and friends interested enough to attend there as well! It is awesome to find a university that supports education around nontraditional students' lives. I would recommend them.
The good Lord sent me to the right place. I was looking for a school that would help me get the degree I needed, so I could teach. I have learn so much already and still have more to learn. I have always gotten the help and support I needed from everyone I have to deal with.
I have finished all core classes, now I just have to finish internship. I have a favorable impression of GCU. My only complaint are the other students. Some are lazy and submit subpar work. This makes everyone look bad. I have found most professors to be excellent. Most have a PhD/EdD and truly care. I did drop one class because of poor instruction, but that was the only class I have had an issue with. I have put forth my best efforts and have found this to be a rewarding experience. Be prepared to struggle every 6 weeks to find a location to do the required CFE hours for each class. While it can be stressful, I managed it.
Grand Canyon University is a Christian university and has a solid base in terms of the level of education/learning you will experience. The quality and content of the education you will receive here is of a high caliber. However, GCU leaves much to be desired in terms of their program roll out. This school was formerly a not for profit college, and I feel that when they switched over to the for-profit sector, they replaced God at the top of their organization with money. The doctoral program advertises completion for students in 3.5 years. I have found this to be the exception, not the rule. Prepare yourself for an average of 5 years (without time taken off). They have "streamlined" the process multiple times in the 5 years I worked on my doctorate. Those of us who had reached certain milestones were supposed to be grandfathered in to the previous version, however we were "encouraged" to switch over to new versions with new expectations. In an attempt to increase the academic rigor and academic quality of the program, there are 7 layers of review to get through, each with a new perspective that will cause major rewrites on your committee approved work (so your committee is not trusted to uphold a high caliber or work from their learners). I understand this is necessary when you have more than 2,000 students accepted into your doctoral program; the school does not want to look like a degree mill. Also, each chair (mentor, etc) has a case load of approximately 15 learners, and your methodologist has approximately 40, in addition to the expectation that they also teach courses. This is not in the best interest of either the learner or the committee members. So if you want to go for your doctoral degree, I would recommend a school with a much more rigorous acceptance policy so that you will receive the level of education and support that you deserve and are paying for.
Anyone seeking a doctorate from GCU should be warned, especially if you need to use financial aid. Once you enter the dissertation phase, exceed the continuing research course, and move to the extension of the extension courses, your aid will expire. Once your aid runs out, you are obligated to pay out of pocket for additional extension courses. The kicker is, whether you are progressing in your dissertation or not, they will still want payment to keep the "classroom open", even though you are not earning credit. Not to mention, getting past your AQR can be a nightmare! Some of the staff who are associated with the program are difficult just because they can. When your committee can attest to the difficulty of their peers, you know it is bad. I have hired a private editing service to help with my dissertation. With the phenomenal work that has been done, I still have not progressed because of GCU faculty. What their deal is in making the dissertation so adversarial, beats me. The point of higher education is to ensure that students are learning and preparing to give back to the educational community. If one cannot get through the dissertation, they may be stuck in All But Dissertation (ABD) status regardless of efforts to supply the faculty with the criteria they are asking for. It really seems as if GCU is in the business for money along. I cannot say that they genuinely care about their students on all fronts. On a positive note, the core classes were great. I have learned a lot.
Reading the other article about GCU where much different then my experience. I have earn a Bachelors and just completing my Master here at the University, I have nothing but great things to said about this institution. Of course there are stubbing block but you will get them at every university. It is hard to satisfy everyone but from the blocks of instruction , the professor , enrollment counselor as well as the student advisors they all receive nothing but praise for a job well done. GCU, Thanks for giving me the information and the tools to go further with the journey that I have chosen to take. I would recommend this University to everyone who has the discipline to do the work and earn their education. With that said I would love to become a part of the servant staff.
I was attending GCU for a Bachelors in Education and decided to change my major to Social Work over the Christmas break. I was told by my advisor that it would be perfectly fine to change in the new year and start with my new classes. Well, I am currently in my first new class for Social Work and realized that my next class isn't until October of this year! I am livid right now, and do not want to take a 7 month break between my current class and my next class. I am hoping this is a mistake, but all my financial aid information is showing the same thing. I do not want to stay at this school, if they can not get me into a class until October. I was pleased with my experience at GCU up to this point.