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I am currently in the Doctoral program. Although GCU has an academically rigorous program, the administration and heads of the Doctoral program are disconnected from the students. Student Advisors are overworked and take days and sometimes weeks to get back to you on key issues. There appears to be continuous efforts to arbitrarily increase the length of time to complete the dissertation process as way to maximize profit at the expense of the Doctoral student. For example, my dissertation chair was replaced and later my methodologist left setting me back almost a year in my progress.I have such an investment in time, money, and sweat equity I will finish my Doctorate but I would not recommend the program to other potential Doctoral candidates until GCU reforms their systems and operations to engage with students to support their success and progress.
I am currently trying to complete my dissertation so that I can be finished with GCU. Overall through the course work for my program everything went fairly smooth until I was assigned my dissertation chair. My chair is either lazy or just clueless about his role in the dissertation process. Unlike many other schools, at GCU the learner is assigned a dissertation chair without any input. My degree field is psychology and my chair's degree is in technology. I have to explain the most basic concepts that any Psy 101 student would know. My chair has continued to delay my dissertation process by only allowing me to submit one item in week 4 and one in week 7 of an eight week class. Even after making the suggested changes from week 7 in one class, I would be forced to wait until week four of the next class, including the one week off between the dissertation classes. In a 18 months, I have never spoken to my chair even though the "chair expectations" says we are to speak at least twice a week. I have filed numerous complaints and appeals concerning my chair will little results. My first complaints were sent to my student services advisor, asking to have my chair replaced. After numerous emails and calls over a two month period I learned that she had quit and nobody was looking into my complaint. I was later told that I could not change my chair and that I needed to "just deal with it". My chair keeps telling me to send my prospectus and proposal to the other members of my committee (who are great) that has to come from him in order for them to start reviewing my work, as they would be overwhelmed if they did work based on the learner sending it to them before it was ready. I have been able to work with my methodologist as she can see that my chair is not doing his job. On my first appeal, (not for my grade but for having to pay for his delaying tactics) the university sent me a letter saying that while it was found that my chair had cause multiple delays but because my methodologist had a short turn-around time that it was ok. In the first appeal I had also voiced my concern about not getting to speak to my chair and their reply was that just because it was in the expectations did not make it a requirement that he talked to me. I am currently awaiting the results of my second appeal about my chair and his delay tactics but do not expect them to see it my way. I am in my third dissertation extension class (extra classes above the required classes at $1890.00 each) and do not foresee it getting any better. The university knows that I will continue to pay for these extra classes because if I do not I will not complete this degree. GCU claims to be a Christian university but all they care about is the money. I threatened to take a year off in order to get a new dissertation chair and even though I have completed all of the required classes associated with this degree, it was threatened that if I did I could be forced to take additional classes at an additional cost. There were three others with me that had the same chair and I am the only one that has not quit. This should be a red flag about this chair but the university just cannot recognize or admit the truth. The only good news is after my 5th extension class the cost drops to $500.00 per class. The individual that recommended that I get my Ph.D. at GCU because she went there for her Masters, apologizes every time that we see each other. I continue to tell her that it is not her fault that this university behaves in the manner that it does. The only thing that this university is concerned about is getting your money.
I really loved GCU. If you are a religious/spiritual person who wants to integrate that into your education, GCU is a great school to look at. I did all online for my program, and it was great for me. Online programs are not for everyone, though, so it's important to keep that in mind when looking at certain programs at this school. All my advisors were really good about aiding me when I needed it and making sure that my experience is a smooth one. I enjoyed my time at GCU, and I believe anyone who wants to get a useful educational experience would agree.
I hesitated joining this school due to reviews but I'm almost at my financial aid limit. I'm a single mom and just graduated with my M.B.A. last year. It was hard but I could manage it. I'm not sure if I'm going to drop or not though at GCU. The material is great but the work load is overwhelming. I'm up til 3 a.m. every night and still can't get it all done. I knew at enrollment that we had to post and comment three separate days during the school week for the hefty participation points. That was ok. My second class boosted it up to eight responses. I spend all my time keeping up with that and it leaves little time for hefty assignments. If I drop now, I'm stuck with like a 5 grand bill. If I keep going at this rate, my health and work will suffer. I feel like it's unfair to state certain requirements then change it after a student has signed up. My M.B.A. had intense workloads bug you knew what it was, when it was due and you could build a life / school balance around it. This is so unorganized. The teacher will also assign two projects due on one day. There is only an option to upload one file. I've tried merging them into a pdf but then she misses one and marks it late.
GCU is a good (online) school for those who can't take time to attend a campus. I received my teacher cert after graduation. They don't, however, do a good job preparing for real-world teaching experience. Enough material to get by, lacking in the everyday school experience.
I attend GCU and I have to say, I love it!!! I had previously went to The University of Phoenix and had nothing but trouble with everything and still managed to keep good grades. GCU is wonderful. Great enrollment counselor. When I first called about information for enrolling, he told me all the facts, all the pro's and con's of choosing this school and about my degree choice. He was extremely honest and sincerely wanted to help me choose the correct path for my future, even if it wasn't GCU. He wasn't trying to "sell" me. After enrolling, it has been nothing short of a pleasure dealing with the financial adviser and the whole financial aspect.There are many grants for my degree type and my financial adviser helped me get as much assistance as I could.I will hardly have to take out ANY student loans unless I need $ for a new computer or something. She was in constant contact making sure I got all paperwork filled out, ect.. My enrollment adviser contacts me often just to "check in" and he genuinely wants me to succeed. The first class is somewhat boring because it is just in an informative class about navigating loud cloud and learning about online school. Since this was my second online college, I pretty much knew everything pertaining to that already. The courses are VERY informative and I took a lot away from each one. The instructors are amazing and I even received occasional calls from them to see how I am doing. That is wonderful when in an online college because I don’t feel like just a name on the computer. Only negative I find is that some of the discussion questions/assignments are (in my opinion) so easy that they are hard. If that makes any sense. I second guess myself because I think, this is too easy. It can’t be right. As a student who has been to other online universities, I whole heartedly would recommend GCU to anyone. Especially if your after a degree in education. This college knows just what you need, helps with licensure, and even helps to get you into a local school to get the beloved student teaching completed. Which is required in order to get your teaching license. I love GCU. Take the good with the bad, people. Nobody is going to like everything. You need to be very focused, hard working, and have a lot of drive and motivation. You need to put the work in because this school will not pussy foot you or give you handouts. And to the people who are posting bad comments, Its college, you need to put on your big girl panties and take responsibility for your actions or lack there of.
I Absolutely LOVED it. I needed my bachelors degree. The classes I took while i attend GCU were Biology, Anatomy, and Chemistry. All of the instructors were amazing. They all had a step by step system that showed the class what they were teaching and they also included videos pictures as well as hands on experiences. I'm one those people who need to see and touch things to learn how to do it. All of that was included in the classes i took. Best experience of my life, i would defiantly recommend you to go there. So much fun too. It may get loud in some areas but thats just college for depends on what group you hang out with. I hope this helped you. :)
I've been slowly plugging away at classes here for a few years and will be eligible to graduate in 7 weeks. I have no major complaints about this program... I've read through most of the reviews here and can identify with some of the frustrations expressed. It is absolutely a conservative Christian college and if you aren't prepared for that type of environment (or at least prepared to be tolerant of it) then GCU is probably not the place you will want to consider. I am personally a bleeding liberal and I did OK there - because I understand that everyone has an opinion and I don't have to agree with it. :) I am looking around for a Master's program that is more compatible for my personal views, however I am not sorry that I chose GCU and I am happy with the quality of the education that I received there.
It was a great experience! I learned so much and had some really great instructors. So glad I chose GCU for my BSN. I highly recommend this school for the nursing part. I had a superb adviser who worked with me every step of the way. It was truly a great experience. The classes are well organized and there is little doubt as to what is expected. I have seen the negative comments online and I have been in class with the negative people. Most I can say have not been ideal students. When you turn in late work or work that is substandard, you usually do not do well in class. College is not a free ride and A's are not just handed out. You have to earn them. I would go back to this school in a heartbeat.
I begin my career at GCU in August 2009. Everything started out pretty good no main complaints and no issues. It wasn't until I had a death in the family (my father) that I first started to notice that there was an issue. When my father died, my grades suffered but I was still in great academic standing. My Student Services Adviser SSA was out on maternity leave and her substitute called me and told me that "she didn't think I would be able to graduate on time because my GPA is not where she would have liked it" After getting that issue resolved, I proceeded to complete my Bachelors degree with a 3.0 average. When I decided to go back to further my education with my Graduate Degree, I naturally thought about going back to GCU. That turned out to be a big mistake and a huge waste of time and money. From the time I initially contacted them to let them know I wanted to come back as a Graduate student, my enrollment counselor asked me several times "and what school did you attend for your Bachelors" I kept telling her over and over that I went to GCU and that I graduated from GCU. Thinking no more of it, she helped me pick out my program and I began. It started off fine until my third class. In my third class, I realized that my scheduled class looked very familiar to a class I took in my undergrad. I contacted GCU and they said that "the classes are different because one is a Bachelors level and the other a Graduate level" They went on to say that I should "monitor the class because it is going to get deeper and more in depth". Needless to say, that never happened. I wound up using the same pages and papers that I used in my bachelors program for my Graduate program wasting over $2,100 dollars. I kept calling, emailing and reaching out to my adviser, her boss and his boss only to either get the same "its going to get deeper" response or in some cases no response at all. I finally decided to contact my Dean and expected an immediate response. She opted not to respond either. As a result I finally had to contact the Better Business Bureau and finally was able to get my money back. I say all that to say this... GCU looks good on paper but if you are a Bachelors student looking to forward your education at a GCU Graduate Program ensure that your adviser and enrollment counselor knows exactly what each other are doing. This experience has soured me on ever recommending or attending GCU ever again.