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Lied to in getting in, lied to upon getting in, lied to over and over again by admissions, by "advising" by financial aid and by the office of field experience. Not one employee knows what they are doing. I am told this is because of the high turnover in staff. Each person you talk with has a different story and no of them pan out to be true.
It is a constant guessing game! The class grading "system" is inconsistant from one to the next and there is no taking this up with adminestration. They talk but don't walk and ignore documented facts. A student has no control over their grade due to these inconsistencies and due to CLC requirements. CLC's are "group" projects. Each student does their part (hopefully) and the group gets a grade.
One student cannot change another's work to be acceptable to the group. (People from all over the world with varying levels of skill in written English participate in screwing up other people's grades.) Some student's don't do their part. Others are penalized for doing more than their part to make whole project fly. You just can't win in the CLC's. I get 98-100 on all my individual classwork and participation, but I have taken such serious hits from clc's that I have 2 B's and even a C because of CLC's I had no control over yet cost 40% of my class grade.
There are no checks and ballances at GCU, just students plugging along as best they can in spite of a horrific system. Unfortunately, these students thing they have less ahead than behind so they continue. I have heard it over and over, myself included. Now I have completed ll my coursework and I can't get an internship! GCU does not have contracts with agencies. They sent me to a couple and I interviewed and got a contract in three different places, only to have GCU turn down the internship contract! THEY are the ones who sent me THERE! I spin my wheels over and over and cannot get ahead, cannot finish to graduation. GCU won't let me!
I am now at a dead end, but responsible for repaying loans that never lead to graduation. I can understand if I am the one who chose not to continue, but I am PRESSING to continue and not getting anywhere! There are no more classes for me to take in my degree program. By not being enrolled I am forfitting my right to graduation. I have NOTHING positive to say about GCU, any aspect of it. The classes are pathetically easy and redundant, using 30+ year old (outdated) material!
I am currently enrolled at GCU in the Professional Counseling Masters program. I have not been in school for many years and I hope that not all schools today are run this poorly. Since day 1, the staff has done nothing but screw up everything from my financial aid (bigtime) to dropping me from a class to which I actually had attended 2x already in person. I feel like this is really one big sales pitch and no one in Admin is really qualified to work in academia. They do not have an adequate teaching staff and fly by the seat of their pants.
I am looking to move to a not for profit school for the remainder of the program so I have less stress during this process.
The one positive has been the friends I have made in class.
Although, I cannot speak for any changes since Aug 2009, I can say that my online experience at GCU was a very positive one. The course was professional and challenging, the LMS (ANGEL) was very usable and stable most of the time, the instructors on the whole appeared knowledgable and reasonably accessible given an online environment.
I only had to register once and everything was automatically plugged-in throughout the ten course program. The biggest sacrifice one makes is the lack of personal contact with fellow students and instructors. Along with that is the demands on your time. Often, you must make decisions regarding an assignment without the help of your instructor's guidance and one must be prepared for that. Overall, I definitely would give GCU an 'A' with respect to my pesonal expeience.
The choice to attend Grand Canyon University seemed like a great fit for me, a self-motivated computer savvy person. The staff initially SEMMED to be very helpful and attentive and worked with me on a near daily basis to help me with my enrollment. Once classes started, however the support stopped and I was all on my own. For a while it seemed to go OK. I worked very hard and maintained a 4.0 average.
Then, I ordered books that I could not get for my classes. Despite contacting the school I wound up passing the class without the required reading. Then, I began getting teachers that offered little to no input whatsoever. This made me furious to think that I am working so hard with little to no guidance whatsoever.
Teachers are paid to TEACH and those at GCU hardly qualified. I feel ripped off, that I was promised an education and despite my hard work Grand Canyon University could not deliver. I think that both myself and the state grants that the school received on my behalf should be refunded.
I am very dismayed to know that scholarship money was wasted on this sorry excuse for a "university", and I feel sick to my stomach with each payment I make to my student loans that I had taken out to attend it.
I read many comments about GCU. I just graduated with my masters in accounting. I'm a very reasonable person, so I see both sides of the good and bad comments. My overall experiece with GCU was ok. I can't say excellent. My enrollment advisor was kind and courteous.
My other advisors were great, too. The only complaint about communication with the advisors was the disconnection from them. They didn't know me and didn't address me like they knew me or wanted to know me. I would get check-up calls from my enrollment advsior, which was nice, but he would then call me again the next week. Did he not remember calling me already.
I had the same thing happen when someone called about graduation. She reminded me to apply and then called me the next week to harrass me about applying. I had another 2 weeks before the deadline. I did like the convenience of online schooling to fit around my busy schedule.
However, I don't ever recommend only online school for anyone persuing their undergrad. It's important for an undergrad to be physically at the school to get the best learning experience for someone who knows hardly anything to nothing at all. Anyway, I question the competency of some of the teachers. I noticed too much bad writing and grammar from teachers and other students. Hello! You should know how to write when you are obtaining or already have your masters degree. Honestly, if I had to do it over again, I probably would choose a different school. I chose this school because it was a Christian college and it was cheaper than the Univeristy of Phoenix.
After a long period of researching, I decided to enroll in GCU. This online University is awesome. The enrollment team is great. The Financial Aid department is where this University needs to improve on. The Financial Aid department needs to learn how to communicate with their online students and needs to know more than the students do when it comes to financial aid. Since June, I have had a total of 3 Financial Aid representatives and they all have been horrible. As far as my experience with the classes and the teachers and the enrollment team, I would give them all a A+.
G.C.U has no idea what they are doing, just today I spoke with my counselor and said I had to take certain classes. I told her I already did, after a few minutes she did see that I had taken them.
Because of G.C.U I owe the VA a termendous amount of money. They have no idea what they are doing and they never get back to you (with the exception of 2 people who finally are doing something with my mess of an account).
It's been 18months since I have attended this nightmare and they still don't know what I'm doing. I can't stand them!!!! but i must finish what I started, the teachers are way awsome though, so if you can get past the nightmare of the counselors who dont care about you at all...I say go for it...you will learn alot from the classes. But I tell ya, they are terrible people.
There are many reasons to choose traditional versus online school in the opinion of this author.The main reason is being computer literate and able to figure out the school's program. The computer is one of the most intrigate pieces of equipment on earth.With saying that navigating through the assignments can be terrifying for anyone with just basic skills.If I had to choose again I would enroll in a traditional college to complete my degree.
The faculty (advisor's & professor's)are essential to college academia with in person accessibility to resolve issues.As a student there will be road blocks, glitches and mishaps that can not be handled on the phone. This again are key elements why students should decide to go to a traditional school.
Then there is peers the people who can relate about the happenings at school.With college peers there are people to go to games, movies, cheer with at pep rallies and discuss class assignments.These activities can not be done at a online school.But,on the campus of GCU these activities are happening with students.
If I had to choose again I would enroll in a traditional college to complete my education. Now it may not be for everyone but, for me it is the way to go.
I began attending GCU in February 2010. I am in the Accounting Bachelor program. I wish I would have never signed up with the school. I get nervous because in 8 short months I have had 3 different academic counselors and 3 different financial aid counselors. If you were to seperate the academic and financial aid counselors, I would most definitely recommend the school if you are capable of teaching yourself.
However, the inconsistencies when it comes to money makes me nervous. I noticed that tuition went up and I was never told. Their excuse for everything is that they are expanding so rapidly and it causes alot of changes. They need to focus on their current students or they wont be getting any new students in. I am working with another school to see if they will accept the classes I have completed at GCU for transfer. If not I will be stuck. So if you have not began at GCU, dont bother. It is really a headache.
I am at the end of my matriculation at GCU pursuing a MS in Elem Ed with certification. I have one major concern and that is the consistent changes that we as students have to adjust to from class to class and handbook to handbook. I have a friend that begin her matriculation in January 2009 and I began in May 2009 and she is not required to take all of her content test prior to studnet teaching but since I began in May 2009 it is mandatory before I can student teach. I have to successfully pass my test along with locating a placement for myself to student teach. Additionally, the 500.00 stipend that goes to the mentor teacher should come to me since I have done all of the leg work for my observations and my student teaching placement. No concessions or waiver on allowing me to take the content while student teaching....I do look forward to completing my time at GCU. I have had good reports and I have also experienced negative episodes there as well.
The coursework requires a lot of reading and research on your end..you have a facilitator but teach yourself as you progress from one class to the other. The instructors act as facilatators. There are some that are really knowledgeable in the area taught.