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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.
I found staff to be so inexperienced and disorganized, especially the financial team. Teachers were less than accessible. And for a university that claims to be "Christian" I found their attitudes much less than that. All the characteristics that I expected from a "Christian" institution were lacking, i.e. excellence, humility, grace, mercy, truth.
This school gave me the opportunity to continue my education while working, having the chance to do it all online was great. The counselors were great, always there to answer your questions at any time. They are also great motivators in wanting you to succeed.
The classes were well designed and consistent. The online schedule worked well with my life and made it easier to complete and post my assignments. I would recommend this school to anyone that is trying to juggle life, work and family. For the most part my instructors were pretty good.
I want to be proud to say I went to GCU and for everyone to say, Wow, that is a good school, and that online education is as good as classroom instruction or perhaps better! The world is not a perfect place, neither are people, nor the organizations that they put together. Although we are making life more complex than it needs to be, there is no excuse why we cannot be more concern with each other. I think we should "all" try to ~ be the change you want to see in the world~ Gandhi. Nevertheless, we complain about each other and still, nothing changes because the problem lays on the system. The Accreditation Institutions need to take into consideration the complains. I am not an expert in legal matters, but reading the concern and disappointments of many makes me realize that some things need to change. The same students are expected to have minimum grade level, Universities should also be graded with expectations and be put into an inactive period; I am sure it will create a responsible reaction. The government Financial Aid (FAFSA) should regulate how many negatives complains a school can have before being penalized for not rendering to the students what is rightfully theirs. We are paying for our education and our voice should be heard. Every school should have a mentor for the dissertation, The government should supervise and ensure that GCU and other schools provide their customers (students) excellent, satisfying results. It is time to crack the system and bring our education to a higher standard.