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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.
My experience at first was great and it went declining. However, GCU technical support is outstanding. They are all about assisting the students with whatever is needed and at times they go above and beyond expectations. I wish the standard were equable throughout the school. Very few are engaged in providing quality service. By the way, I took a teaching accredited diploma from the United Kingdom a few months ago, and to my surprise, I learned so much more than at GCU. What a pitty.
I attended GCU's PhD in Psychology (Cognition and Instruction). To be clear I did not graduate, completing all the courses but dropped out while attempting to complete the Dissertation. I was a good student, obtaining an "A" in all but one class (a "B" in this one). Some of the classes were very interesting; but many were just repeats of other classes, or classes that felt thrown together at the last minute. The program constantly changed as I progressed; the dissertation requirements alone changed many times while I attempted to complete it. There was very little support for completing the dissertation, and it seemed the bar was constantly moved. I would not recommend a PhD from GCU.
My personal experience: First of all I was a hard-working student, I obtained a degree, I was patient, but had to learn the hard way! 1. Enrollment counselors: At most schools, they are very pleasant. However, I had the most amazing enrollment counselor ever. 2. Instructors: I had few that did not care about the students only the pay. In fact, one behaved as if I was bothering him and was irritated at any question I asked. Some have poor social skills and should not be teachers. They lacking open and sincere communication. 3. Student counselors: I had one who was caring and understanding but for the most part they had no concern for students, no social skills, not helpful. Most do not listen to the student needs or problems. They do not understand how important their job in the future of others. I was very disappointed with the last one. 4. The program is set up by someone other than the teacher and many of the teachers did not have a clue of what the program was about or how to convey the message so that students could develop the assignment because the teacher does not design the program, only teach it. I am not sure if the degree is recognized although you pay so much and get very little in return. 5. If you have any issues with grades, teachers, or counselors you are recommended to write so one but that individual never call you or provides you with a positive response. You feel as if you are an egg and they are the rock and no matter what your concern is, you lose. I liked the assignments and the discussion but I think the grading system was not right. The teachers grade you low if you disagree with any of the points If you complain you are placed on a blacklist. 6. Some of the books do not fit the 21st Century needs and should be upgraded or canceled and some were just copies of pages. 7. Students are not provided with all the information and class codes needed in advance and are penalized by the teachers for not knowing or having a special code, or the information was never in the syllabus but the teacher will fail you. On the course last day, instructors are nowhere to be found. If they made a mistake or forgot to grade a paper, you are likely not to receive help from the counselor. You have to submit and fill out documents but results are for the most not to your favor even if it was the teachers or student counselor mistake. This school is for profit!
Graduate school is a time to independently learn and work with given guidance and support. This school enforces students to truly learn because a student is required to prove their understanding of topics. I like the student resources, and the free Microsoft and SPSS programs was helpful and friendly. It was easy to reach out to my advisor and counselor.