Indiana Wesleyan University Online Reviews
I am currently in my last class for my BS in Information Technology. I did receive my Associates degree from this school as well. Here are my thoughts on my own experiences. Keep in mind, everyone has different experiences and not everyone had the exact same classes or professors. I will summarize what I am about to state below, you are buying a degree. What you put into this college experience is what you will get out of it to a certain extent. Much like you will experience in life, it is not always fair. It is a commitment that you will need to adhere to for several years in order to obtain the end result, a degree. The reason behind my negative review marks here is because of the issues I outline in my negative responses below. Like most things in life, you need to review and make changes. I do not think this has happened yet but hope it does change for everyones experience going forward. I thought I would start with the good points of this online experience. Both degrees were accomplished through online courses. This was the biggest selling point to me. Originally I had chosen the online schooling because my schedule at the time did not allow for a brick and mortar experience. Getting to a building by a certain time, was just not in the cards at all. Even when taking my Bachelors program, this was also the same reason why I went back, along with not having to worry about credits transferring. I can tell you from being a working adult with a full time career, a married man, and also a father raising two little kids, this schedule worked for me. It was not always easy, in fact there were times especially on the weekends when I would perform the bulk of my work, and it was getting to be stressful. It was great that at any time, I could just complete my work, assignments, discussions posts, and also quizzes. This was very convenient for me on many levels. A lot of times I would work ahead. I would save my work according to the week and assignment so I could turn it in later. For my degree, I had to take classes for some programming languages. I did enjoy this because not only did it give me some hands on experience, I also felt I was learning something new and useful. During these classes, it was fun and also educational to create things and understand how they work. I have found this served me well since I now have applied this to my career. The classes ranged from 5 weeks to 8 weeks in length. There are times the classes seem to drag and others would go by quickly. You will have to manage your time wisely, also another reason why I would work ahead. I would look at the assignments to help me see how much time I would need to apply towards certain assignments. Some of which needed more time and others not as much. This is also helpful when you need a weekend off, because you will. You will get a good understanding overall what is expected of you and also the workflow from class to class. In order to complete this online education, you must be self-motivated and have a great work ethic. It is not easy and can weigh heavily on you after a while. Now here are the negative points. First and foremost, do not buy your books from the school. You can use the textbook butler to help you find the book you will need for your class. Go to Amazon or something similar and buy the books there, it will save you a lot of money. The school wanted to charge $300 for a book I found on Amazon for $15 brand new. Prizes even there will go up a little but it will be considerably less than the school, I always checked. On some classes, I would just buy the PDF version, especially in a class that I really did not care to have the physical copy. Every professor is different on what they expect, especially on APA formatting. I had seen some not really care, and others ask for things that I had no idea where that pulled it from. I always used the same template, I changed it accordingly to classes and also if the instructor stated they wanted to see something. It was kind of annoying at times, but change it once and you are good the rest of the class. Some would grade harshly on this while others seemed to know the format. Just pay attention to announcements, syllabus, and forum discussions. The first week or two are usually a learning curve for the new class and grading style. Professors, instructors, adjunct faculty, they are NOT going to teach you. I only had two professors during my entire time with the school who actually made an effort to instruct anything, two. I think that is rather sad to be honest. You could simply make a video that you just use for your classes. If you are teaching Java or HTML, you could make a weekly video explaining that weeks assignments with examples, something of substance towards what you are doing that week. This unfortunately may never change, just do your best. Ask questions, get to know some classmates and work together. The forum discussion board is helpful at times. There will be times they have no idea what work is being asked to perform. Almost always they do not know that you are on break that week for a holiday as well. Just make sure you know the correct dates. Grading, this will frustrate you many times over. There are some professors who are on the ball when it comes to actually grading in a timely fashion. This is very important to have grading and some feedback. There are times I would be on week 4 or 5 and they have barely finished the first weeks grading. You really have no way to know if you are continuing to perform the work correctly. Could be something in week 2 or 3 that carries over to the final week that you were completing incorrectly. Luckily I did very well with my courses but I always double checked my work. You will have some that give you proper feedback while others are completely lazy and give you nothing. Online quizzes can be a pain at times. I have seen some that did not tell you what the answer was, just that it was wrong. I would personally like to know what was correct and what was not. Only a few times did this seem to be an issue, and one class that I felt I had the wrong book, of which I did not. I bombed the vast majority of the quizzes in that class. The questions did not repeat so knowing the correct answer would not affect you taking it again. Overall, they were pretty straight forward with the substance of the book and class work which made them easier. However, just keep in mind that you may not know what was incorrect. Defeats the purpose in my opinion, but that is how it is for now. It can be expensive to go here, and it can upset you at times seeing how much or less of an effort is put forth by the faculty. I actually had a class where I deemed it to be pointless overall and nowhere near what is should have been. I gave a very negative feedback on it along with the professor. This is going to happen, just try to move past it the best you can and continue on. In the end, the degree will help you with your career, it has with mine. The Christianity thing can be overdone at times, and even some of the questions relating to Christianity and your work is laughable at best. It is a religion based school after all. Make the best of your experience, do the best you can. Set your goals, manage your time and you will be fine.
Do not attend this school for FNP. Curriculum does not match what is required. I was disappointed with the curriculum matching what was required. I went with the 'rental books' which was what was recommended, yet I found that the curriculum in classes did not match the curriculum for the class. Biostatistics class was way over what most FNP needs to know. It must be a "weeding out" class...if that is needed. I dropped out of this program so I could start over in another program. I give IWU an F in this program.
I am an American living abroad, and I was able to complete my degree via online at IWU. I was quite nervous at first, wondering if I would be able to keep up, receive my books, etc, in order to complete my degree. I was pleasantly surprised with the help I received from my professors, the book store, and everyone else at the school. I absolutely LOVED the online program. I highly recommend the online program at IWU if you are a working adult, looking to finish up a degree.
DEPLORABLE leadership!!! Facilitators are either hardly available or have little interest in managing online classes. They buy their curriculum, designed to run itself - facilitators do nothing other than grade papers. Further, grades are held, up to three weeks after work is submitted. Recently, IWU took away one-on-one advisors. The "new" advising is as lazy and worthless as the, you'll get your grade when I'm good and ready - grading system. As an honor student, it goes without saying - I took my education far more serious than IWU takes being in the education business. The ONLY reason IWU has students is the ability to finish programs faster than traditional curriculum. Ask a question in class - you could wait a week or more, in some cases, for a response. The "advising pool" where you send a question and pray you get a real answer - is THE WORST!!! This school charges $100's for books - some arrive with HALF PRICE BOOK PRICE-TAGS!!! Clearly, IWU is in the business to make as much $$ with as few resources for students as possible. I graduate in three weeks, scheduled to start the masters program. I will owe in excess of $80K. Don't let the "Christian" title fool you - what they charge and what you receive is nothing short of robbery. They offer zero help for scholarships. They do not accept elective credits from other colleges. Moreover, they will ADD more elective classes and "required" classes to your schedule. This is an institution driven by money.
Indiana Wesleyan University Bachelors program was a good program . It was easy to follow and I still had time to work full time; although the fast pace and often long written assignments left no time to have a life. I learned many useful tools in the Business Administration and Management course that I can apply in my job now. Consistency lacked in the rubic grading requirements between professors regarding the "Proper APA Formatting" and most of all the financial department communication was a joke, too manylevels of command. Jack never knew what Jill was doing!
The program itself was okay. Teacher responsiveness has been okay over the course of the program so far. If you want to gain in-depth knowledge concerning the topics at hand, I would not recommend IWU for the MBA program, at least not the online version. All it consists of, is mainly discussion posts with papers interspersed throughout. The challenge level is nill, and my undergrad BME and Econ degrees with several times more difficult. There is very little critical thinking involved or fleshed out discussion that makes you think. In addition to the mediocrity of the program, the financial services have been lackluster to say the least. The corporate billing department--through carelessness or forgetfulness, I am unsure which--did not bill my employer for tuition assistance, so I ended up taking out loans I didn't need, costing me thousands of dollars in interest. I asked IWU to rectify, or at least assist with, the mistake. However, they decided they would do nothing. Overall, my experience has been negative thus far.
After one year and with one to go, I withdrew from this program, disappointed. The pace was quick, but the main reason I withdrew was because I was not able to get answers to questions from some of the last few teachers in order to complete assignments, and these teachers had little interest in student success. From the answers I did receive from them, it was evident they were not familiar with the curriculum they were teaching or what problems they had assigned. It was as if they had not even read what they were facilitating. These facilitators just initiate the software and then sit back, expecting students to get all their own answers and help elsewhere. These people did not have teaching degrees or experience, and only one in 6 or 8 was even a professor. This experience was a super-frustrating waste of my time and money and I'm left no better off than when I started with this school. That's great since now they're downsizing at my work.
I adore IWU and all the instructors. They were so encouraging and kind and really want to see students succeed. I was able to complete my degree with 5 children that I homeschool and keep a 4.0 GPA. They do not overwhelm you with workload but they also make sure you are prepared for your field of study.
When I first started here, I thought this school was amazing, but then as I progressed through my courses, I realized it was not as great as I first thought. Now don't get me wrong I had some great teacher's who really knew what they were talking about and great advisers. But they shove their Christians views in your face, which I don't mind, since I'm Baptist but if you disagree with any of their views the teachers will ream you a new one. Despite the Christian aspect being a bit overwhelming, you also have teacher's who are extremely rude and do absolutely nothing to help you understand the material. Then you have the issue that almost every instructor has a different way of writing in APA Format and you can be reported to the Dean of Students if they feel you did not write the way they expect you too. Only its really hard to know which way to cite things when every teacher is telling you a different way to do it. Needless to say I am forever grateful to have earned my B.S. but I am also very grateful to be done with this school and moving on to a better school for my Master's.
I enrolled in the transition to teaching for early childhood education. It was a horrible experience. Stay away from this school. They are just out to make money on their online programs. Instructor was bad. She gave little constructive feedback or often nine at all. She definitely was not interested in helping students learn.