Lamar University Reviews
The online degree's are a bit of a joke, don't believe the advisor when they tell you about college credit for prior learning or life experience etc. Its a lie. You will spend 40 hours attempting to create a paper they may get you 3 to 6 college hours, much easier to just two classes online, again the online classes are a joke, just a ton of busy work and some classes dont even require proctored exams..
After looking at the cost to obtain a Principal Certification, I made the decision to attend Lamar University. I was familiar with the online format so I felt comfortable with my decision. The use of TK20 however was not something I cared for as it was extremely confusing. My experience has caused me heartbreak, stress, and money I am still trying to recover from. The classes were going well and I was passing all of them with As and Bs. For being a single mother, full time teacher, Speech and Debate coach, and waitress, I was happy with the grades. At the point of one course, I had to find a mentor. At my title 1 school with very weak Admin, this was not an easy task. To my shegrin, I chose the best AP we had and was distraught with the awful process he was trying to teach me. I knew it was wrong and wanted to get out of that school ASAP and shared this experience with the professor at that time. He encouraged me to stick with the program and keep my chin up. I received a B in that class but because of the component of having to meet with a field supervisor 3 times, I ended up receiving an F. The meetings were via Skype where they just chatted with me and a few students for about an hour. It was not very useful and I only completed 2 of the 3 since I was disheartened by my own situation. When I contacted the school, I was told I could take the class again which I did. Perturbed that I received an F for a miniscule part of the curriculum previously, I received the same B in the same class and completed the 3 field visits(online Skype chats that were not helpful). I passed the principal certification exam and was denied my verification because even though I took the same class, they still counted that F. I was denied because I had a 2.8 GPA and the requirement is a 3.0. In tears I called them to try to see what I could do. In the meanwhile, I got out of the school I was at and was awarded a position opening a brand new school. Lamars Dr. Cummings said I could take another class but had to reapply and submit video evidence of me teaching. I let them know I could not do it in the fall because I did not even have any students yet and was helping open a brand new school. I was informed that was alright. When I went to register in the Spring for that one class, Dr.Cummings informed me it was too late, the board decided I would not be allowed back in the program. Needless to say, I am disappointed in myself and them. I have made some national achievements at this school I helped open and am working with another University(a top 50 University in country)to obtain this Certification along with pursuing a Docotorate. I should have done better research on Lamar and not simply look at cost. You get what you pay for and I paid for it dearly. I waited so long to write this because I had contemplated and saved for a lawyer and was gathering as much evidence I could to request a meeting with the Dean and the board. However, while that was happening, I was taking hold of leadership opportunities that made so many in the education world in Texas realize what a Leader I am. This was a blessing in disguise because Inwould have had a sub par University name on my CV and now I am so close to having a Doctarate from one of the most reputable Universities in Texas. Thank you Lamar for seeing me as a dollar sign and not the hard working teacher, mother, and educational leader that I am.
The program was fine for getting my Masters however one VERY important thing to note is that I missed one 5 week course in the winter of 2016 due to illness and it set back my graduation date by an ENTIRE YEAR. For some reason, even though the classes are online and all the materials are available upfront- they only offer the courses in a certain rotation. I didnt realize this when I applied and certainly would have powered thru if I knew. So now I have to wait until Spring of 2019 to take my last two classes. Very frustrating (and costing me a full year of the pay raise that comes with the degree).
I just finished the RN to MSN program in May 2018. I have been a nurse for 22 years and really enjoyed the BSN program and I have enrolled in the MSN program in the fall. The BSN program is top notch and the instructors are excellent as they genuinely care about the student's success.
I suggest those looking for a school to attend to go elsewhere. This school makes promises to get students to enroll, once they do those promises are broken. Prior to enrolling, I specifically asked about the residency (two, week long sessions) and was assured that notice of residency would be given in plenty of time to make arrangements and a block of rooms in the dorms were reserved for the online students. These rooms would be shared with another student of the same sex. Upon finishing my fourth class (requirement for residency) I found out that students have to book a hotel room (the school reserves some, but the rate is $100+ per night) and notice is not given. It is up to the student to search for the information on the school's website. The instructors and IA's refuse to give any assistance to the students. The only communication is email and professors and IA's take an excessive amount of time to respond (days - week), if they respond at all. According to one professor, they do write their own syllabus or choose the required texts. They wait for the syllabus and text information to be released by the school, upon start of the class. If you let either the professor or the IA know of a mistake in their writing, they begin deducting points from assignments but will not tell you what "mistake" was made. If you call the school to get information, you might as well be talking to a brick wall. The employees will transfer you without consent, talk over you, and refuse to listen. This is after waiting on hold for an excessive amount of time. There is zero learning done at this school. It is up to the student to self-teach, of which I am fine with, but why am I paying over $800 per class to teach myself? The professors and IA's expect the students to know everything, if I knew everything I wouldn't be attending school. The school is nothing but a diploma mill that should lose accreditation and be investigated for fraud. The employees you talk to when gathering information will make promises and tell you what sounds good to get you to enroll. This school wants nothing but your money. Avoid enrolling, don't waste your time.
I never actually finished my diploma. Requests for help and guidance went unanswered. Emails were either unanswered or answered in a way that was not helpful. I month ago I tried contacting them again. I recieved a reply that stated that they would be in contact with me, I still haven't heard from anyone. I emailed 3weeks before Harvey.
I would highly recommend this program. I completed the Principal Certification program completely online in as little as 10 months. The classes were structured well and provided me with the necessary knowledge to pass the state exam. The instructors were efficient in their responses to students.
This college seemed overwhelmed by enrollment and lacked communication.
Excellent online learning program. I would do it again.
I was very satisfied with the wealth of knowledge I acquired during the program at Lamar, I am still working on finishing the one course required for completion, but due to financial situation I was unable to finish.