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VERY IMPORTANT: I want to start off with saying in July 2018 National University holds all Blackboard collaborate weekly online sessions as OPTIONAL and will not go towards your final, as well as you can watch all recordings of sessions at anytime. My only Con is they are slow (month late) on processing TA for active duty military. Now that I touched on most individuals cons, I will explain the Pros I have the past two years I have attended. I am a HSE major and CJA major (Homeland security/ Criminal Justice). The program is fast paced and neither easy or really difficult. It has allowed me to learn a lot about my degree and make connections (LinkedIn). Course textbooks are usually limited to one or none, at a low cost on Chegg, Textbooks.com, etc.... usually 30-50$.
I am current in the final stages of my preliminary credential, finishing in the next 2 weeks, and moving on to complete my final two classes to obtain my Masters. I have to say, the program was clearly outlined for me as to what classes I needed to take as well as what exams I needed to move forward. My program has been primarily online with two courses that I was required to take on campus. All expectations were clearly outlined and I was given check lists when I started the program so I could self monitor my progress. The only area I have experienced the delay with is the financial aid department. The disbursement of funds does not typically follow the stated dates of disbursement which can cause issues if you are in need of the funds to get through the student teaching portion of the program. Overall, I would highly recommend this program to other credential seekers who have to work full time. Also, you must be able to be a self directed learner as you are fully responsible for meeting deadlines and getting your work done. The teachers are understanding, but you must communicate if you hare having issues as this is an adult learning format.
Although the education I received was adequate, I had a constant issue with contacting people at the University - financial aid and credential specialist in particular. People don't call you back. You can leave multiple voicemails and emails and people won't return your call. If you do happen to finally reach an actual person, they are irritated with you that you have left multiple messages and/or emails, even though they have failed to respond to any. Financial aid is a nightmare! They are quick to take your money when they feel that you owe, but they take their time disbursing any loan and/or grant money that you may have been granted. They are unable to answer why there is a hang up in processing and disbursement and become rude if you ask questions. You can't count on financial aid being able to meet any of your living expenses, as it is intended, because you can't count on National processing and distributing the funds as expected.
Beware. If the course you need to complete your master's degree is not being offered, you will have to drop out of the program like I did. It is incredibly unfortunate. The advisors are slow to respond to your e-mails. There is low enrollment in the university.
So far, I'm really happy with my experience at NAU. Class material is easy enough for anyone to understand. That's super helpful for me as a small-business owner with a very busy life! Going back to school, my fear was that my teachers would spend too much time presenting me with "tricky" scenarios that would make me have to spend more time thinking in order understand the material, but that would only put me in a situation of distrust here in the real world! My teachers have been making everything very accessible and valuable to me, and what I am going through as a business owner, and with the information being clear in class, I am even more prepared for real world trickery. When I am confronted with a poor situation, even though I am still a student, I feel much more prepared, and I can quickly see whether it's worth my time.
I liked the accelerated pace of the classes because I didn't want to spend years pursuing an MA. But be warned: the classes (at least at the MA level) are no joke. I rolled into the program expecting an easy ride. But the academic rigor of the courses surprised me. I was on "academic probation" after my first class. I got a B-, but the school requires at least a B average to maintain good academic standing. It took me longer than I wanted to finish the degree because I had to repeat the "capstone" class: the quality of my thesis project was not not publishable on my first attempt. Overall, it was a great experience. I am immensely satisfied with the quality of the education I received. Students looking for an easy graduate program should look elsewhere.
I ABSOLUTELY do not recommend National University Fresno. I have had my advisement report "recreated" 3 different times now. My credential specialist will not return my calls or emails. I have to drive 2 hours to the University to contact her. She has pushed my credential back 5 months, forcing me into more classes, that were not initially agreed upon. Every time I speak with her she assures me after this class I am FINISHED. Then the next month tells me there is one more to take. She is inconsistent and unprofessional. When I ask her what is the problem, she is rude and talks down to me. This is the most horrible University experience I have ever had. Please STAY AWAY!!!
Too expensive and most of the classes are not even transferrable to other colleges/universities. They seem to have deceitful practices also where class prices will change during the school semester. WASTED MY TIME AND MONEY WITH NU. STAY AWAY! Just take your money somewhere else.
This school is the WORST. Their teachers and advisors are so ill advised and ruin students chances of getting into schools. Do NOT waste your money on this useless school. It should be out of business! If I could I would rate this school at a zero or below. I wish no students would have to go through this horrible school like I did.
DO NOT DO National. I regret so much joining this program. I've had to juggle my classes which are accelerated AND had to deal with financial aid mishaps AND TWICE had emails sent to me notifying me that I would have 24 hours to schedule, study and pay for a required state test before moving on to my next course? My advisor was of absolutely no help, nor were the 'specialists' assigned to me, but I'm still paying $1,895 a month and RISING. One specialist just straight up passed me on to the department head because "she couldn't answer my questions" and because she had over 600 students in her caseload it was really up to me to reach out and ask questions, not up to her to give me a heads up on program function. On top of that they have just announced they are RAISING tuition, effective IMMEDIATELY. No consideration of grandfathering in the students who are already enrolled and struggling. Classes are accelerated, in some cases, you are reading up to 3 textbooks a month with 2-4 large papers every week. Online meetings are MANDATORY in almost ALL classes but you don't know what day you will be meeting until the week class starts. In some degrees, like mine, you have to make time to drive up to 50 miles out of your way ONCE a WEEK for a class. That is NOT sustainable, nor is it what they said when they said the program was built for a working lifestyle. There is also no room for complaints or feedback as they have a disclaimer in the contract that they can remove you at any time if you start to air grievances. They pointed this out to me when I sent an email for a clear and cohesive timeline of my programs when I got tired of taking last minute required tests. Lots of turnover in financial aid and as a result i had to pay out of pocket to continue my classes for 3 months before it finally kicked in, I revisited the same documents multiple times due to misinformation and mishandling/loss of paperwork. Plus the less than 24 hours to study for an $80 and $160 test. But the closest you'll hear to even an apology will be "I can't speak to what happened before". Research a better institute. Professors here are great but only worth it if you don't mind spending an equal part of energy on your own admin work