North Central University Reviews
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Northcentral University does not provide a quality education to its PhD candidates and the experience in the dissertation process has been disappointing. My dissertation chair provided cursory feedback and did not actually read most of my submissions for feedback as was evidenced by the questions I asked. After three more chairs and an additional $15,000, I graduated from NCU. The lack of quality feedback provided an impediment to the competition of dissertation resulting in over $60,000 in fees paid to the institution with the constant raising in tuition and additional course requirements from the original amount of $45,000. Due to the unhappy faculty members, my committee members changed constantly and in my dissertation defense a person I had never heard of was placed on my committee. NCU is a for profit institution that does not respect students, literally threatens students if they do not take another course right away and stating that you will be dismissed from the university, encouraging students to take out more and more loans. The academic advisors were nothing more than low paying positions that constantly rotated that I lost track of who my advisor was (I had more than six). Do not think I am a disgruntled student who cannot do the work, I graduated with a super high GPA and completed the program, but the process was discouraging and the quality of the instruction poor. While there were a few gems in the program, everyone that I worked with that was good left the institution because the administration does not respect faculty. I would not recommend NCU university and its accreditation should be taken away.
I am 12 credits into an Education PhD at NCU. My very first instructor was great, then my second was ok, the third was horrible, and the fourth was ok. The instructors are basically all you have, since there is no cohort. I thought that would be less of an issue than it turned out to be; I'm feeling pretty alone. I try to be positive, but am disappointed. I do like the flexibility, but I just had a good experience with my EdS program at UW-Stout and now am kind of shocked at how different this is. I work as an instructional designer and am constantly disappointed that the course is lacking simple updates and links. Honestly I do tend to be critical and I realize that in education in general, there are variances in instructor and course quality but I had higher hopes for NCU. I am to the point where I'm debating whether to continue or not and I think I will because I have already invested a good deal of money and energy. It will be a struggle though.