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I began the MBA in Financial Management track at Northcentral University last August, and left the university after three courses. The curriculum was repetitive, professors largely unresponsive, and overall quality of courses lacking. I learned absolutely nothing. Pros: Easy and fast application process, weekly course starts. If you're looking to just write a bunch of papers, construct powerpoint presentations, and "check the box" to earn your degree, this may be the university for you. Cons: Just about everything else. The curriculum is repetitive - as a non business-related undergrad, the first two courses I was required to take were nearly identical, with the main difference being sequencing. While the topics are important, there is an excessive focus on "soft" topics like corporate social responsibility programs and managing diversity, coupled with blocks of "instruction" on integrating technology generally a decade behind current capabilities. The instructors that I experienced do not care about your success - they have other jobs or professorships, and work with Northcentral University to pad their income for minimal effort.
NCU is excellent for those who are self-learners and self-motivated! I am learning to my potential by enhancing my analytical and researching skills that are practical with making significant contributions within the educational system. NCU offers 1:1 instruction and many resources for one to self-direct themselves for success.
During the dissertation sequence, the chair and the committee take more than 2 weeks to provide feedback so that you have to sign up for and pay for additional courses at $3900 each, to allow them time to review. You get 24 hours to respond to their feedback, and they take 2 1/2 weeks to provide theirs.
I received a scholarship, NCU took more credits from community colleges than the more expensive in-state universities would, and I got my job as a teacher immediately afterward. The professors were excellent. I am very surprised at the negative reviews, but it might be different for the Master's and Doctorate programs. All I know is I graduated with next to no debt and paid it off right away and got into my field.
NCU is an excellent school for persons who can learn on their own and do not expect to be babied. The courses are tough and they must be submitted every week without fail. You can see the quality of work from NCU by reviewing some of the dissertations. In my opinion, NCU's dissertation can stand next to the dissertations from any B&M school. NCU was an innovation when it started offering 100% online degrees to persons like myself who wanted a graduate degree but did not have the time to attend a full time university. As the digital world continues to expand, I believe that all of the complaints about NCU will stop. I received my MBA from Manchester Business School in the UK and it was very tough. I support NCU 100% and would gladly recommend it to persons like myself who wants a degree but cannot attend a traditional university for 3-4 years.
Very expensive, but very convenient because classes start weekly. They expedite your paperwork extremely quickly when you apply. Assignments are graded quickly. The problem is that the student has no communication with other students in the course. Basically, it's like a self-study degree with the only the teacher's feedback on an intermittent basis. It is a very lonely way to learn. Nonetheless, if you've got the money, the school may be an option for you.
I have been attending this University for a year now and is not impressed. I don't understand what makes them so special or unique in that they don't have to follow standard procedures that are common with Universities. I have had four advisors in one year. I have experienced professors taking my concerns about the instructions and feedback received personally, yet they tell students to take criticism. I have experience a professor lying on me where I had to provide proof. This University allows professors to go beyond the scope of the curriculum written by the appropriate committee and push their values and expertise onto the student that is trying to go in a different direction and penalize them for not incorporating materials in assignments they have yet to learn or take the course to receive that knowledge. They allow professors not to have weekend office hours to assist students with last-minute clarification of assignments. There are professors who questions their own feedback they provide to students that impact their grade. Something needs to change.
I studied Marketing in the DBA program at Northcentral University. The only thing that I would say to future students is that, according to students that are still studying at this university, the curriculum has changed. A recommendation that current students could make to the Business and Technology Department is to allow students to take both Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods as part of the program and to be allowed to take these courses before embarking on the research courses that are necessary to complete the program. The reason for this recommendation is that students currently enrolled in the DBA program are being expected to incorporate information into their assignments that has not yet been taught as part of their research classes. Having taken both the quantitative and qualitative methods courses as part of their program before taking the research classes would alleviate the problems that students are having with navigating these courses. Also, students would be better equipped to decide whether they wanted to do a quantitative or qualitative dissertation using this method. Overall, the school provides a very good program with regard to preparing students for the dissertation process. Another way that the school could improve would be to equip students with information about how to navigate the data collection phase of the dissertation process. This would be especially important for students doing quantitative research. Having an agreement with an organization such as Qualtrics to help students defray the cost of collecting data if they use their data collection services would also greatly help students.
I think the instructor's were good until I hit the Dissertation phase. Dissertation chair was unhelpful and I asked for a new one and got a better one. I felt like I was not getting enough direction with the Dissertation process and had to figure everything out on my own with the first chair person.
I just received my Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Teaching and I am very satisfied with my overall experience. I don't understand why so many students are complaining about this school. I can't complain about the professors, my curriculum, or other services here at this school, because I had no problems at all. I can say that I worked hard and went in knowing that this degree was not going to be handed to me! I came in knowing what online learning was like. I expected to be able to learn and handle my assignments independently. I believe online learning gets tough when you cannot handle your assignments independently, or is the type of person that is looking for someone to walk you through every assignment and decision. If you do not have the time or the patience to devote to this degree DO NOT PURSUE IT!!! If you suffer with critical thinking skills or need help constantly you will not make it through. I believe the professors reaction to you is based on how much assistance you need to get through. Its ok to contact your professors when you need help that is why they are there, but to be a pain because you do not have the skills necessary to do online learning is where your problems will start. So all I can say is expect to work hard for this degree, be ready to devote 30 + hours a week to assignments, do not expect your professors to hold your hand, get organized before you start each class, most of all take control of your own learning experience and do not wait for the professors approval over everything!!! Its ok to use your own level of creativity on most assignments as long as you follow the guidelines set forth by the professor!!!