Northcentral University Reviews of Doctorates in Education

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  • Prescott Valley (AZ)
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  • Reviewed: 4/15/2021
  • Degree: Education
"Northcentral University provides rigorous curricula delivered by scholars who are experts in their fields. Programs are well designed with professors establishing high standards of performance for students. NCU degrees are earned not given. Therefore, when the degree is conferred, it actually holds merit, and the recipient can be proud in knowing that their hard work in conjunction with guidance from true scholars got them to the finishline. I've attended courses and/or online programs at four universities... NCU is by far the exemplar of institutions of higher learning online. The 1-1 model is convenient and personal attention is great for people who want to advance their knowledge and attain higher degrees while working full or part-time. However, any online program also requires a student to be self-directed and self-motivated. Do not expect to have your hand held. A degree is HARD WORK...NOT A HAND OUT. I get sick of reading posts from whiny, disgruntled students who want an advanced degree but dont want to WORK for it. I am honored to be an alum of NCU. Thanks for the great ride NCU!! I love my alma mater."
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2021
  • Degree: Education
"Unfortunately, after I enrolled, I learned this is a PHD program that accepts over 90% of unqualified PHD candidates who were rejected by accredited universities. The students here have poor academic records or backgrounds, so this program is their only chance to complete doctoral level work. The program is a series of templates and modules, not a rigorous PHD program. Run!"
  • Reviewed: 11/27/2019
  • Degree: Education
"I have attended four different universities that offer online courses and programs. In comparison, NCU is by far the highest quality education. The curriculum is rigorous, and expectations for academic performance are high, which (in this day and age) is appreciated by people who set high standards for themselves. I felt like I earned my degree. My education at NCU has enhanced my professional perform and and options, and I'm proud to be part of the NCU alumni. Additionally, professors are expert-scholars who want their students to succeed in their chosen degree plans by making every effort to support them through the process. Tuition is comparable to other online universities. I strongly recommend NCU to anyone who is considering online degree programs."
  • Reviewed: 11/20/2019
  • Degree: Education
"I dropped out because the assignments are rather dumb. You'll be asked to create PowerPoint presentations as assignment for a graduate-level course. Where's the research? I also had a problem with a professor who 'only graded on Monday's and Tuesday's" instead of within the 4-day timeframe. She was making up her own rules."
  • Reviewed: 8/16/2019
  • Degree: Education
"Terrible place. I had a professor who refused to give me a grade on any of my assignments during a whole course because she did not like my already approved future dissertation topic. At the end of the course, she gave me an F with no justification. My academic adviser told me there was nothing I could do except pay to take the course again. I retook the course with a different professor, turned in all of the same work, and received an A. What a joke. Once the dissertation started, everything was a mess. My academic/financial adviser was switched constantly. I finally ended up with an adviser that was impossible to get in touch with and only bothered to reach out to me when there was an issue with payments. My dissertation adviser was switched constantly as well. Every time I would make progress, my dissertation team would be replaced, and the new team would want me to go back and start from the beginning. No one was ever on the same page. I would write a chapter. My dissertation chair would tell me to change it to something else so I would. Then the academic reader would come along and tell me it should be more like the way I had it originally. And, since it was an online school and the faculty worked from all over the country, none of these people would ever interact with each other. It was a nightmare, and I would not recommend this school to my worst enemy. Take your time and find a good school that you can attend on location, or even a reputable school that has an online program, but actively avoid NCU."
C. Smith
  • Reviewed: 6/18/2019
  • Degree: Education
"This school was a complete waste of time. They outsource your learning to a Peregrine system and the professors are clueless. Do not waste your time or money...seriously!!! They have zero problem solving skills, zero interest in students and horrible follow up."
Timothy Patridge
  • Reviewed: 5/28/2019
  • Degree: Education
"Entered the Doctoral Program in Education. Successfully completed all course requirements and began myPhD candidacy . The Dissertation process was devastating!theiir personal The chair person was very subjective and provided no objective support. I felt I was writing my dissertation for their benefit. No thesis or subjectcmatter was right. I am going to complete the program regardless."
  • Reviewed: 10/9/2018
  • Degree: Education
"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."
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2017
  • Degree: Education
"I am poised to defend my doctoral dissertation. Thinking over the past four and a half years, there is no doubt that my experience has been positive. The work is as rigorous as at brick-and-mortar school, maybe even more rigorous. Although it has taken a little longer for me to complete my program, I am satisfied with my experience at Northcentral University. I found the faculty supportive and usually available to answer questions or provide any ecessary clarification."
An Excellent Program Guided by Expert Mentors
  • Reviewed: 10/27/2017
  • Degree: Education
"The doctoral program at Northcentral University is designed for serious students. It is asynchronous, follows a written curriculum, and is evaluated using course rubrics. You will have a one-on-one relationship with your mentor (who will guide and support you) but you, the learner, has the more active role in your learning success."
  • Reviewed: 4/26/2017
  • Degree: Education
"They keep raising tuition every few months or so. I wish I had chosen a college that guarantees no increases after you begin (they do exist). Advisors have been rude and have enrolled me in incorrect courses, then would not correct their mistakes nor return calls or respond to e-mails. I regret spending my time and money here; it is very difficult to transfer credits in Ph.D. programs, so I will have to start over if I go elsewhere; however, I cannot continue at Northcentral with the frequent rate increases and service that keeps getting poorer and poorer. Turns out they were not truthful about costs when I enrolled. Fortunately, more reputable brick and mortar schools are now offering online programs at more affordable rates and will hopefully run schools like this out of the market. I am thinking of reporting them for their practices."
Graduate and PhD Receiver
  • Reviewed: 3/25/2017
  • Degree: Education
"I cannot with a good conscience recommend this school. You teach yourself and instructors are paper-graders. Faculty and staff pretty much come and go. They had several different provosts during my stay. There are lots of issues with good instructors who feel they are not valued, nor receive tenure. The coursework is relatively easy. The comprehensive exam is a little challenging. Then the dissertation is a nightmare. What makes it more difficult is that being an online school, the student does not have immediate access to his or her chair. I attended about seven years. Everything is fine until you run into issues, then the truth is revealed. Don't forget it is a for-profit institution and run by business people, not educators. You feel proud (Maybe) to have the doctorate, but you earned it in sweat and money."
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2017
  • Degree: Education
"I'm not sure if many people get that ALL universities are FOR PROFIT now... even if they don't say that, and many people pay a lot of money for colleges and still get treated like crap. I was at UVA... it cost $40K a year and most of the the professors never had time for you. I had a STAT's 2 teacher who couldn't speak English clearly and no one in the department would help me. I had an advisor who was nuts - even got arrested for grand larceny, but he's still there. So please don't think that in-person universities are better. I'd rather know that I'm at a for profit university - they know their job is to take care of their customers. I did a lot of research to find NCU. Yes, you have to be responsible for keeping up with your progress and finances, because the advisors are just logistics people, but I've also had some really amazing professors who have far surpassed the quality of instruction I received in UVA's grad program. My research writing has improved significantly because of the professors at NCU. The books that they select and the sequential design of my program has allowed me to build one skill on top of the next. The feedback that I've received from most of the professors has been great. I used to ask for help at UVA and they called me lazy... they made me second guess my abilities during a serious medical issue... so I left. NCU has much better about accommodating me. FYI - it is a great bang for the buck, especially when compared to the money I paid at UVA and got very little back for it."
Jennifer Waldmann Wojcik
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2016
  • Degree: Education
"I began my PhD journey in May of 2012 and defended my dissertation in September of 2016. The program I was in was rigorous and I spent many hours each week during the course work to complete my assignments, the bulk of which were 5-7 page papers; at the end of each (8 week) course, there was a signature assignment that was more along the lines of 10-15 page papers. I learned a great deal in these classes. You absolutely need to be intrinsically motivated to succeed at NCU. There is no one there to remind you to submit. You have to know your stuff. APA 6th ed. format is a requirement, and it must be adhered to. I had one chair in the dissertation stage. She was helpful, offered clear feedback and always stayed within the required response times as indicated by NCU. My committee members overall seemed to genuinely care about my research and were also helpful, articulate. They all challenged me, asked difficult questions and as a result, my dissertation is something I am truly proud of. It is hard to stay motivated and focused for four+ years, essentially give your life over to academics while still working full time. I would recommend NCU to someone who is a self-starter, who doesn't need a ton of affirmation. While my academic adviser always had the correct answers, and got me the information I needed, she wasn't my personal cheerleader or advocate. The expectation is that students are independent learners, workers and self-advocates. The only real frustration I experienced was with the length of the Institutional Review Board Review. However, my friends who have studied in brick and mortar schools have shared that the situation with IRBs is tricky everywhere. I loved my experience at NCU. I am glad I did it. And... I am glad to have those three magical letters after my name now ;)"
  • Reviewed: 7/17/2016
  • Degree: Education
"I just finished my PhD with a 4.0. It took me 3 years and 2 months (with a period of no activity of about 4 months due to external issues) to complete the degree, including coursework. I am not brilliant, but I was dedicated and motivated to complete the program and do the best I could do. I also teach in a local state college and love doing that as well. I found the education that I received was excellent. While not every professor can be the best I ever had, I found the vast majority to be excellent. I did have to stand up for my rights on a couple of occasions. When I did so firmly and respectfully I found that I was treated in the same manner. This is an excellent school and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to complete an education online and who, like me, will benefit from individualized instruction. I wish they offered more degrees! I am exploring a second with them now."
  • Reviewed: 5/12/2016
  • Degree: Education
"If you're looking for a perfect school they don't exist. If you are not a self-learner, if you have difficulty synthesizing information, and if you can't do serious research do not attend NCU. After almost 6 years I've finished my doctorate and it wasn't easy. NCU is not going to hand you a doctorate degree. My academic advisor was great and though my first chair was really horrible, NCU has gone through and weeded out the subpar mentors and chairs. My chair was fantastic, always there for me. If you are not ready to put in long hours, deal with the ups and downs of completing a doctorate I would advise attending another school. If you decide to attend NCU you will be in a rigorous program, one that will challenge you every step of the way. I feel I am well prepared after attending NCU and wish only the best for the mentors, staff and students."
  • Reviewed: 4/18/2016
  • Degree: Education
"Do not waste your time. This is the worst school on the planet and needs to be shut down for stealing students money. I tried withdrawing and they had all these folks contact me. The only way to leave was to fail out the course. GO TO A BETTER SCHOOL."
Thank God I AM Done at NCU
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2016
  • Degree: Education
"Glad to be finished. Would not recommend to anyone. They treat adults like children. Always want more money. Too many ongoing changes. They are unfair if you question policies. Greed is the order of the day. Don't really care about students. Online school is the most difficult way to pursue a degree and you teach yourself at this school. Classes are fine but when you pursue to doctoral degree, look out. I am so so glad to be finished!!!"
Restoring Conscientious Literary Practices
  • Reviewed: 9/10/2015
  • Degree: Education
"Many instances of poor writing are evident that have been produced by the faculty, including the dissertation chair. The writing does not meet upper-division and graduate-University requirements--the composition consists of short choppy sentences that are of the same sentence style, and that frequently contain modification and predication problems. Much about subordination and coordination should be important to the administrators and faculty of NCU. Their awkward wording conveys problems--readers are bound to misinterpret passages such as, "With the increasing turnover rates, the specific problem was to investigate..." Please notice that the introductory phrase incoherently modifies its subject in this case. As an introductory phrase, it illogically relates to its subject. Comprehensive and logical wording should be, for example, "the...turnover rates caused the specific problem..." Furthermore, the specific problem cannot investigate--only an individual or group of individuals can investigate. The problem in this case was the effect of increasing turnover rates on the emotional intelligence of the leader; and, the related loss of profitability. As this passage is worded in the Best Practices for the Concept Paper example, no distinct cause-and-effect relationship is conveyed between the subject and predicate, and the absence of a fully logical connection between the subject and predicate leads to confusion. Even more trying are the oxymoronic passages such as, "If you turn in a revised milestone document, you do not need to turn in a status update", and, "Please update me each week by the due date with your progress for the week"--"it is very important to NCU policy that you turn in a weekly progress report." The first clause in this case obviously is contradicted by the 2nd and 3rd clauses. Awkward wording such as this is common in the NCU Syllabi and Welcome Letters. Furthermore, my objectively worded questions about such awkward wording were ignored by the Chair, mentors, and advisors. These mentors and Chairs have not diligently pursued the subject that they are intending to instruct; nor have they prepared their syllabi. They have not read what I've submitted, and the feedback from my Chair is poorly written. Is such incoherent writing common in America today? She is not knowledgeable in language education. Wherever I have edited and revised reports and assignments for students, and as I have worked avidly in class, my faculty members have expressed gratitude for my contributions. Avid reading and writing skills clearly are not appreciated by the highly paid Department Chairs at NCU who do not understand that many students today graduate with their first degree only to discover that their senior parental figures sold their home and moved to another community. Private-interest groups are dominating financial outlets so unjustly that the literary standards of the U.S. are declining. Scholarly writing should be void of faulty expletives--poorly focused sentences that use "it" and "there" with no reference to what "it" and "there" mean. Sentences with "there" are existential sentences that should mean "there exists." However, such expletive patterns, including "it [+ a conjugation of the infinitive 'to be']" are commonly overused and misused. Conscientious University instructors do not boast steadily about their achievements as they ignore the need to answer critical questions and to improve their wording. Learning institutions must include a faculty of instructors who are concerned about proficient communicative interaction between instructor and student; and, they must convey a sense of responsibility and accountability for their actions. If NCU representatives sincerely were concerned about achieving educational goals, they would offer valid feedback with each assignment that they return to their students. Appallingly, they have been intensely offended that I posed concern about their contradictory and awkward wording. Yes, I passed the Comps and DIS1, and my GPA is 3.97; yet, the NCU system abounds in incoherent wording, communication gaps, and superiority complexes that are not evident in the most highly accredited learning institutions; consequently, I must report my observations and experiences about inevitable misunderstandings that are inherent in the Chair-Committee-student scenario. The mentors and chair do not converse or relate interactively with students about textbook assignments and milestone projects. The consequences will be severe now that I have complained to my advisor and the BBB about my NCU Chair. I complained because she is not knowledgeable in the areas of English and language instruction, which are the topics of my research in the instruction of English as a second language. In fact, I have learned that NCU maintains no English Department or English-credentialed instructor whatsoever. The salesmen who enrolled me did not reveal this issue to me. Since then, I have offered to edit/revise their literature. However, neither my Advisor nor Chair have responded conscientiously about the issues that I have shared here--these being but a couple of many more communication problems that are inherent in the operations of NCU. Of course, subversion is occurring throughout our nation today. Our academic standards are being compromised as we must interact with strangers who after all may advocate for war rather than for peaceful resolve. One may read and report about what one has read at NCU, but that may render naught as the NCU mentors and Chair are not supporting an active learning agenda. Neither are they accounting for the original promises that their sales people promised their perspective students. They should be willing to work with me; however, they are too predisposed with their goals, agenda, and private interests to respond appropriately with any hint even that they have read my work or the assigned textbooks. One would hope for improved attitudes and performance levels. Overwhelming is the quest of the faculty and staff for thousands of dollars and more, with no regard for the quality of their product. Without a doubt, active-duty military members and governmental employees are an asset for NCU's reputation, credibility, and financial portfolio. Remember, though, that these students are working from a business orientation that does not parallel the high literary standards of upper-division and graduate academia. Profit-mindedness is causing a deterioration of our national academic standards and excellent verbal skills that include critical and analytical reading and writing proficiencies. English majors who represent Cambridge and Oxford Universities and other Universities throughout the world would not approve of the practices to which I have referred here."
Alexis A.
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2015
  • Degree: Education
"I cannot recommend this college to anyone who is seeking a degree in a field where you are already working. No matter what you already know, you will be treated like a person that just rolled off the back of a turnip truck. I don't feel respected at this place as an adult learner with real work and academic experience. I am trying to complete my dissertation here but I am dealing with teachers and a chair who have no training in how to give constructive feedback. At NCU they give you a paper on on "how to benefit from feedback" but it turns out that the teachers are not actually given training in giving feedback and so its a real crapshoot, if you get a bad one on your committee with some ego problems or some other type of bee in their bonnet you are doomed as there is no way for students to appeal anything. A lot of the teachers are really low level, untrained, unaware folks out in the middle of nowhere doing research on cows (this is actually what happened to me, my chair's dissertation was about cows and goats). There is absolutely no interaction with other students, and the quality of the course materials is very low, and then when you move into the dissertation process there are all sorts of unsupported demands and expectations that you are not prepared for during the coursework process. High expectations on their part, while the delivery and quality is very low. Plus this experience is not cheap. you are basically paying for them to treat you like an idiot who should just shut up and do what they tell you. At this point I will probably withdraw and attempt to go elsewhere to somewhere that has a more professional quality program."