Northcentral University Reviews - Master's in Education
Review of Education Masters Degrees
Not a good place to get a degree. Poor administrative practices regarding grade appeals, you would submit the appeal but they would never say the instructor is wrong, even though it's clear as day. The graduation team is never available to take calls.....you are made to wait a long time to get your diploma. Prior to enrolling you can get almost anyone you wish to speak to, upon completing the enrolment process that becomes a nightmare. Be careful what you are getting into
This is the worst school, over-priced, non-accredited, so what good is a degree? Faculty come and go because of unfair practices. During my tenure, I lost the best professors in the world. They are told they can be replaced. No tenure. Not a good place to get a degree. Poor administrative practices regarding grade appeals, scheduling, graduation and extensions.
Stay away from Northcentral. Everything they do is geared towards profit. I am shocked they still are accredited. They raised tuition every semester and also changed their continuous enrollment policy. I was in the Education/Sports Leadership program and had the same two professors for every class. This is one of Dan G's business. He owns the cavaliers, 1-800-Flowers, Quicken Loans; all cmpnaies which make him an expert on running a college, apparently.
I felt NCU was excellent! My advisors were easy to contact and were very helpful throughout the duration of my program. What I especially liked was the timing of the courses, and that you didn't have to wait for an official semester to begin, before you could register for a new course.To be able to register based on your schedule- when you finished a class and you are ready to enroll in another- was a tremendous asset. I did not experience any unexpected rate hikes at all, and actually found NCU to be very accommodating to accept prior Master courses from other universities and apply those credits to the program. Only once did I experience an issue when one of my papers couldn't be formatted to their program, and even though I sent hard copies , faxed, etc., in multiple formats, my grade for that course was affected negatively. I felt they were unfair in the resulting grade. Especially since the professor said it was "A+" material. Other than this, I only have positive remarks to share about NCU.
I am really enjoying my education here at Northcentral University. I like the types of assignments. The experiential learning helps me with the application of concepts in my career. I have been able to apply each of my courses to my current situation. I have been able to benefit from this education immediately and do not have to wait until my degree is completed. I think you get what you put into your education. If you are proactive and reach out to the professor and your advisers as well as respond to them when they reach out then you will have a good experience. This is an online program and it is not easy. It requires you to manage your time. I love the flexibility because I am a very busy person as most people are and I need to be able to work this into my schedule. I am having a great experience!
I have mixed feelings with regard to the program I completed at NCU. I had no problems with billing or financial aid. I had two advisers during my time and both were fairly helpful. In my experience, the coursework was extremely rigorous. With the exception of two professors, I basically taught myself the material through reading assigned articles, books and conducting online research. I did learn a lot but it was through my own hard work and determination. I had two instructors that I would rate as excellent and one that showed no support or flexibility. He must have graduated from military school. Several years ago, I completed my Bachelor's Degree in a traditional classroom environment. I found attending classes online to be much more time consuming and challenging than that of a traditional educational environment. Only attend NCU if you have a lot of time to complete assignments. You do not get holidays off and it is a lot of work! I am so happy to be finished with my degree. It feels great to not have a large writing assignment due every weekend!
One of the worst schools I've ever been a part of. They are money chasers and nothing more. I've been lied to about TA and then charged after being guaranteed I would not be. Prepare to read some articles and just write papers all week. I've made purposeful mistakes just to see if anyone was reading my work. They didn't notice or you get the standard response of some minor grammatical errors. It's been the same response on every paper since the first class. Which is 8 papers a class for 6 classes. I did have one good advisor but the others don't help much. DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL. It's a waste of time money and effort. The professors do not help you in anyway. They are just a name on a class.
When I started my program, I was very excited. I had a great experience my first class; my teacher engaged me and created opportunity for deeper thinking. However, from there, the value of my program disintegrated to the point where I am considering leaving with only 7 weeks left. The other instructors I have had have not been helpful; to call them a "mentor" would be a joke. I had to request a change for one of them because she was so awful. The courses have not been insightful and most of the assignments are repeats of that previous assignments.