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I am about 1/4th the way through a PHD degree. Before I started my PhD friend told me to just go into class and no matter what say, "yes sir, nor sir, You're right sir." She told me to just agree with everything faculty said; and when i got to my dissertation just agree with whatever criticisms they had no matter if they were right or wrong. So far I've taken the professor is always right attitude and have made all As in every class. It seems like a fine school. I am reading on here that people said the dissertation was a night mare. All my PhD friends said it is no matter where you go. They told me the secret to passing a dissertation is just agreeing with the chairs no matter if they are right or wrong. I just can't believe how expensive it is, the tuition is absolutely insane. I love there are no discussions and no group assignments. One just reads the learning objectives and requirements. And then, one just writes the essay of the week, and turns it in. Its very straight forward.
NCU is a good school, the expectations are high but this is what you'd expect from a graduate school. The flexibility of schedules and geographical location makes online classes ideal for me. Instructors give great feedback and help you achieve your educational goals.
Large tuition hikes and poorer service are the hallmark of this college. The Dean of the Business School won't even talk with students. Academic advisors change every 3 to 6 months. Instructors are OK but I agree with other students in that the Dissertation Chairs are unprepared. A tuition hike was justified by touting that the dissertation chairs would be full time. Never happened. Find an institution with integrity and good service if you want to pursue your dream.
I am currently enrolled at Northcentral University and I have to say I love it. the professors provide excellent and timely feedback. The courses are set up in such a way to help you progress through the program. At the end of each class you are well prepared for the next class. I also like the fact that it is not based on a team environment, unlike my MBA where my grade counted on other people to do their work, which rarely happened. My guidance counselor is always there if I need him, but rarely do I need to contact him. The only time was when I had to delay a class for one week, which was no problem. This is by far the best online school. Yes it is challenging, but any Ph.D program should be challenging. I have learned so much and apply what I have learned every day to my work environment.
I graduated from this school. All my other degrees are from M&B universities. I must say that NCU was the toughest, my chair and team were candid. At times I was frustrated and actually thought because I was paying, the profs needed to treat me with some type of special care; not mine, they were tough as they should be and gave me all the comments and areas that needed review. This is not for everybody, I wrote my work and worked hard. If you are not ready to work, please stay out of the kitchen. I am gainfully employed and doing quite well. Great school
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.
Great program, although it was challenging, I learned a lot. Disregard the negative post, you will get a good education. The program is designed for self motivated students. Bottom line, you get back what you put in. The instructors will challenge you, and you will have earned your degree!
I had a very positive overall experience with NCU. In particular, I enjoy studying on my own and at my own pace and NCU gave me that flexibility. Moreover, syllabus instructions were direct, and easy to understand. I also felt the professors provided fair and positive feedback. That said, if you need "hand holding" or a "classroom experience", then perhaps this isn't for you. Personally, I wouldn't hesitate to continue my education at NCU and feel proud to be an alumnus.
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.
I graduated from the college of business with a focus in project management. I must add that the professors were very knowledgeable and helpful in making sure I understood the requirements of the course assignments. In areas that I felt was not clear in the assignments, I was able to send messages and in some instances provided the opportunity to call my professors. For future students I strongly recommend NCU and advise that in each course and or assignments reach out to your professors and or advisers. They can only help and or reach out when they are aware of the student's issues and or concerns.