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Overall, the program was positive. The start was very difficult and if it was not for the encouragement of a faculty member, I would not have continued. I'm glad at did though. With every obstacle encountered there was a solution, but one of the main sources of success was in choosing the correct people to be on the committee. Fortunately, the chair selected for me was on task and helpful. The two other committee members were former instructors so I knew them well. Had to fire one committee member because of a lack of cooperation. You have to make decisions like that to make things work. There was another major obstacle as well, but since the school already approved my research questions I could proceed as planned. I'm grateful for the experience, but it was very difficult - as it should be. How does it compare with other programs? I don't know. Would it be easier if I attended a brick and mortar school? Probably not. You get lots of personal attention and direction accessing resources online, but I think it depends on who your chair is and how available he or she is. Everything has to work together for you to be successful. Your effort, the support offered by the school has to be there, the chair and committee members you select have to be supportive and responsive enough in order for you to succeed, otherwise you are wasting time. If you can't get a good team, you probably should quit.
I would like to begin by saying I appreciate the opportunity to have been mentored by some very good educators. When I reflect on the courses I needed to complete prior to beginning the dissertation process, I become somewhat disenchanted. I accepted a degree for the work I completed but it was not the one I had hoped to achieve. Please get in writing what a recruiter will tell you when that person answers your questions. In my situation, these two did not align. I have chosen to look at this as a life lesson. I am now at another university and feel valued.
I would highly recommend this school to the students who want to really study in order to get a diploma. You need to be self-motivated and to devote an amount of time enough to learn the subjects by yourself. I've learned a lot from this MBA program. The teachers are very knowledgeable The textbooks chosen for this program are good. Directions to do the weekly assignments are very straightforward.
I am proud of my accomplishment but I did not like my experience at the school. The tuition constantly goes up, recently as much as 75% in some areas. This is constant. You teach yourself, mainly in the dark, hoping you will hit the bullseye. Faculty turnover is also great especially in leadership positions. Policies keep changing and are not grandfathered in. The school is private profit making, run by venture capitalists out of Michigan. I would never recommend NCU to anyone. Most problem areas continue to surface and when students have issues, they have no who is a real problem solver. When students have really serious issues, they resort to retreat in order to graduate or leave the school. The most significant answer the school gives for problems is " most people who start doctoral programs drop out so NCU is no different." There are also many ethical issues that go on year after year. Thank goodness I am finished.
I just completed my doctorate and I am proud of my accomplishment, however, this university is not for everyone. I read some of the critiques and typically these come from those who were really not suited for the approach employed by NCU. To succeed in this university you need to be highly motivated, self-disciplined and a real independent learner. You are expected to do the work largely on your own. You get good feedback and the mentors are generally rigorous and demanding. There is no easy pass here and for those expecting something that requires little effort, stay away. Like most universities you get out of it, what you put in. If you just want the letters after you name, go somewhere else.
Beware they will take away your financial aid with out warning. Then send it into debt collections. They will just tell you that they did not receive your official transcript as the reason why you are being stuck with a large bill out of no where. Never had a experience like this before. I would advise anyone looking at this University to run in the other direction. They should not be involved in a persons future.
Very solid teaching-oriented (not research-oriented) school. A bid of an "old-style" though, a lot of self-learning but no on-line MOOC-like video lectures, which is unfortunate. In general - good mentors, interesting an challenging courses. Have my PhD defense scheduled later this month. Can't wait!
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.