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If you're considering this university, don't. Changes to requirements are made constantly, and your academic advisors will change even more frequently. Ask them a question, and you'll get no response until a month later when you get a generic email telling you your advisor has changed.
When you get to your dissertation, a committee member may just disappear costing time and money because your paper couldn't be returned with a review within the stated timeline (this could result in over a month's delay). Your committee may approve your paper multiple times and submit it to someone anonymous in OAR only to have it rejected multiple times...costing more time and money. Or your committee chair may forget to check the box that sends your paper onto the OAR and cause a two or three week delay that costs you more time and money.
All of that probably sounds unbelievable, but it's happened to me. It's amazing this school has kept its accreditation. This university is extremely unprofessional and unorganized.
Ten years ago I was halfway to my MBA at another "attending" university and had to stop. NCU would NOT accept any of those credits, which should have been a red flag. I am almost done, and based on the word of two academic advisors, I attended a five month long training program at another attending university. I was told the credits would transfer without a problem.
You got it, they did not transfer, NCU administration is acting as if I can crazy for wanting what was promised to me, and now, I am locked out from registering for my next to last class. I agree with the other reviews....NCU wants money, only money, and could care less about the learner.
I am going to finish, then sign up for a doctorate at another university.
I am currently a Ed.d student at NCU. I have to stay because I am at the dissertation stage and refuse to leave this far.
The professors do not talk to one another, each has their own view of how to complete work, they all tell you something different! I had to change my dissertation topic 3 times because each professor wanted something different. I have been to 3 colleges and non of them were like this!
Please do yourself a favor, pay a little more for an online university, do not go here!
While taking on-line classes with NCU, I had a very positive and rewarding experience with the mentors and the NCU staff. The on-line experience met my expectations, as a wife, mother of three sons and being employed full-time. The program is developed for the working adult. Individuals who are motivated, independent and disciplined should perform well. The dissertation aspect of the program is challenging and requires perseverance.
I recently had an issue with financial aid. I received an email that said I owed for an upcoming class. I called my advisor and then accounting. I believe her name is Gerica Reyes she was very rude and offered no assistance. I asked if I could schedule the class for after my fin aid disbursement and she said no. I was later contacted by another rep and was told that he would work on the issue. I was informed that if I stayed in the class I would not be charged until my fin aid kicked in.
However if I dropped the class and left the university they would charge me for a class that I never took. I agreed to finish the class but I will definitely not continue with NCU. I strongly caution any one considering this school. Please explore other options. Not all online schools are this baf
I find it ridiculous how people can rate a school based on entry requirements. I took a placement exam at my first College, no pass/no fail; a Community College. I paid $77.00 per credit hour of class, and I worked HARDER than I have ever worked in all the years I worked toward my Master's Degree. NO ONE will be excluded from entrance to a Community College, but that does not mean they will not receive the best education available. The curriculum does not change according to a student's ability or intellect or pocket book. We all have to take the same classes and make the same grades to succeed at any program at any accredited school.
I can tell you if you have to take a graduate entrance exam and you receive a low score, you probably will not succeed in a graduate program, but the school not requiring this exam is not "handing out degrees!" If you're going to rate any school, rate the level of care for each student, the quality of course material and professionalism of staff/faculty. Only then will what you say have any relevance.
I am just beginning the enrollment process at NCU, and so far, everyone seems to be very helpful. I still have a couple of unanswered questions that I'm waiting for a response to (part of the reason I'm here). I was hoping this site would have some honest reviews from both sides...what I see is mostly people ranting about things that pertain to any school, a lot of misinformation, and nothing relevant
Overall NCU has great mentors, curriculum and assignments that are manageable. The issue is not with the courses but the constant price increase to complete your degree. It seems that as you get close to graduating and more committed to the program the price keeps going up.
When I started it was $1425 per class and now my last class is $1870. To add to this, students were allowed to stretch their degrees our over an extended period of time, this was the driving reason I selected NCU.
Now the dean has passed a rule that you must be continuously enrolled or dropped. A constant price increase and continuous enrollment requirement has turned a great school into an over priced program that does not focus on further education but how much can be made on students as they progress.
I would suggest a school that has set rates and guidelines that they stick with and not change when you have been enrolled for 2 years and close to graduating where you are left no choice to comply or loose your investment in time and money.
The courses leading to the research courses and dissertation courses are fairly easy. It is when you reach these courses that the program slows down. Too many mentors do not know APA from abc, and can take weeks in returning concept paper, DP or DM. It may be a doctoral degree, but really anyone who graduates are not real doctors but a worthless piece of paper on the wall.
I having been working on my PhD since Sep 2006, and will begin writing my dissertation manuscript in about 6 months. This has been a great experience. It is academically rigorous, so no one should be ashamed of this school.
My mentors have largely been very positive. Just like Brick and Mortar schools, there are some weak links, but overall, they have been fine professors in their own right. I have had some exceptional teachers at NCU.
I believe the reputation of this school will only increase in a positive way over time. Having a doctoral degree from NCU will be no different than having one from any major public university in the country. Hard work is required. Sure, getting in is easy, but staying in is up to you.
NCU will give you a shot where other "traditional" schools might not. I got my shot, and am confident I will have a PhD as a result. Keep in mind that if you can't write well, you will not do well. Each person contemplating a doctoral program should do some soul searching before they begin. Be wise.
All in all, and excellent academic experience.
As a previous post said, school is what you make it, and everyone has their own fit with specific schools. Except for the very few individuals who do not know how (or do not want) to manage time or work, it is all about the fit of the school.
I loved NCU. It has cceptably difficult course work, reachable instructors (in most cases), and the infrastructure of the site, though curiously amateurish at first, evolved positively into a simple-to-use, professional interface. Compared to the other B&M schools I attended (Purdue and Embry-Riddle), the course work load and difficulty was comparable.
To those interested in applying to NCU, it is consistently ranked in the top 30-40 (out of well over 100) of regionally-accredited online-universities (accreditation programs that are DOE recognized). Also, it was the first online-university to have an accredited business program, which I find particularly esteeming since that is the masters program I pursued and achieved.
Finally, employers are finding online programs more and more acceptable, and just because the school says "non-profit," that does not make it a diploma-mill. Remember, every school has to make money to stay in business, and schools like NCU do not receive the government subsidies that even many B&M private universities receive. Besides, to those people who have an understanding of free-market capitalism, what better way to lower education costs by making the market competitive? No, you can't completely deregulate education -- you need standardization. But alas, how can you contribute as a citizen to a capitalistic society when you have $100,000+ loans to pay off?