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I am a current student and my tuition has not "magically increased". My mentor has been helpful and practical in thinking. I have not had any difficulty in getting in contact with my mentor. Financial aid has been extremely transparent and I feel like I am able to make informed decisions. The curriculum is difficult and has forced me to learn. This is my 2nd masters degree, and I am learning a lot more than my prior brick and mortar school. The format forces you to be engaged in the process and be accountable for reading the material. There are times I need clarification on a theory which prompted me to email my professor/instructor, in which I received a timely response. I am sure I will hit bumps in the road, but I am engaged in my education and will motivate myself to push forward.
Great program and staff. Challenging at times, but very doable. The flexibility offered was really key to my wanting to attend. I was looking for a doctoral program that did not require residency since I work a lot and taking two or four weeks off a year can be difficult. This program gave me what I needed and it was relatively inexpensive compared to other schools.
Overall this was an excellent school. I have attended both brick and mortar as well as another online institution and I learned just as much if not more at NCU. Every school is going to have its issues, whether it's with the professor or various course work discrepancies. While going through the program, I was dealing with a lot of personal issues and the professors worked with me, not allowing me to give up. Any online program can present challenges but it is up to the individual to push through those hurdles and strive for the best. As for professor intereaction, all of the papers that I wrote were given back to me with ample feedback. Nothing was ever returned to me with no criticism.I would not hesitate to recommend this program to a friend.
Have not graduated yet. Earned but dissertation phase and am two years into the dissertation. The predissertation classes prepare you and several times a year require that dissertation related prep work be turned in. This includes extensive bibliographies, annotated biblio and essays/term papers related to the dissertation. When Pre-diss was completed, the rules changed and annotated biblio requirement was dropped. Several changes in how to engage in, write, report, assess you work for plagiarism, and hand in your work changed. The grading methods changed twice requiring everything be resubmitted and reworked from scratch. Then the rules for PHD committee changed, from your Chsir assessing you most of the way, to all three committee members assess your work. After one year, the second year of the dissertation, my work went back to the need to redo from chapter 1, due to another program admin change and submission of proof of work change. The improvements requested went in circles, and kept changing for to changes in committee members. So, that cost me one year of tuition and related costs; no sufficient services or help were provided. My chair changed three times; they had trouble finding someone with an adequate background to oversee the work. I requested a disability related (brain surgery for epilepsy) reduction in work speed and increases in attendance breaks; they were very hesitant to do this, and my suspicion was the lack of continuity would cost me another Dissertation Chair. This program suffice for younger students; this would be my fifth 4+ year degree program. Compared with most schools, the schools ability is very limited and they don't like to stop the conveyor belt approach they are using. I am surprised this problem hasn't been resolved. They disenrollment you if you ask for an extended break or any special needs to be met.
NCU really did supply me with the knowledge I needed in my career. That is what I appreciated the most. I don't think it was too different from other universities as far as expectations. If you have a problem or concerns, they will work with you to resolve them with reasonable expectations. It's important for students to know if the are really cut out for a doctoral program which can be very challenging. I don't know many students who didn't question that at some point.
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 found the coursework to be both challenging and rewarding. The flexibility to do the work on my own time was a life changer. I was working full time, taking care of a young son, and maintaining a household. Late nights and early mornings with weekend work was the only "free" time. Without this diploma I never would have acquired the position I hold today. The instructors were usually helpful. Agree with other posters that this is predominantly a written coursework program. The papers count for most of the grades. Fortunately for me I enjoy writing. I did feel as though the school shifted significantly around 2008. I am glad I was wrapping up my coursework by then. The glow of having a cutting edge online program had worn off and I think they realized it needed to make more money. The fees started being added to everything. All in all I am happy with the experience.
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.
Excellent school! Since I got my degree I have been employed in the field of psychology. I am a career coach and teach in higher education. NCU has kept me employed for over 5 years. The faculty were easy to get a hold of and easy to communicate with, they were very helpful.
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.