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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!
The staff at NCU, though in a business school, have *no* concept of change management. Students are getting moved in the middle of classes, having to switch between two portals (with 2 different logins) and simply can not get some of their assignments completed. As a long-time student, I will be getting my first F this week, as there is no longer access to the metrics needed, and the login process is near inherently broken. Perhaps more time on practicing what they teach and less time dealing with computer administrators who do not perform proper change management procedures would do the school good
It was a great experience. I had just completed my undergrad at a traditional school and had moved back to my home city. I had a full time position and wanted to pursue an MBA fulltime without having to quit my job or move to another city. This school gave me that opportunity. The coursework was challenging yet flexible enough for me to work. On top of the actual curriculum, I fine-tuned valuable skills such as self-teaching and time management. The teachers were fair in their grading and I also appreciate that we had access to the library even after graduating. Overall, a good experience and it opened a lot of doors in my career. My only wish is that they had career placements/extensive job search resources for students in Canada such as myself.
NorthCentral University offers a wide variety of majors and minor fields of study, yet most of them are useless and impractical in the real world. I would not recommend wasting your time or money at NCU. If you do choose to go to NorthCentral you should have a very specific plan. Do not go if you are following your "dreams" and "calling" and yet you don't have tangible realistic goals that are tied to deadlines and other people that can assist you.
I cannot with a good conscience recommend this school. You teach yourself and instructors are paper-graders. Faculty and staff pretty much come and go. They had several different provosts during my stay. There are lots of issues with good instructors who feel they are not valued, nor receive tenure. The coursework is relatively easy. The comprehensive exam is a little challenging. Then the dissertation is a nightmare. What makes it more difficult is that being an online school, the student does not have immediate access to his or her chair. I attended about seven years. Everything is fine until you run into issues, then the truth is revealed. Don't forget it is a for-profit institution and run by business people, not educators. You feel proud (Maybe) to have the doctorate, but you earned it in sweat and money.
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!
I'm not sure if many people get that ALL universities are FOR PROFIT now... even if they don't say that, and many people pay a lot of money for colleges and still get treated like crap. I was at UVA... it cost $40K a year and most of the the professors never had time for you. I had a STAT's 2 teacher who couldn't speak English clearly and no one in the department would help me. I had an advisor who was nuts - even got arrested for grand larceny, but he's still there. So please don't think that in-person universities are better. I'd rather know that I'm at a for profit university - they know their job is to take care of their customers. I did a lot of research to find NCU. Yes, you have to be responsible for keeping up with your progress and finances, because the advisors are just logistics people, but I've also had some really amazing professors who have far surpassed the quality of instruction I received in UVA's grad program. My research writing has improved significantly because of the professors at NCU. The books that they select and the sequential design of my program has allowed me to build one skill on top of the next. The feedback that I've received from most of the professors has been great. I used to ask for help at UVA and they called me lazy... they made me second guess my abilities during a serious medical issue... so I left. NCU has much better about accommodating me. FYI - it is a great bang for the buck, especially when compared to the money I paid at UVA and got very little back for it.
I am about half through my graduate degree. I am very happy with the program. It is very hard, sometimes very challenging to get assignments completed each week, however that is my time scheduling issue. If you have a full schedule, family, work, etc this program work well. Mentors are helpful and have given great feedback on all my assignments.
It looks like for every negative review NCU is posting a positive one. The school tends to keep students away from the higher ups. Financial aid is joke. I can say that the curriculum is rigorous; however, it is designed as a for profit school. Always be careful of the Last Date of Attendance (LDA) if you log in, they will consider that as attendance for the school. In reality, you could be logging in to see if actions were taken on your account. To resolve your issues try contacting the president at ncu . com Every accrediting agency should be warned about this school and their unfair practices. If you decide that you know longer want to attend ncu, they will butcher your financial aid account to make it appears as though you owe more monies.
I am currently enrolled in this university and seems the positive reviews you read about in this thread apparently planted by the people working in the school. To be honest, I will finish my degree here, however students scouting to enroll should not waste their money in this school. The academic advisers are mere decorations, as well as the teachers who mostly inconsiderate.