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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.
NCU was recommended to me by a trusted colleague. When I started my doctoral program in 2015 NCU had a strong curriculum, knowledgeable academic advisors, and rigorous course content. In 2016 they decided to move the corporate offices to California and leave student services in Arizona. At this time it was also decided to change from having academic advisors and financial advisors to each student having one person for both responsibilities. To further complicate matters, they decided to "train" new people to fill these duel positions. Needless to say advising is now a disaster. They are not knowledgeable, do not respond in a timely manner if they respond at all (supervisors do not respond period). Prior to the change in mid-2016 advisors would answer their phones when you called, solve problems immediately or get back to you within 24 hours, and your course schedule was properly prepared and workable. For some reason my newly appointed academic/financial advisor decided to revamp my course schedule and extended it another year. As if that was not bad enough, in spring of 2017 the School of Education decided to change their curriculum and began "retiring" strategic courses without adequate replacements. The majority of courses that were retired were research courses. This will leave students unprepared to successfully prepare and defend the dissertation. I had heard faint rumblings about students having to take extension courses in the dissertation phase because their committees would not approve their work. Some students reported having their programs extended an additional two to three years. With the change in curriculum I can see this becoming standard practice. At this time, and in spite of all the money I have spent at NCU, I am looking to transfer to a doctoral program that values and respects their students. NCU does not.
This school is nothing more than a bunch of predators. They charge you to withdraw from the school. Also the response time from the adviser/ financial aid person who is one person is horrible. They don't care about the students, the only thing NCU wants is your money. The library resources are what you would find at a community college and the staff is not there to help you. Also they false advertise their programs. The criminal justice program is actually a business program. They don't want criminal justice topics. I had a professor who said it had to be a business topic, but I was told it had to be within my specialization which was criminal justice. Also I was told business and criminal justice is the same topic, which anyone with any education will tell you they are two separate fields. When a student has a problem forget about getting help all you will get is a the runaround. After you withdraw they will charge you a crazy amount of money and put it into collections because they had to return federal student aid and they want the money they should not have had in the first place. NCU academic calendar is crazy every 6 course are a year. Also forget about doing a grade appeal even when the instructor is the problem such as providing the same feedback week to week. NCU favorite assignment is a 5 to 7 page paper and the final assignment is always 12 pages. The online learning platform is not user-friendly at all, it is a nightmare to navigate . The students in the criminal justice program are taught instructors that have Ph.D's in Business instead of criminal justice. NCU is not worth your time, money, and sanity. NCU will cause the most placid person to turn into the most aggressive person with the antics that the school approves. Also forget about getting in touch with anyone on the NCU leadership team. NCU keeps students away from them and I am sure it is because of NCU predatory behavior, unethical behavior and point blank because NCU is a scam. NCU should be forced to close by the Department of Higher Eduction and NCU should loose their title 4 funding as they are not providing an education all they are doing is destroying people credit rating, taking their money and frauding people who attend the school. I was so happy when I decided to leave NCU and they are still causing me problems after not being there for almost two months.
I really enjoyed attending NCU. They are a very flexible institution. The university has classes starting every Monday. The coursework is tough and you get what you put in. The instructors are all very helpful and provide good feedback. The tuition costs are also very reasonable.
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