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They lie. The instructors do not answer you. There is not a scholarship. This is what they use to get you to sign up. Everything they say they will do. They do not do. There is not a tablet or free book voucher. The school costs "increases magically" as soon as you enroll. And... they lie about disenrollment. So make sure they aren't still charging you.
Believe all the stories reported with 3 or below stars. I am an optimistic individual and refused to believe the worst of an accredited university. But its all true you get the run around and drained of all your dollars especially veterans. We are a guaranteed check...just say no and attend any other university than NCU. Do not waste your GI Bill with this program. I hate to see another veteran taken advantage of because Uncle Sam is willing to pay for your degree.
I thought an online program would a piece meal, but the NCU program was highly demanding. It took me 6 years and 9 months to complete the program and I have no regrets. Encountered some difficult mentors along the journey, but despite that it was a rewarding experience. NCU is not for the lazy or faint hearted. You must be filling to work hard for the grades.
They are a RIP OFF. They LIE to lure you in, then hit you up with nickel and dime new monthly charges. They hit you up a month or two into your program to charge you for "Materials" each month even though there are none. They tell you weeks into your program that they will charge you monthly for books that you can not keep. They LIE about the amount of work that will be assigned and time needed to complete in order to get you to enroll. They LIE and add on frivolous charges AFTER you enroll and pay your $21K. i wish there was a place for all current and past students to communicate and connect to explore a class action suit against them. I recommend you DON'T CHOSE THIS so called UNIVERSITY I recommend you DON'T WASTE YOUR $$$$$
I took 3 classes at this college - and I use the term 'college' loosely. Classes follow this format: Week 1. (No lecture) Activity: Choose 5 scholarly articles and write about them. 3-5 pages, APA formatted. Week 2. Choose 5 different scholarly articles and write about them. Complete a synthesis matrix for these articles - information about a synthesis matrix can be found via a Google search. Etc. I am not kidding - part of the directions for assignments include Google searching for students to learn how to accomplish the weekly activity. There are no lectures. There are a few 'suggested readings' per week that have little or nothing to do with the week's assignment. Grading is either 100% no matter what you do, or graded down for imaginary issues that aren't in the requirements for that week - depending on the teacher. I thought maybe it was just those few classes, but I asked around in the forums, and apparently that's the NCU model. Pick a topic, and write a paper every week. For 2K+ a class. Very badly done, and I have no idea how this school is accredited.
I started this program on Sept 1, 2007 and finally graduated with a DBA last month. I had obstacle after obstacle and challenge after challenge. I started as a PhD and shifted to DBA. I started with a qualitative study and shifted to quantitative. I had 4 dissertation chairs. My problem and purpose statements got reconstructed too many times to mention. I had tremendous difficulty in finding a validated survey instrument for my data collection phase. I had tremendous difficulty in finding a firm willing to participate in my study. The program requires that you finish in 8 years - I had to file for a one year extension. At least a half dozen times I thought that I would not finish...that NCU would be sending me a "certificate" instead. I took nearly a year off at one point. I served 6 years active duty in the Marine Corps and I can honestly say that this was more painful on a number of levels. To all prospective students, good luck!! lol
I just finished my PhD with a 4.0. It took me 3 years and 2 months (with a period of no activity of about 4 months due to external issues) to complete the degree, including coursework. I am not brilliant, but I was dedicated and motivated to complete the program and do the best I could do. I also teach in a local state college and love doing that as well. I found the education that I received was excellent. While not every professor can be the best I ever had, I found the vast majority to be excellent. I did have to stand up for my rights on a couple of occasions. When I did so firmly and respectfully I found that I was treated in the same manner. This is an excellent school and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to complete an education online and who, like me, will benefit from individualized instruction. I wish they offered more degrees! I am exploring a second with them now.
I began my journey at NCU on June 13, 2011. I will complete my journey in October 2016 (5 years). Although I have encountered 3 different dissertation chairs in my 2.5 years in the dissertation phase, I really have enjoyed my time at NCU. Currently, I serve on the Student Advisory Council and that has been a benefit in the process. However, I must admit...my patience during both the CP and IRB milestone has truly made me a better woman and scholar. In closing, there is no perfect institution, but a PhD is no joke for the weak and unorganized individual. You MUST be an independent intrinsic motivator and be willing to give up your life (for at least 5 years) for a more ultimate life after the journey.
If I could redo this process over, I would chose a different university. The reason why I say this is because I will be done with all my classes in Sept 2016 and the class I am taking now, I am not learning anything. The instructor of the class doesn't even have access to the required software. The coursework that has to be done for this course, isn't even listed in the software and the course that pops up, is a course that information that I will be learning in chapter 7. I asked what should I he said that I should just any of the course and just turn those in. My question is how am I suppose to learn if I can't do the require homework and if turn in any assignment how does that help me in the long run. Also the financial aid office has poor communication skills. I talked to three different people and all of them gave me different responses. Now all the instructors I had weren't all terrible, I had a few really great ones, that really challenged my critical skills and made me go beyond, which I really appreciated, but most of them like I have right now is terrible!
I enjoyed my graduate experience. It was entirely online, which best suited my needs. Professors were available to speak with and courses were interesting. Assignments did take time and effort, but in the end you can be proud of your accomplishments.