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2 out of 5
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Degree: Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
Graduation Year: 2018

Getting into Rasmussen was easy. They are very on top of you - they get all your data, they bring you into a local office if they can, they walk you through paperwork and costs, they set everything up for me. I could not have found it more friendly or more engaging. It is a very typical entrance process. Orientation was simple. The programs very straightforward. They seemed to have all their ducks in a row. The cost was similar to other online programs, much higher than community college or even local university level courses, but I was assured I was paying for an accelerated degree that would put me in a position I wanted to be in and would give me accreditation and certification. I was offered "flex courses" to further some core classes as well and save time/money. All of that is well and good. I did not have any issues there. They do send follow up emails and your counselors are with you for any issues you have once you begin. They don't wash their hands of you once you enroll, which is also nice. I transferred into Rasmussen with my Associates Degree from a local community college at the request of a friend who was also enrolled in another program. I decided to pursue Data Analytics as this is a relatively new field for a major, but something I am currently doing at my current place of employment and thought that it would help me to secure my position and further advance within my company. I have done online colleges before - I obtained my AA about 80% online. I have experienced traditional and accelerated programs. I know that accelerated programs can be challenging because of the shortened class time. I was given the understanding that the professors at Rasmussen were chosen because they had worked in their field before working for Rasmussen. What I did not understand was that the professors at Rasmussen are working in their field WHILE working for Rasmussen. Or so that is how the professors presented to me. I only took three courses before I left, and only one of them had actual presentations that were their own design, dedicated office hours to work with students, and took time in lectures to truly address questions. My biggest issue and the reason why I left the course is because the program I was taking was tailored to those who had extensive knowledge in computers. I am fortunate that I have this knowledge. I have a network of family and colleagues who were also at the ready to help with topics I needed assistance with. Normally I would just drop the program and move on with my life, but I felt this might be helpful to know for someone else going into this program. 1. The C++ class was the first one I took. This was their "big sell" - be put right into core competency classes for your program from Day 1 so you can get a feel for the degree program you picked. This way if you decide it's not for you, you've not wasted a lot of time/money and you can change your path sooner. The issue with this is that these are 5.5 week courses. Anyone going back to college knows that it takes a great deal of time, money, investment, personal sacrifice, and discipline to get classes done- there is a lot to learn. The shorter the time, the more capacity you need to have to be successful. I knew this going in. I was constantly ahead in the class and I passed the class with a 98%. I did not struggle. I have some prior knowledge of C++, tools and other options available to me - my dad was a great tutor for several lessons. Not everyone has their dad as a computer programmer who can step in and do the work of the professor. Before I reach out to my father, I reach out to the professor. The exact response was that I needed to engage a tutor if I had questions beyond the scope of the assignment. There were several students experiencing similar issues in the chat forum. The professor's response was always to paste a block of code or refer to a tutor. Tutoring is a fantastic supplement and free tutoring is even better. However, general tutors are available from Rasmussen. If you need a specialized tutor, you need to schedule one who has experienced proficiency in the course. There was ONE tutor available for this specific class and she had 6 hours a week available. There were at least 13 students just in the course block I was registered in. This means that there are 7 students who can't get tutoring each week. I was completely apalled. I did my best to help the other students, and several collaborated together to get assistance from one another. 2. Fast forward 5.5 weeks, and we are placed in a Database class. The class is Database Fundamentals. The course materials are not presented until Day 1 (unlike C++ and the other course I took simultaneously which had books available to get a grasp on the concepts to be learned). The writing from the professor was more or less acceptable - but it was not clearly understood. The teacher all but disappeared for a week and did not return emails promptly. There were several students who were extremely upset during live lectures that they could not get things to work as described - software would not install, functions would not run, there was no feedback. There were students in my last lecture that were quite obviously very frustrated with how little the Personal Support Center offered assistance. The center installed programs incorrectly, and referred them to tutors who had no idea how to help because the instructions were poorly outlined. The material in the text in no way mirrored what we were expected to demonstrate in our assignments. Our database fundamentals textbook did not cover SQL language, PHP code or HTML structures - yet all were required in our first week's assignment. The professor provided this code, outright - with no actual coverage of the code - the structure rules, the reasons behind it - just gave us a form and said put this in a txt file and put it on the dropbox and your assignment is done. If you expect your students to graduate understanding how to be successful in their chosen path, you cannot hand them prewritten code to turn in and expect that they will have any formal understanding of what it is that was done and why it was done. This is not learning, this is satisfying criteria for a sticker and getting a diploma. I earned my grade because I went above and beyond what was required, I did the research to understand myself through external sites, books I purchased/got from libraries, and relying on the knowledge I could learn from others. None of what I learned was learned through Rasmussen. I did only complete 2 terms of a multi-term program, but I was not willing to continue to spend my money (90% of which was out of my pocket, not student loans) on this. I can't speak to on-campus courses or their other programs. I truly hope that they do make these considerations when reviewing this. The professors need to do more than read PPT decks put together by the textbook publishers. The professors need to be able to actively engage with their students, be given the time and tools to work with the students, and the students need to be put into basic computer skills before they are asked to dive into higher level programming courses. I think the idea behind understanding what the program entails is fantastic. Create programs that put the student in that place, but get them there gradually and make sure the program is designed in a way that the student has to learn, not just put the words in the box. At its current structure, it is not worth the price tag. I will be seeking out a traditional course program at a traditional local university and furthering my certificates on my own outside of the actual diploma. I hope this is helpful for the school and prospective students alike.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Graduation Year: 1996

I have never been so disappointed with this course., I am a para in St.Peter and make the same as a person just out of high school. I was congratulated for my class's BUT unless you can find a teaching job in a daycare this means nothing. I would think that this college should want there grads to make better money then a high school grad. So my thought is that Rasmussen needs to make sure there students understand what this course is for AND I believe that Rasmussen needs to inform schools and others what they teach. Otherwise you will hear what I heard ( There's no way your a teacher) From a elementary teacher and the director at MVED. I grad on the dean list and a 3.89 I should be getting more wages then a high school grad.

2 out of 5
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019

It costs a lot in time, money and peace of mind just to get through the bureaucratic paperwork at Rasmussen. You pay for a third party to process 12 requirements including vaccinations, CPR, fingerprinting, TB testing, etc. They constantly reject forms which requires another copay to get more paperwork filled out. It's a real guessing game. They reject courses from other schools and generally make your life a misery. Once you are provisionally accepted your real problems begin. At that point when you are considered an actual student, all support went right out the window. Let them eat cake seemed to be the unofficial motto. But sometimes you manage to dodge...

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2 out of 5
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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2011

Needed about two years to earn my degree, and stopped after a year. Felt cheated that it wasn't a good enough challenge for me. No real discipline for students for missing assignments or penalty for late/tardiness. Most professors let stuff like that slide all the time here. Really wasn't 'my cup of tea' on what I was use to in the classroom. Maybe dropping out was the best thing for me since I'm successful and stable now in my own way, but don't really seeing it as a resume boost even if I graduated from here. Staff was always open door and helpful with wanting to make people succeed, I just felt I was out of my element with my whole experience.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2019

I am a father of 4 going back to school. Rasmussen was recommended to me by a friend that is an online professor for the school. I found it difficult at first to navigate just making sure that I had filled out all of the required paperwork just to get enrolled and started. This MAY have been due to my general lack of computer savvy. I worked my way through that issue and have had an amazing educational experience. Online learning, like anything else, will reward you the more you put into it. have heard that there are professors that let you "skate" by but if you, as a student and paying customer, allow that, it is all on you. I've had an issue with only one professor. I found that if I stayed engaged with my professors, advisers, classmates, and my courses, I learned quite a bit that is actually helping me RIGHT NOW with my current employer. I look forward to completing my degree within the next year. I have already contacted a major university about graduate studies and they have informed me that a degree from Rasmussen with a decent GPA almost guarantees me admission into their program. Go DAWGS!

5 out of 5
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Degree: Network and System Administration/Administrator
Graduation Year: 2019

Learning online can be very difficult, but Rasmussen has made it a little easier with so many resources. Professors are all knowledgeable and respond promptly. The library services, including tutoring, are all easy to access. I am only few classes into my degree, but am so far very satisfied with everything, including the layout of the website and ease of use.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015

This college is AMAZING. I took the accelerated Criminal Justice Leadership & Management Bachelor Degree program 100% online and I graduated within a year with a 4.0 GPA. People need to understand that ANY degree takes time, effort and dedication. I dealt with the death of my grandmother, mother in law and a surgery during my time at Rasmussen and I was still dedicated enough to finish each 6 week course with a solid A. The professors were tremendously knowledgeable and they responded promptly. I recommend this college to anyone. I too, read reviews prior to enrolling to Rasmussen but was able to weed out the main reason why people write poor reviews and more often than not, the people do not choose to own up to their involvement in the fact that they did not succeed at Rasmussen. It is YOUR job to put in the effort to continue YOUR education therefore there are NO EXCUSES. I was able to work full time, while raising a 2 year old while getting this degree ONLINE, while dodging all the troubles that life threw at me. YOU are in control of YOUR SUCCESS and YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO SUCCEED. I am certainly a RASMUSSEN SUCCESS STORY and I can speak more with anyone about my experience at Rasmussen. I also wanted to add that once I go to an employment interview and they see my 4.0 GPA, they don't really care that it is not from HARVARD or PRINCETON. They care that I, as a student, demonstrated high learning capacities by maintaining such an outstanding GPA.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2018

Great support from advisor! I am taking online course to complete a bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education Leadership. this course have been amazing opportunity for me to learn and keep my job at the same time. amazing supportive teachers, affordable tuition, and flexible schedule that helped me to earn the degree.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Pharmacy Technician
Graduation Year: 2017

I had a great experience with Rasmussen College. My student advisor was there to help me along the way the whole time. Being a single mom, I thought going back to school would be a challenging process, however I'm proud to say I graduated! I recommend this school to anyone looking to do online schooling.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2018

When determining whether or not to go back to school I decided to do my research and explore all of my options. I inquired to many different schools, looked at reviews and tons of programs that I feel would be best for me. Now before I go on, I am full time employee with a family and child. The reason I chose online, instead of the conventional "in class", is because I simply don't have the time or energy to go to a classroom after working a 10hour shift. After narrowing my choices down to a few school, I chose Rasmussen. The recruiter was very friendly, gave me all the information I needed and when I had questions she always called me back within 24hrs. Trust me, I called a lot and asked a ton of questions, sometimes even the same. She didn't come off as annoyed and always responded with respect. Tuition is reasonable. Of course you may save cost if you go to a junior college, but I felt what I wanted to study is what they were offering. I didn't have to complete a bunch of BS classes that are required at some other schools. I did have some college credit which transferred over nicely. My first two classes were business management and intro to software development. My instructor for business was phenomenal. She was engaged and answered all my emails in less than 24hr hours if I had a question. My software development class started off rocky with some technical difficulties from the teacher. The class started almost a week late. I called the office and spoke with the dean. I received a quick response and also received a follow up call once the issue was resolved. We did have to double up work for a week to catch up but that is fine. Problems happen. The teacher apologized for the inconvenience and helped every step of the way, even understanding if an assignment was a day late or so. When I emailed the professor I always received a response back within 24hours. Im taking advanced algebra now followed by object oriented programing. The classes are challenging and despite the one technical difficulty the teachers are very responsive. The work load is challenging, but if you are organized and set aside time you will succeed. If you expect to be hand held, or are lazy you will fail miserably and have a bad time. If you are organized and put effort, you will do just fine. I am hoping to complete my associates in software development and then transfer out to Arizona state or possibly DePaul to get my bachelors. Rasmussen is accredited and their courses do transfer over. They do work directly with Lewis University which is a great school if you wish to transfer. Overall my experience has been pleasant and for a full time working father/husband I couldn't ask for anything more.

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