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I am currently attending Rasmussen College Online. I am 45 years old and have raised my family and lived life while intermittently taking classes at a local community college. I have always taken the online version whenever offered. Recently, I decided to look for an option with more flexibility and I started to search for online programs. I have known many people who have successfully completed online degrees that greatly helped their careers. I must say that I do not take all the programs seriously. After a year and a half interrogating and pricing these colleges, I decided on Rasmussen. I have not been disappointed. I feel that I am receiving a quality education. Both the instructor-led and credit by assessment courses offer knowledge on a college level. They are taken seriously by the instructor. Papers are written with sources and graded with integrity. Discussion forums are respected and if a student does throw in an lol it is addressed. In my opinion, in reading the negative reviews, the common issue is that the students are not disciplined enough to complete an online program. They want their degree handed to them and when it doesn't go their way they leave a negative review. I have spoken to universities to continue a bachelor after I complete my associates and they have all agreed to honor the credits that I am receiving with Rasmussen. One thing I have personally learned in my lengthy career is that unhappy people are more likely to post a review than a happy customer.
I would recommend not attending Rasmussen. I just completed their associate program for HR and Organizational Leadership and an left wondering where to go from here. I understand that online school you really need to put the time and effort into things if you want it to work, however, I felt that Rasmussen's Instructors didn't care. Most of their instructors work for Rasmussen part-time while holding very high jobs such as IT Directors and even CFO's and professors at more prestigious schools. It seemed as if most professors took their full-time positions more seriously and didn't give any effort into their jobs at Rasmussen. Another issue I had with Rasmussen, is the advisor's lack of follow up and communication with you regarding your program progress. I was less than a month away from my graduation date, my advisor told me I was on track to graduate, but after calculating my credits, I realized I was a whole 4 credit class short. I wrote my advisor and she made me pay a $99 fee for a test out class so I could graduate on time. After going back and forth about this, I was refunded my $99 due to the mistake of the school and not checking my progress correctly. Lastly, I feel that my degree has given me ZERO pull when applying for jobs. As Rasmussen is smaller and only regionally accredited, companies will overlook your education if they don't really recognize the school. Also, you can't compete against other people with the same degree who have gone to a better school. I reached out to the career services advisor and that was the biggest joke of them all. This advisor is supposed to give you advice on job searching, resume advice, etc but all he did was tell me to go to the Optimal Resume website that has resume templates on them. Funny thing is I used an exact template from that website, emailed him a copy of my resume to review and all he says back was "there is good info on your resume, however the formatting is wrong" and directed me to go to the same website that I got the exact template on. I am continuing my education elsewhere at this point.
Please please please don't waste your time nor money on this school and their broken promises. First off the only way to communicate to anyone is through a computer screen (or until they feel you owe them money, and all of a sudden you get phones calls and numbers to actually talk to someone other than through the computer) they cram all this information into 5.5 week courses and you don't have time to actually learn or grasp what your are reading or learning, you get to a point where you are only reading what you need to finish an assignment or the infamous group discussion. Every week you have a discussion, 2-4 assignments, quiz, and at week /module 6 you have a big project that you term in at the end of the course. The so called advisors that they assign you to will lead you on a path to destruction. Don't believe the hype about cheaper tuition (thats a lie), they charge you a fee for the downloading of the books for the courses you take (but dont fail that class and have to take it again, they charge you again for that book even though you may have had it last quarter or so). If you dont take anything else from my review please please hear me when I say dont waste your time nor money at Rasmussen.
Communication is an issue no matter who you are trying to contact. If you email, you will get a form letter response from a general email address that will not address your question. If you call, you will leave a message after the recording says they will get back to you within a timely manner. You will never be called back. If you ask about your grade, some teachers will send harshly worded responses while not answering your question. There are some good instructors, however, the experiences with the few bad ones far outweigh the benefits of the good ones. Your assigned "advisor" is a joke. Form letter responses with copy+pasted instructions or information. No effort to work with your individual situation even though the Homepage advertises "Putting Students First." The only way they put you first is so they can stand behind you and steal your wallet. Courses here are way overpriced for the content provided. I was working through a scholarship program so they were handling the finances through a prearranged agreement. After 18 months, out of the blue, I get an email saying I owe Rasmussen $9,000!!! After weeks of emailing and calling and emailing again and calling again, it turns out someone at Rasmussen didn't process some paperwork which resulted in some tuition not getting reimbursed. Even though it was a Rasmussen mistake, I had no recourse because the debt was so old. I had to pay.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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!
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.