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My Bachelor's and Associate's degrees are both from brick and mortar schools. When I decided to go back to school for my MBA, I quickly realized that the 4-month semesters at the traditional brick and mortar university were not working for me. In the traditional university's MBA program, I also felt out of place, being a tenured professional in a class full of full-time students who do not have jobs and who are completely dependent on their parents. After I took a couple classes at Strayer, I realized that it was the right type of program for me because it caters to adult professionals who are in the workforce. Matter of fact, Strayer holds its classes in my place of employment because there is a lot of interest. Strayer offers classes online, in case you move out of the area or your schedule no longer permits for face-to-face class instruction. I prefer to attend class in person. I appreciate the 12-week sessions at Strayer, compared to the 16-week semesters at more traditional schools. Those last 4 weeks seem like an eternity. I know this because at one time, I was taking a class at Strayer and a class at a traditional school, simultaneously! Overall, my education thusfar at Strayer has been excellent. I'm being taught by professionals who work in the field in which they teach. Strayer uses "BlackBoard" for posting assignments and grades online, and it's very easy to use. I'm happy w/my choice to pursue my MBA at Strayer.
I would advise anyone to stay away from this school. I too was sucked into Strayer, everyone was so nice and helpful and really got me excited about taking online classes with them. Some of my professors were great and others were only there for the paycheck, but I think you will find this at any school. My dissatisfaction with Strayer came at the end of my HR Management Certificate program. I called the school to find out what I needed to do to finalize everything in June of 2011. I was told that I was all set, and I informed them that I would not be walking for graduation. Later that summer I still didn't receive my certificate in the mail so I called them up, I think I owed something like $26 so I paid that and was told my certificate would arrive in the mail. I never received my certificate in that time I moved and got married. I never followed up on the certificate because I really didn't need it or want it fort that matter. Fast forward to 2014 when I go to refinance my condo and find out that in 2013 Strayer sent me to collections for $130 and this has completely damaged my credit score. I called them up immediately to find out what is going on, of course no one would assist me and told me I had to deal with collections. I had no choice but to pay this amount to start rebuilding my credit score. Strayer had no explanation for why they told me back in 2011 that I was all set and why it took them over a year after I completed my degree program for them to even attempt to contact me. I have filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau to demand a refund. I did my due diligence to follow up on what I owed to the school to graduate and they did no do theirs and now my credit score is ruined. I have found from other reviews on line that I'm not the only student this has happened to. Bottom line is that Strayer's goal is enrollments and getting your money. Once you pay they stop responding to you, don't waste your money on this institution, they are not in the business of education and are solely focused on making sure they make money.
Strayer Administrators are vested in their students and work very hard to accommodate individual needs. The admissions representatives and financial aid department were always very helpful; I could not have asked for better professors. I started taking classes at the Henrico, VA location and then transitioned to online courses after I had my first child. Strayer made it very easy to make the transition and provided flexible scheduling. I don't recall having any issues with course availability. The students are mature and the online courses are very interactive, I never felt isolated. Usually professors respond quickly to questions and are available for office hours, if needed. Course delivery is excellent and if there ever were any technical issues... they have a dedicated technical support staff and respond quickly. Overall, my encounter with Strayer University was an extremely positive and rewarding experience.
I attended a brick and mortar school and ultimately dropped out. Some of my classes had 50+ students in them and it was frustrating. A few years later I went back to another brick and mortar and it was hard to find the time to attend classes, but I got an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Financial Management. Because of my job, I had to move around a lot and work crazy hours. I knew that online schools were going to be my only option. Strayer has a lot of different degree options that they offer and they accepted all of my credits. It took me just over four years to complete my Bachelor in Business Administration, but it's done and I'm proud of the hard work I put into it. While going to school it has helped me receive recognition at work and I was placed in a management position when I neared the end of my education. I found that online school took more dedication from me because I had to write a lot more papers and responses to other students than had I just sat in the back of a class. Strayer isn't perfect though. The financial office is pure crap and it's hard to get a hold of someone if you have a problem. One of my advisors was a complete turd. Some of the instructors are great and other ones seem like they're there just to get a paycheck, but I can assure you that this isn't the only college or university that has those professors. You really have to keep on top of what classes you need to be taking and your finances because you're not going to receive much help from Strayer. As far as transferring my credits from my BBA? I've been accepted to another school in another regionally accredited area for a Master of Public Administration and all of my classes have transferred.
Ashburn Campus I received my associates in 2010 from a community college and transferred to Radford University in the fall unfortunately due to some certain money circumstances I had to leave Radford University. I decided to work and go to school at the same time and I heard from a friend that Strayer allowed you to do that. When I decided to take all of my credits and get them transferred to Strayer getting in was no problem along with signing up for classes, and it just so happens I was only ten classes shy from my degree. I am now in my last semester with Strayer and all I have to say is that if you want to get your degree here prepare to work you ass off. With that said, in reading these other reviews, I have all the answers, multiple people have said that you have to write in APA format, yes that is correct. It’s not hard it just takes some time. Another writer said that you can purchase these papers and their material is old, yes that is true HOWEVER before you turn in papers you must turn it in to a website that knows if you plagiarized so if you are a copy and paster your screwed. Strayer has been awesome for me this past year, I graduate in a few months and I am very happy. For all you haters on Strayer I’m only 22 and I will be attempting to get my masters from this school this upcoming fall semester booyaa.
This particular Master's of Science in Management with Leadership Emphasis has done nothing for my career. It has not had a positive impact on any area. Strayer closed the schools in the middle of my learning which had a very negative impact on my motivation and learning. They laid off everyone, they lied and stated that they would give students a 500$ laptop grant because some students were using the schools resources. The money that was allotted came from the students financial aid and not from Strayer. My instructors and Dean at the Bloomington campus were awesome and gave me that extra push I needed to continue when the homework became overwhelming. Everyone you speak with is over the phone or online. It gets confusing. The amount of homework that the school has is ridiculous, its not catered to working adults, when you have 11 weeks of school and 5 assignments which consist of 6 pages or better. With the instructors not being flexible. I just wouldn't recommend this school.
I started in Fall 2009 with a vast amount of transfer credits, the most they had seen for a while. The key here is to keep all of your original paperwork no matter how small it is. They kept trying to add classes onto my schedule and lied about it even after I faxed paper work showing them they were wrong. Contrary to what they may tell you, they are not allowed to add to your course list after you sign up and as long as you stay in the program and don't have gaps. I ended up getting a lawyer and pretty much threatened them with a lawsuit before they would change things back.
Strayer University is a great school. I found the faculty and staff to be exceptional. They always responded to any questions/concerns that I had in a timely and professional manner. The professors go out of their way to ensure that you are able to understand the material. I highly recommend this school to anyone juggling multiple responsibilities.
I decided to return to school for my graduate degree in 2011 right after I gave birth to my daughter. I first attended University of Phoenix which is a very good school but it turned out that it was not the best fit for me. I was extremely hurt by my experience with the University of Phoenix as I was given inaccurate information concerning my academics. I do not feel that this was intentionally done by the University of Phoenix just an academic adviser who did not give me the proper information.
After my experience with the University of Phoenix, I felt very defeated but I was determined to obtain my MBA. I began to research graduate schools online that were located in the Jacksonville, Florida area(where I reside) and saw an advertisement for Strayer. I truly felt at ease in the school and everyone seemed warm and inviting unlike Phoenix. This is my third year at the school and I have two more classes in order to complete my degree. Every member of staff that I have called or spoken to in person have always been professional and approachable. I prefer the longer semester than the mini semesters of Phoenix and feel that I retain more information.
Before giving an assessment, please allow me to present the following facts: I do not work for Strayer; I currently hold an undergraduate degree from Strayer, and lastly, I am also currently enrolled in Strayer's online Masters of Science in Accounting program. Now that this has been established, I would like to move forward to the review.
In 2005 I graduated from a junior college (Community College) with a degree in business. Like most individuals, I immediately entered the work force. I was able to successfully attain a job with a popular known car rental company. I started off as an management trainee and then worked my way up into management (Branch Manager). At this juncture, life seemed too great--only until the recession of 2008 occurred. It was at this critical juncture, where the company decided to conduct layoffs to save money on personnel expense. In order to establish this, many of my colleagues and I, were forced to take pay-cuts, and restructure our bonus plans. It was also at this point where I my time was sure to end there as well. To better prepare myself--in the event of a layoff--I began to conduct job searches. But by this time most organizations required a Bachelors degree. I knew just having a Associates Degree was not enough. As a result, looking for a college became my number one priority.
The search proved to be difficult as well as tiring. For instance, most of the local universities were willing to accept all my junior college credits, but did not have flexibility in their class schedules. This proved to be challenging, considering as a father, I have to provide for--at the time--a five year old child. As a manager, most of my days of work ended approximately at 7pm. Commute time from work, was 30 to 45 minutes based on traffic. So most of the time, by the time I arrived home, it was time to help my son with his homework, and then eat dinner as a family with his mother. I began to ask myself: how can I fit classes into this hectic schedule of life? Needless to say, I was at a proverbial "dead-end."
It was not until I had a conversation with one of my friends-who coincidently graduated from the same local university that I was trying to enroll in--change my life forever. As it turns out, my friend was in the same "boat" as I was in, and was trying to attain his MBA, however because of class scheduling, and family constraints could not attend the school. In the conversation, he told me about Strayer University, and how the online classes allowed him the flexibility to attend class, while at the same attending to family matters.
So in blind faith, I gave it a try. In the beginning, I was skeptical and very negative about the process. But after meeting with the student support, I felt at ease about the situation. So in the fall of 2010 I enrolled Strayer University. As with everything, there was a huge learning curve, in adjusting to the online learning. From making sure to log-in to participate in the weekly discussions, to taking the timed quizzes, Strayer proved to be academically challenging. What was also difficult to adapt to, was the APA format. Most of the Strayer alumni who read this, will understand. My first two quarters at Strayer were very successful. Unfortunately, that was not the case for my job. After five years of service for the rental car company, they decided to terminate my job. Like most individuals in 2011, I was unemployed.
In keeping a positive spirit, I used this timely wisely and updated my resume. One of the sections that needed updating was "Education." Although I did not possess a Bachelor's Degree, I felt it was important to put I was attending Strayer to at least illustrate to employers I was still continuing my education. Once my resume was complete, I decided it was time to go job hunting.
In utilizing all my networking channels, I finally received a positive lead. It came in the form of a flyer that my mom left on the bed in my old bedroom as a child. On the flyer, my mother wrote: "attend this job fair, because it is for the government, and the government has better health plans, and benefits than private sector and so forth." I thought to myself, "I have a lot gain and nothing to lose!" That weekend I attended the government job fair and with several copies of my resume, with my best suit. During the fair I met plenty of recruiters; some from the Department of Labor, Department of Treasury, and Department of Defense. I made sure to speak with every recruiter with a hand-shake and a smile. I also gave a brief presentation of my skills and experience as a manager. The one agency that actually showed interest was the Department of Treasury. Although I was not offered any job, I left the job fair feeling at least I gave it a shot.
A week later, to my surprise the Department of Treasury called with a job offer as a Human Resource Specialist. I was in so much disbelief about the offer, that I began to think to myself they had the wrong candidate. So many thoughts were processing in my head: "how can this be? I only have an Associates Degree." Finally, the recruiter mentioned that my past experience, along with me attending Strayer and working on my Bachelors, were the determining factors.
It has been a year later; I am still employed with the Department of Treasury. Furthermore I graduated from Strayer with my Bachelor's in Business. I have also performed really well in the HR role--so much, that now I am receiving training as a Supervisory Accountant. The agency will offer tuition reimbursement for my classes as long as I maintain a 3.0 GPA. By far this has been up and down roller coaster ride this past couple of years. And finally, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
For the skeptics who read this, and think: "this story is full of fluff" and/or "it is Hollywood scripted." I can truly attest to you, that Strayer played an integral role in the recruiter's decision in hiring me. Concerning the critics of Strayer and other online platforms, suggesting these are not reputable: I am proof that my Strayer Degree has afforded me a opportunity of gainful employment, it has also allowed me a tremendous work/life balance, and it has also allowed me to spend more time with my family.
To make a generalization that online programs are inadequate because they are not AACSB accredited is at best inaccurate. This type of language --in my personal opinion--should be left out of scholarly discussion, because it creates anxiety for students who are already experiencing challenges of everyday life. I find these types of post to be unmindful and at the same time abrasive. If accreditation was really important, why did the Department of Treasury hire me? If accreditation was really important, why did the agency start me off with a salary that exceeds what some MBA graduates make from accredited universities? Many skeptics in return, may suggest my story is the "exception to the rule, or here is case where "someone snuck through the cracks." To these skeptics I ask you this: where is your proof? Where is your evidence? Provide me with one shred of evidence that supports your case. Where are your references that support your stance.
The irony in all of this is that Strayer gives students the one key ingredient in order to gain success. It was this same ingredient that our founding fathers used when exploring America for the first time— that ingredient was called opportunity.
Lastly, let us all not forget about the power of technology where it is going. Technology is rapidly changing the world. Social Media allows us to connect to friends across vast distances. Music can now be downloaded in two minutes from iTunes. GPS gives us the confidence to travel afar. Hospitals are now emailing X-Rays to India, to save money on personnel expense. Google is now experimenting with a driverless car. And now, E-learning gives students the opportunity to get an education while in the comfort of your own home. Folks, we are in a transitional period where things are changing right in front of us. Online schools are not going anywhere, and will continue to thrive.
In fact most brick and mortar schools are recognizing the benefits of online learning and are now implementing them in their programs. In fact Harvard University is running a test pilot program of its own. Rutgers University has its own online Accounting program. So here are crystal clear examples of mainstream universities adopting E-Learning. Concerning prospective students reading this post: do your research! E-learning may not be the best option for you. If that is the case, brick and mortar is always available.