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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.
I have read a lot of reviews criticizing the school and saying that credits do not transfer. I have attended Strayer since 2004 for a BS in Information Technology with an emphasis on computer networking from the Charlotte, NC area. During the past 8 years (I have typically only taken 1 class a quarter), I have taken both online and in-class courses, and even moved the credits around. I enrolled in a local community college several years ago for their CCNA program. I found most of the classes I had taken transferred to the community college. I did this on purpose, not because I needed them for the course, but I wanted to see if they would be accepted. My oldest son just enrolled in UNC Charlotte. They have a website that will show you what will transfer from other colleges. I checked, and while there were not a huge number, there was a list of courses, from Strayer, accepted by UNC Charlotte.
As with any school, I have had good professors and bad. Some have been very strict on protocol and citing, particularly in papers. I took Sociology a few years ago, and received a zero on my final, 15 page research paper. The professor said she would change it once I corrected a citation. She had a paragraph she felt should have been cited, and rather than just deduct points, she said she wanted it corrected. Once corrected, she changed the grade. I have also been able to find the books used about half the time. Either on Ebay or some other site they can be found, but the main problem is if it is one that has a required lab environment. In those cases, you generally need an access code that is sold with the book as a “bundle.”This is now the second company I have worked for since starting Strayer, and neither has had a problem doing tuition reimbursement for the classes I take. I would think if they didn’t feel the degree had any value, then they would not reimburse the tuition. I have to go through an approval process ahead of the classes to get them approved from the company. This has never been a problem. .There are courses I can get away without really studying, but that would be because they are related to my career. These are mostly the computer and networking classes, and since I have worked in IT for over 20 years with various certifications like MCSE, CCNS, A+, and Server+ a lot of the information I have already learned. Overall, I think you will learn a lot, if you take the time to actually study the material. As with anything, it is what you chose to make out of it. See for yourself, the link below will tell you which courses from Strayer transfer https://selfservice.uncc.edu/pls/BANPROD/ywsktrar.P_Disp_States
I am a current Strayer University student and am enrolled my last quarter of classes. I originally started my degree at the Huntsville Campus and I must say I loved it. I was only enrolled there for my first three quarters.
The staff was very prompt and friendly. The classes were relatively small and the professors were willing to give extra one on one attention to whoever required it. Because of my job situation, I had move to the Birmingham area. The staff is ok.
They're not as friendly and attentive as the Huntsville campus, but the quality of professors have still been of good quality. I have learned a lot in my curriculum of management and am able to apply the skills I have learned to my current job. A word of advice, with all business exchanges things can happen. Keep records and documents of who you talk to. No one and no school is perfect. My overall experience in the Alabama area has been positive.
Your credits will never transfer to a good school--you will be charged too much for your classes--there is no student support--you will learn nothing at a college level.
Strayer is a for-profit school, with the cost of classes way out of proportion to what they are worth. I have had more than one class with a teacher that clearly had no familiarity with the subject they were teaching. Online classes are a total joke--many of the students are very obviously using Engish language translators and post indecipherable work and still get passed.
I intended to get an Associates Degree and then transfer to a good school in the Virginia public university system. NO STATE UNIVERSITY WILL ACCEPT THE ASSOCIATES DEGREE FROM STRAYER. I have to enter as a Junior. No decent school will accept the online classes. The worst advice I ever took was to go to Strayer. Go to a good community college instead.
I called in advance to have my classes dropped for the summer of 2010 (July). I never reached anyone, no one called me back from my messages, but now they want to charge me $1700.00 for a drop fee, which I tried to stop this in advance.
Now I can not enroll in school anywhere because they are holding my transcript. That to me just even more shows they care more about the money than education of helping. When I called long distance they kept transferring me to voice mails which no one has returned my calls. I first started to contact them in August of 2012 Its now November, and nobody has called to help or given me any advice. When you first enroll at Strayer they tell you do not go to the head office, they want you to resolve the issue with them. I should have taken that as a warning sign.
In the beginning, I had a very good experience with Strayer. At the time, I had an advisor who actually seemed interested in what I wanted to do. He got the process started and completed quickly and my classes were great. A year later, I was introduced to a new advisor who was the opposite. The new advisor would forget to send my registration information resulting in a class being dropped. When I contacted the school, another student support staff ensured me "You will be enrolled next quarter..." Needless to say after all of that, I was not.
Further, my advisor registered me for a class (my final class). I reminded him that I needed to take a seminar prior to. He tells me "Oh, no not with you major. This is something new." I asked him if he was certain on several occasions. At any rate, the day I purchase my book, I realize, wait, this is not the class I should be taking. I contacted the school and sure enough, the advisor had mistakenly registered me for a class I did not need and this was to be my last class. I was very upset. He admitted to reading my registration form and was not sure why he enrolled me in the wrong class. I contacted the dean who was able to over ride this and enroll me in the class I needed. I finally finished in June 2012. I DO NOT, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT recommend this school to ANYONE.
I spent 2 years at the university. In 2 years I had 5 different deans. Everyone well promise something and they just mislead you 'till they get your $$$$. after that you're on your own.
The tell you to open a ticket, and that's it. The Staff are unprofessional and don't know nothing, except agreeing with everything you say, 'till they get there money or if you ask them to put it in writing. Take my advice and save your money, by going with a cheaper U.
I have now attended Strayer for over a year now. I am about to start on my 6th quarter this fall. Lets get one thing straight: I LOVE the online classes because of its flexibility and the way its set up. I have really gotten a lot out of my classes for management and all but one of my instructors were phenomenal. The educational experience has been the only thing that has kept me with this university. If it weren't for that, I would leave in a heartbeat. Every single quarter, the business office has managed to mess up my registration and/or financial aid. You can't make heads or tails of their accounting records on your student page. Each class is $1725 and you take two of them a quarter.
You can either break it up into monthly plans (to cover what financial aid doesn't cover) or apparently most people pay it out in full. I don't have that kind of cash so I go on the payment plan. The way their "system" if you even want to call it that works is that your classes all have to be paid for before you can register for the next quarter. If you are on the payment plan, however, this makes it impossible. My classes constantly get dropped and without any notification what so ever. On top of that, the financial aid got messed up and disbursed a very small amount and then later on it did a huge amount. Again I was not notifiied of any of this. I stumbled upon it when I figured out a new quarter was starting and I had NO classes. I went up to their offices not once, not twice, but four times trying to straigthen things out. Due to their poor record keeping and knowing what is going on, Strayer had me apply for a direct plus loan since I was told I didn't have enough funds for school.
Now we are in the situation of having too many loans AND my next quarter classes were magically dropped again. I still have another TWO years to deal with this every 3 months. You have to wonder if it really is worth it to stay with these guys. I have had nothing but positive experiences with the actual course work and the college part, but their systems and support are so insufficient it's not even funny.
Attended for about one year and from day one I did not have good feelings about it. DO NOT TRUST THE STAFF (Unprofessional and Retarded). They will lie to you and mislead you in every department.
I am now in process of transferring back to regular university in NOVA and for a lot cheaper!