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I highly recommend the TESU experience. I struggled with education throughout my life because I am 65% deaf (one dead ear, the other with damage due to childhood disease). Though I attended classes in everything from community college, to traditional four year, with a couple courses at an Ivy, it was TESU, its advisors, instructors and support staff that made my education worthwhile. I uncovered talents and capabilities for which I had not been aware. I graduated with honors! (And some of the course - especially the 6-credit specialties - were tough (to say the least). Certainly, if you have hearing impairment (which - like me - made traditional classroom courses VERY frustrating), then TESU is a most logical, and best, solution. Yes. There are frustrations from time to time, but nothing like I've read in the low-star reviews. My advisor was nearly always available (we even had lunch). My professors were nearly always willing to help, especially if you treat your degree as an education, and not just a necessary piece of paper. Most exciting was that professors taught at prestigious colleges and universities across the country, and students were living around the world while attending classes! So the experience was eclectic and global. But no matter your situation, if you're serious about learning, go for it!!
Do not go here, the academic advisors lie about their appeal/grievance process, and when you do appeal any decision it goes back to the first person who turned it down to start with. Corrupt, deceptive, and against the ethical statement of their accrediting agency! They try to force you to take courses there to raise their income when you are almost finished with your degree, even if you need a course from elsewhere. Corrupt! Dishonest!
Flexible, supportive and innovative are the words that come to mind when thinking about TESU. If you have life experience or credits from another school that you haven't been able to consolidate into a degree. I was able to complete my degree at TESU completely online with amazing professors. It was well worth the time and if they offered a MSW I would be a student there now. If I could give TESU more than 5 stars I would.
I agree with an earlier review that stated if you just want a degree on your resume, this would be a good place to go. As long as you don't mind not having a mentor that truly cares about your grades and understanding of the material. I have had homework graded correct when I know for a fact it was incorrect, confusing explanations when I asked a question about material I didn't understand, and schedules from the mentors that only give you a window of opportunity to contact them when it is convenient for them but not at all convenient for you. Since adults attend this college while most of them are working, the mentors should have somewhat flexible schedules for the students to contact them. There is virtually no help avaiable for their online courses. You are on your own. And believe me, I did try everything outside of the school to succeed. But, again, working full time, I do have time constraints. I was not happy either once I looked again at their curriculum. 60 credits of general coursework is ridiculous to me at this stage in my life. I'm not 20. On the plus side, they did accept most of my credits from my associates degree although they wouldn't accept federal taxation and I was never given a decent explanation why.
I am a current student of TESU. I am 3/4 the way to my BA in Environmental Studies. My experiences with this school have been for the most part positive. I am a veteran and their liaison office was very helpful in getting my credits transferred and helping me get started. I have had mentors that were great and very engaged. I have also had mentors that wouldn't respond to emails and had little to no interaction with the class. Mentoring online or non-traditional classes is a part time job that professors at traditional schools use to supplement income. The flexibility was a major draw for me and it has worked out well. If you can handle working mostly independent, then you will succeed. I will agree that the midterm and final exams need to be revised. I have had relevant testing and I have had tests where I don't even remember the information being asked. All in all it works for me and I will continue until I finish my BA. I am even considering a MA degree, but that will have to wait until I am done.
Current online student. Not bad but some definite problems. The administration, as far as the school administration, is very helpful and easy to reach. The basic functioning of the university is done well, but there are some real problems with the classes. This may be due to this being my first online learning, and especially due to learning a science online. If you have questions for the teacher very few get back to you, and rarely in a timely fashion. It is very hard to know what exactly to learn for the exams. They give you a study guide with very broad outlines and usually ask very specific questions. The options are learn every detail of a given chapter to apply only a small fraction on assessment, or score poorly. It feels like I am learning mostly from youtube and then the school gives me a degree.
I am a current student at Thomas Edison State University, and I have to say this school is horrible at providing support to its students. Please stay away, my personal data were hacked, I scheduled appointments for Academic advising and when I call I get the running around. I was informed to take classes that doesnt even go towards my degree. The representative for different regions dont even answer their phones or no longer work in their assign office. I should have gone to a different school. I feel like they just collecting money with no good results. I cannot wait to be done with this mess and go somewhere I can get my moneys worth. I wish 0 star was an option.
If you are in the military please look around before entering into a degree plan with this school. I have gotten the run around and completed almost 34 additional credit hours that cannot be used towards my degree. As I started talking to fellow soldiers I found 3 other people who had the same issue. There are other options for the amount of money. Use your military benefits to benefit you.
Ive been going to this university on and off for a few years now and as the years pass, theyve gotten more and more difficult to deal with. The biggest issue that I have been having with them lately, besides the general attitudes of their mentors and staff, is that they want everyone to conform to their scheduling. I go to this school and take classes online for CONVENIENCE and what they want is for their students to take back to back classes all year long without any break in between. I like to have a month break in between semesters and Im paying for the education so I dont see why this cant be accommodated anymore. There was never an issue until this year. Now suddenly if you dont conform to their schedule, they hold your school loan. Mine is currently 7 weeks late. The semester is over. If youre a working student, generally you need some of that money to help with bills. It can be hard to get by without it and thats the position that Im currently in. I was expecting this money nearly two months ago and they keep giving me the run around about it. At the end of the day, its my money and they have no right to hold it.
I chose TESU because it was the only option my current job allows. It has its upsides. They're very generous with credit transfers. They offer a highly flexible schedule, both through the nature of online programs and by allowing students to enroll in classes at the start of any month. Their tuition costs are relatively affordable. TESU is a great school if your only interest is to put a degree on your resume from somewhere accredited with as little time and effort as possible. What TESU won't offer, however, is any kind of effort on their part to teach you anything. This is what you can expect from all your classes: 1. Buy your required books. 2. Do end-of-chapter activities and soulless forum participation (95% of the time utterly ignored by professors) by Sunday of every week. Unless you're taking a "Guided Study" course, which is just a flowery way of saying you won't be required to talk to other students on a forum. 3. Take midterm and final exams that are often filled with questions that don't even gauge your understanding of concepts, but rather your ability to memorize minutia scattered throughout the book. I understand it's not easy to provide education through an online platform, so I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt on this. Actually, scratch that; it's very easy. There are countless resources online. Most are amazing. Many are practically free. Average people are doing on Youtube for hardly any ad revenue what TESU is apparently incapable of doing for $7,000 a year per student. I watched videos of (free) Carnegie Mellon lectures, yearning to be back in the presence of someone who offers substance, rather than someone who is probably spread far too thin and forced to grade as many assignments as possible for the sake of cutting corners. TESU is thoroughly solidifying my cynicism of higher education. We're not paying to learn. We're paying for permission to work.