University of New England Reviews
I signed up for the MSW program at UNE in early 2016. The course material was both challenging and interesting. I compare the course work to University of Victoria online that my spouse attended and Walden University that I previously attended to find the quality, quantity and difficulty of the work to be roughly equal. I was really excited about this university (UNE) as their reputation is very good. However, I was somewhat disappointed in the complex and confusing portal to access services. That is, the student services portal, blackboard, the library, the book store, finances and other services all operate independently. I realize this is how Brick and Mortar schools operate... each unit in a different building with its own network system and administrators (a series of small kingdoms)... it does get clunky and obstructive in the online space... that is, I felt continuously like I was burdened but he interface instead of focusing on the material I was learning. I completed 4 courses (all above 90%) but left the UNE for Walden due mostly to feeling like the interface clunkiness was holding me back and causing me undue stress. The faculty of UNE were top notch and the course material first rate, but I just did not feel part of a cohesive system of learning there.
Attending the University of New England is a smart choice for Nursing students. During my interviews with possible employment managers often compliment me on attending the university. It is an expensive and difficult program, but they prepare you to be a great nurse.
The University of New England provided me with the knowledge I now have to further my career, and graduate degree. I have wanted to become an occupational therapist since before I can remember. The health, wellness, and occupational studies major laid out a specific curriculum in which I would be able to succeed. Not only was my program very influential to my success, I have seen similar success in others whom go to UNE. There are many aspects of this university that are available to aid in student success. The professors have very reasonable office hours, as well as the ability to email back in a timely manner. There is the Student Academic Success Center, in which tutors are available to help with the courses students could have difficulty with. The career services office provides students with practice interviews for future jobs or graduate schools, professional clothing, resume building, and a sense of support for the future. Being a transfer to this school, I had always felt welcomed and had a sense of support by my advisors and fellow peers. The University of New England enabled me to prosper, and work to my potential, if not higher. I am fully comfortable with saying that the University of New England is a great college for someone who is looking to be successful and influential in the future. Not to mention the aesthetic quality the college provides being right on the ocean. The University of New England is a top notch school.
UNE is expensive, but I felt it was worth it. The courses are all online which is best for me. I was able to work full time as a teacher and spend time with my family while earning my degree. My advisor was amazing and most of the professors were great. The work was easy for me, but I found that it taught me a lot and provided me with a degree I can be proud of. I was very disappointed that they do not offer a Doctoral degree that would meet my needs. I would have loved to continue my education with them!
My program in Educational Leadership is very attainable for someone working full-time. The online support from the admissions process to coursework is amazing. I would recommend this school to anyone looking to complete a degree or certificate program online.
Though it was over priced, I got a fairly good education. The most important thing in college is self motivation. If you have the will to do the work and create your own opportunities, it doesn't matter where you go.
Great masters program for working professionals! Instructors and online staff were all helpful and supportive of all students despite the distance learning environment. Highly recommended for self-motivated students seeking an alternative to the classroom learning environment. Courses were well-structured and organized.
This program seems more concerned with protecting themselves from litigation by non-compassionate conservatives than protecting liberal, moderate, compassionate conservative, pro gay rights and women's right students from emotional and psychological harm in discussion forums and group work. This school is around 80% female and a male student in our class expressed his very strong anti-abortion views in a discussion board. Several other students chimed in to express their support for him and congratulate him for speaking up and wrote things like, "the life to save is the life of the unborn". Despite the fact that this student was displaying textbook passive aggressive behavior and writing things like "I'll be a damn good social worker", "those people should be more responsible with their sex lives"....."many people can't have kids"....."I don't care if I sound like a misogynist"..., I was told that after expressing my concern that this student was unprofessional and acting unethically, I must have a phone conversation with him with our professor on the line and work out our problems with each other. This was beyond degrading and psychologically abusive. I was expected to give my personal phone number to a raging anti-abortion advocate and listen to him further express his feelings of entitlement to bombard us with his views on discussion boards. For every 5 incredible social workers they graduate, they go out of their way to dismiss intolerance as belief systems deserving of respect and coddle and nurture a future generation of "social wreckers" in the process. In another course, I was in a women's rights task group and one of the members decided to make a web page advocating for women to have free access to fertility treatment and another member felt female genital mutilation was an issue she couldn't imagine how to advocate against that she should provide resources for people who want to get FGM without judgement. The fertility treatment advocate actually tried to take credit for my work at the end of the course and claimed my webpage was her own. Even though you may be working full time and have a family while you take courses they expect you to do group work with people who are lazy, and don't want to work if it is inconvenient for them and display textbook passive aggressive behavior on-line. If you don't want to put up with this because you have no time and you expect maturity and accountability in graduate students, they will isolate you and publicly shame you for not working this out with those students. I suspect there are faculty members with radical ideas that should not be implemented as classroom policies who they refuse to call out for their psychologically abusive learning tactics. I love this school but I worry about being apart of something that fails to recognize their complacency with intolerance and excessive coddling of passive aggressive and socially loafing students.