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If you need something 100% online and easily accessed this is it. I have a wife and kids and find time to get work done. To be honest, taking one class every 5 weeks is way too slow. Anyone can do it. I found myself doubling up on classes because I wanted to finish sooner. There are minor issues with this online program which is expected. One is the new Blackboard format. It is not efficient and is difficult to navigate compared to the old format of the school. There are different requirements for each class on your participation which gets hard to follow sometimes. The most frustrating part is the group projects. Some people have terrible communication skills and expect you to be online every single day. A cool part is that you can complete all assignments for the entire 5 weeks in the first day if you want. So if you hit the books hard you have 5 weeks of no class work except for discussions. I loved the school so much I am enrolled for the masters program in December.
Good day everyone. Brief background on me. I quit school (high school) back in the day. Hit several dead ends over the years so got the GED, sat on it for a few years till I hit dead ends again and blah blah blah, here I am. For financing, I had to get loans. To my surprise, as an honor student the whole time there, I did not get any scholarships or grants that I applied for, including the small one offered by the school. Financial advisers really stunk then and likely do now as well. They are good with helping you get federal loans to so they get their money. Three stars only... Academically, they do not have online professors but more like educated and experienced facilitators. This actually works well because people with the education and years of real-world experience run the show. It helped with a lot of scenarios and general questions on the latest stuff out there. Now doing a class online is more challenging than brick and mortar so one is trading the convenience of online for the convenience of a preset learning environment. I could not do set times since my work times varied but had to work a bit harder to not only get the proper education but the asynchronous classes helped. Everything you need is available, except anything hand-on items. An example for me in IT would be a server to load of manage. I had to bug the IT guys at my work to let me use that equipment as my hands-on experience but there is a lot of IT that is done through a PC nowadays to manage servers remotely. Not really a lot of room to be lazy in an online class, unless you have low expectations for grades. I gave this category five stars. The degree program was almost seamless. There were no semesters but back-to-back five-week classes, usually one by one. Some doubled up on classes occasionally but that is for the unemployed. The normal pace was one five-week class followed by one week off. I exercised the option to omit the week off and blow through college. Classes were about 15 people with groups of four or five students for group assignments and individual assignments. Participation is required, similar to having to show up in class at a physical college. The facilitators overall were knowledgeable about the real world as it is today. A few were part of the grammar police but that is always helpful in writing properly and not seeming uneducated when I write policies and standards or even simple emails.We had online books for cheap or free (good ones too) and all kinds of software at deep discounts. The class structure is basically formatted by UoP so each class is easy to jump in and get started. With a good work ethic and a terrible boss, I was motivated! Gave the degree program five stars because of what the degree gave me. Five stars for this one. Lastly is the overall experience. Without ever stepping into a school, I have a BS in Information Technology. I had a few minor speed bumps along the way but nothing a quick call to the adviser could not fix. If you dedicate the time needed to learn your stuff, you can benefit a lot from the program. I never had a problem with any corporation with my online degree and my salary increase after graduating was about $20k once I moved into our IT department. Since graduating in 2007, I have had three promotions and am approaching the $100,000 club and am only at the highest rank and file level. Overall the school gets four stars. You really need to get on the ball and help students get some grants and scholarships. They slacked and lacked and only seemed interested in making sure you got the loans to keep going to school there. Online schools are not a walk in the park. I did brick and mortar full-time for one semester and aced them all, except GIS. The professor stunk and misled me on the final project. Grrrrrrr One more thing, I graduated and was offered the opportunity to fly out to the school and stand with my graduating class, if I wanted. I never was offered help or heard any mention anywhere of career services to help me land a decent job.
Okay, I would like to start by saying when I read some of these reviews it is as if I am reading the sad excuses team members would make to not participate or do the work effectively at school. Like others said, you get what you put into it. I am studying a topic that is interesting to me but also that I have some knowledge on so it has been helpful and insightful. I have had no problems with this school and immediately learned how to work with blackboard. Teachers DO NOT post assignments last minute, they are posted immediately when the class begins so students know what is coming up. Always be aware that people want things to come easy. I have watched several people drop from University of Phoenix purely out of laziness and not wanting to put in the work. Sorry, but again I have seen way to many people at this point complain about papers all because they couldn't understand basic directions or pay attention to the assignment deliverable. This is college, whether it is online or not, you have to read, watch any videos provided, study, contribute, participate and communicate in order to do well. I have had plenty of classes I did not like because of the topic at hand and i have also had professors that were very intense and fickle about how things had to be, but you adapt, you figure it out, because that's what you do in the real world. If you are not willing to put in the work it is not a schools problem, it is absolutely yours. This school challenged me and I am thankful for those tough classes and teachers because I actually learned.
The University of Phoenix is wonderful! Although there are many negative reviews note that this is a for-profit school, so they are not like the average university. Thankfully they have great credit transfer programs so I took most of my general education courses through straighterline, sophia.org, and study.com. Doing this made my program only two and a half years! Highly recommend the school because the classes are great and everyone is very helpful. My academic advisor and financial aid people are very helpful in any questions I have had. I feel that I am getting a great education just like I would at any other university.
I will begin by saying that enrollment was seamless. Financial advisement was always available and my counselor was attainable at all times (in the beginning). I found classes to be simple - not sure if it is because I never found school to be difficult or just because the courses were easy. Either way, they don't require too much brain power. I was forced, by personal reasons to take a break between my final Practicum I and Practicum II. I went into Practicum II with a 4.0. I lost points on a paper for not having feedback from my professor from Practicum I - well the class was 3 months earlier and i did not have that feedback. My final paper was graded and I ended the class with 0.3 points less than a A. I was given an Aminus which dropped by GPA down below a 4.0. I asked....no wait, I begged the school to reconsider and they basically told me that there is no different between my grade and 4.0 and not not worry about it. My instructor told me that she could no re grade my work - which is a lie. I am so upset with this University. Yes, I sound like a baby... No, I dont care. I worked hard for that 4.0. My reviews are just beginning... Love, An angry student
Well let's just say I paid for, worked extremely hard, and this school takes no bribes. After what happened with elite schools there's not much to say or make fun of any more..a graduate should be respected and judged on interview, resume, and other character points.
I have enjoyed all of my time at the University of Phoenix. They did an amazing job of taking into consideration my Associate of Science degree from Central Texas College, and all the other college credits I obtained from other colleges while I served in the Navy. The Management classes that I have taken at UofPhx were relevant to my work and will continue to be relevant as I move into higher management positions.
This online educational learning program gave me utmost respect to the online learning programs. To elaborate more on this online programs, I reside in American Samoa. This is a country that do not have access to Universities. I received my Masters in the University of Phoenix through their online program. I am thankful for online programs that we have a chance to work at the same time while attending college. And most of all, it gives us in American Samoa a chance not to leave families while at the same time working on our degrees online. The University of Phoenix offered diversity of online learning programs to meet the needs of different students and preferable learning programs. My masters was on educational learning programs. The professors were very professional in making sure that we meet all the requirements for getting a masters in education. The educational programs provided were of great help when I was working in the department of education. It gives me excellent opportunity to improve myself and be able to provide assistance to other colleagues in the schools. After getting my masters, I was able to work at the curriculum office to review standards and learning outcomes for students. I had the opportunity to supervise and trained teachers to apply effective teaching strategies in the classrooms. All in all, it was effective learning experiences from college that had the opportunity to apply in the workplace.
I am unsure what rating to give this school. I have just started here and so far it is cool. The thing I have a problem with is the finances. I am a veteran and I am using my education benefits so of course I receive bah but the school only reports a certain amount of days out of the month to the VA even though I full time therefore I do not receive my full bah amount. Typically 6 days are left out. I have researched and other school do not do this. I am unsure why UoP does. Just a heads up to the veteran out there using post 9/11 or Voc Rehab.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME I am a Vice President at a large health system with over 25 years of experience and elected to begin the doctoral journey. I should have realized there was a problem when acceptance to the school was based on nothing more than an introductory phone call. Initially staff were very attentive. My advisor contacted me frequently for the first 2-3 months. Now I only hear from my advisor (who change frequently) when I lodge complaints. Very inconsistent faculty. Feedback in one class contradicts the next creating havoc for my dissertation. The courses specific to healthcare administration are a bit better than research classes. However, for the most part you will be teaching yourself. I have excellent grades in all classes and truthfully dont know how, especially in statistics. I am sorry to say that the school is one notch above a diploma mill at best. If I werent so far along, I would stop and go elsewhere.
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