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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.
University of Phoenix was a great experience for me. I finished with a 3.5 GPA and you absolutely get out what you put in. The problem is a lot of veterans as with most first term and out wanted it to be easy. I never had a problem with my financials always got paid on time. The problem most had is they didn't know how the system worked. Bottom line is, you will study and use the same curriculum as any college out there with the advantage of an extensive library that is and will always be available to you. Do not let the haters deter you from University of Phoenix it is very advantageous for those who are working full time and wanting to further their education. On campus greater than online.
Honestly I find their online forum to be betrer than most online schools. I llike rhe structure of everything but what is upsetting for me is the financial aspect. More importantly the lack of assistance should things become difficult. I am a full time stufent while workikg full time in an executive management position. So itnis taking me a while to earn my degree while balancing both. Through financial aid they have collected more than $30k for my schooling. I am now down to about 10 courses to finish and earn my bachelors degree in business management, and am to the point where i have to pay some oop for courses as federal aid onmy gives so much. I ended up with a $3k balance which was hard to lay as a single working woman, took me a while but i was able to borrow from family and get it paid. I was out of school for a year, now that it is paid and trying to get back in they are not helpful at all. So basically they collect over $30k on my behalf, i dont have a degree and now they ignore and are not helping or responding so i can get back in class? Just seems like very poor business practices and a lack of care as to the education process. I mean lets be honest over $30k is ridiculous pricing for an online school anyway so to abandon students at the tail end because they took a little time to pay a balance that truthfully i dont even know why i would owe. The federal funding they get should be more than sufficient to pay for the full degree program with nothimg out of pocket. Dissapointed in their business practices. But i have no choice but to beg these people to respond and get me back in class since i and the government has invested way too much at this point. Just beware. If you are looking for a school to attend online i woild not pock UOP you will likely regret it and you may end up laying without ever earning the degree. Check your local colleges for online schooling or other online schools.
This University is fast-paced, finishing a class every five weeks; it is up to YOU whether or not you earn those three credits after that. How bad do you want it? They have an LOA option that I utilized a couple of times to take care of things and take a 'little break' since the courses are one after the other. I do wish there were more graduating ceremonies in the state of Texas, though. Texas is such a LARGE state, and a lot of Texas students enrolled, having a ceremony every three months would be GREAT!
I have attended University of Phoenix for a number of years. I failed and withdrew classes not because of the school, I had personals reasons like taking care of my terminally ill father. Life happens and you deal with. You can't place blame on a school because you had special circumstances. I had to pay off a balance several times but that was because I withdrew so many times. When life calmed down I reentered and it was a little difficult but I was able to push through and earn my Associates Degree in Health Care Administration. This is a private University so yes it is expensive but they partner with a number of employers and you can have the price per credit reduced. I am now 9 credits away from earning my bachelors then off to my Masters at UOP. I attended on ground and online. Online has it's challenges and you have to be a self learner but I like the Flexibility as I have a full time job and I have a husband and 2 kids.
I took the AA in IT (Networking) program at UoP first. I absolutely had NO complaints about the school back then. I enjoyed the accelerated pace of the classes, found the projects to be very proactive and useful. However, I did notice that students who did not come from a technology background struggled with the program, and most of them dropped out. The degree targeted students who already had the basic computer knowledge needed for A+ certification, but I doubt their advisors told any of them that. When I was getting close to completing my AA was when the problems started. UoP restructured their classes. It forced me to retake several classes that I had already taken before. And then, I realized during that reboot; the textbooks had changed so much that I was having issues understanding the material, having already mostly completed the program based on the old books. I gave up, with only two classes left to go. I returned later for a BS in Communications. Let me say that their Bachelor's programs are horrendous. The pace is so accelerated, and so much material skipped, it's difficult to understand it. The worst part though is that it went so fast I wasn't able to retain ANY of it. The class order was weird, too - with technical classes preceding history classes. The part that ticked me off the most though was the group projects. My classmates were completely incompetent not only with the material we were learning but also with MS PowerPoint AND with working on a team. It hurt MY grade in the process. What has me done with this college though is the fact that I became unable to continue my classes due to a disability-related illness. Most colleges would give me an LOA of some kind. UoP, however, was not accommodating at all. I failed the class. Of course, not one to give up easily, I immediately started asking my advisor how I could get back into school. She ignored me. I asked about making payments. She ignored that, too. To make a long story short, I ended up getting reported to a credit agency, barred from taking any further classes and having my transcripts held hostage. The most messed up part is the credit agency didn't even understand why I was sent to them since I had been making payments on my balance. The school still shows my balance, too, and guess how I make the payments? Through the credit agency? Nope. I am making them through the school's campus website, just like before.
The online format is not for working individuals. The Blackboard does not work well and the instructors don't know how to use it which leads your assignments to be turned in late because of the wrong date being published on blackboard. Also most of the time you can't view all of the assignments so you get marked a Zero because you could not see it from your end. If you try to view instructor feedback you might not be able to see it. How can you learn in this environment. Learn how to use your resources UPX and teach your instructors. You are robbing people by failing them for not doing work that they can't even see. I'm very disappointed.
They'll tell you you can get online whenever you feel like it to take your classes. But then the teachers will give you assignments on days they feel like and just give you a zero so you actually fail your classes. Do not go online for your our fail.
TL:DR DON'T DO IT! The program is great but they are going to treat you like a step-child while taking your money! They are the largest FOR-PROFIT University in America, they are only interested in the money you're paying! The content and design of the program was rigorous but I still wouldn't recommend the program to anyone. I would reiterate other's comments regarding the schools money-centered mindset. The financial aid department is a hot mess. My financial advisor yelled at me because I wanted her to do her job, then refused to talk to me for the next year. Later, I learned the same person screwed up my financial aid and I wasn't being allowed to continued until it was fixed. My academic advisor was not helpful either. I have a Master in Education and asked to double up on the early classes because they would cover similar content. I was told to wait until I got the hang of the program. Two years later, I final got approval but then wasn't able to double up because I got to my dissertation writing process and I needed the time. Lastly, the entire dissertation writing and approval process has been exhausting. Not in the "I just wrote a book" way. It's the requirement that I'm in class to submit things (which is normal) but you have to register by X. I called the next day because that's when I finally got the all clear and we started 5 days of "I have to have written acknowledgement from you chair to add you to that class". But did they email my chair. NO! I emailed my chair, then forwarded that email. Then I got a response back that they need to hear directly from my chair. Did they email my chair then? Still NO! Finally get that all done and they decide to switch systems. Which means the 2 weeks of stress and 6 phone calls were for nothing because my class disappeared before I got a chance to start it. Now I'm done but not before I have to get final approval. I submitted in Nov 2018. Got it back with some good and some crazy remarks. Fixed those only to get it back again with again a few things and then some more crazy stuff (edits that don't make sense for APA). I submitted it again and it's been a month this time of just waiting for anyone (heck I'd take a monkey right now) to look at a dissertation that's been reviewed by 8 different doctorate-level professionals to be reviewed. I'm actually concerned I won't make the February registration date for graduation. And I can't really get a job yet because my degree won't post until they quit playing around!
Stay away from this school. They just trying to get your money. They will fail you for no apparent reason. I have never been more disgusted with the school like this one. At the beginning they will promise you the best education, support, and guidance thru whole process. What a joke!!! Don't waste your money or your time with school like this one.
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