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The entire time I attended the University of Phoenix, I learned a lot and how to work with a team. The real workforce consist of working as a team, not an individual. The course work was not hard at all. Some of the classes were challenging but with research and resources that is how I was successful in making mostly A's the entire time. I used the library most for most of my papers and the chapters for the subject. I had positive classmates and few were laid back.
I had some personal crisis such as family deaths and I thank god for an understanding team. Always remember, a team is a group of people that work together to complete a single task. I have just completed the masters and survived a layoff with having a degree. I would recommend this University to anyone. I would love to teach at this school after completion, at least I know the protocol and what to expect from students because I was a student.
I started off at a local UoP campus, but, due to work pressures, I transferred to the online campus so I could attend class in my sweats, relax a bit, and not have to waste time commuting to and from class.
I didn't mind not going to class and not having "face time" with the instructor or fellow students. Doing the program online taught me vast amounts of self-discipline...I knew I had to "go to school" rather than go out for dinner, go to the movies, or watch TV. I also found the online program vastly more difficult. If anyone tries to tell you that an online program is a piece of cake, they are lying to you. Yes, with online there is minimal communication with the professors...some are better than others. There is minimal and sometimes frustrating communication (or non-communication) with fellow students. But, I can tell you one thing...if you didn't know how to express yourself via the written word...you will learn! If you were just "OK" at expressing yourself via the written word, you got better. And, employers WANT AND NEED people who can write intelligently, not just talk.
With the online program, every amount of success (or failure), even with the overall negative learning team experience, was up to me, and me alone. I was in total control.
Regarding learning teams, that was the only downside. Out of 29 classes I took with UoP, maybe two of them had positive learning team experiences. I never knew how many slackers there were out there...but, there seemed to be at least one on every learning team I was on.
But, as others have mentioned, this is true in the corporate world as well. The positive side of the negative learning team experience is to learn how to turn a negative into a positive...and, to learn how to deal with idiots you have to work with. And, sometimes those idiots are your bosses.
I just completed my BSCJA program (with a 3.81 GPA) and am looking forward to continuing my education by entering the Boston University Master of Criminal Justice program in the Fall via distance learning. Oh...I was happy to learn that there are no learning teams in that BU program.
I joined the military with only a HS diploma. I started with UoP because it was one of the few schooling options I had due to my work schedule. Face to face classes simply weren't and still aren't an option. I started with Axia which was a breeze. I finished that up and started into my Bachelors program. So far I have Aced my classes. Personally, I thought college would be considerably more difficult than this but then again I have no experience with a "real" college. I am not a rocket scientist but I am intelligent and capable. I am within a year of completing my Bachelors in Finance and haven't found the program to be terribly trying. I plan to continue with UoP pursuing an MBA majoring in Marketing.
Learning teams are good and bad. I have been on teams with people who seriosuly couldn't write a proper sentence or even use spell check. I have also been on great teams were we knocked every assignment out of the park.
I don't really "pay" for my education because I am military. I only cover the $75 resource fee. I do not like having to pay for e-books when I buy the real books for each class. This is huge for me because I pay twice for the same books. I don't have access to a computer but I do have the ability to take and read books during downtime. UoP doesn't give you the opportunity to opt out of e-books.
Counselors and advisors are what you make of them. Stay on them or don't complain. They have hundreds of students to keep up with. I have had mostly good experiences with the UoP crew. Some instructors were crap, other fabulous, then most of them are just mediocre.
For me this is my only real option. I plan on getting out in a few years and would like to be most of the way through my Masters. I can always transfer to a brick and mortal college when I get out and don't work 13hr days. Until then I do the best with the hand I am dealt. This school isn't for everyone, this is true. If you are proactive and dedicated you will take away a lot of great knowledge.
I have been going to U of P for almost a year now and I have not had any problems with the school until now. I failed a class and I am having a hard time with getting a hold of my advisers. Not only that they want me to retake the class next semester and I have to pay for it out of my own pocket. I understand with having to pay for the class but what I do not agree with is the school choosing when I take the class.
If I am paying for the class I should be able to decide when I retake the class. Also this school is very expensive and by the time I get my degree, I will owe the government and bank way too much!!!
I completed my MBA in Healthcare Management at Univ. of Phoenix, 2 years ago. My degree is of course regionlly and pragmatically accredited. My degree received he same amount of respect as any other regionally accredited degree.
I had no problems being considered for jobs as most employers I encountered only cared that the degree was accredited and fit their needs. I chose UOP because I wanted an MBA with a specialization in Healthcare, but most colleges or physical locations were far away and/or way too expensive. So I chose UOP and I have not regretted it.
The learning centers are very modern and intellectually stimulating; no immaturity. I highly recommend Univ. of Phoenix for working adult professionals who prefer to be in an environment that they can relate in terms of peer assembly.
I cannot tell you the nightmare I had with UofPHX/Axia online. It would scare you out of your skin.
Being in the military division of the school you would figure that these folks know how to do their jobs and do it effectively. NOT true folks.
When I found that I could go to school in the same amount of time and received my Bachelors at CTU instead of a AA at UofPHX I of course decided to transfer. So after my courses were done April 12th I canceled disbursement to UofPHX.
Here is the tricky part... I was suppose to received a Official Withdrawal form from my Financial Adviser. Nothing, and told me the manager would handle it. Nothing. A month later I get the letter from another adviser whom has nothing to do with my account. She processed it and had to wait 6 days for that. Only reason why I bring up 6 days is because I was told that it would only take up to 48hrs.
So they have essentially delayed my entry and not one person would apologize to me for it. Instead argued with me because NOW I was getting what I wanted, LATE. And did not recognize the lack in professionalism that should have prevented this delay by 3 weeks.
Here is another thing I have found out. I called financial aid departments of 5 different schools. UCDavis, CTU, Notre Dame and Penn. They all stated, and let me repeat, ALL STATED that this is a continued issues with dealing with UofPHX. I thought I was a bad apple or something. But it was clear now that it was 100% the failure and lack of professionalism by UofPHX.
Unless you have to, you will find better schools out there. Who knows you could be like me and finish in less amount of time too!
I am in the final stages of completing my doctoral degree in health administration.
After reading the various comments, perhaps what needs to be considered in selecting University of Phoenix On-line (UofP) courses is ones personal aims and desires. Indeed some of the courses were sophomoric, but essential. Some of the students were less than stellar, but I ignored them. Some of the instructors were excellent, some good, some mediocre, and some bad, but what institution is free from this array of instructors.
I received my BA, MA from the University of Wisconsin, and using the UW as a benchmark, I would count the content of my UofP courses no better or worse. At the doctoral level of education, it is about being fully responsible for ones learning and for what one will and will not take away from the experience. Learning is a self-reflective practice, one engages with it either fully or not.
Regarding the cost, again, the cost of higher education varies and to equate a school's legitimacy based on cost is a bit quid pro quo; again, if one has the opportunity to engage in higher learning, and receives the monetary means for doing it, one should just accept the opportunity and use it wisely.
Reflecting on the comments about the accreditation and the employers attitudes about an on-line degree. If the UofP was NOT accredited, there would be no federal or bank funds flowing to this institution. Secondly, I have encountered the negative attitudes about an on-line degree (trying selling this in New York City where one competes with the Ivy League crowd), but I have converted many with succinct, pointed, and detailed responses. It all comes down to how one sells her/himself, and this challenge is the reality of todays job market. Trust me on this; the Ivy League crowd is no smarter and no cleverer than the few UofP students I admired.
The bigger question is the role of on-line education for the BA and MA levels of education. I am still ambivalent about this, I think the in-person socialization experience associated with the BA and MA on-campus experience is essential and on-line classmates do not quite fulfill this aspect, in my opinion. The doctoral program, by nature focused on ones own research project, has been an ideal experience for me and the networking dimension has been positive.
Finally, administratively, I agree with many comments. UofP is a total nightmare, but again, I just approach it as if I attempting to resolve a complex billing issue with a credit card company or arguing a bill with the telephone company. What large, multilevel organization serving thousands of customers is free from this type of contemporary, institutional inefficiencies?
In summary, the money, time, and experience were well worth it for the doctoral program.
I was hesitant to enroll in U of P because of negative reviews. I am now almost finished with my graduate course work with a grade average of 4.0. I can tell you that the experience is what you make it. My instructors have all been attentive and accomodating. I have learned more than I thought and it's been worth every penny (yes, it is expensive.)
I had enrolled and needed to delay the start of my class. I called and had no problem doing so. Online learning was new to me and it does mean that you are totally responsible for getting the work in on time, posting comments, etc. Even with a power outage, etc. you can always go to a WIFI zone or the local library. I don't have evenings to drive to a campus of U of P was a good fit.
Formula for success =
1. Do your assignments on time
2. Communicate what you need
3. Don't complain-do the work!
I have been "attending" classes at University of Phoenix for two years. Like most experiences in life, the quality of education is what you make of it. If you take the time to do the work and research, you will get a lot out of this program. If you do the minimum, you will likely pass the classes, but you won't learn much.
Online programs are not for everyone. If I have a complaint about U of P, it's the low entrance requirements. I have found myself in classes with some people who cannot write a complete sentence, and who clearly devote very little time to their education, while others are great. This is a problem since up to 30% of your grade depends on group assignments. If you get a group of high-quality individuals, it's great. However, if you happen to get on a team of less capable people, your grade can suffer. In one class, I ended up doing all of the team assignments myself.
If you're serious about learning, and you're willing to take personal responsibility this is a great program. If you need a lot of support or you're looking for someone to keep you on track, you should probably look elsewhere.
The professors give you all the help you need and go out of their way to assist you. The course work is given to you all that you need to get your assignments done. I enjoyed all my classes and learned a great deal.