University of Phoenix Reviews
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Having attended both conventional schools and distance learning, I can say that online is more difficult and requires more discipline.
The classes are five weeks long, but they cram 16 weeks of learning into that time. Students were required to write at least two papers each week, one on your own and the other as part of a team. That's where the problems came in.
Students are not permitted to choose their teammates. They are, instead, assigned by the instructor. This can often lead to one or more members of your team dragging their feet while the rest cover their load. This was easily the worst part of my UoP experience, since students on the same degree track often found themselves on the same team class after class.
The good part is that the classes move very quickly and the books are almost all online. Even considering the extremely high tuition, I would recommend this school if you can take the pressure and have the diligence to set your own schedule. If I were to change anything, it would be to lower the tuition to something more reasonable and to eliminate the teams.
Overall this was the first school I decided to go back to finish my BA after taking a leave of absence from school and I would not recomend it to anyone. It is highly expensive and you can get "more bang for your buck" at other schools. It seemed like they were always raising tuition to match whatever my Financial Aid reward was, so there was never any money to get books. Also, the degree did not increase my earning potential and I ended up with about $78,000 in debt. I am now attending Capella for my Master's Degree and find alot of the things taught at UoP aren't really seen in a favorable light by many teachers and students, it is actually a thorn in alot of people's sides. If I had a say I would recomend another school....just do your research.
I would reccomend the university of Phoenix to any student that can not physically go to class or that is worried about travel cost or just enjoyes learning from home! I am a single mother of two kids and it would have been impossible for me to make it to four classes everyday! University of Phoenix allowed me the freedom to learn when it was convinent for me and it took the stress out of getting my degree! There are tons of choices of degrees available and the overall experience was much better than my experience with brick and morter universities! The Psych program through University of Phoenix made my degree possible for me!
My experience with online learning was positive. I found the majority of instructors to be knowledgeable and helpful. UOP has a very user-friendly online format that makes it easy for a student to check into the classroom, participate in discussions, and submit assignments. Additionally, the student can choose the best time of the day (or night) for them to attend school, making it ideal for working adults. One area of improvement that I noted when I attend several years back is that the student teams could use a more efficient way to communicate. Perhaps a team chat room, or a UOP instant messaging system. All too often students were exchanging personal information, such as work and home phone numbers to complete strangers.
My experience with online learning was great. It took me five years to complete my degree, so of course there were rough moments at times but overall I wouldn't have done it any other way.
From what I have heard, the drop out rate is high for people going exclusively online. So if you are thinking about it you really need to be a self-starter, motivated, and not the ultra social type who need lots of people interaction.
One thing that I like about my school was that they were one of the first doing online learning. They are accredited and super reputable. I wonder when I see some schools being advertised that you can get a bachelors in 2.5 years what kind of quality teaching is going on.
One challenge I had was the math classes. I am actually very good at math, but I realized that I missed having a teacher writing problems out on a board, so I missed the visual element with those classes. Another thing that I did not like about the University of Phoenix was that their academic counseling staff was changing all the time. So when new people were assigned to you it was annoying because they didn't know your case very well.
They are on the expensive end, so I would make sure that you were committed to finishing. They do have options where you can earn credit from life and job experience which is also really helpful. Overall, I would definitely recommend the University of Phoenix to anyone thinking about online learning.
The whole experience was good for the most part. One problem is the team projects. U of P is not set up to cope with those team members who slack and are simply along for the ride. Another point to realize is that I have had several companies ask me if U of P is even accredited. This was almost shocking because I just spent 40k on a piece of paper. I really believe that had I attained my MBA from another college I would have a better paying job. I just had another interview today where the CEO automatically assumed that my degree was all online classes. If I had it to do over again I would have done my research and went somewhere else.
I had a fantastic experience with my online education. I was very surprised how interactive the classes were. Instructors and classmates would gather in virtual classrooms for lively chat discussions. There was a virtual bulletin board for posting questions and questions were answered quickly. What I liked best about my school was the faculty were all leaders in their fields. Thay not only had academic experience but professiona as well. I know my online education rivals traditional classroom learning. I would improve the online support. I found myself unable to log into and assignment. The help desk numbers was slow to answer and took an very long time to fix my issue.
My experience with online learning was encouraging. I felt like I learned and grew from these programs; however, I have been unable to improve my earning capacity, am actually earning less than before I had my degrees, and now have $75,000 in studnet loan debt. I did enjoy the school and would recommend the format, but not if one is looking to make more money. The classes are usually small, 10-15 students, and 5 weeks or 6 weeks long. Each week is structured where you must log into the classroom several times per week to post responses as well as turn in writing assignments and power point presentations. Your instructor is like a mentor, providing feedback and participating in group discussions. They all seemed to grade fairly, provide useful recommendations for improvement, and got assignments back in a timely manner. Regionally accredited. The assistance after graduation would be what I would like to improve, some mentoring on how to best utilize one's degrees to advance in the workplace. Many employers view UOP negatively due to many degrees being obtained online.
I had a very positive experience with online learning, the University of Phoenix provides a very casual atmosphere that includes social interaction with other students online, and in a way that caters to whatever time schedule you may have. Another thing I really appreciated was their live graduation ceremony, it was worth the travel, and they definitely make it official. One thing that's very important that people may not realize, you will receive ALOT more work than you would at a physical school. It has to even out somewhere, you're already conveniently going to school from home, as a trade off for the convenience, expect a much larger quantity of work, for any subject! Perhaps if they could find a way to change that, more people would be on board, but it does ensure that only serious people finish it all up. The only other thing I can think of improving is the job placement system, I think increased employer partnerships could be of great use to the new graduates such as myself.
...I would've stayed away.
I am scheduled to graduate from UoP in October with my Associate of Arts in Information Technology. I have not enjoyed this school and I strongly recommend all prospective students to do research before enrolling here.
First, let me point out some pros. The process for enrolling was pretty simple. I don't remember experiencing any problems. Financial aid was fairly straightforward and the finance department always notifies the VA of my status on time (never experienced a delay in VA benefits). You don't have to register for courses; they are all laid out for you in a schedule, so that's one less headache.
Unfortunately, the bad greatly outweighs the good. The cost of each associate program course is $975. The cost of a bachelor's degree course is just under $1500. That is a lot of money. You can find better quality schools for half that. You also pay $65 for each course that is called a "resource fee." I was told that this covers the licensing costs to use the textbook excerpts you use for your course. That's right; you don't even get access to the whole book. You only get excerpts. If you want to order the book, you are charged about $100 each.
I've had 4 finance counselors in the year I've been enrolled here, and I have only spoken to my academic counselor twice. The first time she called to incorrectly tell me that I was in danger of becoming dropped for lack of attendance, but quickly realized she had the wrong student. Speaking of attendance, you have to log in twice a week. To meet this attendance requirement, my class mates simply log on to the chat room and do "check in" posts which are only two words (checking in) and extremely annoying.
The assignments have not changed. How do I know this? If you copy and paste your assignment in to Google, you'll see answers to almost every assignment. This allows constant cheating and one of my own class mates admitted to me that he has cheated pretty much the whole year without getting caught. That's how I knew you could use Google to get answers to the assignments. The assignments are not challenging at all. In the past year, I can honestly say I haven't learned a thing here despite trying to.
Lastly, this school has a terrible reputation with HR managers and employers in general. My step-dad recently graduated with his Masters degree from UoP but can't find a school that will let him use it to enroll in a doctoral program. My former boss left my company to work for UoP as an admissions counselor and was able to earn his bachelor's degree from the school. I just spoke with him yesterday and he hasn't even been able to get a Help Desk job (considered entry level for IT). I've had little luck transferring my credits to several schools I've contacted.
I strongly suggest you do your due diligence and research this school before enrolling. Look at all of your options before making a decision on where to spend your time and money.
Best of luck.