University of Phoenix Reviews
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...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.
University of Phoenix was a great experience at first, but soon changed after I saw that a faculty member had posted something very unprofessional on the wikianswer site because one of the students had asked a homework question on the site. I notified the school and told them that I felt it was wrong. In the beginning they couldn\'t believe it, but soon changed there toon and said it didn\'t happen. They started treating me badly and acting in a way I never thought any school would. I ended up telling them I wanted to withdrawl after the current class I was taking because of how they were acting and I that day I was locked out of my class, I contacted them several times to get the problem fixed, but they would not unlock the course (I still have all of the emails). Now no matter how much proof I give them they insist that I pay for a class I was only allowed to participate in for 2 days and locked out of because I pointed out something that was wrong. To be honest I thought I was doing the right thing by pointing it out because it could reflex negatively on them. I also did some research and there are many others like me who have had situations like this arise. Sadly, the value of a UOP degree is actually declining and I was told on an interview a few months ago that degrees from University of Phoenix are looked on unfavorably by many companies. I asked why and he said personally with his experience those with UOP degrees did not fair well against there peers. He said that my resume would get looked at more if I took the classes I had taken with them out. I have no idea if this is true, but it didn\'t make me feel good about putting them on my resume anymore. I would hate to think that people are paying thousands of dollars for an education that reflects badly on them.
I am still working towards my MBA degree from the University of Phoenix Online (UOP). This institution is the leader in offering online degrees. What caught my attention to this program was the learning format. My specific area of study offers a team approach learning environment. In other words, you will constantly interact with your classmates from around the world. The professor will assign each classmate to a team. In return, the team choses a team leader and begins to implement a learning strategy to complete a specific course.
The only drawback to this model is that unproductive team members could receive credit for work they are not worthy off. However, that issue can be resolved because the team leader is responsible for resolving this dispute and can even recommend to the professor that the member be removed from the group. The institution gives you an email account and daily discussions are conducted through forums. You can always use IM for private discussions and to set up team meetings. I enjoy attending the UOP and look forward to receiving my degree from this institution. It is more costly than some of the institutions which I have attended in the past, but it's worth the money.
I attended the University of Phoenix (online). I received a Masters of Information Systems Management in February on 2007. Classes were conducted on a six week schedule which allowed a person to take a single class during short work cycle breaks. The time involved made the classes easier versus dragging them out over a long period.
I really enjoyed the learning experience; most of the classes were difficult but manageable. The coursework was very similar to traditional universities, with a twist you were organized into learning teams. You are graded in multiple categories; attendance, coursework, peer evaluation, and daily posts.
The courses varied as to how many days of attendance are required per week; normally it was four days per week (which started on Tuesday). The daily post requirement would either be based upon a given number of posts or a word count requirement for a minimum number of days. Peer evaluation really didnâ€™t affect your grade, unless you didnâ€™t help out on the learning team coursework requirements. This evaluated how you interacted with others and how much you contributed to a team paper/project while still working on your own project.
The final requirement was the coursework; it normally consisted of a major project due every other week, and how much thought was put into your daily posts and whether or not you helped your teammates understand the concepts of the course.
Overall I really enjoyed the classes; the one thing that I would change would be to standardize the different class structures. Different instructors had different requirements as far as daily post requirements, attendance and even coursework evaluation. The standardization of this would make things easier in the long run.
The online enviroment was great with University of Phoenix. The staff was not. I only had about a year left to go before I received my Bachelors in Accounting. I discovered after going all that time that I needed to come up with $2,000.00 for my last year. When I swapped schools to one that was more affordable the staff at University of Phoenix refused to give me the paperwork I needed to get into this school. After many threats of getting a lawyer and being told by people not associated with this school that they had to give that to me, I finally got the documents I needed to get in somewhere else. However the credits at this school some of my 91 credits would not transfer in. And I also found out that the accounting degree was for business management instead of accounting.
I took three online classes through the University of Phoenix, all three classes had a majority of the grade based on â€œgroup projects.â€ In all three cases, there was an individual who contributed absolutely nothing to the project, but received the same grade as the others. When this was brought to the attention of the instructors, the response was pretty much along the lines that that is the way the real world operates deal with it. Needless to say I was not impressed with their systems.
I found my experience with both online schools to be quite good. They have really different formats--Phoenix is 1 class at a time for 4-5 weeks, Penn is a normal semester setup--but both worked really well for me. The biggest problem that I had with Phoenix was the group assignments. Working in a team tends to be difficult anyway, but working on a team online was incredibly trying. I ended up with really good grades though. With Penn State, school was a lot more difficult and required more studying and more attention to due dates. It seemed like the instructors expected more out of the students than they did with Phoenix. My grades dropped a little because of the shift in format, but I also got into the degree program that I wanted--one that wasn't offered at other online schools. I also like the way the program was setup online. It was a little more user friendly and didn't require any newsgroups or anything like that. I would recommend online school to people, but only if they are really dedicated to getting the work done.
The online experience has given so much flexibility for me to get my degree while I maintain my household and family. The network system for the school has proven to be almost flawless and reliable. If there is a problem, the technical support team is available for help. I have not had to contact the department more than twice in the last year and a half.
I like the out of classroom setting it offers since I work better by myself. The classes are five week courses so there is a vast amount of information given in a short time. This could be seen as a negative factor in the learning process but given the material to refer back to once class is completed helps refresh and give me a chance to continue to review and learn. I would recommend anyone to do online degree programs especially the busy homemaker or employed individual.
Majority of the classes are easy and the instructors are understanding, cooperative and knowledgeable. I had one tough instructor in the twenty four classes I am taken so that is not too bad. Even though I enjoy the short weeks, one more additional week would not hurt the learning process. Overall, I have enjoyed my experience with learning online.
I found the online learning process somewhat difficult. This type of learning environment is definitely not for the social butterflies of the world. For example: You are asked to create papers, and although there are numerous resources to help you expand on ideas, there is no face time with your instructors, nor your peers. E-mailing back and forth at different hours, and even days, can be most frustrating. I believe the instructors are very trained at adapting to the individual requests they receive; however, there is still a missing factor that does not take into account the individuality of the learning process.
I did enjoy the anonymity of the online learning process, and even found it enjoyable to be able to e-mail papers I completed at 1:00 a.m. or later. I also like the availability of the instructors; however, I believe a web cam would go a long way in overcoming the anxiety that I felt during the completion of my first paper. I would have felt much more comfortable with the whole process had I have seen my instructor's face during my first few days online.
The experience was great. The classes are structured and there are assignment due dates, but you can log into the forums at any time and complete work online in your own time. The one drawback to online learning overall (I looked at other colleges), is the cost. They are almost 3 times the cost as a traditional classroom environment. If it wasn't for the fact that my work was paying, I would not have been able to afford to attend. Lower the costs. Overall, it is great, I learned a lot and enjoyed it at the same time.