University of Phoenix Reviews
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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.
I was with UofP for over a year and was two weeks away from getting my AA in Business when I was Auto-Dropped. I came to find out that because in week 1 I posted all my assignments early and made 3 posts before the start date they would not count toward my attendance and that I will have to re-take the class. Besides that the UofP rep was very rude advising that it is not the University's fault and that I will have to pay to take the class over!!!
I was enrolled in the online social work program through University of Phoenix. I liked the college; the staff and administrators were always very helpful and kind. Sadly, I found out 1/2-way through the program that many employers will not even consider someone who has an online degree. I dropped from UofP, and transfered to an on-campus program instead. It's harder because I am no longer able to learn from home, but I didn't want to waste all my time and money only to have to do it again.
Classes are really tailored for the working student, so it was easy for me to continue working and still get the classes I needed. The location, on Albuquerque's north side was convenient for me as well, I did not spend a lot of time or money commuting. I was impressed from the start with the knowledge and expertise of the instructors, many of them had taught for years and they really knew the practical side of things as well, sharing stories about situations in the "real world" of health care. Their knowledge and willingness to share made a big difference for me, it really enriched the learning experience. When I graduated, I felt like I was fully prepared for the situations that arise at work and guess what?, I was right. I was able to comfortably integrate into a hospital work situation right away. I also appreciated the assistance I got from the financial aid department. They helped me explore options and put the paperwork together to get the best financial aid package that was available for me.
So far I have enjoyed attending UoP. The classes are not just simple blow through classes, they require thought and thorough response. The only thing that does disappoint me is the fact that 1. They don't tell you if you need a book until the first day of class. 2. The quality of instructors is inconsistent. One set of classes you may have a very thorough instructor, the next an over-zealous one, and the next, one that is so lax that you don't even know if they read what you turn in they just grade as 100%. With every school and every education the student must be determined to learn. If the student wants to learn, they will; no matter if the instructor is insufficient or the class is not up to par.
This school gave me wrong information about my Financial Aid application they told me it was in process and it really wasn't. They tell you want you want to hear at the start of your program and then it turns out to be something else. What ever you do keep EMAIL PAPER TRAIL.