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I have been attending UOP for over a year now, and I have a wonderful experience. I go to school online, and while this may not work well for everyone it has been perfect for me. I have found the staff to be very helpful and even encouraging. The classes are challenging and filled with relevant information. My academic advisor has been with me the whole way and has helped me to choose an educational path that suits my needs. Occasionally I have had problems with the website and I have found the technical staff to be very helpful.
Distance learning, or online learning, is not suited for everyone. It requires self-discipline and motivation. The assignments are rather vague at times in an attempt, I think, to challenge students to creatively meet the requirements. In other words, they provide guidelines and the student has some room to work within those guidelines. I find it builds confidence and problem solving abilities. I highly recomend UOP.
Since, I had a tremendous experience within the face-to-face environment of University of Phoenix, I decided to try my first direct online experience in pursuing a master's in education. Our student website is loaded with resourceful information pertaining to APA referencing to a live media which shows you how to attach a document within your individual forum to downloading chapters pertaining to your coursework to running your papers through useful tools such as "Writepoint".
Most of the interactions with classmates and educators have been a wonderful experience. You get to meet and potentially network with various types of individuals who are in their professions. Every student brings some level of experience and knowledge in which you can build upon. The instructors who are professionals and educators themselves provide you with the needed information in order to be successful in the workforce.
Having an open-mind, positive attitude and a willingness to learn and work is what has brought me to this successful point. University of Phoenix provided both the human and technical element in making all things possible. I truly have no regrets!
If you're looking for a progressive university that truly focuses on critical thinking instead of cookie cutter MBA programs look no further than University of Phoenix. I found the classes to be challenging, engaging and worth the effort. I found the classes to be right-sized and not overcrowded so I didn't feel lost in a sea of students. I particularly admired the staff's pursuit for lifelong learning and focus on students over 35 in the workplace. You may want to think twice before enrolling in the big-name schools and give UOP a look before you make a final decision. Tony Sarkauskas MAOM-2004 University of Phoenix
Fisrt of all, this is an excellent school for the professional and working adults looking to enhance their careers. I got my BSN in 13 months doing 51 credits in one year. Yes it is an expensive school and it is a school for profit, you must understand that. I doubled most of my classes and finished my degree faster than anyone before. I currently went back to get my MBA and MSN/HC, the graduate courses get even more expensive and more demanding but it is a graduate school so what do you expect? It is doable and anything can be accomplished if given the right amount of time and dedication. I do recommend this school to anyone but first make sure you have the financial resources and time management skills to make it in this university other than that you will enjoy the learning environment and the help from students and instructors.
I found the course work to be strenuous and rewarding. There were some days when I wasn't sure if I would have time to complete an assignment, but with time I learned how to prioritize my school, work and home schedule to complete all tasks on time. Most of my classmates were strong and willing to work and just like in a brick and mortar setting, there will always be someone not willing to give 100%. These people should be brought to the attention of the facilitator as soon as possible. This way, they won't score a high grade because of someone elses work. My overall experience at U of Ph was gratifying and now that I am through with my BS, I am considering the Graduate program at U of Ph! :-)
I went to the University of Phoenix to get an associates in Business. I took the accelerated courses, which meant five weeks for each course. The assignments were fairly easy, but there was much reading and writing that I had to do for each class. I had to make sure that I logged into the classes everyday! The class was comprised of instructor's instruction, individual coursework, and group projects.
I had good classmate interactions, but sometimes professors did not provide feedback in a prompt manner. I communicated with professors and classmates through forums and e-mail. We were able to upload our documents onto the forums. The textbooks and journal articles were easily accessible through the University's website. When the course was over, though, the online textbook was no longer accessible. Students were also able to receive assistance through a tool that proofread student's papers and provided instant feedback. Since I am a working professional, I would attend University of Phoenix again.
I love University of Phoenix Online! They offer a wide variety of classes that can be completed around your schedule â€“ however chaotic it may be. University of Phoenix offers students the opportunity to move closer to the degree of their choosing with ease. This was a fantastic way to obtain a quality education, with quality instructors on my own time table.
I was looking for a graduate degree program that was offered online but was not on the 4 week class schedule such as National University. National University I thought had a better, more accepted reputation as being a "real" school but the classes are done in a 4 week time frame which for me was just too rapid.
I work around 60 hours per week and have a family. U of Phoenix offers similar programs as National but they do it in a six week time frame. Those extra two weeks really help. I am almost done with their MS in Psych program.
One thing about graduate level classes is you get what you put into them. There are no tests like in undergrad. It is all papers and this degree program uses the APA style (yuk). If you really want to learn something with each class you will, if you want to just get by enough to pass and move onto the next class you can do that too.
The graduate level classes are not cheap, about $1500 per class. Their Online Learning System (OLS) overall is effective in getting the job done but when I was deployed to Iraq in 2006 I took my first grad level class with them and that older version I thought was more user friendly. The online class room thing (whatever the heck it is called) DOES go down from time to time but overall it is not very often.
I am in my 9th online graduate level class with them right now since mid 2006 and overall it has been a positive experience. I am sure their are many other accredited schools out there that offer a similar type of graduate level deal but my initial exposure to the U of P was when I got my AS with them in the mid 90's. I was already familiar with them so I decided to go back to them for the graduate stuff. It was just convenient to do so. They are not outstanding but they are accredited and most professionals know of the school.
It works for me. The six week long classes are just the right length. Also note one thing, if you end up having a professor who makes you turn in your assignments on friday you can always withdrawl from the class and class right back up in a week or two with a new instructor. I had to do that. Who in their right mind can expect working adults with families to have 1400 word APA style papers ready to be turned in on a friday? I thought that was what weekends were for, to get the work done and then submit the final product on sunday or monday. Most of the instructors were cool and did not request the papers until sunday or monday.
On a 0 to 10 scale with 10 being absolutely outstanding I would rate them a solid 8.
The MBA program was challenging and insightful. Most of the people who post distasteful reviews about UOP have never attended school online. I obtained my undergraduate degree at a state university in a "brick and mortar" setting. I have been on both sides of the fence. The traditional school setting of simply studying for closed book exams is 3 times easier than writing long papers every single week on various business topics. And by the way everything is not group work..
The truth is that UOP more than prepares you for a job in the business community. Anyone that turns their nose up at your degree will do so anyway unless you graduate from a top 50 program. I already make 80k+ straight out of school... in Florida.. How can you argue with that? And lastly, my decision to attend UOP was tough.
In the end I chose to attend UOP because I had no intention of standing behind my degree. If you want to attend a school, spend years and years obtaining a degree that you can hide behind then UOP isn't right for you.. Try the IVY league schools or another prominent top 50-100 school. If you want the tools to succeed in a convenient and challenging environment, and you aren't scared to stand in front of your degree, then UOP is right for you. It changed my life dramatically! I would recommend it to anyone! Good luck!
When I first started with UOP, I thought it was a great experience. There was rarely a night I didn't run into site problems, but this was easily forgiven as when there was a problem it usually didn't last long. The introductory classes were very thorough, the instructors paid attention to their classes, and my advisors were very supportive. Sadly, I have found that experience to be short lived.
The classes often contain assignments that require prior knowledge of the subject (the text either doesn't discuss the material required for the assignment, doesn't explain it thoroughly enough, or doesn't give a coherent explanation). I have been lucky in that I chose a degree where I was already familiar with the material being presented, but deeply sympathize with classmates that don't have any prior knowledge of the subject as I can only imagine how difficult the work must be for them. Despite having prior knowledge myself, I too have ran in to difficulties in areas where I had hoped to gain a more solid understanding but have been left bitterly disappointed by the lack of clarity in the text.
There have also been assignments that have nothing to do with the classes themselves. The instructors seem to only pay attention to their classes as much as they absolutely have to. Calls and emails to each of my advisors have gone unreplied so many times that I have given up trying to contact them at all. The only reason why I am staying in this program right now is because I can't afford to quit and go with a different school. Mind you, I'm not a disgruntled, failing student - my GPA is a 3.8 and staying there. I'm just frustrated that had I not had prior knowledge I would never had a chance at getting that high of a GPA no matter how much I studied. The chance to learn is simply not there.
While I'm sure this is a decent enough school for those who just need the paper to prove what they already know, I'm equally sure that this is a horrible school for anyone that is wanting to learn a new skill set. I'm very glad that I chose to go for an AS instead of a BA, and you can be assured that once I am done with my AS I will be looking to get my BA elsewhere.
Maybe it's different for other degrees. I don't know. I do know however that UOP is definitely not the place to go for anything IT (Information Technology) related.
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