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I find that the distance learning program with University of Phoenix is a great program.
I am a single mother and I work full-time and find that this was the only option I had to get a higher education. The classes are not bad at all and I find that the students are helpful too. I have always wanted to go back to college and I think this was the best way. Even though they are a little pricey, you do get what you pay for. The ability to work at my own pace and understand the work, yet have the deadlines for homework works well for me.
I have checked out other online colleges but they were very pushy and a typical sales person. When I was put in contact with a representative he was amazing. He told me about the school and he explained everything thoroughly to me. I had not made a decision right then and there and I eventually contacted him a few days later to go ahead. He helped me a lot through the first 3-4 months of school and then I was put in contact with my own Academic Advisor who has since been great too. I'll be sad to lose him once I go to my Bachelor's Degree program. But I have done distance learning with high school before so this was easy for me.
You do have to have the motivation and have to self motivate yourself and the dedication to do something like this. It is not for everyone as I work with people who have tried this and it does not work for them. Everyone's learning curve and how they learn is different. I couldn't be happier with University of Phoenix and I can't wait to start my Bachelor's Degree!! =)
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology in May of 07. The course work was demanding in conjunction with the fastidious and capricious nature identified with military life, I found the program a bit challenging. I have to agree with one poster when he or she elaborated on the quality of students. These are so-called professionals who hold prominent positions but yet appear to function at a 10th or 11th grade level. I have come across a lot of students who could not spell and who used poor grammar. I spent many of time correcting errors on other students than my own individual projects. I am not perfect by any means. However, UoP should conduct placement tests for reading and writing comprehension. After all, when it comes down to it, you have to count on these people to make the grade.
I just started taking courses at UOP and the experience is by far more beneficial to me than my experiences with attending a traditional college. The "team" work that the the person complained about is a very valuable experience. That person must not be very experienced in life because any one who has working experience can tell you that when you work for an employeror or are the employer of others, you are on a team and it is imperative to your career that you not only have strong individual skills but that you also know how to function efficiently with others to accomplish goals. At UOP, every week both a team project and an individual project is due. If you are mature you will pull your own weight and not bring others down because of a negative attitude as the writer that I am referring to clearly exhibits. UOP is for real adults who don't have time to play...we are serious about our careers.
I liked the online learning format because I worked FT when I was getting my degree and didn't have to worry about attending classes at night or working classes in around my work schedule. I liked the fact that I could complete my assignments when I was able to - it might be at 6am or 10pm. I could take as many classes or as little as one class and still be considered a student in a degree program. I also liked the summer classes that were fast track (3 weeks in length). I just think the online degree offered so much flexibility. I liked the school because the advisors were very proactive. If you had a questions or needed assistance an advisor would call you within a day at home or at work. The instructors were also very helpful and readily available. If you needed something you could e-mail the professor and get an answer within a few hours. I think I would improve the way that the syllabus is set up for some classes that I took. When I start a class I like the syllabus to be laid out for the entire course so I can plan accordingly. In some classes, it was only a 2-3 week plan.
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.
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