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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.
If it was not for UOP, I would not be able to attend school. UOP made it easy for me to go to school and allow me to work. UOP is expensive but the education and achievement is worth it.
I qualified for the Next Level Grant ($2500) in addition with my federal financial aid. This is nice, but it only allowed me to take 29 days off before starting my Bachelors Program in Business Management otherwise I would loose the Grant.
Some people ask me if it is easier or harder than a regular college? My answer is I find it harder sometimes. We have an exceptional amount of reading and coursework to complete each week.
My only fear is that businesses will not accept my education because it is an online school. My answer to them is, well they have physical campuses in every state; but my situation needed freedom in learning. That, and with UOP highly recognized now through great marketing, I believe I will succeed. My advise to future students, is do what is write for your situation.
I entered UOP Florida West Campus with 46 credits taken at a community college over twenty years ago. The UOP was the only university that accepted every one of those credits. Other schools told me that they were "too old". Math goes out of style? Pul-leeze. They even gave me 8 credits for being in the USAF.
I just completed my BSBM in March 2008 and I feel I received a quality education. Without the adult modality format (one class at a time) I would never have completed my degree.
Now I find myself, at 53 years old, preparing to take my MBA. The university recognizes 9 credits from the undergrad program towards the Master's so the program is complete at 30 credits for me. Remember, UOP is REGIONALLY ACCREDITED. This is the same accreditation as Princeton.
I was doing travel nursing at the time so it was great it was portable I could sign on from anywhere. Also it's only 6 weeks for each class so just about the time your getting bored with it, it's time to change.
The professors were wonderful. Online was great, interactions even if they weren't always immediate interactions, as with face to face. I enjoyed it, it fit nicely into my lifestyle and met my needs.
I found the online class experience very rewarding. I especially enjoyed working on projects in teams. The team work experience allowed me not only to learn about a specific topic but also to develop my project management skills. Classroom forums were also positive part of my online education. In an online forum students post comments and answers to discussion questions and conversations can continue throughout the entire length of a course.
I was pleased with my online experience for the most part. The teachers and students were very receptive and we had weekly online chatroom meetings. The work was very challenging, but I was able to complete it on my own at home and received useful feedback from the instructor when it was complete.
The coursework was hard. There are weekly papers that take a lot of time and effort. I enjoyed having access to the library collection, as well as the writing center resources. I had both good classmates and bad ones, but I managed to grab a fellow student during my first class that proved to be as hardworking and serious as myself. Overall, people should think about their time availability and discipline. If you are a procrastinator, online school is not for you. Professors do not care to push you or check up on what is wrong. The responsibility of success lies in your hands.
Overall, the course work is very challenging for a master's program.A large amount of writing is expected so be prepared.APA format is required and strictly enforced, as it should be.
Online participation is required 4 of the 7 days during the week by responding twice to online posts.Some professors require 250-400 word "relevant" responses so time spent online can be significant.Some professor are more helpful than others while advisors are always very helpful and encouraging.
Learning teams are required and most classes require 1 learning team project to be completed per week in addition to individual work.It can be frustrating when members of your group don't contribute.Even though a team evaluation form is completed, past experience proves this to be of no use.Many times, group members receive same grade regardless of contribution.
Response time from a large number of professors is slow.It can take up to two days for professors to respond.However, I have come across a few professors who respond in a timely manner, within 1 day.The grading policy is fair.However, many professors do not give feedback for completed work.
The week begins on a Tuesday and ends on a Monday with most work due on Monday which is very helpful for people who work during the week.Tuition related, it is very costly.Financial aid is available. Transition from one class to the next is super fast.One class will end on Monday, and the next class will start Tuesday unless changes have been made. This allows you to complete the online program within 2 years or so.
Overall, with any online program, UPO has pros and cons.Do as much research as possible to see if this school is right for you.I don't care what anyone tells you, the online program is no joke and does require a good bit of time.
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