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I signed up for the Bachelors of Science Information Technology with Advanced Multimedia. Up front I asked for a curriculum. I was sent a link to the degree courses. After I had signed up, I noticed that only 5 courses out of the 27 courses were set up for me that applied to what I wanted to learn. Then I get this email from my academic advisor that 5 of my courses have now been combined in to just 1 course. So the Flash, Dreamweaver, courses were taken away and combined into 1 class. So you know what that means? I have to take other bull crap classes to make up my credits for what was combined. All this was done after I had already signed up and started my first course.
I really enjoyed my time at University of Phoenix. The aftermath of my education was harder; I had a lot of negative comments in the workplace and it was extremely hard to find a teaching position. I did my homework and the Dept of Ed said it was accredited; however, principals did not like the accountability of your degree being online, especially out of state. It took me 4 years to find a teaching position. My advice - If you are looking into UoP as a bachelor's program for Elementary Education, call local schools as well as your state department of education or look into a local university with online classes. My student loans are about 70k so if I could go back, I would have chosen a different school.
1. Courses were relatively easy but the constant checking in was obnoxious. 2. Hardly any communication with classmates or professor even though they stress that "teamwork" is important. 3. Never received Financial Aid money (but I'm still paying it off to this day because it was reflecting negatively on my credit.) 4. Hassled for first semester tuition before first semester was even over... 5. Was told I could not continue the second semester without paying the first semester's tuition. 4. Financial advisor was more than unprofessional and still has not followed up since - neither has the school.. I know school is important but they really did a number on my wallet and my sanity with the constant harassment. If you value your time and money, please don't attend this college.
Basically the way there online system is set up is by points. You get points by participating in discussions. You can earn up to 8 points by posting messages and participating in classroom discussions. The thing with the online system is it's basically like teaching yourself. They have all the tools and worksheets that you go through and all the instructor does is post questions in the discussion forum so you can earn participation points. It's really black and white and charging 10,000 plus dollars for a 5 week course is ridiculous. Like I said it's like teaching yourself. They do give you a 3 week trial but other then that I wouldn't recommend it if your more of a hands on type of person. The staff,advisers, and everything are helpful but once your in and settled you won't need them anymore. In conclusion I expected more out of this online college thing. I'm at the end of my second week and the work isn't particularly hard it's just boring. As far as refund checks I haven't gotten to that point yet but you won't get it until basically your classes are over after 5 weeks.
I just achieved my BS in Business and Marketing. UOP has an amazing learning curriculum and online classroom. I attended off and on for 7 years because I took a few personal breaks. These classes are intense. If you are not organized and self disciplined you will not make it in online class. The pace is very fast. One of my favorite things about UOP online classes is the learning teams. It wasn't fun but I did gain very valuable project management and team project facilitation. I will say that I ended up do most of the work in a lot of team projects because I'm a perfectionist and didn't want my grade relying on others. We just had our commencement ceremony and it was perfect in every way! I highly recommend!
Dropped out of the program because it was intense trying to incorporate school into my day job, family, and personal life. Right away the school contacted me and influenced/motivated me to continue and stay in school. For UOP - Hawaii campus, the support/guidance was there. Continued on and completed my MBA. So Glad I did! Achieving my MBA opened the doors and advancement opportunities within my current company. Did a hybrid of both campus and online. Definitely two completed different approaches attending classes. Attending the campus allows the face to face interaction with peers and groups. Attending online allows the flexibility of logging on the required amount of times per week at ones convenience. The school may be pricey but again UOP is tailored and benefits the working adult. When I attended UOP I continue to work my day job earning a pay check and support my family. It would have been difficult for me to attend the local university at this time (2010-2012). The local universities mocked the online class system of UOP but look at the trend now, may Universities are offering online courses and degrees. I am proud that I have gone to UOP.
My counselor screwed up my paperwork for finances. When I finish all my classes then I found out my classes was not paid for. He told me the only way to get my degree is not only pay my students loans but had a huge bill to thousands of dollars to the school since he didn't turn my paperwork in on time. His response was "oh well you have to pay it if you want your degree and have 30 days to pay it or it will get turn over to a collection agency." When I told him I cannot pay he said go borrow it. This was a waste of time and money. This school is a job. Do not waste your time going here. You will be better off.
Completed my Master of Arts degree in 2006 at UOP online. Prior to enrolling, I did my homework. I have so sympathy for students who enroll in an online program in their desired field who then turn around later and blame the school for "tricking" them. I am talking about students who have student loan debt and complain that the degree is worthless because they cannot find a job. No University guarantees a job. You have to do your own footwork, your own networking. I am also talking about students who blame the college for not sending their stipend out on time to pay their electric bill. How were the utility bills being paid before they became a student? These programs are designed for working adults. I called the Dept of Education in my State prior to enrolling at UOP to find out if a degree from this school would allow me to become a certified teacher in my state. I was informed that as long as the University is regionally accredited....which UOP is. The courses were challenging, instructors worked in the field, and when I finished I felt that I had learned a lot. This was really evident to me when I did my Internship in a 3rd grade classroom and I hit the ground running. I did a great job, passed the state exams for certification and the whole experience was very rewarding. So my message to you is first do your research on the field you are interested, and find out what the job prospects look like. You can do your research by pulling up the Dept Of Labor Statistics Occupational a Handbook. If you are a person who is not willing to do your homework first, and not willing to do the footwork that it takes to get hired, then don't enroll in this college or any college for that matter. Why would you knowingly agree to accumulate debt and then choose to become a victim?
University of Phoenix has met my expectations when providing instructional materials and the support that I needed to get my degree.
University of Phoenix empowered me to complete my education while continuing to work full time and support my family. The coursework was challenging but the busy work typically associated with schoolwork was eliminated which meant I was able to focus more on course content and less on doing work simply to do work. I was also able to use my current and past work history to draw conclusions about questions and discussion in my courses which helped make my studies part of my everyday life.
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