University of Phoenix Reviews
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This school is all about getting your money, and doing it in a way that leaves you in debt for life. Their practices are shady at best. One semester will leave you with about 10k in loans, even after financial aid is applied. The classes and instructors are a complete joke. The text books are rarely referenced, aside from the open book finals. The classes are comparable to an online blog, a topic is selected for the week, and participation is what determines your grade, aside from the final that's all the "learning experience" is. Please save your time, and your money, find a school that's going to provide a quality education, and a real degree to build your career on.
I have obtained my Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and I am currently working on my Master of Science in Information technology at U of P. Since obtaining the Bachelor of Science degree I have become more valuable to my employer(s) and I regularly receive calls from large technology companies in the Las Vegas and Phoenix areas for potential employment. I am not saying its because of my U of P degree but the type of positions I am being recruited for do require at a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and several years of experience in the field. I have been able to go after positions I was not even considered for in the past with current and previous employers. The course content is challenging, they cram a typical semester's worth of work into a five or six week schedule so there is a substantial amount of reading and writing at this school. The school's curriculum is designed for working individuals, a student fresh out of high school is not the right candidate for this school. The typical student is already working in the field they are studying and typically is learning from an instructor who is also working in the same field. Yes it is expensive but tuition in public institutions is increasing regularly so in comparison tuition is slightly higher than most of the state universities I looked into before selecting U of P. I personally have enjoyed both of my degree programs and have never encountered an issue with billing or financial assistance. I financed my education on my own with tuition assistance from employers. This school has teamed up with large technology companies to develop a curriculum that meets the needs of employers today and most large employers endorse this school and encourage their workforce to continue their education with schools like University of Phoenix. I am currently working as a Senior Systems Analyst for a large school district and I am already being considered for an administrator level position and I am in the process of enrolling the administration's talent pool so that when an administration position opens up I am already in the pool for potential candidates. The notion that a U of P degree is laughed at and not even considered is not true. I work with many managers and directors who went back to U of P to get a masters or doctoral degree so that they could go after positions within the organization that required those degrees. Ultimately it how you use your degree, my experience with state school grads is mixed some are prepared to enter the workforce while others are not and don't even know how to write a simple SQL select statement but yet they graduated from a state university with a technology degree. I disagree with 99% of the complaints posted by disgruntled former students, this school is demanding, the work is challenging, and you must dedicate your time and energy to get everything out of it that will help you succeed. Student's who enroll in this school with the mentality that it will be an easy ride have simply bought into the stigma and rumors that have been created about the school.
I enrolled into University of Phoenix while stationed in Japan serving the Navy. All the classes were classroom based taught by professors that flew in to teach the course. We started out with 25 students and dropped down to 15 some did not expect the work load of the classes to be as difficult as they were and others transferred back to the US or ships deployed. These men and women that transferred or deployed were able to continue the Master’s program on line. The Master’s program was a challenging program. The classes at on the military base offered by the University of Phoenix was challenging and required a lot of research and presenting papers to the instructors required a good deal of strategic thinking along with working with learning team to complete a couple of team papers and a final project to be presented at the end of the course. The instructors had not only did they hold several advanced degrees but were established in the business community and were able to share their life experience to supplement the didactic material they presented in the classroom. I had were all employees in the business world or were retired and taught to have something to keep them busy. The information I learned made my transition from military service to commercial business effortless because UOP during the Master’s program had professionals that instructed us that understood what employers needed from Masters level professionals, licensing boards, professional associations, required and taught to that level the UOP faculty made a difference in my knowledge level and some still mentor me today. The Military campus is continuing to build business leaders today and a lasting difference to our country’s businesses gaining degreed veterans that will build strong economies in the future.
I completed a MAEd degree while teaching full time. It wasn't easy, but it was by far a better program than I experinced while earning my bachelors degree at a state university. The instructors were overall responsive to student needs as they facilitated our learning. It was a great experience getting to know the other students in the group that I went through the program with. The degree enabled me to earn a substantial bigger salary, and I feel it made me a better teacher.
I have over 10 years experience in the Sports, Ticket Sales, Customer Service, and Community Relations Industry and still have not been hired. I have been working part time opportunities. I owe 70,000 in student loans, struggling financially, and living in low income housing. Anyone out there who is contacts within teams in the Philadelphia Area please let me know.
I finished this course it was by no means a walk in the park I worked my tail off for my degree. However when I finally received my degree it says simply Associates of Arts it states nothing about Criminal Justice. Is this right.... Also the school had little to no instruction so if you are a visual learner I would look elsewhere. You do learn very rapidly however if you pay attention and do your work.
The program was a challenging program. I had previously attended a state university and the education for undergraduates there was to listen to lectures, read your assigned readings and then regurgitate it all on test day. Some of my classes at that university were so large that student were outright cheating off each other on test days and usually a grad assistant showed up to proctor the test, and sometimes teach the courses. At UoP I was challenged by having to do papers about each subject usually one a week and then work with a learning team to complete a couple of team papers and a final project to be presented at the end of the course. The instructors I had were all employees in the business world or were retired and taught to have something to keep them busy. I have instructors from Proctor and Gamble, US Government employees (One who taught economics that had been part of the team to help USSR develop an economy that was not socialist at the end of the cold war), a founding VP from Motorola Phones division, and many instructors who had very interesting backgrounds and could introduce the class to a variety of experiences.
Course are appropriate for course of study, but there are two significant detractors to the program. #1 is the insistence of using group work for online coursework without any consideration of where the members of the group live (US/Overseas/Timezone) plus the natural curve of those who participate vs. do not. You have a group grade/project that is predicated on people you never see, may not be anywhere near you and you have no influence over. #2 is their insistence on using protected .pdf's for books. I like the idea of not having to purchase books, but they've adopted a format that is so dated it should force one to rethink attending. In 2015 any institution that can't allow for students to read on a Kindle, Nook, iPad is to far behind the times to be considered credible.
Online is a great flexibility, making real life more manageable.
I attended University of Phoenix for over a year, taking the Criminal Justice program. It came time for me to renew my financial aid paperwork and they let me start my classes. I had completed the classes and then they told me that my Financial aid paperwork didn't go through. Then they sent me a bill stating that I had to repay the two classes that I just took before I could continue to anymore classes. I was upset because they allowed me to take the classes before my financial aid had been approved.