University of Phoenix Reviews
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University of Phoenix would rather sign up students for a lifetime of student loan debt than provide a quality education. The method does not counsel the individual, but acts as a mill. The content was survey level at best and did not prepare me for a workplace job in the field.
Three are a few things you need to know before deciding to attend University of Phoenix. 1. I worked my tail off to EARN my education at University of Phoenix, and you will too. There were no freebees from any professor. This is not a school for those who slack, or think it’s an easy “A.” 2. Every class at University of Phoenix has group-oriented projects. 2.1. Groups can be a good experience, or they can be a nightmare. It’s up to you and the other team members to manage your group. If you just sit and complain about your group, you are not doing your job as a teammate. Your responsibility is to do your job, and also ensure your teammates are doing his or her job. Yes, this involves conflict, and resolving conflict diplomatically. I admit, in my early program years I was not always diplomatic. Then again, not every student has my drive to want to learn, to make something of the education I earned. Every now and then you will experience slacker. Trust me, slackers do not last long in the school. They are the ones who complain about the workload, and the university. 2.2. I learned quite a bit about myself during group projects, my organizational, and my leadership ability. Taking a leadership role in a group project is more work, but the learning experience is great. Hence, the purpose of groups is learning about yourself, others, and diplomacy. 3. I had one professor who was a total jack-wagon. In my opinion, I experienced jack-wagon professors at the other universities I attended, so I guess I am par for the course. You are going to have at least one professor that you do not agree with, either it’s a personality conflict, or just a difference in opinion. Your job as a student is to learn. 4. Do not blame your shortcomings on the university. If you are one who does, I deduce you will have the same experience at other universities. 5. Your education is just like anything in life. If you put nothing in, you get nothing out. Last, I was inducted into Delta Mu Delta, International Honor Society in Business for my Bachelor of Science in Management, and Master in Business Administration (MBA). I EARNED both degrees from University of Phoenix.
I received two degrees from UOP. I sorry to say but my life went downhill after I completed my DBA. There are very few organizations that acknowledge the school. My pastor mentioned that the school lost it's accreditation. I'm unemployed at the moment and only mention my BS degree used by Cleveland State University. My many years working at the city of Cleveland didn't pay off because six months after I 'paid' for my DBA I got laid off. Took a position at minimum wage for one year. Seven months later promoted to VIP Host and was very unhappy because management there didn't want to promote me and hired a person that they ended up terminating. They made a bad choice. I've interviewed for a management position at a company that is willing to take my word for it. They are concerned about my DBA and asked if I plan to stay with their organization. Loyalty is what I possess. I plan to retire from the organization if hired.
A very solid and good school. I received a degree in Business Management and I was able to be employed within 6 months. The degree really helped push me forward in finding a new career. Many employers recognized my degree. The teachers were very good and I had a quality education. The facilities were new and updated as well. Would recommend to anyone looking for a solid education with good instruction.
This school was very helpful. My instructors were very informative and helpful. I have never had any major problems with UOP. Some people do not want to "put in the work" and do what it takes to graduate. If you are looking for a handout, then Phoenix is not for you. They are very understanding and will bend over backwards to make sure you have what you need. It's not cheap but you get what you pay for!!!
Just finished a six week physical education course to get my phys. ed. credential from University of Phoenix. Avoid MTE/551CA with Dr. E. The class costs $1000 for an LAUSD teacher and it is nothing but a bunch of busy work. The only reason I took this class is because they were the only online course I could find. You will not learn any skills to help you prepare for the CSET. Avoid this class like the plague!
I attended UOP and received my Associates. After finding out that tuition would substantially increase for my Bachelor's Degree I decided to transfer. I found an in-state well established state university. They only accepted 30 of my 60 credits?! By going to UOP I lost time and money. I can not speak for their graduate programs, but I would not recommend their under graduate programs. The classes are very low level and not needed. I go to class online at my current school and the teachers are more interactive. 90% of my teachers do weekly video lectures with PowerPoints that have helped me learn the materials much better. The costs are also much cheaper, even for out-of-state residents. My advice for future students is to stay away from expensive distant learning schools. Major universities have started implementing online school work, with a little research you will save time and money, while getting a good education.
The instructors for the Criminal Justice classes at Phoenix are great. You get real professionals who have been successful in the field. My complaints have to do with the likely illegal way they handle Financial Aid, and the antiquated teaching materials used. First off, they charge $135 for a "resource fee" for each class, which is to cover online books, the school library (full of old articles), and electronic readings (mostly older). The online books are OLD. A criminal justice class I took this year was using the 2004 version of a book (which was available new at Amazon for $14.99) and there were 3 newer versions of the book already published. Secondly - they will strategically hold your financial aid back until you take more classes (which never end at the right time to just switch to a community college). They will promise you that you have a refund coming and then dangle it like a carrot (even though you are the one paying it back with interest to the government) to keep you enrolled. I recommend you record the calls with your financial advisor, because the emails won't be the same information. They add an unexplained fee to your loans, they have "holds" and "delays" that no one can explain. Your advisor claims she has no control over the timing, the holds, etc. No one ever takes responsibility and rest assured NO ONE CARES ABOUT THE STUDENT. They have been trained to tell you what you want to hear, but they will do that on the phone so it is their word against yours. The follow up emails will be vague so they can cover their own. I have all the information logged and will probably file a lawsuit. Go to community college or take online classes through a reputable university. Oh, and one class at Phoenix costs $1230, plus the $135 resource fee - it is not cheap to attend.
Unfortunately, this is not a challenging program, nor is it competitive. What I find most disturbing about the teaching style is that it is not really teaching. There are no actual video lectures of the professors teaching course material. They are primarily administering materials and regulating class participation. An asynchronous course can be successful if there is some lecturing involved, even if it is a video that involves questioning throughout, to ensure students are picking up on what the professors are saying. I'm now four courses into my MBA in Finance at this school and going to drop out in order to go to a school where I can actually learn something. Even with an A average, I don't feel I've learned anything at all, and that is not worth $2k per class.
Everyone has been very helpful and the classes are very writing and essay orientated to insure you are really grasping the assignments and information. There are still tests and quizzes and they are open book. You take one class at a time making it less confusing. Though there are options to take more classes at once to get your degree quicker.