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I graduated from UOPX in 2015, earning an online degree in BSc in Management. It was a very long road attaining that coveted degree as life kept forcing me to start and stop during my educational journey. But UOPX was with me every step of the way. Each year, my counselors reached out asking if I was ready to resume classes. Some people may look at this as follow up calls/emails to meet an enrollment quota and more $$$$ to line UOPX pockets. Sure, it's no secret that UOPX is a for-profit institution. But for me, I needed those "reminders" that the "prize" (degree) was not an impossible goal; that it was still there for the taking; that I still had the opportunity to realize my dream of earning the degree that would help my career and my family. Finally, when the email from UOPX came, I decided it was time to resume my education. Each course was either 5 or 6 weeks long. Papers were due on Sunday before 11:59pm (Arizona time). To be counted as attendance for the week, students had to post substantiated answers to course questions, as well as post meanful responses to other posts. Individual papers were due each week and a team paper was required as part of the final requirement to complete the course. We were encouraged to reach out to the professor when we ran into issues; and they responded in a timely manner. I diligently pounded the keyboard, making sure I fulfilled these requirements as I juggle work/family obligations, as my family and I went on roadtrips, went on vacation, entertained relatives, visited relatives, went sightseeing, etc. Months later, I found myself wearing that toga, hearing my name called, walking on that stage, and scanning the audience and seeing family and relatives at a distance cheering me on. A few weeks later, I received the "prize", the fruit of my hard work and my family's sacrifice. I was finally holding my degree. And I could not have achieved this personal milestone without the support of my family and UOPX. My experience with UOPX was nothing but top-notch. The enrollment, academic, and financial counselors were sympathetic and genuine cared about my situation. Even when I thought that the classes were too involved and I wanted to drop out, my academic counselor encouraged me to remain steadfast in my resolve to get that degree. When I thought that had to postpone enrolling in my next class due to financial issues, my financial and academic counselors worked together to help me adjust my class schedules to accommodate my company's tuition assistance schedule. A few months after graduating, I received two promotions. Then in 2017, to my surprise, I was promoted to a different role where I became an analyst at my company. Now, I am determined to pursue a Masters degree with a concentration in Project Managment or Information Technology. A word of caution: An online degree is not for the faint of heart. It requires personal accountability, discipline, dedication, and determination. UOPX will provide you with the tools and resources you need to succeed but ONLY YOU can make the most out of them to succeed.
I had a great experience at UoP. I filled out a form to get more info and had someone contact me. He did not give up on having me sign up. Some people would call it pushy but I don't. If he had not been persistent I probably would not have followed through and not have the wonderful job I have now because I got my bachelor's. Online schooling is not for everyone. You need to be motivated to keep going. I had two jobs and would definitely not feel like doing school work until 2 am but I did it. I have read reviews about indifferent faculty. This is college, you are supposed to be an adult. You shouldn't need a person on you 24/7 to do your work. I have UoP to thank for where I am now!
I absolutely loved the flexibility of being able to work on my time. As a parent of special needs children, I could sit by their hospital bed and write essays. The instructors were always kind and ready to offer any assistance I needed. The team work parts were difficult because you would always have a lazy team member and I would do their work as well because I didnt want my grade to suffer. However, in the real world that happens as well. I have never had anyone question the legitimacy of my degree. With my BS in EVS, I have been a science teacher for 4 years. While I am not necessarily working in the environmental science field, right now using my degree to be a science teacher has worked well with my family dynamics. I am please with the education I received. People need to take accountability in their education. The more effort you put into it, the more effort you get out of it.
I have several degrees/diplomas/certificates from academics and find it very discouraging that the UOPX has so much potential to become the best online university today but sometimes are not hiring their best. Unfortunately, their best do not come from the UOPX because they can't hire graduates that have both Masters and Doctorate degrees from UOPX because it is a conflict of interest. The instructors that are hired are from "OTHER ACCREDITED" universities. The downfall is the lack of participation and follow-through with the academic advisors and the miscommunication with the financial aid advisors. The complaints that have been viewed are not about the classes themselves but about the experience. I received my Masters degree from UOP am currently in the Doctorate program and I must empathize with students because prior I had such a horrific experience with UOP in the Masters program but I pushed through. I been taught by instructors in classroom, live-streaming webs, independent studies and online settings to continue education. Online is the epitome of independent study and is not for a student that needs a great deal of attention. I transferred to UOPX from CU because the experience was not good. I've had poor experiences with every college attended regarding academic and financial advisors throughout my career. The best advice I can give it to reach out and make yourself heard if you feel you are not getting what you deserve professionally or academically. The UOPX has it's faults but I have been pursuing degrees for more than 30 years (preschool, kindergarten, middle school, high school, community colleges, private colleges and universities) and if you haven't conditioned yourself to succeed - no matter what personal issues (divorce, death, loss, health ...) or obstacles (unexpected catastrophic events, financial loss, foreclosure, bankruptcy ...) then college is not for you. If you buy and cheat to get your degree and don't work for it - that's on you and is no reflection on UOPX and implies that the quality of classes are above expectations.
My experience at the University was very good; I really enjoyed the learning's, the process and flexibility it afforded me. Clearly, like anything in life, what you put into something is what you get out of it. I approached my degree truly wanting to learn; to not only learn, but to use the degree as a springboard to higher levels of education (e.g., Masters, Doctorate). Earning my BSIT from the University of Phoenix, did enable me to enroll in a private non-profit "brick and mortar" University, where I graduated with an MBA. I went on to earn a doctorate degree at a well known University. All of this was possible because of earning my degree at University of Phoenix. As in life, there is good and bad. As I indicated, I really enjoyed all my classes, and I did receive a good education. However, there are students who shouldn't be attending the University due to their academic level being below what is required at the college level. That said, the mix of students range from stellar to below standard. I realize that the for-profit model is to advance profits, but I would want the University to apply a stricter vetting process for entry (e.g., harder entrance examination and approval process). In summary, despite the perception, and pure lies, the University of Phoenix is regionally accredited by the HLC (same accreditation as major universities), I did receive an accredited degree that was transferable, and sufficient enough for entrance to "normal" colleges. I loved my experience, learned well, and feel proud of what I accomplished over the 5 years I attended, earning my BSIT degree. My ask of the University includes, using a rigorous entrance process, put an effort into changing the perception and inaccuracies that exist, and think about transforming the university to a non-profit college; possibly uniting with University of Arizona.
Admissions told me I was good to start classes, so I did. After I attended TWO classes, (2 months later) $2800 later mind you, I was told I needed to send in more paperwork. Long story short, they did not as accept my paperwork and was told I could not continue attending classes. Then they also did not apply my APPROVED financial aid to the 2 classes. I ended up having to pay out of pocket. My gut told me not to go there within the first couple of hiccups but I didn't listen to it. BE CAREFUL, it all seemed like scam to me!!
UoP makes a big deal of its "academic rigor" but that claim is false and misleading. The work requirements for classes are far from rigorous; even compared with its own requirements from several years ago, in terms of both quality and quantity, the standards have slipped. Some instructors are dedicated and very good, but some are indifferent -- an indifference that was matched by that of many of the students. A third of the students in each one of my clasess walked out immediately upon being given credit for attendance. Many students could hardly write a complete sentence or spell correctly. If you want a 'real' college education, don't go here.
The primary challenge at this university at the Doctoral studies level is a lack of support from faculty and other advisors. The team learning environment for each class is encouraging and my personal experience is one of team support among cohorts.However at the doctoral level candidates are generally left alone to complete what is considered to be an extensive dissertation process.This is a down side
The advisers at this school were terrible, did NOT provide any support or guidance. I went 4 months without hearing from my academic advisers after reaching out multiple times. I would not recommend this school for anyone for the price you pay to be under minded and neglected. Pursue a degree else where if you want a good education.
I am very unsatisfied with my instructor. Instructors seem to have little sympathy or empathy for what their students go through on a personal level. This school is just interested in taking your money. Communicating with instructors is like communicating with a robot.
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