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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.
The school is expensive but that is to be expected for the convenience. If you have no children and decent work hours by all mean go to a brick and mortar school and sit in someone's classroom. But personally, as a full time employee and mother of three, I needed a quality education that did not require me to sit in a classroom for four nights a week. I love the University of Phoenix because it shows you how the concepts you learn fit into everyday business operations. The projects you are given teach you how to perform activities vital to different aspects of your chosen major/field. For instance, you learn how to create business plan, with each week concentrating on a different aspect that it key to the finished product. You will only get what you put into your studies. SO if you expect to just get by you will and will also walk away without having gained any knowledge needed to be successful in your field of study. But that your fault not the university's. People complain about the learnign teams but they teach how to work closely with others in a professional capacity. They train to maintain professionalism and composure and to continue to work hard even when everything seems to be falling apart or you encounter slackers to do just enough. It can be a pain to deal with at the moment but it does work. You know its expensive going in and yes the academic counselors can change quite a bit. However, you know the price going in and if you are proactive about your education you will always know what is going on with your program, grades, graduation, aid, etc. because YOU will follow up. SO please dont let any of these people with bad experiences disuade from trying Phoenix. They even have the program where you can try a class for free before committing. Give it a try and see if it is good fit for your learning and life style and THEN make a decision.
As a recent graduate of the UofPhx, I had to write a review to defend the university after seeing some of the horrible reviews I have read on this forum. First, I will agree that the "team concept" is difficult and really not necessary as I have taken online courses through another university that did not have teams and it worked out just fine. But, the instructors, and professors are top notch at the UofPhx. The textbooks are the exact same ones used at any large university, and the Alumni List is actually rather impressive. I have been out on several interviews since my graduation last week, and have been told by several employers that they were impressed with employees who have UofPhx. degrees. I have to point out that all the negative reviews of this university, if examine closely, have been written by individuals who seem to have a very limited command of the English language and an even more limited grammatical writing presence.
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