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HI, I STARTED ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX ONLINE IN 2009 AND WILL BE GRADUATING IN NOVEMBER WITH MY ASSOCIATES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE. IN THE BEGINNING IT WAS TOUGH BECAUSE IT WAS A NEW EXPERIENCE FOR ME, BUT I QUICKLY ADAPTED TO IT.
THERE ARE NO ACTUAL BOOKS EVERYTHING IS DONE ONLINE, EVEN FOR THE MATH COURSES, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DO A LOT A READING AND WRITING FOR MANY OF THE CLASSES AS WELL AS PARTICIPATING IN CLASS DISCUSSIONS. SINCE BEING WITH THE UNIVERSITY I HAVE ENJOYED ALL OF MY INSTRUCTORS. I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THAT FOR THE FIRST YEAR MY FINANCIAL AND ACADEMIC COUNSELORS WERE GREAT, BUT THEN THAT SOON FADED AWAY. IN ORDER TO GET INFORMATION FROM EITHER OF THEM I HAVE HAD TO CALL OR EMAIL NONSTOP WHEN THEY AT FIRST CALLED OR EMAILED ME WITH EVERY LITTLE DETAIL.
LATELY I HAVE BEEN HAVING SEVERAL PROBLEMS WITH THE FINANCIAL ASPECT OF IT WHICH IS WHY I HAVE ELECTED TO HANDLE MY OWN FINANCES. THEY TELL ME I SHOULD EXPECT MONEY BUT THEN WHEN IM LOOKING FOR IT THEY SAY I HAVE TO WAIT BECAUSE OF THIS THAT AND THE THIRD. IT GETS REALLY FRUSTRATING, BUT OVERALL THIS SCHOOL IS GOOD.
I completed my Master's degree and was very satisified with the level of education I received from UoP. I also hold two B.S degrees from traditional state institutions and have no complaints. They are what you put into them!!!! If you are lazy and do not care then you will fail. If you work hard do the readings and study you will be successful.
I am somewhat annoyed by reading the negative remarks. Some of them highlighting the lack of admission process in order to attend and the fact that it is non profit. On the first point, UOP has an unbelievable drop out rate because anyone can join, but once the work begins those who are not motivated or capable leave.
As to the second point, those who honestly believe that other universities are non profit are idiots. Most colleges have endowments in the billions. So think long and hard before speaking ill of a company that provided a product to people who want to better themselves.
I have attended for UOP and have been offered many jobs as a result. I would recommend this school to anyone. Anyone considering UOP should disregard the negative comments because from what I gather they have never attended this university.
I attend UOP online and it was great at first but for me the log in 4 out of 5 times perweek is a lot and to have to post to two student and the intructors is to much for a person who is work. This school is for someone who does not work and have a lot of time on their hand. Other then that the work is easy.
I am currently finishing up my Masters program at UofP online and am enjoying all my learning experiences. I have four more classes to complete and then I student teach.
I have found my UofP online learning experience to be fulfilling as well as applicable to a future teaching career. The instructional methods and strategies taught through my masters program courses are current as well as useful to a future teacher. I believe I will be completely prepared to not only effectively teach my students, but also be able to successfully manage my own classroom due to the research, the knowledge of teaching methods as well as the hands on learning experiences (field experience) UofP has required of me through my graduate classes.
I highly recommend this university but will warn you that if you are not self-motivated, then online learning is not for you. Furthermore, one should go to school to further educate himself, not to just earn a degree. Education, no matter where it takes place, is what one makes of it after it is learned/earned.
Good luck and all the best!
I completed my masters degree at UOP and was challenged to the max. My professors were highly educated and demanded you do excellent work. The teams I was assigned to were excellent and I learn so much from members of the teams. The interaction between team members were the best and I looked forward to hearing from them while we completed our projects. During the 18 months it took for me to complete my masters I worked with the same team members on more than one occasion.
The UOP financial aid personnel and other personnel were tops in my book. I can truthly say I never had any problems with anyone at UOP. Would I do it again? You bet I would. "I AM A PHOENIX".
I have been going to UOP since December 2010. I have had some problems with the language barrier with some instructors. I have found that asking specific questions has helped me tremendously.
The first couple of blocks of classes were easy, but as the time went on the classes got harder. As with anything, school is what you make of it. If you don't put in the time and the effort, you probably won't pass!!
I have completed four blocks of classes and my classmates were very pleasant. The learning tools that I found to be most helpful to me were the Center for Writing Excellence and the mymath lab study plans.
The instructors are concerned and helpful. They are very encouraging and understanding (at least the ones that I have had). You can contact them at home if you can't get an e-mail response fast enough. The academic adviser is a little slow getting back to you, but hey you are not the only one that they help...lol.
Overall my experience has been good. I had a few problems with the curriculum and the lack of having a hard book, but that is easily worked around with research on the internet.
If you are enrolling just to get money then don't waste your time. You won't last more than a few weeks!! If you are not willing to challenge yourself to do better find another school. Hope this helps and good luck!!
I am not a UOP student, I have been a Thomas Edison State College online student for 3 years and am graduating this year. They did not have one course and I had to go outside to get and transfer it. I chose UOP because it is a fast 5 week course.
Now I can compare these two online colleges (TESC is a state college, not private). Price: TESC is $523 for 3 credits with a fee. UOP is $570 for 1 credit plus $95 obligatory for materials plus application fee. Total of $1,805 (enrollment not included). As a compensation for low price, a student pays an enrollement fee of about $1,200 once a year (it is prorated if you graduate in this year)at TESC. At TESC you buy a used textbook at a price good for you. No teams at TESC, you are resposible for your work.
The class is 3 months, spaced comfortably, most people take more than one class at a time depending on their situation. Instructors are very professional and you can contact them directly, normally they will understand if you have a problem with a deadline and extend it a little. No demanded attendance on line for certain times, you work and submit on your own schedule. Demand is as strict as in any other college, in my last class people were dropped because they were not up to the level, and all could see it from their responses on discussion board.
Instructors do not have an attitude and are always helpful. The work is: 6 to 8 modules consisting of assigned chapters, discussion questions, and a written assignment (not an easy one). Two responses are needed for a discussion question at your schedule.
At UOP: I am graded on my teamwork however sloppy it is. Being a team leader (of course), I cringe when I read what is submitted, but fortunately I don't care about the grade, just get out of here. I am not rewriting their work. Adults do not need to learn teamwork this way, they work in a team every day at work. One textbook was written for Great Britain and not upgraded since 2001.
Material is often duplicated in 4 different textbook and does not match week assignments. Rubrics, all right, but Certificates of Originality do not mean anything. There is a lot of work around the assignments and requirements that is not learning related and takes away from learning.
I feel a lot of stress emanating from my team members who are busier than me. The instructor is arrogant, does not answer legitimate questions, insists on our using "assigned reading" over other credible sources and tried to take down some responses (she had to back off because she was wrong and we proved it). Her comments are about commas and spacing, not the essence of the work. I went to UOP with the excitement of doing something different from TESC, now I can't wait to get back for my last course. Really, it took going away for a while to appreciate how good I have it.
As far as education quality, it depends on the textbook and how much work you put into studying the material and doing your assignments. TESC books are high quality and the oldest was 2006. It is the same for each college, but some are more student friendly than others. What UOP is good at is sales. If you like the constant stress and challenge, go to UOP. If you want to concentrate on your studies and save money, go to TESC. DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
My husband and I both attend UOP, and we both love it. Yes, you have to work with teams EVERY CLASS, but that is because they are 5 week classes and inorder for them to stay Nationally accredited then team work is a must. Yes, they are expensive, but worth every penny!
The instructors are strict because THIS IS NOT HIGH SCHOOL- YOU ARE IN COLLEGE!!! I have attended for the past 1 1/2 years and I am not just obtaining a degree, I am getting an education as well! UOP is the best choice I could have made for myself and my family. The great part about the instructors is that they have to be currently employeed in the position they are teaching; for example my finance teacher in an accountant for a nearby Native American tribe, my math teacher makes chip that the military use in their weapons, my english teacher is an editor for a local paper...etc.
All of the negative comments are because this is a hard school, and they are not willing to put forth the effort, once again this is college, and if you are going to pay alot of money for your education, you better be ready to put forth alot of energy into it as well. I have worked hard and have bot had a grade lower than a B. I currently hold a 3.47 GPA, and I am very proud of myself, because it has not been easy! And yes, they do require a GED.
I started taking classes at my leisure about 3 years ago. I'm inching my way towards an associates in CJ. I take classes when I can. Between my leadership and training responsibilities in the Army and a hectic family life, I have less time than I would like to achieve my academic goals. Nonetheless, I've had a positive experience with UofP. The "pressure" mentioned in previous posts is nothing more than friendly reminders that my counselors are prepared to hash out my next block of classes whenever I decide I have time. I've never felt like I was being "sold" anything. I recieve periodic emails from the counselor during the long breaks between classes, but again, I've never felt pressured.
The e-resources available are pretty solid and cover the full spectrum of research, instruction and essay composition. I'm able to download every textbook or resource and keep an electronic copy for permanent, future use. Instructor/Student relationship varies based on the instructor themselves. I've had one or two professors that didn't seem as involved or empathetic as others. On the flip side, I've had a few that were very attentive and answered my questions quickly and thoroughly. I've even had the benefit of direct telephone conversations for those questions that were best expressed in words rather than e-messages.
As I progressed past the gen-ed classes and into the core classes, the work became much more challenging. The parcipation requirements pushed me to research topics in great detail and express my feedback in equally as much detail. I was writing a 1,000 word essay per week, and posting 8 discussion topics per week. Final projects typically consist of a power point presentation with notes, a lengthy essay, or some type of work sheet. None of the aforementioned obligations were beyond my reach or ability.
It may be easier for me to give such a care-free review of this university because my tuition is covered by the Army. I only pay for the resource fee which is roughly $80 for two classes worth of books. So there is no question of value. I'm certainly getting what I pay for. Accredidation? Not sure yet. I haven't attempted to transfer credits or put my current credits on any kind of resume.
No matter what your major is, if you are a strong writer, then this will put you ahead of the game. Those who have weak writing skills may struggle as you will be required to express your thoughts and opinions strictly with the written word. You simulate classroom discussions through online thread forums.
So, is this university watered-down? Would I learn more from a brick and mortar institution? Well, like any college, you get what you put in. If I complete all reading assignments thoroughly, if I max my participation, and if I complete all essays and finals to the absolute peak of my ability, then I will have gained quite a bit from the class. If I piggy-back on other's discussions, half-ass my essays and skim through the reading assignments, I will probably get a passing grade, but will have gained very little. Honestly, it is possible to do half-cocked work and make it through the classes. A flaw of the Phoenix system, I suppose. But I'm proud to say that I don't fall into that category and I've expanded my knowledge base. Try it and judge for yourself...Or don't.