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I graduated from University of the Rockies (UoR) in May/2018 and here is my opinion. Six weeks program is a joke. Some professors are good, but the majority does not give feedback on the assignments. I paid over US$ 2,700 for each class, and I did not receive feedback on many of my assignments, just the grade! The textbook choice is terrible. The directions for the assignments are terrible. Students have the right to Do not make any complaint; nobody is going to listen, students are always wrong! I am a transfer student, and my transcripts from the other school were lost in the UoRs office for three months. Only when I got the mailing tracking number from the other schools and asked if my transcripts were misplaced inside the University of the Rockies office, my classes were transferred. However, I received some credits transferred without a description of the courses that would transfer to the University of the Rockies curriculum. During the online classes, students should never cite anything that disagrees with what they are trying to teach. I thought my critical thinking would be appreciated and I was destroyed by my professor who told me You are not a specialist." Neither the professor was a specialist, because I was citing an author who is a research associate at the Harvard Medical School". Different opinions inside the field of psychology are common, but it can be annoying to any professor because it requires time to "teach". Unfortunately, UoR professors are only being paid to grade assignments. UoR is not a place for critical thinking, students should agree with everything they read and receive an A. Also, do not ask questions, Professors are not being paid to teach, they are only being paid to grade assignments, and they will not feed your curiosity. Finally, my last class. My grade was A but somehow it was published as U. I tried to talk to my student advisor; nobody answered my question related to my grade. They assumed I got a U. My professor was the only person trying to help me to fix somebody elses mistake. After my grade change back to A, I celebrated freedom from the terrible school. Then, I received an impolite letter saying that I had an outstanding balance. I checked my account, and I had $32 cents credit (paid extra), no debt! The registrar placed two holds on my account with the excuse that any balance, even a positive one, generates a hold. And I should resolve it to get my degree. How can I remove credit from my account? I cannot remove $32 cents paid extra. UoR employees do not care! They do not apologize! And they do not fix mistakes. When the hold for extra payment was resolved on my account, I received an email explaining that in a few weeks I would receive my official transcripts. Also, in about eight weeks, I would receive my diploma. It was May/2018. In June/2018 the transcripts arrived with mistakes. I transferred credits from two schools, it only lists one, and none of the courses taken at the other schools were listed. Three months later, my diploma never arrived. I called University of the Rockies. The registrar told me the Diploma was mailed on July/2018 and now I should wait eight weeks from July. The registrar told me that the school processes diplomas once a month, which means that my diploma should be mailed in May/2018, but it was impossible due to the University of the Rockies multiple mistakes. Then, my diploma should be mailed in the following month; which was June/2018. Unfortunately, my diploma was processed after the second week of July. Today, three months after my graduation, I still do not have it! University of the Rockies is a joke.
Is this university perfect? No. Is this a terrible university? Far from it. Everything that I was promised by my admission advisor was delivered. The instructors are exactly what any mature adult expects in a doctoral program. I had two instructors that were a little frustrating to deal with, but a part from that, I had a great experience. My first dissertation chair was terrible, but I asked for a change, and the second one was outstanding. The rest of my dissertation committee were excellent; again we did not always see eye to eye but that's what happen in scholarly exchange. The courses were current and relevant to my degree, and the graduation ceremony was appropriate to match the education level. I would recommend the university who is looking for a flexible course that is worthy, and is up for a rigorous challenge.
This school is a scam. I took one class which was paid for by financial aid. I notified my advisor that I wanted to withdraw due to changes in my work schedule. My advisor told me that I was in good standing and owed nothing. When I saw a balance on my account I call financial aid to see why there was a balance, I was told that the school is charging me because I didn't complete 66% of the course. This is not true because I completed the class and received an A. they ate charging me $1021.00. How can they charge me when I completed the class and it was paid for by financial aid. I will see who I can have to talk about this issue. I owe them nothing because I followed the proper protocol as far as withdrawing plus the advisor told me I didn't know anything.
I would not recommend this college to anyone! Others have stated it's a scam, which it is. Recruiters tell you anything they think you want to hear. As an older student, I had no background in APA format. When I asked for help in the area, I was instructed to read other articles written in APA and figure it out. I was enrolled in Cultural Diversity with an instructor that had no understanding on my culture; I am from the Appalachian mountains. I felt discriminated against the whole time and expressed this to my counselor. Toward the end of the class, I had a family emergency and called my counselor immediately. I explained the situation and asked if documentation was required; I was told 'no'. Later when I decided to transfer to Liberty University, I was told I needed 'proof' of the medical emergency which was no longer available to me. I was stuck with a bill of over $2,000 which I am stilling trying to pay. It's all about the money folks.
I would not recommend anyone attend this school online. You don't truly learn APA standard. You end up writing whatever the teacher wants to hear. Advisers act like they care but they don't. They just want you to join the school and get your money. They are unorganized. Putting outdated book information online and it makes students buy the wrong book for class. I had to buy 3 books when I should have bought only one. The teachers give super late feedback and then want to criticize the students for their mistakes. If you have a problem with an instructor's rules, the faculty will side with the teacher even if the rule is stupid. One instructor wanted his students to follow a step by step process just ask him a question about anything with the course. Dumbest rule ever. The teachers are not really approachable. The only good thing about the school is the courses, but the experience ruins everything about it. The online school is a joke to me. I would never do this if I could go back in time. If you are in this school, just try to survive the best way you can. But I promise you there are better programs out there than this one.
As with any educational institution, there are positive and negative aspects to consider. UOR began as a College for Clinical Psychology in Colorado Springs. Eventually, after aligning with Ashford, UOR began to offer both on-campus and online programs for both Master's Level and Doctorate Level programs. I have attended prestigious universities for for my Bachelor's and Master's degree. After having children and a full-time career, it would have been extremely difficult to pursue a PsyD program entirely on campus. UOR offered highly credentialed professors throughout my curriculum. The course-work was challenging and every professor expected excellence. The online track also required on-campus segments that insured students met strict criteria during the specialized and general psychology courses. There is a trade-off as certification is not "guaranteed" once you complete the course work, and pass your final oral defense. This, like most worthy doctoral programs, is not for the faint of heart. It's a marathon, not a sprint...however, the education is on par with elite universities and will give graduating students tremendous knowledge and competencies to advance their career.
This "university" is a joke and a scam. My entire experience has been negative, from quality of curriculum to teaching to resources. Worst of all, they practice ongoing bait-and-switch. Fraud, time-wasting, money-grabbing... the list of unethical and potentially illegal activity goes on and on. Beware. They are out for money and not interested in education. Stay away!
I completed my coursework and was challenged to be a critical thinker 95% of the time. All but 1 instructor encouraged me to dive into the topic and expected me to really master the material. If I had questions/concerns, I always received timely help
I graduated in June of 2016. I have yet to receive my diploma. I have called on multiple occasions only to be ignored. I thought posting this review might help. They got a lot of my time and money. All I want is a piece of paper validating my hard work. In addition, my first advisor was amazing, my last advisor was HORRIBLE!
I am not in impressed with this school and I will be currently looking for something better. They are nothing like Ashford as promised. They do not care about the students and the instructors are terrible. The advisors are too. They stick up for the instructors who aren't doing their job. I am disappointed in this school. Ashford cared for their students. Stay away from this place!