Upper Iowa University Reviews
I think other people have different experiences with regards to attending on campus, but I opted for the self-paced option due to constrictions (it's really the only option that makes sense for me) and I initially really looked forward to it. However, UiU's websites are incomprehensibly terrible and their held-desk system (which operates apparently on more than one site, so you never know which you're getting or whom you'll speak with) is the worst part of it all. Also, I've been through two advisers with the school and the first made a huge blunder which almost derailed my whole degree plan, the second seemed to prefer arguing with me than helping me. Anytime I've gone to sign up for classes now it's been a nightmare. I won't go into the specifics because it's a lot, but what's advertised is not what you get in terms of service and in terms of the program. If I had any other choice at this point, I'd go to a different school altogether.
When I first started UIU I was a little apprehensive but all of that was dissolved after my classes began and my classmates became family . Many of them we shared the same class for the time we were at school. The Instructors really cared about the students and the classes were small and it was like having your own instructor. The office staff was always on point and knowledgeable.
Im retired military and started school on base, every professor worked with you and helped you when you need there advise. I am pleased with Upper Iowa satellite campus on Ft Sill. I just wished the classes werent Excelerator classes only. Other than that it was great
Had an excellent experience with distant learning. I was able to continue working full time and obtain my degree. Classes were 8 weeks in length and can be rigorous in the amount of work that is expected. Lots of researching, reading, discussion forums and papers. Overall it was a great experience and plan on returning to finish my MBA. I will say that the online classes are more geared towards those that already are working in a chosen field of study and want to perhaps open up the possibility of applying for management positions. I know some organizations like you to have a minimum of a 4 year degree to even be considered. I could see how some of the other comments found it hard and unsatisfying if they were hoping to learn a new career. I personally feel that online classes are not a great start to hoping into something new, but rather building on an industry you have a passion for. After all you get what you put in when it comes to distance learning.
I only took classes online, never on campus so I'm not sure if those would be different. However, online they do nothing to teach you real skills they only prepare you for going on for a masters degree by making you write countless papers. There are quite a few classes that go way over the standard 15 hours of work per week. International Management is basically a full time job, again teaching you nothing but to write papers, same with Quant.. Decisions in Business. For the most part the instructors don't teach you anything, you teach yourself and basically all your teaching yourself is to write papers in proper APA format. It's too bad they are so focused on participating in discussion posts and writing papers as they are really setting people up for failure once they get out into the working world. Thankfully I was a returning adult student with some work experience behind me because I can safely say I didn't learn anything from the 16 classes I took her, I learned everything in technical school and on the job training. I look at the experience as a very, very expensive way to learn how to write a proper APA formatted paper.
Because of my work schedule the Distance Learning / Self-paced program was a great fit for me. Instructors ranged from incredible to disengaged which has been my experience with virtually every work group I've encountered in my life so there is no surprise there. I never had difficulty reaching anyone at the college either by phone or email. The courses were generally challenging. The support staff was extremely helpful. I would recommend the school in a heartbeat. I can't speak to financial issues as I did not receive loans or assistance - I paid them and they properly managed the accounting end of it.
If your a new student, they will find time to sit with you and advise you. However if you preparing to graduate with your Bachelors degree, be warned they are always too busy to meet with you. My opinion for this lack of assistance is the money is about to run out with you, but the new students are guaranteed money for the first few years. I have never been so disgusted and let down. By the way my money was guaranteed as i was using the post 911 GI bill, so lack of payment was not an issue.
Upper Iowa managed to exceed my expectations. Everyone wants the best for each other. The professors and admissions workers can be easily contacted, and they are always helpful and friendly. This university cares about their students and wants you to succeed. Professors are helpful and are excellent at their subjects. This is the ideal school for working students who are not able to attend classes during the day. I was able to complete my degree six months earlier than excepted. with the 8 week classes. I highly recommend this college to anyone wanting to finish their degree.
If you're planning on taking online classes only do not bother with this university if you actually want to learn anything. All the instructors do is require that you post long winded discussions and require responses to discussions as well as research papers and I'm talking every class requires research papers even the computer classes! You don't really learn anything other than how to write a paper! You won't leave with any real knowledge of how to do your job but you'll definitely know how to write a paper in APA format!
Good teachers and staff. Loved the Very good atmosphere suited for military personal and retired veterans. I wish they had morning classes also in base but the night classes we're fine. The price of the classes was very reasonable and fair. Teachers was very helpful