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Ashford University Reviews:
Glad I got my degree
Organizational Management - May 25, 2015
One of the best decisions I ever made was deciding 8 years ago to get my college degree. For those that believe that an online education is easy, think again! You don't have professors holding your hand. You have deadlines to meet, multiple assignments at once, lots of research, just like you would have on a job! I completed an Associate's, Bachelor's and Master's degree from Ashford. There are weekly discussions, papers, and tests (mostly during undergrad). You have a course syllabus and due dates for assignments. A typical (Bachelor's program) week would include two disussions, a short paper and perhaps a test. At the end of five weeks, a final paper is due. The Master's programs are six weeks with mostly research. APA format is required and like any college/university, there is a grading rubric for papers. Also like any college/university, you'll have tough and easy going professors. Most of my professors were experts in their respective fields and most were pretty fair graders. I only had one bad experience with an English professor during my freshman year (glad I'm done with him). The library is not the best and you'll have to use online resources, but the library does automatically format the resource for you. And yes, Ashford hours will transfer to other colleges. They've transferred to four other universities for me (three brick and mortar, two of them major universities). Ashford is regionally accredited, which is better than national accreditation. Because of my Bachelor's, I was able to become a teacher, and because of my Master's, I will be getting a pay raise this year. I could have gone into the private sector, but I'm enjoying the benefits of education *wink*.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Bachelor of Arts in History - March 24, 2015
I am starting my last class at Ashford University. I think people forget it is also part of a brick and mortar school that has been in existence for many years(only the name changed). My aunt used to teach there when I was a little girl. Anyways, I like school. I found the classes engaging,interesting and sometimes difficult. This was not an easy degree,but I worked hard and did my work. You have homework every week that has to be done in a specific allotted time. Every week you have from Tues-Thurs to get your discussions posted,then everything else done by Monday. The norm is a few papers every 5 weeks, with a 8-10 page at the end of the 5 weeks. You need to be efficient with APA format and knowing how to research primary and secondary sources. In the last 3 years I have never had issues with my advisors or financial aid. With financial aid, if you pay attention, go to your portal and click the financial aid tab, it tells your financial aid breakdown. You also receive an award letter that get in email form and it's online. I am confused about all the people complaining about money on these boards. Read and pay attention to what is on your portal. Ashford is accredited and accepted everywhere. I learned a lot and will get my Master's Degree here. People who are reading these comments to decide, avoid disgruntled employees, bad grammar comments and people complaining about money. Great University, I would recommend this school :)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Ashford University's Online Degree Program
Bachelor of Arts, Accounting - February 23, 2015
I and am new to the online degree program and college. I am 47 and had a very easy FAFSA process but right before my first course my computer was used to download a few undesirable programs. Long story short my computer was infected with terminal MALWARE and Trojans which equals a laptop that was trash and not salvageable. Course drop. I buy a new computer, purchase Microsoft Office again and I have everything downloaded as far as required technology for Ashford and I opt for Mozilla Firefox instead of Google Chrome, MALWARE-TROJANS, second course drop. Through all of this disappointment my Student Counselor was wonderfully supportive and had great advice. He went above and beyond, with nothing less than impeccable phone etiquette and friendliness, we formed a friendship that has been very comforting. I am now in my third course and love it. If the cost is an issue pay attention to the paperwork. I am here for quality and you get what you pay for. I have read far too many reviews by individuals who seem to complain about credit transfers and/or Ashford not being accredited, Instructors are not competent, too expensive, and these people seem disgruntled, angry, unhappy, miserable, and/or not getting the grades THEY feel they deserve. I want to say TRANSFER and stop trying to make your complaining the authority on Ashford's credibility, ruin others chance to attend a fabulous college. I did my research and find nothing lacking in my expectations, in fact Ashford has exceeded my expectations. I am very happy and enjoy every minute of my Online Degree Program. I am here to learn and build a career outside of my lifestyle career. I wish luck to all who want to learn from the best.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Satisfied with my educational experience at Ashford
Business Administration - January 25, 2015
I entered into getting my degree with Ashford in the Summer of 2012. I went to two vocational area schools and found that they wasted my time and my good money one of those institution is now being looked at for misleading students into entering their institution. I had read some of the reviews of Ashford and those that appeared negative seemed to only be concerned about the finances of attending the University. I myself only really care about the quality of my educational experience and thus far it has been a good one. I have had some difficulty I did not fair well when it came to my Algebra requirement and must take the second one over again but that is just a set back and not the fault of the University it is the fault of myself not getting the right tools to help me enhance the learning. As I said I read the reviews and when you want something of value to you cost should not be a factor what you put into your education is what you will get out of that education. Although I had little or no success in the vocational schools that I entered and completed I did get something out of it I learned even if it did not land me a job in the field that I wanted then but I have learned from all the experiences of this. The key to online education is time management if you don't have discipline then you should not attend an online learning institute if you are disciplined then this is the way to go. I can only speak of my experiences with Ashford but I can assure all that are considering in attending this institution you won't be disappointed in the education process that is if you are willing to put your time and talent into it will make always what you get out of it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
observe those who complain then you will understand
Business Administration - December 20, 2014
I am reading some of those reviews and is having a hard time comprehending exactly what they are saying. Most of the complains are about money and some services. Those who complain about the education if you read through the complains its easy to understand why. I have been attending AU from 2012 and is presently completing my last class. My experience have been great and I cannot really complain beside once having an advisor who if you ask me was inexperience for the job. I was assign a new advisor and she is wonderful. Ashford is accredited and the tuition is affordable. The students who complain most of them do not put the necessary effort into they studies. I am a BA major with a 3.63 GPA, I spend plenty of hours studying and doing research. I take it one day at a time and manage my time wisely. If I am to give anyone any advice it would be; before deciding to attend AU be sure that you are ready to be committed to your studies. People with half a brain should have some sense in that half to know that if you're getting an education online it will be challenging in one way or another. I know this for sure, if you read the text and follow the directions it is possible to get passing grades. I am trying to decide whether or not to pursue my MBA at AU and most likely I will. I have and will recommend Ashford University to anyone who want to further their education. ASHFORD UNIVERSITY IS A GREAT UNIVERSITY AND I LOVE THE EXPERIENCE. We get what we put into it.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
MUST READ: Ashford is slowly becoming a joke and it’s sad
Social and Criminal Justice - October 31, 2014
I am an active duty member that has been attending AU since 2011, I am majoring in Criminal Justice, and I graduate next year. This review is based on what I know and what I have experienced and some might relate to what I have to put on here. When I started to attend the school I was welcomed very well and the student support was there and they even checked on me like a baby in ICU. Through the years I have had about two instructors that were worthless and cared less what you had to tell them and one actually gave me an "F" for one of my classes, Julius Moses (POL 303), steer clear from this guy, funny that after retaking the class with the same material I received a "B". Some would ask, "Did you submit a grade appeal?" Oh, I sure did and it was as good as not submitting anything at all. The grade appeal did nothing and at the end of the day they have made their decision and they will just tell you to retake the class--more money for them. Finance department is just as bad as the Social Security office for people collecting social security. These guys are rude and disrespectful and will talk to you like you work for them and they own you since you were born--trust me I am far from a sensitive individual. My recent issue is my current stipend that I received a few weeks ago (Oct 2014). A few months ago I asked them if they had any stipend and they said NO and they gave me some back woods excuse and I left it at that. A few weeks ago I received my stipend which was weird, after receiving the stipend it even got weirder. My stipend was dated for school year 2012-2013 and I am currently sitting on school year 2014, but they told me I had no stipend. This is one of a few more incidents that I have come across with the finance dept. Student advisors are hit and miss. I have actually come across some that are super and they work with you like a good lawyer willing to fight for their client. At the same time you will get some rotten apple advisors that will not even answer your emails, they will not return your phone calls, etc. I have also noticed that the school likes to change advisors without notifying you and it sucks when you have a good advisor. Re-entry depart is the latest department that I have come to deal with. So I was out of class for more than 45 days due to military requirements and when I came back, which wasn't a problem (thank God), but I was later met with some D-bags. Classes begin on Tuesdays in AU and they open the class on Monday. So I posted my introduction on Monday and the two discussions are due on Thursday. So on Tuesday I receive a phone call stating that I need to login. One Wednesday I returned their call and the guy on the other end is no so polite and I told him it's not my first class and I have already logged in Thank you!! An hour later I receive yet another phone call from the same retarded dept. requesting the same thing. Yes, my patience is running low here, I called back and I spoke to (Eunice Perkins) who I thought would help me, but not surprising at all she didn't and she actually told me"...I can't promise you that we won't stop calling" remember folks, these phone calls were not to remind me to pay or I am overdue for tuition, these were phone calls to harass me about logging in to the class. Wait there is more, yesterday 30 Oct I receive yet another phone call from Retard Dept. aka Re-entry; same script, different rep, and no patience on my end. I understand the guy was doing his job, but he can use some common sense, I finally requested to talk to a supervisor. Erin Walter comes to the phone and she is worse than I expected, you have a better chance talking to a dead cow than talking to her. She was rude, not willing to accept my request not to call me anymore, she refused to email me per my request, and lastly she hanged up the phone on me. This is what the school has down too these days folks. CONCLUSION: Since Ashford has gone mainstream (TV ads, YouTube, bill boards, etc.) they have taken the trend of big corporate companies; to not care anymore and worry about money. The school is ok if you want to complete your degree fast. However, you have to put in work to get results. You have to have discipline for online classes; meaning you have to manage your time accordingly and complete your assignments. The school is accredited (Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission) and you can verify with the Dept. of Education (federal) websites. Most employers and even the federal government hire people with degrees, but most importantly from schools that are accredited. Ashford needs to clean themselves up and start treating the students like humans not like we are nothing to the. Lastly I would recommend that you conduct all discussions on email and not on the phone, if you need to conduct anything through the phone make sure you ask for a follow up email.
2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
B.A. Psychology - October 21, 2014
Ok, where do I begin. Number one, most of there BA programs require specific certifications (which they do not offer), therefore even if you do graduate from this school, you may not be able to get a job in your field anyway! Secondly, they are not respected at all! Good luck getting a job with a degree from Ashford! But ok, lets be fair any human being with even a smidge of intelligence knows that the classes are so pathetically easy and your not in any way learning anything of use. So you cant be too surprised to find out your education is going to be criticized and your degree unwelcomed! The only real job you can get with a degree from Ashford is a teaching position, at Ashford! lmao. If thats not bad enough, the staff is horrible. This school is a business for sure, they dont care about you, and if you thought they did, you got played! They make a nice ass commission on every student thats enrolled and stays enrolled at least past the third week so they can charge you! You will be lied to from the start about pretty much everything! They rarely take credits from other schools even though they claim they do and will. I wonder why that is? Well lets see, for every credit they let you transfer in, they lose money. Again people, they dont care about you its a business! And lets not forget that Ashford claims to be accredited. They dont have the same accreditation as other schools. In fact, they lost even the most basic accreditation and had to do a total revamp to get it back (not that they are any better now, just had to "look" better). They will lie and say you didnt complete courses you did, or change your grade suddenly if you drop out or transfer schools! They couldnt keep my stipends because I knew enough to sign that permission away from them, no ashford promise here! Theres no real learning going on, people plagiarize constantly without any repercussions, and my favorite thing is how there is a class action lawsuit against this school with millions of people already signed up to sue them. If you want an actual education you can be proud of, at a price thats reasonable, from a respected school, try Kaplan University! they are one of the only online schools that have actual teaching going on. Yes actual teaching where you communicate in real-time with your professor and classmates! There courses are 10 weeks long apposed to 5 weeks, you take two at a time, and they are worth 5 credits each instead of only 3. They are fully accredited in every way, and you can get the certifications through them at the end of your degree as well as job placement! I wish I had done more research about Ashford before I wasted my time and tons of money, but at least it caused me to do serious research before attending an online learning institution again! If you are an Ashford student, run away as fast as you can! Do your research about a school before you sign up and save yourself the hassle of getting sstuck in a pathetic excuse for a college!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Organizational Management - October 17, 2014
I attended Ashford for three years and finished my BA. It was a wonderful experience. I had no issues with Financial Department, with admissions, nothing. I never had a teacher not respond, only had one that didn't respond in a timely manner and had only two instructors that I felt were 'jerks', but was able to get through the courses with good grades. I attended a Public University for online classes and my feeling of it was those instructors took to online classes for extra cash. There were times I never got responses from them, and rarely were the responses timely. The flexibility of Ashford fit my over-whelming schedule and was perfect. The school was not perfect. Some of the classes seemed silly, but I was never once graded on my opinion like some of my friends who attended U of I. If the teacher was a liberal, and one wrote a paper form a conservative stance, regardless of the research and quality of citations and resources, their instructors graded on principles and not content and presentation. I had a female instructor, and was writing a compare and contrast paper on a topic that could be considered chauvinistic. Prior to writing my paper, I sent an email to the instructor to see if I was going to be graded on research etc., or if I would lose points because it could be construed as offensive to the instructor. She said it would not be graded on her personal feelings or beliefs. I got a near perfect grade on. I also get tired of hearing how it's a "for profit school." These schools do not have the power of the NCAA. The billions of dollars these schools make off of their sports, especially football and basketball. Those kids work their butts off and get none of the millions of dollars that are brought in from TV, Radio and ticket sales, as well as licensed product sales. This TV coverage is also free advertising to attract and draw applicants, athletes etc to their schools. The money made off of the backs of these student athletes is disgusting. Then there are the countless fees that are nothing less than a joke. For profit colleges do not get this free publicity, or money, their only focus is on education. Public Universities also have nearly unlimited numbers of labs with undergrads to help professors research subjects which can lead to the discovery of major advancements or products, which brings much more money to the university. A prime example is when members at the University of Florida developed Gatorade for the Football team. The school still receives royalties from this product and it is used by all Division 1 schools. Another funny thing is, my buddy got his masters degree as an Athletic Trainer. If he wanted to be an Athletic Trainer for the NFL, MLB, NHL, that only requires a Bachelor's Degree, but he wanted to focus on being a trainer for a D-1 University. That required a Masters Degree. So Multi-million dollar athletes should settle for a Bachelor Degree holder, but college athletes require a Masters... MMMMMM I wrote all of that just to show that public university isn't as squeaky clean, pure, innocent, or being maligned by for profit universities, but the public universities are feeling a pinch and loss of revenue from hundreds of thousands who attend on-line, for profit students. Ashford is NOT perfect, but from what I heard from friends at major universities, I believe my education was much more pure. Ashford, I believe is thought of as a diploma mill, and I believe that many who are disgruntled could not formulate a complete thought, write a properly structured sentence, or wanted to put in the amount of time and research to submit successful papers. Once it was discovered to NOT be a paper mill, students flee away. I started many classes with 40 or 50 students. I'd read some of the posts, and yes, there were some real humdingers out there, but by week three, they were pretty much gone. There was a lot of hard work, a lot of hours, dedication and strict timelines/schedules, but sticking through it, is well worth it. I really, really liked it and would do it all over again.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
SCAM UNIVERSITY REVIEW 2014
B.A. Psychology - October 4, 2014
My second review for this university. This is relevant in that everyone knows if you make the finance department angry they will drop your grade for no reason and thats what happened in my case. I'm an all A and B student and in my last class I passed the final exam and had a grade point average of 85%. The final paper I did was accurate and correct as well in correct format and the instructor gave me a 0% and my grade point average dropped from a B to a C. My instructor didn't even bother grading the paper and at that same time the finance department called several times to harass me about money I owed. I have a tuition that pays for college but, the university refused to accept the tuition and instead have me apply for financial aid which I was not interested in. The financial aid department basically demanded I use financial aid instead of my tuition. I called my tuition and they confirmed they would pay the full cost and I finally after several phone calls and telling them I would file a lawsuit, the finance manager gave me a copy of my invoice. You have no idea how hard it is to get a copy of an invoice if your account is placed on hold you can't view files online. I asked if I could access my account after the tuition was paid and they still said they would determine if I could which makes no sense at all. I wasted 6 months of studying and improving my GPA for nothing if I can't even get a copy of the transcripts. I worked so hard and I put in so much effort with this university and they treated me like an outcast once I had a bill that I was able to pay but, again they refused to accept my tuition as payment and wanted hard cash instead. Just doesn't make sense. I told my advisor Benjamin Eddington that I was upset and thinking of leaving the university because of all this and instead of him advising me and being an inspiring and helpful academic advisor like he should be, he tells me he already started the dis-enrollment process and will be removing me from the university. It's like he couldn't wait to get rid of me. Never work with this advisor because if he treated me this way then hes sure to treat more people this way. At this point I had no one helping me. My military advisor refused to answer the phone calls or emials, my other advisor same issue there, and the finance department kept forwarding my calls and placing me on hold. No one was helpful at all.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Journalism and Mass Comm
Communications Studies - June 25, 2014
This is my third year attending the online degree program through Ashford. The concept behind the unique education process really turned me on to the school. I was in the Armed Forces (journalist in the Army) and wanted to make the most of my education from the military. Maintaining a full time job and family is hard enough, so an online focused curriculum was essential for me. From the beginning I had issues with their finance department (i.e losing paperwork, holding excess funds for more than 14 days (which is against the law), and a poorly organized staff). Despite the flaws with their finance department I was committed to getting my degree. Over the 3 years I have had 4 student advisors. I was forced to request student loans from my first advisor and when I told her she was wrong she threatened to kick me out of school. So, like anyone in my position would do, I requested to speak with her supervisor. She then stopped returning my calls, hung up on me and refused to give me any information about who he was (seriously!). That didn't stop me, about 5 weeks after I finally spoke with him after emailing him several times and leaving multiple messages. He changed my advisor and my experience started to look up again. Until my advisor changed again without my knowledge and they started double charging me for classes. Their financial department is a mess. Their advisors are uninformed and it seems as though they read a script when speaking with you. Most of your classes are pre-chosen. Although I got a random email yesterday saying I needed to pick 8 credit hours of electives so I could finish up my degree. All the classes I chose, were unavailable. All their material is online and written by a professor through the University. The professors seem to have a respectable education background, but most of them honestly don't care. My current instructor can't even spell my name right, and it is right in front of her when she is grading my work. You are basically paying for a degree and it is a very self motivated program. Some of my fellow classmates should not be passing classes. I have provided an excerpt from a discussion post as an example, "I believe for the benefit of the people, the citizens should have the only right to make the decisions concerning certain decisions. Remember, this would be the President that would make decisions for the benefit of the people". The assigned discussion was "explain the Electoral College, discuss pros and cons of the system and explain how you believe this affects contemporary America." She had no in-text citations, her APA formatting was not used and she ended the discussion with essentially, a signature. The following quote is the response from our instructor, "I enjoyed reading your discussion about the electoral college. Your discussion is also well written and well organized. You also have a good discussion about why the electoral college is needed and how it works." Seriously? Well organized? Her post was 4 sentences of something that makes no sense, nor does it meet the expectations of the instructions. If you want to pay for a degree, this is the program for you, but if you want to be challenged and earn your education, you should not waste your time.
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