Review Averages: 6.8 out of 10
Aspen University Reviews:
Not for Everyone - But excellent for the right person
MBA - Project Management - November 2, 2015
I a currently registered student with Aspen University approximately 1/2 way through my MBA degree. I have found, as with most online programs, that you can get out of this what you put in. It is, however, not for everyone. You must be very self-disciplined and excel at self-learning to excel in this school. Aspen has recently (2015) upgraded their student portal and virtual classroom and I find the new improvements in layout as well as course content to be excellent improvements. There is now a great deal of consistency in curriculum across all the courses of a program. However, as I mentioned, with the MBA program, this is essentially self-guided learning. Quite honestly, if you're going for your MBA I feel this is a completely reasonable expectation. You should be able to do proper research and absorb concepts through reading on your own. There is no synchronous learning component and the exchanges through blog posts etc have minimal value. Instructors grade assignments and provide feedback but it is difficult to learn concepts through this exchange. Typically this feedback is used to make adjustments to style of writing or assignment content to raise your grade. There have been times where I have struggled with some of the more difficult concepts or more often with understanding the assignment, and at those times wished there was a real-time resource that I could consult for guidance, such as the ability to call my professor or receive a more immediate response. Sometimes emailed responses can take several days, so if you want to use that option you can't delay on your assignments. I was able to work through online resources and rely on friends and associates where I struggled. As far as bang-for-the-buck higher education, I find this to be the best low-cost higher education you can obtain. I have a limited budget and reimbursement policy from my job and were it not for Aspen I would probably not be getting my MBA at all or at a MUCH slower pace. Because I take the time to do the assignments as they are laid out, reading the chapters, researching my posts and essays and the assignments given, I have been receiving a good education in the materials, I have a 4.0 GPA, and feel that this MBA has definite value in my career. They run the administration very lean and there are but a few people in each department. However, I find the responsiveness and service has drastically improved over the past year. My academic advisor now makes proactive calls during each semester to review my progress within the class and toward my overall goals. If you have more traditional classroom learning expectations this is probably not the place for you. If you prefer ultimate flexibility in your curriculum and course schedule and are a good manager of your own time and excel at self-directed learning, I think you would be hard pressed to find an equal value for the money invested.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Blame the Customer
Master of Science in Information Management - October 5, 2015
Buyer Beware! This is not what you think it is. When the admissions counselor sweet talks you and tells you how great the school is, be sure to ask her what the student retention rate is for Aspen. I'm willing to bet that she does not know or will not tell you. That's because Aspen seems to have a very difficult time keeping their students. The professors rarely show up to class. There are maybe one or two people in your class, if you are lucky, so the ability to hold discussions is moot. The student services do not follow up on your questions. The financial aid office does not communicate information (like the fact that your financial aid has been rescinded, ostensibly due to a glitch in THEIR system). "Blame the Customer" seems to be the mantra at that school. They have very few customer service skills.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Half-way through and very pleased with the program
MBA - April 6, 2015
As a retired military veteran working full time in industry while raising young children, I needed an affordable program that would adapt to my needs. Aspen fit the bill. Courses start on Tuesday, and last for 10 weeks. By Thursday midnight, you must have read the material for the week and submitted a contribution to the online discussion forum. By midnight the following Monday the assignment for that week is due. I obtained permission from my employer to use company time and resources for my professional development. I can handle one course at a time and complete my work and school work without having to take it home, allowing me to support my children. I can attest that the course work is real and challenging. The course materials are the same as the ones used in the more elite programs. I also obtained 9 credit hours for completing my PMP certification (paid by my employer), which streamlined my progress, and advanced my education with real world experience. Aspen U is for the self-starter. You get out of it, what you put in. If you are seeking an education at an affordable price, this is a great program. If you need a pedigree, and can't study without attending classes in person, then it is probably not the program for you. I'll check in again after I finish the program.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Need Hand Holding - Wrong School!
EdD - Doctor of Education - March 24, 2015
I currently hold 5 degrees, all from RA, well known universities. I am busy and cannot attend a brick and mortar school. I looked into Aspen and found the price and ROI excellent. Since they have upgraded their website and software (Jan,2015), this school has jumped up 3 steps in quality! The coursework has been completely revamped and updated, professors are very supportive and offer timely feedback. If you think you are going to skate through the coursework, you are sadly mistaken! There are now 10 modules per course (instead of 8) and the writing is extensive! You learn a lot and work hard. If you are an adult learner that needs consistent feedback, or are a poor reader/writer, you will struggle with this program! I have found it to be an excellent academic program and, just for the record, Aspen plans on becoming "regionally accredited" in the near future.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great School For People That Just Want a Degree
BS Criminal Justice - February 12, 2015
This school is DETC accredited, so if you want to become a Teacher, Librarian, etc don't come here. Come to this school if you are looking to advance in your company or to have a Bachelors and/or Masters to add to your resume. I want to advance with my company so I'm coming to this school to graduate and get that degree and advance. I'm not looking for an education (I read and write all day so learning comes naturally and on my own personal time) I love that in each class so far there is only one assignment and one discussion post per module. It's very easy, you just have to have the time to write the essay (1,000 words..appx 4 pages) so, if you can handle that (which, you should since it's college, but still super easy) then I believe you should choose Aspen. It is super cheap, so even if you have to repay the student loans it won't be that much. Come to Aspen, get that degree and advance in life (remember: You will all learn on the job, you will learn nothing about your job reading a school book.)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Law Enforcement Programs
Master of Science Criminal Justice - February 1, 2015
I finished my MSCJ with a specialization in Law Enforcement Management in December, 2014. I have been a sworn Connecticut municipal police officer for a total of 16 years, and picked up this program during my 14th year. This program was challenging, the material made me work, and I really feel I earned my degree. The staff at Aspen is excellent. The professors are active or retired law enforcement or military veterans, and in most classes I communicated with other public safety professionals worldwide. I can not say enough about the experience I had learning about different criminal justice systems, learning about the mechanics of police work I have living every day since I was sworn in in 1998. The online library was not useful for me, however, I was able to conduct great research online. This program is great for professional that wish to increase their knowledge, earning power, and move forward in their careers. I was able to complpete the classes, often ahead of schedule, on my off time, during lunch breaks, or whenever. Very flexible schedule. The new tuition plan, $350.00 a month during the time I spent in the program, allowed me to earn my degree with no debt. If you are a veteran like me, this is a great school to attend. I did not pay fees or have purchase text books for any of my classes.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I Recommend Going to this institution
Master of Science in Information Management - December 5, 2014
I recommend this school to anyone. This school challenges you. You have to read the material and it will help for you to learn. completing this MS of Information Management has helped me become a better trial manager in my field. I definitely recommend Aspen to anyone looking to advance their career and skills.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as it sounds
Master of Science in Nursing - October 2, 2014
I can not get a teacher to answer to requests for support. Every class is structured the same. Feed back on assignments is inadequate. No one checks in on you to assure quality. No lectures, no guidance.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
MBA - September 20, 2014
Aspen is a great school for distance learning and individuals who cannot attend traditional college classes. The courses are challenging and I found my experience at Aspen to be very beneficial and rewarding. However, it does take dedication to participate in distance learning that is self directed and some individuals simply do not have the ability to self motivate without attending classes. I would recommend (and have) Aspen to anyone that is looking for a quality education at an affordable price.
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
BS in education
Master of Education - August 2, 2014
This college is a rip off and you can not use the degree because it's not a regional accredited school. When I first started taking classes the advisors indicated I would have no problems using my degree in the state that I live in (nj). This could not be the furthest thing from the truth. NJ will not even recognize my degree so this school was a waste of time
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