Review Averages: 6.9 out of 10
Aspen University Reviews:
Better program than most online programs
Masters in Psychology and Addictions - April 4, 2016
This school offers online education which is essentially self-guided education. I have been to the brick and mortar schools, online education, and community classes. By far, this program has given me the best results at the best value. I found that I can engage in a discussion to the extent that I want in my time. Often with the classroom setting, you are faced with tiredness from more than one person and a pressure to interact that inhibits your ability to provide good responses. With other online programs, they try to mimic the classroom setting and often expect you to take off for two weeks to go visit them for colloquiums. And yet you have to pay for all the expenses to go and take time off of work. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of online education? Aspen does not impose on you all those other hybrid program rules. Aspen also accepts your transfer credits from more than 10 years ago as long as the material matches their courses. I think that is invaluable nowadays with so many professionals trying to go back to school. All the professors respond in a timely fashion, which is worth its weight in gold. They give great responses to your assignments aimed at helping you improve your writing style and to follow APA guidelines. I feel that a lot of people would love this program. My only suggestion to Aspen is to have a direct link to the library, Proquest and ERIC, available on the front page. If they improve that link function, then they are set.
Great MBA Program
MBA - March 30, 2016
I recently graduated from Aspen's MBA Program. It took me nearly 4.5 years (of course some complete the program in half that time). First, if you think this is an easy program....you would be very wrong. I've attended several colleges over the years and I have kids in large, state institutions. The Aspen workload is substantial, and more than any other college class I've taken anywhere. Very few traditional classes require you to read an entire textbook, collaborate with others in online forums, and turn in 10-20 pages of APA formatted and referenced content each week, all while learning in a self directed, online format. It's a challenge for sure. I found all instructors to be available and helpful with questions and guidance and the new learning management system to be exceptional. I was also impressed with the program content (including problem solving work and an entire course dedicated to TRIZ) and I am absolutely a better businessman as a result of what I learned during the program. Of course, you get out what you put in - same as any other college experience. My only advice is that online learning is significantly more challenging than any traditional coursework; so be ready to read, research, and work every week. I saw many students struggle not realizing the level of commitment required to complete this program. I'm very happy with my choice to attend Aspen and would recommend it to anyone.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Masters in Psychology and Addictions - February 23, 2016
Overall exceptional experience. Books and materials online are excellent. My professor is great-responses to emails and gives great feedback on assignments and discussions. I agree with some of the students. Graduate school is not for everyone. I don't know of any graduate program online or brick and mortar that holds your hand and walks you through everything step by step. Graduate programs take commitment and dedication. All graduate programs are mostly research driven with thesis, capstones, internships and practicums. Large amounts of reading, writing and research. And if the complains are about undergraduate program don't go to graduate school. As a final note anything of value is hard work. Good Luck To All!!!!
I regret my Aspen Decision
MBA - February 5, 2016
First and foremost it’s a business – if you learn great if you don’t they don’t care! I was made to feel that they were doing me a favor by allowing me to be their customer (BTW I have received an A in every course I completed). Be careful - they change their policies with little notice and no student involvement. My student advisor is not very knowledgeable and regularly sends me to others in the business for answers instead of finding the answers on my behalf (hey guys great idea! fire the advisors and pass the savings to your customers). The Bursar’s office and Registrar’s office maintain a non-customer attitude (once they have your money they know you have no alternative). They state one rate and magically you are required to pay another rate. They use the term University Policy a lot – yet fail to have adequate documentation to inform you of those policies. Some of my teachers have been poor quality - they refer you to the text / web for assistance rather than "teaching". I’m about half way through and regret my decision.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I LOVE the school except...
RN to BSN (Nursing) - January 25, 2016
I LOVE Aspen! I was so scared to go back to school as I haven't been a student in almost 20 years. My whole experience has been great so far. The professors and advisors are so helpful. My first week I probably talked to my Advisor and teacher 5 times just to make sure I was doing everything correctly. Everyone is so helpful and patient. My only critique- there's an advisor who doesn't seem to speak english. Trying to get help from him is very frustrating. other than that... I LOVE ASPEN!!!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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.
3 of 8 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.
8 of 9 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.
12 of 14 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.
14 of 17 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.)
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