Review Averages: 6.1 out of 10 (110 reviews)Athabasca University of Alberta, Canada was founded in 1970 by Alberta’s provincial government with the mandate to offer distance education to students aged 16 and older. This leader in online learning offers more than 70 programs in French and English to students worldwide. Individual and group learning formats are available.
Accreditation: Province of Alberta
Athabasca University Reviews:
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
AVOID at all costs
RN to BSN - April 9, 2015
First of all I would like to let you know that I have completed my degree and I know how terrible experience I have had at AU. I was stuck in a situation where it just made sense for me to just finish what I had started even if that meant complete dissatisfaction. I finished my RN at AU however throughout the process I have figured out that AU's main goal is not education it is straight up MONEY! They don't care they will fail you, change their rules, increase their GPA's on you when you think you are close to finishing. Also there is a clear partiality that AU does with people not from Alberta literally they don't care if you not from Alberta. They will take your money and tell you too bad too sad we changed our rules and you don't qualify for this course or program anymore. You will have to take three or four more courses again to qualify. You will see that most people with positive comments on here are either live in Alberta or are originally from Alberta. So please anyone whose not from Alberta don't waste your time here like I did. Its better to wait and get into your local university/college or a quality university/college online than to get into AU. Hopefully you will take my advise and won't like to learn the hard way like myself. Keep pushing and stay motivated you will get there just be aware of unprofessional schools like AU.
eMBA - a fully recognized career changing program
MBA - March 19, 2015
In my last year of eMBA and “I’m lovin’ it”. Only 2 courses away from my MBA degree. I am almost 50 now. It has been truly great experience because AthabascaU’ fully online teaching method provides great flexibility to be able to participate and make progress from anywhere in the world as long as I have the access to the internet. The value added by this program to my professional career is absolutely critical to my professional success. Good thing is that program awards PBDM Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Management) half way through the program so if someone decides to drop the program in the middle it still provides great value for the money and time spent. AU’s eMBA program is not cheap but lot cheaper compare to similar programs that are offered by other part time and online universities in Canada. Beware: Most of the American (USA) and British based online universities are not fully recognized in Canada so it is not recommend investing money in a program that is run by non-Canadian institutes. Those are perhaps private business and not a public funded institution unlike Athabasca. Being the current student of AU eMBA program I would suggest AU’s management one thing: AU should consider adding a web-cam based learning/discussion session where students can talk/listen professors in the real time at least once during each course. This will sure add personal touch for those who really love it (Baby boomers and X-Gen) Good luck to future cohorts.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as 5 years ago - Poor recent experience
Computing and Info Systems - March 14, 2015
I already have two degrees from a bricks and mortar university, and I've been taking courses at Athabasca University for about 5 years now. Over the course of the 5 years, I can say the courses have been deteriorating in quality. I believe Athabasca has become complacent. The most recent course I took was terrible. COMP200 was poorly organized and the technology aspects were laughable. I went through the proper channels to try to get some things changed, including having almost no links in the teaching material that were not dead, and including adding Sticky Topics to the forum to assist students, but absolutely no changes were made in the 6 months.They are sympathetic at the administration level, but have no power to get things changed. They are aware there are issues. In addition, they have changed the tutor model, so that you submit a ticket to a central processing group, and then it gets farmed out to mostly the same tutor, but not always. In other words, you don't have any continuity with your assistance - typically you have to wait two days for a response. Not ok when you're stuck with a problem in your coding. And good luck if the tutor's answer was not clear, and then you have to ask for clarification - another two days goes by. Students end up using each other for assistance, which is difficult because you're not supposed to post much of your code. Frustrating, so say the least. The final exam did not reflect the course material (I'm an A++ student and got C- on the final - I am well versed in getting A+ marks, so it wasn't my studying or abilities.) There were errors in the practice exam material (math errors) as well - you just have to wonder whether there were errors in the final - but no feedback, of course. I'm a pretty positive person, but having taken 6 Athabasca courses now, and have noticed a definite slide in the quality of the courses as well as the quality and availability of tutor help. I spoke with a tutor and he was very bitter about the model, saying they only get paid now if they work with a student. No tutors were on the forum - it was the blind leading the blind where students were doing their best to help other students. I was shocked at how poorly the whole course was run. I would not recommend Athabasca, and I am researching another online university to take my Computer Science Certificate from.
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Avoid this so called university!!!!!!
Athabasca University - February 15, 2015
What a waste of money and time. This is the worse university I have ever had to pay money to and attend. I had to do a math course to finish my degree at another university and this was a very horrendous experience for me. I had to do two supplemental exams, because I failed the computer section by .5 points. I aced the theory sections and the mean awful professor failed me. I had to pay $250 to do a supplemental exam worth 7 percent......yes 7 percent. I will never recommend this awful, stupid money grabbing university to anyone.AVOID!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One course does not make a program, but given my experience would not recommend
Anthropology - January 30, 2015
Completed one research methodology course to supplement my graduate education at a different institution. Value for money was poor considering how little feedback and direction was offered by the professor. There was always an excuse for not responding to questions or assignments - away doing field research, away for year-end holiday, busy preparing for a conference, presenting a paper, etc, etc. Perhaps Athabasca is demanding of its professors and this person is overworked. I feel like the university took my money but delivered little in return.
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.22 GPA student telling you to AVOID AT ALL COSTS
Commerce - November 27, 2014
Here is the skinny, I did 99% of my degree at Dalhousie but I wanted to get a jump on the job market so I left my bachelor's degree 2 classes shy. I thought I would just do them distance and it would be a piece of cake. Well, Athabasca University is not at all what conventional distance is supposed to be. I had a 4.22 GPA so I am a motivated student and I still could not get over how difficult this school makes its course work. Here is how it works; you pay like 800 with fees per course, they send you an outdated textbook, then you literally have to learn from the textbook without help. They do not teach you via webinars or pre-recorded lectures. I cannot emphasize this point enough YOU WILL HAVE TO TEACH YOURSELF EVERYTHING. My advice give you money to a local college or university not this joke of a corporation because after my 1 courses I sure did.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Unreliable Online Course
Athabasca University - November 6, 2014
The program required to submit my oral presentations was said to have many difficulties. My tutor told me that she could arrange alternatives if I had difficulties. I needed such alternatives; however, her support was not there. I submitted my assignment via document and she refused. Unprofessionally, I was told to leave a voicemail as my submission. The University I attend full-time and the invigilator school had recommended I do not pursue this demand. Half of the emails I have sent to this tutor were unresponded to. It took over a month for her to reply with my password and username for the program I needed to use to meet deadlines. She has not been in her office during designated officer hours on 5 accounts that I have called and left messages. She has failed to return my phone calls. Upon calling the University for assistance, I was redirected many times. I was told to send an email with documentation of my experience at that time. This I will wait to do upon completion of the course. How can this process be effective when the email I send will be forwarded to the Tutor that will mark the rest of my assignments?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Avoid....especially if American and need an exam invigilator down here.
Undeclared - October 27, 2014
I am taking two courses for enrichment. I am an American and need exam services to mail exams to a college near me. The exam unit is not good, lady was really mean and was talking to a co-worker while I was trying to straighten things out. Not worth the aggravation even for enrichment and if you actually have to get a degree and job afterwards I would not touch this place. The courses (both math) are OK but ludicrously hard given the limited interaction with instructors. The tutors do make a game attempt and I always heard back from them immediately so there's that. Oh, you probably will not get any e-mails from admin since they tend to bounce back from your ISP and god forbid they call you and leave a message.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Bachelor of Management - October 23, 2014
I don't even know where to begin with this. My experience at Athabasca was horrendous. The school has the worst administration I have EVER dealt with in my life. Please keep in mind I am a post graduate student with Dean's list standing every semester at my University where I am highly regarded by both my peers and professors. Because my school did not offer the courses I needed within the timeframes it was suggested that I take Athabasca courses. 4 of them unfortunately. I have paid out of my teeth to have incorrect exams sent, sent on wrong dates, tracking down exams, exams lost, and the poorest quality of exams I have ever written. The school has a great policies (thick with sarcasm) that every student must strictly adhere to otherwise you will be charged anywhere from 100-200 dollars, but if Athabasca messes up your schooling you won't even receive an apology. Any invigilator that I have utilized to write my exams for Athabasca says they have deplorable habits when it comes to sending exams correctly. Athabasca does not care about you as a student they "fee" everything and do not even bother contesting in their appeals department because it will fall on deaf ears. Honestly, it never ends with them. I was sent wrong textbooks, used textbooks (that I paid full price for), you name it they have done it to me. The courses range from the simplest, teach yourself in a week and get an A course, to the most cryptic, none course related crap you have ever tried to teach yourself without any help from tutors. One course I paid full price (which would typically include a textbook) and I ended up printing out 25 articles, each around 15 pages, to get my material for the course. It amazes me that Athabasca is receiving good, or even exceptional, reviews. If you don't mind wasting your time and money and dealing with the most incompetent staff in the history of online schooling, please be my guest and try it out. It's like playing Russian Roulette. Every course has been a stress inducing nightmare for the last 6 months. Enjoy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Student Loans Workers Negligent at best
Athabasca University - October 16, 2014
If you need to use the student loan department of this university, then I hope for your sake that your name does not begin with R-Z. [Name omitted] is the worst person you could ever be unlucky enough to have assigned to your name. She has no interest in doing an effective job, and does not care one whit for the importance of your education. If she decides she doesn't like you, she will do everything in her power to hold up your application...and if you dare ask any questions about her behavior, or if you question the status of the appendix 3 they are supposed to send, she will decide she does not like you. If you are abused by the complete futility of this woman's work (or lack thereof) don't bother attempting to contact the supervisor. She will just brush you off and not answer or return your calls or emails. There is NO accountability to this department whatsoever, and your funding is at the mercy of childish, snotty, inept buffoons.
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