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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 10, 2014

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There are positives and negatives I've taken many courses through Athabasca for my undergrad degree at University of Ottawa through their recommendation when some of my courses there have been full and/or because of convenience while I travel and am not able to take a course in class. It's great because of convenience and being able to do the course at your own time. However, this can also be a disadvantage if you have troubles self-motivating yourself to do the work. Although the school provides a suggested schedule for each course, I've normally found it harder to follow (out of my own laziness and lack of motivation). Despite this, I've been able to get through most of my courses I've done there, even if I end up doing everything within 2 weeks. There are some negatives as well though. Overall the tutors are good, but I find that they only help as much as you do to ask. Asides from introduction e-mails, I haven't really had any follow ups on how I'm doing in the course etc. When I do ask questions, I normally get good responses but that is about it. There are exceptions either way though. For example, for a Psychology course, my tutor was great and would provide immense feedback on my material being so specific that she would even mention the smallest spelling or grammatical error. While this could be seen as nitpicky, for an online university with no real professor-student interaction, it was great and really helpful. At the same time, I've had professors who have given minimal feedback and have barely connected with me through the term. I've also had some very dick professors who have been pissed off that I haven't followed the study schedule and have given me a low mark simply because they felt "I should've spent longer on my assignment". I did apply to a Master's program and got in but ultimately chose not to do it. The reasons don't necessarily have to do with the school, but more so because of the timing of it. I personally like being in real classrooms and like the feeling of going to school and learning from a professor. I think it creates much more simulated learning and analytical thinking. That being said, if you follow the Athabasca courses and curriculum as prescribed for each course, it should more or less do the same. I just think as humans it is sometimes harder for us to find that motivation to do it. Also, for some courses the curriculum does seem very 'easy' per se and I haven't found the assignments to be reflective of what we learn. This has been rare tough. I also find their library databases to be limited and dated at times. Overall, I think the university is great for taking courses here and there especially if you are travelling or have other commitments that make it difficult to attend class in person etc. Would I do my full university undergrad degree or graduate degree there? Most likely not. It isn't a horrible thing, but just not the way I would choose to learn. If I had to because of my circumstances, it is a great alternate choice.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 3, 2014 (email verified)

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No cruise control Athabasca is not for those who think they're just going to wing it because it's not a traditional brick and mortar institution or of Ivy League standing. For the record, AU does have several campuses with the main one being in Athabasca, Alberta. I think for that reason, a lot of the courses seem to actually be more challenging than what one would normal expect from a tradition school. Communicating with various departments can be a bit cumbersome if you're asking in general and don't have a name or an extension on hand. E-mailing elicits autoreplies and from time to time some insidious e-mail chains that aimlessly just go back and forth. As other commentors have mentioned, if you get a good TA who is supportive then you're likely to succeed because they too want that for you. However if you find a rare demon then make sure you have a plan B ie) other students/TAs to talk with, library resources, etc... I would love to see AU step into the e-light and stop with the outdated materials which they either mail to you and/or you have to access via the Digital Reading Room (scanned docs). All courses with only electronic access and no printed material still costs the same! Not cool.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 30, 2014 (email verified)

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Awful I have to caution you about this institution. Like one of the previous reviewers, I have received little to no support from this institution. Since it is a distance education university, you would think that they would be good at communication, but this is most definitely NOT the case. They have made every single administrative step as DIFFICULT and unpleasant as humanly possible, and have successfully made every effort to let me know that I am just a number, and not in the least bit important to them. This institution just wants your hard earned money, but they do NOT care about your success or making your experience a smooth one. My experience here has been just awful...fraught with complications, stress, and anxiety. I most definitely would not recommend that you give these people your money for something so important as your education.
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(In Progress) on July 20, 2014

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Good and Bad If you have a good TA then everything seems to run smoothly enough. When the TA offers no feedback, it makes it painful to learn. I'm averaging in the high 80's but from time to time get a low mark on an assignment. When the TA only writes "expand" as feedback for why I did poorly and I don't see what needs expanding how can I learn? Many courses refer to outdated material or US-centric material. This is mostly annoying and evidence to how UA is generally phoning it in. The electronic assignments system is frustrating and has more than once resulted in me losing an entire assignment without it submitting properly. I recommend saving answers in a text document just in case. TA and technical support are generally unhelpful. The TA's who are bad can be really bad. Not responding to emails or generally not answering any questions in any meaningful way. (making me wonder why and for what I paid $800) This is really just a school for getting those one or two extra courses you need to appease whatever professional organization you are applying to become a member of.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 7, 2014 (email verified)

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online does not mean inferior! I am about to finish my MA from Athabasca. I was a bit sceptical when i started - I chose Athabasca because I move around alot and needed my degree to come with me. BUT as time went on, I began to realize that I was actually working much harder than my friends who were doing Master's degrees at "regular" Universities. And by working hard I mean that is a GOOD thing. The program is academically challenging, very diverse and I would recommend it. It is probably more autonomous than class-room style courses but if you are self-motivated, you can do very well at Athabasca, get to know some cool professors and peers and learn a great deal.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 25, 2014 (email verified)

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Misinformation in other reviewers comments The previous reviewer mentioned that you cannot be accredited or recognized with the Masters of Counselling degree from Athabasca University which is completely untrue. While you may not be able to register with a provincial psychological association (as they mentioned), you can however register with a provincial counselling association (there is a BIG difference between the two) as you are completing a Counselling degree not a Psychology degree. An individual with a Psychology degree has completely different requirements for using the title "Psychologist" or any variation of it, as well as outcomes for employment, and to confuse the two is baffling. You most certainly qualify to register with the only federal governing body for Counsellors- the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA), and once you receive their qualification you are certified to be a counsellor anywhere in Canada.
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L.korganowski (In Progress) on June 24, 2014 (email verified)

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Love It! I took a computer science course here and am now starting my Masters. I took my undergrad at a top university in Canada, University of Waterloo, and actually find the teaching method and materials much more interesting and better delivered than at Waterloo! I think the key to doing well in online studies is to pace yourself, study hard, and keep in contact with your TA. I found that by asking questions and talking with my TA I built a relationship with them and that helped me get through the whole online aspect (where sometimes you feel like your all alone studying for the whole course). Online courses are great. There is no travel time, all course materials are written down (unlike old fashioned professors at lectures!). By providing all of the detailed course notes its like they actually want you to learn and have access to the knowledge, unlike traditional lectures where they just want to see who is listening. Definitely would recommend it! It's a great school.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 18, 2014 (email verified)

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Don't Do It!!! Worst experience ever! I'm a year in and would love nothing more than to go back in time and take this masters program through any other institution. Little to no support and feedback from instructors and absolutely NO support from admin staff. Over the past 10 months I've exchanged over 100 emails with administration regarding registration and payment confusion. I spend half my time dealing with admin instead of actually working on the courses. Of all those emails about half have been ignored, when I asked two seperate individuals to direct me to someone I can speak with in person regarding my frustrations I was once again ignored. If I didn't already give them a year of my life and A LOT of my money I would drop out and apply to another institution. I would never EVER recommend this program to anyone!
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Pgsmith (In Progress) on March 20, 2014 (email verified)

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Terrible experience I took Chem 217, and will never take another course through Athabasca University. I received zero feedback and support. I would not recommend Athabasca University to anyone. It is a money grab.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 20, 2013 (email verified)

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Take your time Go to your local university if possible. DO NOT TAKE ANY HEALTH ADMIN COURSES. Most classes are good. Profs/tutors are different in teaching styles, however, if you reach out, they'll respond with varying level of usefulness. Ask for help early, not the day before the course is over. Overall, it was an mediocre experience. Just heed my warning about any HADM courses, there's a lot of reading, the reading material is archaic and quite arbitrary, and the profs/tutors are poor (on a good day). Good luck.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 3, 2013

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Highly Recommend AU for Graduate Studies I just completed Master of Arts- Integrated Studies and the experience was challenging, rewarding and first-rate. I did have reservations about completing the entire degree in an online environment but my concerns were unfounded. The Professors and Tutors were professional and knowledgeable.Several of the course textbooks were written by teaching professors and others were involved in current research. In no manner do I consider this educational experience "watered -down" compared to traditional universities. My first two degrees were granted from traditional universities and the learning experience was not up to par with AU. I highly recommend AU.
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Gui_rod_dallas (Graduate) on May 20, 2013 (email verified)

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My AU Experience I am an alum in the Bachelor of Science - Computing and Information Systems program. I finished my degree in 2003 and completed roughly 30 courses through AU. Since graduation I now work as a senior software engineer in Dallas, Texas. I was accepted and completed a Masters degree at Texas Tech University in Systems Engineering and are currently in the last phase of my Ph.D. at Texas Tech University in Systems Engineering. Where did my AU degree get me? To the very top of a tier one institution in the United States and to a profession that allows me to provide very well for my family. My course work at AU was exceptional. That being said AU is not for the faint of heart and definitely not for the lazy. You will get exactly what you put into your studies. Would I do it again? Oh yeah and much sooner. Take it from an alum who is giving it to you straight.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 20, 2013 (email verified)

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Pretty good program - challenging material In the process of completing my degree. It IS hard to learn on your own, but the tutors have been very helpful with any questions I have. In courses I studied for and applied myself, no mark lower than an A. In courses I slacked off in, or was too busy with work to put in a lot of effort, I didn't do too well, which is what I expected.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 24, 2013

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High-Quality Graduate Programs The Athabasca University graduate program I have been enrolled for the past three years has many similarities with the graduate program I completed years ago at a "traditional", highly-regarded campus-based Canadian university. My current program has one major difference, though: It is more demanding and the students are professionals with high learning expectations, as well. I have learned substantially by contributing or reviewing well-researched essays in online learning activities (online student discussions on course-related topics, posting of article summaries and critiques, commenting on other students'coursework, presenting assignments online etc). My experience is that Athabasca University graduate programs are designed for learners with discipline and prioritization skills -like most accredited graduate programs, obviously, but with a much higher degree of sense of ownership with respect to learning. Two of my professors hold major research awards or positions, such as Canada Research Chairs, and their contributions to the graduate courses are what I would expect to receive from a top Canadian University program.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 24, 2013 (email verified)

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Computer Science I'm unsure of why there are some bad reviews about the UNIVERSITY here. I've taken about 9 computer science courses with AU right now (over a course of 12 months). My experience with all of them has been surprisingly great. With the exception of one course (data structures), the remaining courses were put together well. A lot of thought went into preparation of courses, evaluation methods as well as the overall composition of the courses. Honestly, they were a lot more demanding and difficult compared to the traditional, campus based courses. But I'm always up for more reading. Sure, for one course I ended up getting a not-so-great instructor with fair-to-OK course materials, but that doesn't mean the university is bad. Tell me the name of ONE single university that has ALL perfect instructors and courses. Impossible. I am enrolled in Waterloo University as a computer engineering student and I've had to do deal with courses with no instructors and no course materials. So, I assume all universities have bad courses here and there.
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Rbleicha619 (In Progress) on March 22, 2013 (email verified)

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HIGHLY EDUCATED PROFESSIONALS To clear the air for those who are discouraging others with full-time jobs, I want to add my two cents. I am a mother of a two year old, I work full-time including overtime shifts. I have been enrolled in AU for 4 years, completing my four degree part-time; i am in my 3rd year.I am currently enrolled in various night courses to boot. That being said, I STILL have enough time to come home after work, eat dinner with my family, play with my daughter, and read stories. The cost of the education is sufficient when compared to other universities. Some universities cost $1000 per course, AU costs around $780, plus $15, to write the exam, and $40 to the in litigation centre I use. The cost is adequate. The reading files and assigned texts are relevant and very informant. I have never been in a position to complain about instructor response time. The longest I waited for a mark was three days, the longest i waited for a response for an urgent question, less than a couple hours. They are fantastic. AU is designed for mature students, who are willing to be disciplined in their studies. It is difficult, BUT it is doable.....just saying. Hope this helps!
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Chrisb (Graduate) on March 3, 2013 (email verified)

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AU is NOT Fully Accredited! (Not CIPS or CEAB approved.) Here are the facts about the BSc CIS program from an AU alumni that graduated in 2011: 1. The program is similar in content to a computer science or software engineering program. (GOOD) 2. The program is legitimate and comparable in difficulty to any other. (Unlike many online credentials that give this method of learning a bad reputation.) Exams are supervised. Assignments are given out and marked. It is a REAL university without the building. (GOOD) 3. The BSc CIS program is NOT accredited by any professional associations in Canada that regulate or provide quality controls to our profession. It is not CIPS accredited. It is not CEAB accredited. (BAD) 4. There is very little communication between university, tutors, and students. Students are advised to use a call centre for many courses and tutor support has been reduced and may be phased out entirely in the future. This makes studying at AU much like studying by going to a library or bookstore: you are on your own for the most part. (BAD) Summary: For students wishing to gain a career in software development, this program is considered to be a "generalist's" degree that will only take you halfway. Employers and professional associations don't view it as being equivalent to a computer science or software engineering program. Professional Engineers of Ontario will label you as a technologist if you apply for their P.Eng license in software engineering. They do not recognize online or distance education at all. CIPS will make you complete an additional two years of work experience before allowing you to gain an ISP certification. Considering the high cost of tuition and the alternatives available, students seeking a career in IT would do well to either take a much shorter program and gain an A+ or Network+ certification (depending on where your interests lie) or go to a B&M university and get CS or SE.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 23, 2013 (email verified)

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Great Experience I'm currently enrolled in the BCom Accounting Major program through Athabasca University and I couldn't be any more satisfied. I'm in my final year of studies and, after 3 full-time years, find it to be equally challenging as a bricks and mortar educational institution. I simply prefer completing courses at my own pace and on my own time.
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Amanda.Rob_UCLA (Graduate) on February 9, 2013 (email verified)

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Amazing Institution Overall I must say that if you REALLY love learning, if you are REALLY serious about mastering the courses you take, then you REALLY need to finish your degree in AU. If you want to run through a course, study for a week and pass a course, you should avoid this institution. I've had friends taking some courses thinking just because it's "online" it's gonna be "easy" and something they can just "walk through". WRONG!!!! Please do not waste your money, taking online courses is not what you think, it requires serious commitment and dedication. That could be my only advice to you
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 1, 2013 (email verified)

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Athabasca Experience Hi, first of all, let me give you a bit of background: I graduated with a commerce degree from University of Toronto, and I pursued MBA in York University. Let me clarify that this is a real university. The level of difficulty and the amount of reading/studying that's required is often beyond what was required of me in University of Toronto or York. AU is very practical, the focus is both on the academic side and on the practical side - which means a lot more work than what you just study in school.
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Keongmei (In Progress) on January 9, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent experience I've been reading some of the previous reviews and it's clear some of these have been written out of anger and frustration. I'm going to be as honest as humanly possible here: Background: I'm an Alberta resident, never attended post secondary before, had pretty horrible high school grades and finally decided to go back to school and pursue a degree. Courses: Most courses are extremely well laid out. All of the business courses that i'm taking (from finance to business writing, etc.) have an extremely easy to use computer system. As long as you FOLLOW the program to a T, you can't go wrong. From what I can tell, these systems are tried and tested and the genuinely work. There's a couple of courses I've come across (electives in Health) that don't have a lot of "online learning" sources but they provide you with all of the hard-copy materials you need. The courses are approximately $660 each and as long as you are within range of a campus, you never have to pay for exams. If you're out in the boonies or no where near an Athabasca campus, the invigilator that you request (alternative uni or college) will charge you a fee...this is not Athabasca's fee, no one's gonna run your exam for free especially if you're not their student. Support: Student support has been amazing so far. If I've ever had questions, all I do is email and I'll have an answer by the next day at the latest. There are student forums available for each course so if you need an answer right away on a specific problem, 99% of the time, someone else has previously asked that question and it's been answered...you can simply search the forums by keywords. If it's not the profs helping, the people at the student support centre have been amazing and extremely knowledgeable. I had no idea what I was walking into when I started all of this and to be honest, they're the only university that didn't treat me like a complete moron when I asked basic questions about the programs. Financial Aid: I had to get financial aid for everything. I'm not working, and Linda in the financial aid department assisted me with the whole process. She was very prompt in her responses and I was never left hanging (contrary to previous posts). My suggestions: Be prepared, this isn't high school, they're not going to hold your hand. You need to take responsibility for doing a lot of your own research and if you're asking your profs for answers to questions on assignments...don't be surprised if you don't get one. They've always been great and showing me HOW to find an answer rather than handing it to me, which I feel is what a lot of students are looking for. Set up a study schedule, especially if you're on financial aid. If you are "self funded", you will have 6 months to complete your courses; if you are using financial aid, you have 4 months to complete them. All of the sample study guides that you are provided with are usually for 6 months. Take the time to create a 4 month study schedule for yourself (which student support can help you with organizing if necessary). Like I said, this is the honest truth from a current AU student, been out of school for almost 10 years and I currently have a 4.0 average, what does that tell you? It's not the profs that made this happen, but I was provided with all the tools and resources I needed...you just have to be wise enough to use them all and not let yourself get overwhelmed. I hope this helps those of you that were on the fence about AU, JUST DO IT. You won't regret it.
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Gwidmeyer (In Progress) on January 8, 2013 (email verified)

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Very Pleased! I have been very please with Athabasca University so far. I'm nearly done my 3rd year, and up to this point the experience has been very positive. I have to note that in contrast to another review I read about the Computer and Information Systems degree, I find this to be an excellent program for someone working full time. I am very dedicated and disciplined with my studies, I currently work full-time in Information Technology, and having these courses available to work on at anytime is the perfect solution. I get a few hours each evening, and weekends, which has been plenty so far. Again, in contrast to a previous review of this program, the courses are about $660, the textbook is mailed directly to you within about 2-3 days (even if the courses doesn't start for a while), and the school offers plenty of exam writing times at its locations which you can schedule from their website. I've never had to pay for an invilgator (the previous reviewer must live in the middle of nowhere), and you are given 6 months to complete courses, however I've never needed for than 2-3 months to finish the course material. Some of the information and learning materials can be outdated, but you are going to find that at any school. Overall I find the instructors fair on their marking, I find the tutors very helpful and always available for questions, and I find the courses well structured and reasonably difficult to work through (yes this is a good thing).
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 10, 2012 (email verified)

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Hard work buy should be expected This school serves its purpose. It defenitly isn't on top off using the most updated and quality material. However, for distance learning and the flexibility that comes along with that it is adiqute. I'm in my first yr working toward a career change and have 2 kids. I will only complete 13 courses with them then I'm transferring, and some of the tutors have been horrible but others have been great. It is hard work doing all the learning without being taught but with a lot of effort it can be done. It is not easier because it is online it's more difficult. Real courses without the lectures!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 1, 2012 (email verified)

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MScIS - Athabasca University The Master of Science - Information Systems with Athabasca University, I'm currently finishing my last elective course before embarking on the Project route. So far this program and the professors have offered me what I was looking for, an array of interesting courses, accurate feedback about my assignments, and most importantly, the power to manage my own schedule. I'm so glad I took the right path when deciding what to do with my career, the main challenge? it has not been any course or assignment, it is just the fact that you must be able be discipline yourself, use every bit of spare time and work on your TME's, say goodbye to relaxation on the weekends if you work full-time. There is people who thinks the program could benefit from different media delivery models, but you what? working in IT, what you don't get is what you have to look for yourself. Up to this point I'm ok with what this program offers. This is the right one to go for ONLY if you know you have necessary tools and desire to expand your career.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 12, 2012 (email verified)

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Positive Experience with AU I have been with AU for my entire degree (a 4 year B.A.) and it was the best choice I ever made! I started straight out of high-school, but all my friends went to "traditional - classroom setting universities" and for years now I have heard the complaints of long wait-lists, long commutes, too big of class sizes, etc. and, thankfully, at AU you don't have to worry about that at all! One thing I find laughable is that other reviewers have said "they send us textbooks and we're supposed to do it on our own!?"....oh really? That's a big surprise to you!?! It's called distance education, people! What did you expect? A professor to hop out of your "course materials package"? Also, in my experience (as with others in more traditional schools), you'll get much more support from teachers if you communicate with them regularly. It's your education, so you have take some initiative. Having said that, I did have some profs. I wasn't too fond of, but ask any student at any university and I'm sure all of their teachers weren't rays of sunshine! AU has allowed me to have a very flexible school schedule, which has helped my work schedule and social life be flexible too. Basically, I create my own hours which is so nice. I do agree that it can be expensive and there is A LOT of work (most of which you will do on your own), but if I had to do it all again, I would without hesitation. Don't let the negative reviews about bad teachers/admin. or $$$ or whatever else scare you away...it's been almost 4 years at AU for me and I have no complaints :)
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 24, 2012 (email verified)

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Distance Science Courses are on Par with Brick and Mortar I've completed two university degrees at reputable universities, with one degree at a graduate level. I decided to start a 2nd undergraduate and changed my direction to science (Physics, Biology, Chem.) and have found the material to be very good. In fact, the books and assignments are very similar to two of the local universities in my city, but since they only offer day-time classes and I have to work, it is impossible for me to attend. I would strongly recommend home learning for self-motivated mature people who are willing to take responsibility for their own study's from assignment completion to exam preparation. Cheers.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 23, 2012 (email verified)

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I've been burned Studying at the Graduate Center for Applied Psychology (GCAP) associated with Athabasca University..!? Think twice… The program is Alberta-based and Alberta funded. Any candidate coming from ANY other Canadian provinces should be ready to face a long-standing and non-ending battle to have their expensive on-line acquired diploma recognizes For instance, the Ontario Psychological Association works on a credential-based evaluation and they said that they DO NOT recognize distance programs. I means lower pay jobs and to accept diminished responsibilities in the field of psychology (ref. psychological associate who assist the “professionals”)? In addition, consider also the challenge of having a Counselling degree but applying for positions requiring a Psychology academic background. In fact, many of their students are accepted in the program without the completion of a Psychology degree, but only based on their work-related experience. With a cost of $1,500 per course, the diploma will cost you close to $20, 000!!! On top of this amount, be ready to pay a mandatory $700 program fee for EVERY semester for the minimum period of two and a half year necessary to complete their program. Overall, their program lacks substance for so much effort and money $$$ to be invested in a graduate program.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 20, 2012 (email verified)

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So far so good... Almost complete first year of my program. First off, in reading some other reviews I find it ironic that most of the people who give poor reviews cannot spell, and are complaining about the cost of course extensions, exam rewrites, etc. which tells me they failed or did not complete the courses within their contract dates. If you are self-directed, and responsible enough to set a schedule for yourself, you can do well. If you are one of the growing number of self-entitled whiners who wants to have their hand-held through life - find another school. In the contract you have 6 months to complete a course (4 months if you are getting financial aid), and you usually have your course material in hand 1-2 weeks early so you can start reading in advance. The textbook and the supporting website from the textbook publisher are usually the bulk of the course material. The actual AU course sites, at least for the courses I have taken so far, primarily detail readings, assignments, and sometimes expand or clarify material from the textbook. Some courses use discussion forums for student interaction, others do not. Overall the course sites are 'minimalist' do not expect 3d virtual streamed lectures or other bells and whistles. The tutors or call centres (depending on which faculty you are dealing with) have service standards for responding to emails, phone calls, and for assignment and exam marking. Most academic experts beat these standards at least 90% of the time. Like my brick & mortar university experience, the quality of feedback depends on the individual academic expert you are assigned to. If you have a complaint about marks there is a procedure for getting reassesed by a different marker - have not needed it yet. As far as cost, what is advertised on their webpage is what you pay - and they are very clear that you are responsible for examination fees, which you should shop around for if possible. Most 3 credit courses currently cost around $760 (nursing courses cost more) and include all your course materials (although I believe there is a surcharge for lab kits for a few specific courses). You live at home, so there is no commuting, residence, or cafeteria costs. While the course is more expensive than the tuition at my previous brick & mortar school it is far cheaper (even with exam fees) than what I paid for residence, tuition, textbooks, meal plan, travel home on holidays, student union dues, and mandatory student health insurance. Approved exam invigilation centres set their own rates - The one I use is flat rate $50.00 per exam - some I looked at charge hourly fees which can add up during a three hour exam. All courses have a final exam, and many have a midterm so plan on $100 extra per course. Overall, I am happier with Athabasca than I was at the brick & mortar institute who was nickel & diming me to death with fees, who deflated marks by marking on a curve, where the TA's provided no more feedback than the Academic Experts AU assigns, and where I had to learn on the prof's schedule not my own. The only things I miss about my previous institution is connecting with classmates... and pub night.
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Bigmike4632 (In Progress) on August 16, 2012 (email verified)

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credit A guy from here came to visit our school and told us that we could get credit for our diplomas when we graduate. So when I graduated I put my application in and they send me a letter that my diploma from Holland College isn't getting any credit. The people I talked to were very nice and said that they were sorry but what I don't get is why did they come to my school and say I could transfer when I can't. They also said I could have found this out on the web page without applying but the guy who visited our school never said anything about that. I wasted $265.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 14, 2012 (email verified)

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Excellent in Education, Disappointing in Financial Aid Department I'm in my final semester at Athabasca University and almost every class I have taken has been excellent and well structured. I found the tutors to be very knowledgeable and helpful. The times that found the most difficult and painful were when dealing with the financial aid advisers. After four years of dealing with them, I found nothing but difficultly and confusion. Whenever I emailed my adviser it would be responded to by a different adviser for two emails then she would forward it back to my adviser and I never know who to email to have something done. Second, they never sent on my information or intent to study to the student loan office without me sending two or three emails. Any email that I sent them was not responded to for at least 10-15 days if not longer. Super frustrating. I paid my last year myself just to avoid the mass of emails I would have had to send and the frustration with not having them responded to in a timely manner.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 22, 2012 (email verified)

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Did BA at AU, now in MAIS I completed my 4 year BA at Athabasca (with some course work done at the U of A as well) with a double major in sociology and psychology. Overall It was an excellent experience. I did have one poor tutor throughout the whole process but in my time at the U of A I discovered poor instructors also (as I imagine you can occassionally end up with at any school). The tutor I had issues with became much more responsive once tutor services were contacted as they dealt with the concern very promptly. There were some administrative issues towards the end of my degree where several of their senior level sociology courses were under renovations when I was completing my degree and needed to complete them, but they worked with me to ensure I worked things out. Apart from this unwelcome stress at the end of my degree, the experience was quite good. I also saw above a post referring to Jim Brophy, an instructor at AU. I had him for a course and found him to be excellent; he was passionate about his subject matter, interested in what I was planning for my final project and overall a great tutor who I would be happy to have had for multiple courses. I am now starting the MAIS program and am excited about taking it on. I hope to complete a phd in the future and hope that the MAIS degree will be a good stepping stone for further gradute studies.
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Esmereldad (Graduate) on July 17, 2012

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Exceptional Computer Science Program I graduated with my B.Sc. in Computing and Information Systems in 2011. My experience with Athabasca University was outstanding, and I would highly recommend it to anyone considering going through school in a non-traditional manner. If you're not a self-starter, it's not for you. On the other hand, if you don't need someone spoon-feeding you, then this program will be delightfully refreshing for you. I enjoyed setting my own study times, going through materials at my own pace, and speaking with tutors as needed. The instructors and tutors are great group of people. Most of the ones that I interacted with over the course of my 4 years at Athabasca were Ph.D. level professionals with extensive industry experience. The knowledge that I picked up from them has been invaluable in the workplace. It was not difficult for me to get a software development job following graduation, as Athabasca is a highly respectable institution. Unlike the other online degree mills out there, AU is fully accredited in both Canada and the US. I am so glad that I chose to study at AU.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 14, 2012 (email verified)

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AVOID!!!! I had a really bad experience with this school. Before I even applied I had to wait for days, to get answers from admissions (via emails). In response to my detailed questions I was receiving one sentence, vague answers, that did not explain anything. I was misled to believe that the school would be flexible and willing to work with me on my deficiencies in the prerequisite courses, but after spending money for the application fees and waiting long time for their decision, I was not admitted due to lacking two prerequisite courses. I was willing to take these courses separately, but the women from admissions would not even have a decency to replay to my offer. Awful school, awful management and misleading practices. Avoid!
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Stacieh (In Progress) on July 6, 2012 (email verified)

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Good experience I've done over two years of my degree with Athabasca University (mostly full-time liberal arts and business studies), and my experience has been really great. The office staff and professors have generally been friendly and competent, and I have definitely learned a lot from most of the courses I've taken (PHIL152 was boring, though). Any bad experiences I've had have been from dealing with the occasional tutor who grades too harshly or having to slug through a course that I thought I'd enjoy before I started it, only to realize afterwards that it wasn't my cup of tea. Yes, the ODD time there's an error in the course materials, but each course goes through revisions from time to time, so generally it doesn't get in the way of the learning process too much. I know someone else who is doing courses through Athabasca U. and she complains a lot about the school. From what she says (as well as some of the other bad reviews I've seen online), these complaints seem to be largely a matter of being unprepared for the demands of independent study (you must be highly self-motivated - there's no skating by), as well as an inability to separate TYPICAL school problems with problems rooted specifically in Athabasca University. Having a bad experience from a SINGLE tutor from a SINGLE course or a SINGLE exam does not mean the whole system has issues; you were probably just the unlucky one who got the "bad apple" tutor or took a course right before it was reviewed and revised to make improvements. You could have that same experience at almost any other school, too. As a final note, flexibility can only go so far at the post-secondary level. They couldn't run a respectable academic institution if there was absolutely no structure or rules whatsoever. In my experience, Athabasca's flexibility comes largely from the autonomy they give students to determine at what pace they need to work in order to finish by the course contract end date (four months if you're getting govt. funding; six months if you're not.) They also exhibit more openness in their admissions standards, program structures, and in many cases, the prerequisites they require for you to take courses. Anyway, I've had a good experience overall. Remember, independent study is what you make it. Your results will depend largely on the effort and optimism you bring to your work. Nobody's gonna babysit you here.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 28, 2012 (email verified)

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BAD As most people have posted here, this university is all about MONEY. They charge you for everything. For me to get an idea, I registered for one course and that was COM200. You would think that an online university be flexible and you can do your exams at any time you want. well, that's not the case with this university. They charge like 700 for each course (for student out side Alberta), and they charge for course extension and also for exams. Not to mention the money you have to pay to exam invigilation and guess what, if you do not do your exam due to whatever reason their system will assign you "F" and you have to re-do the entire course. If you are a full time employee, forget about this university, it is not flexible at all. Another thing to add, their course material are very old. their comm200 talks about Internet Explorer 4 and Netscape, so go figure. I would not recommend this university if you currently work as full time.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 20, 2012

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LPN to BSN Athabasca university is all about money and does not care about the students. Their administration service is so very very poor especiall the student financial aid Linda, it takes her forver to call or return email feed backs. She also wait too long before registering classes for the students whereby,you miss the dead line to summit. The LPN-BSN program is a money sucker. and they don't care to help students from aout provine helping hand in locating a place to stay for clinical. I think the government should not renew their accreditation for Nursing program as is putting student into big amount of debt. I will not recommend it to anybody out of province.I currently dropped all their classes to enroll another better school
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Trustypenny1 (In Progress) on June 7, 2012 (email verified)

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Biology 204 This is the worst educational institution I have ever dealt with and I'm very used to self-study. Problem #1: They use outdated books that are full of errors. I'm not talking about 1 or 2 corrections here but complete chapters of incorrect information. Problem #2: It took 3 weeks to receive a reply from the department head. Problem #3: They've accused me of not using the 'online material available'. In fact I've used every bit of on-line material available. Problem #4: Their Ombuds office is supposed to deal with any conflicts and all I can say is that their involvement has not amounted to any reasonable solution other than outlandish accusations from the department head. Conclusion: After experiencing this gong show, I do not recommend attending Athabasca U. They are solely after making money and don't care one bit about the quality of their education.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 4, 2012 (email verified)

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An Excellent Experience so fart So far, this program has been everything I expected. In addition to current, up to date and challenging course material, the collaborative experience with tutors and self-directed approach encourage accountability. Tutors are experienced, available and in most cases have been very helpful.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 30, 2012

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High Quality Education I have just completed my MBA and the the academic quality is second to none. The university expects high commitment from students and you must be very self-disciplined to enjoy and be successful in the program. All the administrative staff have always been supportive and responded to my questions/concerns in a timely manner. I would recommend this program to anyone who is ready to take on a challenge.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 23, 2012

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LPN-BSN Iranked up thosands of dollars in debit trying to complet BN in Athabasca. Making students from other province to complet their clinicals in calgary and Edmonton, which is extremely expensive. Accomodation cost alone while you are down there is like $2500 plus plane ticke $800 and food for one month $300. Is very very expensive. I would reccomend anybody to complete their LPN_RN degree at Athababasa. Their Nursing administrative stffs are very rude and cruel. They do not care about the students. It was a very bad experience..............
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 18, 2012 (email verified)

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Very bad experience This was my first experience with on line education. It was terrible!! They were very keen to take my money but never explained that I would have to pay hundreds more to sit the exam and for the invigilator. My instructor lost my assignment and when it was resent admitted he had it. It was almost impossible to contact him and he was less than helpful when I did. When I tried to make a complaint I was told by administration it was not their problem! The text book and information was very out of date. I would recommend that any one tries this online university.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 3, 2012 (email verified)

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Fantastic University, for MATURE learners I just finished my MBA with AU. It is far harder than a conventional university. I have two other degrees from a classroom setting, from good schools, and the MBA program demands are not light. It is however, a very enjoyable program. I truly enjoyed all courses, and yes, I had the one eventual weak prof here and there, but overall, all profs are very competent, and highly educated. I think that the most important advice for AU's prospect students is: if you are lazy, if you like to have things done "for you", don't bother. AU MBA offers a mature environment, for MATURE learners. It is not about "doing yourself" as the support is incredible, but it is about "thinking for yourself". Nobody is there to tell you what to do (although the MBA program will provide you with a detailed agenda, ahead of time, on what to do in each course). You either do it seriously, or you might as well just save your money and time. If you want to "play along" and "piggyback", AU is not for you. Here you really have to work hard, and show that you do work hard.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Great tutors horrible administrators Courses are for the most part very good, most of the tutors are great people. Some tutors, however, seem to have a point to prove. First year bird course tutors seem to want to prove some point. Some of my lowest marks are in courses that were very straight forward. Most tutors are as hands on or hands off as you'd like but I had at least one that gave me a 22% on a major project because I did not call her first to review the material. The web interface for online courses is generally awesome although you will occasionally run into out of date information. Course work is challenging and you feel you're actually earning your degree not getting it handed to you for nothing. Administration is the worst I've ever seen. I have never ran into such an unapologetically cold group before. You'll have to fight tooth and nail for every transfer credit, it took me over 2 years to get all of mine despite having two previous diplomas. There was a screw up on my plan and I was recommended the wrong course for my degree which the administrators blamed on me. That took 2 months to get straightened away. Even graduating has proven to be a chore as professors failed to enter my marks on time and my actual grad date will be about 45 days after I finished my course work. Keep this in mind if you plan on going to graduate school and need your marks from Athabasca. If I had my time back I definitely would of looked more closely at part time studies at local universities. The great tutors were far overshadowed by the abysmal administrators
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 13, 2012 (email verified)

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Nutrition I would urge anyone to consider finding a real school somewhere else. The lay-out of the course is extremely poor. Study Guide as well as the assignment book had errors, quite confusing and not as helpful as they supposed to be. The tutor was very forgetful and incompetent at times, had to remind her a couple of times about the same thing (lost my assignment twice!). Didn't find her helpful at all, she would only give me general answers to all of my questions. Student guide referred to pages that were absent. I would not recommend this university to anyone!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 19, 2012

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Always a positive experience! I've been taking French courses through Athabasca since last year. I have an undergraduate degree but have been accumulating a few extra credits for a diploma in education - teaching French and English. I have absolutely no complaints with the courses I have taken so far, but I do agree with some of the comments on here, particularly those that say distance education is not for the lazy! It takes a lot of time management and organization, but if you're on top of your work you can finish courses in no time. The one problem I had was with an "individualized study" course that was not online. When I realized there were no lessons, just me and a textbook, I promptly withdrew from the course as I really believe there's no use in reading/memorizing a textbook then spewing out information on an exam. There's no value in that. Athabasca was very accommodating and very quick to grant my withdrawal and subsequent registration in an "individualized study ONLINE" course (similar to the previous 2 I had taken). I have also been entirely impressed with the administrative staff at Athabasca. Each time I've called or emailed I've had exceptional service and the Athabasca staff has always been friendly. This institution is really great for distance education online, but beware of distance courses that are not online...I just don't think it's acceptable to charge $700+ only to be sent a textbook, study guide and assignments. Aside from that hiccup, Athabasca is such a good fit for me since I work full-time and have a pretty involved sports schedule. The flexibility of online learning is perfect!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 13, 2012 (email verified)

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Harvard Quality - Seriously Folks, No Graham Scam here If you are looking for an easy way to earn some online credits, look away, Athabasca is NOT for you. This is NOT one of your scam Graham University schools that is just going to give you an A and pat you on the back: By far, Athabasca has offered me some of the most useful, most interesting and at the same time most challenging courses I have taken in my life. I have a Bachelors in Computer Science from University of Toronto, and wanted to get some business credits; so my first thought was to do an Online MBA from Graham (since it's very cheap). It turned out to be a huge mistake, since their courses are very basic aimed at making some easy cash. It's hard to get less than 90% from Graham, since what they offer is just scam. Athabasca on the other hand offers very informative courses, very knowledgeable instructors, and great quality course materials.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 26, 2012

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Terrible experience with Aussie tutor NURS 432 My tutor was terrible and when you talk the financial aid office, the lady does not know what she is doing.she wait till dying to process loan certificate. Thereby making one to getback late
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 17, 2012 (email verified)

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For Mature Students only I recently completed two online courses at AU: BIOL204 and CHEM217. I decided to take these courses out of interest as I am a working High School Teacher. I only went as far as gr. 11 Biology and chemistry so I knew i had to be prepared and organized BIOL204 was mainly readings, two written assignments, 7 at-home labs, and two exams. I did not really speak with my tutor too often and just emailed. I had to re-write my first bio report as it was barely a pass. I took note of my tutor's feedback and scored 80% on the re-written report. The written assignments were not hard but information presented had to be detailed, exact, and with lots of examples. The labs were fun and did not take up a lot of time. The textbook plus assignments ( including assignments grouped by first name that i did not have to do but did anyways) provided enough info for the exams, but i also used random youtube lectures for extra understanding. My final course grade was an A-. I considered this an easy course and not very consuming. CHEM217 was definitely harder and more consuming. I felt like I was doing 2 courses in one. Each chapter included problem sets that needed to be worked through before progressing onwards. I was doing problem sets at least 4 days each week, about 4 to 6 per day. I scored well on the assignments but I got a lot of help from youtube lectures and online examples from various sources. My tutor helped with explaining assignment problems but I was not in contact with them that much. You definitely need to have a tutor available for chemistry. The home lab is requested after passing the first two assignments. I did not get my lab kit until late in my calendar which threw off my study schedule. The labs were very consuming. They took me at least 3 to 4 hours to do as they included additional problems that needed to be answered on top of the basic lab report. It normally took me about 2 days to finish each lab and submit the report. Since i received the lab kit late I was trying to do 10 labs plus problem sets and preparing for my final all in about 3 weeks. I thought both exams were very hard. I scored 68% on my mid-term and 64% on my final (however the marker's feedback for both exams was that I did well). Since I averaged an A on my assignments and A+ in my labs my final grade was a B. In conclusion, I enjoyed the courses because they were challenging and interesting. I felt like I pushed myself intellectually and feel that I can definitely push through academic obstacles. However doing these courses on your own, especially chemistry, requires commitment, organization, focus, and major problem solving skills. I knew that i was getting the basics when I was able to notify my tutor of several chemistry textbook mistakes in a few chapter examples. These were confirmed by him later. But this was after spending hours on these incorrect problems. You dont want to waste time trying to figure out a problem so contacting the tutor as soon as you can is the best thing to do. I wasted a lot of time trying to figure out problems on my own. But i definitely would not have passed CHEM217 without using the internet as a resource for information, lectures, and problem examples. My BIOL204 marks were posted within the two week time frame but the chemistry marks took longer. I notified my tutor when they took too long to post and received them promptly(tutors do not mark exams only assignments). I cant say anything bad about AU. Distance education means you are doing it on your own so if you are well organized and committed you should do fine. If you get a bad tutor then try and get them to give feedback on assignments so you can tailor your results to fit their standards. I did that with my re-written BIO lab report and went from a 53% to an 80%. Chemistry was tough but I am proud that I was able to get through it and complete both courses. I am currently enrolled in BIOL205 and CHEM218. Wish me luck!! R
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 14, 2012 (email verified)

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Proud to be an Athabasca Student I have been an Athabasca student for close to five years, completing a BA in Human Resources and Labour Relations, Post. Dipl. In this time I have witnessed how Athabasca has evolved into truly a world leader in distance education. My program is interesting and challenges me both intellectually and practically. Courses have been tweaked for the better in the last few years and I find most of the tutors/professors to be both supportive and really wanting you to succeed. Athabasca is much more on the map nowadays than ever. I only hope that they expand their post-graduate studies moreso, as I believe that e-distance education is only going to get bigger and better. I know that Athabasca will be leading the way. Soon to be a graduate, I can say with pride that Athabasca is my university.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 14, 2012 (email verified)

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Kristan While most of the courses I found to be quite good, their financial aid office is terrible, and they make it difficult to file a complaint against inept staff. I got stuck with a financial aid officer when I was there, based on my last name she was assignment to me and I couldn't switch, and she was rude and terrible at her job. She made me lose a semester and graduate a year late because she isn't aware of policy and should be fired or retrained with an attitude adjustment. I tried to file a complaint against her, but the system they have set up makes it so difficult, that if you also work and don't have a lot of free time to deal with the complaint it isn't worth it for the student. I feel that's a real problem for an institution set up to help students. Most of their staff is good, and I had mainly very helpful professors. It's too bad they can't set up a system that's effective in getting good support staff. I would not take my masters there after my experience- I was able to work enough to support myself when [my financial aid officer] dropped the ball and messed up my year and my bank account. But with the costs of a masters level courses I would not have been able to meet my bills with that kind of massive screw up on her part. I simply couldn't trust them to have competent staff on hand in the student finance department to take another degree through them. Considering the lost year and the income it cost me for the year and in living costs before I got into the work force full-time, it would have cost less to go to a traditional University. If I had it to do over, I would have taken my classes at a traditional University not at AU.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 20, 2011 (email verified)

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High quality, interactive Executive MBA from Athabasca University I am halfway through Athabasca University's Executive MBA program and extremely pleased with the high quality, interactive experience. Excellent professors, great support and lots of group interaction make this a high quality Executive MBA program, in line with other tier 1 North American Executive MBA programs. I just completed a week long session in Calgary, doing the in-residence part of an elective and the experience exceeded all my expectations. Now some words of caution. AU's MBA is neither easy nor quick, so set your expectations and prepare for slogging before applying for this program. There is no hiding behind a desk, like in a traditional classroom in a brick and mortar university. Readings and group activities are required almost daily and time commitments vary between 20 hrs/week and 40 hrs/week depending on the course and previous academic experience with the subject. Grading is pretty tough and AU will make you work hard for your GPA, however you will get a lot of satisfaction from the experience. The group activities are quite intense and in some ways superior to the traditional classroom experience. If you are good at time management skills and enjoy learning, you will certainly enjoy this MBA program. Overall, I am very pleased with Athabasca University's Executive MBA program and highly recommend it to busy managers and executives who cannot afford to travel or leave a job to do an MBA.
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Rick.951 (In Progress) on November 17, 2011 (email verified)

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Distance Education is tricky, AU does it well. Judging by the poorly written negative reviews, some people are resentful of being held to university standards in their coursework. I have had a reasonably good experience through approx. 20 courses taken with AU. As others have stated, tutor quality and marking are hit-or-miss, like any other educational institution. Marking times are generally good and feedback is almost always provided. Use of technology is lacking, online lectures are few and far between (even though they help immensely). I have had issues with the school's administration, specifically with my loan officer, who has made errors on my loan applications that delayed my payments. She is, however, very accommodating with regard to extensions and changing upcoming courses. The main thing that I find is missing is the social aspect of interacting with the prof/other students. For anyone who is established in a career/has attended university/is connected, taking courses through AU is a fine option. For anyone thinking of gaining an entire degree from scratch without a career base or connections to build off of, the lack of a social aspect may hamper your education.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 17, 2011 (email verified)

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It IS worth the time and money, should you want to complete your degree! I have been doing the bachelor degree since last year and currently in year 2 of the bachelor program. My opinion of this university is none other than the two words to mention: "is good"... I registered to a total of 8 courses last school year and so far I only had one bad (prof/tutor). I am in year 2, so far I am doing great despite of my doubts of the university when I began taking courses here a year ago now. I must admit that studying from a what I was used to (brick and mortar university setting) to now this was quite a challenging experience. I have decided to take the challenge due to my family situation that requires me to travel from one province to another a number of times in a year and does not always coincide with the traditional brick and mortar universities schedule that requires you to be physically in classrooms 8 months out of 12 months. I was doubtful at first. But, I WAS impressed with the quality of the textbooks they (the university) sent me. I must admit that some of the texts were better than the ones that I have used in the past. The fact that I could transfer some courses that were transferable also helped shortened out my length of study here... So, in short, I AM CONTENT FOR NOW with Athabasca Uni... After all, I AM here to achieved and impressed the profs to get myself excellent grades, NOT here for "the best dress contest."
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 20, 2011 (email verified)

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AU - An Overall Good Experience AU offers high calibre courses. The institution is fully accredited in Canada and the U.S.A. I've taken many courses over the years and have very few complaints. You have to organize yourself and initiate good working relationships with AU support staff i.e. tutors and admin. personnel. AU is a good option for the working individual.
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Jeffh21 (In Progress) on October 14, 2011 (email verified)

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Very dissapointing! This was a terrible experience! Support from the instructor was very low. In marking assignments she would give a mediocre mark and offer almost no feedback explaining why she took marks off - leaving me to feel she put no effort into papers I worked very hard on. It feels like a money-grab: mid term and final exams are an extra $40 each, and you have to call the invigilator yourself to set it up. Need an exam extension? $100. Rewrite? $100. Course extension? $165. The admin. department is also very unhelpful. I canceled future classes with Athabasca and, naturally, had to pay a withdrawal fee....but I did so gladly. There was much more that was wrong, so I was very disappointed with this 'school'.
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Lau2468 (In Progress) on September 9, 2011 (email verified)

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Good program but not much help from tutors AU is classified as a research university. Computer Science and Information System department holds three or four Canadian Tier 1 or 2 research chairs. I take this program to upgrade my credential, and get a chance to do something really significant(the final integration project or thesis). I was granted exemption for all IS foundation courses, and I am half way into my Master of Science degree. The courses are rigorous and demanding, but there is not much help from the tutors. Mostly learn everything by myself by completing the numerous research paper assignments. Each course had at least 3 to 4 research assignment and may be plus a final examination. Some other students in my class really struggled with their research papers, but for me, I can now write a good quality IS research paper without any problem. This is very similar to my B.C.I.T. bachelor of technology degree where I was given projects after projects in computer programming and system design. After some course from B.C.I.T., I have no trouble completing any programming and system design projects. AU is really not for everyone. If you cannot learn by yourself, then you are wasting money with these kind of programs. If you think Athabasca U's on-line programs are an easy way to get a degree, then you are wasting your money. There tuition fee is reasonable, $1400 (2011) for a 3 credit master level course, including text book (if any). They also charge for course extension and other fees, but these are normal for any college/university. There tutors/professors are all PhDs and some academic coordinators(who also teach) have Master degree. Some do provide really feedback to my assignments but some just send me a mark. Will I recommend this program to others? Yes, if you are smart and have good self discipline.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 9, 2011

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Athabasca: Not worth it Athabasca sucks, you pay for them to give you a textbook, and you're expected to learn everything on your own with no tips on what to focus on. No posted lectures, no help at all. I would recommed this crappy school to no one.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 30, 2011 (email verified)

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jumping through hoops if you have the money Overall the university is high quality, because the tutor (who marks everything) is available by email (or phone) whenever needed, has a phd in field and is successful in professional career with subject (my tutor for english undergrad. is a published author). Also good feedback is given on essays, so you know what marker expects. Any calls I have made to university have been answered and I was satisfied at the end of the call, furthermore I was never transferred to other people. Unfortunately, I won't be taking another Atha. course because of the 'hoops' I feel I have to jump through and the exorbitant amount of money being charged for the course. I have an undergraduate degree, a graduate degree and continually upgrade my qualifications through online and on campus courses for the past 8 years. This is my first distance learning course, and found that the amount of work expected - with additional fees for EVERYTHING (despite being the most expensive tutition I have ever paid even than international univer.)is more than has been expected of me in all my experiences. I much prefer online courses to this... I managed to find an inviligator at my local library for FREE but up until i stumbled onto it, i was going to have no choice but to pay 85$per exam -and travel to another city! (You can register someone new to invili. but it takes 60 days to go through the process.)While I submitted my essays by email-it is not necessarily the norm. My exams are all handwritten and have to be mailed away. I think part of the problem of price for this course is that they send you all the books required(i had a boxful dropped off in my driveway by the road and found them when i went out one morning!) but I already had many of what they sent. There should be a choice to get the books my self if it will save me 500$.... I took this course because of the flexible time given and the option to buy and extention if needed. I have four kids, am a working professional and found the flexibility extreemly attractive. However, I could have been patient for 6 months taken an online version with another great university and saved myself a lot of money, course work and physical work meeting deadlines and finding inviligators! It really has been more money than it is worth, and the pluses of this university can be met elsewhere.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 24, 2011 (email verified)

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Excellent Experience Wow. I found many of the comments here surprising. I have been a student here since 2007 and have always received excellent service from Athabasca. They gave me 2 years worth of transfer credit in from my Accounting Diploma from SAIT and have allowed me to complete some of my courses at the University of Calgary. All of the courses I have taken at Athabasca have been challenging and I have never been charged an extra fees. I pay my course fees, complete my assignments within the six months they allow for me to complete the course and write my exams before my course end date. I've heard that there are extra charges if you extend your course or write your exam after your course end date but it seems fair that they would charge for providing extra services. I am almost done now, only 2 courses left and I have been promoted twice since I start working on this degree. All in all a very valuable and rewarding experience.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 20, 2011

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RN to BSN program Alot of learning required - and varied - I feel as though I am well-prepared, but the quality of the websites, resources and communication with school administration is poor: slow, lack-lustre, and iffy outcomes.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 18, 2011 (email verified)

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A great experience I am into my second year of the MScIS program and so far my experience with the institution has been nothing but positive. The MScIS program is well structured and the instructor team is experienced and extremely competent in their field. In fact, each instructor I've had so far was an accomplished researcher as well. Add to that the fact that AthabascaU is a public, non-profit institution, and you have another of my reasons for putting my trust in Athabasca rather than the many other privately-owned online degrees providers I have reviewed. I have read many of the negative reviews and rants about the institution, so I suppose I should feel fortunate to have had such a great experience. But let's face it: this is distance education, and succeeding in this program requires self-discipline, self-motivation and self-learning skills. You just can't expect to have the instructor guide you every step of the way. And yes, a textbook by mail is what you get most of the time. No live/recorded lectures. But at least, AthabascaU has a decent learning management systems (Moodle) that provides guidance and allows the "class" to interact through discussion forums and messaging. And yes, course fees are somewhat higher than regular classes, but this is a very small price to pay for the convenience and flexibility the program affords. I am now embarking onto the final journey of the program on the thesis route, and I have been fully integrated into one of Athabasca's research groups. The group is geographically dispersed, but with the use of technologies such as Skype and Adobe Connect physical distance simply does not come into play! Quite a clean departure from preconceived notions of distance learning! In light of the above, I will not hesitate to recommend Athabasca to my colleagues. Again, this is not for the faint of heart, I actually found the program to be more demanding than traditional in-class curricula. But the payoffs have been substantial so far for me!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 12, 2011

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History major After high school I attended Siast. The first program I took from them was basically the teachers reading from the textbook and repeating everything three or four times. The courses and exams where extermatly easy. I was so disappointed that I had to go to school Mon-Fri 9 to 4 to be treated like a child. After I finished my program I was unsatified with the job it allowed me to get so I thought I would give it another try at Siast with a different course that posed to be more challaging. It was exactlly the same as the first one I had taken. I was so angery that I wasted my time again to go to class and do everything in the classroom that I could do at home. I decided that I wasn't happy going to class to learn the same things I could learn the same stuff in half the time sitting in my Pjs. Athabasca university is the best time I've ever done. I can go though the material and complete the assignment as quickly as I want and I can still work full time. If you need to go to class and have everything explained to you distance learning is not for you. If you want to complete courses fast and are an independent studier then try athabasca university. Keep in mind distance learning isn't for everyone and requires you to structure and plan your own studying.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 2, 2011 (email verified)

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Perfect for mature working students I am a mature working student in a management position. Athabasca University was a great experience. Prior to AU, I attended BCIT and completed my business diploma. Also, I have attended other university to earn credits. Overall, my experience at AU has been outstanding. The course material are at the same level as other universities and colleges in BC. The instructors were responsive and supportive. The technology used to access the courses was effective. Distance education has its strengths and limitations. I believe AU offers the best value to balance these issues. As a working students with a demanding job, evening lectures from UBC, SFU or BCIT were not realistic due to my frequent business trips. The course material were practical for my position. The degree enhances my credentials on my resume. I recommend AU to mature working students seeking to complete their degree. The Bachelor of Management program was challenging and requires discipline to complete.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 25, 2011 (email verified)

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Disappointing As a graduate of two Universities with two undergraduate honours degrees I am truly disappointed to experience the lack of attention paid to a quality of learning at Athabasca. The student guides contain obsolete information and are still being published and distributed. As a public school teacher, I feel that it is sad to see this University publish information that I wouldn't even feel is adequate for my own students. In addition, while the printed policy is that 5 business days is the turnaround time for assignments, I found myself chasing after my tutor who never responded even to the reciept of my assignments. When I asked a question regarding the corrections made to ensure that I would improve my practice, I was told that "We do not do corrections." In other words, Athabasca University is not an institute that is based on teaching and learning. At this point, I feel that I could not recommend Athabasca to anyone who is genuinely looking for a meaningful learning experience and have notified my colleagues that require the same coursework.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 20, 2011 (email verified)

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MBA I have been in the MBA program for almost one year and I am very satisfied with the quality of education. I have experienced no issues with the staff either. Professors, books, technology and students are all great. What comes with quality is hard work to earn grades; so nobody should have any illusions about that. This is a world class MBA program as good as any other reputed US state college or Canadian public university.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 19, 2011 (email verified)

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Master of Nursing I have been in the pursuit of my MN degree for 2 years . I am beyond pleased ; faculty and employees are great and respond promply to my queries . I would recommend this program to any busy nurse out there who would like to continue their education , but cannot b/c of the constraints of balance of work and Home . This is not a walk in the park either , you must be organized , dedicated and stay ontop of your work .
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 14, 2011 (email verified)

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Decided to give it a try at 38. Lol big mistake. Pro: Good books. Good tutors. Good instructors. Cons: Terrible management. Terrible structure. Terrible attitude from management staff. I really didn't believe it when my fellow colleague warned me about this particular aspect of the uni. But no, it's there, it's true, and it's laughable and embarrassing for a school which holds 'prestige' and 'rank' (L.o.l.). Terrible support. Terrible technology. Terrible Efficiency; let me explain: they rather courier an examination from wherever they are from, than to send an invig a passworded PDF or something. Terrible "high-ups". They aren't highly skilled to be brutally honest. Just high out of their minds. Got my course, got out. Will be paying $100 more to go to weekend colleges. PS. It's true what people say, their examination office is the one bad apple that infects every fruit of the tree.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 5, 2011 (email verified)

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Bachelor of Commerce After reading some of the rants of former AU Students, I started to wonder if they were disappointed because AU is not as easy as they thought it would be. Kids... If you are used to mommy and daddy doing your laundry then distance education is not for you. It takes a lot of motivation, focus and hardwork. Yes, there are some profs who are useless or harsh markers but that is like any other uni. This is my 6th year with AU. 4 more courses and I am done!
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Fradie (Graduate) on May 17, 2011 (email verified)

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Master of Science - Information Systems The MSc IS program helps people with an IT/CS background to upgrade their knowledge and become familiar with the current IT and Internet technology. Doing this course online requires from the students to use Internet technology throughout the program. The course curriculums are mostly very useful for software and IT practitioners. I finished the MSc IS program and benefit a lot from this program in my work as a software developer and system archtitect. People not capable of finishing this program provide often a negative feddback, but people who successfully finished the MSc IS program tell a different story. I highly recommend the Athabasca University MSc IS program, distance education is the future and the importance of IT is still growing.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 13, 2011

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Athabasca University I would urge anyone to consider finding a real school somewhere else. The lay-out of the course is extremely poor. Study Guide as well as the assignment book had errors, quite confusing and less helpfull than they supposed to be. The tutor was quite nice, but very forgetful and incompetent at times, had to remind her a couple of times about the same thing. Didn't find her helpful at all, she would only give me general answers to all of my questions. Student guide referred to pages that were absent. I would not recommend this university to anyone!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 26, 2011 (email verified)

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Great tutors. Unhumane policies. Athabasca University has amazing tutors, texts, and books. Their lab materials are great too. Here is the issue; they are EXTREMELY backwards when it comes to technology. Myself and 3 other friends can vouch for this. Athabasca will use every opportunity to squeeze money out of you. They will charge unreasonable fees for simple requests. Their manager for this is the most unprofessional person you will speak to. I was at my test center waiting to pay my test fee and write, and he brought a student to tears because she couldn't afford to pay a late fee for something that was Athabasca's mistake. He then hung up on her. Other friends have complained about similar events. Their administration is extremely unprofessional when put beside their tutors. It's a shame because their tutors are fantastic.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 19, 2011 (email verified)

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Non-Directional and a Horrible Experience I do not recommend this program to a beginner programmer who is interested in learning programming, it is quite implausible. I am a graduate from George Brown with a diploma in electrical and mechanical engineering and thought I would step it up to a degree in the BSc CIS [PD] program at Athabasca. I was granted 60 block, however, I only finished two courses and now currently attending a 'REAL' university with 'REAL' teachers and a 'REAL' curriculum. Footnote - I asked a professor from York University if the 'COMP' curriculum I was taking was that of a normal IT program at York, He said it was at least 3 course in one! and YES, I needed that professor from York who was my 'REAL' tutor at an extra cost because of the lack of support I receiving.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 9, 2011 (email verified)

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MAIS I have studied in a number of places in undergraduate, graduate, business and health-related diploma/certificate courses. AU's Master of Arts Integrated Studies has exceeded my expectations in several ways. the curricula are well designed in terms of scaffolding learning; the professors (even the one I didn't much like) have been brilliant and responsive - really concerned about my needs, as opposed to touting themselves; my peers have been excited about what they are learning, well read and engaged in the forums. It's been a great deal of work and I am now about half-way through, but some of the best learning of my life. the program is flexible and designed to respond to an individual's goals. it's certainly not for people who are half-committed, although I have a friend who seems to work much less hard than i do :) I could not be happier with my experience. My only quibble would be that the student awards (bursaries and scholarships) are very much targeted to Alberta residents.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 5, 2011 (email verified)

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A solid and positive experience I've been "Attending" AU for a couple of years now. From the very beginning, the experience was exactly what I was looking for (self-paced, 100% individualized-study, access to quality tutors/teachers as req'd). While this isn't a news flash, it's still worth repeating....AU is only a good choice if you're actually capable of managing your time/effort. Every course comes with a sample timetable, however there is no hand-holding. It takes a real effort (even for the most structured people) to effectively develop and execute a learning plan. That all said, the rewards are incredible. The flexibility AU offers is amazing, and I'm regularly impressed by the quality of graduates I've met. The Certs, Diplomas and Degrees are recognized everywhere, and are well thought of for admission into Graduate studies.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 2, 2011 (email verified)

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Athabasca - A blight on the landscape Athabasca University is a travesty. Its adminsitration is hidebound, sclerotic and beholden to unions (firmly) intellectually lodged in 1970. Its academic staff have little or no interest in the students. I have completed many courses there but have now transferred to a far superior online school - Excelsior College. I will graduate from Excelsior with one degree in August 2011 and another in June of 2012. I would urge anyone looking at Athabasca to consider finding a real school somewhere else. Athabasca credits are cheap for a reason - don't be afraid to pay for something better somewhere else. EXCELSIOR!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 29, 2011

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A.U. Review I am in my fourth year. I highly recommend A.U. First thing I would like to comment on i s some of the negative comments. I do not want these negative comments misleading some people. You have to remember that when a person fails they NEED to blame someone/anyone. Because it is never their fail, ya right. This is why you may see negative comments. I have to say if you have the drive and time to succeed at AU, you can Get on your assignment right away and stay in contact with your tutor. Nothing comes without working hard, before applying remember one thing, that its University.
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Ray.spencer74 (Graduate) on March 25, 2011 (email verified)

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University Certificate Human Resources & Labour Relations The AU courses require self discipline and effort to commit about ten hours a week for each course. The courses have about the same material and difficulty level of any other university in Canada. The only problem I experienced was that some tutors would not communicate by any other method than email. Sometimes a bit of advice on how to complete an assignment or project on the phone is easier to comprehend than an email message. Overall though I was pretty well impressed with AU.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 15, 2011 (email verified)

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Athabasca University's Master of Arts - Integrated Studies I just finished the Master of Arts – Integrated Studies (MAIS) through Athabasca University (AU) and I felt compelled to post a review here because this program in particular is truly outstanding. Everything, both the instructors and the courses, far exceeded my expectations for a master’s-level degree program. Even administrative parts of the program, like asking questions of the MAIS or Centre for Integrated Studies Offices and getting information, or submitting certain documents or what have you, was always a hassle-free experience--they are all super helpful and professional. I never had a problem with contacting anyone for help in relation to submitting study plans and accessing the usual services necessary to moving forward in a degree program. I think someone else made a great and very accurate comment in other reviews for Athabasca University when they said that AU is for mature students who are willing to work hard, and it is NOT for those who want an easy ride. You have to be highly disciplined and self-motivated to take AU courses, even the paced group-study courses where a certain amount of the grade is devoted to discussion and participation/interaction among students on the online Moodle boards. I worked full time while I pursued my degree and so I had to be highly organized and spend a lot of my free time reading, researching and writing—-that is the reality of this program. There are no shortcuts with this program, and there is certainly no hand-holding. I also understand that, based on some comments that I read from my other classmates during the course of the program, it is not all that uncommon for people to drop out of the courses at Athabasca because they tend to be much more challenging than expected. I did an English honours program at a highly regarded university in Canada, and now I work in a social sciences/health-related research/writing area, and I can say that my educational experiences with the MA-IS program were far and away superior to pretty well most educational offerings that I have had, whether my B.A. program courses or professional workshops or conferences. The quality of the education is on par with most of the best universities in Canada, but I would argue that it is better based on my own experience. Although I am not familiar with their undergraduate courses, I know that Athabasca’s Master of Nursing and MBA programs are also very highly regarded. Even though AU prides itself on being an open university and is progressive in its curriculum and in terms of reducing barriers to pursuing post-secondary education, I would caution that if you are considering the MA-IS program you need to have a strong undergraduate background, i.e. strong in writing and research skills, with relatively good grades. If you sailed through your Bachelor’s degree with low marks, you won’t get very far and will find the MA-IS extremely challenging and disappointing. The MA-IS program is a LOT of work, and there are high expectations of what sort of work the students will produce. Overall, I highly recommend the MA-IS program and Athabasca University generally. It is a high-quality institution with great instructors and administration. Of course, there will always be some issues and small hassles with distance learning—-this is unavoidable. But if you’re disciplined, relatively intelligent, and are willing to work, then you will get the most out of any course that you take with them.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 25, 2011 (email verified)

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Bcomm - Great school I laugh at some of the reviews that people write here. Most of the bad reviews are from students who are currently attending university and did poorly on their course so they think that taking an online course from an university such as Athabasca is the easy route. News flash kids. The courses offered at Athabasca are real courses. In fact, this is distance learning, and therefore, its more challenging than your tradtional courses. Again, don't register to Athabasca if you're looking for a quick way to obtain credits cause you'll be disappointed. As for my experience, I'm enrolled in the Bcomm program and I have no complaints. Sure, you might have one or two profs that you don't get along with, but hey, you'll get the same experience at traditional unversity. As for the profs themselves, all of them that I've worked with are qualified, some have MBAs or PHDs. The school has pretty high standards on who they hire. Don't believe me, check their career section. Distance and online learning is the future folks. No one has the time anymore to attend school especially when everyone is trying to upgrade their skills while working on their careers. This format of studying is the solution to many of us who are constantly trying to improve themselves. And for that, I thank Athabasca.
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Mark21 (Graduate) on February 23, 2011

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POOR GRADING, POOR TUTORS POOR ADMINISTRATION The administartion is after money. I had a tutor who gave me wrong marks for a wrong exam. No chance to complain because they just "subdue" you. Thye have some of the worst tutors except 4 i had who were fantastic. Thye refused to transfer my Computer credits from another province because they wanted me to pay money to their stupid institution. One English course had errors in books. Student guide referred to pages that were absent. They put unnecessary prerequisites for degrees just for money. If you are going there just to get a transcript of attendance its okay but not to get a degree b,se you will not find any help nor backing when you complain. One old tutor called Brophy even complained when one student addressed him by his last name and so he decided to penalize him with low marks. Dont go there if you have other choices b,se you may not even graduate. Me i was lucky b,se i had prior advanced degrees. Watch out against this institution.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 15, 2011

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Calculus 2 is the first and last course I will take at Athabasca I am 3rd year engineering student and needed Calculus II when I was transferring between universities. I ended up taking it with Athabascsa and wow what a struggle it was. For this course, you are given an book full of notes/examples, a textbook with questions and a solution manual. The only good thing I can say about this experience was I got the grade and credits I needed. Thats about it. Now onto the bad: Firstly, the tutor. What a joke. I only spoke with him a handful of times over the phone during the course. Each time I asked a question, he simply wrote the solution (EXACTLY the same as the solution manual) and faxed the answer to me. In my opinion, unacceptable. Secondly, the schools organization. I had a very tight dates and a specific deadline to have this course done (my new school needed the grade). The school sent one of my exams to a different province and lost one of my exams in the mail (over the week during the summer when the school is closed) which resulted in myself phoning all over to track it down. Luckily, I managed to find it (not where it was supposed to be). I have heard so many good things about the business programs at this school, which is why I thought this would be a good option for Calculus 2. I was wrong. I have also talked to other students about my awful experience and deferred them away. Lastly, this course is ridiculously hard. If your math skills are weak, I wouldn't recommend this course, especially with the tutors they have. By far the hardest university course of my educational career.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 4, 2011

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Distance Education is always a crapshoot... The bottom line is this: Athabasca is for mature hardworking students who want to (and have the ability to)learn the material, get the transcript/credits, and get out. Some even do better in this type of course than a traditional program. It's not for students who need hand holding to get through a course. You definitely need to be motivated and a textbook learner. If you cannot learn on your own from a textbook and need everything explained to you, AU is NOT for you. You have to be bright enough to figure things out on your own. You can't be surprised that you have to figure out how to best make use of your text book, or that your assignments didn't cover the material on your exams. In distance learning, this is how they cover all the material. Your assignments cover most info NOT on the exams. Otherwise the exam is just a longer assignment repeat. On the other hand, if you are reasonably bright, a hard worker, can read a text book, and can follow instructions, you have a very good chance at doing well if you try. Now that doesn't mean that you won't encounter problems, or that the school doens't have issues (all distance programs can be hell at times), but you have a good chance of learning what you want and getting the official piece of paper with marks saying you did just that. Some people can't handle distance courses, and others can't handle the frustrations and politics dealing with such schools. But if you need to, and you can grit your teeth, you can get what you want out of it and move on. The good thing about AU is that while distance courses are expensive (as standard for most distance programs), the courses are reputable and transferable to pretty much any school in Canada.
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Jr (In Progress) on December 22, 2010 (email verified)

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What a joke Avoid at all costs. The materials are erroneous, the assignments dont relate to exams at all. The tutor quality varies greatly. Some of the tutors do not respond to emails/phone calls at all, the marking is widely inconsistent, everyone does things their own way.
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Hawks_eye (In Progress) on August 25, 2010

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Money printing press I took both COMP501 and COMP503, two masters-level courses. Here are my experiences: There are no lectures. You're basically mailed a textbook and expected to read it and complete whatever work exists on your own. The discussion forums were useful in COMP501 where a mark was assigned for participation, but completely useless in COMP503. The professor in COMP503 provided one-line responses to my emails containing detailed questions. This is unacceptable when the professors provide no other contact with the students. The courses cost more than traditional in-class courses, yet there's close to no support whatsoever. If you need a piece of paper, maybe this program is worthwhile. But if you just want to learn the material, I'd suggest looking at the textbook list and doing it on your own.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 30, 2010 (email verified)

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Transfer Math course Taken I would not recommend this university to anyone! I just needed to take a math course here to complete my undergrad at Brock university and it was such a rip off. I basically paid athabasca to read out of a math textbook and write exams and assignments with little to no support. My tutors hours were from 10pm to 11pm Tuesday nights! My tutor left the university towards the end of the course date and I had to go through the whole process of getting to know your tutor during the busiest time of the course. You have to pay for exams, student Id and I figured I spent about $400 extra dollars for the worst university course I have ever taken. Exams take over 3 weeks to get back to you!
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Amera_yb (In Progress) on May 9, 2010 (email verified)

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Health Administration I'm enrolled in Bachelor of Health Administration with AU. MY experience so far is good and convenient considering being a mother of 3 children. I was wondering if anybody out there worked with this degree. I feel discouraged with the cuts and the reforms in the health system, I would appreciate some kind of feedback (positive or negative) regarding the potential of landing a decent job with this degree, and what kind of job should I be prepared for once I finish. Thanx.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 11, 2010 (email verified)

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Master of Science - Information Systems A good quality program covering Information Technology, Computer Science, Business and Education.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 12, 2009 (email verified)

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Unprofessional school I have found the course instructors to be overly resistant to updating course material. For example, I was doing an assignment and there was a blatant error in the instructions. It was in either COMP 272 or COMP 268, I can't remember which. Fine... someone made an error in the assignment, that's okay, we're all human. I went to the course's student forum to see what others had done about the error, only to find that students had been complaining about the error FOR YEARS. YEARS! All someone had to do was to make a little change to the content of a webpage. Instead every student in that time had to stumble over the same error. To me this is negligence. That's not the only time I experienced something like that either. I feel like they set up this course years ago and now they are just sitting back, letting the money roll in, and getting students in an out with as little work as possible. Most of the correspondence I had with the instructors was through e-mail, and I found that the instructors are ruder than they would perhaps be in person. I pay good money, about $700 per course, and I expect more than that. This school is unprofessional.
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E-bay_nick (In Progress) on November 15, 2009 (email verified)

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Bachelor of Commerce I am satisfied with the service I am getting with AU. I must agree some of the instructors were a little "off" but those were the subjective courses I have taken - Psych, Commercial, etc. All in all, the instructors and AU staff were very helpful. It is interesting to know that most students measure their education by how prestigious the university is. That may have some merit but in the end it is YOU who can make a difference, not the university. Completing a degree, certificate, masters or what have you does not guarantee a good career but it does give us the ticket to get our foot in the door. Brick and mortar universities are the traditional way of getting an education but will still be the ways of the future?
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Stunnstunn (Graduate) on November 9, 2009 (email verified)

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Best educational decision of my life... so far I completed my MBA at Athabasca University and graduated in 2005. I enjoyed the entire experiance. There is ample opportunity to interact with other students online. Indeed I met and worked with students from all over the world. I found most students to be independant minded, interested people who are willing to work hard. There was some variability among Coaches, but on the whole I found them to be very knowledgable and helpful. They will not hold your hand and you have to put the efort in to learn; but this is a Masters levels degree, so being able to work under your own intitative should be expected should be expected. I now have a n entire armory of knowledge I can draw on for my professional career. Thanks AU!
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Tobadogs2 (In Progress) on October 19, 2009 (email verified)

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Is AU a good Choice? I have noticed some people who have had less than good experiences with AU, post online. I would like to tell you of my experiences. I am in the Anthropology Program and have been for 7years part time (almost done, whoopee!!) Over my time at AU I generally have been estatic with everything. The school policies are clearly posted online, and the tutors have strict turn around times as stated on the internet. That is not to say I too have not had problems. For one English Course I had a tutor who never returned essays- and then later did after much begging, she also rarely returned emails. Complaints to the tutor services and her Professor were taken care of immediately and professionally. (although I really burned a bridge with her!) At other times when I had difficulty with a project or marking, I was given the opportunity to rewrite or challenge the mark. (Even at places like UofT you often are restricted from rewrites) I can say that the tutors for Anthropology have been fantastic. Two of them have even won AUSU Student favourites awards! I loved my Geography Tutor, She was so enthusiastic! It is a great University but it is not for everyone. It takes good discipline to complete courses by yourself. As well you should read and know your rights, so if you are getting poor service you know what to do. I believe the quality of education is comparable to other Canadian Universities.I took several 4th year Anth courses at UofT at the same time, and I received very similar marks. I cannot speak for all programs but the Anthropology Program has been great. I hope this helps.
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Successcounselling (In Progress) on July 17, 2009 (email verified)

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MAIS leadership specialization Almost done my degree now, I find the courses in the Leadership spec track very challenging and relevant, and the professors are supportive and knowledgeable. The admin people always answer my emails within a day, and are quite helpful.
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Marievanilla2 (In Progress) on July 11, 2009 (email verified)

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Intellectually stimulating program Athabasca U's MAIS program is ideal for working adults who want the intellectual challenges and rewards of an advanced liberal arts program, but with minimal disruptions to their family life and professional career.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 7, 2009 (email verified)

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MBA An online university that pays scant attention to what their academics do or, especially aren't doing to assist online learning - even though their promotional material and course syllabus specifically describe them.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 11, 2008

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A good generalist IT degree Could use more sophisticated online learning tools...but in general a good quality program for the IT professional
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 8, 2007 (email verified)

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Computing and Info Systems I just graduated from the Computing and Info systems bachelors degree and it was a very very challenging program. Overall I give this University 4.5 stars out of 5. This is a real university that is dedicated to online programs. I was challenged with the material and the course selection was great. I was encouraged to use the latest software in the assignments and certain courses like the semantic web including such concepts as RDF, XML etc were cutting edge. Overall a great value for the time and money.
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