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Jamesp1966 (In Progress) on April 22, 2014 (email verified)

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Much harder than brick and morter university I am almost done with my undergraduate degree in Occupational Safety and Health and I have to say it has been a lot of work. Prior to CSU I completed 18 credit hours at another regionally accredited college and let me tell you, it was nothing compared to CSU. This school is going to be one of the premier online universities in the near future.
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Aramirez0617 (Graduate) on April 8, 2014

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CSP Qualifications I love receiving my B.S. Degree from CSU, the only down fall is that its does not meet the requirements to qualify for the Certified Safety Professional board's Graduate Safety Practioner designation. Had CSU met the requirements, or standards, the ASP would have been exempt prior to taking the CSP exam. Oh well I still have my B.S.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 17, 2014 (email verified)

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MS in Organizational Leadership I graduated with my BS from a regionally accredited fairly prestigious university; I have been in the work-force for about 18 years and I am a Director at my company. I wanted to complete a MS Degree solely for personal purposes b/c I like learning. However, I have a full-time career and a full-time family and did not want to commit to the Executive MBA programs that are offered in my area due to the very high costs and the large amount of time required (every other weekend plus homework. I was also told by both Universities that a MBS would not make any difference in my future career opportunities b/c I alreaady have an excellent pedigree and work experience. Note that if I was in my 20's, I would have chosen to complete the Executive MBA Program at a highly rated University. CSU was simple and barely took any effort to complete the cousework for the MS in Organizational Leadership. I completed my degree in less then 18 months with all A's. I received permission to take 3 classes at a time in order to complete the degree in a shorter amount of time. Each class took me about two weeks to complete while working full-time and managing my family. The only class that I had to put thought into was Quantitative Analysis but that is b/c my brain is not wired for this type of statistical analysis. I think that you have to think long and hard about what your purposes for attending CSU are before attending. I hire people in my position and I look very closely at where Undergrad Degrees are from and I don't give a lot of acknowledgment to advanced degrees that are not regionally accredited.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 21, 2013 (email verified)

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Good experience. I graduated this university with bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership. Soon after, I had much more job opportunity ... then I got transferred within my company to a place that I like in California. Even though this university is nationally accredited, there are universities (ie - Liberty University Online) that accept students from Columbia Southern. Good education at affordable price.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 6, 2013 (email verified)

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MBA Human Resources Management It is sad to hear that to obtain a college degree you have to get into debt. In our nation people are going into debt to sometimes flip hamburgers or simply not finding the dream job. Most of us work at small, medium and large companies and not at Wall Street. The accreditation system was designed for colleges and not by or for employers. I graduated in 2001 with a Bachelors in Management (from a National accredited institution). I have climbed the corporate ladder and I make almost a six figures salary. It has not been easy and I worked hard for it. I decided to complete my MBA in Human Resources. I was searching for flexibility and a quality education. I researched many colleges and universities, but most were very expensive (I am paying for it). I needed a college that was accredited and not expensive. I decided for Columbia Southern. I am on my fifth class of the MBA in HRM and I have been challenged from the very beginning. CSU is a school designed for busy professionals, family oriented individuals, military personnel (THANKS for your service) and those who do not have the time to waist to sit down in a classroom. I attended a brick and mortar school for my undergraduate degree and I feel more challenge online. In reality at a brick and mortar schools you do all the work at home (online), the same way you do at CSU. At the brick and mortar school you are even paying fees for the parking lot where you leave your car to attend classes. At CSU I do not pay for those expensive fees and my books are included in my tuition. America, please wake up from the lie that to obtain a good education you need to go $100,000 in debt to land in a good job. Most people choose an expensive school to impress their friends or employers, who do not even look at the school you attended or do not even care. In 20 years of career none of my three employers asked my what college I attended. As a police officer they paid me extra for having the degree. At my current company I am in the process for a promotion as soon as I complete my MBA. CSU is there for the ones that want to grow as professionals and are smart with their money and future.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 25, 2013

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Good school - satisfied A good school overall, not great. Support and value are great. Got me where I wanted to go, a legit degree, a job in IT and acceptance to FSU's graduate school.
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Pboshp (In Progress) on October 19, 2013 (email verified)

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Earned, not given. Look, if you're on the fence about attending CSU like I was while researching the school, know that this is not an easy degree or a scam. You will be challenged, mentally engaged, and rewarded in kind for your work in class. To claim that it's a scam because the unit quizzes are all open book..well, so are the tests for ASQ professional certifications. It doesn't mean that the questions on either test are all based on simple recall ability. The two essay questions on some of the quizzes will leave you scrambling for relevant sources to use outside of the textbook. The test questions will force one to think critically about the question being asked. The use of simple recall ability, or the back of the book answers, will not help you to pass. You will have to actually read and understand the course material. Harsh I know, but it's ok. You can do it. To believe those previous posts that claim completion of a class in one day or a week is just outright ridiculous. If you have nothing to do and have zero responsibilities then maybe, just maybe, a class can be completed in two to three weeks. If you can complete an entire class in a day then maybe you should consider attending MIT, not CSU and possibly dare to venture outside your mom's basement more regularly. Bottom line, I think this school is great. The staff is almost over-supportive and the course expectations are clearly laid out for you. It meets my needs perfectly. If you can't or won't do the work however, do not think that you will just "get" a degree, CSU will make you earn it.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 15, 2013 (email verified)

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If it isn't Wharton, Kellogg or Harvard, an MBA is an MBA I graduated from ColumbiaSouthernUniversity (CSU) in Aug 2009 with an MBA. Based on previous online classes taken through Colorado State and Embry Riddle, CSU provided the same quality of instruction and critique throughout the course of study. What CSU did provide was flexibility to study when and where I had the time or computer to do so. As an active duty military officer who deployed over 800 days over the past 6 years, traditional education did not and could not work for me. The majority of people in the military complete their Professional Military Education in the same manner that CSU uses. Or what we in the military call by correspondence. Very few actually attend advanced education in person. Uncle Sam decided he could not afford nor require all officers to attend graduate level and advanced education in residence and therefore established a manner where by military officers were exposed to the same level and concepts that their "in residence" counterparts were exposed to. CSU provided an avenue that allowed me to receive a quality education at a great value to the tax payer while still being exposed to the required lessons and concepts required to complete the curriculum. Is this type of education for everyone, definitely not. But if you are looking for flexibility and value then CSU is good for that. I can honestly say that some instructors were more challenging and thought provoking than others but you will get that no matter where you go to school. I think CSU can definitely improve on their online lectures and do more to maximize their use of technology.
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Trobert7 (In Progress) on September 24, 2013 (email verified)

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MBA-Project Management I have one more class left to complete for my MBA in Project Management at CSU. This school has everything I was looking for, accredited, affordable, and my preferred degree of study. This school is not a walk in the park, however there are some classes that are easier than others. Occasionally, there will be a course that takes almost 2x as long as a previous course. This is due to the instructors and level of difficulty of the material. The school provides a lot of assistance, if needed, and constantly checks up on you through emails and phone calls to make sure everything is going well. All in all, this school has served me well. It is a GREAT investment. You could pay over $40,000 for a graduate degree at a traditional school, or $12,000 at CSU. The level of education you receive is equivalent to what YOU PUT IN, like most schools. I don't like hearing people gripe about how this school didn't afford them the opportunity to learn. The textbooks are TOP-NOTCH business books, most retailing for over $100 (which you get FREE). So if you can't learn from having a great text book and decent teachers that is your fault. I landed a job paying $50k a year with this school on my resume FYI, and I'M NOT EVEN FINISHED WITH THE PROGRAM YET. Don't buy into the hype that you must sell your soul in student loans for a good graduate degree.
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Crawford280 (In Progress) on September 5, 2013 (email verified)

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A Great Choice I am so glad I choose this University. I am a new student here in the Occupational Safety and Health Master's Program. I procrastinated for a very long time trying to decide if this was the best program for me, at my age. I also was a little concerned about accreditation.My research proved me that there was no need to be. I am absolutely impressed with Columbia Southern University. Its challenging, but they lay it all out for you to easily understand the material. There's a lot of reading but that's expected. I am so impressed with this school so far. I will keep you all posted on my journey here at CSU.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 3, 2013 (email verified)

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Waste of Money and Time This school prides itself on assisting military students, but I have been ripped off by the for-profit school on multiple occasions. It’s quite clear that they lack the true understanding of service and compassion for Soldiers who have unpredictable situations arise. Accreditation is important if you desire to attend a private or state school. Overall, I would suggest looking for a school that is dually accredited, and stay away from CSU.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 27, 2013

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Decent school No real complaints, 1 or 2 teachers not so hot maybe, good service, suits my needs, recommended.
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Mg_inc (Graduate) on August 26, 2013 (email verified)

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Good middle-of-the-pack school Good middle-of-the-pack school, not the best not the worst. Accredited/legit. Good value. Very fast-paced but quite doable if you focus. The BS-IT program is very well-rounded and comprehensive, I don't know about other programs. Be ready for timed proctored tests on most tech classes. Most professors were OK. GREAT support. Recommended.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 20, 2013

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No Challenge No true Value I made the mistake of thinking this was a real valued university. it isn't by other 4 year state schools and business's alike. Sure it is cheap, easy, but in the end you are NOT doing yourself any favors by attending this school. My problem is I found out too late when I got one of those professors who was indifferent about teaching the subject at hand. Now I get to finish my degree somewhere else IF they will take my credits from this PUPPY Mill of a university.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 26, 2013

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Good choice CSU has a good reputation and is a great value, especially good for working adults. The classes are very fast-paced but I was able to take 2 at a time with not much trouble. Recommended.
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Mathewtorres (In Progress) on June 17, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent School from a current student! I chose CSU after careful and thorough research on National vs. Regional Accreditation. I spoke to various colleges from Human resources Department, from large and prestigious companies; more than 90% said that they didn't ask or care what accreditation the degree had. So long as it was accredited and based on your resume, you had the qualification. Regional schools get evaluated and re-certified every 10 years, whereas National schools do it every 5; from the same accrediting agencies. That said the school administration is excellent. Always responsive and very courteous. The school is by no means a walk in the park, as was said. You are basically on your own. You receive hard copy books, which is covered in their extremely low tuition ($200/undergraduate, $265/graduate,and $300/Graduate,per credit. It's ridiculously low when compared to other school. As I was saying you have two weeks (out of 8) outlined, and available to you, at one time. You have your assignments on the blackboard, and from your course syllabus. You MUST read, be responsible. It's not as easy as a B&M school., which I have attended. It's up too you to be responsible. You also have to log in the discussion boards, and comment with other students. But if you do everything on time, you should have no problem. I am finishing my BSBA in Human Resource Management, and I have truly enjoyed my stay here , and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good accredited school, with excellent service, and outstanding tuition.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 13, 2013 (email verified)

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Poor Organizational Skills For Enrollment I am really hoping my experience will be positive but right now I'm very concerned. I have been trying to enroll here for 4 months. I have been given 3 enrollment dates, filled out 2 FAFSA's and keep getting bumped around and told "they will get back to me soon". I then have to email again asking what's going on. I'm currently less then a week away from starting classes and they still haven't sorted out my enrollment!!!! While they get back to you right away when you email or call they keep telling me "you will hear from us soon." This should have been sorted out a long time ago. I've attended college before and have never had to wait until the last minute to know what is going on.
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Deshaneman (Graduate) on May 17, 2013 (email verified)

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Just Completed My Bachelor In Occ Safety and Health I love this education. It has completely changed my world view and helped my communication skills. The classes were tough, but the support from the staff is so well organized that is almost feels seamless. I already have a job, but when the economy tanked I realized I needed an education to further myself and protect my family. This is one of the schools recognized by the BCSP, so you can sit for the ASP/CSP after you complete your degree. I just received my letter to sit for the ASP, so everything is completely legit with this education and its acceptance in the workplace.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 28, 2013

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decent value overall, for a military or federal worker, this university is a good deal. it is considered by the federal govt as accreditated so your degree from CSU is treated the same as any other degree, that is, it is legitimate. the course work is not as hard as a brick and mortar school but on the other hand, with web and their on line library, i was able to do a fair amount of research and learn considerable in my field (MOS = environmental studies). I think this is the future of education; my MS at CSU cost less than $10k and I did learn a fair amount.
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Fwgonpostl (In Progress) on March 24, 2013 (email verified)

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Super School I have 7 classes left and for ease of enrollment, Military Tuition assistance, and support I recieve while working toward my degree is superior. The book grant really makes CSU stand alone in the way they help military personal achive their educational goals..I highly recommend them to anyone...
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Wventura100 (In Progress) on March 13, 2013

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Almost 100% for me! Ive taken several credits here toward an MS in OSH. Let's get the National Accreditation things out of the way. The National Accreditation status of CSU is NOT an issue for me, nor will it be an issue in this field. So far the classes have been great. The instructors have been great as well. The ONLY issue I am having thus far is that they have a Graduate Orientation class that is getting in the way of my real classes. This class has regular assessments, a research paper and the like. THIS CLASS IS NOT NEEDED FOR EVERY STUDENT AT CSU. Have an option for students with a proper background and experience to waive this class. I believe that when one has taken online classes prior AND has used the Black Board format previously that they should be afforded the opportunity to waive that class. A few other students in the orientation class have expressed what a waste of time this is for them since they had already graduated from CSU with a bachelors degree.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 20, 2013 (email verified)

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CSU is not a cake walk! I would have to say that I thought online school would be easy because everyone says that it is...well they haven't worked full-time, raised children and gone to school full-time. While you do miss out on the interaction you have with the professors they are there for you via email and phone, and they are very helpful. You have to do a discussion board with each class that requires you to interact with other students. You also have to have really good discipline to get online courses done and anyone that does that should pat themselves on the back! I would refer a friend to CSU!
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Jdanmays (Graduate) on February 20, 2013 (email verified)

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Great Experience! I attended CSU (and still plan on getting a Master's degree from CSU) to prepare myself to one day become the chief of a fire department. I chose CSU due to the affordability and because I could work at my own pace. I recently completed my degree in Fire Science and made very good grades. I feel that I drastically improved my writing ability and reading comprehension; and would recommend CSU to anyone! Some of my concerns: I hate the regional vs. national accreditation and feel this detracts from adult students desiring a quality education. I did not get much out of the CSU Online Library and had a difficult time navigating through the various pages. This seems like something that needs drastic improvement! All in all though, my journey with CSU followed the tradition mindset of "you get what you put into it," and I am proud of my degree! Jason
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 13, 2013 (email verified)

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Best school for Military Members! If you have every found yourself in a college course and you had no time to complete an assignment by the deadline or if you have been in a class that you wish you could complete faster than the set time, CSU is for you. They are the most military “schedule” friendly school I have ever attended. CSU requires mil members to enroll in their “term” class which is synonymous with “self-pace”. You still have to complete the course within the given timeline but they include extra week(s) in the schedule to make up assignments that you could not complete. The course are complete and engaging. They provide the appropriate level of difficulty fitting of a college level course. The best part is if your deployed or in a remote area away from a “testing center” you can have an approved supervisor or higher ranking (mil or civilian) proctor your exams. So there is no reason that you cannot complete a class and finish your degree. In the current military we have, civilian education is where the cuts will be made. Finish your degree, get promoted and continue your successful career. Huge added bonus… you never pay for your books… they are included in the cost of the class. Good luck, stay motivated and finish your degree!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 31, 2013 (email verified)

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Not bad. You get what you pay for I received my BS from CSU. It wasn't too rigorous but it took me more than two years with a lot of transfer credit. And honestly there is a lot to be said for a school that will work with your schedule. I finished my last 5 classes while on deployment. It was hard but I did it. People are saying that they lie about accreditation. Not so. I knew the risks going in. When I realized I wanted to go to grad school I knew I might have problems. I was accepted into programs at two different RA schools. My two first choices. It took research and planning and obviously you aren't going to Harvard after CSU but you can get into a pretty decent seminary. I have just completed my seminary degree and quite frankly I am going back to CSU now for an MBA to use up all my VA benefits.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 9, 2013

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CSU business administration student I am currently a student at CSU in their bachelors degree program for business administration. I have nothing but good things to say about the university. I have completed my associate's degree with a traditional institution and also took some classes for my bachelor's degree at a traditional institution. I feel that the classes at CSU are just as comprehensive and challenging as any other courses I have taken at another traditional university. The university also uses blackboard for their online format which was used for online classes with the traditional university that I previously attended. I am scheduled to complete my bachelor's degree August 2012 and I am thoroughly enjoying my experience at CSU. The student service representatives have been prompt and helpful as well as the professors. Also, there is no other online university that I have researched that offers a book grant. A+ rating from this student!!
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Trngresources (Graduate) on January 6, 2013 (email verified)

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Very Satisfied Graduate I completed my BS Fire Science in September 2012 and have nothing but good to relate regarding the CSU experience. Entering with an AA from a local community college as well as other classes allowed me to complete by degree with 16 additional courses. Florida has changed their policy and now does not accept non-regional accredited programs but in my case, that really does not concern me. My reason for completing my degree was personal satisfaction along with wanting to add this to my resume for work after retirement. For me, it is perfect. I do not believe you will find an educational experience anywhere with more helpful staff than CSU. They truly care about your progress and making sure you are successful. For my money and time, CSU was the best fit for me.
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Ofcwoody (In Progress) on December 6, 2012 (email verified)

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Do your homework when considering a college Before you consider any college, take the following into consideration. 1. Regional Accrediation. It's the gold standard hands down 2. Do credit courses at the college transfer to other institutions? 3. If it's a masters program, most legitimate programs require a 3.0 undergrad, GMAT or GRE exam,and a thesis or comprehensive exam to graduate. DONT SELL YOURSELF SHORT. 4.Cost per credit. Some colleges that have lowered standards such as lowered GPA's, and life skills credit to eliminate course work have an extremely high cost per credit. I know a co worker who paid more per credit for a bachelors program than I paid for a masters program. 5. If it's a for profit college, go somewhere else.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 27, 2012 (email verified)

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20 years of safety experience OK so I took advantage of the military tuition assistance (Army Reserves) and transferred my 60 AA units from a CA community college plus another 12 from another brick and mortar and got some credits for OSHA certificate courses and my E7 course work credits and had to take 12 more classes for 36 more units. I have worked as a civilian in the OCC Health and Safety field for close to 20 years so of course I finally needed the parchment to move forward. Take this college for what it is. It is challenging for some and not so much for others. For those that complain about open book or easy course work lets take a look at real life. So when I run across a toxic substance issue at work where do I turn? Reference materials like MSDS files, chemical dat sheets, online resources. HMMM Open book. We bring in a new material that requires the use of PPE so what do I do? reference the MSDS and manufacturers recommendations and purchase the correct PPE by what? Looking up selection guides and chemical resistance guides for gloves etc etc.. HMMM again open book. Spills? How do you handle them? Fires well OK training involved and muscle memory of using extinguishers but storage of materials. AH reference OSHA guidelines as well as state and local requirements. I am a bit older than some and remember not using a calculator in math classes. Now my 10th grader uses one in calculus that is like a computer. Do we not allow accountants to use software programs? The world has changed. If you know where to find the answer you will go far in business. Knowing it is great. Understanding it is necessary but without the ability to reference and communicate an employee is useless. My advice to any student looking for a degree is yes you get what you pay for but you only get as much as you put into it. The material they use for their Safety degrees are up to date, relevant and have all the information you will need to understand to be a good safety representative. Only experience can make you great in this arena so start with the class work.
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Dustinhofheins (In Progress) on November 14, 2012

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Great Program Great Doctorate Program! I was skeptical about using an on-line formate, but I have come to learn that it is very effective and I am very impressed with the program and the institution as a whole!
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Creasmank123 (In Progress) on November 8, 2012 (email verified)

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GREAT SCHOOL I currently have 6 classes left to complete my BA in Human Resource Management. I have had no bad experiences with CSU. All of the staff and teachers are extremely helpful. I would recommend this school to anyone. I am a USMC wife with 2 kids and a full time job. If you make the time it will work. It is not a walk in the park but the teachers will work with you.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 14, 2012 (email verified)

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Awesome School I started classes with Columbia Southern University a few weeks ago and I love the school! Through the admissions process to quality of education it is AWESOME!! I have learned so much thus far and look forward to learning much more. On the road to graduation at one of the best schools ever!!
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Robertmbotts (In Progress) on October 1, 2012 (email verified)

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Don't let the low cost fool you! CSU helped me get started on my road to education after over 20 years of putting it off. I completed an Associates of Applied Science in Business with them first, followed two years later with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and now I'm currently in the Master's Program for Organizational Leadership. All i can say is that I've had my share of pressure and stress that a full time schedule and school can put on you. So this was no cakewalk. I've had to sacrifice parties, reunions, weddings, football games, ect. in the name of pursuing my degrees. CSU did not hand me anything, but made me earn it. If you do not open the book, you will not make the grade. Simple. This is online education at it's best. The price can't be beaten, free books, and the best customer service (I have used it on more than one occasion) so I should know. They have been here for me and that's what's matters to me. My degree is accredited and validated. Thank you CSU for helping to reach my goals and now to set them even higher.
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Btesmile (Graduate) on September 22, 2012 (email verified)

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Works for Me I am currently enrolled in the MBA program after completing my BS HRM. The school is great and employer are hiring veterans with degrees and that is all that matters. Keep wasting time and you will be left behind while we continue to get our education on. US Army Soldier
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 20, 2012 (email verified)

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This school is in no way a cake walk. Okay so I have read many of the posts on here before and after attending CSU. I can honestly say that it is not a cake walk within regards to their course load. I have attended other NA programs in which you could complete everything in less than a day. CSU is not like this. The courses are actually similar to the model of my B&M courses. There are many research papers and they also almost require you to respond to discussion forums in APA format. I do not know of requirements at other schools but APA format for discussion forums seems a bit excessive to me. I love that I do not have to check in on a daily basis or at a certain time to complete my assignments. As long as I submit everything before the required deadlines and do everything that is required of me I am fine. On average I would say that I spend about 15 to 20 hours per week reading my text, completing assignments and preparing for the next unit. This school has everything that most B&M or R/A schools have and honestly for the life of me I can not understand why they are not RA but he I will take them as they are. You get your books sent to your home free, your instructors are responsive, they are priced extremely well and you get to complete everything on your time. What more can you ask for? This is my first review as I am just starting out. I will post another one when I graduate or am near graduation.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 13, 2012 (email verified)

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Some folks that go to "college" are not educated Wow reading the post by Mr. "Be careful" above implored me to review my new school and it's accreditation. I too am in the Occupational Health and Safety program. So far it's been GREAT, and the coursework is no harder or easier than my B&M counter part education. To clarify any misinformation about national accreditation (NA) allow me to respond this way. First, NA is accepted 110% by the U.S. Government, and the U.S. military, local and county governments, as well as 1000's of civilian employers. One can become a military officer with an NA degree - simple. Can one transfer NA credits to an RA school, yes. It is a as easy as transferring RA to RA credits of course not, why because it's different accreditation. What I can tell you is some RA schools are seeking both NA and RA accreditation to accept a larger student population ( Thomas Edison State College, Excelsior College name a few and they take BOTH RA and NA credits without question). Saying NA is a "buyer beware" situation is like saying U.S. institutions do not accept credits from overseas universities. Let me say that they absolutely do, AFTER a transcript/course evaluation is performed. Which consequently they do with NA credits for transfer to an RA institutions. I hate to be the bearer of bad new but not all RA credits transfer to RA schools - that is a fact. So in short, do your homework before you tell folks that NA (DETC) is anything but credible accreditation because it 110% is. As for my experience here: So far the instructors and the classes are great, the structure and materials work well with my assignments. And they treat veterans like myself outstanding. Do not choose or reject this school based on what some "don't know" about the types of accreditation out there, AND most importantly what they mean. Because what I can tell you is most folks that post on this subject have no idea what they are talking about. You just see a lot of "I've heard", "I have been told by" and so on. Do yourself a favor and see if NA accreditation fits your plans. I chose NA not because it's NA but because A) my two other degrees are RA accredited, B) this school has the program I NEED to the letter, and C) The U.S. Government accepts it 110% for my position. Any questions?
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Lamo_nt (In Progress) on August 12, 2012 (email verified)

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Easy, but don't exaggerate I thought that the master’s course work was rather easy, but of course I am a top performer. I graduated from the University of Arizona and achieved high marks. I withdrew from this school because I wanted to challenge myself more, paid more money and earned a second masters from a regionally accredited school. However, the Columbia Southern program that I was in would have met my intended need. Because I recently got hired for a job, and the title “Dr.” would have paid me another 10% I am considering this school’s DBA program. I enjoy teaching at the community colleges, and I do not desire to ever teach in a traditional university, so why stress myself?
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 11, 2012 (email verified)

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Great school for a great price I enrolled at CSU over a year ago and decided to include my review. This is a good school for a very good price. Also, the work is difficult. I've attended brick and mortar schools and other distance learning programs. I have an AA from a private, regionally accredited university, and CSU programs are as challenging. There are several papers to be written for each course and they are intended to test your critical thinking skills. While I become frustrated with all the writing, you definitely are stretched in your thinking and that is what makes a good program. The professors are awesome and the student support is first class. You have several people who support you throughout your program, and they check on you periodically. I researched several schools before enrolling at CSU and find this to be the best school for the price. Don't be fooled by some of the negative reviews, this is a real university expecting hard work from their students. My goal is to complete a Masters and then DBA here at CSU. The school has exceeded my expectations and I would recommend this school to working adults.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 1, 2012 (email verified)

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Associates then Bachelor I graduated at CSU with a Associates first then aBachelor in Healthcare administration. I felt the college was very good . You know exactly what is expected and have a week to get it done. The work is sometimes challenging but most of the time easy if you put some effort into what your suppose to do. I thought they were very fair if problems arise. I am now starting my Master in Healthcare in September. I have been looking at other schools for two months for the Master program. Alot of them have more classes than you need , close to 30,000 and books are exspensive, some are turning to ebooks if you like constantly reading a book on blackboard. CSU is a good school, very fair, and very affordable After looking at other colleges for 2 months and listening to alot of lies to get you in there schools Im back registering at CSU. The only other schools I find good are the ones you can complete the masters in a year, one very exspensive the other two fast change classes evry 4 weeks. CSU can be finished quicker if you take 2 classes at a time which is aloud if you GPA is high enough,,CSU is a Great college , with a great affordable price. And I really dont believe employers care what accredidation only that the college is accredited. Great College
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Healthyaubert (In Progress) on July 31, 2012 (email verified)

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CSU is for you!!! I'm finishing my BS in Environmental Management currently. The support provided by CSU continues to amaze me. They walk you through the entire process from day one and are always there. The course work is laid out in an easy to use fashion. Books and material arrived ahead of time. Assignment scores are emailed directly to whatever email you provide so you know immediately what you scored. I'm very impressed with CSU and recommend them to anyone serious about obtaining their education. Books are paid for through a government grant which helps anyone attending as long as grades are maintained. Pricing is extremely reasonable compared with what I've seen out there. I've seen comments where people talk about how other schools are better. I really have no idea how a person can go school to school bad mouthing schools. Like what does that even mean? Usually you apply with a school and attend. So comments referring to other school's being better do not make sense to me. Matt,
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Woundcarenurse (In Progress) on July 31, 2012 (email verified)

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CSU does not hand out a degree I have been impressed but alarmed at all the research you must do. I love it because I have learned more being required so much research and I know it will help me in my career. I will say you must be able to effectively manage time and be committed. I look forward to being with them til I earn the MS. The instructors have been so helpful and their student services are second to none
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Rotc_cap (Graduate) on July 24, 2012 (email verified)

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Program for the self developers I have attended CSU for almost four years now; I am working on my second degree from them and soon will go into my graduate level courses with CSU. It's a good school for the self learners, if you have practical working knowledge of society and how things work their system of incorporating the educational factor will be an easy fit for you. It's a practical school that works. They do have the free book thing but don't let that be your only factor of consideration, it's just a plain decent school to attend if you're a working person, heck I've continued my education with them through 2 deployments to Iraq. So If I can manage that, I'm sure you can find the time to get yourself educated too.
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Antoniocondello (Graduate) on July 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Excellent- great value Excellent school. they are truly involved in the law enforcement/ public safety world in the south.I thought they did a great job with mixing up class requirements such as article reviews, essay questions, research topic, somewhat difficult questions and final exam all in the same 10 week class. If I had to nitpick the instructor reviews are general.I had a killer psych class so the classes arent all a breeze. All in all a great value to get a accredited Bachelors in CJ-law Enforcement Administration.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 30, 2012 (email verified)

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Just look at how many satisfied students CSU should be teaching other schools how to run a college. The customer service is routinely phenomenal, the coursework challenging and at a pace that makes sense. I work my butt off and guess what? I actually master the material. When I get out of CSU I will be an effective leader in my chosen field with the competence and knowledge to run circles around other grads at other schools. Cocky? I think not. It's confidence. If you are reading this and on the fence, just look at the myriad of positive responses. CSU has PROVEN to be superior in so many way. Good luck to everyone.
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Biskitsmobilemusic (In Progress) on June 12, 2012 (email verified)

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Perfect Fit Very good fit for me as I work full time. I just completed the Certificate program in Occupational Safety and Health. I plan to continue my education at CSU and obtain my AAS in OSH. The Materials used in my courses were very informative and the course content was excelent. Chris - Virginia
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Bobmichigan1 (Graduate) on May 30, 2012 (email verified)

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It worked for me I graduated back in July of 2011 with a BSBA from Columbia Southern and I could not of asked for anything better. I retired out of the military and immediately found employment with a company called Biomet in Warsaw Indiana and was placed as a packaging Supervisor of 35 people making very good money for the Indiana area. This degree did everything that it was suppose to do. I had the leadership experience, I just needed the degree to get my foot in the door. Columbia Southern is meant for the working person that needs a boost. It worked for me
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Mail797 (Graduate) on May 12, 2012 (email verified)

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Middle of the road It's a decent legit school. Best things: support, value, transfer policy, and their online system. Can't think of anything really bad, it's very fast-paced but that's what I wanted. Some professors are great, some average, some indifferent. Had no real problems. Just a good middle-of-the-road school.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 29, 2012

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DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. I recently withdrew after seeing for myself how poor CSU is in education quality and level of difficulty. No job recruiter should take this place seriously. All tests are OPEN BOOK! The whole curriculum is based on you writing short papers. Like others that have commented, I feel that this school is a waste of time and money. The instructors are mostly "adjunct" professors, they are part-time and lacking the experience that is necessary to instruct. I also was perplexed with how poor one of my instructor's grammar was. These people are supposed to be grading you on grammar and spelling as part of the rubric. Ha! It's a scam. Go to a regionally accredited school so your degree will be taken seriously.
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John_stuck (Graduate) on April 28, 2012

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Challenging, fast-paced This is not the school for you if you require hand-holding, you have to be self-motivated. Lots of military and ex-military go to this school. The pace is fast and furious and you can get left behind quickly if you don't keep up. But the payoff is you can get it done relatively quickly if you load up and run with it. Support is exceptional. I was accepted into FSU grad school with this degree too so don't believe the disgruntled or uninformed naysayers. Very satisfied.
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M_bannister (In Progress) on April 17, 2012 (email verified)

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CSU is as challenging as any other school Let's be clear, Columbia Southern University is just as challenging as any regionally accredited school that I've attended. I graduated with a B.A. degree from Thomas Edison State College, a (RA) school and CSU's cirriculum and workload is structured the same. I totally agree with some of the other comments that if you are looking for an ivy league school or obtained your degree from some other big name (RA) school, then CSU is NOT for you! Go spend mom and dad's money or get yourself a loan and go to Duke or Yale. Don't kid yourself, there is no big difference between Regional vs National Accreditation (Go to DETC.org) Distance education is not for everyone, especially the young kids coming out of H.S. or those who could not make the grade at the big schools. Both accrediting bodies are approved by the Dept of Education for title IV funding, GI Bill and student loans and both have rigorous approval standards. What is most important is the price. The tuition and fees are far less cheaper than attending schools like Strayer or University of Phoenix. Don't believe me check it out for yourself. By the way both of those schools are RA and will accept NA credits. Please do you homework and check out CSU thourougly before giving them a bad rap. If the school work is too easy for you then obviously you are not working full-time, holding down a family, and trying to earn a reputable degree all at the same time. Go sit yourself in a classroom. Thank you CSU!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 10, 2012 (email verified)

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Future Grad 2012 I found Columbia Southern University on our company's career/education portal about 2 years ago. Just to make it more clear, I work for the largest retailer in the US and Canada and have for the last 11 years. I talk to a friend, had him evaluate my two choices and he gave me a thumbs up for either school. Stating they'd both help me reach my educational and professional goals. The choice was mine in the end..... I am now a current CSU student and must admit that at first the classes I was required to take to meet my DAP requirements were not that different from the Tech School I'd attended when first graduating high school. As time has progressed CSU has implemented a few new requirements when you are working towards receiving your education. They are taking their students education and learning objective to whole new level. I believe the professors have continued to make me and my classmates work much harder to reach our goal. There are no longer just 20 question assessments but the professor are challenging you with full on discussion and essay questions that require more than a once over. You have to have depth and understanding there are no easy As. You now have projects and article reviews due every other week, if not weekly and for someone who works fulltime these things are no easy task. I have enjoyed my time at CSU and have recommended it to other friends and family as way to reach their educational goals. The low-cost tuition, book grants, CSU library, and Success Center are only a few of the great things you'll find at CSU. If you're interested in reaching you educational goals at lower cost to you then Columbia Southern University is the place to be. But don't take my word for it Research, Research, Research. In the End ....."the choice is always gonna be YOURS."
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 26, 2012 (email verified)

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Understand the school and what it is for! I graduated in November 2011 with a BS in Fire Science from CSU. The degree, without a doubt, aided me in getting the job at the fire department I wanted to work for. I get so tired of reading all the dreadful reviews from unsatisfied students on here who don't understand what this school is intended for. Columbia Southern University is not for recent high school graduates wanting the college experience, Ivy League graduates wanting a Masters degree to help get into Law School, or those seeking PhD's from the "Regional Accredited" world. This school is intended for people like me, a WORKING Firefighter who can't attend a traditional campus and earn a degree in my respective field. It is meant for adults with families trying to better themselves. Do you think that my Company Fire Officer cares at 2 a.m. during a fully involved structure fire whether or not I completed 6 credits of English from a Regional school, or took enough Western Civilization from a Harvard grad professor?? NO!! He cares whether or not I know fire patterns , pump pressures, strategic hose lays, and proper fireground communications...which is EXACTLY what I learned in my Fire Science classes here at CSU. I live 7 miles from the University of Alabama. Unfortunately, UA does not offer a degree in Fire Science. The program in Fire Science at CSU is widely accepted in the Fire Service. My state fire academy has even partnered with CSU, allowing for transfer credits from previously earned credits. I took a class at the Fire College to get my pumper certification, later I took a class at CSU similar to the outline of my certification class....SAME BOOK. In saying that, the quality of education at CSU and the resources used (books, outlines, etc.) are superior to my needs. Not once was I asked about the accreditation of my degree. If I wanted to be a lawyer, I would have gone to Alabama...but I am a firefighter, so I went to CSU. I'm not chasing prestige....I'm chasing knowledge!
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Fuzzland (Graduate) on March 23, 2012 (email verified)

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CSU (It is what it is) I completed my MBA with CSU in 2010. Compared to the course load and level of knowledge required at the traditional four year university (UNC School System)I attended for my BA, CSU required next to nothing. Which among other things left me questioning CSU's accreditation... CSU is nationally accredited but not regionally. What does this mean? The issue is the transferability of credits from one school to another. While nationally accredited institutions will usually accept credit from regionally or nationally accredited institutions, regionally accredited schools often do not accept credit from nationally accredited institutions. Traditional institutions use regional accreditation and have far more stringent acceptance policies. In short I have aspirations to attend Law School and my MBA from CSU is of no value in the process. If a person desires and MBA with little to no effort; I graduated from CSU in 18 months Summa Cum Laude with an estimated 4hrs/week workload.
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Flairm (In Progress) on February 10, 2012 (email verified)

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Good College for my needs. This will be my second degree program at this university;and the bad comments are funny because with so many colleges fighting for your money just pick one that suits your needs and go. Columbia Southern University is not for everyone and maybe if I was 20 then a brick and mortar would be OK but for working older adults this is great and besides unless you went to a elite university "Harvard, Yale" who cares where your degree is from.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 9, 2012 (email verified)

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MBA in progress! I am not sure why people are posting that CSU is easy? I've been working on my MBA for 4 years! I have one class to go and I've had many papers to write that were minimum 10 page reports. Let me make it clear. CSU is flexible. You need to do the work in order to complete your classes. The Professors are always there to assist you and answer questions. The text books are current and relevant. It’s up to you to make your experience the best it can be… I recommend CSU to anyone looking to complete their BS or MBA. Be positive and know that it can be done. I have a wife and children, a full time job, play music professionally and I still am going to graduate “Magna Cum Laude” with a 3.8+ GPA because I work hard! Don't hesitate, just do it. Time goes by so fast, and before you know it, you'll be feeling great about your accomplishments.
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Fowl-play (In Progress) on December 29, 2011 (email verified)

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Very Good Method of Instruction I am very impressed with the quality of instruction, lesson plans, and teachers at CSU. The English Composition class taught me more in 8 weeks than I ever learned writing a paper every week for 13 classes with another popular and very expensive online university. Very good support and assistance are offered by student services. Overall, this is a great university with quality instruction, very reasonable costs, teachers, and employees.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 10, 2011 (email verified)

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The Best Online School I chose CSU because of the free books,low tuition cost, and flexibility of classes since I am Active duty Army and usually deploy and work long hours. Choosing CSU has been the best choice I have ever made I just finish my associates with them and now going for my Bachelor's. The teachers and staff responds back immediately to any questions you may have. I would recomend this school to someone who wants to get a quality degree without having to pay a ridiculious amount of money for an education.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 30, 2011 (email verified)

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CSU MBA I have recently started my MBA program with CSU. I have previously obtained a MA from the University of Phoenix, where I attended in a brick and mortar format. Drawing on my previous experience, CSU appears to be very challenging. I would not call it easy on any aspect. The value you receive for the cost of tuition is very high. I spent a considerable more amount of money at the University of Phoenix for my MA. I am retired from the AF and know of many individuals who have utilized CSU with no complaints. All are happily employed with no issues regarding their degree. I look forward to graduating.
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Melvin.a.torres (In Progress) on November 10, 2011 (email verified)

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So Far, So Good! So far, So Good. I am military officer that is in pursuit of a DBA. One day I will retire and would like to open a business with my wife (hopefully a pastry Shop!). Anyway, CSU is waht you make of it. I can point you in the right direction. If you want a better school than CSU and regional accredited school, pay more for it! Otherwise, I think CSU is a great institution. One day, it will be regionally accredited!
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Etv1972 (In Progress) on November 2, 2011 (email verified)

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Enjoying CSU My employer provides tuition reimbursement and CSU was one of the schools they covered. I decided to apply with them because they had very affordable tuition. What sealed the deal was the excellent treatment I received from the staff. I never had a single problem and they always handled questions and requests promptly. I found the text books to be very relevant and not full of "filler" material. The professor gave good feedback. I enjoyed interacting with the other students. The assignments in my first class were challenging. I think you get out of the classes what you put into them.
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Rfoster8873 (In Progress) on October 1, 2011 (email verified)

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Going on to my MBA in Health Care Admin! by Rebecca Foster My husband and I started our bachelor's degrees September of 2008. We are done May 2012. I don't see how anyone could call this a diploma mill. Laughable. The classes are challenging, highly educational and we have loved our time with CSU. As financial aid recipients we are considered Term and have 8 weeks to complete the course. Each week is an assessment of questions and essays, with possible research papers and finals, but the course load is determined by each professor. I love being able to study on my own time because I am a mother of 3 soon to be 4 in December and I could NOT have achieved this degree in a traditional school. I tell everyone about CSU! Both my husband and I are moving on to our Master's as soon as we graduate. Don't know how I'll do it with a 1 year old and a new born, but I will fill you in as soon as I can! Graduating with a 4.0 as well. YE HA!
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Margareta2605 (In Progress) on September 19, 2011 (email verified)

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New CSU Studen I am so glad I found CSU. I'm a full time employee, wife, and mom, over age 40. I had 18 credits from 20 years ago. If I were to attend night school, I would graduate around age 80. CSU is a great school. Terms are only 8 weeks long. What a great incentive to continue my eduation: to know I'll have my associate's degree in 18 months! The staff are very friendly and communicative. Financial Aid was a breeze. I researched many online schools before deciding on CSU. I know all about the RA vs NA debate. My plan is to earn my associate's at CSU, then my BS at Waldorf College(RA.)There are many RA schools that will accept NA credits. You just have to do your research.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 15, 2011 (email verified)

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BSBA Finance- recent graduate Overall the curriculum was not complicated. The school has a lot of support and very economical. The books are the latest and greatest. I had a colleague who went to another school and had to buy the same textbook I got free via CSU. CSU is very user friendly instituion, would reccomend.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 4, 2011 (email verified)

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Shame on CSU! Unfortunately anything that comes too easy, should be heeded! Why is my MBA program easier than my BS? Perhaps because I went to a real institution when I acquired my BS. I am shocked that I do not have to write papers over 8 pages and all finals are open-book, you would have to be a complete IDIOT to fail this school! I want no part in having a degree from CSU on my resume!
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Jbtrooper (Graduate) on August 5, 2011

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My CSU Education I started CSU back in 1999, I believe. It has been a long journey for me. I took a year off from my studies due to work changes and lack of funds. I paid for my undergrad out of pocket because this worked for me at this time. I enjoyed the classes and learned more about my own determination than anything else. I never thought that I would get a degree. Everytime I started traditional college, I had to stop from burnout. I worked at my own pace and set hours for study where it did not interfere with work. I graduated in 2009 with a degree in environmental management with a 3.30 gpa. They have always been caring and supportative of what was going on with me and my studies. The encouragment from the staff is what helped pull me through. In a few short months, I will be getting a masters. I never thought this would be possible for me. They believed in me and helped me tobelieve in myself. I would recommend CSU to any one , any where, and at anytime.
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Patrick.rudolph (Graduate) on July 25, 2011 (email verified)

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Chiefrock I have just completed my Masters Degree in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) from Columbia Southern University (CSU) July class of 2011. I started in September of 2009 and it took roughly twenty-two months to complete my degree. I have enjoyed my experience here at CSU. The Staff and Professors were very helpful on helping me complete my educational goals. The experience was very challenging and at the same time rewarding. If you are like me and really don't have the time to go to a traditional university with a classroom environment, then CSU might be the school for you to attend. I know that there are skeptics out there who say that CSU is not a good school, but I challenge you to explore it for yourself. I encourage you to do your own research when choosing a college or university to attend whether classroom or online. For me, CSU has done everything that it said it would do for me and I am truly grateful. With this OSH Masters Degree from CSU, I am truly looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead for me. Thank you CSU for enriching my educational life. V/r Chiefrock Class of 2011
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 24, 2011 (email verified)

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What more can you ask for? CSU has pretty much changed my professional life for the better. If you want a degree that is legitimate, affordable, attainable, practical and worthwhile, then CSU is definitely the way to go. By the way, CSU will certainly help you obtain a degree but it's really up to you to get an education. Thanks CSU!!! :)
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Devdawg009 (Graduate) on July 9, 2011

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Great school, great experience Just completed my BSIT from CSU, it has opened a lot of doors for me. It was challenging but entirely doable if you apply yourself and don't give up. This type of school is for self-starters and self-motivators, they will not hold your hand like at a traditional school. You have to earn it, but at the end you get a respected degree.
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Shinichiru (Graduate) on July 7, 2011 (email verified)

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You take away what you put into it! When I started my degree process, I had a tough time deciding how I would want to go about the next phase of my life…attend a B&M school full-time and hold a job that wasn’t too demanding, or try an online school where I can have the time to not only attend school full-time, but continue working as an Occupational Safety and Health Specialist with the Air Force. I decided on the online school and after a couple of months of searching and making phone calls inquiring about course work and credit transfer applicability, I went with CSU and since then haven’t looked back. The big selling point for this school was the acceptance of CSU’s Occupational Safety and Health (OS&H) degree by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals who oversee many different certifications, the primary one being the CSP (Certified Safety Professional). After completion of my B.S. in OS&H, I did go on to earn my CSP designation as well as the RPIH (Registered Professional Industrial Hygienist) designation which is offered by the Association of Professional Industrial Hygienists, and am now serving as an OS&H Manager for the military. Is this school for everyone…no it’s not and I implore folks to do an adequate amount of research for any school you attend. I can say that CSU has definitely fulfilled what I wanted it to do with regards to the OS&H degree. I would recommend anyone attend this school for their degree in OS&H if you have a tight schedule…but I cannot speak for any other degree.
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Heatt99 (In Progress) on June 14, 2011 (email verified)

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Great for the working adult. I completed nine credit hours with CSU, and all are very comprehensive. I'm deployed and find it difficult to satisfy other online school requirements: blogs, postings, group interaction and other superficial demands. I’ve attended several on-line institutions, and this one is by far the best I’ve experienced. They have a great administration department, and a pro-active support center that monitors your progress through course and degree completion. Books are included and always arrive on time before the start of a course. CSU does have a downside—not being regionally accredited! Most regional schools don’t accept all credits earned or you have to satisfy undergrad courses during grad school. If you’re looking to transfer from CSU, pick a school that’s highly associated with on-line learning, and you should find success with your educational goals.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 4, 2011 (email verified)

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Excellent Program I have completed my Associates degree in Occupational Safety and Health and am nearly done with my B.S. in OSH as well. This school took all of my military training credits, my professional licenses, certificates, and I was able to transfer all credits from a previous college. I would and have recommended this school to friends and family. I need a flexible schedule as a working adult and parent, CSUfits my needs.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 21, 2011

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Very Satisfied, Just wish They were RA!! Im a soldier in the US Army who has over 22 years of Active Duty Service. A few years back my ultimate goal was to complete my undergrad prior to retirement. I came across CSU and after a good review I thought they had the best program to offer that accommodated my busy, full-time work schedule. Halfway through the program I was accepted to Officer Candidate School, where I graduated as the Distinguished Honor Graduate. I finished my BSBA with a 3.92 GPA, and felt like I had truly been enlightened. I've attended both types of colleges, traditional bricks and mortar, and CSU. My AA was from the first type where my GPA was a 3.78. I believe a student can get a lot out of CSU, if they truly wanted to put the work in. The only downside to CSU is the accreditation piece, CSU is only nationally accredited. The US Army recognized the accreditation at the time of my commission, so there's no issue there. The issue is my goal has now shifted to earning an MBA. The Army offers an MBA Degree Completion Program for officers who want to take 18 months to attend a traditional bricks and mortar university. A large majority of these institutions require an undergrad from a regionally accredited (RA) institution. I contacted CSU and they informed me they don't have any plans of trying to gain this type of accreditation. They do however have a partnership with the University of North Alabama and Waldorf University who are both RA. Overall CSU is great for obtaining a great degree that employers recognize, but if your plans include entering a good MBA program from a big name school, I would maybe consider other options.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 14, 2011

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Excellent Online School Overall, this online school has satisfied my educational needs. By the way, this school is not for everyone as you will need to teach yourself most of the time. It is also mainly designed for working adults who do not have the time to attend a regular B&M institution. The exams are relatively easy if you read and understand the course textbooks. Consequently, I really don't see why people complain about CSU. If you don't like it, then there are other universities to go to. In addition, do not enroll in CSU if you are particularly concerned about school recognition or regional accreditation. CSU will help you get a degree; what you do with your education is entirely up to you.
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MBA program For those who say it is a diploma mill is extremely incorrect. Sure you can complete your degree relatively quick if you really crank it. You are given 10 weeks to complete a course, which is fairly equivalent to going to class 2 days a week for 10 weeks. If you were not sitting in class waiting on an assignment but all assignments were given to you on the first day as with CSU, then a typical class would not take 10 weeks to finish. I highly recommend CSU for anyone. It is not an easy program but does require a lot of work,
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 2, 2011 (email verified)

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EASY as can be You have no idea how easy it is to get a degree at this "college". All undergrad classes have 8 tests. Each test is 10 multiple choice questions and 2 essay questions. They're all open book. You can complete a class in as little as 3 weeks or as long as 10 weeks. I just waited until the end of the third week then sat down and did the entire class in a day. 1 hour per test x 8 tests = 8 hours and you're done. The professors don't grade anything. All they do is go in and give you 30 points on each essay and your grade will automatically populate. I tested this by writing a "chewbacca defense" essay and yeah, I got a perfect score. If you want to earmy your bachelors FAST, and can deal with the "DETC accreditation" this place has, then go for it. If you're in the military, choose this school, you're bosses will be happy you have an education, and no one will really know what a joke it was to get it.
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Angela.begley (Graduate) on March 2, 2011 (email verified)

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I had a positive experience I had a very positive experience wrapping up my BSBA. I got more out of this program than I did sitting in a classroom listening to a lecture. As a working professional online classes offered me the ability to log on when it fit into my schedule. I had up to 10 weeks to complete my course work. If you are looking to complete your degree quickly the best CSU can offer is 3 courses in a 12 week period which is equal to what I could take at my local University 3 nights a week at triple the cost. Schedules and funds were important to me so CSU was my best option. I learned a lot and had great feedback from the professors.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 12, 2011 (email verified)

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CSU's OSH Degree Plan is awesome National vs regional accreditation? They are both accredited. 1. The BCSP or Board of Certified Safety Professionals, which offers the coveted CSP designation in the field of Safety recognizes this online education program. If your school makes the list then I'm glad, cause you've got more to work for for your CSP. 2. The Army and Dept of Defense recognize this school...universities and colleges must be accredited in order for Tuition Assistance to be allocated. 3. CSU is rather inexpensive and allows you to complete at your pace. Being in the Army and sometimes in Iraq, I can still work on my degree no matter where I'm at. 4. Not a diploma mill, I assure you, you will work for your degree here, it just isn't handed out. 5. Great staff and customer service can be found here at CSU.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 21, 2011

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Wonderful! I went to a few online schools before attending CSU. Wish I would have found this one first! The school was wonderful, clases and programs were flexible, and the administration staff was awsome. Financial aid can be a nightmare but the financial aid staff were such a help everything went very smooth. Teachers were great, and the way the program was formatted, you could work at your own pace through the weekly assignemnts as your schedule permitted. I would not only recommend this school, but would choose it again.
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Nick.w.carroll (In Progress) on January 7, 2011 (email verified)

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MBA: Finance I've been with this university since August 2009 and after coming from another onsite University, I am well pleased with the instructors, staff, admissions team, and financial aid office. Not one problem while enrolled and would highly recommend this university over any other online school. Can't beat the cost with free books and very knowledgeable and well diversified professors.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 30, 2010 (email verified)

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Accredited Accredited school. Affordable tuition. Exceptional customer service. Quality Education. What more can you ask for? :)
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Jameslshaw (Graduate) on December 14, 2010 (email verified)

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CSU BS in HRM I finshed my BS in Human Resource Management with CSU in 2009 Cum Laude. It was a great program to go through. I have had extensive conversations with other HR professionals within my local SHRM group. I have never felt "second tier" because is not regionally accredited. I am returning to CSU for my BS in Occupational Safety & Health. After doing alot of research and talking to other safety professionals I have concluded they dont care about the accreditation of the school but if the "professional organization" such as the BCSP accepts your education. CSU was a great experience before and I am sure it will be this time as well.
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Palmerbl (Graduate) on November 23, 2010 (email verified)

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Great Choice I had started attending another online university whose costs were through the roof. At the urging of a coworker, I enrolled at CSU and obtained my Bachelors Degree 9/15/10. I was so pleased with the support, encouragement and general ease of enrollment, I decided to pursue my Master's degree. I never thought I would even obtain my Bachelors, and to be enrolled in my Masters program is beyond my wildest dreams. It would never have been possible without the support of ALL the staff at CSU. The professors, I have mixed reviews about. Some were great at returning answers to questions, others treated you like you were rather stupid for even asking the question, but I figure it's much the same as any ground school. I would highly recommend CSU to anyone, especially if they think that a degree is out of their reach. CSU will change your mind in a heartbeat.
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DavidFPC32 (In Progress) on November 16, 2010 (email verified)

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BS Health Care Administration I am nearly through with a BS in Healthcare Administration. I was able to transfer in 90 hrs of B&M credit, CLEP, & DSST exams, and will have spent just over a year completing the final 30 credits. The best thing about CSU is the support. They call you if there is any sign of an issue. They are very responsive to email inquiries, and really couldn't improve much on customer service. The free books are fantastic. They send genuine textbooks to you free for each course. Professors are usually fairly prompt in getting back to you, and most are easy to deal with. Some go far above and beyond what is necessary to help you out. I plan to attend graduate school at CSU as well.
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Jeremyjcrumb (Graduate) on October 25, 2010 (email verified)

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It is what you make of it. I just completed an MBA in Project Management and I thought I would share my thoughts on CSU. Each course in my program was graded on a series of unit assessments and a small research paper or two. The Assessments were made up of mulitple choice and a couple essay questions. All assessments were open book. With the open book nature of the unit assessments it would be very easy to skim through material and ace each assessment. If you did this you could "earn" a degree, but wouldn't get much value out of this. As as student I chose to read the material and apply the concepts to my organization. As a result I found the results to be very beneficial. In the end I feel the educational experience at CSU is what you make of it. You get out of it the effort that you put into it.
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Jwinkler71 (In Progress) on October 18, 2010 (email verified)

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Excellent marks so far I have completed one class and I'm halfway through my second class at CSU. I was able to transfer most of my credits earned previously from Indiana University. I'm currently working towards my Bachelor's in Business Admin with a concentration in Project Management. Anyone that has said CSU is a degree mill or doesn't offer a valid education obviously has no experience with CSU. I can attest that the classes are top-rate and use current textbooks. The coursework is not easy and requires quite a bit of work. I have received a huge amount of support since starting. Honestly, my one complaint so far might be that I'm receiving emails from so many people I'm a bit confused on who to go to if I do have a problem. The CSU staff has done everything possible to offer me support and help since the day I inquired about their services. The two professors I've had so far have been very knowledgeable and helpful. They grade work within a few days and offer comments and help on everything. As far as accreditation, you need to do your homework and understand the difference between national and regional accreditation and the pros and cons that go with them. CSU is nationally accredited with the DETC and any employer that looks the school up with the Department of Education will find CSU listed as a fully accredited school. People that went to Regionally accredited schools are snotty about it and will tell you that a national accredited school isn't a "real" college. This is simply not true. If you don't have the money to afford a regionally accredited school, then a nationally accredited one might be a perfect choice.
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Devdawg009 (In Progress) on October 10, 2010 (email verified)

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Real degree...what the?!? Somebody explain to me, if this is a "degree mill", then how come I have to take 20 8-week classes (after I transferred my A.S. degree to them) to complete my B.S. degree for 120 credits. And nobody told me they were ACCREDITED (ick). Also, they have the nerve to send me ACTUAL TEXTBOOKS, which they expect me to read. And I have to take ACTUAL TESTS at the end of each week, and write ACTUAL APA ESSAYS, and some even have a FINAL EXAM! What a nerve. And to top it off, they assign me ACTUAL PROFESSORS who, get this, EXPECT ME TO READ AND UNDERSTAND THE MATERIAL AND PASS THE TESTS! Also, the Department of Education recognizes this "degree mill", and the Department of Defense will pay for its members to go there! My employer even says they are approved..ugh. That was the last straw. Here I thought I was going to breeze through a "degree mill", but I really got conned big time. This is more like a "real" degree, which I wanted to avoid, what a rip.
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Bilek67 (Graduate) on October 1, 2010 (email verified)

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CSU Degree Opened a Door I just graduated Columbia Southern University in August of 2010 with my BS in Environmental Management. I placed my resume online and within a month I was offered the position of Health, Safety and Environmental Coordinator for an energy company with a starting salary of $70K. I have attended other online school programs that cost twice as much as Columbia Southern University. The education I received from CSU was at times very demanding, quality focused and relevant to the real work environment. The staff and teachers were always there to help me understand the materials and apply the knowledge at work. Don't listen to the negative people out there that complain about CSU. It is a wonderful school that can help open doors to your future. A CSU Education can truly open up opportunities where none existed before. They helped open one for me!
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Hmreyes02 (In Progress) on September 18, 2010 (email verified)

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Great University, Don't Believe the Rumors I began attending Columbia Southern University (CSU) in 2009 on a scholarship awarded by the National Sheriff's Association (NSA). I previously completed an Associate's of Applied Science degree at the local community college. With 10 years of Law Enforcement experience under my belt, and the fact that my undergraduate degree would be completely paid for by NSA's scholarship, I went forth and continued my education at CSU. After a couple of classes and reading reviews of CSU, the question of accreditation started to linger. I did my research have no regrets. While I wish that CSU was regionally accredited, the fact that it is not will not hinder my future education plans. I plan on working towards an MPA and have found several regionally accredited, brick and mortar, schools that will accept my nationally accredited degree. Specifically, Wayland Baptist University, where I will pursue my MPA. The layout of CSU's classes is perfect for working parents' schedules. I have enrolled in the "Per-Course" terms and find that working at my own pace has been key to my success. The courses are set up as follow: There is assigned reading with each unit (usually 8 units). At the end of each unit you will take a 10 question/2 essay quiz. Some courses require an article review. Article reviews are a summary and analysis of a professional publication related to the topic being covered. Some courses require a comprehensive final exams which can be proctored at local colleges for a small fee or by someone who qualifies as a proctor. Most of the finals have been open book and 50 multiple choice questions. I currently hold a 4.0 GPA and have only 5 classes remaining in my degree plan (2 of which are in the process of being completed). I hope to graduate by the end of this year and immediately start graduate school. The staff at CSU have been extremely helpful and are always in contact with me. I do however miss the back-and-forth debates and conversations with other students that I have experienced at traditional colleges. Emailing professors has been very easy and they will usually respond to questions/emails in about a day or two. The textbooks are great, however I have found a couple (very few) questions in the unit assessments that are either not in the text or have different answers than reflected in the text. In instances like this, I choose the best answer then email the professor. I have almost always been given credit for answers I can support or for pointing out errors in the exam. I wish that there was a more formal forum for CSU students. This would enable students to find others enrolled in the same class and support open discussion. The BlackBoard does have a list of students in the class, but I do not think that it's current. Also, most people do not communicate via the BlackBoard forums. There is a Facebook page for CSU, but discussions on the page are not academic...they are limited to regular "FaceBook type activity".
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 26, 2010

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My honest depiction of CSU. A have been a student for a long time now. I have tried many different online schools. CSU was one of them. Truly, it is not exactly like the degree mill schools found in Alabama. But it is very close. Firstly, the curriculum. There were about 8 to 10 units per class. At the end of the week, you are asked to answer 10 multiple choice questions and 2 short essays as a quiz. That's it for an entire week. There is homework problems assigned, but never had a class where homework was due. In all honestly, even a smart middle school student can ace every course offered in CSU. Everything is open book. Sometimes to make the courses a bit more challenging, they assign papers. It is really a hit or miss depending on the teachers. Surprising some teachers are really good and knowledgeable, but the curriculum is so easy I do not know how they think students are learning. Every week I opened my weekly quiz, looked at the book glossary for an hour and then I was done. Never did any homework. Aced every class. So if you not self motivated to learn and read the text, you will not know anything. It may be a bit of challenge for someone who hasn't been in school for 15-20 years. And most students who enroll are exactly just that. You will know when you everyone introduces themselves in the discussion board. Now about the accreditation. They are DETC accredited. But what does that mean. Not very much. You will be able to transfer your credit to most completely online schools. But you won’t be able to transfer anything to any state schools or a good private school. I have called to ask about transferring credit to most of public school in Florida (UF, FSU, USF, UWF, etc...), they will not accept them. You can't really blame them. I got a really poor score GRE, but GRE is not even a requirement for the masters program, not do they ask of any recommendation letter. Anyone can be in the masters program as easily as bachelors. Now about the professors. Some of them are very smart no doubt. But others have graduate with their degrees from this school with MBAs or other completely online schools. The level of difference you notice is scary. So to finalize, CSU can be absolute be a good experience if you want an easy degree and feel accomplished after haven’t being in school for years. And there are many companies who do not care where you got your degree from as long as you have one. But it was not it for was me. I wanted to get in good PHD program someday from a state school like FSU. But that I am doing my master in FSU you can truly see the scary difference of learning. If I had to rate CSU for how much a student learns on average is probably 20/100. And you ever switched from this to a state school; you will have a really hard time keeping up. It is nowhere in the same league. Respectfully, Nicholas
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Bjoh0565 (Graduate) on August 13, 2010 (email verified)

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Columbia Southern My overall experience with Columbia Southern University was Outstanding. From my very first class in my undergrad program to my Graduate program the staff and Professor have been their to guide you through the challenges that were around the corner. For those of you that question whether or not this is real or not, I am currently employed by the federal government as a contract specialist because of my degree from Columbia Southern University.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 30, 2010

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Environmental Management at CSU My husband has been attending CSU, for Occupational Health and Safety, since the spring of 2009 and will be a Junior in the fall of 2010. He is flying through his courses although some are a bit difficult. I myself have enrolled in EM and am very excited to obtain my degree. They accepted all but one of my credits from my past college. Great news for me! We personally know of at least 10 others who are happy attending CSU and we would highly recommend it. Pip
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 26, 2010

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Great School I graduated from this institution last October. Just now getting around to writing a review.The staff was tremendous and very helpful at all times. If you make a low grade in a particular class or a sbject, they contact you to see if you need any assistance. The classes were fairly easy except for the math classes. If I made low marks on quizzes its becasue I waited to the last minute. I recommend this school if you are going into business for yourself and you want the 'know how'. I don't think the accredidation will carry you far in the 'real world'. Although in today's world, everything is at your fingertips, including getting an education.I will not be continuing with this school because I desire to use my BA towards my Master's in Psychology.Good blessings to you.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 24, 2010 (email verified)

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Average University CSU is an average university. I transferred my credits over from Franklin University with ease. Everytime I contacted the staff with questions they were very professional and helpful. My schedule is demanding (active duty military) and CSU is very supportive with multiple deployments. The quality of the classes leaves much to be desired. There is no challenge. The "tests" are easy and the essays need to be only 200-300 words in length. I have attended Central Texas College and Franklin University online and their classes were much more challenging. I am suprised by the ease at which I compete the courses at CSU. Interaction with the teachers is almost non-existant but I didn't feel the need to contact them as I had no problems with the material. Overall, if you want your degree quickly with minimal effort, CSU is the way to go. Not a terrible school, but not top flight either. I have read many of the reviews on this site. My two cents: the whole regional vs. national accreditation is bunk in my opinion. The degree is nothing but a tool that tells your employer you have potential, you can learn and that you are not a complete idiot. All that other junk means something to folks who are degree obsessed and base their self-worth off of their degrees. I don't have the time or money to worry about such things. You get yourself the job you want.
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Msawukaytis (Graduate) on July 7, 2010

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2003 MBA Graduate Only CSU made it possible for me to get an MBA while working full time as an engineer with Ford Motor Company. CSU has certainly enhanced my resume and made it possible for me to survive our current employment situation. Thank you CSU.
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Fonteno3 (Graduate) on May 26, 2010 (email verified)

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CSU (Outstanding) My entire learning experience at CSU was outstanding. I began my college journey many years ago at a traditional college, and left for personal reasons. The educational experience that I enjoyed at CSU is second to none!!!! I would and have highly recommended Columbia Southern to others.
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Jagreaves (Graduate) on May 20, 2010 (email verified)

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Highly recommend CSU I just completed an MBA that I started at Jacksonville State University in Alabama prior to transferring to Georgia with my employer, a Fortune 500 company. My employer recognized CSU's accreditation. I found the course material to be very thorough. I think CS's MBA program is better suited to students show can be very self disciplined and complete the course work on time.I highly recommend CSU's MBA program.
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Monica.edmonds1 (In Progress) on May 3, 2010 (email verified)

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Do your own objective research.... To all of those students who posted negative reviews about accreditation, please review your facts; CSU is a great school and I have been to several. Regional is not better than National, it is just different. When you compare the two types of accreditation it is like comparing apples and oranges; no, the credits do not transfer easily because the accreditation is different. National accreditation is recognized by The Dept of Education, i.e. legitimate. If you start with National accreditation then you need to stick with it and complete the degree. If you plan on going to the graduate level then you need to know what school and grad degree you want to take well before hand, I am talking 2 to 3 years not a few weeks before your undergraduate studies are complete. It is called 'prior planning'. That lends to the idea of knowing what you want before you sign up. You have to do your own research and shop for a college the same way you do clothes, know your goals and the correct way to get there BEFORE you even start. As far as career moves, no employer on the planet will refuse you a job based on the fact that your degree is Nationally accredited rather than Regional and anyone that tells you that is either not educated on the facts, got burned because they did not understand the difference between the types of accreditation and tried to transfer, or is just condescending and pretentious. Finally, PLEASE understand that degree accreditation is more important than the colleges accreditation. For instance, CSUs OS&H degree program is accredited by the premier agency in the Safety field; if your degree program itself is not accredited by them you will not be able to sit for the ASP or CSP certification, even if your college is regionally accredited. Those two certifications are paramount to progression in the Safety and Health field. Now, please do not even take my word for it and do your own research. I am going to do my BS and MS with CSU, get my ASP and then CSP certification, which will position me for the job I am aiming for with the DOD or OSHA and I will be successful National accreditation and all. Thanks
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Mastersofthewr (In Progress) on April 30, 2010

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Very disappointed with Columbia Southern I enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management program at Columbia Southern University. I withdrew after three classes and a TOTAL waste of my money! The quality of the courses and instruction were far below par in comparison with other schools I have attended. I almost felt that it was a joke. The questions on the tests seemed to be written by someone that doesn't have English as their first language, and the materials were littered with grammatical and spelling errors. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL. Meanwhile, they are supposed to be grading you on grammar in your essays with APA rules in mind. ALL THREE CLASSES I TOOK HAD MULTIPLE ERRORS IN THE TESTS. They were grading me wrongly, even when I chose the correct answer. I ended up spending alot of time trying to contact professors to alert them of the errors, as well as petition them for credit that was rightfully due to me. That's right, all of a sudden it was my job to QA every test I took and report to the school all of the errors I encountered. I paid alot of money to basically do their jobs for them. People, DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY HERE! Also, this school is NATIONALLY accredited. If you want to pursue a Master's or Ph.D. at any REGIONALLY accredited institution out there, you will not be able to. Your degree from Columbia Southern WILL NOT be accepted during the admission/application process. Again, do not waste your time at this dead-end school like I did. I am now enrolling at a regionally accredited school to complete my bachelor's so that I may choose to pursue a Master's and above after I finish.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 26, 2010 (email verified)

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CSU is a diamond in the rough! I completed my BS with CSU in 2008, and shortly thereafter I returned for my MS in Occupational Safety & Health. Why? Several reasons. 1. The quality of the instructors. Yes, I have had some that were better than others, but almost all of the my professors have been both knowledgeable and responsive. Whenever I have had questions or issues they have always been there with the answer. 2. Support from Student Services has been nothing short of AWESOME! The staff are engaged and friendly, and help is only a phone call away. In the rare instance where a SS rep was not able to provide instant resolution to an administrative issue, I received a phone call after hours to tell me that they would have an answer for me in the morning. 3. The curriculum is current and relevant. I have been able to make significant contributions to my company's safety program because of my education at CSU. In fact, I have been in contact with several of my former professors after graduation and they were more than willing to advise me on real-world issues in my workplace! 4. The open-enrollment program is unrivaled by any other school out there today. Not everyone has a 9-5 job with a fixed schedule, and those of us in unconventional careers really benefit from the asynchronous nature of CSU's program. Military and public safety folks especially will benefit from CSU's rolling enrollment. 5. The NA vs RA accreditation is blown out of proportion. Yes, there are organizations and institutions that look down upon an NA school, but it is up to the INDIVIDUAL to do their homework and determine if an NA school will meet their needs. My personal experience has been that employers care a great deal more about what a job candidate brings to the table as opposed to where they went to college! CSU has been a very positive experience for me, and I would recommend it for anyone in public safety who has the desire to succeed.
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Jnapier (In Progress) on April 26, 2010

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CSU is great for the working professional CSU has provided an opportunity for me to balance my Family, Career and mmet my educational goals to advance in my organization. The material is comprehesive and applicable to today's technology. The Professors provide excellent feedback and guidance on all assignmets during the course.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 21, 2010

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Disappointed CSU student I am currently pursuing my MBA at Columbia Southern University. If I was not so far into my degree I would change schools but have deterred friends and family from attending the school. There are some decent support staff but the facilitator for Research Methods is not professional, does not know how to teach the class, and can not explain where she receives her information. The Dean of Students does not take his job seriously and thinks that his opinion is more important than that of a physician. I would highly recommend looking elsewhere for your educational needs.
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Bspriggs (In Progress) on April 21, 2010

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Not Accredited The courses you take here cannot be transferred to a legitimate, regionally accredited school. I took courses here and then wanted to transfer to a state school and they wouldn't take the credit so I had to start all over again. CSU doesn't tell you that up front, so watch out. I think they market it so people won't know that...
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 20, 2010 (email verified)

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Mark Twain "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." CSU is a great online school. There are employers and universities that WILL transfer credits from this school and WILL recognize degrees from nationally accredited schools. Do your homework. Moreover, education is what you make of it. If you believe a prestigious college or university is the key to your success then you've got another thing coming to you. Don't enroll in CSU if you're after college/university name recognition or regional accreditation.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 14, 2010 (email verified)

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be careful I would recommend being very careful with the reason you choose this school. I took 3 courses and stopped due to the national rather than regional accreditng. If you don't plan on getting additional degrees elsewhere or don't plan on making any career moves then this might be the school for you. BUT there are actually employers and schools alike that won't transfer credits from this school and won't recognize degrees from nationally accredited schools. Yes it's cheap but make sure you are aware of the pitfalls. If you want to use a degree from this school for future opportunities you might be very disappointed.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 7, 2010 (email verified)

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Great school Wonderful School. Exceptional student services. Terrific Staff. I strongly recommend this school to anyone who wants an affordable quality education.
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Phonphet.vongsalack (In Progress) on April 5, 2010 (email verified)

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Excellent Staff to Help You Succeed I started online schooling a month ago and the Staff and Administration has contacted me daily to check on my welfare. I didn't think this online school would do that. Thanks for proving me wrong CSU.
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Elisabethjames (In Progress) on April 1, 2010 (email verified)

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Genuine care for my success Having obtained my Associates Degree ten years ago, I desperately wanted to complete a Bachelor's degree, but was very afraid to do so. What if my online skills were inadequate? What if I had waited too long? Would I be too 'outdated' to pick up where I left off? All of these doubts clouded my vision of achieving my dream. I decided to take the plunge. I contacted this school and immediately my fears were put to rest. I started out with an extremely friendly Admissions representative who cheerfully answered all my questions and easily lead me through the enrollment process. I had an Academic Advisor to help me decide where to start and has since guided me along the way. This school has a Success Center, which I'd never heard of, that was there to help me whenever I needed extra assistance with a course. I was also assigned a Student Services representative that has been at my side through the whole experience. Even if I wasn't asking for help, they were diligent in letting me know that they were there and that they actually cared. I am finishing my degree in June, and honestly, I feel as if I'm leaving a family when I graduate. Thanks CSU for helping me to achieve my dream!
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Chief (Graduate) on March 31, 2010 (email verified)

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A school that fit my needs CSU filled my need for education and also fit my schedule. My profession requires that we work non-standard hours, that is where CSU fit our needs exactly. I have never been associated with an organization that offers the level of help and support that the employees of CSU gives their students. I graduated in 2008 with fond memories of my association with this fine organization. I would highly recommend this institution to anyone.
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Oliviabachar (In Progress) on March 30, 2010 (email verified)

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Terrific!!! I'm going to CSU for over a year now and my experience has been nothing but terrific!!!! I always get help when needed, all the CSU staff is very nice and thoughtful. I always get my books on time, by the way they are free of charge and it's a big plus in this economy. CSU's prices are wonderful; they don't charge an arm and a leg for their classes.The quality of classes is very high, I've been going to other colleges, even in different countries, and I've been just a number. Here at CSU I'm appreciated and valued as a student, I have enough freedom to do my studying at my own pace and it's very helpful for people with jobs. Also about the transfer credits: I think that if you want to go and get your Master's somewhere else, or if you just take a few classes at CSU to transfer to another college, well, then it is your responsibility to check if that school of yours will accept CSU's credits. You can't just randomly take any courses anywhere and then expect your school to accept them just because. There are lists of schools that your college will accept credits from, so if you forgot or didn't even bother to check for that, then don't get mad at your college or CSU - it was your own mistake! Other than that I just want to say that CSU provides the best online education, it's self-paced courses are awesome!
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James.thorpe (In Progress) on March 25, 2010 (email verified)

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CSU is perfect for the working adult Columbia Southern University has many excellent degree programs. I am active duty military and I would not be this close to completion of my BS without their flexibility. The per course or open enrollment and the 3 to 10 weeks per class has been perfect for me. I have nothing but good things to say about CSU and would reccomend them to anyone seeking higher education. James
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Realboats03 (In Progress) on March 6, 2010

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superb!!!!! I have been in executive managment for over 15 years and can attest to the value of the education I am receiving to be one of the best I have used. Must be self disciplined and organized to be successful. I have attended both classroom settings and distant learning and can truley say this has been the best and rewarding.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 12, 2010 (email verified)

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Great Program I earned my bachelor's degree from the State University of New York, completing most of it via on-line learning. I was so impressed with the on-line experience that I decided to pursue an MBA at CSU. I completed my MBA in December and I was totally satisfied with CSU. The papers are difficult at times but definitely doable! I would recommend this school to anyone!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 22, 2009 (email verified)

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Ready for the future I finished my BS Criminal Justice Admin in May 2009. I immediately applied to a graduate program at a state university and my degree was accepted without question. I found the classes at CSU to be relatively easy and the instructors were for the most part accessible and helpful. I have finished my first semester of grad school at a brick and mortar college with a 4.0. It is my opinion that CSU prepared me the future.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 16, 2009 (email verified)

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CSU: very good value with a couple of limitations I’ve been enrolled at CSU for over a year now. I have taken quite a few courses, both in my major (fire science) and general education classes. After much deliberation I decided to go with CSU. I am writing this review because I wish there was someone I could have spoke with when I was making that decision. There are several positives aspects to attending CSU. First the Blackboard system has been upgraded and is very easy to use. It is easy to find coursework, assignments, and information concerning the class. For the most part, you can work as quickly as you like through the courses. I attended a community college while I was taking a course at CSU. Semester long traditional classes seem to move too slow now for me now. There has not been a class that I couldn't finish in 8 weeks, that includes the final or research paper. The book grant is a great value. The course textbook arrives at least 3-4 days before your course starts. The book is yours to keep and if you need some cash you can sell it on the internet. All editions of the books so far have been the latest and brand new. Lastly the tuition is probably one of the most inexpensive I've seen. There might be cheaper schools out there but CSU is an exceptional value. CSU has a learning partnership that gives you 10% off tuition rates. It's a little leg work to get it done but if you work for a company it may qualify to become a learning partner. That can save you a little money. There is always an abundant amount of people to answer any question that you may have. Everyone I have spoken with has been helpful and informative. One note: most people who work at the CSU offices are from the south, some folks can have a pretty thick accent. For a guy from California like me, that is difficult to understand sometimes. Everything is not perfect, so there are a few things that could stand improvement. I've had great instructors and I've had some duds. Most contact is going to be student initiated. Questions have always been answered within a day but expect a delay over the weekend for some instructors. There is not much interaction between fellow students. This might be due to my major but be prepared to move through this on your own. I have friends who are students at University of Phoenix online and they have considerably more contact with their instructors and students. The accreditation issue always seems to come up with anyone who is attending school online. My advice is to do your research and find out if you need your school to be regionally accredited or not. CSU is nationally accredited and you should understand what limitation that puts on your ability to transfer units to other schools or having your degree recognized. It works with my employer and the school I eventually want to get my master's degree from. Overall I am considerably pleased with my experience at CSU. I would recommend it for anyone who needs flexibility in their schedule and is tight on the educational dollars.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 3, 2009

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Great School! I am a grad student currently enrolled at Columbia Southern University. My experience with CSU and the professors who teach the courses has been very positive! The work is challenging and grades are definitely earned! My employer (who happens to be the Federal Gov't) only pays tuition for reputable institutions of higher learning and Columbia Southern University is on their list of approved schools. Several of my coworkers have either completed their degrees or are currently enrolled at CSU and every one of us has been very happy with the school - so much so that we recommend it to others (which is how I found out about the school!) If you are considering CSU I would encourage you to apply!
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Rebecca_Smith (Graduate) on September 2, 2009 (email verified)

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CSU Can Compete With Any RA School I recently completed my MBA in Public Administration June 2009. I also completed my BS in Health Administration August 2002, both from CSU. I have worked with many people from schools around the world during my 25 years in community development and education, and I must say, that some of these people attended ivy league schools--however, CSU prepared me well. I always look forward to constructive debate amongst my ivy league colleagues. I will always give honor to the administration, teachers and staff of CSU--thank you for dedication and commitment to distance learning education.
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Tlsanders41 (In Progress) on August 29, 2009 (email verified)

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BSBA/Project Management I believe you get out what you put in. I am in my last semester at CSU, and it has been a difficult journey. The coursework is no joke. You have to study every week, as you are tested every week. I received my Associates from a traditional local college. The coursework at CSU is just as hard if not harder than a traditional classroom. You have to be determined and self driven to complete classes online. I have been a full-time student for over a year now with a full-time job and a family. CSU is a good school. Is it the best out there? No, but I am cost contious, and I have student loans already and did not want $40,000 more to say that I went to this school or that school. My employer is just waiting for me to finish so that I can move into a leadership role and has even offered me an opportunity to intern while at work on projects that need attention. Many employers do not know the difference between national and regional colleges, all they want is someone who has the skill set to complete the job. No school is for everyone, but for me CSU was the best choice. If you are concern about transferring to another university for the graduate level, look for universities that are both regionally and nationally accredited. They are out there.
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Margie14640 (In Progress) on July 1, 2009

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CSU is Great! I'm almost through the MBA and starting the Public Administration portion. I earned my Bachelor's degree from CSU before they were completely on line. I love the on line and have learned a great deal that I could apply to my work. It is geared to work with your work and that is like getting a double value. So far the courses have helped me with an employee retreat, visioning and strategic management, and I am now writing a Code of Ethics Policy and Program for my corporation. Without CSU I'd be making a third of what I am now making. My job would not have supported going to a classroom on a designated day/night and time. CSU allows you to get the most out of education. I have talked four people into finishing up their Bachelor's degree. I should then have someone to graduate with next year. Thanks CSU.
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67bluechips (In Progress) on May 24, 2009

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Outstanding!! I am currently enrolled in the CSU BS Criminal Justice Administration Degree Program. I previously attended another online college and all my credits transferred to CSU. The per course enrollment option works out great due to my work schedule. The course information and content have given me a greater insight on just how much I can learn. Thanks CSU for helping me work toward my dream of a four year degree!!
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Paul.B.Mansell (In Progress) on May 13, 2009 (email verified)

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Best DETC school currently available! So far - So good! Does a very good job in course format, outline, and delivery. Have, and will continue to recommend school to family, friends, and co-workers. Can't beat the price per credit hour! Considering enrolling in their E-Commerce & Tech program after successful completion of BS degree.
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Gary96 (In Progress) on May 4, 2009 (email verified)

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Safety and Occupational Health I am taking the Safety and Occupational Health program through CSU. It is a great advantage to be able to do this on-line, since I am employed full-time. I can fit the course work into my schedule. I have a BS and MBA degrees through other institutions in regular settings. A degree is only as good as the interaction you have with the professor and the materials you cover. CSU does well in both areas. Even though it is on-line, there is a lot of interaction between the student and the professor, which takes these courses above just computer based training. I have enjoyed the courses I have taken to date and feel I can use a lot of the material in my work. I would recommend CSU to anyone who just can't sit in a regular class room. I consider the education to be equal to the extent that you work with the professor. If you sit in a classroom and don't talk with the professor, you are going to get limited results. With CSU, you pretty much are forced to talked to the professor, because he/she will require it.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 26, 2009

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Better than you think.... I've been attending CSU since fall of 08'. I have often wondered if I should be taking distance courses through a state university, but then I remember what I'm getting with CSU. I like that the courses - no matter the subject, have the same ouline. Meaning - I always know the class structure. I have to post a dicussion answer to the Professors question by Thursday; I have to post a reply to another student by Sunday; I have to complete the weekly quiz by Sunday...etc. When you look up the quiz questions from the course, you can see that other universities are using the same information. This school is accredited and no different than any other University. The teachers are great and available when you need them. I also like that my books are included with tuition so I don't have to search for my books every term/semester. I also like that every 8 weeks I'm starting a new class. I tend to get bored with a typical long semester of slow moving courses so for me, this pace is just right. For anyone who says this place is a just a Degree Mill - I seriously disagree. Think about it - you pay all this money for a degree, why would the school want you to fail? Clearly they care whether or not you succeed. If you are behind or things are looking grim for you to pass the course - a school rep. contacts you asap. They work with you to help you find a way to get your grades up so you CAN pass. I have had a really good experience with CSU and would recommend it!
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02marc (In Progress) on April 20, 2009 (email verified)

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Very Comprehensive Programs I have attended classroom settings in major universities and the online setting with CSU. I can honestly say if you think CSU is a lesser ride than the majors...think again. You are challenged with independent thinking and decision making that is very comparable. The only difference in the settings? In the CSU environment, you can't hide behind the rest of the class and not be involved. You are involved actively every day. The critical thinking skills and time management techniques are all yours. THIS is the experince you need in the real world.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 20, 2009

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You Can't Loose with CSU As much as you hear about online schools not being creditable. You can put that to rest with CSU, their staff and department supervisors will help you achieve your goals with one on one assistance and help. My advisor has been wonderful and a real help when I needed her and believe me I've used her a lot for questions and guidence. The material is up-to-date most books revised with the newest copy dated in 2008. The professors are there if you have questions about the material and their course material really makes you think and study to make sure you understand what is being shown to you. This is not some degree mill where you just pay them to give you a piece of paper, no you have to work for this degree and in my opinion work HARDER then a traditional school offer. Which really shows the value of their education. Thank You CSU for your standards, I've loved being your student!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 17, 2009

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Health & Safety MS degree Very challenging course, good interaction with different professors, clear expectations to grow, made responsible for content of real life and learning models application, and overall a very flexible course for serious working students seeking to better themselves. I would recommend the school to anyone.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 17, 2009

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NOT a real college - just a building Not a real college. You should be aware that Columbia Southern is a building and not an college. If you do not believe me, ask for pictures of the campus, or go to the Orange Beach, AL lcoation. There is NO college campus. This place is very close to be a degree mill and everyone should be aware of this matter. It is also not accredited for transfer to any 4 year University. They do a great job on marketing and provide department discounts. If you want a real college education, select another real college.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 23, 2009 (email verified)

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CSU MBA in Project Management I recently finished my MBA with a concentration in Project Management. I found CSU to be a good value with a solid program. Out of the whole program, the only complaint I had concerned the instructors. The professors were not very proactive. By this, I mean that during my 12 courses not one instructor contacted me about my progress or checked to see how I was doing. The only interaction with the instructors happened at my request. The texts were current and the use of technology was good. The support staff helped me whenever I needed something done or had a problem. I have found that the CSU degree has helped me in my job search. I am retiring from the Air Force in about a month and have found that employers are impressed that I took the time to accomplished my MBA. In fact, a large government contractor has recently offered me a senior consulting position. The offer was made due to my experience and graduate degree (the degree was one of the job requirements). While I would not say that CSU is the best school, it is a decent value for your money. I hope that the instructors will be more proactive in communicating with students.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 11, 2009 (email verified)

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Great school I have been a student of CSU for the past 6 months, and I have completed 3 courses. I must admit that I was skeptical at first, but I am pleasantly surprised by how much I am learning. I am really glad.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 27, 2009

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USAF I just wanted to say how good CSU has been to me. I am an active duty member of the USAF and because of the AU-ABC program offered by CSU they transfered all of my military credits from my CCAF Associates degree into a BS! I am now on my way to a BS in Psychology and have only two years left as opposed to 4 years away if it wasnt with CSU. I just want to encourage airman to use this program because the benefits of taking all of our CCAF credits is an incredible thing!
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Yupitstony (In Progress) on February 24, 2009

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Csu Amazing! I decided to choose online college so i could continue to work full time..... this school is a great value plus they paid for my books. They profesors seem to respond right after i send a question. The profs also call your by phone and answer any questions you have or walk you through assingments. Its convient and super easy to figure out! Great for the schedule crunches i take to full credit classes each quater while working 50 hours a week and always seem to have plenty of time to get it done!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 5, 2009

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CSU is a great school! Love this school! Working 50 hr weeks, this school gives me the opportunity to go to school when I have time. Books are included in the cost of TA. Love it. Some teachers in GE studies (especially Science) want you to write several 300-600 word essays but other than that it is a great way to take advantage of a higher level of education at an affordable rate.
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Ryovich186 (Graduate) on February 2, 2009 (email verified)

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Bang for the Buck I completed my MBA with a concentration in Sport Management at Columbia Southern. The course work was relevant and challenging, and my professors were knowledgeable and extremely helpful. I would recommend CSU to anyone looking to obtain an advanced degree while working full-time. There will be a lot of reading and research, but I feel that I learned more at CSU than at the brick and mortar university where I earned my undergraduate degree. With their growing enrollment (nearly 20,000) it is easy to see that CSU is providing the educational opportunities that working individuals need. Kudos CSU!!!
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Sthrngemini (Graduate) on January 14, 2009 (email verified)

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Great school Great school, supported my education needs and schedule. Would recommend this school to others and do so on a daily basis. Books, materials, etc were always on time and the classes were fluid and never had any problems and the professors were always supportive.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 13, 2009

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Will a CSU degree be recognized by others? Many ask the question if the CSU degree will be accepted by today's employer. I am currently employed by the largest privately held organization in the world, which employees approximately 160,000 employees. It is difficult to rate accreditations and internet perceptions. What I can rate is that, my employer, which is a global multi industry leader, recognizes the value of this university and chooses to pay for it. Another beneficial method to see just who accepts or acknowleges this university is to go to: http://www.columbiasouthern.edu/alliances/learningpartners/list/ to view a full list of learning parteners.
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Dzw_36041 (Graduate) on January 2, 2009 (email verified)

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Slow, yet efficient! Simply stated, CSU provides a justifiable program and degree. CSU is not regionally accredited. CSU is nationally accredited. CSU provides an "at your own pace" curriculum; however, this does not degrade the effectiveness of the course. I've taken many courses and acquired many certifications in the field of technology. CSU's program proved to be just as valuable as any of my previous certifications. This was not only because of the degree credential but also for the knowledge gained. As with any program (including those regionally accredited), there were several things learned and a few things found wrong. Little known facts: 1. A degree is a "test" of motivation, adaptablity, and the ability to learn. 2. Most employers hire based on the applicant's motivation, knowledge, and/or experience. 3. A thorough knowledge of a subject is only aquired when consistently applied. 4. Some fields required specialized or intense understanding of the subject; however, most of these aren't provided by online institutions. The only real problem I've had is the degree conferral, which took several weeks to complete. Otherwise, A+!
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Qteemason2 (Graduate) on December 26, 2008 (email verified)

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Great school for the military CSU is a good school for me. I am a single dad with 3 kids, stationed in Germany and working 50+ hours a week so CSU's schedule fit my hectic schedule. The support staff is wionderful. The only drawback is a few istructors who are not very good with the online structure. I have recommended 8 friends to CSU so far
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Griselda.lewis (In Progress) on November 9, 2008 (email verified)

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Great Choice I did allot of research before choosing CSU. I was worried how I would handle the online education and the individual responsibility to complete each course in ten weeks. CSU's course format made it easy to stay motivated and finish within the allotted time. That is why immediately after completing my BSBA, I decided to stay with CSU for my MBA. Three graduate courses down, Nine more to go. I rated teachers a 9, as with all institutions, there is always that one instructor who is slow to respond, slow to grade an exam, and not much help. In my tenure at Columbia Southern, this instructor was the exception. Typically, they reply fast, answers questions to a level of satisfaction and provide a great deal of assistance should you need it.
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Michael.bivins (Graduate) on October 22, 2008

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Graduate Review CSU provides a great academic environment, with outstanding support from the staff. I would recommend this University to anyone interested in pursuing higher education while simultaneously being employed in today’s fast paced economy.
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Samuel.j.suslik (Graduate) on October 21, 2008 (email verified)

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Great Decision I did my research before choosing CSU, I made the right decision. I was worried how I would handle the online education and the individual responsibility to complete each course in ten weeks. CSU's course format made it easy to stay motivated and finish under the allotted time. That is why I decided to stay with CSU for my MBA. Four graduate courses down, eight more to go.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 20, 2008 (email verified)

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CSU is OK I am in the process of finishing up my MBA in Project Management. I have completed 28 of 37 credits required. CSU is an OK school. All schools have their issues and CSU is no different. I have had an overall good experience with CSU. The courses are relatively inexpensive compared to the alternatives but the ability to complete courses and assignments anytime is a plus I like. Like all schools there are some minor issues with the customer service misplacing documents or receiving slow service but overall the staff is very pleasant to deal with. Some of the professors leave something to be desired. Some are distant and do not interact with students unless the student begins the communication process. Overall I would say the experience thus far has been OK.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 7, 2008 (email verified)

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Poor Administration I've spent an entire year faxing, mailing and calling CSU with regard to several issues. If someone gets back to you within two weeks, consider it a special gift. It seems like every document (and check) I send their way vanishes into thin air...and then more waiting. I wish I had never heard of this school. As a result of poor management/administration, it would take 10 years to complete a degree.
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RKimerly (In Progress) on September 27, 2008 (email verified)

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The Best Value in Online Education If you think of the word value and its personal application to your life, then Columbia Southern University is the answer for you! Not only is it affordable, but the curriculum is relevant and challenging for the times, the support staff is the best you'll find in the online education market today, and the instructors are also your mentors in your chosen field of study. You develop lasting relationships in ways that may surpass the traditional classroom. With a current overall active student population of 14,000+, you never feel like you are just a 'number'. You are cared for, respected, and encouraged to be all you can be. You actually do become like one of the 'family' in your educational process. If you care about your future and want to invest wisely in your education, then seriously consider the benefits of Columbia Southern University. It will be the best investment you'll ever make.
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Spec_v5150 (Graduate) on September 23, 2008 (email verified)

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Good, Quality Program I chose to go to CSU because it was one of the few schools that offered the exact programs I wanted to degree in at a price I could afford. At first, I was very skeptical of a strictly online degree. It seemed "phony" to me.....like a diploma mill. However, finding a program in safety AND having the convenience of staying home with my kids during the day and working nights was a bit difficult especially since I lived in North Dakota which had ZERO colleges with safety programs in the immediate area! I researched the accreditation, read reviews, did more research, spoke with the active duty education office (which is very strict for tuition assistance purposes) and everything looked good (you also can't beat FREE, BRAND NEW TEXTBOOKS!!!!!) While I technically wasn't paying my own money (used GI Bill), I didn't want to waste it on something that would be of no use to me. However, after taking my first set of classes, I realized it was money well spent. The instructors were there to help and I actually learned something. I thought since it was open book, I would ace every class. I found it to be harder because of this. I found I couldn't "wing it" like I thought I would be able to. I actually had to read the text and study. When I progressed into my core and major courses, I felt even better about the program because I was learning things I already recognized as fact. I already knew about OSHA and industrial hygiene monitoring and the courses re-enforced what I already knew and taught me things that I didn't, particularly with accident investigation and ergonomics. Another reason it turned out to be a great choice is my ultimate goal was to become a Certified Safety Professional. BCSP recognizes CSU and I can use my degree as my educational requirement when I begin the CSP application process. There is no way a well known, industry leading organization like BCSP would accept a "diploma mill". My only complaint thus far has been the wait time for the graduation audit to be complete to receive my diploma. For GI Bill purposes, I can't begin my MS program until I have completed my current program. The wait is also holding up my CSP application as well.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 19, 2008 (email verified)

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CSU ROCKS!! Im nine hours away from my educational goals, and it only took 2 years! I work fulltime, in addition to being a full-time Mother to a 3 year old. I enrolled for the cost and stayed enrolled for the exceptional support I received thoughout my degree. The staff at CSU truly vaules every student. The Dean of Students, Poche, is the only Dean I came across who actually returns my calls before he leaves at the end of each day! I feel like I'm the only student enrolled! Another perk CSU sets themself apart from other universities is retenting! I received calls from CSU staff on regular bases! They kelp me informed and on tact! You can't find a package this good to be true anywhere else! A very special thanks to Ms. Perkins for always being there with all my questions and issues! If she couldn't assist me, she found someone who could! I can't forget my Advisor, Ms. Veigas! Her knowledge helped me tranfer credit that I had no idea about! They made this experience fun and exciting! HANDS DOWN, CSU ROCKS!! Thanks ALL OF YOU at CSU!
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Chief (Graduate) on August 20, 2008 (email verified)

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Quality Program It is really hard to believe I have finished and as a kid at Christmas I am now waiting on graduation day. The whole process was great, the CSU employees were exceptional, and the instructors/professors improved every class. They were responsvie & helpful. As a department head the CSU employees were always helpful with our employees whatever the problem. I would recommend this facility to anyone that has problems completing their education because of their work schedule.
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Karl46 (Graduate) on August 20, 2008 (email verified)

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Excellent decision on my part Normally I keep my opinions to myself, but after reading the critique from “anonymous dated July 08 2008”, I have to put my two cents in. I started school with CSU 2 ½ years ago. This was after heavily researching online institutions. They honored my military training, CLEPS and previous college courses. Working 12 hour days as a route salesman, flexibility was one of the primary factors in my decision process. Once enrolled, I found the curriculum challenging, the staff is very accommodating, and the professors are competent and helpful. I can honestly say that I’ve not had one negative experience resulting from CSU. Since my degree completion, I have been promoted and received an increase in salary commensurate to my new responsibilities. Now I must address the critique made by anonymous. My experiences with CSU are diametrically opposed to what anonymous stated. I cannot rationalize why someone would stay with a program they feel possess no value. The level of effort expended in obtaining a degree is tremendous. Hopefully those who read the venomous words will realize he/she has an axe to grind. This quite possibly could be a student who was removed from the rolls due to an impropriety. And one more thing, anonymous may want to take a refresher class in English Composition, because you would not have made it through Dr. Borne’s class with that diction.
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Saginawman (Graduate) on August 7, 2008

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Good Choice I tried to take an online class at the community college where I recieved my Associate's Degree from and it was more trouble then it was worth, so since then I had been uncertain about online learning at first. My work schedule, however, made it very difficult to atend traditional classes so I had to explore online education as an option it I wanted to finish a BS Degree. CSU helped me attain my goal. If I hadn't found out about them, I would still be in school working on a degree. Their program was thorough yet challenging and gave me a real sense in accomplishment without the guesswork. I would recommend this school to anyone who is up to the challenge of learning online.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 2, 2008

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Final Review I am done with my degree;I regret my decision attending this school, the college may be okay for most of law enforcement officers which work for small agencies or police department outside big metropolitan areas etc.. since they are the biggest clientele they got, this can explain why this place is still in business. For the price and reputation is not worth it, and I should get my money back, there are better options for about the same price and with better reputation, this university is extremely overrated by some alumnus and shills that follow this blog. I got suck in due to the variety of specialization and the concept of studying at your pace to sort say. Yeah, I should have known better, I would see this experience like buying a lemon car then discard it to buy a new one, a better one. The university is a very low tier school but is accredited, which for most underachievers this is enough to qualify them for most government jobs, don't get me wrong there are people that do not belong there, but for other reasons like time, and economics this may be the only viable options. The University is getting to make it easier now for people to come in since they soon will be participating in tittle IV aid. But still the degree from this place has too many limitations. They don't have many faculty that can facilitate the courses or have the expertise in some areas, anyone can facilitate the course because the format they use are multiple choices, coloring areas and pop up pictures tests and the assigned professor just read from the teachers manual with the answers and grade accordingly. These facilitators have no idea what they are teaching and what they trying to test. Some course materials are out of date, I have pointed out this to the administration but nothing was done. Base on my own experience I cannot say I would recommend CSU, nor I would go in a crusade to discredit the bloody place, I will cut my losses and move on. I plan to use my diploma to decorate my wall and not to find a job. My Bachelor's has more weight and merit on his own that using this degree from CSU as an addendum. Any way, this school is preposterous.
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Roberte (Graduate) on May 18, 2008 (email verified)

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Criminal Justice BA I just completed my BA in Criminal Justice after having started my first class in June of 2006. I enjoyed the flexibility CSU offered and felt I learned much after having been out of school for so long. You certainly could not find a better program for the cost and I know my recent promotion at work was a direct result of my new found education. I am very proud of the degree I earned through CSU and would recommend them to any working class person with a family looking to improve their life.
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Gldick (Graduate) on April 25, 2008

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Served My Needs When I entered the program I did so thinking they would soon be a fully accredited school. That did not happen in the four years it took me to finish. That was disappointing. I know, from experience, that this MBA degree is not as difficult as in a traditional campus situation and I am not saying I did not learn anything because I learned a lot. It was a long time desire to get my MBA as I had stopped and started due to relocations. Being online was very nice and I truly enjoyed taking the courses so I am satisfied with the results. Their technology was very good. I did find that the credentials of some of the teachers were not truly qualified for the subject but since most everything was electronic I had little, if any, interactions with any of the teachers. I got the most out of the research papers.
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W3srl (Graduate) on March 22, 2008 (email verified)

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CSU is simply OUTSTANDING! I returned to college after a long hiatus, and researched my choices for distance education very carefully. Out of the many colleges to choose from I kept coming back to Columbia Southern University for several compelling reasons: 1. Flexibility. The open-enrollment system and no mandatory "chat" sessions was a major consideration. You enroll in a class when YOU are ready, and you have up to 10 weeks to complete it. For those of us in public safety and others with equally demanding schedules, this is a huge benefit. 2. Quality. CSU's faculty members are top-notch professionals in their fields. Many are working professionals themselves and practice what they preach, rather than simply teaching from the text. The coursework incorporates scenarios from real-life situations and encourages the student to use their experiences in their course assignments. 3. Value. I challenge you to find another online university that provides as much "bang for your buck" as Columbia Southern University does for it's students. Both the undergraduate and graduate tuition rates are reasonable, and if your employer becomes a "learning partner" with CSU there is an additional 10% discount. All textbooks are included in the tuition when you choose the "per course" enrollment option and there are no hidden "fees." One of my lifelong goals has been to complete my college education and Columbia Southern University gave me the opportunity to do so without putting either my professional or family lives on hold. Enthusiasm must really be contagious, because four of my co-workers are now affiliated with Columbia Southern University and several more are considering it. I can tell you that after my undergraduate experience at CSU I really haven’t looked at many other graduate programs. I will be back at CSU in the fall for my masters degree.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 14, 2008 (email verified)

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Not Happy I was all hyped on accreditation but the credits don't transfer. I just wanted to get a headstart on my MBA but now I wasted two classes and am out thousands. Other schools don't respect DECT and won't take it.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 1, 2008 (email verified)

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Best program for working adults I completed CSU's Bachelor of Science in Marketing in April 2007. I had previously attended a traditional four-year university as well as a local community college. Columbia Southern University was initally one of many options that I reviewed prior to returning to complete my bachelor's. The cost savings of CSU, combined with the focus for working adults and a flexible schedule, were the key to my decision. I could not afford the traditional four-year programs near my home, nor could I quit my job to attend classes with inconvenient starting and end times. Also, due to my job requiring significant travel, I could not attend the required number of in-class sessions. From day one, the personnel of CSU were as committed to my educational goals as I was. I had never experienced that level of commitment from the school that I had paid thousands annually to attend. The program proved rigorous. I learned concepts that I could quickly apply in my working environment. Every class requires significant writing, a skill that helps me become a better communicator within the business world. The best feature was the focus on real-world business applications. Too many business classes are theoretical, but have no value when applied to business environments. CSU classes are thoroughly grounded in daily business operations. I cannot say enough about the value of the education that I received during my studies to complete the BS/Marketing program. After completion of my degree, I applied for a position that would directly be related to my studies. Because of the concepts I learned, I was able to earn the position and immediately make an impact for my company. I have received much praise for the value I bring to my firm and I believe that much of that rests on the education I received at CSU. My employer believes it as well. When I mentioned that I was going to pursue my MBA through CSU, I was offered tuition reimbursement. The value of the education I received was outstanding. I learned to think critically, apply my knowledge in real-world applications, and sharpened my time management skills. Juggling a full-time job with travel and pursuing a degree is a difficult task. CSU's flexible program made it possible for me to pursue my educational goals and give me a solid foundation to build a career.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 13, 2008 (email verified)

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BS Degree In Human Resource Management I have just completed my BS degree in Human resource Management at Columbia Southern University. I must say that with my Marine Corps job and the Great opportunity that CSU gave me to complete my degree while serving the country. I would highly reccomend anyone to get thier online degree from this great college. I am currently enrolled in my Masters Degree in Project Management.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 11, 2008 (email verified)

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Environmental Managment Have zero complaints. Enjoyed over 3 years of study, and look forward to a couple more with graduate school at CSU. I love CSU, my employer loves CSU, My wife loves CSU, and everyone else whom I have spoke with loves CSU. To the people who speak down to the programs at CSU...well, I suspect you speak down to the majority of things in your life. I am glad I had the courage to enroll at CSU!!! CSU, Thanks for all your support over the years!
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Azcanuckbrj (In Progress) on February 1, 2008 (email verified)

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Great Format I have been to three "brick and mortar" universities and by far CSU's format instills greater learning skills into the student. CSU's in house books are included and very well written, with many extra highlights, annotations and in some cases study guides and CDs. For the price I am very happy. Instructors are all very responsive and highly accomplished professional individuals. All server based so no loading of intrusive programs on your PC. BR-Arizona
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 1, 2008 (email verified)

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Review of MS OSH with Emphasis in Environ. Mgt. Wonderful online classes. Easy to work around lifestyle and obligations. All teachers seemed to really know their subject areas well. An overall good and quality experience.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 26, 2008 (email verified)

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MBA in Finance I am almost done with my degree; the college is okay, what I found is that the faculty (at least in finance specialization) they have no idea what they are teaching and what they try to test. Faculties do not post their bio or have any background to teach the classes assigned. They really need to work in the curriculum in Finance because it really sucks. I have pointed out this to the administration but nothing was done, I guess I have the only one that has complain. I don't think CSU is a bad University but certainly needs works in some areas that have neglected specially in the finance specialization. Base on my own experience I cannot say I would recommend CSU they are better options out there. They do have strong curriculum for law enforcement though.
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Robert.smith61 (In Progress) on January 14, 2008 (email verified)

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A Great University I have taken 3 courses so far and I will continue to attend CSU until I complete my Ph.D. in Buisness. The tuition is the best I have found anywhere. The open classes are a great help and being able to complete a class in 3 to 10 weeks is the greatest. All the interaction I have with the staff has been very pleasant. Everyone is very patient, kind and very helpful. After attending 3 years of the "on campus" universities, I have found the on line CSU courses to be far better. I wish I had done this years ago. I have recommend CSU to my friends and co-workers and my supervisor is now in the process of enrolling.
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Swmueller (In Progress) on December 17, 2007 (email verified)

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Excellent I started attending CSU a couple years back after many years of putting off college. It was the best decision I have made by far. The professors and support staff are second to none when it comes to helping you out. The open schedule to complete your courses is outstanding for those of us who have very busy lives. I have been nothing but pleased with my progress and what I haved learned thus far in my quest for a degree. As many others have said, it is no walk in the park, they offer the same challenging questions and exams that any "classroom" college/university offers, the key is making your schedule fit so you can complete the course on time. Nothing but kudos to CSU, I will be proud when I finish my degree!
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Casey.w.adams (Graduate) on December 17, 2007 (email verified)

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Columbia Southern University, AAS in Business I found Columbia Southern University (CSU) to offer programs and schedules to fit the needs of almost all students and situations. With 12 different terms student can enroll every month, they also offer per course enrollment in which you can enroll at your leisure. I found every teacher to be highly qualified as they are also from remote locations. This allows CSU to attract highly qualified experts in their educational field of expertise to develop courses and programs. Their online access and use of technology is excellent. They could organize a few websites for better functionality, but the information is their once you find it. I also used my GI Bill which was handled very well by the support staff with all paperwork be submitted in a timely manner so I never missed a payment. I can't think of any reason to not attend CSU and will be enrolling in the BSBA/finance program after the first of the year.
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Joshandjoc (In Progress) on December 14, 2007

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Columbia Southern University I am nearing completion of my degree with CSU. I have always had good interaction with the staff, they are very quick to assist in any way. Their email based communication system gets students the help and answers they need without delay. The professors are qualified in the subject matter and have the degrees to solidify their credibility. My experience with CSU has been a pleasant one, and I am considering them for a graduate degree once my bachelor's degree is completed.
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Ideasindigital (In Progress) on December 4, 2007

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Excellent University CSU is an excellent university with high ethical and academic standards, highly-skilled professors who have the work skills to back their class knowledge, and the most outstanding customer service and support of any institution or business I have had the pleasure to experience. (I regularly interface with many companies per day). You are truly treated as a valued customer at CSU, not as a child in "school". Classes are very challenging, more so than in traditional classroom programs, and are well organized. I researched 10 other online programs before choosing CSU. CSU wins hands-down with 10-week flexible classes, free books (yes, free!), well-accepted DETC accreditation, and excellent, timely support. They cater to the returning adult learner with clearly organized class instructions, fast instructor callbacks, great online library resources, only $250/credit for graduate classes, payment plan options, etc. The 10-week courses start when you sign up for them, anytime. You may finish the classes early if you are able. I have reasearched to also find that employers do not look down upon CSU online degrees. The transfer rate of DETC accredited universities' credits to traditional universities is said to be about 70%. I would not be able to commit to full time traditional college classes. This is a great option for the working person.
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Tribilin80 (In Progress) on December 1, 2007 (email verified)

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CSU - BSBA After searching many other online programs I found CSU to be the most affordable and flexible. I didn't want a program were I was required to login so many hours or so many times per week. I wanted the flexibility to log in as many times and for as long as I wanted. So far all my classes have been challenging, but on my own terms the syllabus are clear, the assignments are clear and manageable. I can easily manage unpredictable work schedule, family time and school assignments and even vacation time.
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Robert.tusing (Graduate) on November 24, 2007

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Outstanding Programs CSU provided me with the flexability I needed to complete my degree. As a member of the Military and now with the Department of State I needed a program that allowed access 24/7 from anywhere in the world without the requirment to attend group classes or meetings and CSU is it.
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Steph2472 (Graduate) on November 18, 2007 (email verified)

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CSU MBA in Hospitality/Tourism I recently finished my degree and am very happy with what I learned, and how I can apply it in the real world. The teachers were supportive, responsive and professional as were the staff I contacted. If I decide to continue with a DBA I will go to CSU.
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Cqiacqacqm (In Progress) on November 7, 2007 (email verified)

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Good Processes I completed my BSM degree from the University of Phoenix taking both classroom and online courses. It was grueling, expensive, and fraught with bad processes and lack of response. Several of my co-workers told me how much they enjoyed CSU, so I started my MBA right away once I finished the undergraduate. The format which allows you to work as quickly as you like or take the whole time while submitting assignments on YOUR schedule makes the large amount of work required for a course manageable. I have been able to balance work, home, and school without difficulty. Simply put, this program is perfect for working adults and is a good value as well.
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Afnuctec (Graduate) on November 2, 2007 (email verified)

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Excellent Education and Value I completed my MBA while on active duty in the United States Air Force (I have since retired from active service). I would highly recommend this school to military service members. The process of using military tuition assistance was very easy. The only out of pocket expense I had in my entire two years of studying was the graduation fee. I paid nothing else, thanks to tuition assistance and the text book grant from CSU. My new employer readily recognized the degree, and I feel I was given a very good job offer. I would recommend CSU to anyone looking to further their education!!
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Robert.lefever (Graduate) on November 1, 2007

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Great Criminal Justice Program CSU provided superior teachers, service and support which ensured I graduated with a BS degree in Criminal Justice. Through my 26 year career in the military and six years as a government AF employee, CSU was over above the rest of the schools I attended through the years of service. Military members bounce around to many duty stations worldwide and attend many different schools to fulfill their educational goals. I found CSU as the best one to support my goals.
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Bjboeke (In Progress) on October 15, 2007 (email verified)

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I would never do anything else... After having taken several classes this way, as well as on-site classes elsewhere...I would never again pin myself down to a scheduled class. I always felt that group discussion got out of hand in classes, and that I never really benefited from that type of environment. However, online classes are awesome, and I feel that I am learning more this way. Columbia Southern is a great value, and I highly recommend it to anyone!!
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Judodunc (Graduate) on October 12, 2007 (email verified)

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excellent choice CSU is an outstanding school. The best value for quality education. The work is challenging and requires one to have the ability to think beyond the textbook. Professors and staff are great and provide lots of assistance. CSU provides the best online education. It is worth the investment.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 2, 2007 (email verified)

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Columbia Southern University Excellent program for people with work/family committments. The ability to work when I had time was the reason I was able to complete my degree. The work load of the program was not easy. It helped prepared me for my current job promotion, which I was able to receive three weeks after attaining my degree from CSU. Without my CSU degree, I would not have been eligible for a promotion.
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Menz4242 (Graduate) on October 2, 2007 (email verified)

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Exceptional School CSU has been tremdously helpful any time I have needed something. It is great because you can work at your own pace. Ic hecked numerous schools and their tuition was the best deal I could find. I received my Bachelors degree and went on to my MBA which I should have in December. Any time I have had a question I have received a prompt reply. I have asked several profesors if the degree if going through with higher degrees is worth it and I have always received honest responses. As far as accredidation, I have seen multiple comments about it. I personally worked for the State of Florida for a while and they required a degree for the positions. They accepted my degree after seeing my transcript and never said a word. I think the whole deal is over rated. Employers care about degrees, not necessarily where they are from. My degrees have had made it possible for me to work several positions. I think that for the price and the ability to not have to go to the actual school to do classes, it is well worth checking in to. I love CSU and they have helped me receive my degrees when going to a school was not possible. If you are a single parent or have a career, CSU is the way to go!
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Chwills (Graduate) on October 2, 2007 (email verified)

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BSBA Program Like many other CSU graduates, I thought that an online degree would be easy. However, it turned out to be more difficult than I ever expected. The assigments were tough. I felt the quality of the teachers and the material presented far exceeded my expectations. When I graduated from CSU, I knew that I had earned the degree. It's an exceptional school that provides educational services for those who can not attend classes.
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Skelly.ken (Graduate) on October 2, 2007

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Keeping People Safe Through Knowledge The information for which I have studied is critical to the safety of others. The Occupational Safety & Health Engineering program has provided me with the data and knowledge to make informed decisions regarding the safety of others. In these troubled times, CSU has demonstrated a committment to providing quality academic studies and support to it's students
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Erik.mccall (Graduate) on October 2, 2007

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MBA, HR MGMT Very responsive faculty and staff and a great education. Take advantage of CSU.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 2, 2007

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Able to pursue my calling, my career I had to quit school at Auburn University due to personal reasons a few years ago. I was working two jobs to support my family and could not go to school and take classes full time. Becuase of the online format, I was able to finish my degree, I was able to pursue my calling, my career in Safety. I am very fortune it to be able to help others and have recommended this school to others as well that are currently enrolled at CSU.
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Mk_scott (Graduate) on October 2, 2007 (email verified)

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Columbia Southern University - Simply the Best Just completed my MBA. Ranks with the best online (distance) universities, including brick and mortar. Excellent support from both CSU's staff and professors. I highly recommend Columbia Southern University.
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Linda.felker (Graduate) on October 2, 2007

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Outstanding School Received my undergraduate and my MBA through CSU. Wish the doctoral program had been in place at that time. My grades and courses were easily transferrable and accepted when I applied for a Ph.D. program through two other universities. I completed my Ph.D., and owe a great deal of thanks to CSU for getting me started in the right direction
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Viji_deep_ankith (Graduate) on October 2, 2007 (email verified)

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MBA I did my MBA in Human Resource Management in 2006 with Columbia Southern University and I should say that I had a very good experience. I received prompt responses and support from my professors. Also, I liked the online library and discussion boards that CSU provided, which helped me with my research papers.
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Oshman (Graduate) on October 2, 2007 (email verified)

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PhD I rec'd a PHD at CSU for occupational safety and health although it is no longer offered.
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Jay24k (In Progress) on September 18, 2007 (email verified)

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Exceptional School I enrolled in the Information Technology field for my bachelors. I originally thought that online schools would be easier but I found out that there is much more work involved. I went to UCF and several of my friends went to UF and FSU and I noticed the workload was not even close. I've never experienced having to write 20 300+ word essays, a 7 page research paper, and 6 quizzes in any single course. The program was great and I am really enjoying it. I was worried about the accreditation however after talking with several IT directors, all agreed that they do not discriminate on degrees unless it is from a school that is known as a diploma mill. Mainly in the IT field, experience is the key and the diploma gets you one step ahead. With this bachelors degree, 7 certifications, and 9 years experience, I highly doubt I will have any problems finding a job.
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Bmocogni (In Progress) on September 14, 2007 (email verified)

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MBA/Finance I am currently enrolled in the CSU MBA Program witn a concentration in finance. Please allow to to begin by saying that this program is exceptional not only for online colleges but for all colleges. I have attended all tradtional institutions in the past and none of them stand up to this organization. The material is current and presented in such a way that allows for one to maximize the learning process. Additionally, one can take advantage of the opportunity to proceed at their own pace which is very time efficient. Those who continue to doubt the quality of online education should take the time to examine CSU, they will be impressed.
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Regaliathai (Graduate) on September 4, 2007 (email verified)

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Professional Institution of Higher Learning I am a MBA graduate from Columbia Southern University (CSU) in 2006. I would say that CSU is a truly professional institution of higher learning and that my experience with it was simply wonderful. The courses taught are current and relevant with knowledge gained therewith readily applicable to my profession. Furthermore, through the independently rigorous mode of instruction adopted by CSU in delivering all courses, it challenges, exhorts, and thereby causes to develop the students’ mental capabilities to the fullest that thus ensure that aptitudes in learning and problem solving becomes a lifetime process and does not just stop upon graduation. I have no hesitation to recommend CSU to anyone who has an interest and is serious in pursuing a higher education. David Tan Regalia & Associates Singapore
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Tinadavis1 (Graduate) on August 22, 2007 (email verified)

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Columbia Southern University CSU provided everything necessary to finish my Masters. The program was not only challenging but provided me with the opportunity to use the knowledge gain in my professional life and has opened many doors.
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Maxine.p.paul (Graduate) on August 22, 2007 (email verified)

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Professional Distance Education My educational experience at CSU gave me the flexibility to continue my daily activities as a working professional and complete the degree requirements with ease. The program was well organized and is value added to me and my organization. All materials were current and significant to the my educational goals. I am currently working on a master program with CSU because of my experiance wth the institution. I have recommended CSU to colleagues seeking to improve their education and skills within their particular industry. CSU provides the best education for the working professional at a competitive rate.
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Cuvamp (Graduate) on August 19, 2007 (email verified)

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Bachelor in Business Administration I graduated from CSU last fall and am very happy and proud of my degree. CSU has really helped me in my purist of bettering myself through education. When I first started at the school I transferred credit hours over from another online school and from my local community college. CSU also gave me credit for course I took while in the Navy. I had several problems at CSU, which is expected when dealing with people from a distance. My main problem was e-mail issues that created extra effort for me. I brought this problem up twice in my time at CSU and was pleased with the response. The issue was not quickly fixed, but real effort was placed on assuring the problem was resolved once the solution was available. The staff at CSU is very good and many of them put forth extra effort to assure that my educational goals were achievable. I really enjoyed dealing with the staff. The professors at CSU were always available and I had only one small problem with one of my professor. This problem was not major and was quickly resolved. I am currently pursuing my MBA at another online school that has a partnership with CSU (Northcentral University). I feel that CSU has sufficiently prepared me for my MBA and the outside working world. As an older student, who also owns and operates a small family business CSU meet all my financially and schedule needs. I highly recommend the school to anyone looking to advance their education. In fact I recently got my wife to enroll at CSU and she is very happy with the school and once my MBA is completed I may look into CSU’s DBA program! Ray Vampran BBA/ Project Management
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Rgjr (Graduate) on August 19, 2007 (email verified)

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Outstanding I have just recently graduated from CSU with my MBA. As a result, I have had numerous colleges invite me to teach for them. I am an adjunct instructor for 2 colleges here close to home, and I teach all over the State of PA for the Pennsylvania Chief's of Police in the Executive Management Programs. I have also designed programs in Executive Management that have been used throughout Pennsylvania. Recently, assigned as a member of the International Chiefs of Police Association Training Committee, I get to travel across the US approving executive course work taught to ALL chiefs of police in this country. Its because of CSU! Four 4 years I busted my hump and working with some of the best professors I ever had to deal with in my career. My bachelors degree is from a normal brick and morter college, and it was a lot easier than the MBA I received from CSU. CSU was professional, the materials that I learned were top rated, and I will always give CSU the credit that it so rightly deserves. I will match my MBA knowledge up with any of the Ivy League Universities, and come out on top. Thanks CSU! Rich G.
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Jwhidbee1 (Graduate) on August 19, 2007 (email verified)

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OSH Degree Online - outstanding I completed 90% of my degree with CSU and enjoyed every bit of it! The flexibility of schedules, the courses and the associated workload is second to none! The professors are very knowledgeable and always available to assist when needed. I would still be attending CSU for my Masters if they had a program for Emergency Management (my chosen degree concentration). CSU was recommended to me by my supervisor who also completed his BS and Masters at CSU and my recommendation to my brother and sister have resulted in their pursuit of a degree from CSU.
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Loganstout (Graduate) on August 18, 2007

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Superior Education at Columbia Southern University Having tried several online studies, Columbia Southern University is proven to be the best. With the helpful staff and up to date study material, you are destin for success with your degree. I would recommend CSU to anyone looking for an outstanding school with credentials that match up to any of your major universities.
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Bbabcoc2 (Graduate) on August 18, 2007 (email verified)

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BSBA I did a lot of research into on-line schools and found CSU to be by far the best program in the Business Administration/Human Resource field. Excellent program, professors, and set up for distance learning students -- EXCELLENT!
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Dguenthner (Graduate) on August 18, 2007 (email verified)

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Tuff and very challenging Getting my degree in Environmental Management through CSU was the best thing I could have ever done. The course work was more challenging than in a regular college setting and tuff because you did not always have the one-on-one interaction with other students and faculty. However, companies do not look down on how I completed my BS, but recognize I completed a rigorous course of work to attain my degree. I would highly recommend anyone that is looking for an opportunity to get their degree through distance education - go to CSU first. Their tuition rates, faculty, course material and use of technology is the best out there. I am going back to get my MS in a few months. Thats how much I think of their under graduate and post-education programs they have.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 17, 2007

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CSU MBA is a Great Value I just finished the MBA program with a general concentration. CSU’s programs are accredited which was a necessity for me for the tuition assistance benefit requirement by my employer. No doubt in my mind, CSU provides students with the best value in education. As others have mentioned, CSU uses Blackboard with the option of using Blackboard's Backpack software that allows you to work without being connected to the Internet. This is a great benefit for those on the go. I was told from a CSU representative before enrolling that many of the professors also teach at other, more expensive, online institutions. I felt that they were qualified and provided great value in the education process. The support staff is excellent. Every time I've had a question or request for documentation, I received fast and courteous service. The interaction with other students from around the world was also a great benefit. This was typically done through discussion board assignments. Overall I found CSU's MBA program to be demanding and rewarding. If you are a prospective student, be sure that you have good time management skills and enough time to satisfy all of the reading, researching, and writing you'll be doing. Good Luck!
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Jagmct1 (Graduate) on August 16, 2007 (email verified)

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CSU Is Exceptional! I wanted to announce that due to my BS and MBA from Columbia Southern University, and my professional background in law enforcement I've been selected as an adjunct professor at the local community college in my area of residence. In addition, I am also an adjunct professor at a highly specialized university called Henley-Putman University, which specializes in degrees in executive protection, intelligence management and counter-terrorism. My academic credentials through CSU played a significant role in obtaining this position. For those nay sayers that say you cannot secure a teaching position with a DETC degree, I am living proof that these so called "limitations" are few and far between. The only limitations of earning a degree through an institution that is DETC accredited is the limitations that YOU chose to believe. Thank you CSU for making all my dreams and aspirations become reality.
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Chief (In Progress) on August 15, 2007 (email verified)

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CSU Fire Science The biggest asset for this organization is the people. No matter what your problem is they are willing to help. I appreciate they assistance and help. The instructors care and will offer what ever help is needed by the students. The program fits right into our, my schedule as a firefighter.
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Mrsclaims (Graduate) on August 6, 2007 (email verified)

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Excellent Experience I recently completed my MBA (with a finance concentration) through Columbia Southern University and attended their commencement ceremony in June 2007. Having completed a B.S. through another leading online university and my A.A. from a "traditional" classroom setting, I can easily say Columbia Southern University was superior in quality, flexibility and value. The support staff and professors were very accessible and helpful. I never had connectivity problems (which was a HUGE issue with another university I attended). Reaching a "warm body" at Columbia Southern University was also painless (something people really need to consider when choosing an online program). The textbooks were current and offered relevant, up-to-date case studies of real-world companies. The coursework was challenging - you will certainly have to devote a lot of time and energy to complete it, however the flexibility makes it very do-able. This program is not recommended for someone that lacks self-discipline or tends to procrastinate! Finally, I was very impressed with the commencement ceremony - they truly put forth a quality program that dignified our accomplishment. The university itself is located in a quaint beach town that made for an awesome family vacation to boot. My highest recommendation!
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Srohret (Graduate) on August 3, 2007 (email verified)

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BS Environmental Management I am very satisifed with my experience at CSU. I have a job in the environmental field, and the education that I received prepared me for the requirements of the job.
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Marcus.d.adams (Graduate) on August 3, 2007 (email verified)

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BSBA in Sport Management I began attending Columbia Southern University in Sep 2003 while deployed to Bosnia. What I found was a great school who was glad to assist their students in anyway possible. They sent the textbooks via ExpressMail to me while in Europe. Once I returned back to the states, they shifted everything to my new address, and the transition was flawless. As far as the teachers go, I have nothing but good things to say. Only once did I have to ask a professor to expedite the grading of one exam. I had to do that because I had to turn the grade in to the Air Force for payment purposes. I have introduced several people to CSU, and assisted them in pursuing their education. They also are very pleased with their experience as well. CSU was the second online school that I attended. I'm glad that the first one was bad enough to make me leave. Had they not been, I would have never found CSU!
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Irishpilot (In Progress) on August 2, 2007 (email verified)

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Alot of Research with 1 Result I did alot of research about online schools. My employeer has 2000 employees in 1 plant alone. I talked to our HR professionals and showed them the individual program requirements. Out of ALL of the schools CSU was the best based on Degree Curriculum, cost per credit hour, class structure, and open enrollment hands down. I finished my Associates in Manufacturing Technology and figured that would be it for the Associates. I saw CSU's Business Associates and felt that it would be a great addition to my portfolio. I enjoyed it so much I only have 9 classes left for my Bachelor's in Human Resources Management. My HR managers would ask and review me on course content after some classes ... they were always satisified with the answers given. Thanks CSU!
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Inspect2appraise (Graduate) on July 24, 2007 (email verified)

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MBA Program The practical knowledge I have gained from attending CSU is the "Best" that money can buy! The faculty and staff has always been very helpful in resolving any problems or answering any questions you might have while attending the university. The ability to proceed at your OWN pace, not being restricted to a rigid eight week schedule enables the student to absorb and understand the material so they can put their knowledge into practice in the "real" world. It took me a while to complete my degree, but I did it when time permitted, because of my busy schedule, and I have completed it in just five years! You can do it in one year if you like that kind of added pressure. Thanks CSU Faculty & Staff!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 17, 2007 (email verified)

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Outstanding MS OSH/EM I'm a proud graduate of CSU’s MS OSH/EM program. CSU not only exceeded my expectations in online education, it provided me with a challenging and valuable program that clearly exceeded the quality I found in the traditional college I previously attended. I would recommend this program to anyone.
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Rose.artis (In Progress) on July 17, 2007 (email verified)

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( student assistance) So far so good. My instructors wasted no time introducing themselves to me. I receive my books in a timely manner. I would like to give Ms. Wendy Styron a special thank you, she has been amazing. It is employees like her that will continue to make this institution successfull. Thank you.
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Sdouglas2004 (Graduate) on July 17, 2007 (email verified)

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OS&H/EM - great program I completed the M.S. OSH/EM program in about 3 years. I feel that I received top-notch instruction and that the education I received increased my credibility and marketability. I am an environmental consultant and an officer in the military reserve. My recent promotion in both occupations is due in part to my completion of this degree. The typical CSU student is already a working professional who doesn't have the ability to sit in a traditional classroom because of his/her work schedule. That being said, this type of student is going to be more experienced and disciplined than a traditional student. I found my fellow classmates to be knowledgeable, articulate and always willing to help each other out. Most of my professors were working in the field they taught, so they were able to relay current information, not the information they learned 30 years ago. CSU is a great institution with a lot of proud students and alumni. That pride is well justified.
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Lilredbobber (In Progress) on July 15, 2007 (email verified)

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Extremely Satisfied With CSU Programs I am wrapping up my final course prior to graduating, and can only say good things about CSU. The admin staff has always gone above and beyond to assist when necessary, and the courses are relevant and well organized. I am especially thankful for the thought that has obviously gone into the textbooks that are chosen. With only a couple of exceptions, the texts have all been perfect for online learning. I extend my sincere thanks to everyone at CSU for making the past 4 years such a wonderful experience. I feel I have accomplished something truly beneficial in my life and my future success is due in part to the coursework I completed with CSU. Thank you!!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 11, 2007 (email verified)

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Strongly Recommended Columbia Southern University makes very good use of available technology to deliver top-notch courses to their students. This is accomplished through Blackboard software, discussion boards, the use of video lectures, and software plug-ins. I have attended one other DETC institution and strongly feel that CSU offers vastly superior value. The amount of coursework can be staggering at first but, as you continue through your degree, you realize that you are becoming far better versed in the subject matter than your non-CSU peers. Thus, the quality of the education is far superior while the cost remains reasonable. I have and will continue to reccomend CSU to peers.
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Wflb2 (Graduate) on July 11, 2007 (email verified)

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Great MS Program Very good accredited program. I have learned a great deal with CSU and their professors. Highly qualified teaching staff and very student friendly. Even those of us that are Baby-Boomers! CSU is a great learning institution.
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Dkbaum (In Progress) on July 11, 2007 (email verified)

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Great value I am working on my final class for my bachelor's degree. Compared to some highly respected traditional schools that I have attended, I can honestly say that I have had to do more work here. The information learned has been very beneficial to my career. Overall a great value.
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Rdimuro (Graduate) on July 11, 2007 (email verified)

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BS Criminal Justice Administration I just completed my BS In Criminal Justice Administration and I can tell that it took me four long years of hard work. CSU is a friendly and supportive school but it is also very demanding and rigorous. Courses are constantly reviewed and updated to meet high standard of education. They comprise helpful study guides and an abundant variety of home work to be completed before submitting the Course Paper and before sitting for the Final Proctored Exam. I highly recommend Columbia Southern University to any mature or working student that really wishes to learn something. rudy
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 11, 2007

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MBA Program I would have to say it was a very good school, I was able to use my union benefits for schooling. The course work was intense at times but the very good. I would suggest the School to anyone.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 10, 2007 (email verified)

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Great School This is my third shot at online schools in reference to earning my master's degree, and it is by far the best experience I have had so far. I highly recommend this school to everyone.
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Jagmct1 (Graduate) on July 8, 2007 (email verified)

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CSU's BSBA & MBA Columbia Southern University is an excellent school offering a variety of different undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs. They've partnered with many traditional schools and government agencies. CSU is the first nationally accredited school to offer the Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA). I earned my BSBA and MBA through CSU. The course work was rigors and challenging, but also practical and useful in the real world. I would highly recommend any of CSU's academic programs.
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J_hix (Graduate) on July 2, 2007

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BS and MBA I have received a BS in Computer Sciences and am finishing my MBA in Project Management. I have found CSU to be a solid school, providing a good education and value. Overall, I highly reccomend CSU as a school. I think they are the leader in their arena of distance education.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 1, 2007

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BBA / Human Resources Great on line school that does support the students 100%. Uses "BlackBoard" / very user friendly. School is Nationaly Accredited. You cannot beat the vaule. Only down fall is I would like to see CSU become Regionaly Accredited. I feel that CSU could compete on a higher stage with it competitors. Some students may shy away from the lack of Regional Accreditation. If you are striving for a degree, and are willing to put in the time, the school will meet and or exceed your demands. 1-10 scale I would give them an 8.
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Philip (Graduate) on August 8, 2006 (email verified)

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Columbia Southern MBA/E-Business Generally, the experience I had with the institution was excellent particularly the student support by professors and the Student Services Department. They were quick to respond to queries and ready to assist in all my course related needs. The Student Services staff were courteous in their responses to my messages (via email). Books are/were up-to-date and relevant. The cost (per credit) is/was reasonable. As to its utility, I've landed a new job (a year after graduation) on the strength of this MBA degree. The pay is 3 times my previous pay check and at a senior post. The degree has been verified (and been approved) by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Labor as a pre-requisite to issuing a new Work Permit for the new job. Excellent institution for working professionals. I was sure I was not enrolling to Harvard/Stanford/Wharton/etc., I was rather certain I was enrolling to a legitimate and peer-reviewed school via its accreditation.
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