Grand Canyon University
Review Averages: 5.8 out of 10
Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC), The Higher Learning Commission.
Grand Canyon University Reviews:
GCU unprofessional, pedantic, nursing instructors
Nursing - August 15, 2015
The BSN degree program suffers from multiple weaknesses. Below are some of the sophomoric behaviors of these instructors: -Instructors deduct significant points for exceeding word count with no notice. -Students are forced to work in groups where the other group members drop out without notice or warning and being responsible for the missing work. -The "spirituality" class which is a thinly disguised Christian fundamentalist xenophobic oratory. -Teaching assistants making corrections on style supposedly to the APA- in opposition to what the APA blog specifically clarifies as the proper method (this writer has an MA in English Literature, and degrees in 2 other subjects as well) -Reading assignments are often egregiously overloaded, obvious attempts to cover the reported curriculum and not actually addressing the issues. -Disrespect by a number of the instructors to working, experienced, intelligent, well established RNs, which goes against the very issues concerning validation of nurses' experience and value as addressed in the courses. -Obvious errors supposedly covered by "that was a mistake you were supposed to find"- rather questionable, given the experience If you use this program, you will learn about the issues covered. But if you put true effort and spirit into the course, you will have a lot of frustrations. Be advised to look at GCUs settled litigations, (misrepresentation of job placement- federal fines of $5M), and other issues which may be found by "Googling" 'GCU complaints' or 'GCU instructor problems'. If you want a quick (though intense) course, then this fits that category, but I will not be pursuing my MSN here, nor do I recommend this program for a decent overall learning experience. Good luck, don't let them push you around (funny how the worst of the instructors list 'anti-bullying' as one of their foci) and caveat emptor, and spread the word- together, we can combat these disgraceful institutions. Oh, and by the way, to those who might thing this is “sour grapes”: I have a 4.0 average- strong 4.0. This review is for fair warning based on many years of real life expectancy of educational programs. -k
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Masters of Education in Elementary Education - May 22, 2015
This University is 100% about money and doing whatever it takes to get your money in their pockets. One of their enrollment counselors visited my school and completely lied about the cost of tuition for a degree. I enrolled at the school and was about to begin classes when I read over some fine print that the counselor had glossed over and discovered that I didn't actually qualify for a grant he has promised me and guaranteed me I would qualify for. This doubled the cost of tuition and I was so outraged that I called his boss to report this. She didn't seem bothered at all that he had directly lied to me. Needless to say I dropped out as fast as possible and began attending a real school where counselors were very honest and helpful instead of salesmen trying to close a deal. Also, you will never ever be able to reach you student service adviser. I called this person often and she never answered the phone or returned any of my messages.
This is a good School
Christian Studies - May 2, 2015
I am at the tail end of my Bachelors degree at Grand Canyon University. I have been an online student the whole time. I have had a very good experience. I have had conscientious advisors who have responsible directed me in the student loan department. I have not been encouraged to borrow all I can. They have worked with me to make wise decisions all along. The classes have been decent and worthy. Yet, I admit there are some classes I would have preferred not to take but I would probably say that at any University. Since I have been on the Den's List this whole time I have been here, I can not really give any information on tutoring services. I have passed each class with either an A or B. The Instructors are great and will generally work with anyone wiling to apply themselves. I had health issues that forced me to take a couple months off and I got alot of support. I have never been made to feel like a number. It is apparent that there is general care about my success at GCU, what more can anyone ask? I was told that my review would not be excepted if I scored GCU a ten so I was forced to lie to give it a smaller rating. I believe that GCU is worth a ten star rating. Name one perfect school! In my opinion Grand Canyon is darn close.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Master's of Education in Secondary Education - April 27, 2015
I have just completed my studies in Secondary Education leading to certification here in New York in February of 2015. I am starting my student teaching in the fall. I have read the some of the reviews posted on this site about GCU. I must say I have experienced none of these bad experiences over my course of study. All of the counselors and instructors went out of their way to insure that I understand the required for each of my classes and they helped me with all of my concerns. Over the year I have been there, I have never had a dispute that was not address and taken care of. I must say that on some occasions my professors were late getting back to me on issues with my class but they always text or email me on the classroom board or on my personal email. My experience was great and the staff was very very helpful. Cons, Would be that the DQs were not very clare but the professors were very good at posting add-on to the syllabus to insure we understand what was to be done. I would strongly recommend GCU to teachers if they are willing to put in the time required to complete the course. The classes were very very challenging. You will have lots of deadlines and group work that must be completed on-time. Great School GCU!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Organizational Leadership - April 18, 2015
Most of the good reviews here come from undergrad and ground students and Masters. I'm an online student which is why I gave them a 3 in technology. To the student who rated GCU and has not attended yet, why are you on the board talking about the students who did go. I attended GCU last year for a year. I recently left and decided to go to another school that I was accepted at. I see the reviews have gotten a lot worse since I read these reviews last year when I was looking for a school. I was a doctoral leadership student I left with a 3.6 grade point average. I worked for that 3.6. The professors are constantly rude and don't know what they are doing. They don't reply to discussion in 24 hours. They are rude to their students online. One professor said the dean was telling them to stop giving out A's if the students can't write the paper should have no errors. Most of the professors don't know APA. The professors don't go by the rubric a and barely read the assignments and papers. My advisor told me that the financial aid paid for the residencies, which is not true, a residency will cost at least 3,000 dollars. They say they are the cheapest but they aren't. They don't have scholarships and my advisor told me they are told to push the loans and not even talk about outside help the student could get. Also your advisor is your financial aid officer and your academic advisor. The school I'm transferring to already gave me 5,000 dollars in scholarship money. They prefer loans to cash because they can ring up the bill, young students don't pay attention. They tried to put a charge on my account after I withdrew. I called the federal financial aid and told my advisor what the federal financial aid said in an email. Guess what they dropped the charge and my account cleared for a Christian school looks like I have god on my side.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Impressed to Date
Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance Psychology - December 9, 2014
I find the online learning system to be a bit buggy here and there, but overall it works pretty well. I found out that they are building it in-house, which is providing a live learning environment for tech student as well as an end-user product. I, quite frankly, was shocked by the bad reviews. I have completed two other online degrees, and there was nowhere near the level of difficulty or attention to detail paid to my papers. My current instructor has been late getting each grade submitted, but based on the detailed notes, feedback, and correction that she includes within the papers, I'm not going to mention it to anyone. After four years at my other school, I never one time feel that anyone actually read through a single paper that I submitted as I never received such a high level of constructive criticism. My instructor checked every citation and reference as well as providing comments on how I could improve my content, or a call out where I provided a good section. My first instructor didn't provide quite this level of detail, but it was apparent that she read the papers. I too noticed poor writing skills in the initial course, but my second course is much smaller, and I think that some folks were not able to proceed. I have had to work hard to meet the expectations of my instructors - harder, honestly, than I initially expected, and to call this a degree mill is an insult to those of us working to succeed in the programs. My adviser checked up on me every week during my initial course, they had a couple of issues that I had to work out - extra documentation and the like, but overall, admissions, enrollment, registration, and now attendance have been smooth. My adviser now checks on me only at the beginning of each course, and that's more than other school has ever done for me. I do think that there is a bit of turnaround in the admissions and enrollment areas as they have students working a lot of these positions, and they may have to leave to focus on studies, or perhaps they have graduated. It's understandable to me. My adviser does seem a little amped-up sometimes, though, so I will be approaching him with questions to at least put my mind at ease based on what I've read here. I hate that others seem to have had a bad experience, but I am writing about what has, to date, been positive to try to counter that a bit.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Masters of Education in Elementary Education - December 7, 2014
I started my degree back in June. It took a lot of work on my end but the support I received to get into GCU was wonderful. There is a lot of work that goes into getting any degree. I am learning so much about different techniques to use in a classroom. The instructors do a really great job with feedback and taking students through assignments that can be confusing. If you are looking for an easy way to get a degree this is not the program for you.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Don't do it.
Nursing - November 20, 2014
50% good instructors and 50% incredibly awful instructors in the nursing program. The marketing department at Grand Canyon University is exceptional and has managed to give the nursing, and all other programs, a remarkable reputation. In this case, it is undeserved. The clinical placement people did an amazing job getting students clinical experiences in the local hospitals and great hands-on experiences. Some professors really cared and went out of their way to help students while others were collecting paychecks and couldn't have cared less. They were condescending and unhelpful and hostile when challenged. I graduated with honors from the program this past year and am especially proud of that accomplishment because there was very little support or help from half of the instructors. The good ones -- and you know who you are -- deserve medals for working in that environment. It's expensive and time-consuming for all involved. I understand all programs have their areas where improvements may be implemented, but this program could use them at almost every level. The Dean of Nursing appeared to be too busy having meetings, luncheons, and her photograph taken to supervise her personnel. Very disappointing.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
RN to BSN - October 26, 2014
Decided I decided I wanted to be a nurse after having been in education for 12 years. Went to a cc and then decided on GCU for the BSN bc of cost and convenience. RUN RUN RUN. My first class was an absolute joke. There were others that did not do what is required in posts and yet got all the points. Good for them for not having to work and get an A. Then my second class came. For week 1 the instructor did not use the same grading criteria that had been provided. I informed her that her criteria was different. Her response, "Your paper is graded. What do you want?" I informed my advisor and sent screen shots. She tells me the class will be audited to ensure instructor is professional and doing what is necessary. Week 3 she again grades with a different rubric, in fact it was the rubric for the next weeks assignment. I get 70% which is failing in nursing bc passing is 76%. The issue had not even been addressed and I seriously wonder how I even got 70% bc the entire paper was graded with a rubric for an assignment not even remotely related to the writing prompt. I have attended and graduated from ASU with honors. I am proud of this. A degree from GCU is worthless and will be seen as such by others. I am eating the cost of GCU and have enrolled at ASU.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Ahead of their time in the Deep South
M.A.T - October 6, 2014
I had nothing but a wonderful online experience! First, before even starting, find out if your State recognizes GCU for your increase in pay for a masters degree if you are a teacher. I did. While attending in 2005 and 2006 I was studying concepts and strategies that I only began hearing about here regionally until 2010. I am continuing to be pleasantly surprised when attending professional development sessions and hear about something I learned through GCU.
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