Review Averages: 9.2 out of 10
Henley-Putnam University Reviews:
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Beware of Anonymous Posts
Intelligence Management - May 2, 2016
I noted the most recent reviews are from anonymous reviewers; it appears their opinion is based on a personal issue and clearly not comprehensible. I am a current DSS student and have had nothing but a professional and demanding experience from HPU. College, especially distance learning, is not meant to be easy; HPU requires working for your degree, many times at your own pace. This takes dedication and drive. HPU is private and makes a profit but the price is not anywhere near most Doctorate/PhD programs; on top of this HPU is NOT a diploma mill. Do your research, contact alumni and current students, and most of all make your critical educational decision based on facts.
5 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Warning: Henley Putnam University is being reviewed by other sources now
Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies - April 17, 2015
Just heads up pending investigation of Henley Putnam University of my last blog of Mar 23, 2015. Their school catalog contradicts what it said about Student Grievances when there are issues of this University and now they're catching on about this university. One of the instructors said there have been issues with this school between instructors but no one will step up but only say good things all the time about it. They expel you if you don't play along their game for fear they'd be found out why they have perfect ratings most areas of online which I find no one is perfect so how could this be. I started seeing red flags which started with financial and people passing me around not knowing what they were doing. If you wore my shoe and experienced all this going on's, you would see what I'm talking about. They're blinding you all. I like to see honesty from this school and know what they're doing but they blind sighted me, after all, knowing they can get away with it until they came across me and I see through things too. Is really sad!
4 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Do your thorough checking before going to Henley-Putnam University
Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies - March 23, 2015
As you know Henley-Putnam only has a lot of good things said about them but students don't know what's going on behind closed doors, just seeing the outside surface who they are. I"m surprised I'll be only one who had a bad experience with them unless people are afraid to step up. This school is for profit private school, is not regionally accredited and is not Title IV (where they could have been qualified institution on military base) as most schools are. They have 800 students and is a small school. I feel that I am being treated differently from Henley Putnam University as a retired veteran. I started with them in the summer then I came back to re-enroll for Dec 2014 class through Feb 15 the first class, then back for Mar 1 through May 15 for a second class. Couple of examples of my experiences with Henley Putnam, I found out by another school regarding my financial assistance as this school didn't tell me I would have gotten full tuition assistance. Another example was the enrollment advisor is hardly there to answer her phone and you about have to catch her on emails most of the time. She said she in meetings and all but then after speaking with President of the school, she isn't, very confusing of that told to me. The first class, I was given a mentor going for her doctorate degree as my first time attending and following through this time. As I attended the first class, I was considered an honor student because given a mentor made the difference. They realized for my second class to slack off the help from my mentor only just give me the resources then I do it myself. I did my first assignment then I dropped almost 3-4 grades down. Now what does that tell you. To me is political and not playing their cards straight. Henley-Putnam said I now fall under Student Code of Conduct www.henley-putnam.edu. As I emailed trying to get financial taken care of and more classes to take as I withdrew from that class I was not doing so good in after a drastic drop of grade from first class to second class that tells me something is seriously wrong with this school. The President of the school said they are transparent, meaning they constantly monitor your calls and emails. They lectured me of how many emails and calls as I had questions of things need to be cleared as this school is not good at. The second instructor does not want to be bothered as much to help his students why it was initially a problem then the other students and I were turning to each other but that didn't help much like I thought. I was threatened maybe to be expelled but the President said he will have my report forward to the Student Review Committee if appropriate to keep me as their student even though I started out as honor student and then almost a 'D' student. How sad is that? Wouldn't that tell someone something is wrong here? This school should have been investigated more thoroughly and I'm surprised no one spoke up. I started realizing the problems from my financial assistant information not being corrected initially to being passed around to people not sure who i should be under to having to ask too many times to get answers to my questions. So I learned if you question this school too much or not say how you feel, they will get rid of you, even though they know it's true. This school is about Power and Money. If you ask them of the issue here to dispute, they will back up everything they can to win whether right or wrong. It's power and money these days, folks!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Masters - Strategic Security & Personal Protection
Management of Personal Protection - October 30, 2014
As a Masters program candidate at Henley-Putnam I have had some excellent instructors who have the credentials to support this institution's accrediting. Each and everyone has been more than available for any clarifications. Not one of the faculty members hoard knowledge and share their profession enthusiastically. Anyone looking to further their education in any of the disciplines will be more than satisfied. Chris Renkema
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies - June 20, 2014
As a career federal employee and former U.S. Army Officer I am VERY impressed with the faculty AND support staff. I am pursuing the Doctorate of Strategic Security. I recommend this course to anyone interested in pursuing a Doctorate in the intel or national security field. I am heading into my second set of coursework and cannot explain the value of my lass DSS coursework to my current duties.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I would be remiss
Management of Personal Protection - April 20, 2014
As a current student at Henley-Putnam, Masters Management of Personal Protection, I have had nothing but a great experience. I received my Bachelors from the University of Phoenix which prides themselves on online education. Henley-Putnam has clearly used some of the growing experiences from UofP and other online institutions to perfect the learning experience. However, as I read the reviews already depicting the faculty, it has been remiss in not mentioning the administrative staff. With only three (3) classes to go and my scholarship running out, the administrative staff have been working diligently in assisting me with finding alternative means of completing my Masters. The administrative staff is phenomenal and should receive equal accolades as the faculty. I look forward to completing my Masters but do not look forward to parting ways at graduation with such a staff and faculty nothing short of phenomenal.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Doctorate in Strategic Security
Intelligence Studies - February 20, 2014
I was very hesitant to enroll initially because the school only has national accreditation through DETC. First off let me say that while they are working on regional accreditation and should have it soon, 95% of all HPU DSS students are military or federal employees. DETC accreditation is 100% accepted by the government for career advancement. The next thing to bear in mind is that you are going to quickly lose interest in your accreditation worries all together when you join a classes completely full of individuals with amazing resumes and decades of operational experience in the Strategic Security field. Your professors are either active or retired intelligence and counterterrorism officers and very engaged and responsive in the process. My first set of instructors included a PhD from Stanford and the Agent in Charge of Counterintelligence at NASA Langley Research. The next two have been equally impressive. Look across the internet at online schools and the loads of complaints written in reviews about the school staff. I challenge you to find a poor review about HPU anywhere. This school staff is really great. I really hope they get regional accreditation because I would like to teach college some day. For now however, I work for the federal government and this incredible school is equipping me with the tools needed to secure my future and continue effectively serving my nation as a subject matter expert on a vital issue.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Top-Notch, Target-Centric School
Intelligence Management - October 1, 2013
I am a relatively new student at Henley-Putnam University (HPU). Having said that, many who read this review may stop there and skip my review of the school. However, if you are someone who - like me - is looking for a school to answer those deep desires to make a difference, then you will read this review. I entered HPU after an exhaustive search for a school that focused on exactly what I wanted to learn. My previous experience with brick-and-mortar schools have yielded a lot of school loans with very little knowledge, other than elementary general education skills. I think this is the case with a lot of students. So, why did I choose Henley-Putnam University? 1. No bulls**t: Prior to entering HPU I had a ton of preconceived notions and some very unrealistic goals. I thought of myself as a fairly learned fellow about the intelligence community, but then quickly realized I didn't know jack! HPU's enrollment coordinators cut through all the BS and got down to brass tacks, which allowed me to focus on my future goals with realistic expectations. I am a civilian. I have zero experience in the military and no experience in law enforcement. They helped me realize being a civilian is not a handicap, which a lot of other schools made it seem. 2. Cost: Pound for pound, the average undergraduate student will get more bang for their buck at HPU than at any other school. If you are a civilian like me, and you cannot take advantage of G.I. loans, or other loan programs, the money you spend out of pocket is well worth it. It is worth every penny. If you are in need of grants or scholarships, they will help you find money, but they don't promise you anything. Grants and scholarships are hard to find, but HPU will walk you through it, and their payment plans are very flexible. 3. Support: Since I enrolled, HPU staff from every department have checked in with me on a weekly basis to make sure I am good to go. When I have a question, they answer it within hours of sending an email. When I need them on the phone, they are there. I've even spoke directly with one of the founding members on the weekend! I can guarantee you that does not happen at any State University... 3. Resources: HPU's website, and their educational gateway (Moodle) is the best I've ever used. Their list of resources are vast and it is all part of your tuition. 4. Teachers: My past experiences with teachers usually included grad students, or the guy you sat next to in your last class who is now teaching you! At Henley-Putnam University, your instructors are the real thing! All of my teachers so far are current members of the intelligence community. They are in the fight right now. 5. Curriculum: Henley-Putnam University is very much like a law school. If you want to learn law, you go to a law school. If you want to learn intelligence management (like me), or counter terrorism, you go to a school that teaches it. The curriculum at HPU is top notch! The books are very target-centric - very niche. They are not books you see on the shelves at your local book store. And if you think Internet classes are easy, think again! HPU operates on a very strict honor platform. Most exams are proctored exams. If your book is 500 pages, you will read 500 pages of that book. If you like to write, then you're in luck, because you will write a lot. My writing has improved ten fold over the past 6 months. 6. Tradition: Like any school, HPU has traditions and school spirit (Go Knights!) We are very involved in community and school spirit. My list can go on and on. Before you consider another school, give HPU a call. I know how scary a distance learning school can seem. HPU is not for everyone. Accreditation is a huge concern for HPU. Although HPU has one of the highest rankings as a distance learning school, they are working on regional accreditation, and I believe that before I graduate, they will be regional accredited. As for worrying if you'll be taken seriously by the intelligence community, call and ask them. I did. Find out for yourself. Best call I ever made.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great School..Unique Programs
Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies - February 21, 2013
I had a phenomenal experience at Henley-Putnam. From Staff to Faculty nothing but 100% support. Definitely a rigourous program if you shoot for the stars and take a full load or more. The professors have extensive knowledge and currently work in their fields in addition to lending their expertise to the university and its students. I have read reviews from other sites with nay-sayers doubting the validity of HPu and their accreditation. the university is DETC accredited and currently undergoing the WASC process. I graduated from Henley-Putnam with my Bachelors in TCT and was accepted to the graduate program (MSCJA-Homeland Security)at Chaminade University of Honolulu (Spring 2013). So I believe that speaks volumes.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excellent School and Professional Staff
Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies - April 2, 2012
I have just completed the Master’s Degree program in Terrorism and Counterterrorism. In short I highly recommend this program and this school. You will find them incredibly helpful, supportive, professional and genuinely focused on your success. Over the course of the last two years I have worked full time and managed a full class load. No one will find such an endeavor easy or without the need to compromise between work, home life, family and school. The trick I found was to just focus on the class in front of you and don't dwell on the scale of the mountain you are climbing. I found the instructors and the administrative and support staff to be invaluable and incredibly patient and tolerant partners throughout the program. They were very fast, sometimes within hours, in responding to questions as well as grading papers and work. The online interface is intuitive and very user friendly. Know up front, you will work for your grades, there are no short cuts and there are no easy-breezy classes in store for you in the master’s program. There is however a cadre of empathetic experts, many of whom work in the fields they teach and fully understand the time stressors you will face. They will grant you considerable latitude on timelines but not on quality or quantity – you will have to meet the requirements of the course but you will find an ally in every instructor. The final thesis will be a bear and you will want to anticipate that and try and identify a topic early so that you can write your papers through the classes accordingly, in other words start building the framework of your thesis through your papers as you progress so it’s far less stressful and less work at the end.
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