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BA of Science in Elemtary Education - April 22, 2013
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I attended UoPX five years ago for an education degree. Most of the instructors were really good. They knew their stuff because they worked at it everyday. We were challenged to learn up-to-date classroom techniques and not just theory. The college had a good reputation in the county school districts for turning out students who knew what needed to be known by teachers. And, by having instructors who already work in the school districts and had gotten their masters degrees from UoPX, a student already had connections in the schools. However, the requirement to work with team members created problems for me. In one class, our team leader stabbed us in the back on our evaluations. Instead of confronting any of us directly, he merely wrote bad reviews and gave us low marks. I went from a grade of 100% down to 89% after the teacher saw his evaluation, and my overall GPA suffered from it. I was getting a scholarship to attend, and I strived for the highest marks - very necessary when competing for scholarships. I wrote to the instructor, and he said that if the other team members vouched for me, he might change my grade. Even though I copied and pasted the discussion forum and showed that I had contributed well to the team discussions, and in spite of a good review from the other team member, he only brought my grade up to a 94%. That was not enough for a solid A. Did he really think that a person who could do well enough for a 100% individual grade would be a poor student on the team? I put a lot of effort into both and, as one team member had written to the instructor, I had been the team leader in a class prior, and she felt that my hard work led to a good team grade. I wrote to Steve, the team leader and confronted him about the review, but he acted a coward and danced around the issue. After he had spent 2-4 years there, that is what he had learned to do to team mates. I'm sure that's not what a mature adult is intended to learn on these teams. The next team problem I had was with a student who didn't want to do much work for the team. I didn't want to treat her in the same way I had been treated, by saying nothing and then blasting her in the team evaluation. So the team had a meeting with her. The others let her know, as diplomatically as possible, what they felt about her performance. She simply became furious and probably couldn't hear us too well over her loud fuming. She calmed down somewhat when I reassured her that we weren't trying to get her removed. We just wanted her to understand that we expected more from her. She was such a poor writer that she didn't even understand what I meant when I told her that her sentences had to have verb and pronoun agreement. Her writing skills were not even comparable to good high school writing. Yet, she said she was getting a B in the class. I don't know how that was possible. She didn't do too much more for that team, and she had the nerve to ask me and another team member if she could be on our team for the next class. By that point, no one else in the class wanted her for a team member. She had burned her bridges with all of them. My team mate and I hoped that she would make a better effort since she had done so poorly before, and we are both compassionate people. So we allowed her one more chance. Well, things went from bad to worse. She managed to do even less on that team than before. I guess she didn't have a good work ethic. It's a good thing that each class only lasted 5 weeks. When my team mate let her know that we didn't want her on our team for the next class, she blew up and started harassing my team mate with phone calls and rude emails. When my team mate called the dean of the education department for advice on what to do, the instructor punished us all with poor grades. He would not relent, even after we tried to communicate with him. I think that he would have preferred that we just stab her in the back on the team evaluations. It is the school's policy that decisions of the instructor are final. There is no appeal process. A third event occurred in another class, but this essay of mine is too wordy already. So I will end with this. If you are someone who cannot stand injustice, then this school is not for you.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful

Great! Now attending for my Masters in Special Education Cross Categorical

BA of Science in Elemtary Education - March 8, 2013
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I attended this college because I have children at home and could not get to the local University when needed. I also have a full time job so the flexible hours of my coursework was the biggest reason for attending online. I do think this college is too expensive but didn't have another choice. I have received my Bachelor's for Elementary Ed and now am attending for my Masters. Some of the teachers are complete idiots but you will see this no matter where you attend. I also really liked the flexibility of being able to complete coursework no matter where I was rather traveling with the family or during the summer while the kids were at the beach.

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School takes advantage of students!

BA of Science in Elemtary Education - January 4, 2013
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I am a military spouse and decided to go with University of Phoenix when we were first relocated and my prior college credits were not going to transfer efficiently. I am only nine credits shy of my degree (only need to finish student teaching) and sure enough, we were relocated with the military. Only this time, the state where we were relocated to does not recognize this program; therefore, I am being forced to pay back my student loans (which are pushing $70,000 after interest) and I have no degree to get a job! University of Phoenix promised me that this degree program would go where we went: As a military spouse this was my primary focus! They lied. Not to mention, I was encouraged to take out as much in student loans as possible to cover "any unexpected expenses". Words from the financial adviser. On top of the tuition being OUTRAGEOUS for poor quality education, the staff of advisers are near ignorant as well. I am so horribly frustrated with the University of Phoenix, but I now have a husband deploying and have to focus on raising my three kids while trying to figure out how to repay my student loans. HORRIBLE school! Go elsewhere! There are many other schools out there. Check with local state universities- they have online programs as well!

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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful

not worth it

BA of Science in Elemtary Education - August 12, 2012
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Some employers might accept your degree but UoP is not recognized as a "real Degree" in my state. The course work can always be found online. Nothing is changed from one course to the other. This school technically only works on your writing skills. I completed my AAEE and hardly retained any information. I started on my BA and started to set up my field experience and the district will not accept this school to work with. The school is over priced. I transferred to a local university who is a lot cheaper and is respected in the field of education for a teaching degree. I feel like my AAEE was just a waste of money that I now owe back. Im glad I made the decision to stop attending. this school is a joke. When you leave they turn nasty with you and want to say you owe them money but then they turn around and say once you pay them the money they will give it back. Its crazy and a scam when it comes to money. Your wasting your money for a quick and easy degree. All you have to do is participate in discussion and complete writing assignments. As I stated before nothing is retained. I went through many courses not even opening the ebook. My advice is to find a locally respected university for your field of study or your degree is going to be a waste.

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12 of 21 people found the following review helpful

Really a good college....but I was sceptical!

BA of Science in Elemtary Education - March 23, 2009
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At first I really didn't want to take the step to attend UOP, I had heard a lot of bad reviews. I heard it was too expensive too. I'm can't vouch for the price because My husband is active duty and I get the discount so it's reasonable for me. I have been attending for 2 years and I'm over halfway to my BA in Elem education so far I haven't had ANY problem whatsoever. Of course some teachers are better than others and you would get that no matter where you go. The course material is good and if you actually read your text and do you assignments you will learn a whole lot. It's all about self discipline here and if you don't have it then this place is not for you! I really feel that I am working hard for my degree and will be so proud to flaunt it when I get it!

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