Ashford University was a great school for me. I graduated with my AS in business administration 2 days ago. AU offers an accelerated program in which classes are in five week intervals. Classes are fast paced due to the little time you have in each class. you must be able to read at least a 300 page text book as well as do the assignments with in a five week period. there are no final exams for any of the classes, rather there is a final essay due at the end of each class. You will interact with... Read More
When I first talked with the admissions advisor I did not know anything about online schooling and he was very informative. He did over exaggerate about how much greater the school was compared to other online universities though. Since graduating with my AS I have found many different schools offering the same program style for around the same price or more. I have also found there are more rigorous schools with extensive testing as well as group projects, and actual real time video lectures from the instructors. AU's instructures use a writen lecture format, and most provide outside sources and power point presentations to provide their students with additional information. There is also a ask you instructor tab that allows you to ask questions and recieve asnswers within a day or two. All of the instuctors also provide their personal email address so there are definantly ways to talk one on one with your instructor but sometimes it is hard to get exact answers in a short period of time, but this goes with just about every online format.
The school starts out easy to let you adjust to the format and as you progress through your classes the work load seems to gradually increase. This made it easy to adjust to the online format. You definantly have to be dedicated to your studies, although I have seen students turn in work full of grammar errors or did not pertain to the questions being asked in the assignment. I honestly cannot tell you what their GPA's looked like but I can tell you that I personally turned in work that reflected my best efforts and recieved a high GPA. The school only has a low success rate because they accept just about anyone into their school, whether or not you can complete the work and the classes is on you. It is a large school and the learning format will never be a problem for you because it is made to fit the busiest of schedules.
there textbooks are mostly all published by McGraw Hill so they are of high quality. which is good because your text book is going to be your best friend. The student service's are great, My academic advisor called me about twice a week during the first month. Since that time I probably had about 4 different academic advisors, they were all very informative and never left me waiting for a return call. my financial advisor was not the best at first but the next one around was good to me. I honestly did not need to seek out very much information from any of my advisors because they always kept me up to date on new information via email.
They offer a career center to help you find a job and build you resume. There are some very informative videos and instructions on the site for resume building. Some of the resume building videos are low quality and try to present resumes that are completely blurred out as an example for buiding your own resume. As for helping you build up a unique identity so that employers will want to hire you as oppossed to another graduate students they do not help you at all. Some other online schools integrate portfolio buiding into their classes and help you to build confidence in what you have learned. AU does not do this, you have keep track of what you have learned and do this for yourself. Although they do help you to find a job after you graduate, which many schools will not help with this because their name is on the line if you mess it up. Which is true, but their name will also be on your degree and resume so I believe that is just a formal way of dropping you after your done paying them. AU will not drop you you will beable to continue to access their reasources and personnel after you graduate.
overall I had a great experience with AU and I recommend in for all of you who have busy schedules and cannot make it to a brick and mortar school. You working adults, stay at home moms or dads, those of you in the military or dont like restrictions, in small towns with no avalible schools near by, and of course those of you who like to manage your own time, this may be the school for you. As for those of you looking for an afforable school I recommend attending a community college online or on campus for your associates degree and then moving on to a university for your BA it will save you at least a good 10 grand or more.
good luck in you academic endeavors