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    • Reviewed by: Deena C on May 6th, 2010
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      I am currently in my 3rd year at Ashford and am earning a B.A. in psychology. I completed my first year at Central Florida Community College. Between the two schools, the academic standards and curriculum levels have been equivalent. Ashford's course load is heavier since the module-like format requires more writing and research. That’s one of the trade offs when you do not commute.

      Alleging that Ashford’s accredited classes are below college level standards is an underhanded accusation. Since each class is rigidly structured, this college’s learning style proves to be too monotonous for some. Most students quickly recognize that what they are experiencing are the demands of a college education without any of the fluff that some need in order to stay motivated (another trade off). Ashford requires a level of self-sufficiency that some people are simply not prepared for or cut out for. Social interaction is not really included and some fall flat on their faces-- especially if they are less than 20 years old. It is easier to blame Ashford than to admit otherwise. After all, mistakes are expensive and a real let down.

      Personally, I appreciate the efficiency that Ashford offers since it allows me total control over my schedule. I am getting the same if not a better education than other schools provide. Toward the end of each course, we also have to research and write an 8 page thesis. They do enforce plagiarism rules, and will bust you cold. I have witnessed this on blackboard assignments. Also, if your English skills are weak you should rethink enrolling until after you have brushed up your grammar skills. You may squeak by at first, but below average writing skills will quickly affect your GPA. They do show more leniency if English is your second language and even offer tutoring. Also, if your computer should break down, you have less than a week to repair it and get caught up before you are booted from the course for non-attendance. They are not sympathetic to lingering technical issues. I have a laptop and an older desktop which serves as a backup.

      I do have one gripe-- Ashford is suspiciously enticing students into buying the new e-text books for 74.00 or more. I dislike that format but who wants to pay 150.00 or more for a hardcover each month? I think their strategy might involve pushing these so-called “discounted” e-texts as a measure that they hope will eventually lead to phasing out all hardcover text books. After that, it is likely that they will steadily jack up the prices of the e-texts to hardcover prices. What is worse is that you won’t be able to legally re-sell your book or find a used one for sale. Right now, you actually own a hardcover after the purchase, and can later recover a portion of your investment if you chose to sell it. After doing some cumulative math, it’s clear that more big money will probably be finagled out of students’ meager pockets. In many respects, it is lucrative for Ashford to pursue e-texts the prospective profit margin has them drooling.

      Other than that trinkie-dink, Ashford is a credible learning institution. It bothers me when people unfairly undermine Ashford’s on-line program. We invest the same amount of effort and money into our educations that the brick and mortar students invest. It seems that schools such as the University of Phoenix as well as Kaplan’s ridiculous reputations are inhibiting the progression of on-line education for everyone. Sadly, because of this perception issue I am seriously considering attending graduate school at a brick and mortar institution. I can’t prevent drop-outs and a worthless wave of on-line schools from spawning a stereotype that could ruin an otherwise judicious movement in education. This is a form of discrimination but what can you do.
      Deena Craycraft

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    • Reviewed by: Steven B on April 16th, 2010
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      This must be a whole bunch of paid reviews--that's what Ashford is: A MONEY MACHINE!!! I worked there for 7 months in the tortured state of selling the school to be something fantastic, which it certainly is not. If you want to be spending the amount for a private education online for a degree that really will not be looked at as reputable or upstanding as you might think then by all means go forth and become a easy bake oven scholar. Sorry, I just know from personal experience that the education provided is no where near the caliber at a traditional school (claims to be, but not the case) Why do you think Congress is currently investigating all for-profit online degrees???

      I do not mean to discourage those who cannot go to a traditional campus, but this school is out to get your money. And the admissions into the University is a joke--as long as you can get financial aid and are not in default--you're good to go!! The advisors job is to get you to stick through your first course and then drop you into the abyss never to be heard from again. There are few advisors who sincerely desire to help navigate you into your fear of going back due to the cut throat nature of the business of sales.

      I'm not bitter about my experience--just want to give you the facts that's all. If you can make it to a traditional campus, I'd advise you to do so!!

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    • Reviewed by: Richard L on February 23rd, 2010
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      I have taken traditional in class courses and also online courses. I have taken two classes with AU and have been totally impressed. I highly recommend Ashford.

      Chad where do I see the average score?

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    • Reviewed by: Jon B on January 20th, 2010
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      I whole heartedly agree with Chad W’s April 15th review, and congratulate him on his success. The quality of your experience is directly tied to your outlook and effort. I have been around the block, so to speak, with my college career. I started out in a traditional setting. When that didn’t work, I moved to a weekend off-campus program. This format didn’t prove fruitful to my unique needs either. I found Ashford University in a last-ditch attempt to complete an undergraduate degree. The experience has changed my life. Not because the school did anything spectacular or out of the ordinary. Ashford just recognized the simple fact that people have responsibilities outside of academia. They set up an asynchronous format which allowed me to do the work when I could get to it. This school allowed me to plan around a chaotic and fluctuating schedule to meet the demands of family and job. Ashford University treated me like an adult. I was responsible for my work and beholden to deadlines. If I needed clarification on something the professors were only an email away. I don’t necessarily “credit” Ashford University with my success; I thank them for allowing me to find it within myself.

      I graduated last October (2009) and have already used my degree to land a job in human services. I am currently applying to graduate schools and am working toward building a rewarding career. Isn’t that what it is all about? I recommend Ashford if you are responsible and self motivated. If you can cultivate the art of answering the question asked you’ll do fine. Cultivate discipline when life gets in the way and you will not only succeed academically, you will learn to apply this discipline toward a career.

      http://www.ashford.edu/campus/profiles/profile.php?type=online&id=48

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    • Reviewed by: Chad W on April 15th, 2009
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      After reading many reviews for online classes, I came to realize that all colleges receive a mixture of reviews, both positive and negative. Those who struggle in class seem to be the ones who scream the loudest about the integrity of the college they are bashing, often refering to the school as a diploma mill.

      Let me set the record straight. Whether at a brick and mortar campus or an online classroom, you get out of your educational experience what you put into it. I have been enrolled at Ashford for one year, and will be graduating March of 2010. I currently hold a 3.97 GPA, but I will tell you that this is not a cake walk. On average, I put in approximately 20 hours per week to maintain this average. When grades are posted, a class average for each assignment is posted so you may gage your accomplishments to that of your peers. Let me tell you that not every classmate does this well. For example, on our latest writing assignment, the class average was 6.16 points out of a possible 10, I scored much higher than the average, but this speaks volumes to my statement of you get out of it what you put into it.

      I have found all but one of my classes to be challenging, and the instructors are always posting questions to students Blackboard disscussions, pressing them to explore further. Ashford is a quality school, that is accredited. If you are serious about learning, not looking for a free pass, Ashford is an excellent choice.

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    • Reviewed by: Jacob M on March 17th, 2009
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      Great school for what it is designed for. Affordable, but high quality education.

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