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Reviewed by: Vissia V on August 24th, 2009
I just finished my MSN degree at UOP and I did not see anything wrong with their method of teaching or the online program. I think education depends greatly on the students. Yes, it is important to have a good teacher but there is always a not-so-good teacher everywhere and it is up to you (the student) to rise above the challenge and do your end of the learning process.
There were several times when I would get frustrated because in the master's program, it is very helpful if you have an experience in the administrative positions which I never had. I have always been a bedside nurse but I was able to participate despite my lack of experience and my teammates were also very helpful. The thing is you have to do your part of the team learning. If you don't- you slow down everybody and it affects the entire group. With the kind of education I got, I felt more satisfied because it was a very independent learning experience. I worked hard for it and spent so many sleepless days to get my degree. We always want to spoon fed, but with the UOP way, it teaches you to research for answers to so many things that concern your education and I would have never learned about many things had I not enrolled in the UOP master's program. The online degree has taught me to love research and to improve my writing skill which is still not perfect but better. Yes, it is expensive, but at least I did not have to drive far and I could do it at my own pace in the convenience of my own room or wherever one has internet connection and anywhere in the world if one wishes to travel which I did for a month. What I will miss is the online library where many of the journals can be accessed. I never bought books but just used the online resources the school provided for students. Everything is there, students only has to access and use it for their benefit. Yes, online learning is only for those dedicated, disciplined and determined students who can bear working for several hours in front of the computer everyday and sometimes even almost their whole waking hours to do research and finish their paper work on time before the end of each week. Sometimes, you have to initiate the work yourself when you see your team members not working. Somebody always has to initiate the work and make things in order and everything will be fine. I am a foreign student and I made it with a GPA of 3.57 because of a late project that was not accepted per the UOP policy. My grade would have been better had the teacher accepted my 19 pages research work. I am sure, anybody with the right attitude can make it. But then again, if you are a social person and can learn better with face to face interaction, go to a traditional classroom.
Reviewed by: Veroisa Q on August 5th, 2009
I graduated from UoP in July 2o09, this is an excellent school where you have to work hard, write a lot of papers, where you also develop communication skills. It took me more than 4 years to get my degree. My experience with my instructors was always great, of course there were a couple who were not that good, but that is nothing new, even in the best universities you will find an instructor who is not that efficient. I was always able to communicate with my instructors by email, phone; or my personal folder in the classroom. During all this time I had the same academic advisor; and my financial advisor only changed twice. I always received accuarate information from them
I believe those people who give negative comments about this university never thought the program would be that hard; or for sure were not able to adapt to the system. Online education is even more demanding that attending a traditional school.
If you are really committed to get a degree, do it in the way you feel will be more convenient for you.
I am very satisfied with what I was able to accomplish while studying at UoP, at the end, it was my own responsibility how well prepared I wanted to be; at any college regardless the type or if is cheap or expensive is up to you how far you want to get and how well you want to be prepared.
Reviewed by: M S on July 28th, 2009
I am 10 classes from earning my degree from UoP. I have a high GPA only because I work so hard on every paper in every class for three years to attain it! I believe a lot of students make good grades because they are given the opportunity to go to college through the online media and have an appreciation for it.
I researched colleges for online programs. Many colleges offered online classes, but not full online degree programs. Many of the colleges I talked to communicated their ongoing effort to "get to that point". Has anyone else taken Economics? The basic Economics class explains the concept of supply and demand. UoP is in high demand, so the cost can be high because there is not a comparable national competitor. Kaplan University is making strides, but they are not close to the monoploy that UoP has in the online environment.
Pros: Opportunity to earn a degree that is reasonable for a schedule. Two of my co-workers go to traditional classes and they hate every minute of it.
Pros: Personal care throughout the program. I worked at a college many years ago and a student is not taken care of in a traditional class, but made to adhere to all of the processes, different offices, departments, and rules. At UoP a representative is assigned to help you which eliminates academic red tape.
Pros: Excellent system performance. Considering as much that is required for the coursework the system must be top of the line. They are. I've been logging in almost every single day for 3.5 years.
Cons: Online classes are not as easy as traditional classes. I took 15 hours of Accounting classes traditionally and had a 3.8 GPA. I have taken online and still have a 3.8 GPA. Online is more difficult than traditional classes because one must read the material, think critically on their own, utilize the information in practical format, and discuss the concepts and precepts with others every week for every class. There is a lot of reading material. Online is more demanding than a traditional class. The teamwork is extremely challenging but extremely rewarding. The team requirement and my desire to graduate with honors has required me to stretch myself to work with others, but now I can work on any team for any project successfully.
Cons: The cost of getting an education in this country (no matter where you go). To respond to the critics on the cost of tuition, how many people pay extra for convenience? Online is convenient! Convenience does not translate easy. Convenience translates CONVENIENCE.
Cons: The public controversy. Perhaps those who complain the loudest resent the fact that they were forced to go through the pain of hours of classroom time when they could have gotten the same education online? Our culture demands a degree to be promoted or to teach. Why is it that the people complaining the most aggresively about this university are UoP dropouts and those with a degree from a traditional college?
University of Phoenix's biggest audience is people that are already working and already have families. The question is not is UoP credible, but can one afford to continue not earning a degree in the culture that our society has created? I have received two promotions and three raises since I began my college education.
Reviewed by: Rosario L on July 16th, 2009
University of Phoenix is not a school I would recomend. There is no such thing as ethics on the San Antonio, Texas campus. I have been in constant stuggle trying to get help with some challanges I was having with my instructor. He was not following the syllabus (which is supposed to be the bible for the course). I tried to go to the accademic counselor, student advisor and even the dean. I was taken around in circles and have a poor mark on my transcript that brought my gpa down to a 3.25 They are concerned about the mighty buck rather than the quality of education they are dispensing. As to the remarks about being "tired of hearing bad things said about UOP" this is an open forum where WE are given the opportunity to discuss my results from the relationship between the campus and ourselves. If you want to see a one sided opinion, go to the school web page and get it there!
Reviewed by: Brian P on July 6th, 2009
I am currently enrolled in the criminal justice program, and I have nothing bad to say about this school. I think it's great that I complete four classes while being deployed in Iraq! I also work extremely hard for my grades, reading every word of every chapter thas is assigned to me. Yes, some teachers might not put forth the effort but every school has those types of teachers.
Reviewed by: Janice J on June 23rd, 2009
I am in my fifth quarter even though I have to sit out for six month on academic probation which at first I thought that it was a bad thing. I was upset but I realized that I was not use to the fast paste and now that I am in my last class my grades picked up but my GPA are not up to par. But I know in my heart that I can do it. I never listens to negative people. I am a graduate of South University and it is different and I have to get use to UOP teaching techniques. For those who feel that UOP is out for the money that is not true. Yes, it take money but it is not about the money. They are paid because they earns it. It is not the school's or the instructor's fault that most of us can't get it. Instead of bad mouthing the School, take a step back and re-think it is you. Before speaking negative figure out what you did wrong. Don't be the one to blame others for your wrong doing. UOP is a great school and the advice I would give to anyone is choosing UOP is the best choice a person can make.
Reviewed by: Lynn C on June 16th, 2009
I have been a student at UoP for a year. I just love it. The education you receive depends on what you are willing to put into it. I spend time doing research and have learned so much. My instructors have been great.
Reviewed by: Melissa C on June 15th, 2009
I completed my BS-Management at UOP and had a positive, challenging experience. I wrote many papers and became knowledgeable through my research for these papers. I agree that you get out of it what you put into it.
I put many midnight oiled nights into my education and it paid off. I'm now going to complete a program for Masters of Education in Instructional Technology. I'm glad for the foundation of online learning at the UOP.
Reviewed by: anonymous A on June 15th, 2009
well, i wish i could say i have as positive an experience with uop as everyone here has. i enrolled in their online criminal justice bachelors program, and was very excited about it. i started and began having some trouble early on, so i tried first contacting the instructor(s) to get help with what i was having trouble with. the instructor never contacted me and since i was unsure and having trouble, every day i didn't "keep up" as they like to say there, i fell farther and farther behind. so, out of desperation, since i'd only been there 1.5 weeks, i contacted my admissions rep just to see if he could help me get hold of my instructor. he set a time to come into his office and promised he'd help me get this straightened out. what a joke! his idea of helping me was telling me if i didn't hurry up and catch up i was going to be dropped as a student for falling too far behind and would be stuck having to pay back all that loan money! so, to the people who look down their collective noses at those who didn't graduate and follow through: i wanted to follow through more than anything, i was excited about this, but the first time i tried to reach out for help, it wasn't there and i was looked down on by people just like you for needing help who were employed by uop and was just interested in getting my money. isn't that what instructors are for? to HELP you learn? not at this place! they're all about the money! sorry to burst your bubble, people
Reviewed by: Priscilla V on May 22nd, 2009
I completed my Bachelors in Business Management from UOP and can truly say I enjoyed the program. I was able to graduate with a 4.0 GPA but I put in many hours of study time. I had to really work for my grades, they were not simply given to me. The course work was very informative and the teachers were awesome. I attended a traditional college but was unable to finish my degree there because of having to work full-time. I can honestly say I learned more from UOP than the traditional school system. I attended the campus and was able to really improve my business presentation skills.
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