Current Grad Student
Teaching and Learning with Technology Degree
I am in my 7th course at Ashford. The experience has been
more challenging than a standard on campus program. I have
only had one instructor that did not meet my expectations.
The courses, text books, and discussions have been relevant.
Given my current work demands, the online program works
well with my schedule. All questions regarding financial
aid are answered. Any questions for my instructors are answered.
Technical support is available 24/7 and I have used them
4 times during my educational experience at Ashford. I communicate
with my enrollment counselor on a regular basis via email
and by phone. Education is what you make of it. I am committed
and demand the same from Ahsford.
Ashford made my degree possible
I have read all the comments that range from horrible to
great. I completed my B.A. through Ashford and I am currently
completing my MBA. I agree that there do seem to be plenty
of classmates who cannot write very well, but I do believe
we are all entitled to an education. In addition, you can
only get what you want out of the education. I agree that
some of the classes seemed very easy; however these were
classes I had much experience in out on the job. There have
been plenty of classes I have spent 8 or more hours on just
one assignment because of the difficulty. Again, this was
in my accounting classes which I did not have much experience
with on the outside. I do not think Ashford is the greatest
school out there, but I do think it is the greatest online
accelerated program. As far as responses from those who
work there, I have seen that they are slow to respond and
this can be cumbersome, but they do eventually get back
with you. I agree they do need improvement in this area;
however, I do not think this is the worst school ever nor
do I think it is the greatest. It is what it is and I graduated
with my BA in Organizational Management with a 3.92 and
currently have a 4.0 in my MBA. Depending what you are looking
for, this is a school that can meet your needs. Good luck
to everyone pursing their degree whether it be through Ashford
or another school of your choosing. An education is something
to be proud of no matter where you get your degree.
So far, so good
Social and Criminal Justice Degree
So far, my experience at Ashford University has been a pleasant
one. My enrollment advisor scheduled "call times"
so that we could discuss how I was doing and if I had any
questions. He checked in on me quite often throughout my
first two classes. Kudos to John Basso. Then I was given
an academic advisor who has been nothing but helpful. Anytime
I have had a question, she has been there to help me, or
to direct me to the person who has the answers, so thanks
Financial aid was a hassle in the beginning. They didn't
receive my faxes, or needed more information, or something,
but once everything was straightened out, it was fine. I
have already received my aid for my academic year, and am
awaiting my award letter for my next academic year. My financial
aid advisor was changed during the first go-around, which
I am sure contributed to the mishaps, however, I have had
no problems since being assigned my new advisor, Carly.
Also, the first few classes, I was shocked to see some
of the students responses, however, now that I am in my
sixth class, there are very few, if any, people with those
previous communication skills. Anyone who has a HS diploma
or GED can attend college (and attaining those are quite
easy). I noticed students dropping out of classes, or the
teachers writing announements regarding poor communication
The books are quite expensive, in my opinion. I just received
my book for my next class, SOC-120 (I believe), and it was
quite expensive. $55 for a 119 page book. But so far, I
have learned a lot and have attained knowledge I would have
otherwise not known.
Trying to keep my 4.0 GPA has really been a challenge,
so I would NOT say they are a Degree Mill by any means.
All in all, I find Ashford University to be a very good
school. And I've checked out the Accredidations, they are
I found Ashford University to be a wonderful experience.
After recieving my P.h.D in Engineering I found it necessary
to change my direction in life to teaching and went back
to school at Ashford to recieve a Degree in Management and
now finishing up in the MA degree in Teaching. There are
faults with every program, however I have found Ashford
to be a traditional school of learning. On line education
is a challange as it puts the responsibility on the student
and thus if you need in class room support don't try online
Dr. Dennis Mijanovich
Ashford was awesome for me
I'm sure everyone's experience is different, but I just graduated
with my master's in education, and had a great experience.
It was pretty cool to attend graduation, and meet the study
group I got to know virtually, and meet face to face. My teachers
were always available, they transferred 90 of my community
college credits, and were affordable. AS a single mom, cost
was important. Oh yeah, and my school district gave me a raise
after I received my masters! Pretty cool!
I am currently enrolled in my seventh class at Ashford
University, pursuing a bachelor of arts in organizational
management online. So far, the program has been wonderful.
Classes are five weeks in length, making them fast-paced
Of course, the student gets out of it what he or she puts
into it. Self-discipline, internal motivation, a strong
desire to learn, and effective time-management skills are
necessary for success. My first class at Ashford covered
these personal skills and others, and presented stragies
that help strengthen any weaknesses.
Classes at Ashford are competitively priced - a great value.
The financial aid process is simple and efficient, and I
have found my financial aid advisor very knowledgeable and
The textbooks for my first two courses were custom editions,
available only through the university book store. However,
subsequent courses are taught using standard college
textbooks widely available for purchase. I have shopped
around to compare prices, and have found that the university
book store has competitive prices. The only place I have
found my textbooks cheaper is on amazon.com, and their prices
are only slightly less.
Ashford uses the BlackBoard platform to deliver online
classes. Using BlackBoard, students are required to log
in to their class two times per week and to complete assignments
in the form of at least one, but usually two, discussion
posts and replying to at least two fellow students per discussion
every week. In addition to weekly discussions, a final reflective
paper which makes up 25% of the course grade is required.
Many instructors take part in weekly discussions and make
an effort to interact with each student. However, I have
had one class in which the instructor seemed apathetic about
interacting with the students. Ashford has procedures in
place for problems such as these for students to report
problems with instructors or classes. Also, students are
given an end-of-course survey after each class in which
they can rate the instructor and the quality of the course.
Overall, I feel that Ashford University is a great value
for those seeking an online degree. I am very happy with
my classes, so far. I researched other organizational management
programs, both online and on-campus, and the program content
seems to be at least standard, if not superior, to others.
I have learned so much already, and am confident that once
I complete my degree I will be as knowledgeable and prepared
in my career field as graduates from other organizational
management programs are. Therefore, I highly recommend Ashford
University's online degree program.
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