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| CSU is not a bad school. They are accredited and the coursework is somewhat challenging.|
I did not expect a degree that would be on the same level as Harvard, Yale or MIT. I did plenty of research beforehand and realized their way of doing business (and EVERY college/university is a business, don't forget it!) is what I was looking for: flexible hours, open enrollment, accredited, inexpensive.
The regional vs. national accreditation discussion: if you want to get a degree from a regionally accredited school, your credits from CSU probably won't transfer, so go to a regionally accredited school! Do your research. The whining and crying on these review sites is just ridiculous. If you don't know about accreditation and transferability before signing up for classes through ANY school, you should probably take a course in common sense first.
The degree doesn't make the person. It's similar to a resume getting you an interview and then YOU get the job. A degree is no more than a piece of paper that says you can learn and that you have theoretical knowledge of a specific field. That's it. I know plenty of people who have Master's degrees from brick and mortar schools who have no clue about their chosen industry. If you get a degree from an online school and your friends laugh at you because its not from a "real" school, then you and your friends need to grow up. As long as it is nationally accredited, you have a legitimate degree. Bottom line, its about the person and how you apply the knowledge you gain. Expecting to land a good job with a huge salary just from a degree will result in failure.
|Dec 14 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2011 |
|Not so bright|
| After reading the majority of the reviews on this board, it seems like a "real" evaluation of the quality and advantages of a CSU education would be useful. As a disclaimer, I'm a professional and don't intend to use my post-graduate education in an academic field. I want the knowledge, and earning a doctorate has always been a goal of mine. |
I'm currently in pursuit of a DBA from CSU, and am entering my 7th class, overall. I have a great deal of experience with online education, having earned my undergrad (BS) from Liberty University in 2005, online, as well as a graduate degree (MS) from National University in 2005, also online.
Finding an online PhD, or DBA, program was challenging... the best options that I found were NCU (Northcentral) and Capella University, and I have completed coursework with each institution. After 2 semesters at Capella, I realized that the coursework was completely unguided by the faculty, and that they were entirely interested in squeezing me monetarily, with very little to offer (outside of the regional accreditation) academically. Subsequently, I transferred to Northcentral for a semester, but was disappointed to find an almost identical "corporate" environment. My personal experience has been that online schools, particularly at the doctoral level, are cash machines for the corporations that run them, and that the education received is not worth the money spent.
After these two experiences with RA online doctoral programs, I decided to give CSU a shot, since they had finally approved Financial Aid for doctoral students. Even though I lost 4 classes in transferring (only 2 of my classes transferred in), I don't regret the decision. So far, I am very pleased with the accessibility, and quality of the programs. Having attended both regionally accredited programs, and this program, I'm confident that the quality of the curriculum is equitable. I'm sure that there will be a few bumps in the road (as there always are), but for my purposes, CSU has been a very welcome solution. I don't expect to lead Harvard when I receive my doctorate, but I will have earned a quality education, and can sleep good at night. And...those were my goals, originally.
I hope this helps anyone researching online schools, and answers a few questions. Everyone has a different agenda, and finding the round peg for the round hole is everything.
Best of Luck,Kevin W. Carlan, MS
|Dec 08 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| I am a active duty soldier in the Army National Guard. I was nearing my 20 years of service and decided to finally take advantage of the educational benefits the military offers. I did my research on lots of schools and finally settled on CSU. With CSU being a Nationaly accredited school through DETC/CHEA, it allowed me to use my federal tuition assistance and is a LOI member in the GoArmyEd portal for Army personnel. The school is recognized by the department of education and that's all that matters. |
After researching many schools, CSU was the only school who answered all my questions without any pressure of enrolling or signing up right away. Every other school when I called to ask basic information that I did not see on their website needed me to fill out an application and start submitting any prior coursework ASAP. That's what turned me off right away. I am very glad I enrolled at CSU, my expieriance has been great and the professor's feedback has always been in a timely manner and with proper responses to my work. The CSU book grant is also a plus, no out of pocket expense for me since starting this school. Having textbooks included with the tuition is a good deal, however if you fail your course then you must purchase the book. That's an incentive to study and make sure you pass.
The courses are typically 8 weeks worth of material if you're on a term schedule, the self paced program, which I am in, allows you 10 weeks. Typically you will read 2-3 chapters and have 10 open book multiple choice questions to answer and 2 essay responses of 200-300 words, it depends on the course. Some people say that open book is easy but it can be challenging at times, you need to make sure you read and understand every page of your textbook. This has been perfect for me as a husband, father, and full time military, my schedule can be very hectic. Being able to study anytime, anyplace is awesome. I must say I have learned so much by the courses I have taken and have already used the material learned in my daily life.
Since I never attended college before I must say that CSU has been a wonderful school to work with, considering all the negative comments I hear about other schools, I am glad I chose CSU. I am currently in my 10th class, having 57 credit hours to transfer from my military training through ACE evaluations, I have 11 more to go to complete my degree for B.S.B.A HRM. I should complete my degree in the spring of 2012 just before my son graduates from high school.I would recommend this school to anyone for earning a quality degree. As for all the hype with RA schools verses NA schools, it's what you make of it. You have to do your research before committing yourself to something. Online programs have opened the doors for many adult learners who never completed their degree or starting for the first time. If the program fits your needs and you're enjoying the learning expieriance, then settle in and make the best of your education. Either way you will have a degree that you can be proud of earning and know that you have accomplished something that a majority of folks do not obtain.
|Jul 01 2010|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2012 |