The University of Phoenix Phoenix Campus
The University of Phoenix Phoenix Campus - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||38|
|Avg years at University||2.1|
|Research Quality||B- (6.2)|
|Research Availability||B- (6.3)|
|Research Funding||C+ (5.3)|
|Graduate Politics||B (6.9)|
|Not Errand Runners||B- (6.3)|
|Degree Completion||B- (6.2)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||C (4.3)|
|Sufficient Pay||C (4.3)|
|Education Quality||B (7.1)|
|Faculty Accessibility||B- (6.3)|
|Useful Research||B (6.7)|
|"Individual" treatment||B- (6.1)|
|Campus Beauty||B- (6.3)|
|Campus Maintenance||B (6.7)|
|University Spending||B (6.9)|
|Scholastic Success||B (7.1)|
|Surrounding City||B+ (7.4)|
|Social Life/ Environment||C+ (5.4)|
There are often times when students do many things, i.e. paperwork at the last minute, or even after the mintue, and the university often accomodates us. But yet, students want to bash the university.
Well, I am a phoenix, and I will always be a phoenix. The academic standards, rigorous curriculum, professionalism of the instructors and relevant course work, excellent research and instruction, is superb.I am sorry for those who expect the university to handle everything for them instead of being proactive and taking responsiblity of their own actions. I do exactly what I am supposed to do, and the university does what it is supposed to do, prepare me for the future.
http://188.8.131.52/uopforum/If you think that doctor is a hoax, don't go to the above link. He has pictures on his website that show him meeting with President Obama, Clinton, a few others. He is only 32 years old.
Worse than the core courses (which were actually not complicated if you are able to write good papers) were the unprofessional student teaching situations. I did not receive all of the formal evaluations (that are required) from my supervisor and she flunked me from student teaching two weeks before I was to graduate on the grounds that she "didn't feel I spoke loudly enough and therefore did not keep all students engaged in my lessons". She also left about 1/8 of my one formal evaluation blank (by checking a column entitled "did not have a chance to observe", thereby reducing my score so that it looked as though I did not have the work completed. By not completing my one evaluation, the supervisor automatically gave me a low student teaching score (even though the majority of her responses were actually on the high end of the scale) which made it impossible for me to pass and graduate. Unethical!
I appealed her decision (barely able to as my supervisor would not answer my calls to get the appeal info). The appeals board simply stated that they did not know my case and that I did not complete student teaching therefore I have flunked. A kangaroo court!
I spent $25,000 on my courses at UoP, always completed excellent work, was harassed into paying for a course that I did not need then given an F for the course that I did not attend, given another F for a failure on my cooperating teacher's ability to work and therefore had to repeat a student teaching seminar, and while my student teaching may have had a few small flaws, the supervisor's complaint was unfounded - I was a very good student teacher and the students answered me appropriately, demonstrating that they heard me. However, a false accusation enabled the supervisor to flunk me!
Avoid the University of Phoenix at ALL COSTS! It may seem as though this is a quick way to enhance your education so that you are able to compete effectively in your career choice, but it is a scam. Students are never evaluated by exams, syllabi are generic and simplistic (and oftentimes convoluted), teachers play favorites and do not even always read the papers, team members may not do their work and you will suffer grade-wise or at least knowing you are turning in poor work if you don't do their work. In short UoP offers an overpriced, poor quality education. Courses are much more meaningful and cost effective at any traditional accredited city college, state, or university. Shame on the Department of Education for accepting this paper mill as a viable university alternative.
On a more serious note, my specialty is Adult learning and distance learning. Programs like UOP require strong self-directed learning skills, exacting organizational skills and independence. This doctoral program is not for the faint hearted but if you have a sound work ethic UOP will enable you to succeed.
Other positives include:
2) Friendly and helpful staff.
3) Excellent Online resources and tech support.
Negatives of the program include:
1) learning teams are often troublesome. I had good and bad learning team experiences. The bad experiences outweighed any value added by the good experiences.
2) At the Little Rock campus I was disappointed to see what I judged to be grade inflation. I was frustrated to work in learning teams with individuals who were incompetent, unprofessional, and seemingly ignorant of the course concepts. I was even more frustrated to see those individuals pass course after course.
2. Flexibility. Classes are scheduled to meet the needs of working people.
1. Professors are not real “professors”, as such. They are labeled “facilitators”.
2. I signed lots of paperwork (the usual enrollment stuff, financial aid, etc.), and not once was I ever given a school catalog, no matter how much I requested it. I never did find out who the instructors were or what their academic credentials were for the program of study I was planning on taking.
3. They do NOT like anyone asking in-depth questions about the “instructors”, the nature of the program, or the specific curriculum. After asking lots of essential questions about the school, the program, the age of the particular program I was taking, and other things, I was told in so many words, “…you need to go somewhere else to get your degree…don’t come here”
4. The classroom learning format is based around “groups” or “teams”. This makes sense if the instructor is not a real instructor, just a “facilitator”. When I asked about this so-called “group” learning format, and how I was to be graded, I received some very disturbing answers. Example: students are expected to collaborate with each other on their own time with learning projects. Also, if one student in a group is lazy and doesn’t do their part of the “team project” …well too bad. “This…”, I was informed, is “adult learning”
5. I felt like I was on an assembly line conveyor belt when it came to enrollment. They seem to have one main overriding concern when it comes to enrollment: get ‘em in quick, get ‘em, signed up a.s.a.p., and don’t answer any embarrassing questions.
They have no admissions standards except being able to write a check. So even though some decent people might go there, you also get a lot of complete idiots. Idiots that you'll get stuck with on your study teams and you'll have to probably end up doing their share of the work. And then when you're done and graduating, these idiots will be standing next to you getting their degree. How is that going to make you feel about your degree knowing that a complete moron skated though and got the same degree as you?And the alumni network? I've greaduated and haven't heard anything from them. There is no real alumni network, and there is no job placement.
My only complaint was the requirement for team projects. 30 percent of your grade depends upon work completed by your improvised class team. It was often difficult to motivate other students or to get the to provide their portion of the team project. This often lead to one or two team members completing a project assigned to four or five people. I feel that this time would have been better served through individual assignments.Within days of graduating with the M.S. degree I started my new job with double the salary. Overall, I couldn't be happier with my UOP experience.
Course contents are well structured. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to attain good grades. Unlike the regular brick and mortar class environment, the online learning environment is much for demanding and disciplined. The pace of online classes are fast and those who miss logging in on a regular basis will face difficulties in catching up with class discussions. The best part about online learning teams is that team members are rotated with each successive class. This gives students the experience and flexibility to form similar high performance teams at the workplace at short notice.My company's management has benefited greatly from my ongoing education at UOP. I would highly recommend UOP to all those who are comfortable working in a disciplined and structured learning environment.
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