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| American Military University has provided me a positive experience in education. As an service member not having been in high school for a long time, AMU provides an excellent transition from basic writing to academic writing. The courses are challenging, but it is not to say that they will take up your whole day if you are taking one to two classes per eight weeks. However, some of us, such as myself, are taking three courses and the reading requirement (aside from comprehension and retention) becomes very challenging. |
If there is one thing the University is lacking right now, it is a universal structure for each class. I mean to say that assignments should be due from Thursday and on due to the fact that assignments are overloading when a student takes more than 2 courses at once. I intend to complete my degree within the 4-year margin, not 6-years. Finally, as some people may provide an insightful retort to the fact that AMU/APU is a "for-profit" organization, one thing they fail to realize is that APUS is still a military friendly organization that can be the stepping stone towards completing fundamental courses with the option to continue online, or transition into a higher learning institute. APUS is constantly improving its system and for a 20 year old school, it has done a tremendous job at advancing individuals into career oriented professions, military advancements, and personal achievements.
|Nov 15 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| I have been steadily pacing myself on a degree with AMU/APUS for just over 4 years. The Good: Great value, Book Grant, helpful support staff. The Bad: It seems AMU has made a distinct shift in their operations as they have grown and peaked as an online educator. Challenging classes have always felt that way. Historically however, one also felt this university and faculty 'had your back', for lack of a better phrase, in supporting you in your success. Anymore, not-so-much and it's hit or miss based on a plethora of faculty members. I will finish my degree with AMU, have recommended several battle buddies to AMU in the past, but my heart is no longer in this organization as opposed to my first few years. It's as if they (the university) were striving to pinnacle as the #1 military online educator; but during their crusade, vision was lost as to whom their backbone or student base is. Unparallelled and tempered support for Military members, who laid the foundation for this school, has been metaphorically sacrificed for upgraded technology and exponential growth. It's more so we are marketed to as service members with G.I. Benefits, rather than focus being placed on an education for those of us with more transient jobs than most Americans. Outside of cost; I would say shop around to find the best fit for you and your educational needs. Example, my 1st deployment I was able to complete 3 classes. Now, I wouldn't even attempt to take classes while deployed. AMU has morphed into a strangely different university with unsubstantiated and inflated increases in class workloads, significant increases in the number of professors, and shifting behaviors within the university itself...all the above felt like a switch was thrown almost overnight in changing focus from the education of the student/service-member and more toward school growth and user-friendliness for instructors. |
Actual learning and educating is different from busy work. At one time that felt like AMU's unspoken mantra. Now, classes are geared more heavily toward keeping the student super busy with low to no touch freight for instructors. Not all teachers are the same, and some are better than others...but most instructors now employ over burdening and numerous assignments in readings, tests, quizzes, essays, discussion boards and responses, term papers, final papers, research papers...etc. Yes, College encompasses all those things...but in the past, AMU never lost sight of their primary student base and adjusted fire accordingly to support that dynamic base. In other words, you received a quality education at a level of sustainment that was tailored for any service member with the will and intestinal fortitude to try and get an education; deployed or not. Now, not so much. AMU has lost its luster as standing head and shoulders above most online colleges. Additionally, the new interface has or had a tendency to stifle productivity; particularly while deployed. A night and day contrast as opposed to the previous system which was simple, but solid as oak. The course setup and school just doesn't have the same feel it once had. AMU seems more cookie cutter and has lost a feeling of 'camaraderie' it once held; which attracted me in the first place...made me proud even. My comments through years 2009-2010...Awesome university and bar none the best in the business, particularly for military members and their civilian counterparts. Comments after year 2010...outside of cost effectiveness, explore other options...and it pains me to say so. If you are a reasonably intelligent individual it doesn't matter which school you go to; you'll succeed. However, for a 'Joe' who depends on motivation more than intellect and collegiate experience...AMU no longer has your "six" as it once did. Don't get me wrong, AMU is by far not a bad school. AMU is still a very reasonable choice for military personnel or otherwise. But it's not the same university it was on track to be...it's just a lot more flashy, and a great deal bigger.
|Sep 17 2012|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| Advisors are slow to respond to questions. When they do respond they then request to you submit two pieces of identification before answering questions even of public information. This University has no backup plan for professors who find themselves ill during a semester. In such cases the students are left hanging in limbo with not word from anyone until that professor rebounds and picks back up. In such situations complaints simply led to arrogant retaliation by the department chair/ director of the involved course. The Accounting/Business department is by far worst and most unhelpful, should this be you major, be wise, pick another University. If your schooling online, choose: Liberty University, University of Maryland, University of Pheonix or one of the others. All of these aforementioned schools offer excellent online Accounting Business programs and in a more sound and friendlier manner than AMU. You can either heed this advice now or regret latter if you failed to do so. |
|Aug 08 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2016 |