off some of the grades assigned in rating AMU are
really not applicable as it is a distance learning environment,
I.E. everything pertaining to “The University” and “Social/Interactive”.
I have began my college studies by in a traditional
“brick and mortar” environment completing roughly 25% of my studies
in the traditional method. I attended four different schools
as I'm active duty military and when I began schooling
distance education hadn't really come into its own at that
point (1998 time frame). A fellow active Marine informed
me of AMU and how the format made it easier
to fit into his schedule as a Marine.
I began my studies with AMU and due to deployments,
the high op-tempo and training it took me about six
years to complete my degree. It should be noted
that I lost over 21 credits I had taken with
AMU as after a year of inactivity one must re-apply
for admissions. This happened on two occasions due to
operational commitments, both times I lost credit in classes I
had already taken via AMU. This was not a
scam or some ploy by AMU to get more $,
but the classes I had to take over were due
to the fact that AMU is constantly re-evaluating their curriculum
and increasing the academic rigor of the courses.
of the instructors participated quite a bit in the online
discussion boards providing thought provoking questions and observations. Most
instructors provided constructive criticism and critiques in a timely manner
to submitted work. The communication between the instructors and
students was typically very good. That's not to say
there aren't a few “lemons”, but those professors are the
exception, and certainly not the rule.
quarters of the way through my degree I decided to
apply to Oregon State University. I completed the application
and was subsequently accepted to OSU, and ALL of my
credits and classes taken through AMU were accepted by OSU
and received transfer credit in some capacity. In the
end I decided to stick with AMU due in large
part because the legitimacy of the school was validated in
my eyes by the acceptance of the courses I took
My studies at AMU were fulfilling and enlightening.
Some classes were easier than others, but the same
would be found in a B&M setting as well.
Some classes were much more difficult then those I had
taken in a B&M setting. All in all it
was a positive experience and I would recommend AMU to
any busy professional trying to juggle the obligations of family,
work and pursuit of higher education. Be forewarned, even
though AMU allows one to juggle the numerous obligations of
adult life, it's not an “easy degree”. AMU is
no degree mill. The better part of every weekend,
both Saturday and Sunday was spent reading and writing while
I took two classes simultaneously. I sacrificed a lot
of free and leisure time in pursuit of my degree,
but it was worth it. A degree from AMU
is good enough for a commission in the military, that
in itself should tell you something.