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Columbia Southern University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessA- Creativity/ InnovationB+
Individual ValueA- University Resource UseA-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB FriendlinessA+
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeB
Surrounding CityB Extra CurricularsB
SafetyB
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Unhelpful

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He cares more about Useful Schoolwork than the average student.
Date: Dec 08 2010
Major: Business - Management and Administration (This Major's Salary over time)
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

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questionKevin, It's been a few years since you wrote this, so i doubt you will read this question, but did you finish your DBA from CSU?
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