I took a class with them it it was a joke. The spelling and grammar of most of the students were no better then the third grade level. What good is a degree if you still can't use basic English when you're done? Don't hey make you take a Christian World view course? Yeah, that's important.
I think that anyone who has half a brain in regards to education would say that the University of Phoenix is a joke. It really is nothing more than a diploma mill with no real certifications or credibility to back it up. No one goes there to succeed in any fashion.
For those of you not wanting to go far in life, And not planning on going any further beyond this school, Maybe it will help you, But as for those who attend it and then try to attend a REAL University, They will laugh you out of their school and tell you nothing will transfer. It's a complete waist of money.
There is no threshold or barrier to entry: a pulse and a check (or agreement to funding) will get you "in. " Accreditation is the minimum basis for education and is not difficult to obtain. For some reason, Advocates cling to the school's accreditation as some form of qualitative verification. No reputable employer will take this place seriously and if they choose to consider a student, They will likely have to look past the poor decision making that drove someone to attend a for-profit school.
If you don't have the ability to think critically, Spell, Perform basic math operations, Communicate, Write properly, Or express coherent thoughts. . . UoP is perfect for you. You'll probably graduate with an "A". Otherwise, Don't waste your time. I taught there and saw the awesomeness that is a UoP student. Mostly laughable.
I’m a tenured professor at a state-funded college. The following advice is for anyone who’s considering the University of Phoenix... Or any school that models their business along the same lines. The University of Phoenix is (first and foremost) a diploma-mill that heavily engages in predatory student recruiting practices. I call it a diploma-mill because although it has the word “university” in its title, it’s far from being a place of learning. If reputation, rigor, and value play an integral role in your decision making process, this ghastly school will NOT satisfy your needs even at the most infinitesimal level. You’ve been warned!
An education is considered an investment for the future. I taught there for 7 years and the quality of most of the students were below average. Plagiarism was so prevalent and when I reported it, it was completely ignored. They never assess their students for academic success. I would never hire a UOP graduate. I suggest spending your Money at other Universities that have a creditable reputation. Most corporations in the Midwest don’t respect degrees from UOP. Don’t waste your money.
At least in the computer science/data/programming world... If you don't have a degree at all, employers might assume you're self-taught which will be far more respected. Every single graduate of UoP I've ever worked with was completely worthless in any professional capacity. Take all the money you would spend on them and buy a decent laptop. Then watch YouTube videos: Stanford lectures, programming tutorials, Khan Academy, etc... Anything like that and you will be faaaar better prepared for the workforce. It's seriously like a stain on your resume if you try to pass yourself off as college-educated with a degree from there. We literally throw those applications directly in the trash because not only will these applicants not have the skills or education to do complex work, but they weren't even smart enough to see that UoP was a scam. Sorry but it's true... I do feel bad for those that got scammed though - the commercials and marketing materials are misleading.
Just look at their commercials that are primarily on day time TV in between Jerry Springer and Judge Judy. They target people with a low education level. You won't find a job with a social science degree let alone with one from their school. Become an accountant like I did.
A former coworker of mine is a PhD student here. When talking about coursework, he showed me a syllabus of one of his classes. The class required a single page "academic paper" weekly. Even though this person was studying Psychology, there were no American Psychological Association (APA) requirements for this paper, among other issues. Furthermore, the school isn't even accredited by the APA, and PhD students pay thousands in tuition. If your school doesn't recruit you with a stipend and waved tuition to complete your research, it's a sign you have more work to do before engaging in graduate level coursework.
My step-dad went the the UoP to get a Master's degree after he started a career in computers. That degree was vital to his growth in the field and the UoP provided the class structure and time he needed while juggling a full time job and a family. 15 years later, no one cares what school he went to for his graduate degree, just that he has one. This school is a good option for those who need to further their education but already have careers and can't go to a traditional school full time.
I met your mother at the University of Phoenix, and she is a fantastic woman. On our first date, we went out to a nice dinner and headed back to my place after. If it was not for the University of Phoenix, I would have never seen your mom naked. Thank you University of Phoenix.
I enjoy going to college at the University of Phoenix, which is way more of a learning experience than local college here. I went to class everyday just to hear the instructor fight with rude students on their cell phones the entire time. The learning is the same, but just with ruder students!
My work hours and family responsibilities would not allow for a more traditional education route, so I had to find another alternative.
UoP was a little ahead of the game with the online classes, which I think brought about some initial questions, but now pretty much all schools, traditional and otherwise, offer classes this same way.
I was able to advance my career and make a significantly higher salary.
I tell friends no amount of education is ever wasted.
Online classes in general require far more discipline than traditional classroom instruction. It should be obvious that an online learning environment isn't for everybody. Personally, after four years of online classes with UoP, I was ready to sit in a classroom along side my fellow students and learn from a "live" professor who had the ability to answer my questions in "real time." So is UoP a joke? Absolutely not....Like any school, you get out of it what you put into it. My degree from UoP allowed me to get into a Master's program at a much more highly regarded school, yet I'd still say that my UoP courses were on par with my Master's courses as far as degree of difficulty and the amount of effort needed to graduate (with Honors, by the way).
The university of Phoenix has classes that are as difficult as a local, state or regional college. I've attended universities in Northern Michigan and can say that the classes at U of P were as difficult or more so than some of the classes I had at other colleges. The ability to be able to get an advanced education while supporting a family and working full time is extremely difficult and should never be looked down upon. I know students who attend major colleges who get less of an education due to excessive partying and lack of care by the institutes they attend.
Our society hasn't caught up to the new ideas and ways of learning. Some of us who are mothers, full time students and also full time workers need flexibility to get out degrees. School and life in general isn't cheap and many of our parents can't afford to send us to college which leaves us trying to get a good job that pays enough, being able to support ourselves and needing to go to school but be able to afford that school. U of P gives you the flexibility to be an adult that works full time and get your degree. I don't think the classes are easy AT ALL. I realize they are probably not going to hire me at a fortune 500 company but that's not where I want to work anyway.
It's rather comical how often individuals express such hatred towards the University of Phoenix. Unwarranted hatred for that matter.
Often people have arguments towards the University of Phoenix, but they fail to establish principles or foundations on which sound inferences can be made. It is for this reason that I would like to knock off two huge misconceptions about the University of Phoenix.
First off, the University of Phoenix is a regionally accredited institution, which channels the same level of accreditation as Harvard, Yale, or even your local state school. What this means is, most credits earned will transfer, and the degree you receive is a real degree.
Secondly, the University of Phoenix is not a diploma mill. Contrary to popular belief, the University of Phoenix demands strict attention to detail and requires extensive time devoted to academics. Course work at the University of Phoenix often comes across challenging, strenuous, and even vigorous at times.
It seems an abounding amount of people have negative views towards the University of Phoenix because of their aggressive advertising and marketing plans. Look, it's simple, The University of Phoenix is not Harvard, nor is it trying to be. The school's main purpose is to provide hard working adults with an honest education. So regardless if you are for it, or against it, students who graduate from the University of Phoenix will receive a real-world education with real value.
And to make some people mad, here’s the truth. Schools like Harvard and Yale don’t teach anything too differently than state schools or even schools like the University of Phoenix. The only things that separates them are distinguished faculty members, top notch facilities, and of course, years of unscathed prestige. To wrap everything up, you get out of it what you put into it. And that goes for any school.
Being enrolled at the school for 1 year has shown me that just like every thing else in life, there are people that stick with it and people that quit. The first 6 or so classes were a joke (for me) because they were so easy, but looking at it from my classmates point of view I realized that they were elder and fresh out of high school. The elders had problems when it came to anything computer related and the fresh out of high school kids must have come from a ghetto because their grammar and spelling was atrocious. But now ending my first year, the quality of classmates have improved, because these were the people that either stuck with it and actually learned or were like me and were doing what they were suppose to be doing in the first place. This school is for people that like to do research and read, basically do the work with little instruction. The instructor is there to help if you have any questions but for the most part they really have little interaction with the students (at least with me). I'm not trying to give myself an ego boost, I'm stating my observation and interactions while being enrolled at UoP. I hated all of the required BS classes and now starting my second year I will actually be working on classes that pertain to my degree.
Also I would like to add to the people that think that online schools are a joke and don't work, then don't buy anything from an online store. Drive to the actual brick and mortar store to buy things.
My husband earned a degree from U of P. He looked into a variety of programs and chose U of P because his program was a combination of classes with an online component. My husband and I both have graduate degrees and have had a variety of educational experiences at private and public universities. He worked very hard on his degree through U of P. The rigor and class requirements were equal to those of other private and public universities we had received degrees from in the past. Every class required a final project and collaboration with a learning team. It is disappointing to hear others make a joke of U of P when they know nothing about it.