I know that we all have heard countless stories these days about for profit universities; how they have an open door policy that is just to swindle the government and the students are left with no credibility and in mountains of debt so I thought that I would take a closer look and ask is it fact of fiction. In life we all have choices and yes trying to chose a college these days is more harder then you may think because there are just so many to chose from but are we being swindled or are we really the ones to blame ourselves for allowing schools to take us for a ride that we may not be able to survive from?
We all have seen the ads during the CW’s popular One Tree Hill and one of its stars Kate Vogele touts to us that she to is a Phoenix and how it works with her schedule. Yes I too am a Phoenix and I must say that it is a perfect fit thus far I have my highest academic marks thus far but there are two things that are beginning to make me a doubting Thomas myself and you ask me what are they? The are the team assignments, the open door policy, and the fact that some of the professors really are not trying to give us a very good education but there is one thing that gets me the most how some of the students are condemning the school as well.
Dateline and PBS have run specials on The University of Phoenix. Several class action lawsuits have been filed and more could be pending; thus far I have listened for four weeks as my fellow students have bashed the school even when they/we are eight classes in. It’s Face book page has many students that sing its praises and even more that don’t. So what is really behind the mask well let’s just say it is $1.8 billion dollars of government fiscal dollars that has the United States Department of Education breathing down this empires neck and justifiably so.
This is not just about my opinion which is one that right now despite my high academic marks is beginning to falter and lose focus and I don’t think I can blame it on the winter blahs I can rightfully say it is the acts that this school condone that irk me so far. The history of University of Phoenix goes back all the way to 1976 and I was born in 1977 it is an owned subsidiary of the Apollo Group and ranks only second to the State University of New York with the most enrolled students you would say that is a fete in itself but it may also be what is bringing down this University as well.
New York has so many state colleges that its easy to compare the two but UoP is in a league all of its own as well because it does not come with the accolades that the state of New York itself does but University of Phoenix does have its perks and it is the fact it works for working adults who are seeking to either broaden there career knowledge or maybe even go into business themselves which that is what I plan to do in the form of a club.
University of Phoenix is now creating hubs in many urban areas such as Los Angeles, Chicago (where I attend) and even in New York while its main campus is in of course Phoenix but this school maybe the largest but its not alone. There are the Art Institutes or AI campuses that are geared toward students with an interest in fashion and multi-media endeavors.
There are The International Academy of Design and Technology campuses as well. Of course there is DeVry and many more to chose from on top of the local universities that want our attention and yes our money.
One can easily get overwhelmed with choices but once you chose do you have a right to then degrade your choice in front of the professor and other students who are there on a mission; which is to succeed one way or another in university and in their careers? Does the academic advisers and financial counselors have a right to tell you one thing and do something totally opposite one of the main reasons why these lawsuits are popping up.
And finally is the degree accredited and the credits transferable well according to many students thus far the answer is no and they are stuck in huge debt and with no careers to help pay it off. So what obligation does the government have to change this University into a top notch school one will take seriously and not really know what is the truth and what is not?
These are the questions that need answering and I will begin to answer them as best that I can thus far. But before that let me say I think the students play apart as well so let’s take a closer look at what should change at the University of Phoenix an the first being stop allowing the students to opt for the school to send them the financial aid money in full and letting them skip out without sticking around it makes for bad credibility but if you are supposed to allow student a living stipend as you tell them then give it to them and don’t give us the run around when it comes time for answers. Not everyone knows what to ask a Financial Adviser so you should give us more frequent statuses on our files as well.
Make not just hubs but make liaisons for us to go to at these hubs as well Hold the professors more accountable we want to learn and work for out A’s not just be given them and not given an education that is utilized in the field and finally stop the learning teams or just allow one per each five week class. Tell the students the hard, cold truth don’t sugar coat it because that is when we begin to feel cheated and dismayed. Accreditation comes from Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs or (ACBSP) so that looks like it can be taken seriously but just how seriously is it being taken in the new business environment?
According to past students not so much at all but can’t the same be said across the board of higher education? I would say so now more then ever. We are in very competitive times and it makes for bad judgment on the parts of students but for me thus far I am focused, proud and trying to stay a Phoenix. I will have more on this developing situation as I continue my journey at University of Phoenix.
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