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The student experience at the University of Phoenix, from the enrollment counselors to the faculty, is very unique and personable. There's a genuine interest in assisting students, whether it has to do with admissions, enrollment, financial aid, or classes. The flexibility in taking online classes while holding down a job is critical to enrollment. The University can benefit anyone, from people with disabilities to single parents. The curriculum is very beneficial in any business enterprise.
The classes are very advantageous to students. Many times, the lessons students learn in classes play out in current events and appear on the news, linking the curriculum together with the "real world." This allows students to better grasp the subject and be able to engage peers in a conversation about current events and the effects in their local communities. Plus, the professors engage students in discussions and give them very clear, concise instructions on the assignments. Most professors or facilitators are pretty credible in their field, as well, with a doctoral degree or master's in the subject they are teaching.
I like the course load for the most part. However, in some classes the workload has been extreme. Most persons - that is 5/6 people enrolled in the MBA program at the University of Phoenix have full-time jobs and families. So having to complete each week a quiz, an exercise assignment, two 15-slide presentations (one as a group and one individually), and two 700 word research papers (one as a group and one individually) is extremely burdensome. Now, this was not the case in all classes by any means. However, the syllabus and curriculum should be reviewed again to ensure professional working adults balancing several major priorities don't get overburdened with busy work, when it's the overall MBA learning experience that is most important.
University of Phoenix accepts navy Tuition Assistance and provides several veteran and active duty military scholarship opportunities. I appreciate their endeavors to lighten the financial burdens for prospective and current students. My normal out-of pocket expense per class is $244.00, which is extremely manageable thanks to their financial aid programs and opportunities.
I have not had to utilize the alumni network or career center at this time. However, my academic advisors have been extremely helpful throughout the entire MBA process. I will not graduate for another 10 months, so I have a little more time before I will need to access the post-graduate services at University of Phoenix.
My graduate class is extremely small, consisting of between 5 and 6 people. Most students in my class are professionals who have jobs and families. Some are prior military; others are civilian dependents of active duty enlisted members and officers. Most are middle class, heterosexual Christians. All of them have excellent attitudes toward diversity and are open-minded and friendly. Most are between the ages of 28-50.
Most of the instructors at UoP are wonderful. I've only come across one that I wasn't entirely impressed with. They seem to care that you really learn and understand the material.
The curriculum aligns very well with the courses. The material has been relevant.
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