I have read many different negative reviews of CTU Online, and I can't disagree more! I am a non traditional student in my mid thirties. Three years ago I experienced a rough patch in my life (i.e. Divorce) and needed a big change. That change meant going back to school. While trying to support myself and two children, a full time brick and mortar school was out of the question. Then I found CTU!
I had attended two different state schools after graduating from high school. The first was a small state school with a population of around ten thousand. This school was more intimate, yet that led to wanting to party more than go to class. The second was a large state school with the population of thirty thousand. The large school was nothing more than sitting in an auditorium with three hundred other students listening to a student teacher, and never even seeing the actual professor. After a year of that I gave up and went to work for twelve years.
After working a skilled labor job, and the divorce, I wanted more for myself while maintaining the lifestyle I had grown accustomed to; this is where online learning came into effect. CTU allows me to go anywhere or be anywhere that I can recieve internet reception with my lap top which allows me to keep up with the assignments.
There is no question that the 5 week classes are very fast paced and can be very difficult to keep up with at times, but this is where the self discipline comes into play. Many of my Wisconsin state school courses transfered, which was a relief seeing that I had already spent three years at state schools. Not all classes transfered, but at least 60% did, and I cannot complain, seeing it was 12 years prior.
The first class that I took was very difficult, not used to having to keep up with classes that do not require attendance. My first few grades reflected the amount of effort I had put into them, this had changed my attitude toward my assignments.
Another added benefit to CTU is their advisory program. In the beggining I had student advisors contacting me about twice a month to make sure things were going well and offered any help needed. They even maintain a record of your attendance to class because I am often called or notified via email if I haven't logged in within 5 days, which happens to me quite often due to my work schedule. Overall it seems that they want to help you succeed as much as they possibly can- as long as you put in the effort.
I have ended my third year, and will graduate with my bachelors next summer, in which I will start my MBA. It seems to have taken a long time, but only taking one class in each 5 week session does take time. I am jealous of those that can take two or three classes at a time.
I have read many of the negative reviews for CTU Online, and I cannot disagree more. To me it sounds as if these people are not putting the effort into the program. Its like anything, you get out of it- what you put into it. This is not high school or the military where the instructor has a strict curriculum to follow where they are not allowed to put any personal thought into grading or review of assignments. I have never had a problem with any of the grading done by the professors. If I recieved a poor grade, I put that much more effort into creating a better assignment the next time. I read of many complaining about having to write papers for assignments, but where in the real world do you get the choice of A,B,C, or D? That just doesn't happen! I have carried a 3.6 gpa for three full years, and feel that I have recieved a quality education throughout. I did have a problem in two classes out of twenty five where the professors failed to keep up with their work, and by contacting my student advisor, both of those professors were replaced immediately, with other quality professors.
I believe that a higher education is not for everyone, and if you do not have the self disciplne to keep up with the assignments on your own, then CTU Online might not be for you. Then you would be better off trying a brick and mortar school that is less interactive, and offers maybe a couple of tests per semester, and doesn't require you to be there at all. For me, that didn't work! CTU Online does!