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Academic Experience

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4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: My experience has been really great so far. Being an online student means you take one class at a time and it's compressed into a 5-week course. That keeps things fast paced and makes a semi-heavy workload but since it's only one class at a time you don't have to split your focus.

5 College Freshman

Academic Experience: The variety of classes offered online blew me away. I can take all of the classes for my degree from home. Plus Ashford has a classroom app and a resources app for the textbooks so no matter where I am I can just open it on my phone or tablet and study or even participate in class discussions. They are making it easy for distant learners to earn their degree by giving more options to get the work done.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: So far its a great program. im learning what i need to become a teacher.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: The instructors and the workload are great. i see me graduating with my degree

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: A lot of students apply.

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In terms of Ashford's online program, grading is based on two discussion forums, at least two responses to other classmates' posts, quizzes, and an 8- to 10-page research paper due at the end of the five-week course. A typical course begins on Tuesday and ends on Monday for the week. A typical class is five weeks long, with the first day of class consisting of an introductory post to describe yourself and educational goals to your instructor and classmates, with at least three responses to your classmates' posts. On the third day (Thursday), the two discussion posts are due; day six (Sunday) is the assessment quiz, and day seven (Monday) consists of your responses to your classmates posts and any research prep (usually due the second or third week) or papers (at the end of the five weeks).  

The classroom environment is a little different because of it being an online program. The general class size is about eighteen students, with very lively online discussions and reviews brought up between the students and instructor. Even though students don't necessarily talk to the teachers in person, the instructor is generally very accessible, providing knowledge, communication with students, and genuine interest in the subject he or she is teaching. When it comes to real world practicability, taking classes online is especially helpful to those with full-time jobs, families, or other commitments. An online Ashford education is valuable, with its ability to accommodate the real world, as well as its deftness in helping students attain skills that they can apply to life outside of the online classroom.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
21:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
67
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
3,207
Full-Time Retention Rate
39%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Graduation Rate
21%
Colleges/Divisions
Ashford University - Clinton, Iowa (physical campus)
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
63
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: Unknown
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other: Unknown
  • Foundations of Education: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: No
Weekend/Evening College: No
Teacher Certification: Yes
Class Sizes
The general class size is about 18 students.
Student/Professor Relationships
It's hard to have "real" student/professor relationships when a program is online, but the instructors generally answer their e-mails.
Testing & Grading Procedures
Grading is based on the following: two discussion forums with at least two responses to other classmates' posts, quizzes, and the research paper (8 to 10 pages) due at the end of the five-week course.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
A typical course begins on Tuesday and ends on Monday for the week.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • That Ashford mainly offers online schooling
  • The amount of extensive papers you have to write
  • To decide to finish school a lot sooner
Tips to Succeed
  • Be self-motivated and dedicated to your education.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Have fun, but stay focused.
  • Keep your head in the books.
Full-Time Faculty
67
Female Faculty
34%
Male Faculty
66%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 0%
Hispanic: 0%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 6%
Unknown: 92%
Average Faculty Salary
$51,350
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Did You Know?
Even though Ashford students don't necessarily interact with their instructors and peers face-to-face, as in a traditional college setting, most Ashford students find the instructors and staff to be very helpful when it comes to answering student questions-as if they are actually in the same room together rather than a chatroom.

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 715 responses

  • 30% Applicable to the real world
  • 24% Will advance my career
  • 24% Learned a lot of new things
  • 13% Will help me switch careers
  • 7% Learned a few new things
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 1% Waste of time

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