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Reviews 302 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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5 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: I didn't have transfer credits as I was starting my graduate program with this school.

The convenience of the classes cannot be over-stated. I was able to do all my work on my own time while I worked a full-time job in another field. It was wonderful.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: At the time I went, this school offered the best online program for a master's in education. I think I would reconsider based on expense at this stage, since my student loan balance is quite high and I'm only working part time in the field. It's frustrating to see the balance GROW every month because I can only afford a modified payment. In terms of the dreaded "Return on Investment," I'm just not seeing it. Perhaps I should have tried to cobble together a master's degree from courses available at state schools in Arizona, but there were just no offerings that worked for me when I had a full-time job.

So I'm saddled with a $28,000 debt (partly my own fault because I should have sent some of it back) and no prospect of obtaining gainful full-time employment with this degree. I'm looking at going to another online program to get a Spanish Translation Master's so I can earn more money that way, but the idea of borrowing more money makes me really cringe.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I expected a better quality of online courses from a university that is 100% online. Overall it was acceptable but not great. I had hoped for a better variety of courses and stronger emphasis on educational technology skills since they do offer a specialization in that area. The professors were generally pretty good. Some of the courses seemed like a waste to me but they were required - "Strategic Planning" comes to mind - and I wished for a greater variety of course offerings.

Towards the end of my program they migrated their email system to another program and I was never able to access my college email again after that despite repeated requests for help. I had to ask individual instructors to email me at my personal email. I don't know what the problem was, but I'm pretty computer savvy and I cannot believe I was the only one who was shut out of their email. I was NOT impressed with their tech support.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall the program was acceptable. I don't think there's a lot of support for graduate students who are struggling; the school would do well to initiate a graduate-level placement test of some kind to address severe academic deficits before the student is set up for failure. Most of the instructors were congenial enough; a few were "pills" but you'll get that type of thing anywhere.

I was not aware of career center services when I graduated; I was working outside the field when I graduated so it didn't come up. I know some employers look askance at an online degree, but it was the only option for me to get a degree at the time and I'm grateful it was there for me. Education is not a high-demand field at the moment, particularly in Arizona where I live - primarily they are laying off educational professionals rather than hiring them, and it's been that way for years. If I were to pursue other work in the field I would probably have to move. That is why I'm looking to supplement my current MEd with a Masters of Spanish Translation.

3 College Freshman

Online Courses: The quality of each online course depended on the individual instructor. Some of the instructors established a good rapport with the students even though there was no physical contact. Others, not so much. On the whole I thought the instructors did okay with the materials they had available. I have had much better online classes from another institution (U of AZ) in the past so I was surprised that a school whose bread and butter is online education would be so inferior. The platform was fairly user friendly but not as good as others I've seen.

Peer-to-peer interaction was awkward due to its being strictly online. We were required to respond to the other students' postings, which was both time-consuming and difficult depending on how badly written the original post was.

The workload was significant but not overwhelming.

There were times when I felt my contributions were not particularly welcome because I didn't follow the "company line" on educational philosophy. (But I have felt this in regular in-person education classes as well, so I wouldn't blame it on the online program).

3 College Freshman

Student Body: Most students in the Masters of Education program at Jones International are not ready for graduate level work. Their writing skills are execrable and their papers often incomprehensible. Their ability to read at a college level is questionable. While I question the need for a Graduate Record Exam, I feel it would be prudent to administer some kind of placement test to ensure the students are ready for graduate school. Particularly in a online program, the students just won't get the help they need to succeed if they are already behind the curve in terms of reading comprehension and English writing skills.

There were students in the online classes from all over the country. Many of them were working teachers who had been out of college for years and even decades. Their focus has been on teaching (often at-risk) elementary and high school students and their brains have not been exercised at a level needed for success in graduate school. For several of them, English was a second language, though admittedly their writing wasn't much worse than that of native speakers.

I'm not sure what is meant by "rate the student body." They were average folks from many different places. There was an understandable left-lean politically that tended to squelch some discussion.

During my last semester I had wrist surgery that precluded me from completing my final thesis on time. I was allowed to submit it late with a small grade penalty, which I thought was fair. I had purchased Dragon so I'd be able to complete my work for school, but my computer at the time wouldn't work with it - something wrong with the internal microphone processor or something - but I should have made sure that would work before I had a deadline looming.

3 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: The school's financial aid folks were very diligent securing my aid and what was left of my GI bill. They did, however, have a lot of turnover in this office and I wound up dealing with several different people due to that. It was my impression that they were hired more for sales and customer service than financial aid knowledge.

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: I wasn't that thrilled with the Masters of Education program. The introductory course felt like force-fed propaganda. I wanted to focus on educational technology, but there was no way to do so and get the specialization and still take the hands-on educational technology class. I felt this was a serious lack on their part. I wanted to know how to design online courses but never quite gained that information from their course material. Most of the classes focused on administration types of things, like strategic planning and budgeting, that weren't useful to a hands-on educator looking to hone her skills. It was helpful in that I could still work my full time job and earn my master's degree, which allowed me to proceed one step further towards my goal.

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Online-only classes are problematic at best due to the nature of the interaction. I thought most of the instructors did an excellent job with the materials they had to hand. One difficulty they had was that many of the students were not academically ready for graduate level work and had trouble comprehending texts and writing comprehensible papers. I was deeply grateful that grading their work was not MY cross to bear. The ongoing discussion boards and required submissions did ensure that assignments were completed, however poorly and semi-literately in some cases.

I've taken excellent online classes at the University of Arizona that were really engaging and stimulating; I expected better from a 100% online school like Jones International University. I was thankful they didn't require "group projects" from students scattered all over the country. I would have hoped that an online school would offer useful, "hands-on" courses in designing online classes, but again, I was disappointed.

I know that JIU's completion rate is not very good, but I would not blame the school itself (instructors and classes) for this failing. The truth is that many of my fellow students were simply incapable of completing graduate-level work without extensive remediation. They may have earned their Bachelor's degree twenty years or more earlier and their brains were focused on teaching math to third graders more than text analysis and educational research. For some of them English was not their first language, which hampered their reading and writing. I think the school could better serve its students by offering a "college refresher" for grad students who have been out of school for many years.

4 College Freshman

Campus Resources: It's an online school, so it doesn't have the same things as a regular college.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: lots of services to make you successful

4 College Senior

Campus Resources: I experience the Campus Resources online and there are people there to assist if needed and I think it is great.

4 College Senior

Student Body: I have been impressed by the depth of knowledge and the willingness to share opinions by the student body. They are great.

4 College Senior

Online Courses: I thought I wouldn't necessarily do well with online classes. However, I became a pro in no time.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: There is plenty of flexibility of courses in the curriculum and that is very important if an emergency occurs.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: My majors are project management and finance. I am very pleased with the curriculum and have seen it at comparable colleges and in professional career organizational groups.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: As mentioned above, I have noticed that the curriculum at JIU is inline with those at other universities. One thing unique about JIU is I really enjoy the project form of teaching and learning.

4 College Senior

Career Services: The Career Services are great. There is various forms of resume writing and advisors to talk about whatever the student is interested in.

4 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: JIU is more costly than State schools. However, in my opinion, I am obtaining high quality education.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The quality of the professors are top notch and they have "real life experience" they share regarding our course subjects. It is exciting when the Professor sends an email with an indepth comment about my assignments I turned in.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The course are filled with students with varying backgrounds and experiences that adds to the course and makes it exciting. There is a network of JIU alumni on Linkedin.

4 Recent Alumnus

Online Courses: It is nice to be able to work on your own time, but I often wish the experience were more personable.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: It is a lot of work, but my hope is that the end result will be worth it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: For the most part, the professors have been pretty good. The curriculum is excellent, but there are way to many assignments for student teaching. I think their should be more time to focus on your class then some of the assignments that are given.

4 Recent Alumnus

Tuition & Financial Aid: Education is a lifelong process. However, it is nice to know that you can start a new career after attending school here.


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