I've been with Ashworth for about six months and I have to admit, at the beginning I was pretty doubtful that I'd be able to finish my program here. It felt like I wasn't getting any help, things were taking too long, and that nobody cared about my studies. After taking my first five courses at Ashworth I've come to discover:
1. You can't expect things to be done for yourself. It's pretty clear what you have to do here: Study. Follow the lesson plan to the letter. Don't think you can just slide by and "guess," even if the exams are multiple choice. If you don't know the material, you won't do well on your exams. Period. Even if you pass with a C on all your courses - you'll get your diploma - but you'll graduate knowing you only did the bare minimum to succeed.
2. Be patient. Questions do get answered: your best bet is to post them in SUPPORT > Help Desk. But be patient! There are a lot of Ashworth students, and a lot of different programs. Some people are taking career diplomas, some people are in bachelor programs, and there are even Masters level students here. What I have found is that everyone gets treated the same way as long as you are patient, civil, and ask your questions clearly. Remember that it can take time to grade papers and get things posted to your account. Screaming at the Help Desk or calling and getting upset won't do anything but hurt YOU.
3. Pay your bill. I mean, this is a no brainer. I hear a lot about how Ashworth is trying to get all your money or make you pay for something you don't want. Your tuition is outlined when you enroll for courses. There's nothing hidden. The fact is if you don't pay your bill, they have every right to get their money from you. Just because you "don't like it," doesn't mean you're not responsible for paying. I've never had a single issue with financial services - I pay my bill automatically each month, and that's that.
4. Get your proctor nomination form in right away. Don't wait until it's time to take the semester exam (like I did.) If you get it done early, you won't have to wait while the Registrar enters the information and sends out the exam information.
5. The systems here aren't the greatest, but they do the job. The Student Portal can be confusing to use. The classrooms are bare bones. This doesn't mean your approach to school has to be the same: Read your textbooks. Take Notes. Create a study schedule. Work hard towards your goals and you will get a pay off.
I was guilty of complaining before I really gave Ashworth a change. When I graduate with my Bachelor of Science in Management, I will be proud of the time I spent here. Earning a degree is not an easy thing - even if exams are multiple choice. This is a school recognized by the US Department of Education. To me, that says something.
Anyway, that's my two cents. Good luck with your programs. Have fun!
You get what you pay for! Ashworth is worth every penny. Great people, great material. They've set up this system that works but you've got to work it.
I just feel bad when I see people complain, complain, complain when really, what they should be is studying and keep in mind that with the amount they pay(in comparison to other schools out there), it really is for a song.
Their staff here are dedicated(and have to put up with a lot of doo doo everyday ) and sadly, there's just too many of us! (compared to a regular school) So given that, of course they're going to take a longer time in replying. It's like a thousand of us frogs waiting in line for that one princess to kiss us(you get the point.)
(Y) Thumbs up to the admins here who try to appease us froggies with kisses! Even if some of us are terrible kissers. Thank you for keeping your cheery up!
I graduated from an online high school (which is why I chose Ashworth) and agree one hundred per cent! Being online opens up the door for many "students" (i.e. aross the contry) to get their education not just the ones in the surrounding area or those who move to the surrounding area, which accounts to more students per teacher/counsler/admin/ect.
Great advice! I will add to that this, I ended up appreciating again being Ashworth College at a time in my life I wasn't appreciating anything and was wondering if anything would ever go my way again. If any of you feel the online thing isn't giving you the answers you need maybe you need to go to college on campus, don't blame Ashworth I'm sure some people do better online and some do better on campus, that's all.