I was trying to find out from other college students about what people say to you when they ask you what college you attend and you say 'Ashworth.'
Have they heard of it?
What do you say when you explain it?
What irks me is when I say I go here and they give me look and comments of "Oh, online school must be easy. You can just look at your stuff and never fail. That doesn't constitute as a real college." <----- That really upsets me.
People take Univeristy of Phoenix seriously but if it's anywhere else people just chime in it's not a real education.
I work severely hard in my studies because it's NOT that easy. Even with being able to look up words, use notes, and my book, the stuff still needs to be sunk into my head. The test questions ARE worded to trick your brain. Trust me, I know!!!! I am working harder now, and am more proud of myself for working so hard then I was in my last actual college, MCC.
I'm just curious is any other college peers have experienced conversations similar to this.
I have Katie, and it wasn't a very pleasant conversation. I attend Ashworth and I truely love it. I also attend another college so that I can get two degrees at once. And when I went searching for another college I was told "Ashworth isn't a real College" then the conversation got heated. I did have a few choice of words and told them to stick it. Well I do attend another college and they took Ashworths Credits and I am a happy camper. I totally believe in Ashworth. I am in the BS in Business Admin. Program and loving every minute of it.
The reason I am attending another College because Ashworth doesn't offer the BA in Psychology. I did get my Associates in Psych from Ashworth. I have a feeling I will be attending Ashworth for a very long time. Ashworth enables me to continue my lifesyle. I have this little saying "I can never get enough education".
P.S. Online is harder because you have to write more papers. My daughter attends West Virginia University and for the past year of classes she has had to write only one paper. And so far I have had to write two papers in each class here at Ashworth. And my other college is all about papers.
Lol big print Katie.
Well I tell people I go to online college. I can choose when I wanna do the work. I don't have any fixed deadlines. I don't have to deal with teachers I dislike. If i don't like another student I can just ignore their posts.
I also tell them that you can get a bachelors for roughly 10000 dollars. Most tutition prices for one year are more then that.
I don't know why University of Phoenix is considered the gold standard. I looked into it. It's as much money as a traditional private college. I think it's because they advertise so much. They have to charge higher rates for all that tv time.
But University of Phoenix does accept our degrees to transfer in if we want. Which makes Ashworth sound legimate.
College is what you make of it. Do you want someone with a 2.0 from Harvard or a 4.0 from Ashworth. That is the question?
One could argue that in this era of increasing technology going online college is MORE beneficial. It proves a few things. Number one you are able to use a computer. Number two you don't need your hand held. Three you are self motivated. Four you are innovated enough to come up with a alternative solution rather then just going to your community college.
The number of online students has quadrupled from 3 million in the United States in the year 2000 to over 12 million in 2010. If it quadruples again we could have 48 million in online colleges by 2020.
I have to say that people in general state that online school is easy when it is not. We have to put in the same work ethic as students who walk in to their classrooms. I went to Phoenix as well and I loved it. I went online. Financially speaking as someone mentioned Ashworth is very reasonable. I'm paying for school out of my own pocket and Ashworth allows you to pay what u can. I love Ashworth.
The only bad thing about online college is you don't get the experience of college life with friends etc.But I'd say that is the only bad thing about online colleges is the experience of going to a actual college and meeting new people face to face.
I don't know how I would feel about getting 200,000 dollars for a four year degree from a prestigous university just for the chance to make some friends. It almost feels like college experience is indirectly trying to sell friendship?
Why I chose to continue my education online.
I would like to give a little background to this explanation before beginning, and keep in mind, I’m not a whiner. Recently I graduated from North Carolina State University, and like every other student in this country, I borrowed money each semester to pay the outrageous tuition and book costs with enough remaining to buy a tank gas and a happy meal. While attending NCSU, my wife was forced to support our family, I was unable to work simply because the classes I needed were only offered during the day, and because I had no other choice but to commute from Fayetteville, NC, to Raleigh every day, a three hour daily trek that cost us five hundred dollars per month in fuel.
With the fore mentioned in mind, here is the situation that pushed me over the edge, and forever changed my opinion of the traditional education system as a whole. While taking an Introductory Equine Science Course, our professor covered a topic that required some minor knowledge of general biology. At that time, I was thirty nine, and had not taken a biology class in eighteen years. After the lecture, I approached the professor, and asked him to briefly explain said topic. Standing there expecting an abbreviated explanation, I was told, and I quote, “search the internet; I’m sure there is a ton of information on that topic”. Well, the last time I was in college, professors were required to answer questions. Isn't that what they are paid to do? I felt like saying to the professor, oh I sorry, I didn’t mean to bother you with my questions. It’s okay that my family is suffering so I can pay for this overpriced education, just as long as you're not disturbed. Apparently some of the professors at NCSU are only there to do research, and the requirement to teach is just an inconvenience.
What I took away from this encounter was that after putting my family through hardship, borrowing thousands of dollars, spending three hours per day driving and five hundred dollars per month on fuel, I was told to teach myself by searching the internet. So I thought, if I have teach myself, then I don’t need an arrogant professor yawning in my face while the university that employees him takes every dime I have. That’s when I decided to research online colleges, and when I found Ashworth College. Now I pay reasonable tuition, I don’t have to drive, and I’m earning an accredited degree.
One final thought, brick and mortar regionally accredited universities are losing students by the thousands because of such situations like the one I experienced. Up until the explosion of online colleges and alternative accrediting agencies, traditional universities were able to convince the general public of their superiority. But now, brick and mortar universities are finding that their mind control methods of waving fairy dust and blowing unicorn farts are failing, and students are beginning to realize they don’t have to suffer physically or financially in order to earn a degree.
Everyone don't get me wrong on this, I never said college was about friends. I like online colleges just the same maybe more, but are differences in both like not meeting people face to face,even some of the peoples profile photos are just avatars. I mean I would like to know who I'm talking to and friending not judging people for what they look like just want to see if I'm talking to a 50 year old man or a 16 year old girl.Because in my experience you can't count on everyone telling the truth no matter how nice the person is.I am enrolled in high school and when done I plan to either enroll in a college course thru Ashworth.
I did attend a brick and mortar college for one year. I enjoyed the experience, but tuition was too high and the time constraints were unrealistic for a working mom. So I tried to go to an online college. The name of the school was Westwood College. It is well known in the online community. The tuition was just too high. The student loans were racking up and there were still time constraints because the instructors were expecting you to participate in certain activities by certain days and it is not self paced.
One semester before graduation, they figured out there was a clerical error and somehow I ended up getting dropped from financial aide. The school expected me to pay for the last semester out of pocket. I couldn't do it. So I ended up being dropped from the school. To make things worse, the school with held my transcripts because of the error. So besides the one year at Northwestern Business College, I had to start over. I was pregnant when it happened. It was a horrible experience. I took one call from my academic advisor about the final semesters, and hung up all excited. Five minutes after I was being told I could not continue.
I decided to go to Ashworth because a friend of mine had been attending and said great things about it. I also did not want to use anymore student loans. When I tell people about my school they are never responding negatively because I explain to them how it came about. I also remind them the school was formerly known as PCDI and that usually brings recognition. I have about 11 classes left, and am proud of how I overcame those obstacles and finished my degree while raising and supporting my family. I look forward to obtaining my Masters degree here as well.
That's a great story. I think a lot of us are in the same boat with our student loan debt. It's amazing how the education "industry" has sprung up an caused so many problems for people. A lot of people just don't understand the implications of having tens of thousands of dollars in debt, but the average online programs for a BA/BS are like $40,000! When I finish Ashworth I'll be debt free from here, but it'll take me years to pay off my "mistakes."
Don't worry mvrva, I've been looking at projected college costs in the next 20 or so years. It WILL get to the point where no one but millionaries will be able to go. Why would millionaries send their kids to college to get basically middle class or upper middle class jobs? When their are NO customers, you'll be shocked at how low prices will fall....
You have to remember that online colleges are still pretty new in the eyes of most people. However even at on campus universities many of your courses will be online and you meet with the professor once a week or less. Due to state budget cuts this is becoming more the standard than the exception. I have two degrees from standard universities, here at Ashworth I have received diplomas in Landscape Design and am currently working on the Small Business Management program.Last summer I was offered a position as a city park ranger and it was my Landscape Design diploma that got me the job, not my degrees. Now I am planning to expand my own small landscape design and installation company and bring on employess and subcontractors to go after the bigger clients. I have gotten just as much probably even more knowledge from my online courses as I did going to lectures. When you go for that dream job in the future the degree is just the ticket in the door, How you present yourself, and your ideas and plans are what the employers are looking for. The education you get and how you use it will determine how successful you will be. Be proud of your accomplishments it is not the name of the college on the diploma that matters, it is the person behind the degree.
I agree 100%
P.S I use to be into landscaping, However it was most likely less extensive as your landscaping knowledge. I did the basics, the very basics like lawn care,tree removal etc. No heavy machinery example track hoe's, But once you know what your doing then it is a lot of fun when your all finished with a job.
I want to say that online studies is harder than campus studies for these reasons:
1. You are still employed full time while studying part time.
2. You do not have a physicl study group on hand or persons on hand that you can discuss things with face to face.
3. You are still at home with all the house chores to complete.
4. You still have kids or spousw to share your time with
If you are on campus, then you are just on campus PERIOD!
1. No full time work;
2. Many colleagues around to discus stuff with
3. You are not bound by many house chores because you are catering for YOU alone.
3. You have probably left you spouse or parents to look after your kids.
So the folks who think it is so easy should try it. If it was that easy I wouldn't be up now trying to read a few chapters. (11:57 pm)
Good insights everyone. Funny thing is, my boyfriend just stated before going to bed that this is easy classes for me, and I told him that is EXACTLY what I wrote about on this earlier. I was yelled at him saying that I am more involved and determined here then I was at MCC. He went to Michigan State University, so he thinks this is cake. Why doesn't anyone believe in me that I am legitimately going to school. I've finally convinced him after out little spat that I am working hard. He's the number one person in my life that should support me so it's a little upsetting that he said that. When after I tell him I get a good grade on most days he says he's proud of me. Ugh. Very irritating.
The funny thing is I have more friends on here, and I talk to more people, then I did in 6 years at MCC. Plus, it's a little cheaper here since I am paying out of pocket and my dad quit paying for college.
=P men are generally a little bit patronizing. He probably would have treated you similar even if you had stayed at the other school.
Just steal all his cupcakes or something in retailation.
Sometimes I talk to gabe2006, lov4animals, nene, and cor. But your the one on the most. There are some random students, that i answer their questions, and get a few messages from them. Then I never hear from them again @_@.
I think it means we both are kindred in being bored and trying to skim out some sliver of interesting convo out of this sea of (insert whatever name) just joined the community.
I miss b3 and cheashoffman. They were both vicious debaters and had facts. Now I feel like I can't take most people seriously cause the chat speak somehow makes me not consider their arugment as valid for some reason O.o.
Yea, everything is the same on here. So and so joined the community, I need my next class, what is your age (HS) and legitimacy of Ashworth...bejeesus there are enough posts on all of that. Oh, AND the freaking religious crazies. Whom, have seemed to taper off I noticed. Thank goodness!!!!
I saw a couple religious posts. Someone wanted them to put up a degree in theology. I said sure. It seems like half the community wants that as their real major anyway. But if they can't even get up a BA in psychology, when they already have an Associate in it (two infact), I wouldn't hold my breath for them to come up with completely new majors.
Liberty University is considered the ivy league of religious schools. It also has an online version. But the catch is being so...prestigous it costs quite a bit more then Ashworth.
it is interesting to note that a degree in bible studies is not free.
This runs contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Jesus walked into a for profit temple and knocked all their birds and cages over and threw their money into the street.
But...a religious degree is not free. So much for the meek shall inherit the Earth.
Lol it is outrageously expensive.
We should try to come up with new topics. But guns, religion, and politics will just bring out the mudslingers. I would like an actual intellectual convo...hmm
I am not an Ashworth College student, (High School) But I still have a hard time explaining to them that it is a legit school because they haven't heard of it. I have to explain to them how distance learning and the correspondence option works. I chose correspondence so I have all the time in the world to finish and there is no deadline for me and this just totally mindwarps them, they are like "okay..." and fall into silence. Or they ask me, "Why don't you just go for your GED?" And I have to explain that to do that I'd have to give up everything, time and money, I have invested in this. And then I also tell them that I promised my mother I would get that high school diploma and I am not gonna settle for second best.
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When people ask me what college I'm attending and I tell them, they have a "dumb" look on their face. After the look, I have to explain that the college is in Georgia and it's all online. The reason why they have the "dumb" look, it's because they never heard of Ashworth. I don't know why because I have seen commercials.
Kallen, the commericals probably only air in certain countries, in specific time slots, and on a specific channel. But there are like 3000 or 4000 colleges in the United States. No one could possibly have heard of all of them.
I've worked for a financial services company for the past four years and having a bachelor degree is an unspoken requirement. When I tell people I'm working my degree online, they are usually just happy to hear that I'm bettering my education. If they ask the name of my school and I tell them Ashworth, I get a blank stare and an "Oh okay, never heard of it." But then again, how many of you have heard of Washburn? Or St. Joseph Maine? Or Ottawa? There are *tons* of schools (brick and mortar and online) that people haven't heard of. That doesn't make the program any less valid or "real." Besides, if Ashworth was a University of Phoenix - I wouldn't be able to afford it!
I usually say "I'm finishing my degree at Ashworth College, an online university based outside of Atlanta, GA." Even tough Norcross isn't that close to Atlanta, that seems to help people understand it's not just some diploma mill run out of some dude's basement. And not a *single* person ever asks about accreditation. I always think it's funny how many people get so obsessed about that, but it's really not that big of a deal unless you're getting into academics. A nationally accredited (Ashworth) degree is on par with every other nationally accredited school in the country, and it's recognized by the US Department of Education. AND there are several regionally accredited graduate schools that will take an Ashworth degree. So if people don't "get it," that's there fault. Be proud of where you're going to school!
Thats so true on other schools. Adams State University accepts Ashworth Degrees and they even do a free eval. I was going to do their Interdisciplinary studies degree but I decided to stick with Ashworths General Studies degree. People that discount Ashworth are just misinformed or just plain ignorant.
It's just a shame how some ppl are so narrow minded, plus they forget that not all of us can afford to attend the " so called big" schools that they know of. Education is education, it doesnt matter from where u get it from. I have an associates dregree in HR and planning on getting my Bachelor's degree and I am proud to a student of Ashworth College.I am proud of all of u and remember the sky is our limit.
I look at it this way. For people who don't have an education, what do they know about college? At least you are doing something for yourself and making a better life for you and your family. A degree is better than no degree. I'm proud to say that I'm attending an online college and yes I say that my school name is "Ashworth College." Those individuals that don't believe in online college or more likely to say crazy things because they never done anything with their life and they don't have nothing either. So keep your head up and keep moving on with your studies, besure to tell everyone you are an Ashworth College student who is getting an incredible online education.
I flip flop between marketing and Business Admin. But the Business Admin seems broader so i'll probably do that. If I go for master's at this point it'd probably be health care administration. But human resources or marketing are also nice choices ^.^
I will be going for the Bachelor of Business Admin and for master's Health Care Administraion like SILVERROSE16701 said. Wish u all the best and dont let anything stop u.lol
I have heard a lot of different, negative comments about online classes and it did bother me as well. The funny thing is that most colleges offer some type or version of an online class now. It's not to make it easy, but to make it convenient for more people to attend college and obtain the much needed degrees or credits, etc.
My son was dually enrolled in college while he was still in high school. One day, while in his college class, the instructor walked in with an Ashworth t-shirt on. My son was very proud and so excited that he spoke with him and boasted that that's his mom's college. After class, he brings the guy out to my car to introduce us. I was not only surprised at the introduction, but at the instructor's reaction. He hugged me and said that he was elated to meet a fellow Ashworth student.
After that, I proudly say that I am a student of Ashworth. I have had others check out what we already know about this school. Some have joined (wish they used me as a referral ), and some are still seeking. Either way, it doesn't matter. I will always say that it is not easy, challenging and a great decision on my part.
By the way, I checked out many other schools and still see Ashworth as a top choice. I only wish that they had a way that we could all get financial support and sometimes, miss the face-to-face interaction with other students. It helps to be able to communicate in a structured manner or just communicate period. Still, I love my choice and will continue until I am done.
Good luck all!! Stay positive!!
Indeed, education is very important. However, we can't deny the fact that many students are facing financial problem. Worrying about money in university is really hard. In fact, it could stress a student out way too much and affect grades. Fortunately, there are some options that can help a student get by when they need for their tuition such as student loans.
Nadine, you are right when you say, "we can't deny the fact that many students are facing financial problem. Worrying about money in university is really hard. In fact, it could stress a student out way too much and affect grades."
That is why, although we have flexible payment plans to attend Ashworth and some are fortunate enough to get financial support to be our fellow students, it is still hard, nontheless, to come up with the money when the economy is in such a recessed state. Let's face it. Having any kind of support to pay bills, no matter where and what, is a bonus and much needed always!
Yes!!! Here, we don't really graduate with debt. Yea, we may have some debt, as in for example, there's 7 semesters I have to take, and at 1245 a semester it will stack up...but not to the extent of a student loan at a major university. And the low payments make it affordable and we can pay more when we have it!! That's awesome!!! This is a good alternative to a university, legit and just as challenging whether people think it or not.
I think most of us get into those types of conversations. It used to get me upset, but now I just smile and say we'll see how real it is sooner or later. When I was doing my certificate my family and many friends didnt believe I was in a real school and said I was wasting my time. When I got my promotion last year (I work for an Ivy league University Health Center), everyone bit there tougue about Ashworth and began to ask me how they can sign up. Remember you dont have to prove anything to anyone but yourself. Make sure you do your research, get good grades, look past all the negativety.
If it wasn't for online, I would not be able to attend college. I am a single mom and work full time. I do not want to have to leave my 11 year old any more than I already do. Ashworth is also very affordable. It sets a good example of the value of education. I only started with Ashworth a couple of months ago. I already completed a medical coding program with Kaplan, and I think I like Ashworth better! Good luck to all!