Originally Posted by atreidi
Is this a good Online University? Does it have a good nation wide validation? Expensive?
Yup, I'm one of those just passing by and decided to register just to respond simply because I happen to have done my research on this issue. So please don't hold that against me. So to answer the question above...
After an in-depth research, I've norrowed my choices for grad school, and AMU is the only online university I am considering (although I am also looking at a traditional sit-down clasroom and two other state universities that also offer online degrees). For my military/defense industry/government colleagues and I, AMU is an acceptable university for what we do. Sounds to me like some people here are not necessarily in the government business, and that is understandable, aswell as their reactions to AMU. I've been told by students and alums that classes are
"traditional" in that you can fail if you don't study and/or do your work; A's aren't handed out like other online schools. So if you work in the defense industry/govt, you won't find rejection with AMU. Although I am surprised by another poster's comment that his degree was not recognized. Although he got his degree in 2004 prior to the Regional accreditation in 2006, it was still Nationally recognized - which means government organizations will still recognize it. The only thing not recognized are schools that are NOT accredited, nationally or regionally, like Columbus University. [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbus_University]Columbus University - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/url]
"Does it have a good nationwide validation?" If you mean accreditation, it is nationally and regionally accredited. As you've already read, it is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [URL="http://www.ncahlc.org/index.php?institution=&state=WV&submit=Search&form _submitted=TRUE&Itemid=192&option=com_directory&sh owquery="]Higher Learning Commission[/URL]
and nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission, Distance Education and Training Council. You will find it under "American Public University System" which includes 'American Public University' and 'American Military University' (much like University of Illinois-Champaign and U of I-Springfield are in the same system). Below are other insitutions in the same accreditation:
Arizona State University
Colorado State University
Illinois State University
Iowa State University
Michigan State University
Northern Illinois University
Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
University of Arizona
University of Chicago
University of Illinois
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri School of Medicine
University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine
University of Nebraska
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Wisconsin
Washington University in St. Louis (Harvard of the Midwest)
So, to ignore the accreditation by the said accrediting organization (NCA HLC) is like ignoring the accreditation of the above universities. The people that tested the above institutions are the same people that tested AMU.
Is it expensive? For grad school, it is $275 per credit, which makes it one of the cheapest out there. For undergrad, I think it's $250 and all your books are FREE! If you're military, obviously you get tuition assistance. If a school is not accredited, obviously the military will NOT pay tuition assistance, right?
Anyway, although it is nice to obtain others' "expert internet" opinions in a forum, sometimes it is best to do your own homework.
p.s. Although I am definitely considering AMU, I am leaning more toward U of I Online and the local univ where I am. Still haven't finalized my decision. I just might start with AMU, then transfer credits so it is cheaper. And yes, I've already checked with the local univ admissions office, and they said that they will accept AMU credits. Mind you, the local univ is rated by US News as a "Top School" and is Tier 1, top 25 out of 557 in the region for Master's. So it is not a blow-off school.
p.p.s Although some "brick and mortar" schools offer online education, what folks here haven't mentioned is the cost. Trust me, it is outrageous! I've checked out U of Maryland and St Mary's U (in TX) because of their programs, but UofM is costly because I am out of state and St M's is costly because I am no longer military (so no discount) and it is a private school. Something to think about.