Complaint / review / scam report
University of Phoenix
A great deal of what the students/former students have...

Complaint / review text:
A great deal of what the students/former students have written about UOP is correct. The university has an atrociously low graduation rate. Many of the students are unprepared for college work. The team-learning concept is deeply flawed (the assignments - which are supposed to constitute a complete "week" of work — really often take just a few minutes to complete, and even then many students don't participate in the team and take advantage of those who do). The instructors are part timers, often without real grounding either in the disciplines they're supposed to be teaching or in the methodologies of teaching (see comment, "There were several classes that the instruction and content were so poor that I couldn't believe that I was even paying for them"). Enrollment has fallen off drastically in the past three years from more than 600,000 to around 200,000 now... And I even question that number, as many of those enrolled in classes are "ghosts". For instance, in a recent class, out of ten originally enrolled, only 5 completed the class, and only four received passing grades, something that is becoming increasingly typical.

For other comments from former students — I'm sorry, plagiarism is plagiarism, whether it's purposeful or "accidental" (as in, "I accidentally copied that essay from Wikipedia") — though you might be leaving out part of the story, as in on the first instance, you would receive a penalty of no more than zero on that particular assignment. The instructor might even have allowed you to re-do.

As for the student who reported a physical altercation with an instructor, I would advise against threatening violence against anyone, even a UOP faculty member.

Another person commented regarding the required Certificate of Originality (which is a written promise that the paper is not plagiarized): "You KNOW it is a requirement to submit that and you KNOW they cannot grade the paper without it." Actually, that is not true — instructors are told repeatedly that they may not penalize students for not turning in the certificate.

Another commenter wrote, "I discovered that teaching a course was a "second job" for many contracted instructors, some of which seemed to lack the dedication I expected to assist me in reaching my academic goals." True.

The same person also wrote, "I had one instructor who "taught" an algebra class and he was a stickler for proper language usage. He would actually subtract grade points for misspelled words, incorrect word usage, and grammar mistakes in an ALGEBRA class!" Yes, that is called being literate and educated. An instructor may require that you use correct grammar and use spell check.

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Offender: University of Phoenix

Country: USA   State: Arizona   City: Phoenix   Zip: 85034
Address: 3157 E. Elwood St.

Category: Education & Science

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