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Complaint Review: AIU (American Intercontinental University)

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  • Submitted: Sun, December 23, 2007
  • Updated: Thu, March 20, 2008

  • Reported By:New Port Richey Florida
AIU (American Intercontinental University)
www.aiuonline.com Buckhead, Illinois U.S.A.

AIU (American Intercontinental University) Graduated with a degree not able to use. Buckhead Illinois

*Consumer Comment: Warning status on accreditation

*Consumer Comment: Unusable Degree?

*Consumer Suggestion: Information from a CEC employee

*Consumer Suggestion: CEO of IADT AIU and many others has reported some devestating news.

*Consumer Comment: I know how you feel.

*Author of original report: Homework

*Consumer Comment: YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE YOUR HOMEWORK

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I graduated from AIU, with honors, even made the deans list almost every 5 weeks. I made the National Deans List. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. I found out that where I am located they do not accept an online degree. I would have to attend an actual college. When I called AIU to tell them this I was only told "wow, we didn't know of this". After calling Sallie Mae, where I got the loan to go to college, they told me they had been hearing these kind of reports from many different students. I have had numerous Sheriffs Deputies and Police Officers also tell me that AIU is not an accredited school. If this is the case then why are they still continuing to give degrees? I saw that they were on probation and also showed thier accredation online, on the actual website. I feel as though there are many students that have been taken advantage of by this supposedly accredited college. If someone can help me do what I need to do about this situation, it would be greatly appreciated. I owe $43,000.00 to Sallie Mae for a degree I can't use, why would I want to pay for it? It is worthless. I am so angry, and I feel completely taken advantage of.

Mismel
New Port Richey, Florida
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/23/2007 09:37 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/AIU-American-Intercontinental-University/Buckhead-Illinois/AIU-American-Intercontinental-University-Graduated-with-a-degree-not-able-to-use-Buckhe-294019. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Warning status on accreditation

AUTHOR: Mr. J - (U.S.A.)

Just wanted to add:

A lot of posters, like to throw around that AIU is such a horrible school because it hs a "Warning" status with SACS. NEWS FLASH: AIU is off of "Warning" status but the University of Miami is on "Warning" status!!!!!! Lets not all have a heart attack now, but none of you can say UM is a scam for this reason can you? No, but you love to say it is one of the main reasons AIU is a scam.

Tuition:

AIU is a private school. You cannot really complain about the price. Both the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University are private schools and are more expensive.

Again, I am not an undercover employee of AIU. I keep saying this becuse there immature posters out thier who assume tht since I don't xactly agree with them, that I work for the opposing company.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Unusable Degree?

AUTHOR: Mr. J - (U.S.A.)

Hello all,

Before I start let me tell you that I have a BIT from AIU. I am not and never were an employee. Some of you former and future posters tend to believe, that because someone credits an organization you apose, it means that they work for said organization. Although it does occur, this is not always the case. Also, do not jump on a poster merely because they have a spelling error or two. That just shows that your looking for any reason to discredit certain information without any real proof. Frankly, makes you look bad and not the poster. And posters, a few spelling errors is not a big deal. But if your post looks like you were taught to speak english from "Billy Bob" in the trailer park or "Pookie and Dem" in the ghetto, you will be subject to disagreeable coments. You cannot argue that your Masters in Business is worth anything if you speak/write at a 5th Grade level. So, before you press your ignorance button, please read the entire post. Thank you.

My Experience:

I graduated AIU with Bachelors in Information Technology and a 3.10 GPA (That is about average) . Currently I am in the Masters Degree Program and have not seen any issues with my degree yet. I eventually wish to finish my Ph.D in IT. Before I attended to this school I preveiously attended; Miami-Dade College, and Florida International University. I currently have a postion at a large oil brokerage making $42,000 per year. That is almost $10,000 more than any of the other employees in my department save for my manager. I also, have less experience than about 8 other employees in a department of 11. I was told upon my hiring that I was not only considerd, but hired with that high salary because of my degree.

My thoughts:

Some say that no one will take an online degree. This is false. I'd say about 70% of employers will take this degree (from personal experience) if you say it is an online degree. This is not because of the education at AIU is "no-good". This is actually because of all the "Degree-Mill's" that are running rampant. For those of you that don't know, a degree mill is a company (that may or may not be connected to a college/university) that sells you a degree for writing a short essay on your life experiences. This obviously a garbage degree. Henceforth, any type of degree that comes from an online source is deamed "Garbage" because people press thier igorance button instead of doing some research. Remember this people. AIU is also, one of the largest batteries of "brick and mortar" schools in the country. They have many campuses and are also know as a traditional university. The only way any company is going to know it is from the online school and not the brick and mortar school is if you tell them. If you re ask, "Where you got your degree"? Tell them, "American intercontinental University". You are not at all being dishonest. If they ask you, "where is it located"? Tell them either the nearest campus location or "Georgia". They may ask you if you lived in Georgia. You can say, "No, I took my classes online". Because, many popular, traditional, universities are implimenting this, they wont think twice about it. None of this is being dishonest at all. The University of Georgia has classes online as does FIU and UF. Now, say you took classes online with them. Would you say, "I went to FIU Online or UF Online"? No, you wouldn't. AIU is a few years older than FIU, and started as a traditional university. Should they be berated for being one of the first schools to jump on a new way to teach? As for transferring. I personally called FIU, UM, And UofG to see if they would take transfer credits or transfer degrees from AIU and they all said yes.

I don't know much about the working conditions there. But if they are that corrupt, it should be brought to the attention of the state govornment. That sounds like sweat shop work to me. As for the student aquisition practices, I personally was not subject to them. They did call me about once every few days before I made a decision. I have been out of school for a while (to get my IT certs) and I've recieved about 2 or 3 calls in the last 5 months to re-enroll. Maybe this only new to new students. That part I don't know to much about.

Also, before we start crying that this degree is so useless, lets look at ourselves. How much experience to you have? What is your degree major? These have a lot to do with getting your desired job. It doesn't matter what shool you go to. If you have a bachelors degree with no experience, they will lagh you right out of the door. I had to intern and sometimes work for peanuts/free to get my experience. I currently have six years in my field. Also, if you get your bachelors in Criminal Justice, Business, Interior Decoration, etc., you are asking for trouble. Make sure you get a dregree in something that is in demand or that pays pretty well. Because, if you come on this forum complaining that your degree didn't make you more money as a social worker or ny of the previous fields, thaen you obviously don't know what you are talking about. Those careers that I mentioned, as well s others will definately not make you $50,000 or more unless there are extremely rare circumstances. I do know that a lot of the online students are stay-at-home moms with no experience. Do you really think that someone will hire you just because you got a degree. Not in today's world. So, if you fall into this category, dont disrespect the degree.
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

Information from a CEC employee

AUTHOR: Samantha - (U.S.A.)

this information was sent out by CEC employees. CEC owns IADT, AIU, CTU, Brooks, Harrington, etc. Check to see if your school is owned by CEC at www.careered.com

We staff received an email from Gary today, discussing the $12.25 Million settlement for California schools. We let go of 90 more people today and are doing "teachouts" of nine schools, so they will be closed as the students graduate. I am finding that students are being charged for terms they did not complete or sometimes even start. I am covering my tracks and emailing the appropriate people but getting absolutely no where with this organization. No one seems to mind. Printing out a lot of information everyday. I don't know where your state stands on a lawsuit, but the midwest could certainly be in the running for another.
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#4 Consumer Suggestion

CEO of IADT AIU and many others has reported some devestating news.

AUTHOR: Bryan Nicoletti - (U.S.A.)

IADT, AIU, CTU etc is a scam and Gary McCullough CEO of CEC which runs these schools hasn't even broken the news to the students about all this. These school are about to fall fast without Federal funding and the studenst should be made aware of it.


No more Federal funding = buckling of these schools: Read the reports
http://www.mcall.com/business/local/all-lvc.6239218jan23, 0, 4766838.story
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#5 Consumer Comment

I know how you feel.

AUTHOR: Jongmin - (U.S.A.)

Mismel,

I know how you feel. I am in a similar boat. Although, I receive a lot of verbal promises from the different advisers and got my MBA in accounting. It seems that it is missing core classes needed to receive or work as an accountant. This is not really funny haha, but it looks like the classes I took might not be accepted by another university that is accredited by SACS. I will let you if any was accepted later. It seems many of us is faced with similar problems. If Sallie Mae is not private then try to consolidate if you can, that might help.
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#6 Author of original report

Homework

AUTHOR: Mismel - (U.S.A.)

For those who read this and deem it necessary to tell me to do my homework, please tell it to someone else. I have had many people around my area doing some investigating for me as I work as a manager six days a week and don't have a lot of time to do any research. This is also how I found out that Florida does not take online degrees. I do not know if this is the only state or if there are more of them. I hope anyone else that decides to try and BETTER THEMSELVES, BY GETTING A COLLEGE EDUCATION, can find most of the information contained in these reports very helpful. If it were not for some of the customers who have seen me studying here at work and knowing how hard I tried for this, doing some research for me I would have never found out about this site. The one rebuttal that was left, If I had the money to continue my education I would have already done so, apparently since I "didn't do my homework", I guess I got the raw end of the deal through Sallie Mae.

Now I will have to pay back a lone for a degree I can't even use. If there is anyone out there that can help me find a way out of this debt other than just not paying it, please let me know. I really do not want to pay this sum of money for a worthless degree.
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#7 Consumer Comment

YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE YOUR HOMEWORK

AUTHOR: Margaret - (U.S.A.)

WHY WOULD YOU NOT INVESTIGATE THE SCHOOL BEFORE HAND? WHY DID YOU TAKE OUT A LOAN FROM A LOAN SHARK LIKE SALLIE MAE? Law Enforcement work is considered Civil Service work and that means REAL CREDITS from either a Community College or State University. AIU is not a real school. At this point I think you are stuck out. You need to return to an accredited college if you still want to pursue this career.
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