I left AIU online due to many factors which I will include below. First and foremost, I would like to say that in reading the other positive posts on AIU and their sister schools only emphasizes and confirms my opinions and others as well. The posts that state AIU is a good school are obviously from AIU employees posing as students.
Let's us ask ourselves why would a completely satisfied AIU student be on the ripoffreport website in the AIU posting section? If a consumer is truly satisfied with their experience then why would they feel the need to locate and respond to negative feedback from dissatisfied consumers? Do you have the time to locate/research every company you did business with to potentially defend their unethical business practices? I didn't think so.
The so called positive comments from AIU students are a true reflection of how this corporation conducts business and reinforces the many comments on fraudulent business practices.
I attended AIU online for two quarters, or four courses. I also was lured into attending this "university" by high pressure sales tactics, unethical sales pitches, and grossly misinformed communication. My original advisor (salesman) told me If I didn't start on a particular date then I would not be admitted and needed to look elsewhere. He stopped responding to my phone calls and email messages after I told him I wanted to change the start date due to my interest in completing a few general educations courses first.
I finally called AIU and demanded to speak with the salesman's supervisor. This supervisor was actually worse and he made many deceptive claims to get me to enroll quicker. He told me I didn't have any outstanding general education courses and I should enroll ASAP to avoid tuition increases. However, my "Articulation Coordinator" stated I had three outstanding general ed courses that I needed to complete in order to graduate.
When I brought this information up to the supervisor he insisted the Articulation Coordinator was incorrect. When I asked the supervisor to email me this information he refused stating it was against school policy. He didn't want a paper trail and knew he could held accountable if anything was put in writing. I ended up speaking with the Dean of AIU and she basically defended the supervisor.
I waited a week and reconsidered attending but against my better judgment enrolled. I was motivated by the speedy degree completion time frame and this clouded my judgment. Attending AIU online was by far the worse decision I ever made and leaving them was by far the best decision I ever made.
During the time I was taking courses with AIU I found the work to be extremely easy and every student received a passing grade regardless of the quality of their work. As an example, when it came time to complete group projects some students in my group did none of the required work and still received a C grade. Also, in the discussion board assignments some students completely copied other student's work and received a passing grade.
The professors were horrible communicators and didn't like to explain the information in detail, basically lazy and inept. Sometimes I received a response to my question the day after the assignment was due.
I came to realize that an AIU student is simply buying an overpriced worthless, expensive degree, not earning a credible education that will be beneficial. At this time I re-checked AIU's accreditation and discovered they were placed on academic warning. This was the smoking gun and the numerous other red flags became evident that the school was substandard at BEST.
Once your enrolled you become a voiceless stock number and your needs are irrelevant. You are sold an education that is not delivered and the high price only justifies one thing; you are paying for the convenience, ease of passing, no exams, and speedy degree. Law schools follow this same format as do many other services. Some of the best law schools are less than half the price compared to substandard law schools who are not even in the top 100. Why is this? Again, you're buying guaranteed admittance, easy work, and a worthless piece of paper to hang on your wall. Everything in life is a give and take.
Another problem I'm having with AIU is the courses do not transfer. Every university I approach literally laughs when I mention I have AIU transfer credits. Also they overcharge for their books which are of lesser quality.
I would stay away from AIU and their sister schools! In the long run you will be pounded with injustice and your creditability will be tarnished. No degree is actually more valuable that an AIU degree.
I'm looking into a class action lawsuit against AIU and ask others who were victimized to join me. Justice must be rendered and it is up to us to fight for fairness and help protect others. I believe we have a duty to ourselves and others to voice our opinions and command attention to injustice.
AIU has robbed and destroyed too many students and the time has come for rectitude. If you have been lied to, overcharged, pressured, ignored, etc. then please email me so we can redeem our dignity and fight for decency. All the others who have posted negative comments on AIU I urge you to email me ASAP so we can begin the process. Commenters such as Steve, Nicole, Steven the professor/lawyer, and others please contact me as I would love to discuss some issues in more detail.
As for the AIU employees posing as students be very careful and tread lightly. Any illegal retaliation on your part will be documented and acted upon swiftly.
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El Cajon, California