September 2004 brings the start of school, graduation, and a UOP labor dispute.
I wanted to finish my degree and thought an online course would be perfect. Everything was rosy when I walked through my class life with the counselor. However, he failed to mention just what would be required, and just how much time I'd have to devote to get my "degree."
They make it sound so simple. But when I stopped living my life and only went to work and school, it got to be rediculous. I found myself up until 2 am just to GET BY! That's not even getting a decent grade. And the sad thing is, I was NOT taught anything, and certainly wouldn't have been by my teacher.
Instead, the classroom activity is responding to other student's comments. I don't want to learn what Joe Schmoe and his ABC Company does, I want to learn the FACTS. I'm not paying the exorbitant rates this crackpot university (if you can call it that) charges to have my 10 fellow classmates run the class.
The sad thing is, that I wound up teaching my professor a thing or two. Where do they find these people anyway? Most barely have the time it takes to devote to the class themselves, let alone what is expected of you. And as a professional, it's rediculous the method in which they organize themselves. I honestly don't know how they stay in business other than being SCAM ARTISTS.
If I ran my business the way that they do, everyone would be out of a job and the government would be breathing down our necks for reprisal. Now, I quit after ONE class. Because I quit, my student loans were dropped, and I'm into them for about $1000. They have sent collectors after me and have ruined my credit rating. I think it's rediculous what you have to go through to get these people to stop harassing you. They're LEACHES!
If anyone who reads this is interested in a class action lawsuit, let me know. Because I know in my case, there was NOT full disclosure of the requirements of my time. I was not informed of what to expect... and dissapointments only follow. I wonder what their graduation rate actually is...and what the GPA would be if it were actually measured in that manner....things to ponder!
Johnston, Rhode Island