ED Magedson – Founder
Western International University1601 W Fountainhead Pkwy Tempe, Arizona USA
Western International University University of Phoenix, Lies and Manipulation Tempe Arizona
I first contacted what I thought was University of Phoenix in 2004. I was assigned an advisor/counselor who was supposed to help me determine the best courses to take for the progam I wanted. I told him I really wanted to teach, and wanted to know what kind of teaching programs they had to offer for Texas residents. He explained to me that they did offer a teaching program and there were specific courses I had to take. He walked me through my choices and together we chose the best course plan for what I wanted; so I thought.
At first, everything seemed to be OK with my schedule. I had a couple of electives and some reasonable courses, like math, philosophy, and literature. After the first set of courses were completed, I contacted my advisor/counselor to select my courses for the next term. I was told my original advisor was "let go" and I had been assigned another advisor. I had to go over everything with him about what program I was enrolled in and what courses I would like to take.
After explaining to him everything I had already gone over with my previous advisor, he informed me that I wasn't enrolled in the University of Phoenix. I was attending a "sister school" called Western International University. He quickly told me everything was OK, because they were a feeder school for University of Phoenix and it wouldn't effect how my credits transferred. He assured me that everything was 100% transferrable to any university and once I had completed my two years there, I could transfer to University of Phoenix if I wished to obtain my Bachelor's degree.
Of course I was pretty upset to find out I had been attending a totally different school than I intended on attending, but I calmed down and took his word for it; after all, he was my advisor. We then started discussing my course schedule for the upcoming term. That's when I really started realizing something was terribly wrong.
My advisor told me one of the courses I had to take was Business Law. I asked him why on earth I would need Business Law for a degree in Elementary Education. It just didn't make much sense to me. He started laughing and told me they didn't offer teaching degree programs to students outside of Arizona. He then informed me that I was in the Business program. Of course I was once again very upset.
After talking with him for a couple of hours trying to get everything sorted out, we both decided I should continue out the year because I had already taken out the loan and the school already had my money. I asked him straight out if I continued the program, were my credits transferrable to another university in Texas. He assured me that they would transfer, because it was a fully accredited school. So I decided to go ahead and continue the business program because I didn't want to lose the money and owe for loans on an education I never received.
I had various other problems and was tossed around to two more advisors the following year, but I did graduate with my Associate's degree in Business in 2006. Fast forward to 2010 where I enroll in the University of Houston. I start going through the same process with the counselor, trying to decide what courses I need to take and how many credits I'll need. The counselor informs me that I will have to start over because only two of the courses I have taken with Western International University will transfer.
So here I am now, still not able to transfer to a local university to obtain my Bachelor's degree and still unable to find a decent job. I have thousands of dollars in student loans I have to pay and no money to pay them because I can't find a decent job that pays enough, unless I have a Bachelor's degree. I can't get the Bachelor's degree without taking out more student loans and starting a business program over from day one.
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