I'm so happy to read a review from another online instructor, as I just left Ashford as an instructor and experienced the same situation. 30+ students in an online class is too much.
Each week the students had four assignments to be graded. Ashford wants very detailed feedback given to each student on each assignment. If I actually gave the feedback they were asking me to give, I figured that time-wise I'd be making about $8/hr. If the students actually received the feedback from other classes that I was asked to give, then why was their writing/APA formatting still terrible with just a few classes left in a four year degree?
Also, how can Ashford get away with having their students work with research articles that are 10-15 years old? Yes, there are seminal works, but the articles in my canned course were not seminal. Some had no publication date. Students pay too much and work too hard to have old articles as assigned reading.
This is the worst onine school I've ever been associated with in my 15 years of teaching in higher education. I feel sorry for the students who still can't write a paper after spending almost four years at the school.
Reason of review: Bad quality.
I didn't like: Too many assignments each week, Too many students in a class, Students had a lack of apa formatting and writing skills, Faculty mentors were pushy and rude, Course materials were outdated.