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No More DeVry – Next Semester University of Phoenix

May 22nd, 2007 Comments off

That’s it, earlier this week I went to University of Phoenix and filled out my application, paid my fee, and changed my FASFA to UoP for next semester. I had filled my wife in on the differences between DeVry and University of Phoenix and she agreed that UoP was the place to be.

The extra added bonus is that I have 25 units at this time which puts me as a second year student at UoP as opposed to a first year student at DeVry. This makes a difference because I will actually qualify for a little more financial aid as a second year student. If all of my figures are right I should end up with about $1000 extra money which would be refunded back to me. This money would go towards paying off the new Mac I just bought.

I probably would have been better of by going to UoP in the first place but I had not looked into them. I as kind of at a cross roads in life at the time and just needed to get into school ASAP so thing really did work out since DeVry got me started so quick.

Anyway, I do not have my classes yet but will update here once I get them.

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I Went to University of Phoenix Today

May 8th, 2007 Comments off

The experience that I have had with the faculty at DeVry really got to me yesterday and prompted me to look at greener pastures. The first place that I checked out was University of Phoenix. I went to their website and requested a call from a counselor.

I got the call this morning and met with the counselor during my lunch hour. It was a good meeting.

UP (University of Phoenix) is a little different then DeVry in a couple of areas that has prompted me to consider switching. The first is that they do not operate on a semester based layout. Classes are 5 weeks long and you only take one class at a time and are considered a full-time student. At DeVry their classes are 8 weeks long and a semester is 16 weeks. You have to take 3-4 class every semester to be full time. My financial aid only covers enough to take 1 class every 8 weeks and therefore I am considered part time. With UP my financial aid will their 5 weeks classes so I can go “full time” and finish sooner.

The other thing that is different at UP is that their online classes are actually cheaper then their in-house class. This is the opposite at DeVry. At DeVry you can take online class but they cannot exceed 50% of the classes you take or they charge you more. The one catch is that the lower price at UP only applies to the lower tier class which account for about 2/3 of the classes that you need to take. The upper tier is more expensive then the standard in house classes (it ends up being cheaper at UP in the long run).

The two items above are pretty significant to me because 1.) I am only going to school part time right now and it is going to take me forever at this rate to finish, and 2.) I think that online classes will be easier for me as my schedule gets out of control sometimes and missing class is a probability.

The final difference that I feel between University of Phoenix and DeVry is that UP seems to be more established in the Austin area. Their facility is much larger and does not appear to be a satellite campus like DeVry in Austin is.

If I decide to switch I won’t start taking classes at UP until July since that is when the 2007-2008 Financial Aid kicks in as it would be really messy to try and do it sooner. I am going to discuss it with my wife before making a decision (that is one thing they don’t teach you in school ;-) ).

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Dropped – Advanced PC Applications with Lab

May 8th, 2007 Comments off

That’s right – only 30 minutes into the class I am dropping. There is a combination of reason for this. I guess the main reason is that I had a little run-in with the professor concerning missing class last week.

At first she did not want to let me make up the assignment at all and then she relented somewhat and offered to let me turn it in by Wednesday with a 5 point reduction. In all honesty that was fine with me and for the most part generous on her part. But, when I went to class tonight she was having everyone do part of their homework out of the book in class. My book barely shipped out today so I doubted that I would be able to get it in time to do last weeks homework and this weeks also.

So I headed to the admin office.

I ended up dropping this class and picking up the next level of Algebra in its place. Since I am still in the “math” mode I should do well in the class. I’m probably going to send back the books when I get them to save some $$$$$.

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New Class – Advanced PC Applications with Lab

May 6th, 2007 Comments off

My new class started last week and I missed it as I was out of town on business. The class is Advanced PC Applications with Lab which is a class on advanced uses on Microsoft Excel and Access. I have used both for years now but from my experience there is always a new trick or shortcut to be learned by taking a class.

ince this is a class who’s subject I am pretty familiar with this semester should be pretty easy – if I can make it to class. Also, I do not have my book yet so I am not able to do this week’s homework. I have an email into my Professor so hopefully she will cut me some slack and either give me more time to complete this week’s homework or let me borrow a book.

Either way I will be working with numbers like I was in my last class but Excel will be doing the crunching this time.

A couple more thoughts –

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I Am Done with Intermediate Algebra!

April 21st, 2007 Comments off

I got to class this morning about 10am to take my chapter test and my final. I wish I could tell you that I breezed both and was out of there in record time but that is not the case. I ended up having to take each test multiple times.

With the chapter test I was up late last night studying on my own and was just getting by in doing the homework. When I got to class this morning everything that I studied last night was a vague memory. I ended up taking the chapter test 3 times with the scores around, 60%, 70%, and then finally a little above 80%. The reason why I took it 3 times is that you have to score at least 80% in order to move to the next test. The good thing was that by the third test I had a pretty good handle on how to do the different problems for that chapter.

On the final I did really well on the items that were on the previous test (I better of) but then my memory had faded on how to do several of the other problems so I missed a lot of them. The first time I took the final I got 62%. Again you have to get at least 80% in order to be done.

This time around though I was smart and went back to each of the problems that I got wrong and wrote down the problem and the correct answer. See each time you take the test it has just slight variations of the same problems so if you know how one answer is supposed to look you can figure out how a similar problem should be solved.

This time around whenever I came to one of the types of problems that I had gotten wrong before I was able to see how to come to the correct answer. It really help. I ended up finishing the last test in have the time of the previous test and got a 90% on it. That is the highest score that I got an any of the test for the whole class.

Anyway, I am really happy that I am finally done with that class. I know that it is just the beginning of the Math classes that I have to take but I feel better about taking those classes now.

Now I have a week off and I am going on vacation!

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Only 2 Tests to Go and I Am Done with Algebra!

April 21st, 2007 Comments off

I just finished up my last chapter of homework for my Algebra class. That means that I get to wake up early tomorrow (yes, on a Saturday) and take my last chapter test and my final.

Class is not scheduled to end for another week but the wife and I are leaving on vacation Wednesday night (the night of class) so I have to take my last tests tomorrow. That also meant that I needed to finish all my homework this week instead of having next week to do it.

It does feel good though to be done with it and know that I am just a day away from being completely done with this class. Remember, this is the second semester in a row that I have taken this class so it feels like I have been in it forever.

Next Monday I start my business class so it will be a completely different environment. It will be nice to sit in a class where there is actually something going on and there are other people to interact with.

I will post tomorrow after my tests with the results.

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