As I begin my doctoral journey at Northcentral University (NCU), I am glad that I have developed the skills necessary for self-directed learning.
NCU thus far has been a rigorous series of assignments meant to prepare me for the doctoral dissertation at the end of my program. The coursework at NCU is challenging and there isn’t much support for students who need extra guidance. Don’t get me wrong, now — NCU provides many resources for students to use and learn from. However, it is up to students to put those resources to good use.
What this means is that students must be unusually self-motivated and self-directed to get the most out of the program. Faculty are present, but only as mentors or facilitators. There is no teaching as such, only reading and writing in your chosen field. And do they ever drop you in the middle of the current literature!
If you need the extra support of a face-to-face classroom, then NCU is probably not for you. However, for those who want an affordable and flexible alternative to brick and mortar schools, this may be the one that fits.