The University of Phoenix. Can this online college be for real?
April 9, 2012
“I am a Phoenix!”
When I first saw commercials for the University of Phoenix I was duped into thinking it was for a college in Phoenix, Arizona. Silly me. According to its website, The University of Phoenix is the invention of one Dr. John Sperling (whomever that is) who is also the founder of the Apollo Group (whatever that is). In 1976, Sperling created the school for “working adults” so that they might have an opportunity for “higher learning.” In 1995, he received “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the state of Arizona. Okay…
I see advertising for the U of P all the time. Clearly, they have a lot of money for marketing. Therefore, they must make a lot of money. Therefore, they must be a success. The latest spot features the Police Chief of Cincinnati. “I am a Phoenix,” he states into the camera. He’s real. I Googled him. But is the college?
I don’t wonder that anyone can take college classes online; seems an obvious place for a racket like adult education. Yet, how can it possibly work? I mean really. I can’t imagine a working mother coming home from her shift at the hospital, tending to her children, and then putting in a couple hours studying radiology or some such. Frankly, I can’t even imagine a college-aged kid taking a full curriculum online. Too many distractions. The Internet is great for so many things… but a university? Doesn’t one need real professors and quality time in a real classroom? To say nothing of human interaction with other humans.
Something about U of P reminds me of that school for budding artists where you draw a hobo or a donkey and send it in for an evaluation…
Maybe I’m wrong. I don’t actually know anyone who attended the University of Phoenix. And I don’t doubt the Police Chief of Cincinnati either. But what’s the deal? Can it be that thousands of Americans are getting a legitimate college education online at the University of Phoenix?