1 ‘Acuitus’ Review
I have been given permission by Acuitus to give an honest review of the Systems and Network Administration program as a student. Presently I am a student at Acuitus taking classes in their Systems and Network Administration program.
I am halfway thru the program with plans to graduate this summer. This school is considered by many computer technology experts to be the BEST Systems and Network Administration course in America. I would say this is the TOP-GUN school for Systems and Network Administration education! Bill Gates has donated millions of dollars toward this program.
The program uses AI technology where a robot tutor with preprogrammed responses is helping a student as they go thru the modules. If the robot tutor is not able to answer a question, a student can then click on a link to request help from a real live tutor who can answer you and have a real time conversation. The real tutors have either already gone thru the course as a student or are already Administrators and are very experienced and knowledgeable and can answer all your questions.
This program is set up for people who are of higher than normal intelligence. The founder of the program and CEO, will give a speech on the first day of class at the beginning of the course where he states that this fast paced program is set up for "smart" people. If you have experience in the computer technology/science field, it will give you a HUGE edge! Yes, they do say that you can be a beginner in Computer Science, but those people will struggle, unless you are a "smart" person.
The Acuitus website says you get 5 years of experience and knowledge in 6 months. That is no joke!!!! The material is crammed into you at a very fast rate. Again this school is set up for "smart" people. This is an expensive school. But I have learned that the better schools charge more. You get what you pay for. The AI technology that is used for this educational technique is very expensive to create and set up and maintain.
Students are allowed to be online according to their schedule, but the school wants you to spend 8 hours a day logged in and taking the classes Monday thru Saturday. The Acuitus servers are available from 5AM to 6PM PST during the week. Sunday is an optional day where you can review the modules. The servers don't allow students to move forward into new modules because the tutors are not available that day. It is a great day for reviewing the course content. That is the "meat" of the program.
As in every school there are also CONS to the program. What I will share with you is from my experience. As a student goes thru this program , the teaching personnel do not allow students to communicate with each other within the Acuitus school website. The website is NOT set up to have a personal private conversation where you can discuss concepts with each other. The CEO on the first day of class does state that there will be "studyhalls" every day or every other day where students and classmates can review the contents of the material, ask questions, and have real time conversations with other students.
This is NOT true. It used to be set up that way but the program changed last year when COVID started, forcing the school into remote schooling sessions. A student will be lucky if they are in 2 study halls per unit. The units take anywhere between 2 weeks and 1 month to complete, depending on how fast you move thru the unit. All tests given at the end of the units are proctored and you will be required to obtain a web camera which will be used to monitor you as you take the unit tests. You will need to have a fast and very reliable internet connection to be able to watch the videos as you work thru the units.
The school has an open "discussion channel" where students can post items of interest into the channel. But If a student makes an attempt to make conversation with another student about a module or the concepts of the module, that student will be locked out of the open discussion channel. The teachers don't want the students to help each other in any way with the material that is being learned. If a student asks the teacher for help in understanding the concepts, the teachers won't have a one-on-one tutoring session with them.
If the student asks for suggestions for a resource that might shed some light on the concept, they are "sent to the Principles office" meaning they are referred to Dr. Newkirk. (Kinda like, "you have been a bad boy, go to the Principles office").
The instructors want you to work on your own. Again, this program is for "smart" people who pick up on the concepts quickly and easily. Most students that go thru course take longer than the advertised 5 months. You can graduate in 5 months if you are one of those exceptional people with photographic memories, "like my brother", and can retain everything.
If you don't do well on the unit exams you are held back and must retake the exam. Also check employee and past employee reviews on the internet. There is very little info about Acuitus on the internet. People should know what it is like to be a student with Acuitus. I hope I have been helpful.