I graduated from University of Phoenix Online in 2004 with my B.S. in Business Marketing and in 2006 with my MBA Human Resources Management. You don't need me to tell you how expensive, how convenient or how strong the aggressive marketing at University of Phoenix online is/was as these are obvious. If you're considering enrolling, you need to consider how much of your spare time you're willing to commit each week as the assignments require heavy research and writing with a lot of self-study and team assignments. As a general rule of thumb, plan on 15 hours per week.
As far as instructor quality is concerned, I had two or three over a 5 and 1/2 year period that were ineffective or MIA, which isn't too different than my past brick and mortar college experiences. Now for my final and most important point. Will you obtain a career progression opportunity or find the right professional career after you graduate? This depends on a number of variables. Are you experienced in a career that offers upward mobility to those with a degree? Are you a high quality professional now or are you a bottom feeder who thinks a degree is your ticket to progress? To what level of output are you willing to network, sell yourself and work hard for what you expect after obtaining your degree? How flexible are you when considering location, starting salary or starting position? How does your image, appearance and presentation look to those making hiring decisions? Does your background live up to the degree, the money and the position you're asking for or do you need to do a reality check?
I have read numerous reviews in which people are angry because they didn't finish the program or find the right job, so you need to weigh the risk for yourself and make your decision. I'll give you a hint... it's going to take more than a piece of paper...you're putting together a whole package to present yourself as a value proposition to hiring authorities. This is not easy for a lot of people trying to land careers with starting annual salaries North of $60k. Be prepared to put everything you have into your future when deciding to enroll in a ridiculously expensive University of Phoenix Online Program.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend