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Walden University
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Go Walden! I love you!
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015
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I am a graduate of Walden's MSCMH counseling degree and feel prepared to offer services. Walden provides opportunties to succeed. Students must take the opportunity and use it wisely. If you want value from this degree, you need to make value manifest. I love Walden. I am pleased with my education and proud of my degree.

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You get out what you put in
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Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Graduation Year: 2016
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I have completed half of my program requirements. Overall I am very satisfied with the education I have received. I find that the more effort I put into an assignment the more knowledge I gain. The program is geared toward adult learners. That means WE are responsible for doing the work and the professors are our guides. My professors thus far have Always answered questions in a timely manner and/or returned a phone call or text. My best friend attends the same University and has had good and bad experiences. I believe EVERY college has its drawbacks. I have had good and bad experiences at both local universities and private institutions. I hope this helps.

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DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL
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Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2015
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This "school" is a joke. If you have any writing capabilities at all, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. If you want to actually get what you pay for, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. If you expect accountability of "professors" from school administration (I use the term loosely, because many of them got their doctoral degrees from equally poor online schools. Anyone can get a Doctorate these days, apparently), GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. One would expect at the graduate level of education, a student's ability to write in above-standard English, using scholarly (peer reviewed) sources, and demonstrating an attention to detail not found at the undergraduate level. And I suppose that expectation is held of students in higher-quality institutions; however, such is not the case at Walden. The administration does not provide oversight of their professors. If an instructor deducts points from a discussion post, there is no real feedback on how to improve--the only feedback received is failure against the rubric. If an instructor deducts points from an assignment, there is no correction within the submitted paper--again, only how you measured against the rubric, in terms of numbers. When I first started at this "school," the profs actually made comments within the papers, so students were able to garner specific feedback and improve on writing errors. Now, students make the same mistakes throughout their time at Walden, looking like morons "who is getting they masters degree." <---- that is a REAL example of the type of writing I've seen in discussion posts. ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY FOR THIS??? If you quit in the middle, which is something I'd looked into, not all of the credits transfer to other schools. Also, NONE of the credits transfer to collegiate universities (e.g., Colorado State, UPenn, Boston College); you can only transfer to other online-only schools that are accredited the same way that Walden is. Not all accreditation is equal, mind you-- online schools are in their own realm of accreditation, which is why credits won't transfer to traditional, reputable schools (whether brick and mortar or online). In six weeks, I will have a degree that really amounts to an expensive means of putting letters behind my name. Some of the classes were challenging, most were tedious. The texts are outdated (yes, they use TEXTS at the graduate level), as are the learning resources for the classes. For example, while Walden strongly recommends using current literature (within 5 years), the material they have you read for a class is at least 6 years old, or older (one class used articles from the 1980s). If you complain to administration about any of the issues that I've mentioned, you will get passed around from department to department, with no one taking ownership. For those of you who are slackers and just want an easy means to a "degree" (again, I use the term loosely), this is the school for you. In most classes, you will receive an A no matter how little you work. You will not be challenged to perform better, as the "professors" do the bare minimum to look like they are participating, and no higher rank oversees their neglect. Beware, though-- you may actually get a prof who cares about the influence that he/she has upon students, and holds them to a higher standard. Also, you may have to demonstrate your knowledge in the workplace. Your easy A will be of no use to you at that point, and your failing grammar skills will make moot the letters behind your name. Seriously, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.

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Charlamagne - 7 days ago

Human Services is a degree with limited options.

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Sabrina - 5 days ago

I am close to finished with my second term at Walden (MS in Human Services) I love it! I will say the coursework is much harder than I expected. This degree is certainly not going to be handed to me.

So far, I have had no problems with FA. I have always had someone from the department answer the phone or call me back in a timely manner, and my academic advisor has been easy to contact as well.

I have had three instructors so far and they have all been equally helpful.

I hear Walden makes it difficult for people to withdraw if they do not have a good reason, but unless a major life event makes it impossible for me to finish, this will not apply to me. I guess Walden expects students to finish what they start...unless they have a major reason to drop.

I love online learning, but it is not as easy as some would like to think. If you want to make it as an online student, you cannot be a procrastinator. You have to be a self-starter to make it as an online student and be very dedicated to what you're studying. I love online learning because I can work it around my work schedule and actually have a life. I hate going to a campus: commuting, classes at different times that change every quarter or semester, etc. I truly feel I am getting a great education at Walden University...and it is affordable too!

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Richie - 2 days ago

Walden University is an institution that requires students to be actively involved in the degree process. I am a Walden student and I am presented with a wonderful opportunity to learn. Unfortunately, the Writing Center was one service that you obviously did not use. Your post is a poor reflection of the scholar-practitioners Walden seeks to develop.

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Grad student - 1 day ago

Sounds to me like Walden has staff making comments to try and undo their 55% rating among online schools. However, prospective students looking for a good college are not blind to this.

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Grad student - 1 day ago

Sabrina, I felt that way at my second quarter, too. Just wait. A 55% rating among online schools speaks volumes. Also, take note of the reviews on this site; the positive ones do not have many comments, which indicates that staff are countering the negative ones. Typical business ploy.

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Sabrina - about 9 hours ago

Charlamagne:

You are wrong about that. You teach with a masters, especially if you have experience in the field (which I do). You manage non-profit organizations and the like. There is plenty of work for non-licensed Human Services Professionals in community mental health, probation, corrections, AOD facilities, etc. The money won't be outstanding, but I did not get into this field for a paycheck.

Richie:

You were just looking for a reason to make a negative comment someone, but I thank you for picking me. I have some stressful things going on in my life right now, and your comment made me smile.

Hard Work Pays Off
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016
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You have to work hard. The good: fast paced and I have been able to get support when I need it. Nearly all of my professors (aside from one) graded fairly, consistently, and quickly. I needed time off and they were able to quickly accommodate my needs. The bad: financial department is slow. Ordering books is not always easy as some of them are custom for Walden and thus cost more. Sometimes you get the one professor who seems like she has something to prove and grades you radically different on every assignment. That was only one professor. The due dates are normally very regular but every now and again one pops up that is different and if you don't pay attention it can cause problems. Basically, you get out what you put in. If you pay attention and work hard you will do fine.

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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2011
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I started Walden in the spring of 2008. I took my MS in Gen Psy in the spring of 2011. I finished my academic requirements for a PhD in Education Psy in March 2014. I also completed the academic requirements for a PhD in both counseling and clinical psychology. My observations: Some professors were what I refer to as absent professors. Class response, evaluation of weekly postings and assignments reflected inconsistent and, frankly, unconcerned attitudes. Several professors indicated that they taught as many as 5-7 other online classes, as well as perhaps 2-3 or more in-class teaching assignments. Clearly the school administration does not do a very good job of monitoring instructor teaching ability in these conditions. Instructors must be evaluated and audited on a regular basis to insure they have the ability to actually instruct their students and provide appropriate feed back etc. On the other hand some instructors clearly provided a superior teaching experience. In these cases weekly discussion postings received detailed evaluation, complete with pointed inquiry and encouragement. Weekly assignments - designed to help the student develop critical thinking skills - also provided these instructors an additional medium for teaching. Bottom line the student must study, must contribute, must take an active part in the learning process. Books are expensive, no doubt. I explored every avenue I could to help reduce this expense - used books, Amazon, etc. One positive note, in several classes we had no text requirements as all written material drew from journal articles, web published materials and the like. I am in the 5th quarter of my dissertation process. Do I feel I have learned anything? Yes. I have a 4.0 GPA with 190 hours of completed graduate school classes. Do I feel I have been abused, taken advantage of, or exploited? Sure, in many ways. Do I think the ENTIRE process has been of value and contributed to my enhanced knowledge of both psychology as well as the education process? Yes I do. Bottom line: Walden needs to change. However when compared to other on-line schools I personally feel they do a better job than many and a significantly better job than a few. Will I be employable when I finish? I have no idea. Thank you

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True, Unbiased opinion about Walden FNP program.
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
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I thought FNP program suppose to give you knowledge and skills to treat patient as a health care provider. So far did not get any. Most of classes are bullshit, such as leadership, nursing research, role nurses as patients advocates over and over again. You write lengthly discussions, answers, papers. So far far after 1.5 year of studying I din not learn any medical knowledge. I guess it is accredited program and we will be able to find preceptors, which are not provided at all, graduate, pass FNP certification examination.But without any medical knowledge it will be very stressful and difficult to work.Hopefully you could learn and get skills at work , but for the fist couple of years it will be very difficult. The school basically teaches you to write essays in English, but nothing more. As a patient I would be very afraid to have fresh Walden graduate as my primary care provider. due to his or her incompetence and lack of medical skills. the whole education is absolutely useful and does not give you good medical knowledge base to practice medicine. The only reason why I am here is convenience of online classes and an opportunity to get FNP certification. Also it may be difficult to find a fist job.

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Bob - 27 days ago

The poor grammar in this posting is a definite indication that this is not a university for someone with real plans on becoming a college-educated professional.

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Alan Maneval - 24 days ago

I am a former Ph.D. Student of Walden who dropped out 3 weeks prior to graduation because of lack of funds. This student doesn't appear to have finished grade school, let alone a university education. My wife is an RN and it is imperative you have good writing skills.

Alan

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Diane - 22 days ago

This question is for Alan. What do you think about the program you were in?

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Karen - 15 days ago

This is typical of the level of writing at this school. There are no pre-reqs pertaining to writing level. It's sickening.

The Truth About Walden
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015
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This is the most honest review you will receive. If you are not good at learning on your own, do not attend this school. The work is HARD in most classes (which should be expected). However, there is not enough interaction with professors. I had a professor turn me in for cheating because I took his tests too fast. Well I challenged him and the school. I won the challenge as I have a photographic memory and it serves me well. I also had the best professor I ever had in my life (twice). Classes are 6 or 11 weeks long, and it generally takes a few weeks to feel the flow from the professor. I am happy with my education. I am a 4.0 student, yet I worked my tail off for that grade. If you are a visual learner, or need the slightest guidance, I recommend you go to another school. I am a driven person therefor I push myself further than the assignments require. (I feel if I do not, I am only cheating my future). If you are a student that can work on your own and push yourself, then this is your school.

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Diane - 22 days ago

Congratulations Graduate of 2015, a great accomplishment! Thank you for your honest review. I am interested in MS Mental Health Counseling Program, actually I am very excited about starting this Graduate Program.This will be my very first time taking online courses, I am a well driven person also, self-motivated and disciplined with strong writing skills. I am looking forward to the challenge, working with the professors and students. I have been doing my research about online programs, how long was the program? Are you allowed to move ahead in your course work and complete class earlier? Did you have issues getting your course material?Did you have any problems with any clinical hours?

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katie - 15 days ago

That's why everyone has a 4.0 at this school, because you don't work for the grade hence why it is online. I went to Mizzou and actually had to go to school as a full time mom and marine. The school is a joke and so is everyone who goes to it put those who graduated from that school versus someone who went to a high rank school they wouldn't be given a chance. Easy school easy grade.

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Graduation Year: 2015
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In the beginning, I thought that I was not being challenged enough and then half way through the program I realized I wasn't challenging myself. I am a great test taker and being online you can look answers up. I wasnt studying! I started taking practice board tests and did really poorly. I then got my act together.. I read and memorized like a normal student and my board review books and practice questions majorly improved. As an adult learner you have to take responsibility for your skill set.. Being an online student.. no one can tell you what your weaknesses are. The program uses books ONLY from the recommended reading lists for boards and gives you papers to question your train of thought on subjects. Other than that.. the tests are not challenging enough. You must be responsible for your own learning. I think you will find this true in all online programs. The program is expensive but you WILL get through it as long as you put in some effort. HOWEVER.. You will not pass boards if you do not challenge yourself. The support staff is helpful but it is a PAIN to get a clinical on your own. If you are not proactive you wont get the right clinical and will end up dropping out. Good luck!

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Buyer beware
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014
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What are the odds of getting the same rude instructor twice? It happened to me. How can someone expect you to do an assignment with no examples? On top of that the instructors take their sweet time to respond to you. How can you ask for something in a timely manner when you don't know the status. What I mean is how can you move on to week 3 without having a grade from week 1. First off your emails are not private. Anyone on the other end of the phone can just read all your business. None of the classes have prepared me for the real world. Very disappointed. Enrollment will say anything to get their bonus. Buyer beware. Fees are ridiculous.

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charles - about 1 month ago

For example: Ask clarifying questions, share your experience with this school, ask for more information (on classes, professors, career opportunities, etc.)

I totally agree! Walden University is in the business for nothing more than profiteering. The high fees does not justify the type of instruction and technology that they provide....way too OVERPRICED for WHAT YOU GET! Yes, the professors are highly educated professionals...but no substantial information or instruction is offered to the students. Why even have the outrageous expense of paying for an instructor....let us just pay for our books and read and teach ourselves. This school is the biggest rip-off!

Self-Motivation is Required
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2011
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One has to be self-motivated to complete an online degree. No excuses; one has to do the work and progress through the program as outlined. Is every faculty member perfect? No. However, having spent my entire career in higher education (30+ years), I can say that there are plenty of faculty members at excellent "bricks and mortar" institutions that are far from perfect, as well. The program at Walden worked well for me. I had only one suspect faculty member, but because the material in that course was mainly focused on current literature, the instructor had little bearing on the course itself. I also committed myself to the program. I put in 3-5 hours/day for at least 6 days per week. I learned a great deal and am appreciative of the opportunity to earn my doctorate and advance my career.

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