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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 - 9 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 - 6 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 - 4 days ago

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

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 - 4 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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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 - 13 days 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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Looking back
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 1989
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The good old days when life was simple and the faculty and process was exceptional. I cannot review the current situation but can attest to the excellent service and dedication of both faculty and staff. The courses were rigorous, the feedback timely and the quality of summer institutes second to none. The cohort of the late 80's were practicing professionals who dedicated an inordinate amount of time in pursuit of their goals. I have a sense that the current students are not willing to dedicate the time and energy needed to complete their degrees with efficiency. Maybe the growth of the univ and staff have lessened the overall dedication of each to completion. Tis ashame.

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Prospective Students Be Warned.
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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2016
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This "school" is the poster child for a predatory, unethical online school. To begin with, the instructors will vary of course as is typical with any academic institution. Some are very engaged and proactive whereas with others, you are lucky if they post two or three times in the course over the entire term. Where this school truly fails is in reference to the dissertation "courses". As part of your dissertation if you are pursuing a doctoral degree, you will be placed in a series of never-ending dissertation "classes" in which you are required to work towards your dissertation. Note, these "classes" are supposed to be monitored by an instructor however this is not the case. They market the program in such a manner as to tell students that you will work productively with a dissertation committee in an expeditious fashion towards your research. I am currently in my tenth "class" with no end in sight. The instructor is simply non-existent. Students continually post in the questions for instructor forum and in the discussion forums to no avail. The class as a whole has repeatedly complained regarding the lack of any guidance whatsoever but without any resolution. Walden will also charge you $3,000.00 per each of these "classes". Because of the lack of available instructors to serve on dissertation committees, you are forced to work with whoever is left over. The lack of communication is absolutely appalling. I once waited 9 weeks...yes WEEKS for a reply to an email. Feedback of any kind on your dissertation drafts will take MONTHS thus the justification to keep you locked into these classes indefinitely. It is repulsive how this school can continue to get away with this completely unethical (and let's face it illegal) business practice. Once you are done with your required coursework and begin the dissertation process, you are essentially stuck. You can either withdraw with no degree to show plus a mountain of debt or continue to process with the false hope of one day finishing....plus an even bigger mountain of debt. Enrolling in this school was unquestionably, unequivocally, the worst decision that I ever made. This school absolutely needs to be investigated for false business practices.

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Mindy - about 1 month ago

The dissertation process in trying to even get a prospectus approved is a joke! The instructors in the dissertation process are pompous idiots. I guess they forgot what it is like pursuing a PhD. I would not recommend Walden to anyone! I am in my fifth year getting no where! I regret signing up for the Clinical Psychology program.. It seem to me that the instructors move along their "Favorite" students, and the others are left behind to figure things out.

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Robert - about 1 month ago

I regret signing up with Walden too. It has been a complete waste of my time and money. A full-blown investigation needs to be conducted. How can they continue to get away with this?? CRIMINAL.

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Carol Kostella - about 1 month ago

Agree completely with Mindy and Robert. I owe the federal government over $134,000, have been a student in the clinical psychology doctoral program since 2008 so time is of the essence and was actually told that my chances of winning the lottery are better than getting an internship by a Walden professor. Thanks Walden.

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Anonymous - 18 days ago

Why would anyone enroll in a PhD program at an online school? What kind of resources do they offer? Do you have an accredited research library at your disposal? Asking as someone with an offline doctorate, what are dissertation classes? Sound like study halls for potential PhDs.

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emeka - 4 days ago

Thanks very much for your insight. I guess that's why Walden has moved to lure international students from third world countries because they have been busted in the US. I wanted to enrol in their PhD Public health or DrPH program. I guess i had better looked for brick and mortar schools that i can combine online studies with classroom experience. Please thanks for the review. It was extremely helpful.

Pleasantly Surprised!
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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2016
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I am currently attending the MS in Higher Education program at Walden University. I am about a quarter of the way through the program and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised by the program to this point. I initially wasn't sure about the online learning environment, but have found it to be very easy to follow instructions and the material to be relevant to the themes of the courses. Every class has a major discussion requirement that connects you with your classmates, and makes the learning experience very interactive.

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Belinda V. - 26 days ago

This is so clearly a fake review! Don't fall for it.

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Dan M - 24 days ago

It really isn't. I assure you. Your response notification just popped up in my e-mail so I thought I should let you know that I am in fact a current student and am happy with the program.

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