Walden University Reviews
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Like many other reviewers, I tried to ignore some of the signs that an institution focused on revenue and being for profit only, however after 2 classes, I've had enough and simply don't believe or trust this institution. The classes were not challenging, reading a book, watching half effort posts along with course instructions from 4+ years ago were discouraging. instructors often don't update the content and in situations where the information was wrong or no longer relevant (i.e. software changes since curriculum established)...only the student is held accountable. I fortunately ran into one of the worst instructors I've ever had the non-privilege of meeting and realized that 3 or 4 more years of just writing 2 page papers and posting online was not really the level of engagement and challenge I was hoping for. I've since enrolled in a brick-mortar traditional institution and feel like I am actually getting the education and level of challenge a post-graduate degree should pose. The school is expensive and not worth the cost when you can attend other finer institutions that will offer better value and recognized by the business community in general.
I should have listened to my gut and the reviews I read about Walden. They are super-responsive when they are trying to get you in the door, but once you are a student they are slow to respond to questions and provide assistance. The course I took had very unclear assignment expectations, cryptic deliverable instructions, and unrealistic scenarios to work from or on. I get it that Doctoral students write a lot...but don't waste my time with writing exercises that are not grounded in reality in some way shape or form. A majority of my prior education took place via online instruction so this wasn't my first rodeo. Buyer beware if you consider Walden university.
I am currently in the Track II: Epidemiology at Walden University and studying how infectious and chronic diseases can devastate entire communities. The Epidemiology specialization broadens your understanding of how these diseases affect populations and explores strategies for maintaining the health of communities. Study how the prevalence of chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes can distress communities and learn to create education programs that can help prevent the spread of chronic disease. As part of the coursework, I have conducted an epidemiological field study that included original research. Track II is designed for students who hold a bachelors degree or higher in an academic discipline other than the public health field. In addition to specialization coursework, Track II explores public health fundamentals including case studies and research methods, public health management, and environmental health.
Three reasons why I selected Walden University's PhD Public Policy program: 1) All faculty members have a PhD from other top tier universities. 2) Walden's PhD program is flexible & cost-effective. 3) A rigorous program that is 75% online / 25% traditional (four residencies).
I am currently attending Walden University and have had no problems or hiccups from the university, the program or any of the professors. My professors have been very involved (minus one) in giving feedback, how to improve, what was good and sending out notices, emails and other communication to ensure what was expected was very clear. It is not an easy A program, you will work for your A as they are not handed out just because you submitted something. The financial aid has always been on time just as they promised and within the time frame. It has been a better experience than my face to face classes with much more learning in the material I need. Everything is auto enrolled and no changing classes as everything is sequential to where you have to take one class before you can take another. I am in the accelerated program which makes it just as cheap as the state university with in state rates (I checked before enrolling). I would recommend this school to anyone, unless you are lazy, not willing to take on self-motivated learning, or follow up if you have a problem. I have not had any problems thus far, but I know enough to know that if I do, I do not make one phone call or one email and consider it done. Books can be bought on book loan through the school and added right into your account. It is much more organized than any other institution I have encountered (husband and 2 kids all in different colleges). I have had to step in and help my kids when they have an issue in order to get it resolved in other institutions or guide them on how to get a response. I always get a response with Walden without having to do anything, but send an email or make a phone call.
I had a great experience at Walden. Classes were great. I build some very strong relationships through the the program. Still, like any graduate program, you will only get out of your studies the equivalent to what you are are willing to invest. Classes were reasonable. In a doctoral program the vast majority of people who embark on the degree will never complete it. Be sure you are ready for the commitment if you are going to get into the program.
This is my first two classes at Walden I was told that I had to take 2 classes to meet Walden's requirement LIES. They gave me the wrong prices for the classes LIES. I was told that all my aid went through and that it would be ok to start classes 2 and a half weeks late without penalties LIES. Walden informed me that everything was cleared with the professors and the University that my enrollment was completed late and by books came over two week after class started LIES.I just had to complete the pass work on my time before the class was completed and all work would be graded without penalty LIES, keep in mind that Walden University sends their book to you therefor you have no control over when they come.When i completed the classes only one of the professors would accept my work the other professor just said she was not accepting my work and gave me an F grade.She was not concerned about the University sending my books late or what they told me.This professors advice for me was that I would learn from this. CAN SOMEONE AT WALDEN TELL ME WHAT IS THE LESSON IN THIS? The university wants me to still pay for this class. When I called Walden about this they replied by saying they could make the grade a (W) withdraw from the class but,I still have to pay the cash.I was told false information from Walden and known I am being penalized for their errors.The University refused to do anything about my complaint but drop me from role with no explanation. DO NOT ATTEND THIS UNIVERSITY YOU WILL BE SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR FAILURE RUN.
After completing all of my coursework for my doctoral program, I completed and submitted my thesis. My thesis would be reviewed and sent back to me for corrections, which I did within days, and re-submitted. However, I would not get a response to my corrected work for about two weeks. This process carried me through four semesters before I came to the realization that the slow review of my work was being used to milk me for more money. I stopped my education without graduating. I was a previous graduate of Walden with a Master's degree which went very smoothly. I am very disappointed in the Walden doctoral program and how the University refused to do anything about my complaint.
Caution there are many programs that are not accredited. They will tell you they have been working on it empty promises for financial gain. Questionable academic practices may be the foundation for the many years of struggle. You can clearly find a school with a better value for the amount of money you will spend. Do your home work before you pay to do your homework
My experience with the school has been stellar. I've been working on my Clinical Research Administration degree for a little over a year at this point. I found the classwork to be useful for understanding my everyday work in my field. It adds a layer of understanding and foresight into my work at a Contract Research Organization. Looking over the reviews here, there seems to be a relation between the programs of which they're critiquing and the rating - perhaps there is something there. In my program, I've had some good professors and I've had great professors. I've learned that they'll personally interact with me as much or as little as necessary. The coursework can be challenging or it could be easy - it really depends on the week. As much as I'd like to say "well this is participation credit and I'm not earning my way there," I remember the weeks of class during my undergraduate degree when I was doing absolutely nothing but showing up. Perhaps it's an online interpretation of that? I found the classes to be moderately rigorous requiring me to consistently reach into the medical journals to find some real world applications of the work we are researching that week.