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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2010
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I started in the General Psych program then switched to Industrial/Organizational Psych. There are a lot of unnecessary classes (which may not be unique just to this school; I'm not sure) and it feels ridiculous to pay tuition to take such courses that are meant simply to "teach" good study habits or get accustomed to posting in online environments. Really basic, unnecessary stuff. Plus there were other courses that were deemed mandatory even though they were only introductory and had no follow-up (such as Research Methods - all the various psychological tests out there, how they work, what they measure, etc., which is great information but could have been included as a sub-matter in another class. The entire course was simply for us to pick one of these tests and study it in-depth, then continuously report on it for the entire 12 weeks. Such a thing is not going to help me in a career since it was way too generic, yet way too focused at the same time). However, many teachers really did engage students and encourage discussion beyond "Great post! I agree!" but at times it really did feel like I wasn't in a real competitive environment, in the sense that witnessing extremely poor grammar, syntax, etc. in others' discussion postings (especially from those who were purported to be at the end of their program) made me wonder how they ever got accepted in the first place at a Master's level (well, other than being willing to shell out $$). I do feel I learned a lot, and there was enough variety, such as group projects, and videos of case studies to watch and learn from. I did hit a snag with my final thesis in that I e-mailed repeatedly for status updates and the entire delay pushed me into another quarter, but after filing an appeal I was refunded the entire price.

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Rhonda - 16 days ago

Hello there. I read your post and complaints for the courses you were required to complete. I just got my degree at Liberty University in psychology and this is universal, it seems. I too took Research Methods, Statistics and Measurements in Psych. These courses did help me and it does add to what you will use in the field. Don't get discouraged, for me Liberty had us take Biblical courses as well but they are all to help me be better in my career and life. Don't forget when working in social services, you get your loans forgiven after 10 years or less.

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Wow! I am planning to apply to the FNP program at Walden. All these reviews are giving me a second thought. Thank you all for your honesty. If anyone has been through the FNP program at Walden, can you PLEASE give me a feedback on the program?

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Amnio - about 1 month ago

I am in the last semester of the FNP program, and I can honestly say that it has been challenging, informative, and a great deal of work. I personally know several FNP graduates from Walden and they not only had a multitude of job offers at graduation, they also had a higher pass rate on their national certification exam than the 8 other colleges in the surrounding area (including 2 Division-1 universities). If you don't mind working hard, are good at self study, and are motivated to get your FNP, then I would recommend Walden

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ANESIA Okezie - 30 days ago

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Met my Expectations
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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I just graduated from Walden University. I would have to say it was a good experience and the degree met all the requironments to be accepted into graduate school. I had no issuses with advisors or the financial aid dept. Some professors were engaging while others felt none exsitant. Online format is definately for those who are self motivated. I was pleased with the overall pyschology program. Did consider to continue at Walden to pursue my masters but missed the classroom interaction so it is back to a brick and mortar campus. If you do not mind writing lots of papers ,participating in discussions and independant study than Walden may be a good choice.

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You have to WANT it
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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2012
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I read a bunch of the negative reviews - and I see some that I can understand the frustration and others that feel like sour grapes. All I can tell you is that I gained a lot from attending Walden and graduating with my MS In Social Psychology. I would say that 50% was Walden and 50% is what I put into it. I'll admit, I was a little worried when I witnessed some of the classmates I had in the first few courses. As a for-profit college - I think you tend to see people who really aren't prepared to go back to school, and those are the very people I noticed dropping out as time went on. There were a couple of what I would call "weed out" courses where it was abundantly clear - only the people who wanted to apply themselves and get the degree would complete. I recall statistics being one of those courses. For those of you who crave professor time, or lecture time - online classes aren't for you. For people, like me, who don't mind digging in and learning through a lot of reading and writing... online classes suit us well. For me, online was a must. Because of my job and the hours and production schedules - it would be close to impossible to regularly attend "night" school. I found the online format perfect for me. Though it took me some time to adjust to the work-load and to form good scheduling habits, I found the routine consistent enough that I rarely felt really stressed. Yes, there were times where I would procrastinate and get stressed about completing an assignment. But I found that, for the most part, if I was disciplined - the work was the right balance of challenging and flexible. No, Walden isn't cheap. If I had one desire it would be that Graduate Students could more easily find "scholarship" help. However, I accepted that as a cost of convenience. The bottom line is - Walden isn't for everyone. But for people who are really interested in learning, with a very flexible and convenient way to do it. Walden may be the answer. The key is that anyone considering Walden should be prepared to drive themselves. The only one who can really determine whether this is a valuable learning experience is the student. I am fairly certain that people can fake their way through this (like I saw many do at a traditional school as well), but that only hurts yourself.

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Deceived - about 1 month ago

The Master's program may be fine, but do not get your doctorate there! You can work as hard as you want, but when your committee keeps changing and does not respond to countless emails or phone calls and your graduation is delayed by a year and a half, you'll regret going...especially when you get the $100K bill!

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Degree: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
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I am writing this review because I see so many negative comments, and from really reading and understanding them I would say that the problems people are having are self inflicted. I was reading some of the reviews and people are dropping out of classes randomly during the course, and or being no shows. With any school you cannot just drop out whenever you want and expect your money back, it does not work like that. Most schools and Im sure it is with walden that you can only drop out the first week of classes and sometime in the middle. After that trying to get your money back is slim to non and I dont blame them. You try getting your money back at another big university and see what happens. Also you have people who do not take the time to get information on financial aid and how it works, its YOUR fault not the schools if you run out of funds, YOU need to take the time to be an adult and know this type of information. If you are ill and or have a death, you need to notify the professor and school right away so they can work with you, not after everything is done and over with and you disappear for weeks and decide to come back and continue were you left off. It does not work like that at Walden and it sure does not work like that at a big university either. The professors will fail you and move on. Also I feel that people expect the professors to hold you hand. This is not a dating site if you do not know what to expect from online courses then you need to go to a university where you can be face to face with the professor, no university when they are doing online courses is easy, or do they baby you. They tell you what to do and just sit back and watch, and if you need help they will help you other then that, you are pretty much on your own. I did my masters program 100% at a big school in Pennsylvania, and I know what to expect. But if you never done a program online and you require help all the time then this is not the school for you.

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Deceived - about 1 month ago

Karmyn--I see your point, but no one held my hand, and I never dropped out. I was a week away from graduating with my doctorate. I had gone through an extra semester just because they assigned me a new chair since my last one disagreed with the dept. head and quit. It took two months to schedule my final oral because my new chair would not answer my phone calls nor reply to my emails. I also contacted the dept. head and everyone else, but NO REPLY. So I had to pay for an extra semester due to their negligence.

So I FINALLY had my FINAL oral, and I was approved. When my sister, who got her doctorate at another university, finished her final oral, she was FINISHED. Not true at Walden. I had to wait another two weeks to get a final OK from the URR, who had also already approved my paper...for the fourth time. Then he was fired. So they assigned me a new one. I didn't know why because I was a week from graduating and had finished everything, but they did.

Next thing I know, I get a new URR, who DISAPPROVES my paper, wants me to change 55 pages, and puts me into a Freshman writing course!

Let me ask you, what would YOU do in my shoes? All through my coursework at Walden, I'd maintained a 4.0 with excellent reviews on all of my submitted papers. I'd also been approved throughout the 32-step process of my dissertation. Now that I was a week from graduating, they tell me I need to go back and change my proposal, which was approved 8 months earlier??? So, who really is in the wrong here?

To make matters worse, I sucked it up, made the changes, took the course---everything I was asked to do. Then SIX months later, which is how long it took them to finally get my final copy back, my URR THEN went back and made me change 5 more pages which he himself approved when he got my paper 6 months earlier!

Do you understand how insane this is?!

You tell me where I'm at fault. Then tell me you would willingly pay them $103,000. They stated in their policy that when the students make a submission, the committee has 14 days to respond, but many times it would be 3-4 weeks! By then, the semester would end, which equals more tuition. Basically, in one semester, I had maybe three correspondences with my committee. I'm sorry, but medical doctors don't even get paid that much for such a short time!

My goal is to sue this so-called for-profit university for everything I can due to what they put me through. I pray that they never treat another student as terribly as they treated me.

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Karmyn - about 1 month ago

I feel sorry for what you have gone through and I do agree with you, that with this case yes it was not your fault that if you are saying everything that is true and that happened then they are definitely in the wrong. But that is a whole other department, that you are having problems with, for me I am in the psychology department, and so far everything is good, my adviser has been emailing me constantly and calling me to make sure I am up to spend with everything that is going on. She even wanted to be on the phone with me for a couple of hours to do a portal walk through together. Im hoping I do not have as many problems as you have had but again I have had no problems so far and I hope that it continues that way. Good luck with everything and I hope it works out for you.

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Graduation Year: 2015
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I got my MSN from Walden and loved it...but...not the same experience for the DNP. The first year was almost just like the MSN in level of information. The 2nd yr is when you start preparing for the "Project"...that preparation takes FOREVER!! There is one change...one revision after another. The Manual indicates a student will be finished in 4 courses...NOT...one way they can get additional money is to delay, delay, delay...and, of course, it is YOUR fault because you are not doing quality work...well, I completed the MSN with a 3.75 and the DNP with a 3.89...so, either the faculty did not really review my work as I was doing all those writing assignments...or, the faculty for the chapter writing/project are over zealous...or..there is a scheme to keep you there as long as possible by telling you your work is not good enough...I have discovered there are several students seeking to file a class-action suit because of such delays and poor service. You may do ok with the MSN program...but DO NOT use Walden for the DNP!!

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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2010
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I really did enjoy and benefit from my time at Walden. I found the courses to be challenging and the instructors to be of the highest quality. There was an initial class (required) about online learning; which I believe should be offered in the second semester and only if it is obvious that a student is having difficulty managing the curriculum of an online learning scenario. You really have to be self-motivated . Nobody is going to hold your hand and tell you when to do your readings, when to participate in the class discussions, and when to do your homework. I had a few years between undergrad and grad school - during which I worked - and I think that experience helped prepare me for managing my own graduate studies. I was working full-time, taking classes full-time, and raising a family (including giving birth during my final term at Walden). It is possible. Sometimes I wish that there was more instructor guidance for the online classroom discussion component. Much like many other aspects of the internet, people can be more (inappropriately) vocal regarding their viewpoints as they can hide behind their laptops and never have to show their face to their classmates. While I am very much for intelligent and fact-based conversation regarding the subject matter - I felt that it would have been appropriate for the professor(s) - as the moderators - to jump in and steer the conversation back to its intended path on a few occasions. The experience was wonderful and I have and will continue to recommend Walden. I would also recommend jumping on your required reading list ASAP once you enroll in a class. Try Amazon and other retailers first before using the recommending online bookstore - it'll definitely save you some money.

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A long journey
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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I enrolled at Walden because, as a teacher, there were very few brick & mortar schools with doctoral programs that could accommodate to the schedule of a teacher, and none in my major. At the time (2008), I was ambivalent given that it was "online" as people might think that it was an easy program. Since then, many large schools in this country now have developed online programs, though doctoral programs, as far as I can tell, are still only offered by online schools (e.g., Walden). The courses were certainly not easy (one exception was the very first course, which was an introduction to online learning - I found that to be a terrible waste of time and money). Some were very good and taught me quite a bit, others were simply fair. There was certainly a large range when it came to the quality of the instructor: some were great, some were good, some were bad, and some were REALLY bad. Not surprisingly, the most dedicated ones were those who were employed full-time and/or held more important positions in the school (whether they were more dedicated because they held higher status or held higher status because they were dedicated is anyone’s guess). Walden employs many part timers (but then, that's a growing trend among many colleges, online or otherwise), and some treat it as a part-time gig, but then there were part timers who served performed their instructional duties magnificently. As I mentioned before, the courses were not relaxed, and the workload was more than I expected (taking two courses while working full-time was one of the most difficult and stressful things I have ever done, and that was before I had children). However, given the online format, there was a great deal of flexibility, and I could complete my work at my own pace so long as it met the assigned deadlines (which were often weekly). Doing well in these course was not a Herculean task so long as one was dedicated to studying and completing coursework in a timely fashion. I will say that there were some classmates who probably should not have enrolled in the program as they were not likely ready for doctoral level work, as I would see a number of them eventually drop out for a variety of reasons. Did I have difficulties with certain faculty and processes? Yes. One hangup came from the IRB (the group that reviews a study for its ethical qualities before a study can commence). I reckon that a number of people who have posted complaints about this process probably had a proposal that was beset with potential ethical problems. For example, there are some students who work in prisons or other settings that have what are called vulnerable populations (e.g. children, members of the military, etc.). To conduct a study using these for a dissertation is possible, but many safeguards need to be put in place so that ethical codes are not violated. Based on my experiences, many get slowed down (and even halted) by the IRB in these cases. Other studies involve procedures that might pose risks that are greater than the risks experienced by everyday life. My dissertation involved the use of hypnosis, which made for a much more challenging IRB review (at least two to three months, whereas other projects that involve secondary data analysis might take a week or two). In the end, I was approved (and the study went without a hitch), and the wait resulted in a dissertation of which I am quite proud. Nevertheless, that process was a pain in the neck. Like others who have posted comments, I did have issues with finding a chair. Students are left almost completely on their own to find their chair and and build their committee. This can be quite challenging, as many of the best faculty members have reached their permitted maximum (which is understandable, as having too many students to attend to results in less than stellar supervision). When I did finally find a chair, he sat on my draft for two quarters and provided no feedback (but plenty of excuses). To make a long story short, I was advised to change chairs and, by a stroke of dumb luck, found the one wanted to have initially but was previously unavailable, and I never had an issue again. I think it’s important that students know their rights, no matter where they go to school. In my situation, I faced a problem that many other students have experienced (lack of feedback), as some others have posted about. One thing that many do not realize is that if a faculty member does not follow the school’s policy (such as meeting deadlines when returning drafts of a dissertation), then the student can file a tuition appeal. I did this twice, one for the situation above and another due to a lack of communication between departments that needlessly delayed me from finishing my degree. Both were successful. Walden values its accreditation, and they need to have and follow these policies and procedures in order to keep it. If they are forced to take action that costs them tuition as a result of students going through the proper channels, then they will be sure to retain good faculty and let go of those who are not up to snuff. I cannot compare Walden’s doctoral program to that of a regular brick & mortar program as I did not attend the latter. Still, based on observation of my peers at other schools, I have noticed some things. Perhaps the biggest difference is the focus of the program. Walden’s goal is getting students to develop and complete their dissertations. Many who attend traditional schools, on the other hand, are often part of a team of other doctoral students who work on a variety of projects, not just the dissertation, which lead to being part of several published works, which in turn bulk up one’s CV. Given that Walden caters to those who are already employed (which is hardly a secret), they are not too concerned about this aspect of professional development (though it appears that they are starting to have a paradigm shift in this realm). On the other hand, you are less likely to have to deal with department politics and other quarrels that have been known to stall students’ progress. In the end though, I think that the hassles one might have at Walden or any online school are going to be found at brick & mortar schools, and vice versa. The doctoral degree, no matter where it is earned, is a process, full of frustrations and challenges, but very rewarding. Bottom line is this: If you are considering Walden, you need to be flexible, dedicated, and informed of your expectations. There is no hand-holding. You are fully responsible for your progress. You need a good chair (and finding that person takes time and patience) and a plan of how you finish your degree (e.g., dissertation topic, time frame, etc.). Ask yourself why you want your PhD (or whatever degree it might be). If it is more than just to get the title or letters to follow your name, then ask what you value most. If it is autonomy and flexibility, then Walden is likely a good fit. If not, consider other options.

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Degree: Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Graduation Year: 2013
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I was told the tuition was around $40K; my bill stands at over $100K. The reason for the delay was through the dissertation process. The school has a URR steps process in which you must complete (sequentially) to finish your paper. Each step must be approved in order to move on. My first chair got me nearly to the end of the steps where I needed to schedule my final oral review. That's when he resigned due to a disagreement with the dept. head. A month went by before my second chair even contacted me, and then another month before my oral was scheduled. Their policy is that a committee member has 14 days to respond, but mine wasn't the case. Finally after my oral was accepted, my URR also approved my final work for the fourth time during this process. Each step causes more and more time to elapse, which equals higher tuition costs. My last step was the CAO's signature. He wanted me to make a few changes to the abstract, no biggie, so I got the director in Walden's editing dept. to help. Then my paper was completed. However, instead of sending it back to the CAO, I was notified that my URR was fired and I got a new one. I didn't care because I was finished. But--the paper went back to him, and he DISAPPROVED what had already been approved on 32 steps with 0% matches on the TTI report! So instead of graduating that next week, he had me change 55 pages AND take a writing course!!! Still, very little communication from my chair, so they fired her, too. Here we go again! I had a phone conference with the entire committee and dept. head, and we finally resolved to change just "three things." I did...again, again, and again. More changes. Then four months later, I resubmitted my final AGAIN and my URR wanted me to change pages that he himself had already approved! Ridiculous! Two months later, by the grace of God, I graduated. My advice: Do NOT get your doctorate from Walden! The stress it caused was not worth it. And now I have a $100 bill to deal with for the rest of my life. Total deception.

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Patricia McAfee - about 1 month ago

It is August 2014 and I am experiencing the same thing described in the post above regarding the problems begin when the project/dissertation begins...delay...delay...delay...revision...revision...revision...I finished my MSN with a 3.75 and all my DNP course work with a 3.89 GPA...how can I make that kind of grades and still be a lousy writer??

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Vanessa - about 1 month ago

I experienced many pitfalls,delays and denials during my study at Walden. I finally graduated,which was a relief,but I have many bad memories from it. We were told doing the coursework that our Praxis would be our dissertation,not! Doing the final stages,they made so many undocumented changes. I ended up with a degree(probably not worth the paper it's printed on), and the feeling that I taught myself.

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Deceived - about 1 month ago

Tiffany E. I've heard great things about Walden's Masters Program as well. Let me reiterate my first posting: It was the doctorate program and specifically the dissertation process where they are hurting many graduate students. If you choose to go through Walden's doctorate program and have to go through four extra semesters because your committee delayed responding to you and was inconsistent about approving and disapproving your paper, then I would love for you to contact me. Best of luck!

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Terry FH - about 1 month ago

Interesting, I have been dealing with this EXACT delayed process with my PhD and its draining me financially and my family and I are suffering all the more for it. Oh, if only I had read these reviews prior to my also now well over $100,000.00 investment. Go somewhere else.

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Ali - about 1 month ago

I am an international PhD candidate at Walden university and I am facing the same scenario. I contacted one of Walden advisors and informed her that all international students were informed that public health dissertation worth 30 credit points , therefore we have to pay for 30 credits. Regardless how much time we are going to spend to complete our dissertations, we should pay for 30 credits in particular when we know that each student of us is getting S each quarter and for 5 continious quarters and that means he/she passed

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Teresa - about 1 month ago

Hello to everyone who commented on Deceived ' s post.

Yes, it is true. There is a growing number of Walden students who are going through the same garbage with their delays, deceptions, constant change in committees, inconsistencies with policies, and the list goes on.

All of us are in this together, but a lady named Yolanda has been assembling our documents for evidence and talking with different law firms. Please email her and let her know you are also in the same pickle, and she will add you to our email group list. She will also send you a spreadsheet and ask you to share your story. If you aren't comfortable sharing any names, that's fine. We'll deal with that when the time comes. Me, I didn't care. :) I gave names of everyone involved.

One thing I do recommend is to start an ongoing time line of everything that happened to you. Try to save, in order, all emails relevant to your situation. One common theme that we are sharing with attorneys is that even though Walden's policy states that professors will respond to your submitted work within 14 days, we are all finding out that they have not done this, which has delayed our graduation and thus jacked up our tuition. 

Here's Yolanda's email. If she doesn't respond, please email me and I'll send her your information. 

It's simply wrong how they've treated us, but we're here to fight it.

Teresa

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Maia - about 1 month ago

I was considering them for my doctorate. Thank god I read these reviews. Thank you for taking the time to warn us!!!

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Maribelle - about 1 month ago

I have been admitted to a doctorate program, but now I'm having doubts about accepting to be with Walden.

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keisha - about 1 month ago

Ok just spoke to an advisor today and now that I've read the reviews, I'm scared.

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Kesha - about 1 month ago

Please let me know the lady who is trying to get documentation together for actions taken against Walden. I too have been deceived finished all my coursework in two years and now 7 years later I am still revising. I would love to speak to her and find out who I can talk too,thanks!

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Teresa - about 1 month ago

Kesha, email me at trferguson22@yahoo.com and I'll give Yolanda your information and cc it back to you so you can also contact her.

Maia and Maribelle,

My advice: run and hide as far away as possible! Save your stress and your wallet!

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Deceived - about 1 month ago

Hey Folks,

We now have over 75 people in our group who are actively pursuing a lawsuit against Walden. Please feel free to contact me if you have also been deceived and are mentally frustrated with this for-profit institution and how they string you along semester after semester to drain you dry: trferguson22@yahoo.com

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April - about 1 month ago

I am in the MBA program for International Business. I have been with Walden the last 5 years and I can tell you, I love it. Only problems that I had were "self inflicted". All of the professors/instructors are very knowledgable, I was able to skype with a few with classes I had an issue with and was able to be physically shown how to do some of the work, which definitely helped in the long run. Everytime I have emailed I have been responded to, not to mention - the tuition is at a medium rate compared to other Universities. Let me tell you, anytime I have ever looked for work I have been the first one called - I was laid off from a 6 year position about 2 years ago, and with my BA in Business Admin (Int'l Business) I received interviews and landed jobs that are very scarce in my area. I love this school and recommend it to anyone who wants a quality, no BS education.

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Deceived - about 1 month ago

April,

I've heard good reviews about Walden's Master's program, but that's not what my posting was about. If you go to Walden for your doctorate, let me know what you think after years of delay on the dissertation process when you keep getting new chairs and committee members and they take weeks to reply, causing your tuition to skyrocket (I'm now at $103K). It IS BS when they tell you to follow their guidelines, you do, only to get a new person who wants you to change pages and pages that were already approved 8 months earlier. Then you change them anyway, and six months later, they want you to change even more that THEY themselves had previously approved.

I was a week away from graduation, had already finished their 32-step dissertation process, got a new committee member who wanted me to change 55 pages and take an additional writing course the next semester. That's a little ridiculous considering I had a 4.0 and have had excellent reviews on all of my papers, both all throughout my doctorate program and in my master's program....

Just trying to keep others from being deceived. Good luck!

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Well... - 1 day ago

I was deceived on this program in many ways.

I was told I would be able to finish in the time allotted (but apparently I didn't because my mentor wasn't keen on my problem statement for two years! He kept telling me to change it .One time I caught him. He told me to change it to something it had been before! I told him that was my final version of my problem statement and if he didn't like it he could stick it in his ear).

The billing was less than transparent. (My last bill said my next course would be paid for by financial aid but of course it wasn't).

I and other students did not get compensated for professionally evaluating Walden's website. According ethics, the school can not use graduate students as free labor (which in this case they did) even as part of an assignment. This is my BIGGEST problem with this school. You want help with your website? Pay me (even if I'm a student) and I'll help.

It's not the content of the program that is in question, it's the presentation and the policies that make people who enroll in any of the Walden Doctoral studies wonder if the staff is really in it for to squeeze every dime they can out of their students. One moment we are told books are allowed in the literature review the next we're told they're not then the next moment we're told that we should include XX number of books in it. One of my colleagues screamed at our chair (at the end of the program you are squished into a whole group of people who have the same chair) because of the policy kept her from completing her LR. Of course as someone who was about to 'start' their LR this didn't fill me with overwhelming confidence either.

To succeed in this program they should tell candidates:

Have a problem statement written out (Hook and anchor) of your study PRIOR to signing up for the program. You should know WHAT you are going to study prior to even considering enrolling in this program (what I mean is know the specific problem you want to research within your field). Be as specific as possible. Be academic about it and start building up your LR. I'm completely serious about this. You will be VERY busy the first couple of years of your program. Don't wait till the end and your deeply in debt because you will be struggling to even get started. Basically, prior to starting with the university have your proposal written. I would even go as far as researching a mentor and committee members prior to enrolling. Be proactive about this not reactive. There are plenty of books available on proposal writing. Interview your mentor. Do not just go down a list and guess which one would be best for you. Don't be shy.

Expect Changes

I have to agree that shifting policies and committee changes will cause anyone to feel deceived. And I have always thought that once a certain section is signed off on, that's it, no more changes to that section is necessary and SHOULD be irrevocable by a new committee or mentor. Period. The only one who should have that power is the CAO or some intermediate authority.

But you say you want quality, well guess what. I haven't read a 'quality' dissertation yet. Even the 'star' students doctoral studies that were praised to be perfect weren't that wonderful. That's what happens when there are too many cooks in the kitchen.

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I am perplexed at the negative comments I saw about Walden. I had a fulfilling experience with the Instructional Design and Technology program (Master of Science). The courses were all formatted in a similar fashion so that I could create a routine to help me juggle school, work, and family life. The similar format of each class also helped me navigate easily. Each class utilized the same rubrics for discussion, essays, projects, etc. so that I always knew what was expected of me. Although I graduated with a 4.0, I did NOT receive a perfect grade on everything. Instructors used the rubrics fairly and when my assignments were not up to par (by rubric's standards), I was not "given" a perfect grade. Does the degree to which each instructor adhere's astringently vary somewhat? Of course! That is only natural. The instructors are available to answer questions and my classmates were helpful as well. The program was designed to foster a community of learning so that my classmates and I also felt comfortable asking each other questions. Did I ever get frustrated? Yes! That is a part of growing and learning, believe it or not. Walden also offers resources outside of the main course to help students, such as an advisor, webinars, and the Writing Center, to name a few. My advisors were helpful and even called me every now and then just to ask me how things were going. I did not have any problems with the financial aid. My loan went through each term just as it should. The process of receiving my books for each class was super easy as well. I can only speak for the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology program, but if you are seeking the kind of classes where you are presented with some info and then you take an exam, this is not it. Usually, each week you are given a list of resources (articles, websites, textbook, etc.) to read/study. You are also given a video program or programs to watch. Then you are asked to respond to a discussion forum. Your discussion answers are expected to be thorough and evidence. Sometimes the discussion will be asking you about the week's resources that you studied. Other times you might be making comments on a case study, for example. You are expected to respond to at least two classmate's initial posts. Besides this discussion assignment, you are usually presented with another assignment or project. Sometimes an assignment will last only a week, other times it will spread over several weeks. Sometimes you will have to work with other classmates on projects, which can be a challenge when you all have busy schedules, but it is doable. It also taught me much about professionalism and teamwork through difficulties. I hope this review helps someone who is trying to make a decision on colleges.

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Henry J Ogoi - 2 months ago

Walden has a wealthy of resources: Library, Writing Center, Research Center, etc. The instructors are also student friendly and responsive. Whenever I write an email to the instructor regarding an issue, I get response within the stipulated time. I have never been disappointed be it financial aid services, academic, or anything. Of course like any other human organization, there are weaknesses here and there, but the strengths outweigh the weaknesses. The only thing missing in Walden is the the traditional brick and mortar model.

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