Walden University Reviews
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In attendance for about a year and was initially impressed with the quality of education/administration, but that impression is changing towards the negative. Most of my concerns rest with technology, administration, and support with a few issues extending into curriculum. For an online educational institution, technology integration is extremely fractured as compared to other online institutes of higher learning. Student support services are also fractured offering student no direct lines of communication to administration. No defined escalation procedures. Be prepared to wait a minimum of 20 minutes on hold to reach any department. If you need to speak with more that one department, your entire day may be consumed. The academic advisory staff is low in number and unbalanced in ratio to the student population. Advisory staff is transitory and therefore often inexperienced and unresponsive. The quality or residencies fluctuates with some being great and others being absolute fiasco.
I had apprehension starting an online college. There is always the worry whether or not the school is reputable and acceptable to other higher institutions of learning. However, Walden is fully accredited. I started with Walden University's BSN Program and I have to say, it exceeded my expectations. I LOVE IT!! I feel I have learned a tremendous amount. With the exception of the financial aide department (which is unbelievably rude), I thought everyone was very helpful and insightful, answering all questions courteously and with respect. My instructors, with again, the exception of one in particular, were all amazing. That should not put you off...I mean, nothing is ever completely perfect, right? I would definitely recommend this school to anyone who needs the convenience of online vs campus. If you are a self-starter and motivated, you will get these classes done in the time alIotted and without difficulty. It does cost a fair amount, but with financial aide and the knowledge that the degree pays for itself within the year post graduation, it is well worth it. I thought the courses were well laid out, expectations were appropriate for papers and academics. I love Walden and I would 100% consider moving to the next higher degree with this school. I will complete my BSN in July this year and I can honestly say, it was a fantastic experience! I am proud to get this degree with Walden University.
Walden instructors are very helpful and make themselves available whenever students have questions or concerns. The accounting mentor that I had, was very helpful and with his continued guidance, I was able to meet the university high standards and graduate!
I must say that I had apprehension prior to starting my online DBA as i had heard negative comments and experience. But I must say that the first 2 weeks have been quite challenging but in a good way. The professor is quite helpful with comments. The course is well constructed. The web site has ample information on helping you. But i do spend several hours a day on thr material. You need at the very least 21 hours a week. We started as a group of 17 but i can tell that the pace is slowing others
The doctoral process at this university is one that will drain your bank account or exponentially grow your student loan debt as the university has it's doctoral students spinning their wheels making minimal progress and holding students back. I've compared my work at Walden to students in similar programs at other universities, the work I've done would have been accepted at these other universities. I have several cohort members that are finding the same experience, as well as my spouse who is also frustrated at the universities policies and approach with doctoral candidates. The feedback received is; change this and you'll be good to move on.When you resubmit they will advise you to change something you changed 3 edits ago and they said was good, but now the chair wants it revised again differently, and the student seems to not make progress forward. Very frustrating to say the least.
I can't recommend enough. DO MORE RESEARCH. I started at Walden and in the first course the entire courseware was written for a previous revision of the book, so the syllabus and book didn't match at all. When I spoke with the program director, he said matter of fact it's scheduled for review next year. The second class the bookstore provided me with the wrong codes for a 3rd party system required for the coursework. The program director and the instructor kept saying it's my problem not theirs and to call technical support for the 3rd party system. They didn't use any original coursework for that course, they just used testout.com. The 3rd course i tried to take, the material was removed from the library, and the 3rd party system required for the coursework no longer had a agreement with the college. When i talked to the program director he said instead of the 3rd party resource (lynda.com) for me to use youtube.com. I don't know any serious masters level institution that would send you to youtube.com as coursework. Well I guess I do know 1. Walden University. I'm 45 years old and I already have 1 masters degree. I know what it takes, it takes hard work, diligence, and commitment. Walden University doesn't even come close to what I expect from a graduate school. Instructors, administrators, student services, enrollment services, the library, they all take your questions and either pass-the-buck or say "that's your problem not ours."
Although there are some negative reviews, I can attest to Walden University's credibility and high-quality education. As many people would agree, graduate school is not for everyone. It takes a significant amount of effort and many who thought they were ready to obtain a doctoral degree quickly earn that it is not an easy task. I know many of my peers who has been on the program for 5 to 8 years and they have not completed their dissertations or doctoral studies. The fact is that completing a dissertation or a doctoral study is much challenging than anything students have done in the past. I graduate with a Doctor of Business Administration from Walden University in 2017. As others stated, I felt that waiting on feedback from your mentors during the dissertation or doctoral study process is time-consuming, but providing feedback on 100-300 page documents is difficult. When student start their research, they are assigned a mentor (chair) to help guide them during the conduct of their research. Since mentors are helping multiple students at a time, Walden University give them 2 weeks to provide feedback. This sound like a long time and I might agree, but the fact is that if a professor is mentoring 5 students he or she might have to review 500-1000 pages and provide detailed feedback on how to improve the study. As a senior editor for Editors Dissertations and Thesis, www.editorsdissertationsandthesis.com I can tell you this is not an easy task. Walden is a great school for students who have the time, commitment, preparation, and determination to succeed. If you are looking for a easy ride, Walden is definitely not for you. I apologize to those who did not achieve their academic objectives at Walden University, I respect your viewpoints.Good luck in your future endeavours!
Great experience. You must work well in an online environment and willing to do the reading, research, and writing. I had very good teachers and classmates. If you have the dedication of a saint you will make it; if not you are wasting your time and money. I love the research tools and techniques I learned to continue to pursue the practice and academic interest in finance.
Walden University is corrupt. I started the program in March of 2010. Things went well until I finished the courses and began my dissertation. I faced the same problems many others have listed, changing committee members, long waits for revisions, long waits for the writing center, and committee members constantly making me completely changes things. This, of course, led to extreme debt, because Walden charges all the way through the dissertation process, over $5000. a quarter. In 2015, I was forced to withdraw. I have over 160,000. in student debt from this degree alone, and the saddest part is, I have no degree. I was informed by one of the faculty members who left, that I will probably not be able to transfer, because Walden's KAM system does not transfer well. I was an honor student on scholarship at two respected brick and mortar institutions for my bachelors and masters degree. Walden is all about corporate greed, and students all over the world suffer.
If you have a Bach and you have worked in the field and you know how to really write and research and you do not need any help or feedback from anyone, than you can get a degree at Walden. Do not go to an online school for Bach degree. GO to a brick and mortar school. There are things you need to learn and access you need to have at that stage in your degree. Online schools, especially Walden, are about giving you the least amount of help. I have found everyone helpful but do agree about not upsetting your instructor. For one class, I was not even sure I had an instructor. It was 4 weeks in and I was like oh, do we have a teacher. Wait until there is a special at Walden. Sometimes they do a 30% off the entire time of your degree and that is not bad. DO NOT expect help at this school. You will need to be intelligent, self starter, researcher, motivated and ready to put in 20-40 hours a week to truly earn your degree. Yes, you can put in less and graduate, but that does not mean you will learn.