Walden University Reviews
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Walden University is quite expensive, quite disorganized, has very poor student services, and ultimately just wants your money, and does not want to provide a quality program. The programming was somewhat difficult, with some good faculty, however the dissertation stage of the program was a joke... They assign you a project chair, who 9 times out of 10 forgets what stage you are at, fails to send your project to the other committee members within the prescribed periods, and you will likely do at least 1 extra course that you did not plan to do so you can get your dissertation completed. In my dissertation they changed my committee members twice, delayed my graduation, made me take another course, with no acceptable resolution with the university even though they violated their own policies. My advice STAY AWAY from this university, they are HORRIBLE to their students.
The most difficult part of this so called instruction is how the Ed.D's do not correct the incorrect APA formatting in the discussion forums presented by the students, if I am a student and I see the errors, surely the so called educator should teach these students how to write instead of waiting until the student is set to graduate from Walden, and in the last course of a program the educator will come down hard on APA formatting because they do not want you to graduate from Walden and not know how to write a correct APA paper. Furthermore, the educators do not educate, all they do is go to the discussions and ask a simple question of you or give a vague response, they do not teach. Not sure why you need a Ph.D to teach at Walden, I have a Master's degree and I could do a better job as an online educator than some of Walden's so called faculty. The best part of the program are the media segments also known as resources, in most case the presenters are impressive and knowledgeable, otherwise the course materials, reading and internet are how you learn, it is certainly not from the educators, THEY DO NOT TEACH
For this review I will keep it succinct. Walden is not an institution where you learn through instruction. Read a book, write a paper, search on google, write more, and begin again. If you desire interaction, collaboration, good solid knowledgeable feedback, and consistency, then this will serve as advice to avoid the Walden program. It is very costly. It is non-supportive. It is geared for low profile. It is retaliatory. Search the internet first. Use your intuition and understand that there are individuals that pose as positive bloggers to underpin the university's reputation. If you pay close attention you will notice a very common voice to the posts. If you notice the posts that are opposite the glowing reviews, they all have the same theme. The cost per semester is outrageously expensive and the service you receive in turn is not worth the aches and pains of trying to pay off the student loans. The interactions are non-existent; the instruction is vapidly delivered. I advise you to pose as a disgruntled student and see how far you are allowed to go before you attempt to attend this "university". You will find that you are not only dismissed, but are marked for weeding. I will not bore you with my experiences, but suffice it to say that I have experienced all of the same things as the others with regard to non-instruction, bilking of money, retaliation, and no end product. Use the common sense adage "if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is". If you need to hear it, then "don't make this mistake - go to a face-to-face college or university". I wish you good luck in your journeys and may they bring you to your dream.
It is true that I applied to Walden because I know that I could get a degree without studying much or do any meaningful research. I did not know how (understandably) biased the industry was against Walden graduates. I would have stood a much better chance of getting a teaching job without this EdD than with it. Now, I cannot get a job because I graduated from Walden. And- I'm broke!
I will complete my Bachelor's in November of this year, and I CANNOT WAIT! The excitement does not have anything to do with the quality of school, I'm just thrilled with the thought of being out of school. :) Honestly, I have had a few bad experiences with instructors, but that will happen in every school. I attended Phoenix for my Associates, and I can confidently say that I am thoroughly impressed with Walden. UoP seemed to have tons of busy work and little application to their assignments, which is certainly not the case in most of my classes at Walden. I work hard to get everything I can out of my education (after all, I am paying a fair amount); I am diligent in posting my assignments on time and communicating with my instructors if I cannot. Overall, I feel like I have learned a lot and I have a fair amount of knowledge that can assist me in my future endeavors. I thoroughly plan to go back to Walden for my Masters after taking a year off to pursue my career in non-profit.
I transferred from a brick and mortar college with a 4.0 GPA. I was about to start honors classes but I had to move. Between taking care of a dying family member, work, and taking care of my special needs child I thought that I would never get my degree. Then a friend recommended online school. I am a few classes short of earning my Bachelor's at Walden and I have never had a problem. Yes some classes and instructors are demanding and tough (I have never had lower than a 4.0 GPA in my life until Walden. I am now at a 3.82 GPA) and some instructors may be "unfair" (and even downright nasty), however this can occur in a traditional school too. I've had my share of bad teachers online and offline but if you really do the work, you will pass the class period end of story. I work hard, I study, I do the work on time; I do not expect a free pass or special treatment. They have never cheated me with financial aid and were always willing to hear me out when I had a problem. Bottom line is, it's a good school if you actually expect to do work instead of expecting a diploma mill.
I have just completed year 1 of 2 of the MSN FNP program, I start my practicum courses in two weeks. I have had an excellent experience and am still shocked why the reviews are so terrible. The texts, the readings, quizzes and assignments are all comparable to other FNP programs. You do miss out on the benefit of learning live in the classroom and gaining that extra coverage of the material, but the same content is still covered, its just very self motivated. If you dont do the readings, you wont learn what you need to do be an effective NP and pass boards. You are expected to set up your clinical rotation sites however this is not uncommon. All of the other universities I looked into were this way also. The Nurse Field Training has been an excellent resource, they have provided me an extension on finding placement for my peds rotation and provided suggestions in my area based on experiences of other students. Great experience so far and I've completed one year, including the toughest courses of Health Assessment and Pharmacology.
I am currently in Walden's MSN FNP program. I am finishing up the first practicum rotation this week. I have read some of the negative reviews and it took me awhile to put my finger on what it was that bothered me about them. There are some that really seemed to expect the school to "teach" them. Graduate programs very often do NOT teach and online school in general do not teach. The learning that you do is entirely up to you as the student, which brings me to the next few reviews that I read that basically said "Walden is a diploma mill", "you don't earn your degree, you buy it", "your degree means nothing" yada yada yada. The problem with these views is that while yes, there are some mediocre students, and the admission requirements are not as stringent as many schools, and maybe you can skate by in some courses without putting much effort into it.....it doesn't HAVE to be that way. I am pursuing my education by investing myself and my time into it. Regardless of what the school does or doesn't do, allows or doesn't allow....*I* will be getting a meaningful degree because I worked hard for it and I earned it. ANY school has a minimum set of standards and some are more stringent than others. But do you choose a school because their minimum forces you to work harder, strive for more? Or do you work harder and strive for more because it is worth it to invest yourself into your learning and degree (no matter WHERE you go to school)??? Walden is not perfect. The MSN FNP program has some kinks that need worked out but the program is only 2 years old too. The fact is, I went to a brick and mortar school for my FNP initially. and what I saw in my first preceptor made me cringe. He was alumni and not 2 weeks into the rotation, he asked why I didn't use the papers of graduated students, since that was what HE did. Not only that but he did not always follow up on my assessments many times unless I asked him to. And a few times when he did, he came up with some strange reasons for why he could not complete that part of the assessment (which did not concur at all with my assessment). It was scary to me that my assessment skills were more accurate and more honest than his. I transferred to Walden from that school and I am so glad I did. Yes I had to find my own preceptors, but my first preceptor was wonderful, very accurate, comprehensive, and ready to teach. Online learning is still trying to become mainstream, so there will be lower opinions of online school for now. But that will change with time. I've seen it happen before, and I have no doubt it will happen again. By the way, this review site would not let me post this until I posted my estimated annual income and actual annual income. I am not currently working and I am still in school, so neither is applicable but they won't let me post my review without choosing something.
When you hear of a predatory, solely-for-profit on-line school, let this school serve as the poster child. The lack of communication is truly appalling as is the outdated and archaic curriculum. I was in the doctoral program before merely rolling my credits into a master's program and leaving the school altogether due to my incredibly high level of frustration. In my last dissertation course, the instructor was non-existent in the course from Week 3 - Week 10. EIGHT weeks of zero interaction and for this I paid over $3,000? Week after week of students floating aimlessly in an unsupervised virtual classroom without any navigation or direction whatsoever. I wish I could say this was the exception but this was the norm. The instructor in this particular course did not even check the questions for instructor forum - ever. Hello? Is anyone here?? Additionally, you will wait several weeks for an email response from course instructors and/or school staff if you are lucky to receive a reply at all. Unacceptable and inexcusable. Save your time and your money. ****AVOID****
I'm so tired of reading the positive reviews that say "apply yourself", basically saying that if you hate this school, then you didn't. So wrong. I attended another online university for my undergraduate. I know how a good school program is run. I graduated with a 3.90 GPA. I am a strong, independent learner with reasonable intelligence. That's how I know that this program is really, really poor. Someone mentioned in a review that "Walden was the only school that required citations for discussion posts" as if A) that somehow makes the school more academically challenging and B) that this is rare. My previous undergrad was exactly like this; my husband is in an MBA program in another online university and his is like that too. This is not a sign of quality. What IS a sign of quality is: Professors who participate, collaborate, and don't disappear in Week 3 of an 11 week class Challenging, thought provoking discussion questions that can't be answered by scanning a single paragraph in the textbook Use of multi-media rather than just posts on a page Grades that are legitimate rather than boilerplate an IT environment that is modern rather than a very tired version of Blackboard Academic Advisers who are reachable, interested in your success, and accurate in their information rather than graduate students who are simply working for tuition discounts (Yes, I'm serious). And let's get to the social work program. It's a joke. No, really. It is. Admittedly, as of this writing it is not yet accredited. Sadly, with CSWE's lax standards, they may get accreditation. While it is a new program, it is so flawed that it's really not salvageable. Where to start? The extended delays in getting out important paperwork, the field manual, field agreements? They had months to prepare to roll out the MSW program - yet students waited? The complete change in position from assisting students in finding field placements to basically saying "let us know when you find one?" under the guise of "You know your community best"? Do you know the number of potential placements I've contacted who have LAUGHED when I say where I attend? They want to know why I'm calling them (why hasn't your university?) and what support I'll have in the field (answer....very little). It's honestly embarrassing to say where I attend and hear people's reactions. You will see a common theme in the reviews you find. There will be a few who like the program. These are likely people who went to substandard online universities prior to coming to Walden, or never attended online college before and are ignorant as to how it "should be". For a few majors that are merely book learning, or for people that want this degree for enrichment, fine. But when you are connected to a program that is supposed to lead to a profession (Social Work, BSN, etc) forget it. This education will not prepare you. You will learn from many professors who are adjuncts, substandard, and work for several online universities and dedicate little time to your education. You will very often teach yourself. You will get a lot of A's and feel good about yourself, until you realize how low the academic standards are. You will read posts in discussion forums from other students and see how unsuited so many of them are for graduate level work. There are no real admission requirements. Just about anyone can get in. The idea is that "the curriculum will weed out those who can't keep up". Maybe that happens, but before it does, you'll see an awful lot that will cause your head to scratch. Fundamentally, the MSW program is flawed because it appears to be run by people who really don't know how to get this program off the ground. There is no support for students. There is no help securing field placements that are relevant and very little real field supervision. Walden in general lacks depth in their IT, has poor academics, and simply doesn't provide a graduate level education. I know others will argue differently but trust your gut. I wish I had.