Walden University Reviews
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I am almost done with my MPA from Walden. It has been a really rewarding experience and I have learned a lot. Don't think about applying if you are not dedicated as the courses are intense. That said, the school has been very supportive through a recent illness. Its a great alternative for working adults who want to do most of their work from home.
My experience at Walden, which only lasted 2 weeks, was terrible. From the moment that I first inquired about the program, I had problems. I ignored all the red flags, which I now regret.
First, I couldn't get in touch with my assigned counselor and later discovered that he no longer worked there. Then every other person was rude to me.
The classes were not as good as I had expected. (I have a BSN and a MS in another field). The website was not user friendly at all, and I'm very proficient with computer technology.
The "last straw" was when my instructor sent me a rather inappropriate and unprofessional email, stating that I needed to relax, just because I asked a simple question...and that question was when was my grade for an assignment going to be posted!
I'm currently looking for another more appropriate program and a university that cares about it's students. Do not waste your time with Walden!
I have been "at" Walden for three years. I am taking it slow, finishing up an MPA. I have been extremely happy with the program and classes offered. The instructors are very adept and almost all hold doctorates or JD's. You have to WORK to pass these classes. Its a challenge but well worth the effort. The other students are very accomplished professionally.
I am currently an online student majoring in Psychology at Walden University. I transferred in after receiving my Criminal Justice degree from another University. I am going towards my Masters then PhD in Psychology through Walden.
Currently I am happy with their online structure, format and how they teach the courses. The instructors sometimes put more or less emphasis in the class depending on the instructor, but it is the student who should be reading, studying, writing and working hard on his or her research to meet the goals ahead.
I am never impressed with tuition and it is typical for that since they are private online schools, but the ability to meet these deadlines as well as working full time and having a family is crucial. I am not impressed with the administration as far as the staffing ratio at Walden because my Academic Counselor finds it hard to have much time for me since he is so booked up with students. I think Walden needs to back off the profit situation and try to build up some staff first. I would much prefer to have my own finance advisor assigned to me, but they utilize all advisors in the department for everyone. However, the administration is not my concern as much as it is my learning experience.
So far I have had a good learning experience and I am not turning back or away from Walden. It has the best online education available to me and I plan to complete my full education there. Good Luck to all of you new or prospected students of Walden. Go ahead and take the steps to enroll. I would recommend it.
Be careful - I am still battling Walden, which I did enjoy, because they say I failed three classes. I know I did not, but I have no proof now, and cannot finish my degree until I jump through all sorts of hoops, including financial, and basically have to admit to failing these classes. Because I didn't keep my printouts of my grades, I have NO PROOF, and they will get away with this. It is sad. Keep good records - very good records - Walden itself, as in the classes and education, was great - the instructors were helpful, and I gained a great group of peers that helped each other out - our online study group!
I went to Yale as an Undergraduate and completed a PhD at Walden University in Public Policy and Administration. I found that I had to work very hard at this degree and the paper at the end was well worth that work. Walden is growing as a worthwhile school. Not sure about their other programs but the Public Administration program is highly regarded.
The coursework included posting a discussion on a topic that was provided, responding to at least two posts, taking an online quiz and writing a paper each week. In one of the courses we had an online collaborative project, which was fun. Everyone in the group pulled their weight! Online tools we used included mostly the Internet resources, blackboard and e college. Given the nature of my interpersonal skills, I had wonderful collaboration with all the members in my cohort group and also all my professors. They were dynamic! My overall experience was fun, exciting, rich, rewarding, entertaining and enthralling! I was able to practice what I learn in each course directly in the classroom. I recommended the course to two of my colleagues in NYC public schools and they went for it!
My experience overall was not pleasant. I signed up with this program because of the course sequence and length of courses, which would allow me turn earn my degree in 18 months. It turns out that they have a 5 week "break" in between each session, so the degree stretched out to over 2 years. Also, I did not enjoy the online forums. We had to rate each others work and respond to the postings. I thought this would be the teacher's job. I did get my master's degree for not a lot of work. I would change the format to include higher percentages of the final grade being devoted to our individual work, not how many times we gave suggestions to others.
Walden is a great university. The teachers are caring and supportive and always are there to help you to attain your degree. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the US Dept. of Education. They consisitently tell students to check with their individual states, FLorida included, to make sure YOU the student are aware of all the preparations needed to sit for your states licensing exam. This is the students responsibility not Waldens'. Each state has their own laws for licensing. I know this because I am a psychology Ph.D. student at Walden and I am updated on the licensing laws in my state and what I need to do. Walden has been a great experience for me a working Mom, Wife and Student.
Online schools are becoming more accepted in the professional world and should only increase given the rising cost of gasoline, the questioned security of traditional ground classrooms, and the fact that more people in our society are becoming technology savvy and comfortable with the use of computers. I realized with my professional and family obligations, an online school was the only way I would be able to handle those obligations and further my education. I reviewed several schools and found Walden University to suit my needs best.
One of the Walden Enrollment Advisors took time to explain the beginning process. I had finished my Masters degree at a traditional â€œbrick and mortarâ€ school 14 years prior so I was concerned about starting school again. Part of the enrollment process requires the applicant to write a proposal of study and this most likely assisted my enrollment advisor in assisting me to choose a course of study. It also gave me confidence that I could work, have a family life, and finish my educational goals successfully.
Because my professional career had been involved with the public sector and I was interested in increasing my opportunities in that sector, I chose Waldenâ€™s Public Policy and Administration doctoral program. The school offers several specialization areas but because I really did not wish to concentrate in one specialization, I picked the General Studies section. Later, I learned that there was an option to substitute three classes for one of their KAMs (Knowledge Area Modules) and I finished three courses in homeland security and emergency management planning.
If I understand correctly, KAMs are specific to Walden University and actually it was the second reason I chose Walden. KAMs can assist the student in learning what is needed in a dissertation. Walden apparently found that many doctoral students end up â€œAll but Dissertationâ€ and the KAMs serve can serve as a springboard to the dissertation. KAMs are best described as a literature review with an application in mind.
At this point, I have finished all but two courses and I have started working on my first KAM. In my estimation, I have about 2 years to go to finish my degree. I highly recommend Walden University for anyone with a busy life and a drive for achieving further educational goals.