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Now that I have my transcripts and my diploma has been mailed out my honest review of Capella University is going to be 2.5 stars out of 5. The reason for this being that they failed to take great care in explaining the differences between class formats as well as the academic and financial impacts of both. I was kicked out of classes multiple times due to their failure to explain billing sessions is fine detail. This process was explained in general terms and rushed. In addition, the school fails to provide a host of learning modalities such as video, interactive, group, java etc for those who are visual/audio learners as opposed to just reading/writing text which is largely the basis since it is a research based design. Knowing that a new subject is not imbedded into the mind until it has been seen, heard, written and recited it is curious then as to why these methodologies werent utilized to their full extent especially for online learners to ensure the content is grasped. Many times I felt that the redundancy of the curriculum caused me bordem and that flexpath could use some definite improvements in the syllabus. Perhaps their regular online format is much different but this pertains to flexpath learning. These factors caused me to be removed from eligibility to graduate with honors including summa cum laude, the highest honor, which I recently found out is awarded to all eligible students OTHER THAN flexpath format students. In the long run it may not determine desirability in professional aspects however it was a goal I kept in mind and I wanted badly. I feel I have been cheated out of that honor even though I meet all requirements other than my chosen class format and finished with a 3.93 GPA. I should be recognised for that accomplishment despite format. I had some great and challenging teachers who pushed me more than I ever thought possible but because of this failure in communication and the negative repercussions on my goals, I will not be attending the school again.
I started at Capella in 2009 to work toward my BS in Psychology. I took several semesters off as I was working full-time and raising a toddler and newborn. However, I never gave up and continued on because I wanted to complete my degree to move on to a Masters program. I can say my experience at Capella was great!! At one point I applied to St. Johns and transferred. After a few weeks at St. Johns I was so dissatisfied with their on line program I transferred back to Capella. The work was overwhelming at times but I feel that made me want it more and felt very accomplished upon completing each quarter. 99% of my professors were amazing. Sure I had a hand full I didnt care for, but you find that anywhere. Fast forward several years, after a semester break, I was told about the new Flex Path program and how it would save me money and time. While it may have saved me money or time, I just learned after completing my Capstone that there is no honor recognition either at commencement or on your diploma. I am very upset about this as I busted my butt to get a high GPA. I contacted Capella and was basically told Im not the first person to feel this way, however, it is what it is. Had I known this or been told by the individual I dealt with that this was the case I would have continued in the guided program as I only had 6 or 7 classes to go at the time. For this reason only I would stay away from the Flex Path program. I am bewildered by this. Why cant they recognize a students achievement? To make matter worse the official transcript doesnt show letter grades but rather shows distinguished in the competencies. I mean really if you can provide the student with a letter grade on a billing invoice it should be on the transcript as well.
I started part time in 2011 and with 30 credits to complete in 2017 left have exhausted financial aid. They will not work with me and just want money. The staff is either grading to easy or too hard, knowing my skill level. It was good at the beginning but now near the end they have no interest in allowing me to complete my degree. I cannot help that I work and have a family to support, they do not care. The coursework is easy but the technology in the classroom is sometime out of date and doesn't work. Most of the labs can be done elsewhere and they say they prepare you for CompTIA certification but it goes nowhere when you don't have time to complete the labs and take the tests for certification. If you want a great experience to start and are just out of high school this is a good place but if you are a working adult, don't fall for it. They will bleed you dry. I don't see myself ever completing my degree now as their credits don't transfer. They try to have your save money through Sophia learning but you have to come up with $350 up front per course. I can see why the grad rate is near 0 for undergraduates. Most of my fellow students have been in their fields for years and are just now completing their degrees. If you can't go some where else the don't go here.
I would highly recommend the B.S. in Information Technology degree residing within the School of Business and Technology Department. However, I would not ever recommend any of the School of Education programs. There is a huge difference in learning experience and treatment by professors. I was in my second graduate class in 2008 and I was in week seven. The professor was just now grading the beginning of week three assignments. I received a 4.0 for my undergraduate work and and "A" for my first graduate class. I received an "F" in my second graduate course. I dropped out because I just couldn't get the professor to respond. Her excuse was, I am being told to work on other assignments. Again, I wouldn't recommend the School of Education. I even tried to work with my Academic Counselor, Michael. He told me, "those people in the School of Education need to grow up." Needless to say, I have all A grades from this college and 1 F. All because I couldn't get the professor to respond. I decided the class wasn't worth the stress anymore, because the professor was so difficult to work with. On top of this, they kept my unused funds for 2008, which I found out after examining my loans in 2013. After six months of emails, I finally got Capella to send my lender a check for those funds. So just a word of caution. I have image snap shots to prove my statements as well that I kept all these years. This is the truth.
If you are looking for any handholding this is not a college for you...nor are many of the online universities. I would not call any of the professors instructors as there is no teaching. I repeat there IS NO TEACHING just a list of things you must do. Coursework is mostly relevant to real world but what is assigned and what you end up having to discuss in a required online discussion and the assignment may not match. Reading and assignments in many courses do not even match up correctly. Many courses you could do the course without the book and just rely on Internet resources. I do not know how much (if any) control each professor has on the coursework or reading material except for supplemental. Discussions are mostly useless in the courses but more due to lazy students than anything else is. Please do not be one of those and put some effort into them, as the other students have to respond to you when you post crap. Only a handful of professors actually get involved in the discussions others just auto-grade at the end. To do well you need to do your required postings at the frequency the professor wants. This normally is one post and two responses but some have wanted more. When initial post occurs fluctuates from the Wednesday to last day of the week (Sunday). Many professors are lenient about turning in assignments late if you contact them ahead of time, which has been a very good thing and greatly appreciated. Last week of course all material is due by Friday instead of Sunday. So, if you have a weekly paper and a final paper both are due on Friday and you lose the weekend to work on it. Shortest week for the most amount of work. APA required format seems to differ between one instructor and the other. I have seen different requirements for font, size, etc. Many do not seem to care and others may mark you off (two professors) and then proceed not to tell you what you were marked off for. Seems random and just a way to normally pad the great upward. Just create a solid template, adjust MS Word to what you need and re-use and modify as necessary. If you have a project paper keep using the previous week's paper so all the references stay intact within the paper to save you a lot of time...helpful tip for you! Use references though each professor requires a different amount. I have seen three references per paper to 3-5 per page. All discussion and assignment feedback seems automated with maybe a handful of assignments that comments were unique to my paper during the last 15 courses or so. I have even seen professor review comments that did not match the assignments or discussions! I have added a couple times irrelevant references to something like an alien invasion that went unnoticed one time :-) This lack of even caring what a student writes drives me insane. So, you NEVER have any true feedback (at least I didn't). Biggest pet peeve is you never will know if a teacher is or is not talented, since you will never talk with them. Some provide phone numbers so some are possibly reachable but I have never tried that way just through e-mail. I don’t want to talk to the professors I just want to check the boxes and move on. Messages, e-mails or the "Ask the Instructor" discussion option…these are all used for communication and is always a roll of the dice what instructor uses what so there is no continuity. Courses are not difficult. Just do your required discussions when they are due and write your paper. Make sure that you include what the assignment states and what they the pdf file states the breakdown of the grade will be...as I have seen them not align! I have some years of experience already in the field so much of the curriculum is remedial for me. Those new may have difficulties at times. Many papers due do not have a minimum size others do. I normally run over minimums (and maximums at times but have never been penalized. Time I used for courses ranged from 4 - 15 hours with an average probably around 5. Your mileage may vary. Before diving into the reading as I mentioned look at what you need to turn in and get that done...then read the rest if useful. I cannot emphasize that enough...read carefully and work accordingly it will save much grief and time. Advisers are helpful and no complaints. They are definitely a bright spot and have helped me make some decisions related to courses and options. I have contacted them a few times and they have been patient with me on my questions :-) Financial side hopefully has improved...but they do love their money. A couple years ago had a very bad experience. Capella handled the situation appropriately once escalated. This was specific to collection tactics by a person who was hired recently and went after me like a pitbull...even though I just got the bill two days prior. As I said, this was handled so kudos for the management for talking to me and dealing with it. This should not be an issue unless you are truly delinquent then well... it is what it is. Those with certifications or previous courses should speak to an advisor for options. Capella was/is excellent for applying courses to your degrees. It may be easier for many to attain a certification and then fill out the forms/papers to get out of the course. There will probably be a fee involved so be warned but to me it is worth it. I found Capella extremely generous and worked with me. Keep in mind I have a lot of experience and some certifications that many of the courses try to get you ramped up for. For those that do not know online colleges read up about adjunct professors. I may have beat up the professors some but the colleges (not just Capella) have created the environment of facilitators and not professors. Honestly, they seem more administrative then professors and are paid accordingly...not a get rich job. I have a few friends that are adjunct professors at other universities. Students in my courses ranged from extremely knowledgeable to so weak that I am amazed they passed middle school. Many students if tests were given on the topics during the course I feel would fail. All courses are based on either papers or discussions…not tests no quizzes so there is no requirement for any memorization. Most coursework is relevant and the material seems recent in most cases. To get the true learning experience one should read much of what they give you but you will only be graded on a small portion of it. A few books have been a bit dated but overall a good selection of material. In summary, Capella is good to get your degree in a hurry. They are flexible on assignments depending upon instructor. There is no warm and fuzzy feel at all. If you do not do the work then you fail and do not expect them to care much. Write your discussions and papers and try and believe they will be read. If nothing else it is good practice :-) If you follow directions well and set enough time you can pass with a very good grade. Having a bachelor's from Capella is great, but to me it was more about jumping through hoops to get the piece of paper.
Obtained by RN to BSN at Capella due in fact that they were accredited and recommended by the ANA. While a lot of writing and redundancy, it was no different than the CSU system online programs. While the cost is not cheap, it provides the same curriculum as others. I did not need the use of financial aid, an in fact received a discount as a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA) so perhaps others have issues sole due to financial concerns.
I have received my BS degree from Capella last year. Unfortunately when I tried to apply to a state school master degree program, I was told that the majority of my Capella credits are not recognized by the state school. The reason? The accreditation is worthless. Do your homework. If you just want a degree, go ahead and attend Capella, but if you want it to be worth something, go to a real school.
I am currently enrolled at Capella. It has taken me 4+ years and I will graduate in March of 2016 with a Bachelors in Bus. Mgmt. I only take 2 classes a year as that is what my employer pays for. Is Capella convenient? Yes it is? Was it worth all of the stress... meh. People say that you get out what you put in and that is very true. I've worked very hard and currently hold a 4.0. I guess my biggest issue is that I feel as though the professors don't care. I keep saying to my husband that I'd love to be a prof at Capella because their job is SO easy. The benefit to Capella and it's classes is that your itinerary (syllabus) is laid out exactly as the prof expects it. They can just go in and check-check-check and boom there's my 4.0. Yes, I'm getting really good grades because it's a program that's easy to follow but I do not feel that I'm actually retaining a lot of the information learned. I've kept all my books so that I can go back and refresh. When it's all said and done, I'll have my Bachelors but as someone else said, companies frown on Capella. I'd say they frown on online education period. therefore, once I have that diploma in hand, I'm going to make an attempt to my local University to transfer as many credits as possible and get a degree with them. I'm essentially going to mask my degree from Capella with a real degree from a reputable school. So, that is my honest reflection, it's the truth, I'm not going to sugarcoat it or cover it up. I'm not trying to talk anyone into or out of attending there but looking back, I wish I'd chosen a brick & mortar university. .
To give perspective. I am a 50 year old male, retired from the USAF after 23 years. I was an aircraft structural craftsman. I retired as a Senior Non Commissioned Officer with some college. I am currently a certified dog trainer and own two businesses. I have attended two previous schools and I am a 4.0 GPA at Capella. I have completed 12 courses at Capella.
Capella is no different than other schools in that some of the students you will find don't belong in any college.
As others have said, Capella is not a hold your hand kind of school, you will have to be self motivated and expect to read a lot. There aren't many lectures like there are in a brick and mortar. Instructors cannot see how hard you are trying, they only see what you provide for them. There are student help center and tutoring if you need it. When I have had trouble with instructors it seemed as if they were concerned about my point of view. Some of the instructors are much better than others. My physics instructor is certainly arrogant and provides canned copy paste answers, but that has not been my experience with most classes. That is true of any school.
I've had no trouble with my grants, they give a military discount, getting the money sent to me that should be sent or paying any debt.
What I can say after three years at Capella. I feel like I have learned a lot, but question my ability to apply it. I will not be pursuing an Masters at this time.
Counslors have been helpful. So, I wonder how some of these people have been treating the Capella staff they have dealt with. I would not be quick to help some one being biligerant myself.
I enjoyed my experience at Capella. I am in my final quarter. The only thing I am skeptical about is how will my degree be viewed by employers. Now that I am focusing more on my career search, I am scared. I currently do not have a job. I was a stay at home mom and decided to pursue a degree online. I will recieve my BS in Business Administration from Capella. Because I dont have a job already, Im just worried how this will be percieved on my resume by employers.
The school is very expensive, so if you want to go out a cheaper route, research other schools, I only began my course work here because a freind spoke so highly of Capella. I would not recommend this school financialy, but you will get a good education if you apply yourself. Thats the realist review you will get, trust me!!!