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I was skeptical of Capella because of the old saying, "If it's too good to be true, it probably is". I had early access before class started on April 8th and completed 2 assessments for one of my classes. Once I received feedback and saw how well I was progressing I picked up another class. Less than a week in and I've finished the first class and I'm 1 assessment away from finishing the second. FlexPath is IDEAL for me. I work full time, have two children, a husband, and a very busy life. I am able to complete these courses so quickly. Going into the program I had my Associate's in Arts Degree, and ALL of my credits transferred, leaving me with only 20 class requirements to get my Bachelor's. I cannot wait to see what else this program has in store for me. For those of you interested, just know that it's not easy material but draws from real life experience in the business world and hands on tasks.
I enjoyed the courses and found them highly relevant to my work; however, the dissertation/capstone experience was criminal. One committee member continually exceeded the ten day contractual review period and offered only two reviews during a five month period before approving it conditionally (and neglected to list the conditions). Now, it sits in school review where it has been for over five weeks; the guidebook states school review should take 14 days. As a result of these delays, I have been required to enroll in three additional dissertation courses to do nothing but sit and wait. What an egregious abuse of time and money. I am saddened and angry and feel powerless without recourse.
I have been a FlexPath student pursuing a General Psychology Bachelor's Degree since June 2017. I have encountered several problems with the Capella online learning format over the last two years. First, the online bookstore has always failed to release the books that were pre-loaded into my shopping cart. There is a small window to check out and/or purchase your books, however, the system has never given me the capability to actually check out/purchase books. During the two years that I have attended Capella, I did not once use their course material. Thank you, Google. Second, the instructors vary in grading so severely that while one instructor gives the best possible score, another instructor may be citing plagiarism on every assignment, refusing to grade the paper. I have experienced both types of instructors with Capella, even though I have never, in my life, plagiarized anything on a professional level. Third, the FlexPath program is not designed to set students up for success. The billing period runs for 12 weeks and they release one class at a time, with each class requiring from 5-9 written assignments. For what you pay in a flat-rate billing period and how many assignments you can reasonably achieve, it makes more financial sense to take the GuidedPath program. However, if you try to change from the FlexPath program to the GuidedPath program, you may experience difficulties, like I have. I have attempted changing 3 times, only to find out each time that my financial aid year for FlexPath does not align with the financial aid year for GuidedPath. I can, for instance, complete a couple credits using financial aid, but will have to pay for the remaining credits out of pocket until the next financial aid year. For the 2018-2019 financial aid year, I have hardly used any financial aid, but if I were to change to the GuidedPath program right now, I would not be able to use financial aid until March 2020. I only have 6 classes left to complete to earn my Bachelor's degree, along with $38,000+ of student loan debt. I am at the point of considering a transfer to another college, even if it means I will need to take more classes to complete their degree, because my experience with Capella has been so unpleasant.
This college s****** me big time. I've been working on getting my financial aid awarded for over 5 Months and so far all they do is ask for the exact same information in a different format. It is absolutely ridiculous. I finally asked for a manager as I was about to be dropped from spring semester and they said everything was taken care of and my award would be there soon and instead they asked for more info and dropped me anyway. I will not be finishing my degree with this school and I recommend no one ever attend.
This college screwed me big time. I've been working on getting my financial aid awarded for over 5 Months and so far all they do is ask for the exact same information in a different format. It is absolutely ridiculous. I finally asked for a manager as I was about to be dropped from spring semester and they said everything was taken care of and my award would be there soon and instead they asked for more info and dropped me anyway. I will not be finishing my degree with this school and I recommend no one ever attend.
At first I thought this would be a great place to earn my PhD, and at first it was. However towards the end, I realized this school is truly a profit oriented center, with little to no regard for the studentas long as they got their money. Don't waste your time and more importantly your money on this school, there are far better schools out there even those that are profit centers.
This University is a place that I would think several times before enrolling. Experience with classes and learning process are not bad overall. I just wish some Instructors was more communicative. When in come to leaving comments for completed paper work - it is never there. Interesting. Degree program is good overall. What about financial part - I can write a novel about this part. Pricing students for classes that much and DO NOT EVEN PROVIDING PAYMENT PLANS?! This is bad. I tried to set up payment plan since the beginning, but it is always saying I am on the hold for something and that is why I cant set up payment plan. It ended up with Capella staff dropped me off from courses.This is so uncomfortable and don't worth it at all. Every-time I talked to financial aid department - there is no straight answer. In any way there is a lot wrong with this institution, starting from unprofessional staff and finish with instructors who do not communicate with you.
The people at Capella University or so unhelpful. They expect you to give up a full-time job that you rely on to support your family in order to complete the non-negotiable 20 hours a week that is unpaid to complete the practicum hours. They are not even willing to allow students to extend the time of the practicum for students who have severe financial constraints that forces them to keep their full-time job even if it means them dropping out of the program. BUYER BEWARE!!!!
I just completed my last course yesterday, and for the most part, I have enjoyed Capella. I only have three complaints; neither are completely the fault of Capella, but being that these people are on payroll, it is what it is. Firstly, I absolutely loved the advisor that I had when I first started at Capella. She made sure to keep in touch and always gave nurturing and sound advice. Unfortunately, she took a different position and I was stuck with a different advisor who reached out twice: once to introduce herself and the second time was to congratulate me on applying for graduation (lol). This isn't that serious, but her job title is advisor...so advise. Secondly, I had one instructor that decided that I was plagiarizing out of nowhere. Week 8 of 10, she pings me for saying my work was copied yet I was receiving A's on assignments and "great job", but all of a sudden I am plagiarizing?! I honestly don't know what brought this on, but I kindly let her know that she had to be joking with me. I am an educator and have a B.S. I have been through college and I grade the work of other students. I am the last person anyone should have to worry about committing plagiarism. Anyways, she was adamant that I was cheating, expected me to redo all the work, and at 8.5 months pregnant I told her no and that I'd just have to fail. I redid the course (using the same work) and passed. Her assumption is still a mystery until this day. Reddit, if you're looking for an unsolved mystery, here you go. Lastly, my final course was fairly good up until literally three days before the course ended. I had s group member that had no earthly idea of how to do the assignment and instead of admitting it and asking for help, she proceeds to become combative and not willing to work with myself and other group members. She stated she wanted to complete the assignment on her own, yet when her wishes were honored, she got extremely upset. By that time, I had already emailed the instructor letting her know what was going on. Instead of the instructor being supportive of our wishes, she proceeds to tell us that we needed to make her work with us or we were all getting points deducted. She also stated that she didn't understand why we were just now saying anything. Again, I taught for years and I personally would rather my GROWN students try to work through their issues first the best they can before coming to me. To add insult to injury, she was warned about this student before, so that made no sense. The instructor then went on to say that she noticed we weren't working on the work for this particular week two weeks in advance. I was confused at that statement. This is a professional certification course catered to working professionals. You cannot honestly expect full- time employees with families and lives to sit and do assignments two weeks in advance. Maybe for some, but not for all. And as a student that always completed quality work and on time, I was a little bothered by her statement. She had no problem shooting out emails when she was unavailable, but expected us to have work done two weeks in advance. Nevertheless, these issues could happen at any school. I enjoyed Capella and would suggest anyone to go. Just watch out for certain instructors.
When you get to dissertation there are costly Capella delays and excuses with no recourse. It costs students money and time. Advisors are not supportive. Teachers are knowledgeable but cannot push your work through so students end up spending more money.
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