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Capella has a good basis in PhD courses but the process to earn a PhD beyond the course process is ambigious and subjective at best. The "readers" of the comprehensive PhD exam are a mix of those cought up in their own "power" complex and those that want to prove that Capella U is a good investment. The result is a dice roll if you pass your COMPS and continue on to dissertation. Meanwhile, the cash register is clicking.
I wish I would have taken an alternative PhD route in a recognized university with on-line programs rather than Capella. with a $70,000 and 3 year investment I have no choice but to contiue on with my PhD from Capella. The COMPS exam and dissertation process is not prefected and is highly subjective. If draw competent "readers" for your COMPS you will proceed quickly to the dissertation portion of the PhD process.
Capella is not yet matured into an objective, continum process for the PhD process. Very expensive and very frustrating process with little support at the PhD level.
As a graduate of a prestigious brick and mortar university, I can say that Capella University has done extremely well by me. I have consistently found the support staff extremely helpful and friendly in all my workings with them. As a student using my MGIB benefits, the staff was extremely helpful in making sure all the paperwork was in order for the VA, which has been smooth thus far after a year into the program.
As a Master’s student within Capella University’s Clinical Psychology program, I can say that I have been very pleased with the program. I find the program extremely challenging, yet I am getting the confidence that it will prepare me well for a future within my specialty. For example, In addition to very challenging classes, students have to attend three colloquia’s, and accomplish over 600 hours of practicum.
As for the Psychology instructors, I have found them to be incredibly accomplished and diverse. (i.e. My current instructor is a licensed Clinical Psychologist for 30+ years of private practice, has a ton of published work, and has served as a mentor to students). For any course you take, there are usually a half dozen to a dozen instructors listed to teach it. If you take the time to read up on their bio’s and their published work, you will see how accomplished many of these instructors are.
When selecting this university, it is important to keep in mind what this university’s focus is. It is focused towards working adults who do not have the time or luxury to attend a traditional university campus. As a former active duty military guy and a current federal law enforcement officer, I can tell you that I would fully recommend this university to anyone. With a more than full time job and family life, I can say that Capella University worked perfectly for me in my life, without sacrificing any of the quality of the program.
If I had to offer up a single complaint, it would be that the PsyD program is not currently accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). They lost their accreditation when they moved their degrees from the PhD to the PsyD program. I am confident in the quality of the program at Capella and in time they rectified.
Scholarship, rigor, accountability and quality are all appropriate in a review of Capella University. Certainly, an exuberant, unfettered personality like my own would be attracted to a university which affords flexibility and variation. The most glaring attraction for me would be the high level of scholarship expected by this institution and its faculty.
CAPELLA IS NO JOKE. It's challenging. It's demanding. It's life-changing. It's faculty is both competent and caring. Whoever is responsible for the development of this university over time did it with intentionality and thoughtfulness. It is a true learner's candy store. I'm sure if Capella University were a movie, Siskel & Ebert would give it 2 thumbs up with an encore presentation.
All I can say is that the experience was tremendous. I really enjoyed the studies and found them so beneficial. They were practical and I found so much to bring back into the workplace. I found the professors tremendous. Just like in any school there are good and bad professors but I guess I really lucked out because I never had a bad one.
My reason for the program was mainly for professional development. I have heard that if you want to teach full time in a regular university that you might have trouble with them accepting an online degree. But I think this is mainly due to the unknown.
So far I have been really impressed with Capella. I'm taking my first class only, but find that they are very well organized. I don't feel so much that I am doing this all online, and am getting to 'know' the other people in my class through their posts. I am very busy, and appreciate the calls from Capella to remind me about appointments and paperwork due, for example. I do like the online format, as it enables me to study or check in at times that are convenient for me. When I was pursuing my undergrad, I would get Bs instead of As because of my attendance. I don't have to worry about that now!
I love Capella University. I originally got accepted into the Social Work program at UW Tacoma, but my work hours wouldn't fit there schedule. I then was looking into City University, but the advisors there weren't so friendly, they think that you can only be a school counselor if you have been a teacher first. I then heard from a friend about capella. The staff are very helpful and friendly. The school cousneling program is new there and they are working on it getting CACREP accredited. There mental health cosuineling and marital and family counseling programs are CACREP accredited. The courses are tough, but I have probably learned more online then I did on my undergraduate work. They have a learner support team available 24/7 and financial aid staff available a majority of the time. I love this school and the program I am in. My program is 72 credits and includes two colloqias and practicum hours.
After having taken 5 courses so far at this online school I am considering a transferr. I love the school, the course room is simple and the website is awesome. But the instructors are often giving work that would be given to a student going there due all by the end of the week.
For example: my last class we had to read three chapters by Wed. so that by Thursday we could participate in the graded discussion and then by Friday having to submit the assignments so that you could get feedback by Sunday to which all the work was due and your quiz. I am a full time mom, wife, and employee. I go to work 8 hours a day, come home take care of the kids, by the time they are asleep whatever little time I have left before bed is usually when I get school work done so I can get to bed at a good hour. But to have to read three chapters *and they were long ones*, on top of submitting two graded discussions by Thursday, 2 graded assignments by Friday and 1 quiz by sunday of the same week was really difficult.
The plus side to this for me is that I don't have to go to an actual school because Lord knows I don't have time. But if the instructors could lay out a simplier schedule of work it would be nice. Not to mention more than half of the instructors I have had already are terrible and do not care much at all. My advisor is nice and is very helpful, oh and do not bring up politics in the course room, I had a teacher tell me I can't talk about it at all. A lot of BULL S*** if you ask me.
I attended Capella for 2 years and obtained my MS in Counseling Studies. I was very nervous about on-line school; however, the first course I experienced was a lab which taught me how to navigate the course room, respond to fellow learners, post discussions, and submit papers. The instructors were very helpful and the other learners were very engaging. I had some of the most intellectual conversations at Capella. \r\nWith the good comes the bad.
Every quarter it seemed like I was assigned a new advisor and getting in touch with him or her was so very time consuming. Also, I have learning disabilities and even though I was part of the Learning Center I did not have an advisor through the center. So I was constantly going back and forth.
will end on a positive note. Capella was the best decision for me. I was able to work full-time and take my classes. It was very difficulty and stressful but all of my instructors and fellow learners were there for me anytime I needed. am currently trying to get a part-time job with Capella. I would like to give new learners what was given to me; confidence, strength and the ability to complete my Master's degree without ever entering a traditional classroom.
As a busy administrator, mother and wife, I earned my BS and MS through an on line program at a brick and mortor school. I recieved a wonderful education. When I decided to return for a PhD, I searched for months to find a school that 'fit'. I found it at Capella. Capella provides PhD learners the opportunity to network with peers and faculty for three weeks during the doctoral classes, preparing students for the rigor of the comprehensives and emersing them in the culture of doctoral scholars. Once in the dissertation phase, the advisors are fully committed to support learners while completing the scholarly document. I made the choice to join a University that not only provides an excellent educational experience, but also provides every tool for success. Students who embark in on-line learning must remember that this educational environment requires self direction and self motivation. What do you recieve for your efforts? You reap what you put into it. I have recieved a relevant and applicable education and a sense of self pride that only is achievable through hard work and dedication.
I will say only that I am a proud Capella graduate. Having earned an MA from Siena Heights in 2002, I began Capella in the summer of 2003 working toward a PhD in Organizational Management. I (finally) graduated from Capella Dec. 2008 instead with an MS in Organizational Management. Where I went wrong in my doctoral studies truly have nothing to do with Capella so I am quite thankful that the Capella faculty/staff stood behind me for all those years! If they will allow me back, I will still earn my PhD from Capella.
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