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The university staff is very prompt, professional, and informative. The university offers programs paced to fit the needs of all students. I finished my degree on the fast track at my own pace. This made it possible for me to complete as many courses as I possibly could for just one flat rate instead of being charged by class. It was very demanding this way and took great time management skills. It was worth it and saved me a great amount of money and time overall to complete the degree. I looked at it as being a temporary sacrifice for long-term success. This was ideal for me and my budget.
I started out with Capella University about three years ago. One major problem I faced are inconsistencies, lack of communication with instructors and advisors about their program. I completed the coursework required for the PhD IT program. You are also required to complete three tracks, track 1, 2 and 3. I completed track 1 and 2 and had my topic approval/Endorsement in track 2. But during my second attempt taking track 3 my instructor at that time rejected my topic. A topic that has been approved and endorsed in track 2 and has been recorded in school records to be used for my dissertation. The first instructor I went through when I took track 3 (Dissertation Research Seminar) the first time acknowledge the topic. I received a NS for my first attempt at track 3 because I had an emergency and couldn't attend the required residency involved. For some reasons the school made some changes and a different instructor became the head of the information and assurance department who reviews the DRP's. The instructor rejected my topic during my second attempt at track 3; telling me the topic is viable but I will have challenges down the road and was unwilling to assist me so I am better off changing the topic. I dropped the course (track 3) and later brought it to the school's attention about my situation. I informed staff members and advisors about my situation. I was told by an advising staff at the school that I have already had topic endorsement and approval in track 2 so I did not have to change my topic. I was informed that what the instructor needed to do was to help me with the challenges I am having in putting my DRP (Dissertation Research Plan) together but not to tell me to change a topic that have been approved and endorsed by the school. I was advised to go forward and register and take track 3 (Dissertation Research Seminar) again. I register for track 3 again and lo and behold I run into the same instructor again and he rejected my topic once again. I was back to square one. It seems to me there is no communication among the staff members, advisors and the instructors. I did complete an evaluation and made my experience, concerns and challenges known to the school and also voiced out my concerns on the phone several times to advisors but still no progress. I wanted to change the topic when it was rejected by the instructor during my second attempt with track 3 but I was specifically told not to worry about changing my topic because I have already had or received topic approval or endorsement by the school so I should go ahead and take track 3 (dissertation research seminar) again because the instructor is suppose to help me with my DRP not to tell me to change a topic that has been endorsed and approved for my program. I did went ahead with the recommendation that was given to me by the school and I met the same instructor again and he rejected my topic and I am back to square one. There are lots of inconsistencies, lack of communications, lack of support at the school. Is like the school is much more interested in money. The instructors heading with the programs do not communicate with each other, inconsistencies and lack of knowledge by advisors. The instructors, staff and advisors are not consistent at all. I am a veteran of the US military and I will not recommend my fellow veterans to enroll in this school. I have not hard a good experience at all.
The thought put behind FlexPath is great. The instructors they have are the worst of any school online. They have no oversight of the instructors and the instructors do not follow the proceedures set forth by the university. There is no way for students to have a voice or appeal grades by the instructors. The instructors have a grade sheet to go by and they choose not to follow it and make you do three times the work for no reason other than they need to feel superior. Most of the instructors tend to get offended if you call them out on their mistakes. The Program is set up great. It is an amazing and outstanding program. The issues are related to the oversight of off sight instructors. It is a thin line of the program being worth it and dealing with the instructors. There is no way to choose or change instructors. There doesn't seem to be anyone in the middle. The instructors are either really bad or really good. I have had some of the best I have ever had but the bad ones have made the whole experience not worth it. I am switching out of FlexPath soon to have more control. I am military and will be writing a review and complaint to the tuition assistance and VA. Both of which take concerns more seriously than Capella. They will pressure and review school policies and keep members informed of the steps. Capella cannot even get their instructors to follow their program. I have actually had instructors where I turned the same exact paper in a week later and received a perfect grade and the week before received an "F". Shows they are just getting a paycheck not doing anything to help students. I will be trying to find a way to rate instructors and post for the horrible ones and the best ones.
I attended Capella University because of time and convenience of distant learning. I have done both brick and mortar and distant learning as a student as well as a professor. My preference is distant learning. it is more intimate between the student and the professor. I have sat in b&m classes and the instructor never knew my name outside of being on a class roster. In each distant learning course I had contact, email, postings and telephone calls as well as Skype with my professors. Capella is the same accreditation as any brick and mortar school. Many b&m use distant learning in their course work as well. The quality of my education based on the Capella format I will compare to any other school. I'm proud of my degree and never feel any reservation about stating where I attended my doctoral program. If you go into this with the idea "I pay my money and I expect a degree" you are fooling yourself. This is a tough, rigorous, ethical, academic degree. You will only get out of it what you are putting in.
I literally wish I could give this school a negative star. This University is the sorriest excuse for a school I have ever researched. Like seriously do your home work before considering this school. Look at their classes and make sure they have the classes you need, to not only achieve the degree you want, but also that you will be proficient in the career path you are choosing to get into. So I will be going to school to get my bachelors degree in accountancy to be able to sit for my CPA Exam when i am done. So, to be able to sit for the exam you must have very specific amount of credits and specific classes you must take take be able to sit for the exam. So I am going through Capella's classes and checking off the classes I need from my state. And I am noticing Capella's CPA Pathway program is lacking TREMENDOUSLY! Now the course requirements per my state isn't asking for any crazy or irrational. They require stuff like, a class in AUDITING. Which Capella doesn't offer AT ALL in the BA in accountant CPA Pathway Program. What kind of school offers a degree in accountancy but don't offer Auditing? Another class they do not offer which is required is Financial Reporting, or anything dealing with spread sheets. They are misleading students left and right. I was told by my enrollment agent they are up to date with each states licensure requirements. THAT IS A LIE. If i had gone through with their program and lies, I would have graduated looking like a fool trying to sit for my CPA Exam and being turned away because i am missing a tone of course credits. DO YOUR HOME WORK. Make sure you will be getting the education you need to excel in the career you are PAYING to get into. Because they will have you twisted and not knowing basic things to go out and get a job! I bet you, if they offered a literature degree they wouldn't even review Romeo and Juliet or if they offered an composers degree you wouldn't review Mozart. Like that's how ridiculous this school is! They are a joke.
I really liked my experience with Capella. It was a nice compromise between independent learning and traditional education. The professors were knowledgeable in their fields, and offered great guidance. After three years, I had very few negative interactions. I also found that when students were unnecessarily unpleasant, they seemed to have been weeded out, which is great. The basic format of the school is that a professional tells you what to learn, you learn it, and you write a paper showing that you learned the material every week. You definitely need some self-discipline, but it's better than traffic and parking passes, especially for a full-time student and full-time professional.
As a disabled veteran transitioning careers, I was skeptical with attending a Scholl online but I relied on faith which I regret. FOR ALL VETERANS & MILITARY, DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL!!! First of all, they'll wheel you in with this, "Hey we're to help you" but once the money is okayed, I received Minimum SUPPORTS. Whats confusing from their academic advisors, there are far too many people interfering with registration. I hated my Experience in that Process. Furthermore, the Advisors were not supportive and argumentative. The guy K** argued with me for more than 20 minutes expressing his "Variations in values"; very unprofessional and distasteful. The academic Advisor Department NEEDS A COMPLETE OVERHAUL starting from the top down. Here's something else, if you dont send in your Professor feedback, they will lower your grade. Ultimately, the power lies within the professor.
Having attended only brick-and-mortar schools in the past, I was initially skeptical about opting for a virtual Ph.D. program. However, I'm glad I chose Capella University for such an adventure. To begin with, at the doctoral level "you get what you put in"; in particular, I found that online training, such as the type offered at Capella is suited for experienced professional (like me) who are life-long independent learners, and who will be too bored listening to the type of instructions given by a professor at your typical brick-and-mortar school that might not have as much practical experience. On that note, I had a fantastic experience during my almost four-year Ph.D. journey at Capella. During course work, I found the instructional materials, the assignments, and course-room discussions to be very useful. Also, I thought that the residencies I attended were well planned/organized, and they provided an important avenue to have face-to-face interaction with other learners and instructors. During the dissertation process, the vast amount of knowledge and instructional materials I had acquired during the course work and residencies were extremely valuable. In sum, I thought that my experience at Capella University was great--I was very impressed with the rigour, thoroughness, and often frustrating reviews I experienced while completing the 16 milestones for my dissertation study. Last but not least, I would definitely recommend this school to others in the future.
My experience with Capella has been excellent. Faculty (counselors, librarians, instructors, etc.) are friendly, helpful, and easily accessible. The interface is easy to use and the university has a prolific database filled with resources. If you need to brush up on writing skills, research skills, typing- it's available. To make the most of your investment, have a plan. DO NOT rely on others and point the finger at the school and faculty for your struggles. They are accredited and a little pricey but any school not subsidized by state governments is going to be (it's a private college). Sometimes it's difficult "to see the forest from the trees" but do your best to know your objectives. Because it is online, you must reach out to your own community. In school status can open doors for job shadowing, volunteering, networking. You are responsible for creating your own opportunities. I have known several students from other universities using similar formats, as well as colleagues who received credentials through Capella. My general understanding is Capella is strong (my colleagues had achieved excellent positions as Deans and Directors). Remember, no matter what you choose Brick and Mortar or online, what you put into your education is what you will get out of it. Whether you are content just coasting and doing bare minimum or you put everything you have into into it, often your outcomes will reflect this. I work in medical as a mid-level provider; I have class room teaching experience; and community volunteering experience. My ultimate goal, is a PhD, which will potentially open doors for further teaching opportunities, consulting, mentoring, research, leadership positions, or other opportunities. Online graduate level programs are the future... they are flexible, don't require mortgage, campus security, insurance for student safety, more flexibility in staff, can attract students from all over the world and once technical infrastructure is in place a high return on investment. Capella is ahead of the curve. For undergraduate students: depending on what your goals are, its a good idea to save money by attending state/community schools on campus. There are things that online can't provide. Graduate students: if you are already working, your commutes are increasingly horrible, parking difficult, wear and tear on car, or have family, then consider online learning. You have your foundation and if it is strong- this will only help t further build. I give Capella strong support and positive ratings. Hope this helps- Best of Luck!!!!!!
I earned my Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning back in 2005. I'm extremely proud to have a doctoral degree from Capella University. My program was rigorous and my instructors challenged me every day. They gave me continuous critical feedback, positive support, and encouragement all along they way. The colloquiums that I attended enabled me to make personal connections with my instructors and allowed me to get pick and choose professors for upcoming courses. My studies provided a deep and rich learning experience that helped me to become a better teacher. The knowledge I gained through the coursework and through all the research I completed for my comprehensives and dissertation has helped me to become a subject matter expert in my field of education. Upon graduating with my Ph.D., I immediately was hired as a adjunct professor of early childhood education, and subsequently have been hired as a curriculum writer, teacher professional developer, literacy coordinator, and principal. Without a doubt, I would not have advanced as far as I have in my career as an educator had I not pursued and received a doctoral degree at Capella University. For every bad review on this page, there are 2 or 3 strong (5 star) reviews. Some people may have a had a bad experience with Capella, but perhaps that was their own fault. Maybe they don't have what it takes to put in the amount of work and effort to be successful at an online school (for example, during the 3.5 years it took me to complete my Ph.D., I worked full-time as a teacher/60 hours a week, was a fully engaged father of 3 young children, and stayed up from 9:00 pm. until 1:00 a.m. working on my coursework six nights a week. That left only about 4 hours a night for sleeping for most of 3.5 years! That's what it takes folks! If you aren't willing to do that, then Capella is not for you - you're right.
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