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I have truly valued the education I have received throughout my degree program at Capella University. I transferred into Capella from an alternative online school and the difference between the education, faculty, and University had a significant impact on my success. This program is truly designed to help students reach their academic goals while working with their busy schedules. I am a single mother of two toddlers, working 60 hour weeks at the office, and working towards finishing my degree. The faculty is extremely understanding and always available to help when I have needed it. Additionally, the course work is designed to focus the assignments on my current (and future) organization, making the lessons more personal and relevant to my career path. Due to the significantly positive experience I have had with this organization, I would highly recommend this school and program to future students.
Capella has been absolutely phenominal to work with. I started with the guidedpath program and while I was learning a lot, it didn't offer me the flexibility that I needed as someone who typically works over 40 hours a week on top of school. My counselor offered me the option to switch to Flexpath which was more convenient for me. She walked me through each and every step of the process and made me feel confident in my choice. Flexpath has offered me a way of learning that allows me to fit my studies into my schedule wherever I see fit, and has made school exponentially easier on me. The counselors, tutors, professors and all other staff I've had to pleasure of contacting have been incredibly helpful in making sure Capella fits my needs as a learner. Highly recommend.
What I like about Capella was the support by the faculty. My mentor for my doctoral degree was Dr. Valerie Cox. She would always be available for me. She would call me to check on how I was doing, she made a difference in how I succeeded. She believed in me.
The doctoral program was a great experience with a heavy emphasis on research and writing. This was necessary in order to do a quality job on thinkng through the research need to ensure that I produced a high quality product during the dissertatiom phase of my program. Unlike masters programs it is also essential that doctoral students understand the inter workings of the academy and my advisor made sure that I understoood this very well by the end of the program. Upon graduation I secured a high level HR role at a private higher education institution and have since moved to a large public higher education institution as the AVPHR.
FlexPath is sold as a flexible way to complete a degree program, but it's so poorly executed that I can't recommend it to anyone. There is vast inconsistency in how each course is presented. Most are sorely lacking in resources to complete the course, or are so vague in their resource recommendations that you'll need to be entirely self-sufficient. Where software is needed (e.g. statistics), there is virtually zero guidance on which package to use or how to obtain it for free or at a discount (Other than SAS, which is impossible to learn quickly enough to be useful). Policy regarding academic engagement are not aligned with the website rules, so if you're interacting in spurts (as will be the case with most professionals), you'll be annoyed with warnings and the occasional course drop even though you've not violated policy. It really could be a great program with some attention, but in 2.5 years that I've been enrolled it's not improved. My advice, keep looking.
Very good online program and Capella University is a highly acclaimed accredited university. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there; I completed my BS degree there after being absent from any type of school for 30 years. Their staff and online application made it extremely easy for me to succeed. I earned my BS degree with a 4.0
After attending UCLA for undergrad and another D1 university for grad school, I have been highly disappointed in Capella. From Prof. Lange - at my first residency being intoxicated and cussing in public to financial aid mixing up my account causing huge problems, I can honestly tell you to choose ANY other school. Shoddy program at best! 100%'s given out like candy on assignments to make the students enroll in their honor society - a complete scam of a university! Do NOT waste your time and money!!!
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.
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