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Whether you are pursuing a Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate degree, Capella University offers many programs to achieve your goals. The university employs instructors who provide quality education and a desire to see students succeed. Academic advisors work with students to help reach their goals and are always available to answer questions and concerns. Overall, Capella makes distance learning a great experience; especially for those who are new to online learning.
I am a current student at Capella for the Education Administration EdS program. I also have a Master's degree from Capella in Higher Education. The programs at Capella allow for flexibility in advanced coursework for anyone who is working full-time, raising a family or simply has obligations during "typical" course time. The education programs are widely accepted in the work force and has allowed me to further my career goals as an educational leader.
I have Masters degree from Capella and had a great experience. That's why I decided to stay with them for my PhD. I completed all the coursework, the comps, and was done writing chapter 4 of my dissertation when my mentor told me I could not use aggregate data for my study. Keep in mind that I had IRB approval, passed comps, and had approval for chapters 1-3 already. I was told I would need to back up to Milestone 3 to rework my study and would need to get IRB approval again. The problem is, there is little chance of me getting through all of the milestones again before I "time out" of the program in October 2018. I'm in hock with student loans up to my eyeballs and I'm ABD. Basically, I have a MS and completed all of my doctoral coursework. I'm joining the class action suit. Maybe I can at least recoup some of my money.
The PhD in I/O Psychology I earned at Capella University has served me very well. I went to a land based Masters Program so know what a graduate program should look like. It was extremely difficult. I was held to high standards by all teachers but especially by my mentor and dissertation committee which included a Harvard grad. I am mystified that people don't calculate the cost of their program until they are well into it. If you want to be handed a degree this is not the place but if you want well-qualified teachers who grade according to appropriate standards for doctoral candidates then consider this school.
I would not recommend the DBA program through Capella they are more concerned about there money than the needs of the student. They refuse to change mentors and truly help guide the students to success. They brag about how many do not pass and act like there school is the only one with a rigorous program. When I withdrew from there program because they mentor as awful they tried to put all blame on me and did not try to fix any of the issues.
Alumni cave (students beware). I started my Capella journey with the intent of earning a doctorate (PhD) in Instructional Design in order to conduct research and teach at the college/ university level upon retirement. The nature of my profession requires considerable travel so an online program was the only possible educational option. Most often, hotel internet connections has been the primary access to the Capella website. Capella is a for profit university (emphasis for profit) that advertises abundant scholarships and grant funds; however, after applying for multiple scholarships and grants, I never received a single scholarship or grant the only available finance option was student loans. Multiple program requirement changes, faculty and department turnover, and inconsistent grading policies helped cause delays in completing courses. There were instances where hotel internet was not available due to construction, tornados, floods, or technical issues, which caused me to miss some assignment deadlines. Some faculty was very understanding while others were very punitive -severely reducing grades to include failures requiring retaking several courses. The Scientific Merit Review (SMR) and Institutional Review Board (IRB) process alone took twenty (20) months for approval. Finally, with all the coursework completed, the comprehensive examinations passed, and starting dissertation research, the university gave me a unrealistic timeline to complete the dissertation otherwise I would face administrative withdrawal from the university for being a maximum time learner. In addition to working fulltime, I also care for an elderly parent. The Capella dissertation process of sixteen (16) milestones is quite cumbersome and extremely time consuming to complete taking over two years. The dissertation was completed and submitted (to the minute) at the school-imposed deadline. Both the dissertation mentor and dissertation committee approved the dissertation; however, Capella rejected the dissertation because (with no announcement of any kind), Capella had changed the dissertation template and format saying that my dissertation was not in the correct format and because of this, I did not meet the conditions of an extension and was therefore administratively withdrawn from both my degree program and the university with no appeal. The argument that the dissertation was already in a university-approved format and the last minute adding more requirements was rejected. This process of moving the finish line to justify expulsion is completely unfair and highly unethical!!! Speaking of unethical, my tuition costs exceeded $225,000 (quarter of a million dollars); having exceeded the lifetime maximum federal student loan cap I was left with paying for school out of my pocket (more than $ 4,000 per quarter); further, my student loan debt exceeds $200,000. I attended Capella University to further my education in order to give back to the next generation and make a significant contribution; however, as result of my Capella experience (1). I have no PhD degree (2). Spent a quarter of a million dollars in tuition (3). Owe more than $200,000 in student loans with a repayment schedule of $2,274.49 per month (4). Will be in debt for the rest of my life. The most ironic thing was receiving notification that my graduation application had been approved and congratulations on my recent graduation and asking was I planning to attend commencement?
I have a high gpa because I worked very hard and put in way too much time. The classes here were comparatively much harder than going to a regular college. You are penalized for the online convenience. There is virtually no teaching. You are on your own. Be warned if you want to be a student. If you want to "teach" and need a job with little to no work, this is the place for you.
Here's what you need to know about Capella University: I worked on my Ph.D. from 2008 to 2010. It was an arduous process with little support provided. Once I completed it, there was NO career support provided, NONE. Then I applied for adjunct online teaching positions with Capella from 2010 to 2017, at least twice per year, and each time I was told they wouldn't hire me because I was a graduate. Yet they would gladly hire someone with NO experience to teach online doctoral classes, especially if you are female and of color. This year I applied for an online teaching position with Capella, titled Education, Postsecondary Adult Education. My doctorate: Postsecondary Adult Education. What was Capella's response? They would not move forward with my application, even though I have 12+ years online teaching experience. This is a shameful practice and one I have come to expect from Capella University.
I am a student that is due to start school and I have not graduated, I don't like the fast track orientation, don't like the unnecessary symposiums and I really don't like the main office and their personnel. I recommend that you watch your back at all times if you are to attend this organization.
DON'T ATTEND THIS SCHOOL! If you have medical issue come up that prevent you from completing a course they will through you to the wolves and than collections. They do not care how they treat you and most of the instructors have no clue what the course material is. When attempting to receive assistance with courses I would receive mixed answers that don't make sense. Few times I received answers to questions replying, did you try google. One teacher had no clue what the questions meant and just told me to do my best. I had surgery come up and unable to preform my class work. Was never dropped out of my class properly so than I was forced to pay for the classes out of pocket. This is by far the worst manage school I have ever experienced. I only wasted my time and money. Spent 8 month trying to get a credit for the classes and was pushed aside and forgotten multiple times.
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