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This is my first time attending an educational institution that has been exclusively online. I have enjoyed my experience at Capella thus far and would highly recommend it to students who are seeking an online degree. So far I have not had any negative experiences to speak of; the academic advisors I have had so far have been very helpful and relay valuable sources of information when requested, the professors respond to emails in a timely fashion, and the coursework has not been difficult to follow. Just as any online course, it takes discipline, motivation, and dedication to be successful.
The curriculum was right on point for what I wanted and needed, the professors were extremely professional and helpful throughout the entire program. Counselors listened to what I was saying about what I wanted to accomplish as a result of the program. Instructors were always looking for positive ways to interact with the students and to help make their work better. Since my graduation with a Masters in Public Saftey and a focus in Criminology, which was last December I have been tasked with co-writing textbooks in criminology for a university in Africa. Currently, I am working on a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at Capella University I would recommend anyone who is serious about getting an education in a positive environment to attend Capella University. Throughout my experience at Capella University, they have always done what was right by the student with integrity and treated me with respect.
I discovered that all the expected outcomes depend on individual motivations, willingness to sacrifice, and ability to extract value from school resources (incl. faculty, library, cohorts, etc.). My dissertation mentor and faculty not only were solid academic professionals but each was a professional consultant. Entrepreneurship through consulting was part of motivation for pursuing my doctorate. The relationship was perfect to further my education and learn my desired profession from experts. The faculty narrowed the gap between academia and practitioner for me. Through their influence and always being willing to advise, assist, and consult I learned more than what could be offered through a syllabus or individual course. I am grateful for the experience. i wish to continue relationships with many of the faculty long after graduation. Once again, it is important that each prospective learner weigh their motivation v. willingness to commit.
I picked up new tools for my managerial tool kit that helped my performance. The classes were challenging and made me think out of the box. Being a doctoral student got me a promotion. It was a game changer. I would do it again in a minute. The faculty were the key, they were helpful and constantly challenged us.
As a first generation college graduate, I believed that there is something bigger and better out there than me and I was going to step into that, and through the knowledge I obtained I would make a difference in the world. I was certain that pursuing my Masters degree in Human Resource Management was the right thing to do. I realized that doing it at Capella University was the right place and at the right time. But exactly where it is going to lead, I did not know, but I did know I was on the right road. At the beginning of the journey, I said that I would use my faith in God, lean on my family, my friends and whatever support system I had and go for the goal. I was awarded a Graduate Fellowship by the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) to assist with tuition and books. I was a little nervous about having to juggle a very busy work schedule, family life and coursework. Nevertheless, I was committed to the Human Resources profession, and I was confident that through the shared knowledge, I would become a more seasoned HR practitioner. I was able to accomplish my goals and overcome my challenges by using my faith, leaning on my family and whatever support system available when I received my Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Capella University in June 2012. In July 2012, I made the decision to continue my education by pursuing a terminal degree, a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree, in Human Resource Management at Capella University. As I continued the journey of pursuing my doctorate degree, my family and friends showed their continuous support and encouragement towards my endeavors and again I remained confident that through the shared knowledge of my peers, I was on the continued path to becoming an even more seasoned HR practitioner. In September 2015, I received a membership key, honor cords and an official induction into Delta Mu Delta (Honor Society for Business - Xi Delta Chapter, Capella University. I am truly thankful to God for all the support and encouragement I received from the wonderful people who continued to help me accomplish my goals. After nearly four years of pursuing my Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree, specializing in Human Resource Management, the morning of September 30, 2016, I SUCCESSFULLY defended my dissertation. It was a long, strenuous trudge to get there, however I had amazing advisors and awesome friends and family to support me on this journey. On December 23, 2016, I received the best Christmas present ever. It was a voicemail message from Dissertation Advisor Paul Grossklaus saying that my dissertation was approved and my degree is conferred December 31, 2016! It seemed impossible at a few points, but here I am officially Dr. Dwight L. Baker. Every experience that I have encountered at Capella and will encounter throughout my tenure as an HR professional has culminated into one comprehensive learning and development experience. No particular situation or scenario can be examined severally and determined to be the sole attribute which accounts for the experienced individual whom I consider myself to be today. I will instead offer that I possess a tool box consisting of diverse skills and resources that I have acquired over a period of time and continue to resort to and utilize each and every day that I perform in my professional capacity.
It's funny, in thinking of a review, I can't say it was all good or all bad. Some instructors were friendly and communicative, and others were less so. I didn't have a problem with any of the instructors. It was the tutors who were my issue. If you're stuck, you can send them a message or post to a bulletin board, but it all depends on their schedule and when they feel like responding. One tutor, in a scheduled chat session (he didn't want to talk on the phone), actually terminated the chat without warning after I told him I didn't understand his explanation to a complex problem. When I brought it to my coach's attention, I guess the tutor was talked to, but sure enough, he's still tutoring. If you can't help a learner better understand the problem, then what's the use of being a tutor? Otherwise, the program went pretty smoothly for me, working full-time and taking approx 2 classes a quarter, I completed it in about 20 months. You have to be focused, disciplined, and have good time management skills, otherwise this is not the program for you.
The program is excellent. You may hear grumblings from PhD students about varying requirements, depending on faculty member, or disjointed assignment coordination between classes. However, it is important to realize that this is real life, that no one should get a trophy just for participating. Classes will never be perfect, regardless of the institution. PhD-level learners should manage their own academic careers, coordinate their own course schedule (with their advisors) and do the work, as required. This is how it is in the business world, and how it should be in academics, as part of business world training (including those that will go on to teach). Capella offers fine courses, a good variety of relevant courses, and class sizes are more than acceptable.
I enrolled in Capella University Psychology dept. I was working full time, but thought a higher degree would help me. The time and money I spent on this so called education is a farce. I was bombarded by phone calls, email and snail mail that Capella would provide me with an excellent education. BUT SPACE WAS Limited. So I fell for their hype. The course room was inoperable most times, assignments were failed or sent back due to a missing quote mark. Financial aid was pushed constantly, because if I did not accept the award, there would be none next quarter. This is a for profit business. Oh one more thing, when I attempted to apply to jobs Capella said were available, sorry job never existed. The real kicker was when I actually secured an interview for an I/O Psychogist, the interviewer snickered when she told me my degree wasn't a real degree. I can still hear her laughter as I left, that has been 10 years ago. I stopped putting Capella University on my resume.
Outstanding and challenging program. I received my MSN from a challenging online University and was well prepared for the structure of Capella. The instructors, financial aid, mentors, and IT are responsive and available and the technology assists in the learning process. This program is not for those who are not structured or prepared for deadlines and research level writing--excellent for those who are! The coursework including grant proposals and executive briefs strongly prepare the learner for real life.
The flexpath program can be very good since there will be times when you cannot turn in a full assignment during a particular time. During those times be careful with activity/participation. Those submissions, unfortunately may be read with subjective eyes. If they feel things was not explained enough they will not count your weekly participation. In my case I always did my submission the same way and found out later after I was dropped from a course that my previous participation submission was not counted. Because I was using financial aid, I had to pay immediately out of pocket - which I had to borrow - back since the financial aid obligations was not met. Then I had to write and appeal to get back in school/class. This whole process took close to a month before I started back, meanwhile the financial aid clock was still ticking. So I still had to have a certain amount of course/credits completed to keep my financial aid. If you choose to take a chance on them be careful because a mistake on their part could cause you problems that they cannot or will not fix.
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