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Finished 3of5 dissertation chapters. Told Capella, leaving to save tuition, return. Returned, program changed plus 20K. Asked for Masters, offered CERTIFICATE for courses. Complained. They did nothing. Capella changes program then demands more money.
I love Capella University. I am 1/3 towards my doctorate and so far I have had a wonderful experience. I went to an Ivy league undergraduate college for my bachelors of science. Capella is more rigorous than was the graduate program for earning my master of science degree at TAMU. Many of the professors are also professors at other top universities, such UCLA and are experts in their fields. I have made many professional connections and am not limited to those at a brick and mortar college. My classmates are doctors, scientists. social scientists, dual enrolled graduate students and fellows, and nurses. They are all intelligent, engaging, and literate. You have to have a 3.0 with a M.S. to be considered for this program. The instructors have been engaging and pipe into the discussions, provide additional resources, pose challenging prompts and questions and thoroughly review our assignments in track changes. We get feedback on every discussion post. Everything we post must be supported by scholarly data or publication. The 3 things that make Capella great are 1) there are no annoying "off-the-cuff" speculative classroom discussions- discussions are well thought out and supported; 2) many of the students are working in the fields of the topics we explore and thus have much anecdotal information to contribute to the classroom; 3)having professors from a variety of top academic institutions enriches our learning experience and engages us in real world research. Every night I sit down at my computer and engage in what I call "Academic Warfare." It is fun and challenging. After 5 classes, I have amassed enough information and developed enough papers to publish several review articles. You must be a self-starter and learner to succeed at this school. You must understand how to be scholarly and if you are a poor writer, forget it. It has been a perfect learning model for me because I work full time and have a family. Capella works with you on your course schedule and path- especially if you have delays. They also give you scholarships and grants like many universities. I know of a student who has had difficulty finish a PhD due to lack of rigor. While it may seem like a money scam, I believe that the profs are right in demanding additional rigor to this student's thesis. The profs are not paid by the number of quarters a student is enrolled, but they do get dinged if their students do not produce academically rigorous work. I honestly love the school and have been impressed thus far. Since I work in scientific research, I know what academic rigor is and Capella has it. Capella is also highly regarded by EPA, DoD and other US government institutions as being a legitimate and worthy institution of higher education. I don't see a problem with the for-profit model. Even the not-for profit institutions are trying to make money to break even. It is not like you can walk into Capella and give them money and get a degree. They have a standard and reputation to uphold.
Capella University is fully accredited, and an academic institution that requires students to actively engage in academic work. If you do not make the cut, you simple get the letter grade that you deserve. To attend Capella University you need to be a serious student that is is self-directed, and self motivated. I encourage all of those that might be interested in online education to reconsider Capella University. The biggest mistake is that people tend to assume that Capella University is 100% Online. This is not the case, and as a matter of fact there are residences, colloquial, seminars, summer classes etc. You can certainly have the college experience, and much more, but you need to be a student in order to know. There is more to Capella University. (www.Capellauniversity.edu) Again, the academic institution is accredited, and it is just a fact of life that some students do not meet the requirements to receive an accredited college degree. Some students think that just because they are paying the tuition that they will pass a course at Capella University. Serious mistake. If you are interested in obtaining this type of education I encourage those seeking a college degree to look somewhere else. Also, take the time to explore the faculty that Capella University hires. Some of these professors are graduate from some of the finest universities in the United States, and some of them have obtained State Licenses in their chosen professions. On a final note, the name of the school, or the degree does not make the man, but the man must make the degree work for him, or her. Hit the books! JM
My experience was awful! I got sick the week of a final. I explained in detail to the "professor" my situation. I didn't turn in final on the date because I was sick, but I had it completed to be turned in. The "professor" for the class gave me an incomplete grade which hindered me from registration for another semester. I had NO response back from her. I contacted my academic advisor about my situation and concerns, and then she attempts to reach out to the professor; she too received no response back. Therefore, I missed the opportunity to enroll in future courses because of the incomplete grade. My academic advisor suggested that I write a complain on the "professor," but instead I decided to withdraw from the program. I was not going to continue to pay for a program that had was quick to take my money, but not precise on hiring caring,professional individuals. I wish I would have listened to the review I read before going to this program.
Capella will max out your financial aid. They held me back and would not let me go through the process in which I enrolled. They made me go through a SMR process where I had to write the proposal again. I had to write a pre-proposal, proposal and SMR. I had to repeat components that I had already done. Capella is after money. There is no one to talk to when you are having a problem. I don't see how they stay in business. It is the longest process that I have ever seen to obtain a degree. Capella will take all your money. It is a horrible school.
This college as a bait switch scheme and my complaints run from in class buffoonery to lies, false information,incompetence and I have contacted the Florida Board of Education and I suggest while it maybe be a pain do it anyway this has got to stop! I have also retained an attorney.
The school in itself is ok. There were good and bad instructors. The cost is inflated but it is what you get for being a distance learner. I had very few bumps in the road through my masters and doctoral programs but you must be prepared to pony up $10,000 out of pocket for "weekend experiences" which are not much of anything, and most importantly to be stretched out when trying to complete your dissertation. It is a money play. $2800.00 a semester while you jump through hoops. The IRB approval is a joke. My research was qualitative and nothing more than a few interviews of students and what their learning experiences were in secondary education. This is a greedy institution that I am still fighting. Worst of all, the name doesn't help you at all getting a good job. There is no respect for Capella or any other proprietary institution which is sad because some of them have good programs. Capella is not easy in any way. It is challenging and did help me get a solid education, unfortunately the name ruins your chances of being able to showcase what you know.
This school is not for those who think for themselves. I had an issue over Darwin's theory of evolution. I was asked to write a paper regarding the ascent of man. I don't believe in evolution and my paper was centered around that. I explained that fossil evidence is missing in regards to this theory. Also Darwin had doubts about his own theory. One of my professors said that he worked with a woman who did not believe in the evolution theory. The professor told her she should look for another profession. The other professor gave me a zero on my paper. We are told that we need evidence for everything. When fossil evidence is missing for Darwin's theory that is acceptable. The response from the professors was not professional.
Capella runs a good scam. They play a game of bait and switch on the comprehensive exam. Their so call residencies/ Colloquiums are supposed to get students ready to take the comprehensive exam. Well they did under the model that Capella University used to used, however the Capella changed the model this past quarter Summer 2015. Under the model I was trained under all a student had to get to pass was a total of 30 points out of 50 per question. The model did not care how you got the 30 points per question, all 30 points could come from contents or it could be split between APA and contents. Under the new model students have to get 80% or better under each of the 7 grading criteria to pass and if anything is under 80% on any of the 7 grading criteria it is an automatic fail. However even if the average comes out to 80% even with the grading criteria it is an automatic fail. Capella only cares about how much money they can take from students. They max out the student loan amount. They don't care about the students. For example this past quarter I had to go for major surgery to fix my foot. I was told to drop out of comprehensive exams by them because I requested an extension that was allowed within their own manual. I know another student who had the same issues with Capella playing this bait and switch game. It is not right of them. They act unethical. This school/ educational company needs to be shut down.
As a MS, Human Resource Management learner, I've found the program to be absolutely awesome. Originally, I was enrolled in the MPA program and was going to also obtain my Post Bacc. Business Certificate with an emphasis on Human Resource Management but shortly changed directions. The MS, HRM offered better job opportunities and honestly, I was more interested in HR as a profession. There have only been two professors in the MS, HRM program that I was not happy with but other than that, my experience at Capella has been very positive. Once I graduate, I will seek my PHR (Professional Human Resources) credential. Luckily, Capella offers a credited course preparing learners for the test ( This also includes preparing learners for the SPRH and GPRH credentials if they so choose to seek them). The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recognizes Capella's MS, HRM program and the course aligns with SHRM HR curriculum. Not only that, but what I am learning directly impact my current role as a HR Assistant. I use knowledge gained from courses at Capella and apply them to my job. It is very rewarding. As for tuition, is it expensive? Sure, but it is no more than a typical graduate program at any other school whether they are for profit or not. I am paying less as a grad student then I did while going to the University of Wisconsin - Madison as an undergrad. I noticed the much of the negative feedback have come from learners taking psychology courses with Capella. I cannot speak for this program specifically but I can say that every program is different and it is important to get a variety of opinion. All being said, the MS, HRM program is excellent and I would recommend the program to those who are int
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