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As with any education experience, you will have good teacher, instructors and professors, and bad ones. Out of all the courses I took, there are only two I would grade with a D or F. Those are not very bad odds in my meager experience. The courses were challenging with some downright difficult. I do not feel my money was wasted, I learned a lot and found a job within 2 months of graduating. Note, this was in 2012, so I cannot speak to the school since then. Most instructors seemed encouraging and appeared to care about the education of their students. The two I would rate very low failed to respond to student issues, questions or concerns. It was apparent that they were part-time instructors and were only there for the pay. Little more than opening the next week's activities and cutting the bare minimum of work was accomplished on their parts. One even incorrectly recorded my final grade, which would have dropped my GPA resulting in a loss of achieving Magna Cum Laude (a personal goal). However, every other educator was very helpful and engaged with students. Most responded to questions within hours and rarely beyond 24 hours. I was full-online and expected the education to be lesser than the traditional brock and mortar school. I was very wrong. I feel I was challenged even more online as the nature of online communications limit the amount of class cohesion and communication. It is quite independent and you are responsible for the level of effort. I feel my level of effort was fairly represented in my final achievements.
I was able to take my time and take classes at my own pace. I am graduating this fall. I will say, just like any collage I have great professors, good professors, ok and even one bad professor. But I found the work challenging and meaningful. I was able to use many of my ELCC activities to help advance my career and impress my principal.
As a REAL graduate from the BS - IT (Project Management) program I can safely say that this program was ideal for my situation. I worked full time throughout my whole program and had to dedicate evenings, weekends, spring breaks, etc. to keep up with the workload. Some courses were a natural fit for me, since I was already working in the industry my degree focuses on but they were not sleepers. I will say not all of the instructors were great about keeping the students informed, but ultimately its up to the student to take the initiative. I graduated with top honors (Summa Cum Laude) which took considerable effort and staying on top of all coursework. The only thing I would say to others considering attending would be that this school is very expensive compared to some other online programs that are now becoming available at other Universities that have more clout. But the fact that my program is highly accredited made the extra expense worth it for me.
Capella University has been a great find for me! I started 4 years ago and will soon be graduating, super excited!! The flexibility of being able to go to class right in the confounds of my home in the living , with my children and not having to fork over money for day care was my greatest blessing. Anyone who's anyone who desires to go back to college and can't afford to leave your children or your current job situation (because just because your in school rent and bills don't stop) then Capella university is the right school for you! Good luck and God bless.
I have studied on campus (bachelor's), weekends/evenings (Master's), and online (mostly; doctorate) and Capella's clinical psychology program was one of the most challenging programs I had experienced. Yes, the lack of APA accreditation is an obstacle, but one they do not hide or attempt to muddle. You know what you are getting. (It also bears saying that APA's own distance education task force (in 2005) found no discernible difference in online education - yet still protected the status quo by refusing to accredit distance delivered programs). The program was not perfect but none is. The mix of hands on seminars (Year-in-Residence) and online classes allowed me to fulfill a lifelong goal to earn a PhD in clinical psychology. During my internship, it was the graduate of a McUniversity program who needed remediation - not the distance program student. The one caveat is that you need to be prepared with a high level of drive. They will not hand hold; you have work for this degree - which you should know if you are seeking a doctorate.
These reflect my personal experience with Capella. These may or may not be the "norm" Pros: They counted my certifications towards college credit They transferred all of my previous coursework and it was easy to petition for classes to count. Their IT program is ABET accredited Quarterly schedules - take classes all year round for quicker degree completion They let me transfer 3 years of credit Teachers are very understanding about people having full-time jobs/careers Very good with VA benefits - they do all of the paperwork on their end, you just call and confirm every month. Auto-Registration: create your academic plan and get automatically registered for all of your classes when the quarter comes around - helpful planning. Cons: I was promised a scholarship, I have yet to receive it (my second quarter here). I am very disgruntled at having to call and email with little response. It has been almost a week since my initial attempt to email my concerns, I am still waiting for a response. Expensive, as in one of the most expensive online schools ever; they are more expensive per quarter credit hour than most schools are for semester hours. A majority of the courses have assignments/coursework that is not clearly defined. Teachers have had to go back and post examples of what they want to clarify in multiple classes. Some of the really interesting courses (ie. computer forensics) are only offered one quarter every other year - which means you might get lucky and have the prerequisites in time, or you may never take the class. I was wanting to take some, but they are offered AFTER my projected graduation. I'm not waiting on graduation for one class I *want* to take when others will fulfil requirements. Auto-Registration: If you are automatically registered for your classes and they change the course, you won't get auto-enrolled into the new required class. Required beginner course for every degree program: I understand they want you to get familiar with their delivery style, but mandating a very boring and useless course for introductory purposes is 1) expensive for the learner 2) redundant because they required a tour of the online campus prior to registration, which included an imitation class. There is no way to test out of this course.
Currently working on Masters in organizational psychology. Program has engaging online platform with lots of scholarly resources and library. They also offer writing courses and personal review of written materials which is very helpful to students. the interaction on the discussion boards helps everyone learn from other students. The degree programs are focused and specific to meet the needs of ones chose field of interest.
My program has been a great experience for me in understanding leadership in education. Capella has been very professional throughout the process. There were some setbacks but they worked with me and are helping me achieve my goal.
Overall the experience has been good. Most of the teachers are informative and interactive. They often truly show a desire to assist the student in achieving goals. The weekly subject matter is usually challenging but the weekly discussions help generate fresh views and better understanding of the weeks subject.
Different strokes for different folks! Each online school will have its pros and cons and Capella's no different. Unfortunately there will not be a school that 100% without flaws. This is an online institution and as far as I am concerned has done very well in terms of communication and providing me with the resources I need to be successful here. I attended a brick and mortar for my B.S. and ran into a few issues during my 4 years as I had just a few as well while in Capella but nothing to be upset about. Yes Capella is "expensive" but let's face it in comparison to what? I look at my education as an investment in myself and I understand the value of it. I received my Master's degree from here in 2013 and I am in my second quarter of my PhD program. I am very pleased with Capella. I would definitely recommend them. I currently work in higher education but still chose to go with Capella :-)
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