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Not sure why others are bashing the program. I had a good experience with the DBA program at Walden. The courses were challenges, the staff was supportive, I learned a lot, and I finished my dissertation on time (actually a semester earlier than required). I know that sometimes for profit schools get a bad rep but it worked out great for me. Currently I'm a senior manager at a Fortune 50 company and teach part-time at multiple universities, including private/public non-profit universities, which was the primary reason I wanted to get a doctorate.
Overall, I do not think the program is worth the amount of money that you spend. The courses readings typically have nothing to do with the assignment. Or the articles are so out of date. When including information in a paper, references should not be more than 5 years old. Therfore, this leaves you to do a lot of research on your own. There are a lot of discussion board that really seems so lower level of academia. Some of the other assignments are useless such as writing a paper on how to conduct research.
The degree has not helped me at all in gaining employment. It took 6 months to get a job and it was not even in Healthcare Management, it was a receptionist. I've applied at hospitals, Dr's offices and anything health care related and only a few interviews in 3 years. I stand a better chance in getting a job not listing my degree at Walden. So disappointed with them and the fact they don't help students gain employment.
I was contacted by Walden University about classes in cybersecurity and was aggressively persuaded to enroll based on what I found out to be many false claims. The per credit cost I was originally quoted was increased after my first term. I conveniently was also not told about additional costs of attending required residency which added a HUGE amount to the cost above the tuition. The travel, room, meals, plus a week off from work! In addition, Walden's fees of $1, 520 for each week make these more expensive than traveling cross country. Through my search, I found an accredited school, the University of Fairfax, that accepted 9 of my credits from Walden. They also do not require a residency as all synchronous communication is done through bi-weekly virtual meetings. Their faculty are working experts in the cyber field and I have loved my classes so far.
I just started at Walden University, and I think it has been a great school. My professors engage in everything we do. If I have any problems, they will email me to make sure everything is ok. Also, my advisor calls me every week. To me, this is the motivation I need to succeed in my business administration and management degree. I am a procrastinator and like to wait until the last minute. But I am getting better with my time management, and other skills needed. Sometimes I need help in certain areas, so I ask for help. They have always been there for me, so it is my duty as a student to be there for them and do my best in everything. Good luck to all that are still in school, or everyone that has graduated. May all your dreams come true.
I ENROLLED IN THIS SCHOOL FALL OF DEC. 2017. AFTER ABOUT A WEEK OF STARTING MY COARSE DISAPPERED. I REACH OUT TO TECHINCAL SUPPORT AND EVEN MY ADVISOR TO HELP ME WITH THIS SITUATION SO I COULD BE SUCESSFUL IN MY COARSES. BUT NO ONE WAS ABLE TO HELP ME SUCESSFUL GET IN MY COARSES. 5 MONTHS LATER I RECIEVE A BILL FOR $1,400. I ASKED WALDEN WHY COME I GOT A BILL FOR $1,400 THEY TOLD ME I DIDNT WITHDRAW. I ASSUME SINCE I DIDNT HAVE ACCESS TO MY COARSE I WAS WITHDRAWED FOR THE COARSE. BUT THE WASNT THE CASE THEY SAID I RECIEVE IN F IN THE COARSE I GUESS I DID SINCE I COULD ACCESS MY COARSE. WHEN I CALLED WALDEN UNIVERISTY THEY SAID THEY DIDNT HAVE NO RECORDS OF MY REACHING OUT TO THEM ABOUT MY SITUATION. I EVEN PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION TO THEM WHERE SHOWS I HAD A CHAT LOG WITH TECHINCAL SUPPORT AND MY ADVIOSR THEY STILL HOLDING ME ACCOUNTIABLE FOR THE $1,400 BALANCE.
This is the letter I wrote to the school when they asked for feedback: My experience at Walden has been well below the expectations of a university experience. The structure of the classes was clearly set up many years ago and little to no changes have been made to adjust to the healthcare field of today. As a masters student I was expected to use resources <5 yrs old, but the course itself did not. The pharmacology and pathophysiology courses and textbooks were a joke. They did not provide any more than basic nursing knowledge. The instructors were UNINVOLVED! There was little to NO communication. The instructors responses on the discussion boards were evidently pre-made comments that didn't pertain to the posts that students made. When I tried to communicate with instructors I was brushed off or responded to rudely. It was evident that instructors did not care about my education. No lectures, why is that OK? In 90% of the courses I took through this school my grades were posted 3-4 weeks after turning in assignments. I received little to NO feedback. Often receiving 100%, when I knew my work was sub-par that week. The BEST and ONLY teachers I had are my preceptors, who receive NO COMPENSATION for doing the INSTRUCTORS WORK! Why should your instructors collect a pay check when they are offering me NOTHING, no teaching, no feedback, and no communication! I can only hope that Nurse Practitioners across the NATION quit precepting for UNIVERSITIES that do NOTHING for their students! I feel is if I have pushed money down a tube and received OLD information in return. No lectures, come on, why is that ok??? This school has TAUGHT me nothing. I learned more from the $200 I spent to buy a board review program than the $50,000 I have given this school. How can any of you sleep at night. I am not some 20-something kid who feels society owes me. I have paid for an education and I expected to get one. The information given to me when a talked to the Admissions coordinator was that the cost would be $30,000 with books included. Now I am over $50,000! Shortly after I started I was told that paying for student books was "against federal guidelines". This is a ploy that Walden gives to ALL applicants, then cancels it after 2 semesters. Overall, I will deter anyone I know from giving money to this organization. This information needs to be shared with the Federal government and this university needs to be SHUT OUT from receiving ANY federal loan funding.
Walden Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program was a challenging, rewarding program that I enjoyed. I had good instructors who made learning fun and challenged me. I worked very hard. This program is set up where you get out of it, what you put into it. I wasnt spoon-fed and nobody held my hand through this. Path was set up by the school and I walked it until I graduated. I feel it prepared me for boards and thats what the purpose of the program is.
I completed my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University, and I definitely recommend this university to anyone who looks for the best online University!! I got my BA degree in Psychology from George Mason University in Virginia which was helpful but not enough. Attending Walden University made me very confident about my education & my career. I enjoyed every seconds of my life spending at this university. Love the great and helpful instructors and academic advisors. The online tools such as discussion board, library, chatroom, assignment submission...etc...etc that we used were very organized and efficient. I never had a problem submitting my assignment and whenever I had difficulty, I would call the help desk, and they were available to help. The one week residencies were great learning experience plus lots of fan. I enjoyed every seconds of my practicum and internship program and the way that the university & the instructors helped us achieve our goals and complete the program. It has been almost two years since I graduated from Walden University but I still miss it and I am thinking about attending a PhD program at this University. LOVE WALDEN!!
This program was not what I thought it would be. Ill be starting my last semester in less than a week and it has been a journey. This program is very demanding but it is possible to complete. While it is possible to make all As each professor is different and will allow different things. One thing I like about the program is that no matter who your professor is, they all follow the exact same syllabus and class structure. Usually discussions are due by day 3 (Wednesday), but depending on your time zone, day 3 might end at 2 am Thursday. Im in Florida, so technically my day day 3 ends at 2 am Thursday and NOT 11:59 Wednesday. Projects and other assignments are due day 7 (Sunday). This is the structure of all classes that Ive had throughout the program. With this structure, there are no surprises, so thats a good thing. But, if you have a full time job, or other responsibilities, it can get really challenging if youre not focused. I didnt really take notes the entire time in the program bc there was only one test within the entire program. And that will be the only one you take during the program (unless something changes by then). This program is writing upon writing upon writing. Its exhausting, but Ive learned a lot. My highest complaint is cost. It is rediculous to pay to be here. Its very expensive and I feel as though I am being financially raped. College is more of a monopoly these days. As well, there is a mandatory residency that requires all students to travel. There are a few of these residences throughout the year, but if you are in the advanced standing program, you are only required to attend one. Other MSW must attend two. They may not be held in the state in which you reside. You will be responsible for travel, hotel stay, transportation, food, everything! Thank God I was able to drive to Georgia from Florida, and I had a friend who stayed there. Anyway, this stuff all adds up. Also, Ive experienced the most challenges as it relates to finding internship. You MUST advocate for yourself when the time comes to do youre internship. Staff makes mistakes, and they may miss something. Its up to you to check in to make sure everything you need is complete before you start interning. While i am thankful for my degree, the money may not be worth it to a lot of people. BUT, Im glad I had the opportunity to go to Walden. I hope this helps