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I started at Walden because the ideas they are promoting are important to me. Social change and activism is something I work towards on a daily basis. So, as far as the concept, Walden has a great foundation. However, the classes and platform are terrible. The website and classroom crash frequently and are hard to load because they tried to make them too fancy and pretty. Their set up is hard to follow and navigate. Sometimes I gave up on trying to do school work because the webpage wouldn't load. Next, each class seems to be the same thing but with different "learning material". The material is just some links or quotes from this or that. There is no real substance to any of the classes I've taken. The only class I can say I was engaged and learned anything in was the Psychology class. I don't have any way of knowing if their "Professors" are educated in the topic they are "teaching" because some of them don't even post anything constructive or productive in the discussions nor do they give you enough feedback to ensure you are learning enough. Lastly, my grip is with the fact that each course is 5 credits. Why is that? At first their per-credit cost looks competitive but when you factor in that you pay for 2 more credits than most schools you are paying a lot more. It's just not worth it.
I currently attend Walden and only had a problem with one instructor. I requested to be move classes, and I was the same day. The dissertation process has not been hard, follow the rules and you will fly through it. My Prospectus was approved in 4 weeks, and my proposal was approved by the end of the first quarter. I will probably be done with everything toward the end of my second quarter, even though I am required to completed two more to obtain all the required credit. Again, if you follow the directions and DONt wait until last minute to start your actual dissertation, you will FLY through it (I actually want a second Ph.D when I complete this one).
Easy access to classroom activities. The writing center is key to success. Faculty is also available to make your transition through school easier to get through. I feel the work presented at Walden has greatly improved my ability to critically think. Yes there is a lot of research and writing involved through papers and discussions. I am at the point where I just wanted to do what I need to do to get where I want to be. I do not need too much interaction with other students and most of the work can be easily completed. The classwork, and papers are at least as demanding as any I have written in the past. This is the only school I know of that require referenced citations for in class comments and postings. I recommend Walden to those who have good study and computer skills, and can work well independently with online support when needed. I also like the interaction between students. The discussions allow for in-depth conversations about current topics that matter in the world of nursing. Completion requires self-organization, self-regulation, self-management, self-motivation. If you are unable to think independently, you will not succeed at Walden. In addition to the academic rigor, the student support services at Walden were excellent. I always received a response to questions/issues/problems within 24 hours and always satisfactory from advising, financial aid, the writing center, the research center, registrar, etc. Also, the Walden Library is superb and I will greatly miss having access to it. I highly recommend Walden University.
Completed all courses with a 4.0 GPA. Dissertation during process the school changed my committee chair 4 times! Last chair, Dr. Keepers was the least professional and knowledgeable who did not follow the rubric. Spent over $200,000 without completing my dissertation! Do NOT, I repeat do NOT go to this FOR-PROFIT school. Ask about their completion rate; they avoid the question, tell you the student it's inappropriate for you to even inquire about the Doctoral graduation rate, and never give you an answer.
MONEY...MONEY...MONEY..that's all what it is.... Do not waste your money in this school...Once you are in, you are trapped. No choice but just to continue to say yes and tolerate to all the unreasonable fees, tuition increase, incompetent uncaring professors..such a disappointment.I could not leave because I have already started and transfering to another school will just be an added expense.
BEWARE!!!! The PhD prerequisite coursework was easy with much student and instructor guidance on a weekly basis. However...Be Aware and Be Prepared for the PhD dissertation process. It takes forever, costs a fortune, and you are on your own with very little guidance. The university estimates (4) quarters to write/complete the entire dissertation. Each quarter costs approximately $3000. It will really take about 8 quarters. So, $24,000 just to write the dissertation. The Chair takes 5 weeks to give you any feedback. Then it goes to the committee member, who takes 5 weeks to give feedback. Then, the quarter is over and not much was accomplished. Why can't the Chair and committee member simultaneously give you feedback together????? And what happened to the 7 day feedback requirement???? It is a money-making hoax!!! ***Make sure the career step you will gain is worth the $80,000 it costs for the PhD Degree.
I finished all of my coursework in 2009. The problem is the university had a rubric for you to go by when you are writing your dissertation however your chairperson and the review board dont use it .They string you along until you're out of funds.sad
My degree involved some great classes and I learned a lot, but the program was very regimented and a number of the courses were not sequenced properly. Most of my books were 7 years old. I had to supplement what I was learning with coursework from other universities because there was not enough variety in my program. The coursework did not prepare you well for the research and dissertation/doctoral study phase of your degree. Consequently, you are forced to spend additional time and money trying to setup a research study that you are not prepared for. I finally got a wonderful doctoral chair who helped me immensely, but the for profit motive of the school encourages the least amount of instructors for the highest amount of students (so she was very busy). Nonetheless, all but one of my instructors were good teachers who genuinely cared about the students they taught, but It was sad to see a student drop out of the program due to one horrible instructor who had an emotional IQ of 50. This teacher had a Ph.D. in education with little to no knowledge of how to teach others effectively.
I loved the school. My program was challenging and exciting. It was a great learning experience for me, but what made me happiest was that it fit with my schedule and allowed me to pursue other things as well as even earn an associate in nursing at a school in my hometown as my third degree while still keeping up with all my classes at both schools. My one pet peeve with the school was that I really wish there was more financial aid available. But over all I am very happy with the school.
Beware of their DNP program its a fraud your only wasting your money. They create false hopes and fake errors to hold you back for more enrolling. Many have enrolled years ago and still fighting or sueing to get out they dont care and your complaints mean nothing only room for retaliation if your not quiet. BeWare