Walden University Reviews
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Walden university is for profit only. The professors are never on the same page in regard to students academic success. Faculty members working in silo and each with different agenda. I'll never recommend this school to anyone, worst school attended ever.
Walden is a for Profit school beware. I am an Alumni and made every attempt to finish my second degree with them this was a very difficult task to complete as it is for many other students. Look for a school who has the same goal as you do. A University who will partner with you to finish your degree with the least amount of financial burden as possible!
Walden University offers great opportunity for full time workers to study and pursue their education. Besides, its courses are selected to match the objectives of the field of study. It has a huge library and the communication with staff and administrators is very smooth.
I chose Walden for convenience. I was working full time, and raising three children. I started in the DBA program, but had such a hard time getting the dissertation committee/topic/research project worked out that I cut my losses and got an MBA. The courses were not well constructed, so the "professor" to use the term lightly, would pose questions and topics that were not easy to respond to. The courses seemed to be written and managed by people who had never, ever seen them from the other side. Instructors are very well paid for their efforts, and it is just a business for profit. It is not an esteemed university, in it for the greater good of humanity through education. It costs a fortune, and you essentially buy your degree. You will end up frustrated and angry, especially when they show you their expensive new commercials, and and ask you repeatedly how you are positively affecting the university with your expensive degree. I would love to know how the president and faculty are changing the world, but they never have to disclose that. Run, do not walk to another school.
I recently completed my doctorate at Walden. Walden, like many schools, is what you make it. If you want it to be a transformative experience, begin each course with this lens. I got ill at one point in my program and needed to take time. I found my professor was incredibly supportive and helped me get through the semester relatively unscathed. Expectations didn't dropped, but there was flexibility when it was warranted.While yes, it is a business, the learning environment provides a space for growth and development, as does the mission itself. I sought out to be changed by the content and my experience learning it, and I did. There are quirks here yes, but if you are focused on your development and learning, you will thrive. If you want others to make this happen for you, I suspect you will likely not have a great experience. Bring your life to Walden and connect what you learn back to your community.
Do not attend Walden University. I am part of a group of ex Walden students who maxed out student loans and never received support on dissertations and never granted an Ed.D. Use your money for an established university that is not taught online. They are For -Profit and only interested in keeping you enrolled for years to continue taking your money.
Walden University is a good school that puts the student at the center and enhances professional maturity. This kind of arrangement is not suitable for all students especially those that are still raw and yet to mature in life. It is very important to know why one embarks on advanced education. The degree certificate is not just a paper but the whole life experience of excitement amidst the challenging journey. This is not for every body, otherwise everyone would have a doctorate. Whether you go to Harvard, Yale, Oxford etc..., the certificate obtained will never make you successful. You as the individual have to make it work not the certificate. Therefore one has to be extremely mature knowing exactly why he/she should seek advanced education. It is mainly for you not your employer or friends or family.
The staff at Walden are extremely unprofessional, it's poor communication, and everything's the students fault. If you don't check your email daily you can forget about passing. They mix in necessary mail with important mail and trying to distinguish between the two maybe the mistake of your life. The enrollment advisors are not going to communicate with you for any reason other than the first week or two, after that if there's anything you need to know, check your email and god forbid, if you miss an email it's your fault; if they forgot an email it must have been a glitch in the system. Please go somewhere else and get a better education, you can do better than get cut and paste assignments from 3-4 years ago.
Only care about getting paid. Was told 3 times (1 in writing) that I would receive financial aid and then did not. Took no actions to compensate for the error. HORRIBLE graduation rate (33%).They care nothing about their students or if they graduate.
Be careful when selecting online schools. I worked on a PhD for 8 years at Walden. After completing coursework with an A average, I started writing a qualitative dissertation to complete the program. This is when my problems started. Walden needs to streamline this never-ending process that seems designed more for profit than progress. My last three years were spent on an endless merry-go-round of edits and rewriting of my first three chapters as I wrote for three different dissertation chairs with three different ideas of how my research should look. I eventually ran out of time and money. I decided that my investment outweighed my potential for financial gain in career so I resigned the program. Check into the school's graduation rate when deciding whether to attend Walden. I learned that the graduation rate for my major is only 18% for those who begin a doctorate in Educational Technology. I learned the hard way. Don't be like me.