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As with previous reviews, I too learned not to "rock the boat" with an instructor. After asking for more specific information, versus "cut and paste" type comments on assignments, I was told not to post such comments in the 'contact the instructor' area. My post was removed and I was sent a stern email from the instructor telling me I was "presumptuous" to post this request. Rather than escalate this situation further, I learned to not ask for clarification on any further assignments. I have since transferred to a brick and mortar school. I find the quality of instructors superior to the Walden teachers. Additionally, I feel my tuition is better spent at a university where I am respected as an adult learner and valued customer.
Don't talk back! If an instructor is rude on the blackboard you had better ignore it because if not - they will screw you over like there is no tomorrow. They wasted my student loans. The instructor involved twisted the truth as far as she could. I was in my fourth class. I had completed three and received A's in all of them. And then this instructor entered stage left and just started tearing me apart. Twisting the truth to suit her. I reached out for help and the more I did the worse the problems became. Go to a different school. No grad student needs this garbage. This school is expensive and they do not do anything more than the bare minimum to help you through - clinging to POLICY at all times - rather than just doing what is right. RUN from this program. Also consult YouTube there are a couple of interesting posts from Walden student's on there as well.
I would strongly recommend to NOT seek studies at this institution. Cost The one thing that attracted me to this institution was the textbooks being include into the price of the course. However, 2 classes in I received an email stating that books no longer will be included and it would be a separate cost. The cost of the textbooks are astronomically overpriced and unable to be resold after completion of the class. You ALWAYS get the response that the book is no longer being used. How is it that a book I only used for 10 weeks already no longer being used? You try to sell it back online the most you will get is $10- $15 .The cost of tuition is roughly about $2500 per class Instructors I'm unsure to the training that is provided to instructors that teach online courses, but my observation has been witnessing instructors being confrontational and belittling to students in a discussion forum . Additionally, it appears the focus is not really on understanding the concept of the class .When you seek clarity on a subject, inquiries go unanswered Academic advisors They serve no purpose . Each time you reach out to them they defer you to talk to someone else and I am unclear to their roll . Its a profit making institution so their goal is not to invest in your education or ensure job placement. Their goal is to take as much of your money and you teach yourself
Walden University has been described by many as the online equivalent of Harvard University. And, I agree! In order to succeed at Walden, you must be a self-starter and be incredibly motivated for academic success. Walden has the best teachers, curriculum, program of change philosophy, knowledgeable professionals in their fields, and equally expensive. You must advocate for yourself too because unless you raise the issues that bother you, none of the academic advisers will be able to help you. I have had two degrees from two separate brick and mortar schools with help from colleagues and face-to-face assurances from instructors, but not so at Walden. To be successful at Walden, you have to grow up! And so, I did.
The absolute worst college experience ever, especially with financial aid and the FAM department. Teachers are ok, seemed well prepared. Already had a college degree, looking to add to my expertise, but the admin staff id's the most unprofessional and unkind I have every dealt with at any institution, our business for that matter. You'd better hope you don't have a problem with your financial aid going through, or you're going to be lead down a path of lies and manipulation that's end up getting you in the end, literally. The Clinton's have a vested interest in this university, so do your homework on them and this sorry excuse of a school before making an important decision.
I have been frustrated with Walden for many things but the one thing I praise them for is the caliber of teaching staff and the preparation for licensure. They work hard to make sure when it comes to licensure, there is a smoother process. The course work is crazy and it is extremely challenging to work full-time while attending Walden. Those who work part-time will fare better. The teaching staff and advisers are empathetic and wonderful. If you are looking for easy, this is not the place. If you are looking to be prepared for licensure-jump on in!
Stay away from Walden if you're looking to complete a Ph.D. without going broke. I began my program in 2008, thinking I would be able to complete my studies in five years. It is now 2016 and I'm still not finished because of the exceptionally long time it takes to get any writing reviewed. Any time I turn in an assignment, instructors have 14 days to review. While working with my dissertation committee, this means that each person has two weeks to review my work and return it. They do not do this concurrently, but consecutively. I've wasted numerous quarters (12-weeks) simply waiting for work to come back to me. I almost always complete my revisions within a few days, but each committee member then has two additional weeks to review. I have no choice but the finish this (I'm finally within two quarters of completing my dissertation), but I would strongly advise students to find another school. In addition to the wait times, I've also had my entire dissertation committee changed since I started it in 2012. I don't know why the first committee member quit. The second committee member to quit was my Dissertation Chair. She decided to retire in the middle of a quarter without telling anyone. Took me almost six weeks (1/2 of a quarter) to find a replacement. Then the new Chair had to have time to review my work. This summer, my methodologist quit due to health reasons. I've spend the last two weeks trying to find another methodologist who specializes in quantitative data analysis. During my phone conference with him, he stated that he doesn't agree with the methodology I'm using, so now I'm going to have to change that. It seems to just go on and on. None of my committee members seem to talk to each other, and they certainly don't agree with each other on how I'm conducting my study. I'm very frustrated and will never recommend Walden to anyone.
Attending Walden University was the worst decision ever! My professor did not follow the syllabus nor did she grade on time. I brought my complaint to the dean and it was not addressed or resolved. I feel as though Walden University took my tuition and did not give me what I paid for which was a full course. The academic department is not supportive of its students and acts in an unethical manner. It is all about the money! The let the professors act rudely and not perform their duties!! total waste of time.
I completed my masters in computer science in 2006. I was studying in NTU (National Technological University) when Walden took over NTU. Recently, I had applied for a new job and provided my education credentials to my prospective employer. When they did the background check, they contacted Walden to verify my degree. Walden had told them that I took some courses, but didn't complete my degree. Before this happened, I had already quit my current job, because everything else was fine and I didn't even remotely think that Walden would not verify my degree. I had the paper copy of the degree with me, all the tuition fee receipts for every course, the commencement book that shows my name as one of the students that completed the degree. I shared all this with my prospective employer, but they wanted (and rightly so) the verification to come from the university. The prospective employer pretty much pulled the plug on my offer since Walden told them I didn't finish the degree. You can only imagine the amount of stress this caused. With a family to take care, no income, no health insurance, no job and already vacated the current house and basically no place to go. I called Walden and pleaded with them to look into this issue quickly. Of course, there was no urgency on their part....zero understanding. They said some one else had to look into it and it may take up to 2 weeks. I called them several times and pleaded, begged, cried, shouted......but not much impact. In the mean time, my prospective employer asked if I had lied on my application and if so, they said I can correct it now, but that they cannot guarantee an offer. I told them that I didn't want to change anything....everything that I wrote in the application was the truth to the best of my knowledge. And that Walden was still looking into it. Eventually, the HR from the prospective employer was able to get in touch with Walden and looks like Walden finally confirmed that I had received the degree. And they finally hired me. This is what happens with for profit universities, especially the online ones. Zero regard for students. I'm thinking that Walden's computer system wasn't updated correctly with NTU students and it was probably showing that there was no record of my completing the degree. My guess is that when they took over NTU, they didn't convert the list of students and the courses that were done at NTU. But this is not the only reason I'm saying Walden is bad. When they took over NTU, the only thing Walden did was increase the tuition fee. Also, we used to be able to take courses from good partner universities like some of the state universities in Florida, Colorado etc., All this stopped after Walden took over NTU. They started offering their own version of the courses that some of these state universities had. But, the quality wasn't the same. The only good thing for me was that I had completed almost all my courses through these other partner, state universities. So, don't waste your time and money on Walden. The current Walden university degree is most likely not worth it, doesn't have the reputation as the other traditional universities, its expensive, its not what they may claim it to be, nobody knows about this university (if you tell people that you studied in Walden, they ask...what?, where is it?, is that even real?) and at the end of it all, they may end up saying you didn't finish the degree.
My employer, a large federal agency, covered my expenses to study at Walden. I had initially thought that an online degree program would be easier than the brick and mortar university programs that I was used to. I was completely wrong. The online degree program at Walden was more demanding, and most of my professors were practitioners in the fields that they taught. There was very little hand-holding by the professor or even other classmates that you would normally find in a brick and mortar university because you have to be very self-motivated to succeed in an online program. You will not get face-to-face interactions with the professor and other students who may provide a student with repeated reminders to complete his/her work and listen to his/her whining. To succeed at Walden, one must be self-motivated to complete the class work and work hard. If a student lacks self-motivation and maturity, an online degree program at Walden or even at another online university would not be right for him/her. I had learned a lot at Walden and would not hesitate to re-enroll in it again if I want to study for another degree program.