Walden University Reviews
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I knew the program would be challenging but the challenges I am experiencing were unexpected. A prevalence of do as i say not as I teach you is right. For example, you are expected to adhere to ethical codes of transparency, honesty and due process but the school will not do the same. One example, the syllabus is released, you have only one week to drop a class, the teacher can change the syllabus if they want. You agree to the syllabus and decide to stay in a course based on that only to have the expectations of the course change. The class resources are dated but you get marked down if YOU use dated (>6 years old) resources. The same week we discuss how unprofessional a superviser is by having her children at home while she is on a supervision call, our Instructor conducts our call in the car with her children while traveling. Teachers assistants seem to have a need to exhibit their knowledge by knocking students down. The Instructors can not agree on what they want so each time you spend the first 3 weeks scrambling to figure out what does this specific instructor (or TA) want. I have had one instructor mark you down for citing to much other mark you down for not citing every other sentence! seriously, it is almost as if they want you to drop out because they prefer the exclusivity of a doctoral degree to be inaccessible. They have your money, they do not care if you finish. I tried to transfer to another school, also CACREP accredited but was told nothing transfers and I would have to start over. I am nearly 2 years in and am not starting over otherwise I would transfer in a heartbeat. Go to a brick and mortar school at this level. You are basically trying to teach yourself doctoral level information and graded quite harshly at times for not knowing what you are paying to be taught.
I just graduated on 2/14/2016 and took boards on 3/25/2016. The program was very time consuming and demanding. I learned so much. The hardest part it the program was finding my own clinical. It took me 26 months to complete the program. You have to put in the work in order to get what you need from the program. When it came to me taking my national certification I had no problem and the school is accredited.
The DNP Nursing Program at Walden University is a NIGHTMARE. The school of nursing is unorganized, unstructured, and lacks ethics. I chose this university in the beginning over a private university because of cost and time, but my colleagues who went to a private university spent less than me and got their DNP degree a year before me. Here's my experience with the school. Walden University is not recognized and often you cannot find a practicum site. The Chair advisors do not respond in a timely manner in fact it's towards the end of the semester the Chair contacts you. Please note when you've completed the 47 credits they tell you at the initial interview that's all you needed to graduate, you are left in shock an awe; because they rob you by enrolling you into a course they call 8700 TOTALLY WASTE OF MONEY - BEWARE this is the most unethical thing that they consistently do. They DO NOT HELP STUDENTS. The president of Walden university needs to look into these complaints. The DNP program should be shut down. Am sure if any student in the program sees this they would agree. I just finished but I'm not proud. I wanted to transfer but no school would accept my transfer because I was to the end not even Cambridge university.
Walden is an online University, it is not Harvard or Yale. If you are looking for a degree that is going to give you instant success in life, you'll be looking forever. I don't care where you went to school, if you don't work hard, and solve your own problems you will fail in the real world too. Most of the successful people I know did not go to big schools, they went to junior college and transferred to state schools. Or they opened their own businesses and worked hard to be successful. My wife got her MA at Cal State Los Angeles and she now owns a successful business. And guess what? She hires professionals with online degrees too. Walden requires you to do the work, they will not do it for you. If you need to do research, it's up to you to figure out a way to get things done. If you have an issue with fin aid, advising, etc., it's up to you to become an adult and solve the problems on your own. If mommy and daddy have their pockets lined with money, go to a nice school with tall trees. If you are accustomed to having everything done for you, go somewhere else. I am on my second year at Walden and it has been good up to this point. It's everything I expected from an unranked, online, and for-profit school. I did my BA at a brick-n-mortar school and I can tell you that the hand holding stops here. If you're worried about the reputation of the school, don't go to Walden University. Go to an Ivy League school, period. If you can't get into any of those schools, simply complain about it for the rest of your life. Personally, on my resume, my education is last because my accomplish at work are more important. I use my BA, MBA, and soon to be DBA as a supplement to prove that I can work hard, and I have the education and training to handle the additional responsibility. It does Walden a huge injustice when people come on here and berate Walden University for mistakes that are most likely out of Walden's control. For example, people give Walden 1 star because they had a death in their family and Walden wouldn't go out of their way for them. Or, people giving 1 star because they weren't able to find an internship in time. How come other students could do it, but for some reason these people could not. I'll tell you why, they are lazy and want everything done for them. Walden is not for everyone. Please do your own research, look at the rankings, and then decide if Walden is right for you. If it's not, then please stay away and let us enjoy the University for what it is.
Absolutely appalling customer service. I could not get the Academic Advising Team to answer any calls, voicemails or emails for several months - I literally had to put an email Subject Line as "Please I am begging someone to respond" to get an answer. To top it off, they were extremely unhelpful and honestly quite rude when they did finally respond. If you want a school that provided actual student support and gives the slightest hoot about their students, stay away from Walden. I'm currently deciding whether or not to cut my major financial losses and withdrawal.
My MBA from Walden University has not only opened my eyes to a world of new business opportunities, but it taught me how to properly understand, assess and maximize the full potential of these opportunities. In addition to this, my degree has helped me earn multiple promotions since graduating, and has prepared me to go above and beyond the additional responsibilities that are asked of me. The flexible schedule and design of the courses are incredibly helpful, and ultimately gave me the ability to still work full time while studying. It is also a great format to improve your time management skills. I am lucky enough to work alongside business professionals with degrees from various ivy league institutions, all of which are held in higher regard than Walden, yet I am often the one in a leadership role in my current organization. I owe a great deal of my success to the degree I earned at Walden, and I am eternally grateful for that experience. I would recommend Walden to any person that has strong work ethic and is determined to improve his/her career for the long term.
Please save your money! I received my masters from the school. I went back and had to leave for a family emergency. They are charging me for the entire semester and have added an additional 1200. I owe them 5400 for a class I could not complete. They do not take family emergencies into consideration. On top of that, my initial degree from them is no longer accepted in the state.
I love Walden, and I do not understand all of the negative reviews. I have a bachelor's and Master's from a brick-and-mortar university, and Walden is definitely meeting my expectations for an online PhD. I won't lie: this school is very difficult. Their expectations and standards are very high for their students, but for good reason. I have published several times since starting this doctorate, which is exactly what I set out to do. If you are expecting to "coast" through school, and if you expect it to be easy, think again. Online degrees are what you make of them. I love every person I have worked with here: the instructors are fantastic. Some of them are more difficult than others, but once again, for good reason. The advisors are always helpful, and the library is excellent! I have finished all my PhD coursework in 3 years and am currently working on chapters 2 and 3 of my dissertation. The process is going very well. I have a wonderful committee, and they are very dedicated to helping me progress. Additionally, every time I have interviewed for teaching and administration jobs, the employers are always impressed by my education and credentials. I highly recommend this school in all aspects, especially for the education programs.
The educators from the Walden universityneed to revisit Phd requirements. Tthe value of a true group process or Doctorate level education is not evident. I worked my but off to get to this level and I expected evrybody else to be professional. I found myself alienated from the group in every class. I would write to many students and receive no responses. Additionally, very few students would write me initially in the discussion post. They had their favorites. I teach classes that never happens everyone is included. I brought this alienation to the attention of the faculty and the department chair it felt like I was taking the class by myself. This university prides itself on interactive discussion posts and classmate bonding. I cannot dismiss the fact that I received 4 to 5 hits for responses in the entire class. Whereas a class leader was receiving 20 extremely polite affirmations on every thread of this discussion adding up to 120 per class. Explain that? Other follower students posts there was absolutely no disagreement or deviation with this leader classmate. Classmates responded to his every discussion point. He did know what he was talking about. I wrote to him 10 times he blew me off. He was running the show. It was clear to me that these group members or network was pre-determined. Every member of the group gravitated to this great leader a CEO of a company. This boot licking tells me either they knew each other or they were looking for job. I found this behavior to be anti-doctoral acumen. The class wrote about the dangers of the social network and the informal network – here is one example I dropped out and I have 4 degrees and 25 years’ experience. I was excluded from the discussion group which account for death of the class for me. I worked very hard and received nothing back. The instructors could not control their classes. Therefore, I felt my classmates were not challenging and engaging in an unprofessional manner, and moreover, the material of each class a specially XXX it was a class in my Masters program. I majored in this class, as well as, taught to undergraduates many times. Therefore, as many students on the Internet posted serious complaints about the university simply looking to make money there was absolutely no individuality whatsoever. I called folks they did not call back except one great instructor. I called the Dept chair she did not call back. Find a group that responds exchange phone numbers. This seems to be the day of the blow off - coral your teammates. When academia becomes driven by the need for profit it is a sad day. Quite frankly classwork easier than the master level classes - often it resembled undergraduate work. Dr. B was the best instructor. I found the transparent marketing ploy of sending students and identification card after the first class, that said "you are Dr. Psychology" it was not true and shady The money con was on at all times behind the scenes. This not evident in the Universities I went to it was about academic excellence A true test of student knowledge is not : no tests, limited deadlines, all subjective rhetoric and biased discussion posts. It seemed like that some people just look up the research and splashed up on the page (quoting the author) with very little personal discussion or demonstration of knowledge. Some students do not have any real world experience they should not be in a Doctoral Program. Other students were awesome and I wanted interact and learn from them but, I could not even receive a criticism.
The first year at Walden was fine, I really enjoyed my courses and the professors were knowledgeable and respectful. I mainly signed up for Walden because a friend referred me and I needed to work full time and was planning on moving. An online platform seemed to be the best solution at that time. I was pumped up after the first Residency to finish my degree and start the process for licensure. Upon the second year (late 2015 into now), I noticed even more so in my courses that there was a how amount of mediocrity in the discussion boards throughout the whole quarter. I understand that discussion boards are a little more informal, but in every course professors said that APA style is mandatory for discussions along with thoughtful responses to peers. I am in no way perfect at APA style and writing in general, but what I saw from a majority of my classmates was laughable. Most did not appear to know how to formulate proper sentences with grammar and spelling errors throughout the whole post (not to mention far from APA style). This made me often wonder how these students got to the point that they are at, especially as I pride myself for spending a lot of time studying, researching, and going above and beyond requirements the professors asked for. I now believe that professors are instructed to pass all students (at least with a C) provided they write ANYTHING and it's fairly on time. On top of this, I began searching for field sites a year ago (last summer). Either agencies and hospitals did not want anything to do with Walden or they were not taking in any interns at all (it was this way in New Hampshire and I moved to South Carolina- same thing). I was considered for a practicum spot in a city in North Carolina but I did not have the means or ability to just move. This whole process was quite frustrating, and the field site list Walden provided was very outdated (agencies on that list were shut down) and I spent quite a bit of time making my own list and calls. I have gotten no support in this process. I called the Director of the Mental Health Counseling program at a local university and she told me that her school has affiliations with a few hospitals and agencies (and the practicums are done on campus until internships which are done at the field site). She said it is very competitive and even her students sometimes have issues landing a field site. Walden has no affiliations and is not a brick university, making it that much more difficult. I'm all for hard work as long as I know it will pay off. I spoke to multiple "advisers" at the start of my career at Walden and they did not indicate any of this. If anything, they made it seem like finding a site is easy provided you start looking a year early. They gave me stories of how some students have four sites lined up just in case. They did not once mention that finding a site is not a guarantee, and that we are all alone in this process (also the fact that there are no pre-established affiliation agreements with any hospitals or agencies). I said goodbye to Walden a few days ago and am not looking back.