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My experience was great. Assistance was available when I needed it and I finished in a timely manner. My advisor, Chairs, and program director were helpful and supportive. With most things, the effort you put in is what you will get back. Time management and discipline are key.
My doctoral learning experience contributed significantly to the efficacy of my world work. In psychology, the Walden Professors provided appropriate level of feedback - consultative and participative. Although it took a year longer than I had anticipated to completing my doctorate degree, the was a longer process than I had expected. The extra time occurred in the dissertation phase of my program. Late in the first draft of Chapter 2, I discovered a flaw in my Literature Review that required me to readdress my hypothesis and change my inquiry design. Despite my feelings at the time, I learned significantly from the experience. Lastly, I worked with the same dissertation chairperson throughout the dissertation phase. The Walden structure emphasizes the Appreciative Inquiry framework for those who wish to contribute to making changes in the psychosocial contexts of their life experience. This framework roundly engages individuals who are self-determined to change. The methodology provides opportunity for those who can discipline themselves to the online and distance learning environments. The time commitment for me was full-time. I worked 20-25 hours per month during my entire time at the Walden Doctoral Psychology, which included the coursework and dissertation phases, and four Residencies. I am grateful for my experience and time and Walden.
I am in my doctorate. It is taking my committee member over a month to complete a review. A quarter is 3 months. Each quarter costs about $3,000 dollars. Enough said...not Recommended unless you want to default on your loans..........................
I had to drop off my children this summer by bus, due to mishap with the airlines. It took me five days to get up there, and will take me that amount of time to get back. When I contacted the instructor, all he could say was the assignment was easy, and I should be able to do it. The program director was contacted, and literally had the same thing to say; my instructor tried to work with me; regarding the assignment. I should obey policy, even though I asked for extension ahead of time. In addition, some of the instructors do not care about the students; nor about the students personal affairs. They only care about getting paid from you.
The Business Program is riddled with problems. One of which is too many students and not enough people despite plenty of incoming money. Another issue is redundancy, meaning same types of courses from one degree to the next. Another - Curriculum that has not been revised for several years. Another - Professors that have less experience and degrees than you. Another - professors who are on an online ego boost. Another - don't have a serious issue in life - no one will help you.
Much like other comments; I had requested a medical leave due to a surgical procedure and gave ample time before my next classes started. The "advisor" supposedly approved everything and all was a go. I was also a registered Disability student. When I logged back in to check my courses and sign up for my next classes, I found that I couldn't because Walden was saying I owed for the past semester that I had surgery! I have been fighting this for almost 2 years now, bill collection saying I owe $5300 for courses I never took and funds I never received (however Walden DID receive 2,200). My loans were then put in Forgiveness due to health issues, yet Walden still says I owe and refuses to release my transcripts (I was 3 courses from my degree!).
Prior to entering my field education, my experience has been great. The professors were helpful, and very informative. The residency was like a vacation away from home. I really enjoyed it. Now, entering my field education, it seems the ball has been dropped. The syllabus is not accurate to what the professor is wanting from the students. Everything is scattered on the blackboard and unorganized, resulting in students being unaware of certain information. For one assignment, I saved the blog on accident too early. I immediately posted the full assignment with references in the comments area. She docked me points because she failed to see my second posting in the comments. After trying to communicate with her about it, she replied that she would not look into it any further. During my site visit over the phone, she wasn't engaged in conversation. Then, we have process recordings, in which I received a 90/90 on the first one using the required template. On my second one, she gave me a 0/90 stating I did not use the correct template. The ending experience to my MSW is not what I expect from a school where I am paying over 3 grand for a class. I expect higher quality education, and more organized staff. I am not saying this is not a good school just from one professor. This school can do better in my opinion.
DNP is a challenging degree program. It requires hard work and a plan to finish. It can be achieved in under 3 years if you are determined and have the ability to attend full time. I like that fact that you can't remain a "FOREVER" student, you have to show progression towards finishing the degree.
I am still currently taking classes at Walden University. The classes are back dated. One class I took was created back in 2011. One of the books was created back in 2010. Also, the advisers do contradict one another. So, if you talk to another adviser in your area, the do not say the same thing. You have to make an appointment with advisers. I had to make mine weeks in advance. I went to another University, called them in that day and they called me back within hours. Blackboard and the CRM do not sync. A class that is dropped will still show up in Blackboard. The residencies are very expensive. There is a cost to adding just a residency to your class list. Then you have to pay for the room and food. As far as positives, teachers got back to me within a day by email. Grades were turned back to me three days after I turned in my homework. They provided feedback that did assist me to improve my homework assignments. All the teachers responded promptly to discussion boards.
Seemed like a for profit school that kept stringing me along as long as they could to milk as much money possible from me. Learned next to nothing from most classes and nothing from the symposiums. Only way I learned something was through the research and theses project.