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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
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!).