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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.
The advisor gave me bad information which cost me money. I requested a different one. I then was hospitalized and the new advisor had me submit paperwork for refund/withdraw. Did everything I was supposed to. I was told by advisor it was approved. The next thing I know I'm getting calls about owing tuition for the semester I had withdrawn. When they called I explained and they said I had to find the advisor and have them clear it up. The advisor was gone and they assigned the first advisor back to me. Then they turned it over to a collection agency. They promised refund and withdraw and now I have a collection on my credit report. Thank You Walden University., the only recommendation I will give is "Don't go to Walden." To all veterans, be careful they will give you bad info and then charge you.
I was attended Walden in May 2015, and I graduated in February 2018 and passed National certification in March. Walden is extremely helpful and rigorously education. I have nothing but positive experience and encourage everyone who works and studies to considering Walden University as an alternative to traditional school. thanks you walden
Walden University is a professional university filled with nurses, doctors and others seeking extra degrees. Even though my field was running an assisted living home, I was treated as deserving student along with the other students. The content is fun, the professors are understanding of working while going to school, and the black board is easy to navigate.
I attended Walden University School of Nursing as my first online study experience, I am very pleased with my results. The lecturers were very supportively, thanks for the seminars that guide me along the way. I am motivated to continue with my DNP at Walden and will recommend the programs to anyone. Time management is a key.
I attended the university for my undergrad in Psychology. I attended Walden as I live in a remote location and I was unable to travel to attend on-campus elsewhere. The class material was appropriate and the flow and ease of use of the platform was non-obstructive to learning. I was happy with the results and attended a very large convocation in Minneapolis (guest speaker Bill Clinton... how cool was that!). I have no regrets at all... my only complaints are: 1) not enough interaction with professors at the time (but that has changed as I am back in school again and they do video conferencing now). and 2) the cost was substantially higher than a Canadian University (but they didn't have enough online programs at the time). I would definitely recommend it to anyone capable of self directed study... if you need the professor to hold your hand, or have time management issues... than any online program at any university (including Walden) will be a struggle.