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This school was a total waste of time and money. I spent over a year trying to muscle through this place, and my largest regret is not leaving sooner. I don't know how this is an accredited institution. The instructors are difficult to reach and provide little to no feed back. The work is almost as much garbage as the writing prompts. Avoid this school at all costs.
Walden University's Masters of Science Nursing program is challenging, insightful, and meaningful. I am pleased with all the instructors regarding their professionalism, qualifications, and education level. This program has impacted my professional outlook and personal goals.
I would highly recommend Walden University. For those who don't know Walden does have brick and Mortar campuses. I do attend online and I have been very satisfied thus far. Online there is an autonomy that each student must have to attend and we have to take responsibility for our own learning.
There are top notch professors that guide us through each course and providing feedback. As far as comments made that each professor does things differently, isn't that like every university that each professor has their own expectations for the course? Walden is highly accredited and I know several people that graduated from Walden that found employment in their degree field right away.
Walden works for me, I am an instructor at a career college and I would find a hard time sitting in a classroom and my degree would have taken me forever and a day to complete in that manner. Walden also encourages their students to think larger than ourselves and get involved in our communities in a positive way. I atended another online university before attending Walden and there was no guidance other than a mentor and students were sent the materials and a guideline to study and then take a final exam and given a pass/fail option only.
Walden is nothing like that and is continually working to make each student successful in what they want to accomplish. In life you get out what you put into things and an online education takes time, discipline, and a willingness to succeed. Not everyone based on their preferred learning style can be successful online. Don't bash the university if you are one of these who can not attend online. Walden is top notch and I have recommended this university to my family and friends.
The professors "appear" to have decent professional and academic experience. If you put the time into the classes, then the teachers will generally provide a decent amount of feedback. The interactive discussion posts with the other students are by far the most valuable aspect of the program. It's actually fairly easier to get under most of the students' skin and provoke debate.
Main problem - they will take anybody and this is obvious by the writing styles of supposed fellow Masters students. One student, a federal employee(surprise!), forced a professor to demand that each student use spell check before submitting postings. This student had the grammar of a seven year-old (I'm too kind) and was publicly debating whether or not she should continue on (laddy da) to the Doctoral program - obviously, our tax dollars being well spent.
The "academic advisors" are allocated not to the individual student, but as needed via email and phone. When I first started Walden it was obvious that they were nothing more than glorified sales persons. One of them really screwed up a possible career advancement for me. As I exited the program, it became clear that this was a "department" that needed to be gutted and from my final experiences it was clear that changes (positive) were being made.
The bottom line for me was that I ended up writing over 100 papers and twice as many postings. I think that I got out of it just what I put into it. In hindsight, I should have gotten off of my butt and taken my GRE. I could have then gotten into a far better school (have to be truthful) and probably saved half as much in student loans.
If you are government employee and a Masters, any Masters, will suffice in advancing your career then by all means go for Walden. Otherwise, until Walden stops taking anybody and everybody it is unlikely that having the school's name on your resume will gather any respect. Sorry.
I obtained my Master of Education from Walden and I am now enrolled in the Doctoral program in Education. As a full-time working mother of two small children I am glad schools like Walden exist. They have handled all my concerns professionally. There is an abundance of help when you need it. The counselors are great, financial aid is great. You will do ALOT of writing if you are pursuing your degrees at Walden. The amount of writing is huge but its an online course so what do you expect? Some instructors have been tougher than the others on the writing and APA style required. But just like any brick and mortar institution you have to get to know your instructor. I have found all the instructors easy to reach. I recommend Walden to any busy, full time employed individual.
I must say that I was skeptical at first even before earning my MAT. When deciding on which online school to enroll, Walden had always been on the list, even to the end. This has been a very challenging school that has been so convenient, no driving to classes, no wasting gas, no hearing boring lectures, no missing notes if needed to walk out for a moment, the list goes on. I must say that I have learned so much that practically all my papers have been published via ERIC. THIS is what looks good on my resume and eventually to get a job. I'm doing so well that at times do feel that this is a joke. But it seems now that I'm better than ever and strive to continue. I too have a crazy schedule but take advantage of my free time doing homework, trying also to take care of myself.
I have attended Walden previously and am currently re-enrolling for the upcoming Fall semester. I have NEVER had trouble from anyone I have worked with, from financial aid to the enrollment advisors. They all have been wonderful! I was forced to withdraw due to life circumstances late last year, and they have been extremly helpful in getting me back on track. YES, the work is difficult and time consuming...what good college isn't? You have to take the responsibility to schedule your life and classes so that you can focus on them 100%. If you have made the choice to go back to college, as an adult, then act like an adult and do it right. You would have the same expectations from an on-campus college. I know. I did that for 3 years! Walden is wonderful and I highly recommend it to anyone!
I am currently attending Walden U and cannot wait for this term to be over so I can transfer someplace else. I absolutely agree that there is NO teaching whatsoever at this university.
The professors will give a crazy amount of work each week, and if we ask a question about the material they will advise you to research online. There is not a consistency between one professor and another as far as the style of writing. I have to write APA style, but each professor follows a different pattern, we just find out AFTER the grade is in, which could be 2 or 3 weeks well within the course. If you ask the professors for any clarification, there is NONE.
I would NOT recommend this university to anyone, unless you already have a degree and just want to fool around. You will not learn anything substantial, and have no guidance here.
As an international student Walden University is a good choice. this is my 6th quarter as PhD student in public health and I can say that Walden need hard work, 30-40 hours per week, and patience.
I do respect their tuition system and their focus on peer reviewed articles which helped me to write a real scientific paper.
My negative points that walden university is providing lots of unecessary courses which are copy and paste from our previous courses in order to increase their credit hours.
Some teachers are very cooperative and their comments are precise and logic and that give me an impression that they really read carefully what we wrote. others are arrogants and not cooperative but in general I am satisfied.
I don't understand all this complaining and whining. Going to school online is not easy but you have to put forth the effort. They are not going to give you a free degree. The purpose is to learn. I have four children and a full-time job, and I get it done. Granted, I have help from my husband with the house and kids, but it can be done. Nothing in life is easy. Anything worht having takes hard work. If you don't like it,go to another school or go to a "traditional college" and waste more time. If you beleive in yourself, nothing is gong to get in your way. Just because you think the staff at Walden are rude doesn't mean it's going to be better anywhere else. There are rude and inconsiderate people everywhere, even at a brick and mortar campus. I have never had problems with anything at this college.
Any concerns I have ever had, have always been addressed. My enrollment advisor was such a help to me. No, it wasn't easy at first, getting all the paperwork submitted, but it is like that at any college. People are just making excuses to quit.
Maybe this school isn't for you if all you are going to do is complain about it. Find another school but don't ruin it for the rest of us.