Walden University Reviews
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I am in my third quarter at Walden working on a PhD in Philosophy of Public Admin with a specialization in law. I am very pleased with the coursework, the level of professionalism, and the flexibility of the online environment. I completed my Master's work at Boston University via online studies. I had a positive experience there, and I find Walden a bit more relaxing and a bit more user friendly. The coursework is challenging. At this point in my education, I already know that you get what your put in. If you put in the energy, and you seek to understand and absorb, you will.
I must say these people will tell you anything to get your money. Yes, like most of the reviewers on here all was good at first. I must say when it comes down to graduating they will do everything and anything to prevent that from happening. I am an education major too much prevail the more I did the more it was not to a perfection. In addition, they stated I would have to repeat the course and pay over $4,000.00 to take the course again.
I do hope these people get sued. Now allow me to give you a list of issues with Walden.
Disability Service is a joke. They have no resource to help individuals with learning disabilities. I want to know is this against the American with Disabilities Act? They lie and say they have resources yeah right. The writing team was a joke in disguise. I had problems with their writing style being coherent with the professor. When you mention this to them then the writing team they will have an attitude toward you. Furthermore they will suggest you to take writing classes. I did with no prevail again.
Financial Aid will lie to you about your money. In addition, they are rude. I forgot to mention I qualified for several scholarships do you think financial aid assist me in receiving one? If you answer yes you are wrong.
Days will pass before chairman will call you back. They will call and email you like crazy if they need a respond from you but if you need one from them they take their time to answer your reply. What ever happen to the mentor I was promised? No mentor or support. If I knew what I know now I would never answer the call and apply to Walden. People if you have money that grows on trees then Walden is looking for you.
I recently withdrew from the Masters of Education Program. I took a course over the summer and really did not feel I learned anything. I thought that maybe it was just that course and it would get better. After taking the second course, it was more of the same. There was NO content to the courses. I know 2 people that took classes at Walden and recommended it so I thought it would be good. I also don't think the program is designed for working professionals. There are many, many hours of work every week. At the end of the day after all the work and not learning anything, I plan on pursuing a program through one of my state's universities.
First of all I cant say anything bad about Walden so far. I earned my Masters Of Public Administration in 2009 (December). I am currently in a PhD program Human Services with concentration of Clinical Social Work. I have experience in Juvenile Justice and Child Protective Services in 2 different states so that really helped me get into the program without having to have the MSW.
Textbooks are the students responsibility and if you dont have the money you can submit for a 500.00 book loan that will come out of you fin. aid/student loans. Online is not for everyone. You have to be a motivated person. I work a full time job with overtime and on call duties. If I cant submit an assignment on time I email or call my professors and they have always been very understanding so far.
I cant speak on the residency part of this program yet. All the professors i have had so far are very knowledgeable. If you need to listen to a professor in a class room and attend a class then its not for you. If i have questions i just email classmates or my professors who always have the answer. as a full time father, husband, and working a demanding job this is a perfect fit for me. Do not think your journey will be easy. You will have a lot of work to earn your degree.
It is my fault if I dont complete assignments, read the syllabus, or dont ask questions when i dont understand. In my past Master of Public Administration Program at Walden I had about 2 professors that were difficult but they were not that bad. Out of a scale from 1 to 5 rating i would give Walden a 4.5 so far.
I think the most important thing to remember is that online education is not for everyone. It takes an incredible amount of work, self-determination, and self-motivation.
There have been classes that I felt were not as exciting as others, but I also understood that I needed to learn a few things or at times refresh my memory over past learning experiences. Overall I have felt that my instructors have been very good and have had my best interests at heart.
The coursework I am undertaking is brand new and at times I feel like a guinea pig. However, at the end of each course I am required to complete a survey about the course, the materials, and the instructor. I keep notes and let them know how I feel about things. How else can change come about? Speak up if you feel something is not right - keep at it, because someone out there really does care.
At first, I did not feel as though my academic advisor was really there for me and I was able to get that changed. I use the support often to ask questions and to make sure I am going in the right direction. If I feel that something is not right, I am directed to contact certain groups.
No education is perfect, it cannot meet the needs of individual preferences, but it can attempt to open the door to new experiences and allow individuals to flourish...it depends on the individual and their desire to succeed.
I am not a big fan of Walden's library and sometimes I really get tired of the writing. But the one thing I value most is having the ability to really think about what I want to say, to honestly consider how I want to respond to another student's post, and to write a paper in which I can take pride.
There are exceptional tools available in the Writing Center and through SmartThinking. If you are looking for tutoring, well that is not always available but what a lot of people forget is that you can talk to your classmates just like you would in a brick and mortar environment. I was completely lost at the beginning of a course. I read what other students were discussing and took a shot at contacting one of my classmates. It was great, I learned a lot and was able to share ideas. I have friends that are in different study programs but we can still share ideas and blow off steam when necessary.
I noticed that there are often complaints about the instructors...it is important to remember that they are there to facilitate our learning, not hold our hands. Maybe it takes them a couple days to get back to us, but when you consider the monumental amounts of reading that they must accomplish each week, as well as reviewing group projects, it is mind boggling. Don't misunderstand, I have ranted and raved a few times because I wanted help NOW...but when all was said and done I realized that I learned more through research and discussion then if the instructor would have responded immediately.
I can't say what will happen when its time for my graduation but I have read articles by successful Walden graduates and they always usually very proud of being a Walden student.
I plan to stay and finish my education with Walden, because I understand that my education is about me and what I can bring to the learning environment. Not only do I need other students, but they need me just as much. Online education is about sharing the experiences in order to obtain a better view of the world and to bet the best education I can.
I have been a DBA-Entrepreneurship student at Walden since January of 2010 and find the program rigorous, challenging, and time consuming. Yes, like any program (b&m or otherwise) there are professors that are more responsive to students than others. I myself do not accept this practice and constantly pump them for answers and guidance.
If you are considering Walden, do not expect it to be easy. Doctoral work requires dedication, good independant work habits, and above all, a family support system willing to let you put the 30-40 hours per week into the program necessary to successfully complete the program.
After reading so many of the negative reviews for Walden, I was wondering if they were talking about the same Walden I am currently attending. As of the date of this review, I am completing my 4th of 10 classes for a Masters Degree in Education
Lets start with my enrolment advisor. This man bent over backwards to help me make my transition to online learning as easy as possible. He called, emailed and responded to me in a very professional and timely manner. He even called after my first class was completed to check up on me and see how I was doing.
As far as my books are concerned, I receive a box that contains all the materials I need for the next two classes. I guess that saves them money on shipping. My materials have always arrived several days before the class begins. Nothing has ever been missing or late.
As far as the professors go, there will always be good ones and bad ones. I have had one bad one so far, but I was able to manage and get through it.
As far as the services and responses of the offices at the school, I would say they are fair to good. The Financial aid office took three emails for them to finally respond to me. Teachers and other offices have been responding to me in a timely manner.
Overall Walden is a very good deal for the services that they provide. I am truly sorry for the other people who have had such a bad experience.
There is a reason they are 24 out of 25 in the rating. I went to get my Ph.D. and it was a struggle from beginning to until I left. The staff, administration and so called instructors are pathetic.
Walden trys to milk every cent out of you be making you stay in the program. When I got to writing my dissertation they put every obstacle they could to make you fail and stay another quarter. I took the lose and went to another school and completed my degree. STAY AWAY FROM WALDEN!
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I had a great time completing my B&M undergraduate degree. There is nothing enjoyable about Walden's master's program. On the other hand, I'm learning a lot more now than I did then
Walden is a lot of work. I know this is going to pay off in the end, but right now, my kids are suffering. Had I known how much work it would be, I probably would have chosen another school. I'm not against work, and am really not interested in a diploma mill where I wouldn't learn, but Walden is rough.
Like every school, some instructors are better than others. I haven't encountered problems with the library or administration that some others have.
Overall, I'm glad I'm studying at Walden. I'm learning and the degree program will give me the leg up I need. But this is serious work.
I have been a Ph.D. student at Walden University since September 2005. I am preparing to defend my disseration and will be done with this circus. I have completed all the requirments for my degree ahead of schedule and found most of the instructors to be arrogant and ignorant to the students and obviously in it for the extra paycheck.
The KAM papers are a waste of time as are the residencies and a requirement to inflate their profit margin. I am into loans for over $130,000 for this degree. Because of the unprofessionalism of the staff and the amount of time they waste making you jump through hoops, it will take about two years just to complete the dissertation.
Once you begin the dissertation, the reallll nightmare starts. My committee was as useless as a screen door on a submarine and left me to learn via trial and error.Waldens dissertation process is full of time consuming steps, and they seem to try and make you quit (and other students I talked to have the same perception), and when you challenge them, they threaten to disciplne you for violating their code of conduct.
If you like frustration, unprofessionalism, and wasting valuable time and money, then Walden is for you!