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Reviewed by: Matt B on April 13th, 2009
Walden University has an excellent school of education. After attending the education programs of 3 other schools, I was impressed that Walden's program actually involved rigor. The professors have high expectations, which leads the students to perform as levels higher than normal. I appreciated that Walden took care of sending me my books, article packets and dvds. Reading a physical textbook is much easier than reading the books in an electronic PDF.
Reviewed by: Louis V on November 20th, 2008
Walden is a great school for ambitious students with the self-discipline needed for an online institution. The approach the school takes to learning is thoroughly modern, and the challenging classes mean an education you can be proud of.
Reviewed by: Patty K on May 6th, 2010
Ed.D Teacher Leadership: Excellent materials and the professors I had were also excellent. Timely in their responses. High standards. I found the students cohorts to vary widely in ability, but there were about four or five in each course that kept the class standard high. I think the cohorts are too large, which is one reason that I give this 4 instead of 5. Also, an online school is not for everyone. I teach at a college and have access to colleagues and librarians beyond Walden. I also have longer vacations than secondary and primary school teachers so that I was able to keep up with the recommended pace of the degree. I have found this program very challenging and demanding and I have learned as much as I have in my other degrees in traditional schools. After insisting on two changes in committees, I am now with an amazing committee and that has made all the difference in my dissertation writing. Again, Walden has high standards. One has to be very independent, a good writer, pretty sure about the focus of interest BEFORE beginning the program, and strong in self-advocacy at times.
Reviewed by: Rick C on February 5th, 2010
Walden is not for every student. Yes, they will accept almost anyone into their PhD programs but most will not make it out with a Doctorate. The graduation rate is 2.7%. Walden makes a great deal of money off students who want to take a shot at achieving their dreams of a Phd; however, most students soon realize that this is not an easy program. At this point many students get frustrated that they have made a major investment and will not reach their goal. Should Walden do a better job screening PhD candidates; thus, avoiding such a high dropout rateâ€¦ perhaps. But Walden is a business, and revenue comes from student enrollment.
Bottom lineâ€¦ Walden will give almost anyone the opportunity to obtain their PhD, but if you canâ€™t cut itâ€¦ donâ€™t start complaining about the work load, not enough support, or the caliber of instructors. Remember, Walden offers a â€œstudent centricâ€ model. This mean the student has to take control of their destiny.
One final comment; when I started the PhD program and attending my first residency I was shocked at the caliber of students I met (not in a positive way). I was mostly disappointed and started second guessing the legitimacy of the program. However, once I started taking classes like Advance Statistics the truth came out. We started with 47 students in the class and finished with 13. Never forget that individual capability and intellect is the final filter.
Iâ€™m 4 month s out from becoming one of the 2.8%, and I can tell everyone who is reading this commentâ€¦ anyone who completes the Walden PhD program KNOWS how to conduct research.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
Reviewed by: John M on November 25th, 2009
The program was intense and on par with the graduate degree I recieved from a brick and mortar.
Reviewed by: Anon A on October 20th, 2009
If you're an employed professional who never received a college degree, yet have no time for brick and mortar, I would definitely recommend it; but I would recommend saving money by getting your AA at the local CC first. Most CC's offer online Gen ED+AA work now. Like any brick and mortar, you have to take the good with the bad. Also you cannot expect anyone to help you. The administration is not as bad as what is reviewedonline, but you do have to be proactive. I don't see how that is any different from a brick and mortar.
The good: Written material uses latest theories and same textbook companies as most brick&mortar 4yr BusAd degrees so if you read you will learn (my niece is currently going to a UC for Bus Admin and they use many of the same textbooks - Prentice Hall, McGrawHill). Most of the teachers go out of their way to help. Lenient on transfer credits from CC. Accredited by USDE 4yr degree. Much of the course is writing oriented so as to avoid discredit for being online. Most of the students are mature and working professionals and you can tell from their writing/discussions.
The bad apples: Since they are for-profit, they let anyone and everyone in. This includes people who had no business even graduating high school. Group projects are a joke and waste of time because of such people. You will hear the weakest 3rd grade elementary excuses. Another negative is that it is expensive (but you should be able to do 3.25 yrs of your work at CC before even going to Walden, check transferable courses).
For me, it was a pretty decent learning experience. I think that there is still a bad image with online degrees and understandably so. But over time, the quality of graduates will improve; and more such graduates will be in the work force. I was actually surprised to see higher % of mature and obviously skilled people in the courses than "ITT tech-like" people. Also more brick&mortar schools are now having no choice but to offer some online courses to cut costs, so online courses will become more legitimized.
Reviewed by: Temo F on October 19th, 2009
I have a double undergraduate degree from a different University. I am just about to finish my master degree in Walden University. In Walden, I have had really good instructors and one or two laid back instructors as well. In the 9 courses that I have taken so far in Walden, I got an "A" in each of them. But these "A"s were not free. I read two or three chapters of my textbooks and several study articles per course in almost each week. I have written all my discussions, responses, and applications, that consist of 5-7 pages combine each week, my final projects ranged from 14-20 pages . I have never been late in my assignments because self-discipline is what you need in online programs. I have got really good feedback from most of my instructors, and when I haven't, I have asked for feedback because feedback is what keeps me going. Is Walden a perfect academic institution? No, it is not. It can improve in some areas, but my honest assessment of Walden is that it makes you work hard and show that you know what you write.
Reviewed by: Susan E on January 18th, 2010
I have spent the last nearly 6 years trying to complete an Ed.D. in Teaching Leadership at Walden. The classes were great, I learned a lot, the teachers were helpful, and the other students in the cohort were wonderful. However, eventually you have to being the paper. Your success in this depends almost entirely on who you get as a committe chairman. My first one was terrible, after a year I complained to the department chair that she had yet to read my first chapter. She finally read my chapter, but left the program without any notice a couple of tri-mesters later. I was assigned a different chairperson, but the requirements had changed, so I had to change my project. I have had to change it an additional time, so I have started from the beginning 3 times. There is not a tremendous amount of support, financial aid isn't much help. Some people DO graduate, but they are few and far between. We all tend to quit out of frustration. Don't try this program at this school.
Reviewed by: Mediocre S on October 26th, 2009
I am close to completing my MBA at Walden University. I feel a great deal of the professors are experienced and well educated. However, it is frustrating to work with low academic achieving classmates who write on an eighth grade level. It also seems that many students receive A's even when their work is not of high academic quality. I would not recommend Walden University to professionals who want to achieve a higher level of learning. Walden is good for those who have average academic writing ability and seek to buy an MBA through mediocre work.
Reviewed by: Nicole D on April 29th, 2010
DO NOT attend this school!! None of their departments communicate to each other and if you have an issue forget that it will be resolved. I had to get the president involved on a financial aid issue and then they decided to teach me a lesson and took my financial away after I was already in my classes and too late to withdrawl. And of course I did not have $3,600 laying around, so I was suspended from my classes that I was in and not able to complete them which forced me out of compliance and unable to transfer my credits to another school. This institution is the WORST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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