Capella University - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||91|
|Avg years at University||2.5|
|Research Quality||B+ (7.5)|
|Research Availability||B+ (7.7)|
|Research Funding||B (6.6)|
|Graduate Politics||A- (8.2)|
|Not Errand Runners||A- (8.3)|
|Degree Completion||B+ (7.7)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||C+ (5.5)|
|Sufficient Pay||B- (6.2)|
|Education Quality||B+ (7.9)|
|Faculty Accessibility||B+ (8.1)|
|Useful Research||A- (8.2)|
|"Individual" treatment||B+ (7.8)|
|Campus Beauty||C (4.9)|
|Campus Maintenance||C+ (5.7)|
|University Spending||B+ (7.8)|
|Scholastic Success||B+ (7.9)|
|Surrounding City||C+ (5.7)|
|Social Life/ Environment||C+ (5.1)|
I am left owing them money for their mistake and they will not take any responsibility. They want their money (side note: the course I am paying for is not accepted by any other university so it means nothing) and that is that. They sent me a bill, I made a small payment but they sent me to collections anyway. I asked how they can, legally, send someone to collections who is paying and they said the bill was to be paid in full and that I had to set up a formal payment plan with them, but I didn't....no one ever told me that. The business office has very rude people that do not care about the student. I would NEVER recommend Capella for this reason. When the financial aid office doesn't understand what they are doing, it can set you up for financial ruin. And when the university doesn't care about you, except for your money, that is a tragedy.
When I completed all of my course work with a 3.8 GPA, I was unable to complete the comprehensive exam successfully. I spoke with other individuals that experienced similar problems. One individual I met through the same program actually had a 4.0 GPA, and he also couldn?t successfully complete his comp exam. My particular case might be a little different than some of the others. For me, I had a number of stressful things going on in my life at the time. Some of which were rather emotionally painful and something that I really didn?t want to share with anyone. Unfortunately, when I went into details about my situation with the faculty and staff at Capella could care less about my situation.
During the comp exam, the feedback you receive from the comp exam faculty is less than helpful. In my situation, the exam reviewers pointed out some problems that they had discovered. I went back and fixed these issues only to discover that the faculty had all new issues that they deemed unacceptable. All the while, these ?issues? were there from the beginning in my original submission. When I questioned the results of their review, they refused to give me any additional clarification as to what they had found unacceptable. From my experience and from the experience of others that I spoke to, the institution doesn?t adequately prepare you for the final steps of their doctoral program. The school essentially pushes you through all of their courses (that?s where they make all of their money anyway). True to form, they run their operations like a for profit institution. I do think it is possible to complete the exam to the exam reviewers? standards, but I feel it would be next to impossible to complete it while you are working a full time job with any other types of obligations in your life.
My suggestion would be to look at a non-profit institution to complete your PhD with and to steer clear of Capella. I think you would have a much better chance of successfully completing a program at a public institution, and I would consider it to be more reputable as well. In addition, I think other employers and universities would treat it as a more respected degree.
This is when things turned sour. I began my dissertation in October of 2011 and after two mentors and several requirement changes and committee personnel changes, I am no closer to completing my dissertation, more than two years later, than I was in October of 2011.
I would warn anybody seeking a PhD at Capella University to consider other options because throughout this frustrating period of time, not once has a key staff member in the chain-of-authority at this institution attempted to contact me to try and find out the reason why I am ready to drop out of this program without my PhD.Scott Meehan
After performing my due dilligence and researching several on-line institutions, I chose to go with Capella University. It was a very good choice. Having done a graduate degree at a Tier I university, I would have to tell you that the PhD work at CU was in-line with some of the hardest work I've done at a traditional university. ALL of the professors were first rate - a comment I can't make about any of the other universities. The work was TOUGH - but for a PhD, I expected it to be. Capella understands (for the most part) the importance of a educational brand - and they have successfully branded themselves as a quality on-line institution. Yes, I have read some of the negative comments on this website about how people would NEVER higher graduates from Capella, but the many, many outstanding accomplishments of the Capella alumni more than outweigh these 'snobbish' comments. With advances in technology, Capella has recently upgraded their courseroom. This has been an unfortunate mistep for the University, as they have had some major problems with the new roll out. I certainly hope they can put this behind them, because I would hate to see such a fine university have their reputation tarnished because they made some missteps with on-line courseroom technology - which is supposed to be one of their core competencies. But for prospective students, don't let this put you off too much - most of the problems have been fixed. More importantly, ask yourself, are you ready to really, really work hard? Because you will at Capella, and if you are not ready for the workload that comes along with a quality education, you might think twice about Capella.
On the low side, the classes are really expensive compared to other online institutions and brick & mortar schools (appr $400 per quarter hour) and I don't feel that Capella enjoys any more prestige than other, cheaper institutions being that it is regionally accredited but not "ivy league."
I chose Capella because it had the degree program I wanted, it was online (important as I am active military, deployable, who cannot regularly attend B&M schools), and a family member is an alumni who highly recommended it.For other degree programs, not Training and Performance Improvement, I would recommend looking elsewhere for a MS online.
The faculty are free to harass students with impunity.
No other schools - even ones accredited by the same agency - will accept transfer credits from Capella University.
The previous Dean of Psychology is advertised as a PHD (still), even though he is a PsyD - or maybe not even that...he is supposedly no longer the Dean...but, we were never told.
The PHD classes have mostly Masters program students...not PHDs like all the other programs.It used to be good, the program look outstanding - with a much stronger psychological focus....but, it is in the wrong hands now...and is going down hill fast! I am leaving after 2 years and $40k invested....with no chance to get transfer credits in other programs. That should tell you....what I think of the program.
I am about to begin my internship and complete my MS with Capella. I can say that overall the education has been worth while and competitive. My classmates all seem adequate and most of them have a background in the counseling profession. After attending the two required residencies, I was able to meet and talk with professors who all were very friendly and highly educated and experienced. My biggest complaint with Capella is the cost. It is an expensive program, as with most full online universities. My biggest caution would be to make sure you are aware of exactly how much your degree will cost you versus how much you will make when you graduate. If you are able to attend a non-online university which is cheaper I would highly reccomend it, BUT for anyone who NEEDS the online format, I HIGHLY reccomend the program. I have really enjoyed my experience with Capella and if it were not for the cost I would praise it to everyone as the education and experience is fantastic.
During my Capella career, I have presented and/or chaired panels at four different professional/academic conferences. I have completed my first paper from my dissertation which is being presented next month. After receiving feedback from colleagues, I plan to publish this article.
I am the chair of a division at a community college. No issues there with a Capella degree. I might point out that my former supervior accepted a provost position with a very large community/technical college in a major metropolitian area, and she has a PhD from Capella also.I am very satisfied with my Capella education, and for doctoral work, I would recommend Capella to anyone.
I am now, 4 years later, deciding to go back to Capella to get my Ph.D. Im not rich, so I am doing this on student loans. So, I truly value the course content.
Capella is an online university. It is a stricter environment only because the possibility to fall back or forget or get distracted is that much higher without face to face pressure. I like it. If you are not used to having to be disciplined, or ready to become super disciplined....you will hate this course environment. I personally love it. I work anywhere from 60-80 hours a week in a demanding management role. Capella, offers the freedom to study for a degree with out taking anymore of my precious time to have to physically travel to a school and sit in a classroom where I have to listen to other students rattling on about nothing related to the course. This is a focused, disciplined, and physically freeing empowering environment.
I am grateful for my experiences, and to comment on the cost...it is incredibly comparable to brick and mortar schools while offering a more structured coarse/degree program. Drop/refund policies match that of the traditional schools. You will be disappointed if you expect to be in a laid back environment. This is not for you then.
Financial Aid- I never had a problem.
All the bad reviews: I tried really hard to think of some negatives to be fair. The only one I have is that it is expensive. But once again I want to be an LPC so I had to go to Capella for online CACREP accreditation. Would I do it again-----YES.
I cannot comment on financial aid issues. I have found advising uneven, and during colloquium not enough slots available to see one's advisor, but I am very self-directed anyway. I also found advising 30years ago in a brick and mortar uninspiring as well, anyway. As to the scoring, this is an online-only curriculum. Scores of D for campus and school life is ludicrous. There needs to be an online-only school evaluative part of this website so that online-based criteria is available for rating. More critical is uptime of the classroom, ease of uploading information, ability to see payment status and payment through the same interface (has been available for 18 months now),and responsiveness of faculty. I find faculty to be much more responsive than some of the faculty in brick and mortar classes a friend of mine had taken during this same period.
The professors have been friendly, available, fair, and provide feedback right away. All of them I have had thus far have accepted drafts of papers early, provided feedback for me to improve, then given me enough time to make the necessary changes so I can grow as an academic writer and get a great grade as well. Most of the students in my program are in their thirties or forties, a few are in their fifties, and there is a great camaraderie amongst us even though the program is online. I have connected with people during this online experience unlike when I was at EMU, when the students there were too clique-y for me to make friends and the faculty were unavailable and unhelpful.
The classes are ten weeks. Students have the option to take only one class at a time or multiple. With the schedule I have, I am currently taking only one class, but plan to take two so I can complete my program faster. The grading rubric is fair and similar in each class: the instructors MUST adhere to the grading policies and they have so far. I have been graded fairly and feel confident that I have earned each and every grade I've achieved. So far I have a 4.0.
My favorite aspect of this program is that it's not just a bunch of busy work like my undergrad coursework at EMU. I actually get a chance to LEARN. Not memorize and recite for a test and then forget it, LEARN. I have an academic advisor who is readily available; the online library is a great tool, and there is on online writing center as well as other resources. I've received better help through Capella than I EVER did at EMU. The school was poorly ran--Capella has been the opposite for me.
At times there has been a lot of work, but nothing I wasn't prepared for. At the beginning of each class my instructors have been crystal clear about expectations, assignments, and due dates, and with few exceptions, they have adhered to them. Any changes that have been made have been for the benefit of the students. I am very pleased with Capella and would recommend it to anyone who has what it takes to be an online learner. I would prefer never to have to set foot on a campus again, and this is definitely the way to go.
In my opinion, an education from Capella is well worth it. However, you must be a self-starter that is disciplined and motivated to work independently. The programs offered are not for those who require structured, in-class lectures.
The instructors are very professional, as well as helpful. They are always willing to assist you with any problems you have in your coursework. In most of my courses, I usually had individual research assignments. I found this aspect of my coursework quite challenging, but it also helped me gain insight and understanding into the subject matter as I advanced through my program. Group coursework is usually assigned, and is well-developed. It has allowed me to gain life-long friends.
Of course, as with any school you attend, you will have some courses you dislike as well as some instructors, as I did. Additionally, Capella's tuition is steep, but in this economy, which college or university isn't?Overall, I am very satisfied with the education I received from Capella University, and I would highly recommend it to others.
I am receiving faculty development funds where I teach to attend Capella, and I don't believe that my college would waste money on a substandard program.Capella, like all endeavors, is what you make of it.
On 11/19/07, LaMarca's lawsuit against Capella was dismissed.
According to Capella's site:
All charges brought against Capella University by a former learner were dismissed on Monday, November 19, 2007, in United States District Court for the Central District of California. The court found that Capella did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and provided adequate accommodations to Jeffry La Marca. Capella has consistently denied Mr. La Marcaâ€™s allegations.
Capella has brought counterclaims against Mr. La Marca alleging defamation and interference with business relations. He attempted to have Capellaâ€™s counterclaim dismissed, but was unsuccessful at the district court level. That decision is currently on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In fact, the court found that:
1. LaMarca is not disabled under the ADA.
2. Even if LaMarca was disabled under the ADA, Capella granted reasonable accommodations.
3. Capella did not engage in retaliation by locking out LaMarca from Capella's courserooms due to LaMarca's abusive behavior. In fact, the judge found that: "Plaintiff's comments were abusive, harassing, and inappropriate for any public environment, let alone the functional equivalent of a classroom..."
Here are a few specific examples of why I took to the time to write this opinion and warn others to avoid Capella.
1. In my opinion Capella is losing ground. It has lost or withdrew applications for accreditation.
2. My experience with instructors and format were disappointing. When the format we used to interface with the university changed, it resulted in confusion. I dropped my class and protested. Capella refused to refund fees and turned it over to collections. Capella’s collection agency dropped the case, so Capella (and/or its agents) gave it to other agencies to continue the harassment. Other students also report unethical collection practices.
3. Poor quality of instruction. My PhD classes were taught by people that didn't seem to have the expertise necessary to teach the class. While there are some good instructors, I was disappointed in the education I received.
Recommendations - steer clear of Capella and heavily advertised online programs. Go with in-state online programs offered from reputable institutions.
There is no way to hide online; deadlines are strictly set. People who are serious stay in for the long haul, become trusted friends, and provide wonderful content. The ones who have trouble disappear quickly (and certainly fail their comps). As time goes on, Capella’s reputation is only going to improve.
For working professionals with a graduate degree already from a respected brick and mortar -- this is definitely the school to check out if you're mid-career working full time and want a chance to earn your doctorate. The faculty are from some of the best schools around, and many are in senior government and private sector positions.
My only truly negative comment about the School of Technology is that the core courses and the "primary emphasis" is on programming. There is much more to the world of IT than programming and not all IT professionals are or desire to be programmers. The administration needs to realize that not everyone comes into the program with a system developer/administrators background. If the graduate courses are going to continue to require this sort of background, some sort of prerequisite courses need to be developed to bring those without the necessary background up to speed.
I will begin writing my thesis at the beginning of next year. I'm looking forward to it (and to getting it done!).
Just remember: Do your homework and compare the offered programs and the completion process with other universities, one thing for sure you would not find it the easiest or cheapest but you will see the degree that you would EARN will have a lot of value and actually mean something.
The organization works like clockwork, I love that about the school. Also, it's on the quarter system so programs are fast track. Many of the specializations are high tech and not available elsewhere.Online study is not for everyone, but if you already work and want a higher degree, are motivated and can use a computer then this is for you. I think by the end of the course I will have had more advice and interaction regarding my PHD and program than an in-person school. Also, the entire organization is about 'getting it done and helping the students = very positive; not at all rude or slowing you down.
I just wanted to say that I've loved this program and I believe that it will definitely help my career. I wish nothing but the best for the school.
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