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| Had I known what I know now, I WOULD STAY AWAY from Walden, I am already too deep in it and have no choice but to finish it. The first year, I thought a lot of Walden and was pleased to tell everyone about it, frankly, now I don't even want anyone to know that I am attending Walden, it is kind of laughing stock.I hope that I finish it in time before my state stops accepting it. I know that states are dropping Walden from the list of universities qualified for licensure.CONSUMERS BE AWARE!! I certainly do not recommend it to any one. The quality of students you see during the residencies speak volume of the quality of the school. There is absolutely no criterion for admission, you got a masters degree and the money, you are in. Even if you don't have a masters degree, no problem, they will tailor the program to your need to get you in. WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME THIS WAS. A TOTAL DIPLOMA MILL. You don't even need to be fluent in English!! |
|Oct 04 2008|| Male --
Class 2000 |
| I enrolled in Walden's Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration program because I plan to become more active in my community as a change agent in the future. The representative at Walden threw a great line, and I was hooked. However, when I started my first two courses, there was so much information to absorb that I was immediately lost. I spent "hours" on the phone in an attempt to get advice over the phone from an academic advisor or instructor. When I did get in contact with my instructor, he replied via e-mail to "read the syllabus" and to "read the study notes and look at the examples provided". Well, I had did all of that before I even attempted to contact someone. I needed clarification about some assignments and I just felt as if I was isolated and to be frank, very lost. Since then I have withdrawn from the school because the red flags there. The courses at Walden are too expensive to not offer the round-the-clock assistance that they describe during their introduction of what they offer. I don't recommend the program, unless you don't work, do not have a family, and like to be online and on the phone a lot searching for answers to your questions. |
|Sep 11 2008|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2012 |
Walden is about getting an education outside of the mainstream. It is a virtual environment except for the residences PhD students attend. It is challenging because one learns by applying the theories that are read into academic papers. It is for people who like to do things away from a traditional classroom. To be successful there are many things one must do.|
To be an online student one must
1. Have self discipline to do your work without a teacher hovering over your shoulder.
2. Expect to write many many papers that adhere to APA style. APA style is encouraged because Walden University wants their students to be able to publish their papers in Peer Reviewed Journals later in life which requires editing skills and adhering to APA style.
3. Read the textbooks and lessons weekly. This means no procrastination for silly reasons.
4. Must be serious or else one will fall behind.
5. Be a self planner because they encourage personal responsibility.
People who should not enroll in Walden
1. If you are too traditional to brick and mortar schools then online may not be right for you.
2. If you are lazy and make excuses too often you will fail.
3. Are not willing to learn and become more scholarly.
4. If you are not determined to finish what you begin then the dedication might seem too much.
5. If you don't like to write and expect only tests then stay away.
From my experiences from online colleges Walden is very good. A degree is what you make of it and if you are just wanting a better paycheck or just a piece of paper that states your education level then it is not the place for you. Having a good career and education takes experience, planning, motivation, and patience. If you have had no experience in the field of the education you are taking then the degree is nothing but a piece of paper. You must build experience from your education instead of expecting employers to bow down to you when you graduate. That is another reason Walden is not right for everyone.If you want an education outside of the box, do things independently, are self disciplined, willing to write many papers, and want to transform yourself into a professional then Walden might be right for you. If you are the total opposite then no use. Be warned Walden is challenging but is worth it in the long run if you learn how to develop a path and career at the same time.
|Aug 20 2008|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2009 |