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Walden University

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Research QualityB- Research AvailabilityC
Research Funding- Graduate PoliticsA
Errand RunnersA+ Degree CompletionA+
Alternative pay [ta/gsi]- Sufficient Pay-
CompetitivenessA Education QualityB
Faculty AccessibilityA- Useful ResearchA
ExtracurricularsF Success-UnderstandingA-
Surrounding City- Social Life/Environment-
"Individual" treatmentB FriendlinessA
Safety- Campus Beauty-
Campus Maintenance- University Resource/spendingC-
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Date: Dec 31 1969
Major: Finance (This Major's Salary over time)
Here's the thing, if you have the option to give up your time and your life offers flexibility to go to a land based institution, then it is probably a better program. What you are missing at Walden is being around coined PhD's and doing the internship/teaching part of the program. HOWEVER, this is all changing and less people have the ability to pause three to four years of their life to do so on a stipend, therefore distance education is gaining momentum.

I would agree that Walden is profit oriented and accepts anyone, but as you go through the residencies and classes, the amount of students that actually make it through the end of the program are very few in number. You will be really frustrated in your first couple of classes, but after that your peers will have absolutely stepped up a few notches.

I have gotten a lot out of my Walden degree (just moving into Dissertation), but I'd be lying if I said there were certain

traditionally degreed
individuals at the academic institution I've been teaching at for 3 years that haven't tried to poo poo it. I wouldn't have given up my well over 6 figure salary early on in my life to go that route though as I wasn't pursuing academia back then. Basically, It comes down to what you do with it. If you go this route, choose a tough dissertation committee and publish the hell out of it when you get yourself degreed. I agree with one of the above posts in that there is much you can do to validate your doctorate for those who poo poo it with how you use and apply it.

Moral of the story, it is not an easy degree to achieve, and it is definitely inferior to land-based programs in reputation, BUT I'm going on tenure track in the fall at an AACSB institution with an ABD status from Walden.

On a related note, I have a peer that has a PhD from a FAR INFERIOR institution than Walden, but he was extremely well published, and just left our university to go to move to a state school. It just further stresses that it is less about the degree and more about your research and publications.

Couple of pieces of advice, if you choose Walden, use the self-paced structure to your advantage, you can get this done in 2 years without giving up a 6 figure salary…and be totally prepared and committed to backing up your degree with significant publications and contributions to your field.

Good luck.

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