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Walden University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityD- Faculty AccessibilityC+
Useful SchoolworkF Excess CompetitionD
Academic SuccessD Creativity/ InnovationF
Individual ValueF University Resource UseA-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB FriendlinessD
Campus MaintenanceF Social LifeF
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsF
SafetyA
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Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Unhelpful

Female
Quite Bright
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Useful Schoolwork
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She cares more about Useful Schoolwork than the average student.
Date: Oct 05 2010
Major: Education (This Major's Salary over time)
I am more than halfway done with me Masters in SPED at Walden and have mixed feelings. I chose an online school because i have a yound family and cannot be at a traditional university a few nights a week. Here's my experience:

Poitive:

All course materials are sent to your home and included in the cost.

The DVDs are useful and the presenters are usually pretty good.

The books they send are practical.

The cost of the Master's program is comparable to other brick and mortar schools (factor in your gas, books and time)

Negative:

Many of the discussions are irrelevent. Most of the material taught is knowledge you are familiar with and probably using.

There is a ton of 'busy work'. Each week you have discussions to participate in and papers to write in APA style. This is overkill. I'd rather have a few meaningful assignments.

Master's coursework that I did at a local university would not transfer in. The course syllabi were almost identical. So I had to take the courses again. Walden made me jump through many hoops and told me they'd transfer, in the end they didn't.

The professors really don't teach, they moderate. All education recieved in brought on through instrinsic motivation.

So there you have it. Am I happy with the program? on some level, yes.

Am I positive I will actually get my degree when all said and done? again here, I'm skeptical.

By the way, I do honestly think that Walden pays people to write good reviews. The language they use in the reviews mirrors the language they use when communicating with you, and in class discussions.

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Shouldn't the language of a graduate student be the same everywhere?

Keep pushing yourself. You can and will do this!

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