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Walden University

How this student rated the school
Research QualityB Research AvailabilityA
Research FundingC- Graduate PoliticsA
Errand RunnersA+ Degree CompletionB
Alternative pay [ta/gsi]D- Sufficient PayD-
CompetitivenessB+ Education QualityB+
Faculty AccessibilityB Useful ResearchB+
Extracurriculars- Success-UnderstandingA
Surrounding City- Social Life/Environment-
"Individual" treatmentB FriendlinessB
Safety- Campus Beauty-
Campus Maintenance- University Resource/spending-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Helpful

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He cares more about Alternative pay [ta/gsi] than the average student.
Date: Dec 31 1969
Major: Public Policy (This Major's Salary over time)
Hello All,
To dispel any myths, I am not a member of the Walden faculty. Like many, I am a working professional trying to complete my PhD. I've read every comment on the blog and have to be brutally honest.

Distance learning is not for everyone. Do your research first. Getting a PhD is expensive…Know what you're getting into in terms of totality of all aspects of the course. This includes travel and housing costs to residencies. If you walk in blind, you can get hurt.
This is not an undergraduate or a master's program. Expect to be challenged. Help does not mean getting the work done for you. Some have a definition of help similar to my third-grade daughter. She asks for help with her homework and then expects me to give her the answers. You are not going to get that in any PhD program. Don't expect a do-over on completed work. Again, this is a PhD program.

Time to take the training wheels off. You are in the program to prove you can conduct INDEPENDENT scholarly research. So, before you enroll in any PhD program, know what your getting into. It is a lot of work, and much of it will be done without the "help" some of you are used to getting.
About racism. In an online course, how can you tell the color of someone's skin? I agree that the university should strive to reflect the make-up of society and I am not niave enough to believe that discrimination of many types (ethnic, rcial, sexual, etc) does not exist in the institution, but it is hard to believe an instructor can tell the color of your skin from a post on a forum.

I am also not saying the university should not do a better job of telling people the program is tough. I believe they need to do what they can (WITHOUT lowering academic standards) to get more people through the program. But, please remember that every student happily signed up for this program in the beginning. That is why it is very important that you do your research before jumping in. I weighed my options for a year before I decided on this institution.

I am not trying to offend anyone; rather, I am trying to make this a reality check for those who want to blame the institution. I was an honor student in my Master's Class because I worked hard. I find I have been more challenged than ever. The instructors and staff have always been helpful to me.
Finally, don't expect an answer right away. In our society we are conditioned to get what we want instantly. You may have to work at it. Communication is vital in distance learning. E-mails and phone calls work well in tandem. Take responsibility to get your message out and make sure it is received clearly. Be polite, but be persistent.

Bottom line: You'll get out what you put in. Worked hard, communicate, communicate, comminicate…And graduate!

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