Walden University and Laureate Education, Inc named in class action lawsuit over systematic prolonging of the thesis and dissertation process

Walden University; Laureate Education, Inc

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The dissertation and thesis processes lack institutional oversight and operate in complete disregard for Walden University’s own policies creating an endless process that drags on for quarter after quarter, year after year for students. This prolonged process causes students to spend more money on tuition than was represented to them by Walden University.

As alleged, the process for students to obtain a dissertation or thesis supervisory committee chair and member is extremely difficult. Even worse, retaining the committee chair and committee member throughout the entire process is an additional challenge.

The Complaint claims that most Walden University doctoral and master’s students experience a loss of a supervisory committee chair or member at least once – and usually many more times – during the course of their dissertation or thesis. Walden University’s failure to regulate the supervisory committee program thus unnecessarily prolongs students’ efforts to obtain their degrees, and results in students extending their enrollment in their respective dissertation or thesis course and paying additional tuition.

Walden University Complaint

Stipulation of Dismissal

NEW LAWSUIT (OCTOBER 2016) www.waldenuniversitylawsuit.com

A new lawsuit has been filed against Walden. Please visit  www.waldenuniversitylawsuit.com for more information.

yvette b. said
1046 days ago
I dropped out having all but disseration because a lack of money, loaned out having to try to get my KAMS read and constant back and forth. I took a leave thinking it was me and started to try again to complete but couldn't bring myself to go round about again


said
1030 days ago
The dissertation and thesis processes lack institutional oversight and operate in complete disregard for Walden University’s own policies creating an endless process that drags on for quarter after quarter, year after year for students. This prolonged process causes students to spend more money on tuition than was represented to them by Walden University.

As alleged, the process for students to obtain a dissertation or thesis supervisory committee chair and member is extremely difficult. Even worse, retaining the committee chair and committee member throughout the entire process is an additional challenge.

The Complaint claims that most Walden University doctoral and master’s students experience a loss of a supervisory committee chair or member at least once – and usually many more times – during the course of their dissertation or thesis. Walden University’s failure to regulate the supervisory committee program thus unnecessarily prolongs students’ efforts to obtain their degrees, and results in students extending their enrollment in their respective dissertation or thesis course and paying additional tuition.


Paul C. said
1016 days ago
I have been in the Walden University EdD program for nearly 4 years, and continue to receive satisfactory progress rating, although I'm still in State 2 of the proposal phase. The prospectus phase took 2-full years without justification, and multiple reviews and corrections appearing to contradict remarks prior. Moreover, I do feel the University has no oversight fo the process until the URR phase, and I have also experienced changes in committee members. Further, when I do submit, my documents are normally reviewed by only the chair, and reviews take the maximum days for a response. In addition, this program was offered as a 3-year program, and a dissertation was not required, however the program does require a so called "research project study" that mirrors a traditional PhD program with only "stages" replacing "chapters" with the requirements identicla except for wording symantics. More importantly, the entire program has been revamped by changing criteria, rubrics, and proceedures in both the prospectus and proposal phases. The new handbook in October 2014 reflects a NEW timeline showing this process now take another 30 momths from completion of the course work. This program has been a total misrepusentation of the EdD program,and a process of habitual delays to stretch out tuition costs, payment, increasing tuition, and reducing services with fee based services. Further, I am having to take a leave of absence, since the cost is way beyonf my projected budget.


michael k. said
1013 days ago
I have been a student in the EdD program for four years. After the prospectus stage, it was supposed to only take 2 semesters and I am on semester 5. I may pass URR this term. But I ran out of money last term. I am already planning on bypassing all of the red tape and finishing my project without approval this term. How do I join in this class action law suit?


Amber J. said
998 days ago
How do we join this lawsuit?


Alissa C. said
978 days ago
This is my 6th year as a doctoral candidate and I have filed complaint after complaint - even so far as to request tuition reimbursements for the quarters in which I had absolutely no contact with my chair despite numerous attempts on my part. That chair eventually stepped down and I thought I would be better off - but two years later, I am still stuck. I can't even get feedback on my final draft. This was by far the worst financial decision I ever could have made and I don't know how I will ever recover...


Letatia B. said
969 days ago
I totally agree and relate to the responses regarding unethical practices at Walden when it comes to the EdD program. I have ran out of money to pay for my tuition. I completed all course work with a 4.00, but when it came to writing my proposal it has taken 3 years. My PhD editor said that she had never heard of such.


Joran P. said
969 days ago
I am now in my 4th year and 3rd re-write of my doctoral study as the review process is completely subjective and open to arbitrary changes whenever someone within the leadership feels appropriate. This program has cost significant time and money as the entire process lacks accountability.


Angela G. said
964 days ago
I would like to be a part of what is going on. I have also been through several chairs and have finished all but my thesis. There have been multiple changes that set back my progression even further. I have spent a significant amount of time and resources to finish to graduation however every time I progress forward something happens and sets me back further.


Elaine G. said
949 days ago
I finally left after Walden changed their guidelines AGAIN and resulted in my having to go back and re-write my proposal. With all of the required reviews, I was only able to 'maybe' get my chair to review my work once every 6-8 weeks. Also, there was such a disconnect between the chair and other committee members, I had no one advocating for me. Each reviewer had a different spin and when I would fix one, another reviewer would contradict it. My chair would only say 'just fix it'. I would like to be considered for a full refund in the lawsuit


Shannon G. said
944 days ago
I am so glad I found this website. I am on my third mentor. I have made over 20 revisions to my Prospectus, and all BS changes similar to what I am reading on here. One person will tell me to change something in formatting...but I'm using the template they provided. Another person will change it BACK! I was actually sent a peer's prospectus and told that mine should look like hers when I wrote THE SAME EXACT THING (methodologically-speaking). In fact, she had only a few revisions and is way ahead of me (even though we started at the same time and have been on the same track). But guess what? She doesn't apply for loans; she makes payment arrangements and pays out of pocket. There has been one excuse after the next, and I have officially run out of student loans and am having to apply elsewhere. All of the people who are supposed to be here to help me are only helping themselves. Everything was fine up until the beginnings of dissertation time.


Michael B. said
944 days ago
How do you contact the lawyer in this class action lawsuit?


A. C. C. said
937 days ago
How can I contact the lawyer in this class action lawsuit?


Regent L. said
935 days ago
Untimely interactions with my Dissertation Chair. Lack of appropriate response to inquiries regarding my subjects in the dissertation. General over all interest and direction in my concerns about the dissertation process. On occasion some of my dissertation and course work was reported or claimed to be not in the system. I am not in the system and have no access to my files. . I hope I can be considered part of a class action suit . I am now 73 years old and have been off and on in bad health. T with nothing to show for my effort. I maintained a 4.00. The cost is great and I have no means to recover.



Regent L. said
935 days ago
Untimely interactions with my Dissertation Chair. Lack of appropriate response to inquiries regarding my subjects in the dissertation. General over all interest and direction in my concerns about the dissertation process. On occasion some of my dissertation and course work was reported or claimed to be not in the system. I am not in the system and have no access to my files. . I hope I can be considered part of a class action suit . I am now 73 years old and have been off and on in bad health. T with nothing to show for my effort. I maintained a 4.00. The cost is great and I have no means to recover.



Melanie R. said
932 days ago
I have a situation very similar to some of these. My dissertation chair was changed. The first one said to add something, the second one said to take it out. I am out of loan money and can't do anything but start over somewhere else. I've wasted years dealing with Walden. Please help.


Gwen W. said
930 days ago
I am in the same boat. I haven't run out of money but I am on year 8. I am having contradictions on my proposal and my committee doesn't seem to be able to get it together. Do I have to sue for my degree?


Linda C. said
929 days ago
I was enrolled in the Public Health PhD program. The program takes too long to complete and is too costly. I dropped out. Most of the course work will not transfer back to the local university.


Angela H. said
922 days ago
I was halted at the IRB phase and was told by faculty that my dissertation should not have ever made it to IRB and was surprised that my mentor was behind my work. Now I'm being offered two quarters (waived tuition), keep my chair whom they thought wasn't capable, and certain that my work (with their suggested revisions) will pass IRB. How ironic? Had my counsel review the release form, sent email communication over to Dean as suggested and have not heard back from them yet. Prior to this new agreement I had submitted a congressional complaint which prompted the above.


Angela H. said
922 days ago
con't - I've been enrolled as a student with Walden University for 10 years. To have gone through the process as directed by Walden, to have received all necessary approvals, and to have been halted with two Chapters remaining to complaint without any concern of the money and time spent is unethical. Something has to be done on behalf of the students!


Shalin C. said
921 days ago
I graduated from Walden University and I would VERY much like to participate in the class action lawsuit. I had to take a quarters worth of classes twice because of their lack of communication and delays~


Nicole B. said
921 days ago
I have a 3.8 GPA and just received a failure. This makes no sense.


Kelli C. said
920 days ago
I just emailed the attorneys as well. I am a year six doctoral student and for the past several dissertation "classes", the instructor never even posted in the class. It takes MONTHS to receive feedback of any kind, including email correspondence. The fraud has got to stop.


Adina V. said
919 days ago
I am having the same Issue in the EdD program. I've been in the program since 2010. I just can't seem to be moved along. The project study process is dragged out and it seems almost impossible to finish. It seems that the committee's are all involved in prolonging the process so you spend more money. I have been there 5 years and still can't seem to finish a program they said would take three years! I've no fun out of money and will not be able to finish, I feel that I've been taken advantage of and would like something done about it. I've spent thousands of dollars just to leave with nothing.


Adina V. said
919 days ago
I am having the same Issue in the EdD program. I've been in the program since 2010. I just can't seem to be moved along. The project study process is dragged out and it seems almost impossible to finish. It seems that the committee's are all involved in prolonging the process so you spend more money. I have been there 5 years and still can't seem to finish a program they said would take three years! I've no fun out of money and will not be able to finish, I feel that I've been taken advantage of and would like something done about it. I've spent thousands of dollars just to leave with nothing.


Anthony T. said
918 days ago
Everyone, be sure to 1) File a complaint with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC): https://www.ncahlc.org/HLC-Institutions/complaints.html and 2) File a complaint with your State Attorney General's Office. Keep up the pressure!


Krista W. said
918 days ago
I am having a problem with Walden University concerning my finances. I have financial aid but it is never enough to cover the tuition and this has never been a problem at another school. They withhold my money for two weeks adding charges so when it is finally applied I still owe money. I do not want to continue to spend money that I do not have for classes that should already be covered. When I talked to someone about dropping a class I was informed not only will I be charged but I should ask for an increase in my financial aid. I do not understand how that will help me because they will continue to withhold the money, continue to add interest, and I would continue to be charged by not only them but if I take out another loan. I am really frustrated and they just seem all about the money.


Joan L. said
914 days ago
I have been with this school for over three years now. EdD in Curriculum Instruction and Assessment. Most of the journey was OK until I got to the dissertation stage and the first chair person they assigned to me just refused to respond to my weekly assignments. Some weeks I just thought she was out of the country......that's how silent she was.

I eventually complained and was told to call her more often. This I did but had to complain again because she just seemed to be very busy. One week she was there and the next week she sent me a message that she had left the University.

The proposal I had submitted to her both via email and to Task Stream was not reviewed

The new chair person came...... gave me a satisfactory for the class and later changed the gradc.....saying he did not see my submitted proposal.....this proposal was sitting in TASK STREAM WAITING TO BE reviewed.

I resubmitted the proposal and earned a spanking review from the new chair.....

This confusion came back later to haunt me again however, .....because he had not gone back in to change the grade......

Even though He is very apologetic, someone bigger than he is calling the shots and I am waiting to speak to someone about this matter. I am currently out of class even though my financial aid office says they do not have any negative information on me at this time.

I have a feeling they are not able to fully take us through the doctoral degree process for some disciplines, but do not want to tell us..... so we are being strung along......... wasting thousands of dollars of our personal monies. I hope this is not true but right now I cannot imagine any other justifiable reason for this current error on their part that they are dragging their feet on. I called Sallie Mae to complain and they gave me some advice. I need this school to be held accountable here in the USA.


Kimberly S. said
912 days ago
Hello everyone,

I was a doctoral student at Walden University for three years. During my matriculation, I was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha with a 3.9 GPA. My problems with Walden didn't begin until I entered the dissertation process.

I don't want to go into detail about my experience, but as a former student I've can attest to the premise of this lawsuit. I was allowed to continue the dissertation process for three terms without a second committee member, wasting money and time. I felt that I was set up for failure from the beginning of the process. My advisor expressed frustration on how Walden allow students to enter the process without a full committee in place I agree with Joan L.'s suggestion that Walden need to be held accountable for their actions.


Verna B. said
911 days ago
I want to be made whole by Walden University. The Student Loans to pay for the outrageous tuition and residences was a nightmare. I started the program in good faith so that by the end of my successful progression I would be granted my Ph.D. The KAM process was an absolute flop and complaints and pleas to the Administators went unaddressed.


Elizabeth S. said
909 days ago
I am in a similar situation. I have been working on my EdD for five years. They have changed the template on me, asked me to spend a semester working with a developmental editor, and I have had 3 subcommittee chairs. My URR has stopped me at every turn. My chair is frustrated and has made comments about her wanted edits that would typically be done in the form and style review. I make all the changes they ask for and it still does not pass. Now she is telling me my sources are too old and I need updated ones in my lit review. So I keep getting pushed back to the start of the writing process. It should not take 2 years to be allowed to collect my data. If I had gone to the local university, I would have been done by now.


Cynthia T. said
904 days ago


URR was assigned to me on January 16, 2014. After doing some extensive research on URR’s background, I agreed URR was an excellent choice to be my URR. My dissertation is a study on leading a multigenerational workforce in the public sector. URR has a wealth of knowledge on the subject of my dissertation, and I was eager to learn from his expertise to guide me on completing my dissertation.

As of today, URR has returned my dissertation draft to me for changes since we began working together. Before we had MyDR, I would email my draft to my committee and URR. On one occasion it took URR three weeks to respond to my draft, on a second occasion it took four weeks before I received any feedback from him. URR was very thorough and provided me with some suggestions to improve my draft with each of his reviews.

I honestly feel that a primary reason I am not nearing the end of completing my dissertation is due to the mixed messages that I have been receiving from him. URR would provide me with changes that I needed to make, and on two separate occasions he would tell me, only minor changes need to be made and once the changes are made he would approve my draft, but he would reply with major, time-consuming changes I would need to make.

The relationship that I currently have with URR is one I did not imagine I would have with my committee and URR. I expected for my committee and URR to be as excited as I am about the research I am doing, and to provide me with the guidance to complete a study that will impact the world we live in today. This has not been my experience working with URR. I have been working on getting this draft approved by URR since January 2014. URR has made me doubt my research and myself. URR has left me feeling frustrated, depressed, used, and wondering if Walden cares if I finish my dissertation or not.

Moving forward, I feel that my only choice is to request an expedited independent reviewer. Both my chair and committee member feel my proposal is acceptable and I am ready for the next step. I cannot financially or emotionally afford to continue to work with URR if I continue to not make any progress after every revision. I could have easily chosen a number of other Universities to conduct my research, but I chose Walden. I chose Walden because I believed in their vision. I want my research to provide leaders in the public sector with a guide to addressing the challenge of leading a multigenerational workforce. I look forward to a positive resolution to my situation and dilemma.




Robin W. said
903 days ago
I have been entrenched in Walden University's Ed.D. scam since 2008. As a matter of fact, the university has awarded me three tuition waivers in the past due to so, so many problems on their part, but their shady accounting and fraudulent charges have left me worse off than before their credits.


A. C. C. said
894 days ago
Did you hear back from the attorneys? I have not... Should we all I hire our own?


Scott P. said
892 days ago
I too have many of the same problems as listed above. Mainly the lack of communication or timely feedback that keeps one enrolled through a laborious process of never ending time while the billing clock keeps ticking.


Karen M. said
888 days ago


Karen M. said
888 days ago
I have over 200.000$ in student loans. I foolishly enrolled in a educational doctorate program and was led down a path of constant changes, Mia information and false promises until I exhausted the time limit in which to get the degree. A very bitter chapter in my life and I am reminded every month when I make ridiculously large loan payments. It's criminal how they operate.


A. C. C. said
886 days ago
they are "Under Extra Financial Scrutiny" by dept. of education. if we all come together, we can make them pay what they are stealing from us

http://chronicle.com/article/Dept-Names-More-Than-550/228957/


said
884 days ago
This is Awesome!! I thought I was the only one!! My time at Walden has been a nightmare!! I will sign whatever I need to sign.


Mason D. said
883 days ago
To Cynthia T and anyone else: According to Walden’s policy, anyone on your committee, including the URR have 14 days to respond to your submission. If they don't, you need to appeal. There's a petition form from their site where you can ask for a waiver for that semester's tuition. You can also request for a new member. I had my second chair fired because she took much longer to respond, and many times she didn't respond at all. Also, every time you email this member, remind him/her of their policy and cc it to the dept. Head and to anyone else above your committee.

If you research it, Walden has the highest amount of student debt compared to all other colleges in the U.S.! They are a money trap! Tell everybody you know: DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL.


Samuel M. said
882 days ago
Same issues.


Victor O. said
876 days ago
I am interested in this case. I had to withdraw from the college after several attempts to get my dissertation going did not get off ground. All course requirements had been completed except the dissertation. I could not imagine me paying so much money just for dissertation and a process that isn't promising. I considered it all a sham and an effort to extort money based on false representation. I am definitely interested in this class action case.


Andrea E. said
875 days ago
I have been looking for an I nternship for 2 years with no help from Walden. It is frustrating because my classroom work is complete and I need this to get my licensure.


Mary Z. said
859 days ago
I recently have found out that I have reached my lifetime limit on student loans and have NOT completed my EdD. I have been through four or five committee chairs, only to have my current chair tell me at the beginning of this current semester that my topic really isn't correct!!! Basically, I had to start over. I will not be enrolling for the next semester, especially without financial aid.


Mary C. said
853 days ago
I agree with everything above. I will not be returning next quarter because my prospectus was submitted in February and has still not been approved because I cannot get my chair to email me back and let me know what I need to change. Everything was fine until I got to the dissertation. At the start of the dissertation process, the communication with my chair became nonexistant. He will not return my emails. When I email, I am respectful in requesting feedback. Yet, there is no acknowlegement of receipt of my email nor any answers to my questions.


A. C. C. said
850 days ago
Please hire your own attorneys in your states and they will unite. This is what my attorney is telling me. After 5 9000s right before data collection they said I should have done case study not a phenomenology study! after $40000 I have to start all over??? 2 chairs, 2 residencies and 1 intensive, no one thought of suggesting this but now??? Please every day file a complaint with OIG (Office of the Inspector General) for financial aid fraud. This is how they got to Everest College, Ashford etc...


A. C. C. said
850 days ago
Please hire your own attorneys in your states and they will unite. This is what my attorney is telling me. After 5 9000s right before data collection they said I should have done case study not a phenomenology study! after $40000 I have to start all over??? 2 chairs, 2 residencies and 1 intensive, no one thought of suggesting this but now??? Please every day file a complaint with OIG (Office of the Inspector General) for financial aid fraud. This is how they got to Everest College, Ashford etc...


Steve W. said
845 days ago
It sounds so familiar! I am in year 5, zero guidance, zero feedback, but lots of changes and misinformation. 3 advisors, lots of topics....I cannot even begin to figure out which way is up. I entered the "doctoral study" phase with a 4.0 and now feel incompetent. I am ready, willing and able to join and do whatever I can to help others and save my sanity!


Darciann S. said
843 days ago
I was able to convert to an Ed.S. which is only a second masters. This is after six years and everything described above. Most of my hours count for nothing, making my $157K debt ridiculous. KAMS and the dissertation process have absolutely no support and are constantly changing. This was the worst decision of my life.


Scott P. said
842 days ago
I had the same issues with Walden, no support and a series of dragging out the process to have you continue classes without progress.


A. C. C. said
842 days ago
Friends, we can keep complaining until the cows come home. However, we need to take action. Please hire an attorney who specializes in higher education. Once you do, all of our attorneys will connect. Here is the website for OIG - Dept of education. Please keep reporting financial aid fraud, every day as many times as you can. If you dont want to do not write your name (i do write my name so that they can contact me) http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/index.html

Now that many online universities are committing financial aid fraud, OIG is really coming down hard on them. We are not getting $200000 worth of education but that's how much debt we accumulated. We have to act together. Please!!


A. C. C. said
841 days ago
https://oighotline.ed.gov/

if you have linkedin membership, please search the Department of Education OIG and inmail them and keep filing complaints. Walden is already under investigation for financial aid fraud, we will make it undeniable... We do not want to pay for something that is not worth it and also they need to pay for the time and money we wasted on this crappy education.


Vincent H. said
840 days ago
I would like to join the Walden University Class Action Lawsuit


Vincent H. said
840 days ago
I would like to join the Walden University Class Action Lawsuit


Kaeryn B. said
836 days ago
I was a Walden Student for 6 years in their Masters of Psychology/Therapist program. For three years I struggled to get the requirement for internship completed. They kept turning down sites that I presented to them and saying I "Wasn't trying hard enough". I finally gave up with 3 credits to go because I was tired of dropping money on them.


Carole K. said
831 days ago
Stonewalled at every turn. $130 K down the tube and suffered severe depression. I want a refund and the attorney who can get is is welcome to their 1//3! I completed all the course requirements up to the dissertation process.


A. C. C. said
828 days ago
Knowing that I am suing them, they actually hacked into my account and removed some files and communication with the chair. Thank goodness I always send Walden emails to my other emails. I contacted FBI and this is criminal offense and now they are on it.


RATONYA M. said
826 days ago
I am a former Walden student who is swimming in a boat load of debt because Walden prolonged my doctoral process beyond reason. They caused me to use every bit of financial aid I had. I enrolled in Walden's doctoral program in 2007 and it took me 6 years to complete a program that promised to end in 2-3 years. The only reason I finished then is because I had to get an attorney to threaten them. I would very much like to participate in any type of suit against them. I want my money back so that I can attempt to get out of some of the debt they've caused.


Stanley W. said
824 days ago
Everyone needs to complain to the states. Attorney General, bombard whoever it is with complaints. Walden is making me off holding students refunds. They say it's for an extensive audit, no problem complete an audit then release the funds it doesn't take 3 days more less 14. They are simply not telling the truth. The dissertation issue is huge and I've heard that Walden is rushing through evidence. They have no right to keep your money.


Yolanda S. said
823 days ago
Please count me in! I had the same experience. I dropped out due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 after 2 years, tried to return in 2007 as it took that long to recover from homelessness and was told I would have to start over!!!!!! Got me for 74k in student loans! yseals4@gmail.com


said
823 days ago
I was in the Doctoral Program.


Shelton H. said
821 days ago
I have been told that because my program no longer exists, my 120 units no longer count towards my Doctorate. They say I had 8 years to complete, yet this is year six and they will not give me credit. i ran out of money doing these stupid dissertation credits while they tried to find me a committee.


A. C. C. said
821 days ago
http://www.nacacnet.org/research/KnowledgeCenter/Documents/PartneringforCompliance.pdf

At the end of this presentation, there are the names of the people you can directly contact. I did. They take this VERY seriously and Walden has a lot of complaints lately, thanks to what we have started here. Call them, email them everyday until either Walden delivers an education worth $150,000 or pay our debt and the loss of compensation due to lack of degree.


Brigit T. said
817 days ago
I had the same issue. I was able to finally graduate. But my thesis took 3 semesters to complete and I ran out of loans. I am drowning in debt. We go to this school to become underpaid therapists. Most of us already have families which is why we were appealed by an online education. I will never be able to repay this debt before my children enter college.


Gayla F. said
817 days ago
I want to joint the class action suit as well. I faced the same issues as all of you trying to obtain an Ed.D which was converted to and Ed.S after my money ran out. Long hours and much work went into my doctorate program only to be abandoned during the dissertation process. There was no help - only convoluted advice and instructions. Disgusting!!


Gayle N. said
817 days ago
After completing 5 years in course work, prospectus approval, and then doctoral study approval by my chair and co-chair, Walden's URR committee?-of one? denied my study. This was the first time ever this URR "committee" had seen my proposal. The 2-week promise of turn-around takes 2 months because of the cumbersome "MyDR" process. I am livid. I need a lawyer and to join the class action if possible.


Shaneisha D. said
817 days ago
I experienced the same issues.


Sasha M. said
817 days ago
Earned a Masters in Science from Walden with no problem. Matriculated into the PhD with a concentration in Clinical Psychology and maintains a 4.0 GPA. I am an ABD because there is a lot of inconsistency amongst the administrators of Walden. There is no support for students. Students has to obtain their own committee members, secure their own placements and wait for long periods without response from committee chairs, or field supervisors. Many students end up running out of money and cannot finish their degrees. Walden charges a higher rate than most universities, but provides no support to its students. I am in concert with a group of individuals who is very frustrated with the review process and feel as though they are censored or threatened with dismissal if they speak to anyone but their committee chair about what they believe is unjustifiable treatment/injustice. Would like to join this class action suit.


Kate L. said
816 days ago
I, too, have had the same experiences with the dissertation process for the Ed.D. My chair gave me the wrong "template," insisted I follow it, I wrote three chapters and submitted it, only to be told by Edward Gardner that it was "my fault" and that I "should have known" to use a different template despite what my chair said. I have all of this in writing. I would be more than willing to share those emails and be a part of a class action law suit.


Marie G. said
816 days ago
No help from walden with field placements. LThoight they would help but they actually seem to hinder the process. I am in deep and if i quit now nothing will transfer. Master's degree. ..


Michael S. said
815 days ago
I have had similar issues but with my undergraduate degree where issues I have encountered resulted in dismissal from university and was told one thing by academic advisor as stated in student hand book but admissions counselor stated that wasn't true and I didn't have to follow that way to be re-admitted.


Kim W. said
815 days ago
ACC, I am taking your advice & contacting OIG. My emails are gone on my student account, of course.
I can not afford to hire an attorney.. I'm in limbo and got a deferment on my student loans but I need to finish this DNP!


Kim W. said
815 days ago
ACC, I am taking your advice & contacting OIG. My emails are gone on my student account, of course.
I can not afford to hire an attorney.. I'm in limbo and got a deferment on my student loans but I need to finish this DNP!


A. C. C. said
815 days ago
Kim, always cc your personal account. In settings, you can elect to forward all your Walden email to your personal email. For email, contact FBI. It is a crime.


A. C. C. said
815 days ago
I talked to attorney of this class action lawsuit and he advised me to to hire my own attorney in my state and then they will come together. Meanwhile, call the state's Attorney General. OIG is not enough because they are committing a crime. Fraud is crime. Call and email all of the news agencies, reporters, etc. I am working on this every day. They cannot get away with this.


Monica P. said
815 days ago
I completed all of my classes with Walden, but found it very difficult to complete the "thesis" online work. There was no one guide me. I completed work as requested, but then it would always come back requesting more information than originally assigned. I completed the courses for a Masters in Special Education.


Bryan M. said
814 days ago
I spent $40,000 chasing this degree. I used a year of again Bill on this program. I worked on the dissertation for two years and after 100+ pages and an absurd number of revisions I still could not get my chair to move it forward. I felt like I was part of their budget control plan even before I read this news today on buzzfeed. I want in this class action lawsuit.


Jason M. said
814 days ago
I am in the same boat as many of you.I ended up ABD as I was only able to pay for school through student loans which quickly hit my lifetime max after just entering the dissertation process


Andrea S. said
812 days ago
Yes! I kept records and contacted the school repeatedly. First, I had a professor that just left me in the summer with no teacher. That lasted over a month. Then, they fired my chair and no one contacted me. Finally, he wrote me a private email telling me he had been fired. I was waiting for him to approve my paper. After another 2 months they named my methods person as my chair. It took another year because she did not even know what my paper was about and I had to get a new methods chair. I begged to complete this as I had used all of the loan money I could get. I had to get private loans. Finally, when I could get no more they let me finish my dissertation. I have been waiting for some kind of help. I was too far to quit so I had to just beg for money. There is no way I will ever be able to pay what I owe. I was at my lifetime max when I used credit cards and private loans. I want to join this class action lawsuit. Moreover, the College of Education had in writing that the program could be completed in 2 years.


Vette S. said
812 days ago
Thank goodness someone has staeted this process. I am from Coffee County, GA. In 2004 or 2005 A Walden representative met with a large group of teachers and made the following statements. The program would be a 3 year Doctorial program costing of approximately $ 25,000. The Universitywould "hold your hand" through the program as your dissertation would be composed through research articles used in your coursework. After completing my coursework with a 4.0, I began the dissertation process. After writing chapters 1-2 and having it reviewed by my chair I went through the process of revions paying more out of pocket for additional semesters. After my chair approved chapters 1-2, he said after writing and revising chapter 3 I would be ready to schedule a proposal defense. Then I get back an email stating that the dissertation rubric had changed and all my articles used for my study needed to be peer reviewed and were beginning to be dated. After 4 years yes...some of the research would begin to be dated. My three chapters at this point were a total rewrite. Having hired a corporate editor to review my work, she was disturbed that my first 3 chapters were not being approved. Already going beyond the 3 year program with over $70,000 in debt and receiving emails from my chair stating this program was a "process", I withdrew from the program in December of 2008. Stuck with a 900 loan payment, no degree, and the emotional stress of going through almost 4 years to receive nothing...I began to see what the word "process" meant to Walden. Another semester, more money and nothing but heartache for me. Out of 6 educators from Coffee County School System only one was able to receive her Doctorate Degree within the 3 year time frame.


said
812 days ago
I had the same problem with no degree to show for it. They kept changing my chair and kept changing my topic. I contacted the university several times and got the run around. I have no degree but all coursework completed.


A. C. C. said
812 days ago
Friends, please take time and call/email your State's Attorney General. They are committing fraud and criminal activity. Writing here only will not get you help.


Yolanda J. said
812 days ago
I agree with everyone who has posted on this class action lawsuit. I am completely out of money with no financial gain or degree. In my heart I have felt like Walden University was scanning students out of money. I am so in debt with this university and have nothing to show either. What do we do?


Brandy B. said
812 days ago
Completed coursework...no problem....Dissertation....another story.....and we were supposedly working/writing on the dissertation along and along through our coursework they told us......I had a doctoral chair, who once she signed on to the title, whom I never heard from.


said
812 days ago
I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology at Walden. However, I was not able to be licensed in my home state, after being assured by the Walden recruiter that "Walden students have been licensed in PA." I have the emails from these early exchanges with Walden. Additionally, my academic options are limited because employers (universities) see "Walden" and don't even interview me. I was $200,000 in student loan debt when I left Walden and my degree from Walden has earned me no additional income. I work in a master's level position.


sandy h. said
811 days ago
How can we join the lawsuit?


Kyle K. said
811 days ago
I'm an attorney in Georgia. I'm currently looking in to helping my father who has gone through the exact same problems as many of the people in this forum with the EdD program.


James T. said
810 days ago
My internship for MS in Mental Health Counseling was prolonged an extra quarter due to inadequate supervision on the part of Walden. I accumulated more debt than anticipated due to their incompetence.


Kelly C. said
810 days ago
When I applied to Walden in 2010, it was the only University that offered an online doctoral program that is accredited by the state of Texas. I was 6 months pregnant with a 2 year old and a full-time job so thought an online degree would be best for me and my family instead of attending a traditional brick and mortar university. Little did I know it would turn into this financial nightmare! I was told that I would receive a degree within 3 years by Dr. Kate when I attended the "required" residency. The residency was a joke, I have had four different first chairs, 3 different second chairs, still stuck on my Prospectus (that got approved by my former chair but left before approving it in TaskStream), and now the university is making me back-track to work on something that got approved 18 months ago! This semester, I wasn't even in the proper course until 7 weeks into the semester. I have petitioned and have never received any tuition reimbursement for their lack of commitment, support, and ability to follow their own policies and standards. Now, I have run completely out of financial aid and have a total of $138,000 dollars of student loan dept without even obtaining my doctoral degree! I have made sacrifices and have spent the last five years of my life, (entire life of my youngest daughter) working to accomplish a life-long goal so that I would be able to provide for my family. I have spent countless hours revising and editing to meet the minimum requirements and have found that the professors seem to revise and edit their own revisions most of the time which adds to the high levels of frustration. I feel like a gerbil on a carousel wheel that keeps running, running, and running...


Michelle J. said
809 days ago
I had a very similar experience during my time with Walden. I was a student from 2008-2013. In that time three of my chairs retired, were fired, or quit. This slowed down the process and cost me thousands of dollars. I had to rewrite my Proposal over and over. After it was finally approved, my final draft was rewritten over twenty times. Many of the changes requested were unnecessary and I believe were meant to cause me to have to keep enrolling for multiple quarters. After completing all coursework with a 4.0 GPA I had to stay enrolled for two years just to work on making the changes they required. Everyday that went by I knew I was losing money waiting for them to respond. Finally, my disseration was approved and I graduated, but I now have over $2000,000 in student loan debt.


LORI O. said
809 days ago
Very satisfied with M.S. and Eds. programs at Walden. PhD, not so much. The coursework did not assist in starting off my dissertation, then it took 5 semesters to just lock in a viable topic for dissertation. Now I'm as close to maxed out as one can get! Health issues stopped me, ultimately, and thank God, too!


Christopher K. said
809 days ago
I was in the EdD program at Walden and after three 8090 semesters of constant change during the dissertation process finally cut my losses and quit. One semester I was told 3 weeks into the class that my chair had resigned weeks ago and I would be assigned another one! Shouldn't I have been told that immediately? I had a 3.8 GPA but when it came to writing the final dissertation my writing was "so bad" they wanted me to take a remedial writing course, again, how can I fly through classes with a 3.8 and at the end be such a horrible writer? Speaking with an adviser after being in the classes was like getting an appointment with the Pope. Before withdrawing I tried to enroll in a graduate program in educational leadership and NONE of their classes would transfer, that was the icing on the cake that 8000 level classes would not transfer into 5000 and 6000 classes, one with the almost identical name except for one word! This is shameful and de-values education, they need to be called out on the carpet asap before others make this expensive, lengthy and demeaning mistake.


Stephen S. said
808 days ago
I've been in the first phase for the dissertation phase (proposal) for over 6 years and have racked up over $200k student loan debt and still haven't gotten my PhD yet. Wondering how I can join with the class action suit.


Tasha M. said
808 days ago
Reading all of the comments is just like reliving my own nightmare with Walden.


Collie W. said
808 days ago
I graduated with my MS from Walden, which they told me would cost approx $25,000 for a 1.5 year program. It took me $45,000 and 2.5 years to complete. The thesis process was frustrating as I was pretty much on my own with little direction from the person overseeing it. I have been looking into my Doctoral degree, which I am now glad I did not go to Walden for. However, I find that most schools won't accept me as I lack a few courses needed. I'm tapped out financially and cannot afford to audit classes to get my Doctoral degree. So I'm forced to work in a field that doesn't relate to my degree at all. Making my time at Walden pointless. I am definitely looking into joining this lawsuit and will be contacting my State's Attorney General! Thank you for your comments, it let me know I'm not alone in this and it wasn't just me.


Dedria B. said
806 days ago
I have had the same issue with the Ed.D. I wanted to have some level of completion, so I got the Ed.S. I feel like I was sold a bunch of lies about their program. At one point, I even became an ambassador for them. I hosted information sessions at various job fairs to encourage others to attend Walden (what a disappointment).


Phyllis L. said
806 days ago
I too have experience the same issue and had my first chair tell me she couldn't find my second chair in the staff directory. So unhappy with this program. I also took my masters program with Walden university I had no issues up until Now.


Derek A. said
806 days ago
Same issues with prolonged dissertation process.


Jonathon R. said
806 days ago
Yeah, I know the feeling too.....we need to stand up for us and future students. I been doing this for over six years and we are unable to transfer our credits towards other universities either. We need to resolve this matter and obtain the right legal help that will pay off our student loans and debt and our pain and agony to go through this process. Some of us paid a lot of money to attend the Academic Residencies and such......we need to address these issues.


said
805 days ago
I had many of the same issues. I started working on my doctorate in 2007. I finished 7 years later. It literally took me 7 years to complete, although I was told it would only take approximately 3, maybe 4 years to complete. I suffered the going and coming of a chair, who was always traveling and making me wait for her return to check my work. Eventually I had no chair at all. I was told I had to be put on hold until I was found another chair. I was put on hold but I had to continue to pay for each class. I should have been compensated for the time lost for not having a chair but I was not. I felt that I was being treated unfairly.


Elise V. said
805 days ago
I just started the dissertation process and one of my Chair members has been amazing and timely however the other took a long time to get back to me with edits that were not helpful at all. Not only that, I had to spend a huge amount of tie learning another way to turn in my work through a different program. The edits were demeaning and vague. I want to start working on my chapters but the other chair member told me to rethink or change all of my research questions however did not tell me why or offer any suggestions. I cannot work on my other chapters if I don't even know if my study will be approved. I am so frustrated. I researched how to get a different committee member and I have to wait until the beginning of a new quarter if I want to make changes meanwhile I waste another quarter of school. I was also told this was a two to three year program including the dissertation. It's not as I have already been a student over two years and have not even gotten my prospectus approved yet. I don't want to go into huge debt due to all of the misleading information. I also know of another person who ran out of money and had to drop out. I hope this does not happen to me.


Durcilla W. said
805 days ago
I am in 3rd semester of stage 2 of my EdD...and have been stuck waiting for 2 weeks or longer for any reviews. Limited comments from both committee members and loosing money on repeated tuition.


Mindi J. said
805 days ago
I'm having the same issue.


reneta e. said
805 days ago
Same issues.


Bonnie P. said
803 days ago
I had the same issues, and I will join this action.


Paul C. said
803 days ago
Had the same issues as others


Mary C. said
802 days ago
...and Walden's claim is to promote positive social change? Positive social change involves seeing Walden reimburse us all for the damage they have caused.


Barbara C. said
802 days ago
Walden University, has thrown me out of the PHD clinical psychology program at my dissertation stage.


Laura H. said
802 days ago
Yes, I had the same issue. Over $100,000 in student loan debt and I am ABD. My chairs changed and were unresponsive. They claim I still owe them money, so I cannot even get a transcript sent to the University where I work, which is jeopardizing my employment.


Jennifer W. said
801 days ago
I am having a lot of the same problems. Walden is now telling me I owe them over $7000 when I received federal student loans. They are holding my transcript hostage. How do I join this lawsuit?


Gregory D. said
801 days ago
Walden University milked my student aid then dropped me when I no longer had aid available just 3 classes shy of graduating.


Deby T. said
801 days ago
I am currently experiencing the prolonging response from my URR for the dissertation process. The time or deadline I was informed that the URR had to respond has been surpassed and I've been nformed that theURR was given an extension.


Stephanie S. said
801 days ago
I have the same issues. Yet I have had my same chair. I have been in Walden since 2007 and I am still not finished. This is going on 9 years. I have raked up over 200K in student loan debt.


Stephanie S. said
801 days ago
....oh- and now they say I have ran out of borrowing money and I must make other provision to pay for this year. When I get through this I will be finished with Walden and these shenanigans.


Tona W. said
801 days ago
It took me over two years to get my dissertation through... I went up the ladder through the department chair, the program director, all the way to the ombudsman, and finally started getting something done.

I had put my name in on the lawsuit with all of the documentation that they requested. Hopefully something comes out of it, this was over $120,000 in loans and debt. It's not just obstruction of education, it's extortion!


Derek A. said
800 days ago
I started in 2007. Stuck at the proposal stage for 3 years. Over $160K loan debt. Walden University is about money, not social change. We can't all be wrong...

It looks like this site follows the docket for the case: http://www.plainsite.org/dockets/2jwz9whti/maryland-district-court/travis-et-al-v-walden-university-llc-et-al/


John C. said
799 days ago
I've been a student at Walden since 2012. I got through all of my coursework with a 3.84 GPA and my Master's Degree was no problem. Now I've been in the prospectus phase for more than 6 months with 0 progress. They told me today that I may have to completely rewrite my dissertation from scratch with a new topic because they don't understand the research methodology. It's pretty freaking simple: It's a time-panel analysis, quasi-experimental study that uses archival data to establish a linear regression delta. That delta is then compared to various socio-economic variables to determine if there is correlation. Not freaking rocket science, but they don't understand it. I've gotten everything from "you can't use archival data" (which is BS because Walden's policy states that I can), to "this is too hard".


Sheridan J. said
798 days ago
I was told when I signed up for my PhD that many of my previous courses in my specialty (from a real university) would be accepted. After three semester I was told, nope got to start all over. No response from any of the administration, "professors", just bills.


Virginia F. said
798 days ago
I have definitely been in the same boat....In October 2013, I attended a NOHS conference and still at the same pace in 2015. I had to do a PREMISE over 12 twelve times and on chair number 3. I recently contacted the Accreditation office; Unfortunately, my Mom passed and I never contacted or filled out the paperwork; then my chair was switched.


Mary T. said
796 days ago
I can agree with the comments of the others. My prospectus was approved in April of 2014 and I have not been able to get any part of my Proposal approved since. I have had to change committee members and experience my chair going on vacation in the middle of a quarter when every member of the dissertation shell was struggling with various problems. My chair was told by my committee member that she was my URR person and that my work was not ready for URR review. However, the committee was NOT my URR member. The committee member had previously reviewed my proposal as the committee person - so she obviously forgot what role she was in on the committee. Last month I submitted my 6th draft of my proposal. A month later it had not been reviewed and returned. After I inquired about it my chair told me to email the committee member and see where she was with the revisions. Two weeks later I received the previous draft with the same revisions. I emailed her and told her what she had done and I attached the newly revised draft to the email. She responded with the same previous draft attached. I responded informing her of what she had done and told her that perhaps the chair could straighten it all out when she returned from vacation. The committee member replied saying she agreed but she did not know what the problem was. Last quarter when I discussed my financial situation with my chair she promised me that I would be presenting my oral defense by the third week of this quarter - didn't happen. Also, last quarter, my chair informed me that she had talked to the President of the School of Human and Social Behavior. She said that he discussed granting me a Certificate of Doctorial Studies which would be an official document. I could also use it if I decided to return and get my degree later. I have no more money. My financial aid is exhausted. I am a handicapped (legally blind), retired, senior citizen. I have not been able to secure a loan without a co-signer. No one that I know will co-sign for a person who is nearly (or will be) 80 years of age. I am out of pocket for this quarter and will probably be force to drop out without receiving a degree. I have spent so many hours, made so many sacrifices, done so much research and encountered so much debt only to have it end this way. Walden University has deceived me and prostituted me for the money they have received from my financial aid. I feel devastated!!!


A. C. C. said
793 days ago
Friends, everyday there are more and more of us added to the list here. Are you taking action? did you contact your state's attorney general? everyday post complaints to Dept of Education OIG's site at least 5-6 times. We will stop them by taking action. This cannot go on forever. Tona, which lawsuit did you join? Do you have the case number?


Sheila J. said
793 days ago
I am experiencing the same issue in that my first chair was a new PhD graduate from a different university with no experience in mentoring DBA students. I began the 9000 series with him in January, 2014. In October 2014, the rubric was rewritten by a quantitative PhD, and very little guidance for qualitative doctoral study papers was, or has since, been provided. By January 2015 my paper was nowhere. I had took an eight-week break due to exhaustion and my lack of confidence in my chair-person.

Prior to the eight-week break, I submitted a revision to my chair person. I submitted later than the Application due date, but did that with my chair-person's permission. It took seven weeks to get feedback on that. Administration would not waive my tuition because I submitted one application paper (out of how many since starting the program?) late, regardless of permission from my chair to do so.

At this time, the same two chapters (with a myriad of edits due to feedback from my new chair) has been in the hands of two chairpersons since October 2015, and I am nowhere near MyDr submission. Some of us should have been grandfathered in by enrollment date when the new rubric was thrown at us. I am tapped out on financial aid and now have a block on my account, and can't register for the next class.
I am going to check out the site A.C.C. posted to see if I can get any remedy, or help others to get relief from this debacle.


Sheila J. said
793 days ago
My apologies - I meant to say my two chapters have been in the hands of two different first chairpersons since October 2014, not 2015.


Carrie P. said
792 days ago
I am a former Walden U. student who was working on a PH.D in Ed. Tech. I dropped out in August 2015 after being enrolled since June 2009. I breezed through the courses with A's in every class but one. Most of the classes had several papers to create and submit, and I had no issues. I was on the dissertation process for 3 years. This is what I wrote when I finally understood that they were playing with me and had no intentions of helping me progress nor complete the process: I am withdrawing from the university because I have been on a non-stop merry-go-round with writing a dissertation for at least 3 years. As a professional educational unit, one of your instructors, professors, or advisors should have contacted me at least 2 years ago to support me if I was on the wrong track. Red flags should have popped up to one of your leaders after a student with almost straight A's in course writings suddenly is struggling. But the only time anyone from your institution contacts me is when my money is late. I wasted over $150,000 on a promise of social change, and I have no more money.


Sheridan J. said
792 days ago
I would like to join a class action lawsuit


Allen S. said
792 days ago
I have the exact same issue.. I was a Walden Doctoral Student for five years and the doctoral study process just went on endlessly.. I went through three committee chairs, and I just couldn't get through the methodologist. I ran out of money and with no hope of ever being allowed to finish I finally accepted the fact that I was being strung along to keep paying the tuition fees. This is quite a money machine Walden created. I have spent over 70k at this school for nothing.,


Claudia W. said
790 days ago
Sounds familiar...


Rebekah H. said
788 days ago
I am a disabled Veteran currently in my 2nd quarter of my dissertation. I busted my butt while on active duty using Tuition Assistance and attending night school even while deployed to Iraq. I attended an incredible school called National University who treated their Veterans with great respect. After completing my Masters degree I still had a year left on my GI Bill. As Walden is an online program when I transferred my living allowance was cut in half resulting in approximately$12,000 for the year. After I ran out of benefits I took out an Stafford unsubsidized Federal Loan. I was so passionate about my research (Cultural Resilience in Thai Female Survivors of Human Sex Trafficking) and I sold everything I owned and moved to Thailand. I previously wanted to study PTSD in veterans but after attending 3 residencies and begging for help during the "advising" sessions I left every time feeling like a total idiot and wanting to quit. Every professor I asked for help did the opposite. They did everything but call me stupid. I do have a learning disability and this did not help matters and asking for help did not help in any way. I checked my Nelnet account and I have racked up over $75,000 in around a year!!!! I have spent around 4 hours everyday working on my dissertation and it takes weeks to hear anything from my "committee" and I have to look in ten different places for the feedback which is completely useless. I am now back in California sleeping on my friends couch and helping her babysit her children. If it weren't for her Walden would have been the reason for another homeless Veteran. At this point I will not have enough money to finish my dissertation so I am looking into other options. It is amazing to me that I achieved a Masters Degree only owing $4,299 in student loans. I am going to start looking for an lawyer but if there is a lawsuit already in place I am more than willing to assist in any way that I can. I have attended 6 other schools including online programs prior to Walden and they are by far the absolute worst school I have ever attended. I don't know how they even call themselves a school! The professors don't even read your work, you can never get in contact with anyone, when you do they tell you to go read a 300 page document, or direct you to an online source that takes you 2 hours to find. My email address is Rebekah.hall29@gmail.com if anyone needs to contact me. Just reading others comments makes me sick to my stomach but makes me realize that Walden needs to pay for what they have done to us.


Christopher K. said
787 days ago
Its a scam!


Joanne L. said
784 days ago
I am having issues with Walden University. I am in the Doctorate of Business program and have issues with my topic. I had my topic through the beginning of my program and not one instructor corrected it until 2 days after it was due for Chair selection. Timeliness is not the only issue. I have not had a class with a faculty professor and this is a doctoral program.


Phyllis L. said
783 days ago
I am having issues with Walden University. I am in the Doctorate of Higher Education program and for the past year I have been given no clear guidance from my chairperson about my topic until the third semester. This semester that just completed on Sunday Oct 18, 2015 it took the chairperson 5 weeks into the semester to return my draft back to me because the chairperson said they could not find the second chair. This situation put me behind the timeline that I set out which I feel set me up to fail. My email address is toffee5911@yahoo.com if you need any more information please feel free to contact me.


Angela G. said
783 days ago
I was a PhD student at Walden University and I am now financially strapped with 800$ a month student loan payments. The dissertation process was completely drawn out with very little support. I would like to be included in the suit against this university.


Jon P. said
782 days ago
I graduated with an Ed.D from Walden University. However, the dissertation process took 3 years, during which time I was forced, if I wanted to graduate with my degree, to continue to take out student loans. I have graduate peers that have graduated from other Universities whose dissertation process took only one traditional semester. I am now deferring student loan payments of $1200 a month student loan payments until I can afford them. The dissertation process was entirely too long, and many times I had to wait weeks to hear back from advisors, professors, or other school support. I would like to be included in the suit against this university.


Rhonda L. said
780 days ago
I have been dealing with completing my dissertation for my doctoral program as well. I had two professors that would not complete my work or answer me through phone contact or email. I used up two semesters of financial loans...not grants or scholarships and now I have nothing to complete my degree. I made my complaints but was told the professor has small children, well she was also getting paid by my tuition. I have exhausted all my loan amounts and can't afford additional money to complete. There is no help in the last stage of the program even if you spend $10,000 waiting for them to get their act together.This is wrong on every account.


Heather C. said
778 days ago
My first chair provided erratic and contradictory feedback to the point were I was afraid to submit drafts. When I did my Oral Defense of my Proposal, she (on the recording) says she was wowed by my presentation (content and my public speaking) because she never expected me to make it that far. Shortly after my defense, she was removed by the university with no explanation. Many former students let current students who had her that the university was harassing her and it was likely the reason for her odd work and feedback to us. My second chair was amazing and got me finished in about a year after 5+ years in dissertation. I lost my second member as well and got no help. The MyDR system might be an overall improvement but because of lag time in notifications and "resets" I think it adds time to many steps by locking people out while the computer does its thing. The university seems to have take some steps to fix the process, but they are kicking people out who have been stuck and they have made to effort to make amends to those of use who did not demand refunds for quarters spent waiting for feedback. I am thrilled to have my Ph.D. and wish I had understood more about Walden when I enrolled. They explained that the full Psychology Licensure program was 4-4.5 years. I did my internship and then struggled through dissertation for several more years.


Brad S. said
778 days ago
I completed everything with good grades and a member of Psi Chi except the dissertation. Then the availability of funds ran out. Now I am deep in debt and have nothing to show for it.


rodney f. said
777 days ago
I was a student in the MS Organizational Psychology program. I was near the end of my program but had to drop out after being jerked around and racking up insane debts. I cant access my transcripts because i magically owed $800 which became $1000. I didnt know there was a class action lawsuit until I got a noticed via Facebook.


Nadia M. said
776 days ago
I am having the same issue, meeting my 8 year threshold and the school threatening to dismiss me . I filed for an petition extension for medical reasons and being a 24 hour caregiver to my Mother and they have denied my my request. I'm entering the second appeal process (10 days to do so) and I need legal guidance ASAP.


Fawzi A. said
776 days ago
Even though, I have graduated in 2014 with PhD, I have experienced the same issues of dissertation delays. In addition, I started with KAM courses which were a complete waste of time and money.


Lisa F. said
776 days ago
I am an ABD. Having moved where Internet access became impossible, Walden was unwilling to make acommendations. I we thousands in student loans and will never be able to pay them back.


Darlene W. said
776 days ago
I have had the same issue with Walden University and I would like to know how to be a part of this class action lawsuit. I have numerous emails and complaints that I made to the President and Chairs of my departments. Walden University delayed my dissertation process, was non-responsive and had unqualified faculty. I have full documentation to substantiate my issue and now I have thousands in students loans that I will never be able to repay.


BERKINA P. said
775 days ago
Yes, I am having the same Issue. I am currently in my 14th 9000 course (Doctoral Study Proposal) and on my 3rd Chair/Mentor, started in the DBA Program February 2012, finished all courses summer 2013 and had completed Sections 1 and 2 of my doc study proposal by December 2014 and that is when I was informed that I had to start over because I did not have a "Business Problem" I complained to the Dean/Directors but to no avail, So I am now over $120K in student loan debt, but no degree just stuck in the ABD stage. I thought it was just me for a minute, because the faculty did not want me speaking of this in the course to my colleagues, but now I understand why! I would love to be a part of this Class Action Suit against Walden and their unqualified faculty as I see that their are too many that have suffered in the same way dealing with Walden University...it is all about the money with them.


cat t. said
773 days ago
I have been working on my PHD in public health for over 8 years. No progress. Lot of money. I can't complete it is appalling.


cat t. said
773 days ago
I am still at first step in PHD. I never move. No money left,Hugh debt. No help from WALDEN


Audry H. said
773 days ago
I am completing my Ed.S. at Walden. The classes are redundant. I spent the first year on basic information that was covered working on my Bachelor's degree. Paying for too much and taking far too long for what I have received.


Penny W. said
772 days ago
I had a 6-year degree when representatives came to my school. We had a cohort of 5 that started together. I was told that it would probably take less time because I could just build on my research. Instead, my thesis went on forever. The committee would return my paper with MINOR corrections to be made. Once it was resubmitted, they would find a few more. This went on for months. My chair quit in the middle of the process, and the committee was reformed. My second chair finally told the committee that approving the paper and then sending it back with more minor corrections was ridiculous. Only when he threatened to go above their heads was I allowed to defend. I found a couple of lawyers willing to take the case, but I decided I could not tackle it alone. I definitely want to be a part of the lawsuit. Walden is a criminal organization!


Tina M. said
772 days ago
How do we get into the class action? After taking medical leave in my third chapter of my dissertation and second chair I was told I had to start the program over from day 1 because the program had changed. I had a brain tumor and now I cannot find another school that will accept my credits.


Yvonne S. said
772 days ago


Seeking justice for Yvonne S & her family!

I enrolled in Walden’s PhD in Education –Knowledge Management program and receive straight A’s and satisfactory progress until I complained about continuously being enrolled in a stagnant program of KAM’s. I was often charged with making redundant changes on the same document and even complained about the lack of direction in the PhD program as well as constant requirement changes. I began to identify a pattern that continued to generate revenue for the University, while maxing-out my federal loans.
Unfortunately, my journey ended one semester when my professor failed to show to the online session, yet students were still required to pay the $5,000/quarter. As none of my papers were graded, yet they wanted me to of-course enroll in a subsequent quarter, I filed a complaint. After years of straight A’s and satisfactory progress, I was issued my first unsatisfactory progress. This complaint resulting in the school deciding that I had not met satisfactory progress – that is – after my federal loans maximum was met. I refused to pay for the last class and a grievance was sided in favor of the educator, which the University ultimately withheld my transcript.
In addition, I struggled with having a mentor with a background, including her PhD in Medieval Studies, and not specializing in the field of education. Then there was the no show for class and no grading of submitted coursework, because of travel to foreign areas with no phone service.
Also, it shows conflicting interest when the mentor is compensated based on the number of students s/he mentors. This deters him from transitioning students through the program. Then the University knowingly allowed my earlier mentor to overload the number of students mentored.
I have always instilled in my children to start a journey and finish it, but this has been the one journey that is haunting me, because I am more than capable of reaching the finish line, if Walden wasn't corrupt.
I want in the class action suit!


April E. said
768 days ago
I attended Walden University from Sept 2009-May 2013. I tried to take a medical leave of absence because of unexpected health issues and when I was granted, the instructor of the class I was taking told me I would fail the course unless I completed all the course work, when the whole point of the medical leave was because I couldn't complete it, so I failed the course. I later applied to restart and was informed that I had to retake the course, I was 5 classes from finishing my MSN in Education and then found out that because I was a travel nurse at the time, that I would not be able to complete the program because of the requirement that I needed to locate a preceptor 1 term prior to my final term and I even emailed the program director asking how I was supposed to be able to locate a preceptor that far ahead when I didn't even know where I was going to be during my final term, I was told that many nurses are able to. I asked for further insight into how that was possible when travel nurses don't know where they will be for their next assignment until less than 30 days before they would be assigned. I never got any further answers and had to withdraw because I couldn't find a preceptor. I now have almost 100,000 dollars in student loans and no advanced degree. I have tried to see about completing a BSN but none of the credits transfer and because I took post grad classes, I can not get financial assistance to obtain a BSN. I can't afford out of pocket tuition and when I even decided to try going through Walden for my BSN, the advanced courses meant nothing towards the BSN and I was told I would have to pay for my books up front out of pocket. I feel like it is hopeless and now I will never be able to get an advanced degree because of the run around from Walden.


Lucy E. said
767 days ago
I was a student at Walden for 3 years. I have so much student loan debt and absolutely nothing to show for it.


Sharon E. said
767 days ago
I have a situation that is similar however, have almost 125 K in debt and Walden screwed up my practicum and internship. I filed a petition and won. Then they told me nope even though you won, you have to take the courses again. THEN told me to take more courses and now saying its too late, would not give me a loan after promising that they would and so now I have another 4K, can't meet their criteria to finish my practicum and was told. "oh sorry, can't start until spring". Even with copies of paperwork from emails proving THEIR negligence, I still cannot seem to complete a degree that thanks to Walden is taking 10 years.


Sharon E. said
767 days ago
I have a situation that is similar however, have almost 125 K in debt and Walden screwed up my practicum and internship. I filed a petition and won. Then they told me nope even though you won, you have to take the courses again. THEN told me to take more courses and now saying its too late, would not give me a loan after promising that they would and so now I have another 4K, can't meet their criteria to finish my practicum and was told. "oh sorry, can't start until spring". Even with copies of paperwork from emails proving THEIR negligence, I still cannot seem to complete a degree that thanks to Walden is taking 10 years.


Mary K. said
763 days ago
I am a Clinical Psychology PhD student at Walden University. After over 6 years in school, I am almost $200,000 in debt. I have an MA but not in Psychology. I was well into the program before I found out that there was actually a bridge program which would have allowed me to get my MA in Psychology on my way to getting my PhD. I also didn't find out until much later that it will be almost impossible for me to get licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. I have reached out a number of times over the years to try and get assistance with little to no success. I even had to go outside of the Clinical Psychology Program to find my Chair. Of the ones that took the time to answer, none of them had the bandwidth or interest to take on the role as my Chair. Fortunately, I was able to find one in the General Psychology Program. In my time at Walden, other than my dissertation chair, only one person has spent any time actually trying to help me. Even my other dissertation committee member is unable to make time for me or provide me feedback in a timely manner. I lost almost an entire corner waiting for his feedback which is supposed to be provided within two weeks. Unfortunately, the Clinical Psychology Program has changed so much since I started that my options are limited for getting out of Walden with some type of degree without increasing my debt even further. I am not currently enrolled because I owe tuition from past quarters and can't take out any more loans. I am extremely disappointed in my experience with Walden. They are definitely more concerned with getting your money than ensuring students are able to graduate with a degree.


N B. said
763 days ago
I am in my 7th year of my Ed.D Program. I am currently battling my URR for the third time on edits. I have not written anything since April 2015 and I am in a continuous loop of edits with the URR. Throughout this program I've had three Committee Chairs. The first one when out indefinitely on sick leave, the second one gave no feedback, my third chair has been wonderful however my URR completely says the opposite of my Committee Chair and Co-Chair and every time. I have been working on Final Approval since May. I am currently unable to pay take out anymore student loans and I can no longer afford to pay out of pocket. I was accepted on a full scholarship to the University of Maryland and Howard University through a cohort in my school district, but decided to stick with Walden when I was allowed to change Chairs. This way I would not have to start my entire program over. I should have started over. This is been the worst experience every. I'm a principal of a large ELL school in a high poverty neighborhood and I have had to take off a ridiculous amount of days to work on this dissertation. Walden University is not concerned with their students' education, but they are very concerned with taking students' money.


Michelle K. said
761 days ago
I finally completed my dissertation through Walden; however feel that it could have been accomplished at least 1 year earlier had it not been for a change in committee chair, continuous battling with URR for edits and a request by URR to completely revise the statistical analyses and results section after the proposal was approved.


Robert O. said
761 days ago
Both my wife and I signed up for the undergrad program thru Walden University thinking that furthering our educations was a great step towards the future. 4 months in and having a 4.0 gpa you would think that we had the course material down, WRONG . Halfway into my Biology course I was finding the course material didnt relate to the literature . Numerous times I explained to the instructor that I was having this issue. I ended up with a D+, thus ending my 4.0gpa. When I tried to sign up for more classes Every class I tried for wasnt being offered without a manditory leave first . This went on for 3 full class runs before my membership as well as my wifes was terminated for poor attendance. Now im stuck with 30k in student loans and no furthered education to show for it


OK C. said
761 days ago
I can't seem to graduate from this school. They have continuously thrown up road blocks and I'm almost out financial aid and no closer to graduating. They never admit the flaws in their program. They browbeat students into agreeing with them, take your money and leave you high and dry


Robert I. said
761 days ago
I would like to report that such practices, prolonging dissertation process and or not providing appropriate dissertation chair faculty was the main reason why I did not complete my dissertation after having completed all my course requirements. This dates back to 2007, I started my course work in the summer of 1999. Two of my dissertation chairs were on medical leave one of them passed away and the second dissertation chair was ill and did not provide the support needed to complete my dissertation. Since my last attendance date I attempted to re-enrolled and they basically added more course work to my original plan. So I ended with an large debt in student loans and no degree.


Jesse R. said
760 days ago
Wow! It is crazy how many stories are similar. I was one Doctoral Study Completion class away and my "mentor" stepped down. The new one came in and told me I needed to change 90% of my 70 page paper. I was very discouraged and quit going. She didn't drop me even though I didn't talk to her after the first week. Now there is a hold on my account, so I cannot receive my transcripts. $100,000 in student loan debt and cannot even show I have an ABD. Is there a way to be a part of the class action lawsuit? I read somewhere that two students brought a suit against them. Might be pretty hard when there are such prominent investors in the company. One thing is for sure, they are a fraudulent institution and it will catch up to them.


cat t. said
759 days ago
Agree. Walden University public relations sent me a message on this board. Don't answer. You think you win but you don't. This lawsuit needs to progress. The college needs to be made account. I don't care if they have very prominent supporters


rodney f. said
759 days ago
I had the issues othe had as well.


Robin J. said
758 days ago
I ditto as written above. We need to move forward with an action plan.


Denise G. said
756 days ago
I have just left Walden U. for the same reasons. 3 months on the prospectus part and now they tell me to change the grade level, type of data to collect, and find new sources. This is after they have known the study for over a year. And each revision is all new comments, unrelated to past changes. Totally unacceptable. Money and time sucking unfairly broke my spirit of my whole program.


Mary C. said
756 days ago
I am willing to move forward with a class action suit as well. I have the same issues as written above by so many other hard working students. This is very serious!


Reed W. said
754 days ago
Dear Sir or Madame:

I am writing to you today to attempt to join your lawsuit and enlist your aid in publicizing my plight. I am a special needs student. In 2009, I enrolled at Walden University, a for profit, on-line university in the hopes of earning my DBA. Once I began my DBA project in earnest, I was told by my "project supervisor" to consult the Walden DBA Rubric, which I did. Several years, several changes to the DBA rubric, and tens of thousands of dollars later, I still did not have my DBA.

Despite being given the project topic of how nervous disorders affected sufferers in the workplace, I was told to change because of so-called “rubric creep." They would not even "grandfather" me through the changes to the rubric. This, in effect, placed me in the position of having to hit the proverbial “moving target.”

In October of 2014, I contacted Sebastian Dawiskiba with Senator Michael Bennet's office regarding filing a complaint against Walden University. In November 2, 2014, tragedy struck, and I was forced to withdraw from the program. I became extremely ill and was only able to begin pursuing this matter in earnest again in 2015. I have filed complaints with several agencies to no avail.

The fact that I will never earn my doctorate as my late mother and father wanted so badly is one of the most difficult things I have had to deal with. I hope that you are able to help me publicize this matter. I have not been able to secure legal assistance on a contingency basis. I am financially poor and have no money for a retainer. To date no lawyer I have contacted has the guts to go up against Walden University. I am extremely eager to move forward, talk to an attorney, and join this class action lawsuit. Please believe me when I tell you that any help you could possibly be would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

Respectfully,
Reed P. Wyatt
reedwyatt25@gmail.com
(970) 241-6379
174 Edlun Road
Grand Junction, CO.
81503-2220


Nadine R. said
752 days ago
I am willing to join the class action suit also. Walden is just interested in their bottom line and does not care about their students.


Resha P. said
748 days ago
I would like to join this class action suit against Walden University. I have experienced the same issues. I started the DBA program in 2012 and was told it would take 2-3 years to complete due to credits received from the MBA program. The guidelines and requirements changed so many times that I have had to start over again and again. January 2015, after my chair resigned, I had to start over yet again. Now, my student loans have maxed out and I have no more money to complete the degree. I am 100K in debt, with nothing to show for it. I feel like I have wasted 3 years. I complained to the director of our program, and her solution was for me to pay to attend ANOTHER DBA Intensive and really focus on writing. What kind of answer is that? She did not speak to or address any of the issues I raised: continuous changes, wasted tuition dollars, inability to make progress through the program, inconsistencies in expectations. We are still working on the proposal 3 years later. I should be finished by now. I was misled. I am very unhappy with the results of the DBA program.


Mason D. said
747 days ago
Google Travis vs. Walden University. Contact the lawyers and tell them you want to join.


April M. said
738 days ago
I am having the same issue. I do not have a solution. I contacted the interim program director over two weeks ago via email and have received no response. I am so upset. I have spent a lot of time and money. What is the solution? I do not know, but I am not going to give up. I have past the point of no return and there is no option for giving up.


Lei Kim S. said
735 days ago
I am on year 8. I have had many chairs who kept dropping out. I have no more money. I kept passing the last class with a satisfactory with no one checking up or communicating with me regarding my final project. I thought I was the only one!


Steven B. said
734 days ago
I left Walden in summer of 2014 in the DBA program. After a 1.5 years in dissertation and seeing inconsistency between Chair and second reviewer and URR I was no longer willing to take on more debt. Hope something good comes out of this!


John F. said
734 days ago
I am now two years into the dissertation writing process and have made zero progress. I keep making the changes requested and then told it was not done correctly. I've spent over $100k on this degree now, am almost out of funds, and will probably not be able to complete the process.

There have been instances where I was told to make a change, did so, then told it was incorrect and even should have been the original way. To me this process seems to be a scam of constant prolonging in order to keep students in the process till they run out of funds, draining them.

I'm very upset with this process and what has been done. I've written to Walden for financial assistance as in a brick and mortar school during a dissertation process or thesis you do not pay every single semester. As a rule, once coursework is complete you are given a certain amount of years where you do not have to pay tuition to complete the writing process.

I will do whatever it takes to figure out a way to bring Walden to justice. They are clearly acting in bad faith for students.


Beth M. said
734 days ago
I am going through this nonsense right now and want to join the suit. They wait until I am in my last internship to tell me I have to take two courses and a residency over again. NOT!


Tiffany G. said
733 days ago
I obtain my MS in psychology from Walden in 2011. I owe more in student loans than I do on my house. I need to obtain my psychology license to practice but that means even more debt. So I am working but can't pay my loans because I am barely able to support my family. I am a single mother and have always told my children that education is the key to success but look at what education did to me. I can't refinance my mortgage because of student loan debt.


lawana m. said
726 days ago
I am in the DIT program and professor case failed me I filed several petition and all denied and the class I have to take to continue is mandatory and they only have one professor for this class for the whole school not only that they want me took pay to take the class from the same teacher same exact class work this teacher systematically made sure i did not pass I feel he was either racist prejudiced against minority and or women being in the IT area also he was constantly stating or using the fact that I had not gone to the residency and was still allowed to take class and passed I GPA before his class was 3.54 he sent sevearl emails and put comments about the resdenciy on my grade work He is also the Head of DIT program and he helps decides who appleal is denied or accpeted so I am not getting a fare deal as well as they are all bout getting money from studens on fincal aid I can not finish or obtain my doctor until I take this class from the same teacher and pay him again and hope that he will be fair and grade my work fairly this I donot think will happen I have not other options they are trying to force me to take this class not etichal or right not sure its even legal


M H. said
726 days ago
I want to add my name to the list of persons that are participating in the lawsuit against Walden University. I've experience similar circumstances as described by the majority of persons that are posting. The educational experience was that of changing the doctoral study rubric, program requirements, methodology, and design at a moments notice and forcing students to comply. The cycles of reviews were endless over things that were non significant so that papers could be recycled back through the review process costing students thousands and thousands of dollars. My chair even told me that I was supposed to be finished 1.5 years ago. In addition, I experienced being held back so that another student could catch up to me in the process. When I enrolled in the program, I contacted Walden University and was told that the program costs were $35,000 and it's costing significantly more, a switch and bait that is in the culture of all that they do and say to prolong students from receiving their degree. All of these things I believe were unethical practices and I want to join Walden class action lawsuit.


S S. said
726 days ago
May I just say thank you all for speaking up! Because I almost became a victim. I was in preliminary application and had uneasy feeling because questions I asked would not be answered, rather the recruit would say can you send transcript resume etc. Then I saw terrible reviews on Grad Report, complaints in all fields and programs. Shockingly there's class action lawsuit so I just now emailed Walden recruit to close my file. I will not proceed with Walden thanks to your voices. I have masters poli sci and public policy admin from university of Missouri and I was going into doctorate at Walden
You all deserve financial compensation and this school should not be able to prey on others like me. I literally was saved by your voices in my few searches online! It is unbelievable the repetitive comments, similar scenarios, and complaints. I am just amazed this has happened to everyone. But then again I almost got swindled as well. I hope each of you gets justice, at least in monetary form. They took more than that from you. How easily my recruit told me, "no, the bad reviews are just some opinions, the star studded reviews are not there..." and so I felt ok to keep going until I saw doctoral students had to resort to class action. Sickening!!! I literally closed my eyes and thanked God for sparing me, because I have enough problems in acquiring proper schooling for my autistic son. Omg this would have been the death of my spirit for sure. You saved one person at least-thanks! Actually you saved a whole family! I will always be hoping for progress in your lawsuit and wish you best. Btw all of your reviews/ commentaries are so intelligent-good for you! Proud of your achievements against all odds.


Angie B. said
725 days ago
IiI


Dimitra C. said
725 days ago
$120k, 6 years, still no degree. Dissertation evaluation inconsistencies.


Ols J. said
720 days ago
I had the same experience. $98k, 3 years in the final writing process. Dissertation evaluation inconsistencies and 1st and second chair disagreements. Still no degree and loans in repayment stages. I had to drop because of excessive prolong costs.


Christie E. said
720 days ago
I am not sure if reading all of these make me feel better that I am not alone or if they make me more depressed. I love my experience for my Masters and my doctoral coursework. My dissertation though has been a total nightmare. I have had things returned for minor corrections that only took me less than 10 minutes to correct only to have to wait another 2 to 4 weeks for approval. I would like to finish this process, but I have run out of money and am wondering what I should do now. I have come too far to quit, but this process has depleted all of my educational funds.


James G. said
718 days ago


Keisha A. said
717 days ago
I have similar issues with Walden University as well. My biggest issues are that I had a great chair for one year and a half, who did not guide me through the dissertation process and correctly for it to be seen by my URR. I got slammed by my URR three times when my chair submitted it. It got to the point where my URR basically told my chair that better guidance is needed otherwise I need to look into alternative degree (Masters in Education); as this whole ordeal was not my fault. As a doctoral student since 2009 to switch my degree I don't think so. My program finally recognized this situation and switched my chair. Meanwhile I have incurred about 120K in financial aid from then until now. With all the work I have done, paying out of my savings in edits, I should switched to a Ph.D program instead. I can't wait until I graduate, but NOT looking forward to the loan repayment that I will have to make to Navient for the rest of my life.


LASONYA S. said
714 days ago
I can relate to almost everyone...very disappointed! I have given Walden approximately seven years of my life(four plus years writing), a lot of inconsistencies with committee members with dissertation, poor feedback, and so on.


Stephanie S. said
713 days ago
Similar incident has held me in school for 9 years. I am having to owe well over $200,000 due to the length of time I have been in attendance.


Richard H. said
713 days ago
I just dropped out, fed-up with the carrot-and-stick treatment. I was in the program for 6 years and worked on my proposal the last 3 years.


Vanetta T. said
713 days ago


Vanetta T. said
713 days ago
6 years in EdD program, one committee member, changed to another one committee member, never got any approvals always a need to be revised, then finally an option to get an EdS. I think this was an effort to increase their graduation rate. I took it because I invested so much money and didn't want to walk away with nothing.


Tanya P. said
712 days ago
Yes, I have been trying to get the DNP for the nearly four years. The have worked on the proposal for years and keep going around in circles. When the feedback is made and adjustments are given it takes to long of the response. The responses are not helpful, the committee has asked the same questions over and over again. You feel like you are in a trap, invested too much to quite but it is too expensive to take loans and not get the degree. Everything was fine until you get to the capstone phase. The turn a round time for feedback takes too long it often leads to another semester and more money. It is very depressing to get so close and see other finish programs when you should have been finished a long time ago.


Kimberly W. said
712 days ago
I'm saddened to hear that so many people are experiencing the same things I experienced, but relieved to know that there are numbers to back some action.


Sherry W. said
712 days ago
I witness the struggle to almost every testimony stated. I am very disappointed on the back and fourth and prolonged journey I had to encounter being a student at Walden. I experienced a lot of inconsistencies with committee members with dissertation, poor feedback, and so on. It would bring closure if I could be compensated financially to help in repaying the loans I have incurred.


. said
712 days ago
Same issue with Walden University. Very interested in joining class action.


Victoria H. said
710 days ago
Very interested in joining the class action lawsuit. I have 3 clinical courses required to complete my MSN-FNP degree. However, after personal expenses exceeding $60,000 to reach this point in the degree program I am unable to complete these courses because I am being given the run-around by the Walden Field Experience Office, who is in charge of administrating items necessary to enroll in these courses. The Academic Advising Office was contacted, and they said there is "nothing we can do to help you". I am out thousands of dollars, 2 years of invested time in completing course work, and have no possibility of transferring into a comparable program. Basically I am unable to complete the MSN-FNP degree because of the Walden staff incompetence and varied versions of what it is Walden needs from me to do so. Deadline after deadline have gone by, and I am still no closer towards that goal despite many phone calls, Emails, and attempts to progress towards degree completion.


lawana m. said
709 days ago
I am stuck with having one mandatory class to take and they only have one professes or for this class The instructor failed me I filed every petition and gave full documentation but all were seined the real problem is that they want me to take the same class same syllabus from the same teacher I feel he was rasict and had a problem with me for not having taken the resdency due to lake of funds he systmactly made sure I did not pass I was only .something away points away from a 70 the grade point was 69. This teacher took off points for anything he could find as well as when it said I exceeded the expection of the ariteria he still did not give me all the points also he did not expalian or document his reason on the comment section but when I brooght it up he said there were grammer errors and it was his desicsion wether or not to give me all the points, The professor also took points from me becasue he said he reformated my paper and it wasnt long engouh after refomationg but he never showed or posted the reformatted paper. Secondly I used the example in the syllabubs for my formatting to make sure I had formatted it properly. The main issue for me is paying and taking the same class from the same teacher who failed me and we have a disagreement there is no way he will be able to grade my work fairly and I not trying to waste more money for this teacher to fail me again this school is very unethical and needs to be shut down I am sending all my info to all educational out let a school that big that doesn't have another teacher for a mandatory class is not right they may just be lying . I cant finish my Doctor without this class


Shawen R. said
708 days ago
I am in the process of attempting to obtain IRB and URR approval. I realize that this will never be, I am heart broken and owe over $200, 000 in school loans with no sign of obtaining my DNP. I obtained my MSN with no problems and thought it would be a good idea to continue on with my DNP. Everything was fine until the Capstone and only got worse from there. I feel so naïve. I am shocked that someone would be so greedy as to take advantage of anyone who only wishes to further their education. The stories everyone shares are heart breaking and all too familiar. Thank everyone for having the nerd to come forward. This ordeal is crushing because my mother is up in age and I wanted to secure my DNP before she passed. She is so proud and wanted to be there for my DNP graduation, Walden has not only robbed me financially but they have robbed my mother of her dream of watching her only daughter receive her doctorate. I am truly crushed and can't bring myself to tell her that I and she have been scammed.


said
708 days ago
Sorry, I meant nerve to come forward in the previous post. I truly am a wreck. I feel as though my life just fell apart.


Claudia W. said
707 days ago
I can agree with all the issues describled above and would like to join the suit. Thanks!


H N. said
706 days ago
I've been in the PhD program since 2010. I passed all of my coursework with flying colors, only to excitedly move on to the dissertation stage and be completely let down. I have been working on my prospectus for three quarters now, when I was originally told by admissions representatives that it would take about four quarters to complete the ENTIRE dissertation. My prospectus continues to be rejected and when I complete the revisions, they find "additional revisions" that need to be completed before they will approve it. There is little to no feedback and what little feedback there is is extremely generic and non-specific. Repeated requests for clarification are ignored by the committee.

I have six figure student loans now due to this program and there really is no end in sight. I have little faith that this University actually wants to graduate any students in their PhD programs; instead, I feel as if they advise their professors to delay the process as much as possible in order to gouge students for as much tuition they can wring out of us before we decide to withdraw fro the program. I wish there were an honest professor that would come forward and confirm this information. Someone with an honest heart that truly feels sorry for gouging the students of Walden University. I would like to join the class action lawsuit because I feel lied to, cheated, and swindled out of my time and money.


George E. said
705 days ago
I suffered the same fate as many here. My dissertation mentor was absent for the most part. He was more of a "friend" than a mentor and I went multiple quarters with very little work done either on KAMS or on the dissertation itself. No one had any question as to the amount of work that was being done or required each quarter. I spent over $100000 to be stuck at the all but dissertation stage. I finally changed programs and graduated with much less than I bargained for.


Carolyn B. said
703 days ago
My 18 month program is now in its 4 th yr. My chair actually submitted a 14month old draft to form and style for review instead of the finished product(its been complete for 6 months now). I didn't even receive an apology. I am now at 130,000 in debt for a degree I don't think will ever be finished.This quarter,our class doesn't have an instructor but they still took money for it. Is that legal??


Timothy G. said
698 days ago
I have similar issues with having no difficulty getting my dissertation proposal through the committee chair and content member, but run into consistent roadblocks with the URR. In addition to the above, I submitted a rewrite to my committee on the first day of the quarter and two weeks later no word, so I followed policy and contacted my Chair to determine the status. This continued with no word on status of rewrite and a full eight weeks into the quarter I finally received the status. Apparently, the content member had a family emergency and overlooked the submission in taskstream. Of course I was hopping mad, because I just spent 8 weeks out of a 12 week quarter waiting for word on the paper. $3000 down the drain. I requested return of tuition based on committee member circumstances that unfairly held my paper for eight weeks and it was denied. Seems pretty shady to me, when the delay was entirely the committee members fault, yet they would not reimburse the tuition. Now, I am on a leave of absence, until I decide if I want to risk many more thousands of dollars to complete my dissertation. I finished my classes with a 3.875 GPA.


Robert I. said
697 days ago
As I read some of the claims I realize that I was a victim of the same process. I completed my course requirements in 2005, I took several dissertation cohorts and three of the four dissertation chairs either passed away or were ill. By the time I made some changes to my dissertation prospectus I ran out of money. Wow it made me feel like a failure and now on top of that I have been paying my student loans which racked up 10 145,000 with interest and fees. I will definitely like to sue the University for damages and fraudulent practices.


Catherine R. said
697 days ago
I was a student of Walden's in both the MBA and Ph.D. programs. There was absolutely no gainful employment outreach after graduating with my MBA in 2007. So much so I was never contacted by anyone from Career Services. The only contact that I had after graduation was to collect on my student loans, which at that time were easily around $60,000. I had absolutely no assistance with resume review, interviewing assistance, and definitely no potential job leads that could be a potential fit. For-Profit schools need to show their placement rates, and it definitely felt that I was completely alone with no guidance to find gainful employment such that I could afford to repay my student loans. I finally found full-time employment 3 years later making $40,000 in a single household, with a disabled spouse and 4 small children. Gainful employment does not mean that someone should be below the poverty level.

In an effort to receive higher pay for my degree, and defer student loans which I could not afford to pay for, I went back to Walden to look at the Ph.D. program. I was given two options for transfer of credits, stating that I could switch to the other program at any time and still be granted the transfer credit. There was absolutely no academic integrity in the way that the school auto-enrolled the KAM students for a Research course, when they are not actively taking a class, especially when there is no financial aid counseling. After feeling like I was not making as much academic progress through the KAM system, I inquired to switch to the course-based program and was told I had to start completely over with my program even though I was down to 2 KAM's and 1 class. Essentially the additional $70,000 in student loans that I had to take out during the two and half years that I was working on the Ph.D. were for absolutely nothing as I would have to repeat and pay for that time again.

My last quarter I was shocked to find out that I had completely run out of Financial Aid, and since I was auto-enrolled into the research class which provided no benefit, and then financially obligated to pay for that quarter. There was absolutely no communication prior to that quarter in regards to the status of my financial aid, and that I was going to have to self-pay for that quarter, which did not advance my program in the least. I could see the value if I had been actively taking a course and receiving some knowledge, this research course was useless. I received no benefit, and my dissertation chair and adviser had also resigned during that time with no communication. I have self-paid half of the remaining balance, but am also now at a further detriment as they will no longer release my MBA transcript further limiting my opportunities for gainful employment until the remaining balance is paid.

I feel that Walden University has failed its students in the due diligence of an institution in higher education, such that their financial aid, enrollment, and gainful employment procedures do not exist, and they are leaving their graduates as well former students that couldn't complete their programs due to ill advising. I am now saddled with $138,000 of student debt with no way to remotely cover the payments even though I am employed.


Marcus C. said
697 days ago
Just as many of you mentioned, Walden University benefits greatly from the "flawed" dissertation process. I had been working on my dissertation for 2 years when I suddenly realized that the problem was systemic. I would love to add my name to a class action lawsuit as well. I am saddled with $117,000 in debt. I have nothing to show for it! I was mislead on a grand level and I am eager to bring this problem to light.


Meghan F. said
697 days ago


Teresa F. said
697 days ago
This school has done so much, they blocked my chair from access and he couldn't submit my dissertation to URR for review. It took two months before he had access again. My methods committee member quit due to being so fed up with the school and they wanted me to find a replacement this late in the game, the first one took me 2 yrs to find. The most recent issue is they sent me and my chair an email saying he had been replaced. I was suppose to finish this term, now the new chair is making changes before she will submit it so I will never complete this term and I have had to extend 4 terms already. There is no support and they push against you so it is one step forward and 5 back. They are just out to extend to make more money.


Jamala J. said
697 days ago
I am having the same issue in that the dissertation rubric was changed and I was not informed and was told that I have to wtite to the new rubric.


said
696 days ago
Bernette, I am having the same issues and have had faculty to cursed and tell other students that we are not going to waste their D---- time and that if we did not kissed up to our professors we would not make it out of this school. Walden has threaten many students about not been able to graduate nor get a degree if we did not show our face to other professors. Students have been told that if they could not write an excellent paper they meaning professors will not waste their time at all. The student would be prolonged and not finished school or get a degree. I have a disability and the professors are always calling me out even though they know I have contacted the disability office. Where do I get the lawyer information? I am tired of their snobbish ways and paying $1500 to $2000 for a residency if not more.


Ingriul F. said
696 days ago
I have the same issue.


Wendy G. said
695 days ago
I was a Walden student. I withdrew in the fall of 2015 because I had borrowed the maximum allowed in school loans. I was working on my dissertation, but I did not finish. My mentor left Walden, and I was assigned a new mentor. I would like to join the class action.


Emmanuel H. said
695 days ago
I want to add my name to the list of persons that are participating in the lawsuit against Walden University. I've experience similar circumstances as described by the majority of persons on this list.

The educational experience was that of systematically prolonging the DBA program to keep me enrolled for the institution's financial gain. I was able to get past the dissertation committee, I got the approval of the URR as "Meet Requirement" and was moved to the IRB level in September 2015.

My progress was suddenly stopped at the IRB level by a consultant who claimed to be a methodologist, this layer of review is totally outside the outside the DBA program requirement that Walden had outlined for the program in MyDR.

I did my best to accommodate the various changes that the consultant requested, the committee reviewed the changes I made and was satisfied that the concerns were fully addressed. The consultant has a lot of inconsistencies, each time I make the changes she requested, she come up with something different which has keep me in the endless loop.

During a Tele conference with her and the chair, I had to take the time to educate her on research study and the relevance of my Conceptual Theory to my study. She lack the knowledge to understand my field of study.

Walden University engaged the services of an individual who have no knowledge in my area of research and has kept me in this endless loop purely for financial benefit. I have been held back from the IRB level since September 2015, the delay is costing me thousands of dollars like many students in this forum.

My chair even told me that I was supposed to be finished in January 2016 after so many years, and that the committee including himself and the URR are satisfied with the quality of my proposal and had move it to the IRB level, my chair does not have a clear reason why I'm being delayed.

When I enrolled in the program, I was told by the recruiter that it will take me less than 3 years to complete since I already have an MBA and that it will cost me less than $40,000. I have been in this program since 2011 and have spent almost $100,000.00 with no light to the finish line. This mountain of student loan and this fraudulent treatment has caused me several sleepless night that it is impacting my family and my performance at work and I believe these unethical practices justify my reason to join Walden class action lawsuit.


Kristin H. said
694 days ago
I want to add my name to the list of persons that are participating in the lawsuit against Walden University. I've too have had similar experiences and circumstances as described by the majority of persons on this list.

I had several chairpersons and three 2nd chairs. Each time I submitted a draft, the committee reviewed the changes I made and was satisfied that the concerns were fully addressed. However, it was sent back each time a new member of the team came on board. There were so many changes each time.

I too was told by the recruiter that it will take me less than 3 years to complete. I was also told that they would wave the first 2 courses since I had just finished my masters with Walden. This was back in 2002! I have reached my lifetime cap of student loans totaling over $200,000.00. I too believe that these unethical practices justify my reason to join Walden class action lawsuit.



Todd W. said
691 days ago
I cannot believe the massive numbers of us who have been scammed. Whether anyone thinks or reads this and still believes that graduation from Walden University is a possibility - so did everyone on this string of postings. I too am facing six-figure debt and I just cannot believe that this school is being allowed to continue to take money and given nothing in return. I am not even sure if there is true lawsuit but if there is, the line forms here! I could go into long and laborious stories of my own but lets face it... We are all telling the same story over and over. Delays, fraud, broken system, poor administration, lack of responsibility, fraud, and more fraud...


Dianna M. said
690 days ago
I have had the same issue with Walden in the Ed.D program. I have high GPA yet was never able to get an approval on my dissertation submissions. I have over $140,000 in student loans just to Walden. I have completed all program requirements excep for the dissertation so I have not been awarded my Ed.D. I have exhausted my loans and cant complete the program because I barely can afford rent and to pay for the walden loans. This was a horrible experience for me as someone trying to pursue higher education to be able to teach at a University


said
689 days ago
Hello: I experienced a problem with my dissertation committee not responding to my emails or in any way supporting my requests for confirmation that my data was acceptable.


Kathleen W. said
689 days ago
I would like to join the class action lawsuit. I experienced problems with my committee for dissertation. They would not respond to emails or request to approve my data.


Gail P. said
689 days ago
I completed everything but dissertation and 1 residency. Exhausted all of my financial aid. Been tried to return have been denied readmission. Contacted the ombudsman, result with him was the same.


Marcella N. said
684 days ago
I entered in the Ed.D program in Oct. 08. At first, the classes were easy to navigate through. In the earlier classes, the goal was to build your prospectus. This was never done. I spent 6-8 semesters working on the Prospectus and never got it done. Then I got a Chair whose goal was to fail me so I would enter the Ed.S program. She offered very little help and told me not to get help from the Co-chair, who actually was helping me. I was then offered to enter the Ed.S program and guess what? The prospectus was completed and accepted in 1 semester and I paid over $100,000 for an Ed.S degree.


Carrie K. said
684 days ago
I dropped out for a bit thinking I would pick the program back up when I had saved more money to pay because my student loans were getting out of hand. When I tried to pick back up my program had been "discontinued" and I could not transfer many of my credits WITHIN THEIR OWN PROGRAMS.


sean g. said
681 days ago
I am having the same issue. Walden dragged out the process for over a year before moving my study along in the process. I had to pay for extra classes which were not necessary had Walden been more diligent. I have several emails documenting this with Walden.


Ethel Fay O. said
678 days ago
Enrolled in the PhD program at Walden University. Have a similar complaint regarding the KAM process! Completed one KAM and had credit! Submitted proposals for the final two and they were approved. However, this is when they racked up your financial aid.


Ethel Fay O. said
678 days ago
Enrolled in the PhD program at Walden University. Have a similar complaint regarding the KAM process! Completed one KAM and had credit! Submitted proposals for the final two and they were approved. However, this is when they racked up your financial aid.


Ethel Fay O. said
678 days ago
Enrolled in the PhD program at Walden University. Have a similar complaint regarding the KAM process! Completed one KAM and had credit! Submitted proposals for the final two and they were approved. However, this is when they racked up your financial aid.


Ethel Fay O. said
678 days ago
Enrolled in the PhD program at Walden University. Have a similar complaint regarding the KAM process! Completed one KAM and had credit! Submitted proposals for the final two and they were approved. However, this is when they racked up your financial aid.


Ethel Fay O. said
678 days ago
Enrolled in the PhD program at Walden University. Have a similar complaint regarding the KAM process! Completed one KAM and had credit! Submitted proposals for the final two and they were approved. However, this is when they racked up your financial aid.


Keith N. said
678 days ago
All was going very well until late 2011. The university experienced a takeover and at that time the bottom dropped out for us. The chairs for both of our doctoral committees were changed. In my wife’s case all contact with the university was lost. Walden University did not respond to emails and her doctoral efforts were stopped dead in their tracks after accruing much student debt.
I was approved to start the University Research Review Process (URR) in late 2011. After my chair and second had both approved my work, my chair was dismissed from the university. A new chair and a new second were assigned to me but they required I change the type of study I was doing. Basically I had to start all over.


Robert S. said
677 days ago
I am in my DBA program and lack of communication and misleading by Walden has caused me to go into debt. Walden held my FA while keeping me enrolled for 7,000 more classes knowing they would not be receiving funds. The instructors use programs that are not accurate instead of taking the time to grade papers giving unjust results for students, I had nothing but issues since I have been at this school now I kind of wish i was at U of P.


Gwen W. said
677 days ago
Same issues - been in since 2007 started dissertation in 2010.


Nichole S. said
677 days ago
I have paid nearly $100,000.00 for my Ed.D.
I began my studies in 2009 and by default finished late Fall, 2015 (Walden made yet another mistake and my dissertation went through without approval due to my inability to pay another $6,000.00).
I have been through more Chairs than I can count, was delayed at every opportunity (even the Turnitin Process was not functioning properly), and finally finished when I threatened a lawsuit. I was promised my Ed.D. would cost around $40-$50,000.00
I am still paying as I type this, even though my case was supposed to be reviewed by Academic Advising and the Ombudsman. THANK YOU for initiating this lawsuit. It all makes SO much sense now . . . . . . .


Lorraine A. said
677 days ago


Toussaint R. said
676 days ago
I am in A PH.D program for Human Services and clinical Social work there was a semester that I owed money .I set up payment arrangements and paid them because I was unable to registrar because I was on hold .They would lift the hold temporarily so that I could registrar as long as I made payments .I was on a payment plan with financial aid for $200.00 I paid 1,700 off a 3,500 balance ,My payment history was up-to-date I was then told that because I had a refund that I should have paid it all back because I needed the refund money for household bills and feeding a family of five I was told that I need to send 1,800 to satisfy my write off and I wasn't eligible for a payment arrangement it appeared that the ombudsman who helped me get the payment arrangement couldn't help me now .My education is being put on hold because the manager of financial aid felt that I should have paid the balance with my refund with an payment arrangement already in place .I am stressed out I have a final report due they gave me no notice ,email to this affect .I am being discriminated against because I did not due what they though I should do furthermore there is no existing policy that a person has to spend there money the way financial aid wants them to .My experience at this university has been hurtful ,and Stressful and its not the curriculum its the tactics that staff uses .


Christy R. said
674 days ago
I withdrew from walden and the next semester I received books. I called the school and told them I withdrew. They said I needed to email someone else even though I filled out the online paperwork. 150 days later I get a letter that my account is severely past due!! I called and the told me I had received a U and an F which student loans don't pay for. I told them I withdrew and didn't even attend class. Of course they could not offer any help! I am not paying student loans as well as tuition on classes I did not take. This is complete fraud and I made them aware!!


Shelly S. said
673 days ago
Have any of you contacted an attorney or know who to contact for the class action lawsuit? I want/need to join.


Lisa Lori H. said
672 days ago
Where can I sign up for class action suit against Walden?


Gayle N. said
672 days ago


Merideth M. said
671 days ago
I would like to join the lawsuit as well. Walden forced me into extra semesters as I was working on my dissertation causing me to spend $50000 on my degree! Worst experience of my life!!!!How do I get in touch with the lawyers in this case?!?!?


Carrie A. said
671 days ago
YES! Although I finally did get finished. I had my chapters 1,2,3 already written going into dissertation, and should have only taken another quarter to collect the data and defend. Yet Walden was able to drag it out a year and half. I finally fired my comittee chair and requested a new one, citing this reason exactly. They finally allowed me to defend, make corrections and submit, but it took much longer than it should have. Oh, and my initial chapters, 1,2,3 were not changed at all my the committee chair who took over. I could never get the first one to return a call, or answer emails. Another trick they use to stall is the writing department. You have to submit your work to them, they take two or three weeks reviewing, and finally send you work back to you with recommendations. You then make the changes, they want you to send it back for approval, which takes another month. THEN when you give it to your committee - they have problems with the writing center's recommendations.. arrrgghhh


Monica T. said
671 days ago


L. Deneen W. said
671 days ago
Same issues. I would like to join this Class Action Lawsuit and share my experience as a EdD student at Walden University.


JulieAnna S. said
670 days ago
I, too, have had the same issues and would like to join this lawsuit.


said
670 days ago
I feel the same way. I joined the EdD in HEAL because it claimed a project study requiring practical application not a dissertation as it is not a PhD. I spent nearly a year on a prospectus for a project I have been working my entire program via my coursework to get the ideas solidified and be able to simply take passing coursework and transforn it into my final project. All of my professors passed kmy.work with flying colors and student reviews were good too. My workshop meetings said my prospectus would be one or two pages of answering a few questions to "lay out" the plan. It was simple and should be approved by the end of the last class of the courses or first semester of project study. After almost a year, I requested a change.in chairs when I kept.being asked to repeat work I did months before. I have submitted 13 versions of my prospectus in 18.months and it finally went to my second chair who says it is all wrong. The policies have changed at.least three.or four times and you are not grandathered in. You have to redo the work from scratch under the new guidance. It is ridiculous. The program is misteperesented in what work it entails, students are given guidance that does not match school publications and the process is dragged out in a manner that appears intentional. Worse yet, mine is on a VA benefits program so the repeated changes and extensions are causing me.to use benefits that could be goig towards future courses instead of 18.months of drafting a prospectus only to be told to redo it.


Dorothy B. said
669 days ago
I too am out of money and experienced some of the same things the others have experienced at Walden


said
669 days ago
I was a student at Walden also. Just like most people, I ended up having to leave because I had no more money. Walden did not try to help me finish or find a solution. Now I have extreme financial debt and no degree. I have been screwed.


Carole K. said
668 days ago
It looks like a suit has been filed. I can't find any information. No one has called me and I filled these forms. Can someone please give me some information? Carolekelderman1@gmail. 641 569 9151. 641 638 0856


Wanda C. said
666 days ago
I am a 7 year Ed.D student at Walden University. I started this program in May 2009. I failed my first class because I did not know how to work in an online environment and the instructor never reached out to me via email, or the telephone to inquire about my lack of participation. I thought that I was successfully completing the class assignments. I took the class over and passed it with an "A". I have been at level 2 of the 5 part Ed.D program since January 2012. I completed the required course work in December 2011. I passed every class, I have rewritten my doctoral proposal 23 times, the URR has not pass the proposal onto the IRB so I can start my qualitative phenomenological transcendental research study. I am registering a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights today. I would also like to be a part of the class action suit other Walden students have filed with this agency.

Wanda Carter


Richard T. said
665 days ago
I attended Walden for a MS in Clinical Psychology. I received no support or feedback from the professors during my term. I was told that I had to endure an extra year of the program in order to be eligible for graduation. I was not able to complete the program and was not made aware of many of the additional charges that the university tallied onto my bill leading to an absurd about of student loan debt. The university recruited me assuring me many support and guidance from professors and flexibility to complete a program while supporting a family. I would like to learn more about this group and most likely join the class action suit.


Malinda H. said
664 days ago
I had issues from the beginning with a previous chair that ended at the 11th quarter. After asking for useful feedback for at least 3 semesters, I finally received negative remarks about my ability to complete the degree. I immediately contacted the school to request a new chair. Coincidentally I was given a U for this quarter that I am still in the appeal process.


Danielle M. said
664 days ago
I am very dissatisfied about my dissertation process and although I did graduate it's of me seven years to graduate. My initial chair was suddenly and without warning left Walden University and I was forced to get another chair / committee member. With the change I was forced to start my work from scratch. Besides that review time was excessive, some of the comments seemed evident that my document had not been read during the lengthy review time. My URR who Walden selects was MIA for a month! I had to get the program director involved and let go of my URR who approved it with minor changes. The previous URR required constant revisions and with the changes she never addressed the previous set of revisions but instead added additional changes she wanted. With transferred credits I earned my degree with very little direction in a little more than 7 years and at least 19 semesters of dissertation. There have been several program changes since the onset of my program which I am not allowed to take advantage of without spending more money. With this program which was estimated at a max of 5 years, I have maxed out my student loans taken out 2 private loans and incurred some credit card debt just to finish. I believe that I was deceived about the cost, support and program length. If I was informed of the cost and length of time at onset I wouldn't of attended Walden but instead went to another university and paid a lot less and most likely finish in less than 7years.


Danielle M. said
664 days ago
I am very dissatisfied about my dissertation process and although I did graduate it's of me seven years to graduate. My initial chair was suddenly and without warning left Walden University and I was forced to get another chair / committee member. With the change I was forced to start my work from scratch. Besides that review time was excessive, some of the comments seemed evident that my document had not been read during the lengthy review time. My URR who Walden selects was MIA for a month! I had to get the program director involved and let go of my URR who approved it with minor changes. The previous URR required constant revisions and with the changes she never addressed the previous set of revisions but instead added additional changes she wanted. With transferred credits I earned my degree with very little direction in a little more than 7 years and at least 19 semesters of dissertation. There have been several program changes since the onset of my program which I am not allowed to take advantage of without spending more money. With this program which was estimated at a max of 5 years, I have maxed out my student loans taken out 2 private loans and incurred some credit card debt just to finish. I believe that I was deceived about the cost, support and program length. If I was informed of the cost and length of time at onset I wouldn't of attended Walden but instead went to another university and paid a lot less and most likely finish in less than 7years.


Angela T. said
664 days ago
I am a graduate from Virginia College. I used 3/4 of my G.I.Bill on a two year program, at a for profit college, that in turn only transferred my credits to another for profit college by the name of Walden. I was unable to attend an in-state college because none of my credits transferred and I had to opt for an online college that did not shit my educational needs and cost an exponential oumt more money, which put me further in student loan debt.


Lorraine A. said
662 days ago


Robin B. said
661 days ago
Similar problems at the dissertation process. The professors claim to have two weeks to respond to each email even if it's a one sentence change. Such a let down. A total scam.


Robin B. said
661 days ago
Same type issues at the dissertation process. Professors say they have two weeks to respond to each email even if the change is one sentence! Total scam to lag the process.


LaQuetta N. said
653 days ago
I too am a victim of Walden University's negligence. I have been stuck at stage 1 for 3 years now. I am nearly out of financial aid with no Doctorate to show for it.


Christopher T. said
653 days ago
The enrollment counselor said the DBA program typically takes 1.5 -2 years to complete and said Walden's DBA program is more competitively priced than University of Phoenix' DM program. I started in 2012 when the DBA program at Walden was very new. One academic counselor for 400-500 students is untenable.

I scheduled telephone visits and when I was able to actually talk with someone (I was usually handed off to a substitute or assistant because the academic counselor assigned to me was either too busy or unavailable) received scripted answers/suggestions. Subsequently, I started to feel trying to talk with him or her was becoming increasingly futile.

What is interesting to note is that prior to the the nonlinear part of the of the DBA program, everything was pretty straightforward and reasonably predictable. Like many, I thrive on a certain amount of structure. I did not feel like I had anyone in my corner or who was tracking my progress, save for taking my student loan funding. Succinctly put, Walden University students are also customers seeking a reasonable return for their investment in both time and dollars spent. I have plenty of drive. However, iron clad guidance that aids in developing and achieving repeatable and consistent outcomes is/was elusive while attending Walden University.

I ran out of money and was not able to finish. I was not then and am not now looking for special treatment, just fair and reasonable treatment. Each of the students that came to the Walden University DBA program had to have successfully completed their MBA degrees. We know how to work, produce, and deliver. However, my experience was that there was absolutely no sense of urgency on the part of Walden University to help me stay abreast (like University of Phoenix did) of my remaining available student loan balance data. I shared my concerns and was told that everything would be fine and to just keep working on my study.

While attending my first residency I inquired about what the average turnaround time was for a DBA student was, along with what the average cost was to complete the DBA program. Walden University staff said the data I was seeking was not currently available. Such data is essential to determining what the average time to cost ratio is for completing or undertaking any degree program.

There is no denying it, I felt duped after the required courses and areas of specialization had been successfully completed) and I was six months into the nonlinear part of the DBA program.

I also believe there may be a subtle censorship component in the DBA program. More specifically, while it appears that communicating in the online classroom is consistent with free speech, there may be present something tantamount to sanctioning (retribution) that is later experienced later over the course of works submitted for review. When I voiced my concerns regarding the foregoing, they were not taken seriously.

My GPA (prior to the nonlinear part of the DBA program) was at a 3.8 After two unprovoked incompletes, my GPA suffered. I was discouraged from appealing them and the program director suggested I acquire the funds necessary to yet a third residency to expedite completion of my study (still more money!) My previous residencies did not promote a sense of urgency, either.

Of course, no one in the Bursar's office could explain why they had to raise the rate of tuition before the student loan ceiling parameters could be adjusted to accommodate Walden University's tuition increase as it had done previously.

At the end of the day, I cannot help but wonder how many of us were set up to fail for lack of knowledge of how long it would take us (and cost us) to complete our respective DBA degrees. Up to now options appear to be limited.

Would appreciate any input or assistance. This is the first time I can remember not finishing something I started. Am frustrated and embarrassed beyond description. Near the end, I encountered online classroom DBA students who had been in the program for five or more years. I was floored, not to mention shocked! I read what they had submitted found their work to be properly formatted, substantive, thoughtful and properly cited. I suddenly got a bad feeling when I learned the foregoing.

When students venture past a certain time horizon in his or her respective degree program, logic (to my humble way of thinking) would suggest the need for Walden University to create a DBA program 'Expedite Team', or some kind of effective protocols (ways) that can effectively help expedite the DBA student's progress.

Again, a sense of urgency must be promoted and maintained between Walden University and its DBA program pupils. As for myself, the foregoing did not occur.

With the current state of our country's economy coupled with my living in the worst job market (Las Vegas, NV) in the U.S., I wonder if I will ever find any satisfactory closure or resolution. When I read about how many college /university students in the U.S. acquire degrees they effectively cannot use, not to mention the corresponding student loan debt that is also acquired, one has to wonder if the news pundits are right when they infer or suggest that we students were stupid or ignorant in daring to pursue the highest level of scholarship.

As before, the foregoing is most embarrassing, frustrating, not to mention humiliating. I sincerely hope something can be done. I have worked hard all my life and would like to learn more about ways I and others can constructively dig ourselves out of this sordid mess.

Respectfully Yours,

Christopher Todd, MBA


tavarus d. said
653 days ago
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Lidwina W. said
651 days ago
It took me to get my proposal. The responses to writing took sometimes 6 weeks before I got an answer. It was terrible. I would not recommend Walden University to anybody!! I did graduate last year with a PHD


Christopher g. said
650 days ago
I'm in debt and bad credit due to this school


Karen A. said
646 days ago
I am having the same issues as mentioned above. I wish I had known this 4 years ago!


TracI S. said
645 days ago
Same issue here. I was enrolled for 2 years and my advisor only deigned to speak to me 4 times, and I had to initiate each contact. I had no idea what classes I needed to take, or how to move forward. Each time I contacted her she said "just keep writing." Plus there were required residencies, which were a joke, that I had to pay for out of my own pocket. Two years and $120K later I had had enough.


Ahmad R. said
643 days ago
Unfortunately, Walden University has acted fraudulently and it is a total scam. When I applied to the program, the admission officer explained that the school had the best finance department but I discovered that my chairperson did not have a degree in finance or even had never taken any finance classes. He has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from a foreign country and a doctoral degree in Business from an online university. I changed him and asked the school to provide me with another chairperson who should have a degree in finance so that he or she can understand the concepts in my dissertation but again I received another chairperson who did not have a degree in finance and admitted he had difficulty understanding the finance concepts in my dissertation. I had to withdraw from his class in the second week but the program director does not get it and argue that both chairpersons knew finance. Please read the following to see what happened with both chairperson and the program director of the DBA at Walden.
1. Since last spring, my chairperson changed his behavior toward me in a discriminatory way. The reason might be that he wanted some help to get a full-time teaching job at another school where he and I are colleagues. His application was not approved and he got upset. In fact, I mentioned to him about a few openings but did not want to contact any recruiters since he is very weak in teaching based on my experience with him.
2. Since his application was denied, he asked me not to post large amount of work (perhaps 4 to 5 pages) under the threaded discussions. When I posted each component in the smaller sizes (half a page or so) for review, he wrote me not to upload smaller components as well. I was really shocked to see his comments discouraging a student not to be active in the class and progress.
3. In the previous term, he provided feedback and changed the specific business problem in a way which I did not want to (my doubt increased about his understanding of finance issues). In the summer 2015 term, I changed it and even asked a few editors to edit it for grammar or other format but he asked me to break it into two sentences. When I asked him under the threaded discussion if it were possible to break down a business statement into two, it seemed he wanted just one. Finally, I had no choice but to place the same specific business problem he provided feedback with correction last term.
4. I read the chairman’s emails, which he contacted a methodologist to review my work. The methodologist responded that it was the responsibility of the chair and second committee member to place my work into review cycle but again and again he insisted on his opinion (perhaps even called him privately to do so). Interestingly, the methodologist who was very clear in his feedbacks (wish the chair could have been that clear in his feedbacks), asked me to remove some of the words (for example, the word often), which the chairperson had recommended me many times to include in my paper. It reminded me from some of my former classmates who wrote either under the threaded discussions or mentioned through our phone conversations that there were many inconsistencies existed in the DBA program. For example, one classmate mentioned that the chair recommend one thing, the methodologist changed it, and then another methodologist changed the revised work again just to prolong the dissertation process for receiving more tuition fees from students.
5. In a phone conversation, the first chairperson had mentioned that one of the causes of student grievances was the methodologists. He mentioned the methodologists would not review the work anymore and he asked me to upload my work ASAP so that they do not come back in the picture. I wonder why he insisted on the opinion of the methodologist so badly in the summer term…In summer term, I wrote the specific business problem and even Walden editors made some corrections but he did not like a long sentence. Instead, he wanted his own sentence, which he made the corrections in the last term. I did not like it but out of frustration, I included the business problem, which he recommended. In fact these issues should have been solved in 8100-level classes, not at dissertation level.
6. The chairperson criticized the editors under the threaded discussion why they approved a long sentence (documentations and screenshots are available). In fact, the methodologist was OK with a long sentence also, even longer than the one, which I provided for the business problem; the methodologist connected two sentences in my paper into one, which is longer than the business problem.
7. The chairperson provided some links in summer term and recommended students to send our work (section 1 and 2 of our dissertation) to the editors for feedbacks. I emailed my work but the editors responded that they did not provide feedbacks on the entire sections but for smaller work. Ms. D.H., dissertation editor, emailed me that the links and information, which the chairperson had provided, were all out of dates and she sent a copy to Ms. A.C., associate director of faculty outreach and support. I uploaded the responses of the editors to the class without their names for understanding of chairperson and classmates’ information so that my classmates do not go through the same issue again. Apparently, he got upset and started to be abusive in his responses under the threaded discussions in the class toward me.

8. He asked me to contact some finance people for review of my dissertation. I responded that I assumed he was the finance expert. He explained under the threaded discussion that he was qualified to mentor in finance major because he had mentored some finance students in the past. It fact, it does not qualify him to mentor a doctoral student in finance. To qualify for teaching in a field, a faculty member has to have at least 6 graduate classes in that field.

9. In the summer term, I asked him a few simple questions but he asked me to contact the editors. When they emailed back that it was the responsibility of the chairperson to answer those kinds of questions, he did not like it; I posted the responses of the editors, without any names, to the class for my classmates so that another poor student does not go through the same issue again in the future. He asked me not to ask those kinds of questions (about the Consent Forms etc.) since the threaded discussion is for scholarly discussions. In fact, if he reads closely the initial guidance for each threaded discussion in his own classes, we are recommended to ask questions for clarification (clarifying questions). I am sure he not read that five guiding phrases under the initial guide under the weekly threaded discussions and obviously not prepared to answer simple questions which students needed.
10. In fact, Ms. A.C., based on the editors’ responses contacted me to tell her the chairperson’s name or my class number as to why a chairperson provided links which were all out of dates to students. For about a week, I did not respond to her since I did not want him to be in trouble. A week later, I responded but suggested to her that it was better for the university to train all the chairpersons on an annual basis so that they know all the procedures for reducing the students’ frustration and grievances. In fact, a couple of students who have already graduated contacted me to express their extreme frustration about the inconsistencies they experienced. Fifty percent of my classmates in the summer term explained their negative experiences with him as well.
11. Almost in each post he has responded either to me or to my classmates, I have found some mistakes and plagiarism, even on the outdated ones which he posts the same materials each term.
12. In spring term, one of my classmates wrote under the threaded discussion that she had cried many times during her 9000-level classes. She mentioned even she drove to his local area to see him because she was in the 9000-level classes for more than 14 terms (she graduated perhaps after taking18 or more terms of dissertation classes but heavily in debt). Another student mentioned she has cried many times too because of delays and inconsistencies she had experienced.
13. I have observed my poor classmates upload the same materials over and over in the past several terms but still he is not satisfied. I have uploaded the same materials, which he has corrected but again he has made changes to his own feedbacks (lack of consistency) and without any clear guidance. A classmate, who has taken leave of absence and seemingly depressed, posted a few terms ago that she felt as if she was in whirl pool and no hope to graduate soon.
14. The chairperson asked me not to use the “I” but use the “researcher” in the previous terms. In the spring and summer terms, he did not like the word researcher. The methodologist also indicated to remove the word researcher and use the “I”. I have read the APA manual a few times and it allows use of the “I” or “We” for clarity when needed. In the summer term, he mentioned that if we capitalize a word such as the Dollar, it should be consistent in all parts of the paper. I agreed and changed all the currencies such as the Dollar and the Euro, for example, to capital words but the methodologist asked me not to capitalize them (inconsistency between the chair and the methodologist).
15. On early Monday, August 10, 2015, I posted an academic post for his review under the threaded discussion but he deleted my discussion post. I reposted the discussion to get his opinion since I wanted to upload my dissertation to MyDr and mentioned in the class that my post was deleted (screenshot is available). An IT person from Walden or the Blackboard technician should be able to find out about it.
16. I believe the officers of the university know about these issues and they intentionally do not help students. I am not sure if the board members, the shareholders, or the Honorary Chancellor, former president Clinton, knows about these issues or not but I believe some unethical professors, who receive pay per student, and some mean officers of the university have caused some major issues for some students. I had a chance to speak with a couple of students who have already graduated but still extremely upset and angry because of what they observed during writing dissertations. The school is privately owned and the major shareholders are George Soros and KKR (the stock of KKR has gone down almost 50% since last May perhaps due to this class action suit). Hope someone inform our former president to resign from this position since many poor students are deceived when they see that he is the chancellor. Walden University is a scam and I hope our congress, justice department, education department, accreditation organizations, or some others get involved and bring some positive changes to this university.
17. I wanted to get approval in the spring 2015 and especially in the summer term but the chairperson intentionally postponed my work and involved in a clear act of discrimination. However, during my residency, I met the program director and the assistant program director. They realized that my previous advisor or someone else had made a mistake and had not registered me for the remaining two DBA8100 classes and no more classes were available to take along with the 8100-level ones. I took just 2 DBA8100 classes instead of 4, and they put me in the 9000-level class, which has almost $4,000 cost. All students have taken 4 DBA8100-level classes without paying tuition but not me. Instead, I was placed in the first chairperson’s class, which was not my choice anyway. For his improvement, I evaluated his work and posted most of the things I mentioned here to the class on Friday August 21st. Then, I emailed the program director, the editors, and my academic advisor. I have not fabricated anything. It was all based on the truth and my observation. Some of my classmates, 50%, mentioned they witnessed the rude behavior of the chairperson. During our phone conversation, they all showed support.
18. I have worked hard all my life (top of my classes, graduated with a 4.0 GPA for an MBA-finance just last year on top of a couple of masters degree which I already have, teach graduate and undergraduate classes, on top 10% of the faculty list, teach Honors classes, received many times certification of excellence including the most recent one on September 18, 2015, received excellent comments from my students in the evaluation surveys, received full scholarships from the U.S., which I am grateful for.…).
19. I have taken so far six 9000-level classes with the first chairperson. The tuition which I paid at the beginning for the two 9000-level ones must be reimbursed to compensate for the two missed 8100 ones. I also request compensation for the 6 terms, which I took with the first chair, since he did not any finance degree and was very poor in his feedbacks and guidance. However, the required number of references for the peer reviewed section is 60 but I have included almost double of that number, with less than 5 years. My plan was to graduate this December 2015. Still, I hope I can graduate this year (of course, I will change the chair) but in case it does not happen, I do not want to be penalized for the delays which were caused by these inconsistencies. I heard from some students including the ones who have already graduated that they had to rewrite over and over their peer reviewed section due to unnecessary delays. Documentation is on file and I have taken screenshot of each post occurred between me and the chair. Thank you for your consideration and look forward to your speedy and just intervention.
The second chairperson also did not have a finance degree, has never taken any finance classes, and had difficulty understanding the finance concept in my dissertation, was new to school, and did not know how to manage the classroom online. I had to withdraw from his class by the end of week 2 but the program director does not get it and argue both chairpersons know finance. When I asked her if they have degree in finance, she did not respond. Please see below the reasons for withdrawing from second chair class:
My email to the second chairperson, on Nov 5th, week 2 of the term>
Greetings Dr… – in part of your comments today at 7:19 pm, you wrote: “… we must work the process. I still do not haev [have] the promised most recent copy of your work fro [for] me to review and week 2 is half done. Dr…”
My response> Yes, week 2 is almost over but I emailed you my work last week on October 27th and also this week on November 3rd and uploaded to “MyDR”. Is it part of that “vicious game” you mentioned through our phone conversation last week on October 26th that we must play? [I called him on Monday, the first day of the term, and he mentioned the doctoral program at WU was a vicious game]
I expected to get back my dissertation from you during week 1 and that was the reason which I called you. In your email this week, you mentioned you would review it ASAP.
My email to academic advisor>
Greetings – unfortunately, it did not work well and in the following email, which I wrote on Sunday Nov 8, 2015, to the chair, I explained some of the reasons why I wanted to withdraw:
Greetings Dr…– Thank you for your advice but after speaking with you yesterday, I decided to withdraw from the class so that I do not give you hard time since your major is not finance; you mentioned you even asked some other people to explain some of those finance terms to you which I have written in my dissertation. I asked you the first day of the class to please review my work and provide me your feedback, if any, but until almost the end of week 2, in your emails you indicated you did not have my work. I emailed you twice my proposal and uploaded to the “MyDR” but you mentioned yesterday that you do not have access to the “MyDR”.
You mentioned you do not have enough experience at this school and the school should have assigned me an experienced chair. The MyDR is in your class and as I mentioned to you yesterday, I uploaded my proposal to the Preliminary section, where the chair and the student interact with each other, not with second chair or URR. I believe the school made this change so that students can upload their work in one place to reduce student’s frustration since in the past chairs indicated they did not receive students’ emails (yesterday you mentioned also you had 35 students and that was why you could not find my work). You mentioned you want me to have a meeting with the head methodologist this coming week or the next. If I have a meeting with him, it would be another 4 weeks go without any progress. By the way, I have prepared each component of my work based on the rubric and syllabus.
In fact, the previous methodologist reviewed my work and provided some comments which I corrected my work based on his recommendation. I have spoken with some students (some who have graduated, some still in the program, and some have taken leave of absence). They mentioned that there will be always something: The chair suggest one thing, the methodologist change it. The student makes correction and another methodologist change it. The methodologist suggests something, the chair does not like it, and it goes on and on. I believe now strongly what you mentioned in our first conversation that we are part of a “vicious game”.
Anyway, you are personally a nice man and did not write against you. I just mentioned that you are new to school (you mentioned you spoke with the dean and program director that an experienced chair should have been assigned to me), not able to access to MyDR, and your major is not finance (you had difficulty understanding of the finance terms as you mentioned), and that is why I wanted to withdraw. Hopefully, I will talk to you in the future, but not in the capacity of chair-student relation. Best,
He responded back and wished me good luck.
Yes, please drop me from the class and it is up to you guys to judge. Best,
Since August 2015, I have tried to solve these issues with the school but it seems that the program director does not accept it and has asked me to take some more classes and intentionally prolonged the dissertation process. Please see my email which I wrote her on March 1, 2016, copied the University President, and the Chief Academic Officer:
My email to the program director> Unfortunately, it is obvious you have prolonged intentionally this issue for months. You should have solved it in August 2015 but now it is March, 2016. Here is another evidence for prolonging the process: I sent you an email on February 12th and immediately, as usual, received an automatic response that you would be out of your office until February 17th. I waited until February 23rd to hear from you but did not. I emailed you a reminder and you responded by resending an email as if you had responded to my email on Saturday February 13th. You sent an email to a person which does not exist. I just checked to see if an email such as the one you sent exists or not in the Walden email system but I received the following message:
Your message to al…@email.waldenu.edu couldn't be delivered.
al…@email.waldenu.edu wasn't found at email.waldenu.edu.

When you sent your response, did you receive an undelivered response or not? Of course, you did but it is obvious you changed my email address to al…@email.waldenu.edu from correct one intentionally so that you can prolong further my dissertation process. Please do not mention that it was a mistake. It was not a new email but a response to my email and even if it were, you definitely received an undelivered message. I do not understand why you want to hurt a man who has never harmed any human being? You are harming a man who graduated not only number one in his classes but in six departments at KU, received full scholarship from the U.S., on top 10% of faculty list, has taught undergraduate and graduate classes for the past 25 years, his students love him…Although I believe strongly in American justice system but even if you guys get away with this, are you not afraid of God? What about your conscience?
I asked you a few questions in my previous email but you did not answer. For example, the second chair mentioned he requested you to assign me to another chairperson since he did not know anything about finance. Did he contact you or he just made it up? I believe that he had contacted you. Didn’t he? The first chairperson involved in discrimination, harassment, did not answer my questions, which even my classmates, advisor, and some editors were witnessed but you do not accept it despite all the written documentations which I have sent you as attachments. The first chair intentionally removed my discussion posting so that he could prolong my dissertation process but the response which I received was that he did not recall it. Of course, a criminal would not admit that he has committed a crime but the court or jury would find about it. I asked you to either contact a Walden technician or Blackboard representative to find out about it but you have not done it yet. The first chair admitted he did not know finance…he did not provide proper feedbacks but you insist he knows finance. Does he have a degree in finance? Has he taken any classes in finance? Of course not; he admitted to me by phone. He is so weak that he did not know how to use a free conference number and the one he had provided to the students was not working. I provided my free number and our classmates were able to have a meeting. In that conference call, he blamed the Walden for providing the incorrect free conference number similar to providing out of date links to our class which some editors witnessed and criticized him.
My request is to either reimburse me for the first chairperson’s classes, remove the two weeks’ tuition fee which is still pending, or let me finish my degree without any further tuition charges. The new term started yesterday. I believe it is fair since I have paid for the six 9000-level courses or dissertation classes and you offered me just two 8100-level courses while other students received four classes. I had received my transfer credit much earlier and it should have been planned properly without any mistakes by you or my previous advisor.
Instead of responding to my questions and request, she closed the case. It is obvious that the Walden University is very greedy and a total scam and hope the lawyers in this case and our policy makers or justice department can do something about it and do not let these crooks continue in this way. I believe our market economic system is a viable system but the ills and frauds such as these must be corrected or prevented even if a corporation is politically connected or powerful.





Michelle W. said
642 days ago
I too was a Walden PhD student. I completed my coursework in good standing and began my dissertation. After four quarters of dissertation, my financial aid ran out. I did not want to borrow more money, so I asked about transferring my PhD credits into a Masters program and graduating. Yes, the University can transfer your PhD credits into a Master's program and let you graduate with a degree! They agreed and conferred my MPA, however they are now trying to back date the degree to last May saying that that was when I completed my last successful course, because my chair gave me a U on my final quarter when he found out I was leaving and not turning my research over to the University. Crazy!


Ethel M. said
641 days ago
I have the same issues as others. I've been at Walden since 2006 and have had several chairs and members. I recently submitted to the URR which didn't approve my proposal. After the chair and second member approved it. I'm requesting another URR due to the negative statements and comments written by this URR from my Chair person. I'm sure my request will not be granted and I'm not sure as to what to do next. Any suggestion? How can I join the class action against Walden?


Karen M. said
640 days ago
I had a devastating experience with walden university that resulted in over 200,000 dollars in loans. I was continually led on that I was close to finishing the dissertation for an Ed.D degree. Only to be told that requirements changed or I had to make major changes in my paper. Over and over again this happened until I was forced to settle for an Ed.S degree, whatever that is.


Thomas J. said
637 days ago
I want to start a claim against Walden University for the refund of two years of tuition.


Nancy K. said
628 days ago
I am joining the conversation. Why was the suit dismissed? I have been bilked by Walden, as others here, and the problem extends to Nelnet and my student loans. Walden reported me out of school while I was school and negated my in-school deferment. In addition, they have changed the dates twice, causing a delinquency in my loans that I was not aware of. Any notifications were sent to Walden email; an email I no longer had access to. No postal mail, no notification and now numerous contradictory explanations with an incongruous timeline. Walden's methods to reap Dept of Education funds at the expense of the borrower must be stopped. I also suspect vindictive behavior against those who complain. I would certainly join this lawsuit if it can be resurrected. I also believe I am entitled to a return of tuition and Walden's accepting responsibility for the status and repayment obligations of my student loan due to their fraudulent reporting.


John P. said
628 days ago
Any one knows of a law firm willing to take this case against Walden University?


John P. said
628 days ago
I am interested in starting a class action lawsuit against Walden University. I would like to communicate privately with as many people as possible for brain storming section and I may sponsor a meeting with all respondents (geographically convenient to all). Please respond to my private email: john8palmer@aol.com as soon as possible. Please include the city you live in to help me organize this meeting. Please also see the following link (https://oighotline.ed.gov/Hotline/Default.aspx?aFlag=a2GSpnDbruI=&lang=8oFi9czUG94%3d).


Sarah S. said
627 days ago
I have the same problems with Walden. After putting in many years of hard work, I am left without a degree because I ran out of funds. Walden policy of constant revisions and the inability to hear from your committee chair for at least two weeks between remarks, made it impossible to complete the program. I need help. I only want what I worked so hard for.


Darlene K. said
625 days ago
I have the same problem. I completed all of my classes but never completed the thesis process after several years of working on it. I dropped out because I ran out of money to continue and refused to give Walden any more money for degree. I felt very taken advantage of after working so hard and paying so much. The end result...no degree and Walden has all my money.


s c. said
616 days ago
I am having issue with the URR review process, whereby the URR does a different level of review and discovery at each review resulting in costly delays in the process. In addition, there are subjective comments that should not be applied at the URR level. Subjective, style based reviews should be limited to the work you do with your Chair. URR review should be black and white, rubric, APA, etc.


Ruby S. said
616 days ago
Currently, I am having issues getting pass the prospectus stage. I have been working on my prospectus for a year and still have not gotten the approval yet. I am up to my head in student loans and have no idea how I am going to pay them back. I have submitted my drafts so many times until the point of rewriting the whole prospectus. I am getting so tired because I have completed everything except the writing of my dissertation. Not sure what else to do. I am going to take some time away from my studies because I was involved in an car accident and I find it hard to sit still for long periods of time.


Samuel M. said
616 days ago
I had a similar experience. I would like to find out how to initiate legal action.


Ileah-Mare S. said
613 days ago
I have the same issue...why was this lawsuit dismissed?


RD L. said
593 days ago
I entered the PhD in Leadership and Organizational Change program in December of 2003. During my time of enrollment, the program called for completion of Knowledge Area Modules (KAM). I submitted KAM V for 3 years and the KAM was never approved. After initially submitting the KAM in 2005, I continued to submit the "exact" KAM and it was 3 years before it was approved. As a result of such, I exhausted my funding and have been unable to complete any PhD program. I am not sure what options lie ahead, but I do want to discuss joining the Class Action Lawsuit against Walden University. The program has since been revised and the KAM process has been removed. Initially, I was required to submit a 90-page paper (and I have since learned that many dissertations are not that lengthy).


jm B. said
593 days ago
Wow, I'm amazed so many had issues. I was in and out in 4 years. Wrote 3 KAMs in the process. I learned to write scholarly that way. Not everyone is meant to earn a doctorate.


N. L. said
592 days ago
Wow...I'm surprised at how condescending some people can be. I too, have experienced the exact same issues that other have described. And exhausted my funding. I was able to get a Student Plus loan and I dropped out of the doctorate program due to the inability of my chairs to align themselves. I am in the process of obtaining my Ed. S instead. First chair approval, second chair knock down, back to writing, first chair approval, second chair knock down, back to writing, repeat process for 3 semesters! This claim needs to be refiled and become a class action law suit in the name of all those who have dealt with this process, feeling robbed and abandoned.


OSCAR G. said
589 days ago
How do you contact the lawyer in this class action lawsuit? my e-mail: oags2@hotmail.com


OSCAR G. said
589 days ago
I had a similar experience. I would like to find out how to initiate legal action.


A. C. C. said
585 days ago
Although this case might be dismissed, this place is a meeting place for us. We have been working on this diligently. We are in the process of initiating a class action lawsuit. If you are interested in joining us or getting more information, please contact john8palmer@aol.com Please start filing complaints with Minneapolis Attorney General's office. They are VERY responsive. Please contact Office of Higher Education, Higher Learning Commission. We all did. More students are joining us everyday.


Lisa W. said
573 days ago
I attended Walden in 2007. I had questions initially about how things ran. I was doing fine until my dissertation. There was always an issue once I got a response.My chair quit after too many com saints. The new chair requested that I start over. From that point on it was more of the same run around. I couldn't afford or tolerste Walden anymore. On top of that, during
an ESL seminar a lead facilitator who clearly stated that during the interview process all Walden applicants are pulled out due to Walden not being respected in the academic community. Money wasted...I was ashamed and humiliated. I had to start over somewhere else. I want my money back.


Lisa W. said
573 days ago
I attended Walden in 2007. I had questions initially about how things ran. I was doing fine until my dissertation. There was always an issue once I got a response.My chair quit after too many com saints. The new chair requested that I start over. From that point on it was more of the same run around. I couldn't afford or tolerste Walden anymore. On top of that, during
an ESL seminar a lead facilitator who clearly stated that during the interview process all Walden applicants are pulled out due to Walden not being respected in the academic community. Money wasted...I was ashamed and humiliated. I had to start over somewhere else. I want my money back.


Lisa W. said
573 days ago
I attended Walden in 2007. I had questions initially about how things ran. I was doing fine until my dissertation. There was always an issue once I got a response.My chair quit after too many com saints. The new chair requested that I start over. From that point on it was more of the same run around. I couldn't afford or tolerste Walden anymore. On top of that, during
an ESL seminar a lead facilitator who clearly stated that during the interview process all Walden applicants are pulled out due to Walden not being respected in the academic community. Money wasted...I was ashamed and humiliated. I had to start over somewhere else. I want my money back.


Lisa W. said
573 days ago
I attended Walden in 2007. I had questions initially about how things ran. I was doing fine until my dissertation. There was always an issue once I got a response.My chair quit after too many com saints. The new chair requested that I start over. From that point on it was more of the same run around. I couldn't afford or tolerste Walden anymore. On top of that, during
an ESL seminar a lead facilitator who clearly stated that during the interview process all Walden applicants are pulled out due to Walden not being respected in the academic community. Money wasted...I was ashamed and humiliated. I had to start over somewhere else. I want my money back.


Martina H. said
564 days ago
I have an exact problem as stated above. I have an evidence of committee members not being even qualified in my area of a study.


Martina H. said
564 days ago
I am facing an exact situation with my Ed.D. Teacher Leadership program. I am assigned to committee members who are not even qualified in my area of a study.


William M. said
561 days ago
This sound all to familiar. I am an undergraduate student at Walden and ran into many of the same types of issues. A prolonged process that has no accountability. They raised my tuition until I ran out of loans and grants. Now with this debacle I fear that the reputation of the school is beyond repair and that even if I were to finish my last few courses and graduate I would be in possession of a degree that would hold no value from and institution embroiled in controversy. No wonder I can't get a job. Employers look a my credentials and pass me over.


tiffany l. said
559 days ago
I experienced the same problem during my master's degree which I took me from 2007 to 2011 to finish, I know that a whole extra year was added because of the thesis process. In which I was finally able to finish because the university changed to the capstone project. So, I am still paying the student loans for the degree. I did decide to continue my doctoral program with the school however , I am finding that I am running into the same problem, and now I might be forced to drop the program and transfer to another university. Also I have been unable to get a job in the field which I obtained my degree. I would like anything information concerning this suit.


elizabeth W. said
559 days ago
My story is the same as the stories above, my dissertation and KAM process was delayed for years. I changed mentors several times and each time it was obvious that the mentors had been trained in how to delay the process. I finally did get into the dissertation process and to the IRB, however, another faculty member stop the process because I had not completed the KAMs. I dropped out after running out of money and unable to get KAMs passed. Years later, I re-enrolled under a plan that substituted classes for KAMs (I passed the classes), however, the dissertation process slowed until I ran out of money again. The ending result was that I exceeded by lifetime student loan amount by $40.000 and I have NO Doctorial Degree. Now, I find that the US Government is aware of the scam and they refuse to take action against the top 25 For-Profit Universities. I would love to participate in a class action suit against Walden.


Gordon C. said
559 days ago
I have had such a bad experience with Walden that I too would like to join a class action lawsuit. I found instructors to be very dismisive, complaining that they did not have time, and only to find out that this was a side job for them in that they worked for another institution besides Walden. I now owe $20, 000 with nothing to show for it. Yes let me know if I can join. Interesting how Bill Clinton took $16 million from this institution and the government won't take action. I think I smell a rat here. Hillary will lose my vote over this.


Charl M. said
558 days ago
I started my DBA in 2011 at Walden University, and I progressed on time until I researched the Doctoral Dissertation Courses. I found the course were overloaded, and my Chair did not have time to devote to each student. The program is designed to maximize credit in the Doctoral Dissertation Phase with the four credit for each of the five courses. I complete all five the courses successfully, but my proposal is not approved. The faculty is not available to speak to the doctoral candidates. Over the 3 years, I am in the Doctoral Dissertation Phase I hire two editors to assist me, but we made no progress because they commented that Walden University prolongs the dissertation phase to maximize revenue. The methodology section of Walden University dominates the research study review, and the Chairs are over complementing for the problem, and it causes a bottleneck in most classes. I am now completing 7th my Doctoral Dissertation Courses and try to get close to my Chair in the hope to get help. My Chair is instead driving me away by the following comments; my plate is full, do not use the course Contact the Instructor to ask question, he does not spoon feed, all the comment in my proposal review is cut and paste from the Rubric Handbook, I am asking for some mentorship, but my Chair is too busy. I completed the required 68 credits ($60,000) successfully, and now I am paying extra $4,000 for every Doctoral Dissertation Courses. I get now help from my Chair of Walden University. I am in my fifties, and I will not recuperate my losses in the rest of my career. I am a full-time faculty, and I am teaching at two online universities to pay for my additional Walden University studies. I will never treatment my students the way I get treated at Walden University. I shared the Walden University DBA Rubric with my Ph.D. colleagues , and all agree the system is rigged to prolong a student’s graduation. I do not know how long I can sustain this $2,000 per month expense with no progress of help from my Chair and Walden University. I will not recommend any of my students of friends to enroll at Walden University. I made a poor dissertation and it is costing me. I need legal help.


Sondra B. said
558 days ago
Please add me to the class action suite!
My name is Sondra Beall-Davis and a current student at Walden University. After 8.5 years in their Management Doctoral Program it has become evident that I am a victim of unfair practice. I have submitted my proposal multiple times making all changes requested, hiring editors to me Walden and APA standards and each time the review comittee gives me outstanding remarks on content and then hold my paper for multiple weeks, showing evidence that my paper has never been reviewed. The delay ultimately throws me into another $5000 per quarter session racking up now to 9 years in a program that should have only taken 5/6 years and more than &200,000.00 of debt in student and personal loans. I am now 60 years old and still trying to get a proposal approved to perform research and complete the school. I'had to ask for an extension which means more money and more time at Walden for a degree I'm being told I more than likely won't get because of the 10 year cut-off time. The committee has 14 days to get a review back to you, but have held my papers for more than 20 days and then rejected it even though I made all suggested changes within 48hrs. I've also discovered, that in most cases my papers were never even read.
My dreams of using a doctoral degree to advance my career has now vanished and created an overwhelming debt that I can never pay due to intentional delays of holding students back by Walden. I've kept documented records and could truly use some help. I live in Dallas, Texas and can be contacted at sonjean51@att.net or 469-222-7874. Any help or guidance you provided would be appreciated. Below is an example of the many submissions made and how long this unethical process has went on. P.S. there has also been complaints of this kind made on Walden in the past. See: http://www.complaintboard.com/walden-university-l4025.html

Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Jun 02 , 2016
Proposal not ready for URR Approval May 21 , 2016
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Apr 25 , 2016
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Apr 22 , 2016
Proposal not ready for URR Approval Apr 11 , 2016
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Mar 30 , 2016
URR Denies Proposal Feb 22 , 2016
Proposal ready for URR Approval Feb 12 , 2016
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Feb 02 , 2016
Proposal not ready for URR Approval Nov 10 , 2015
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Nov 01 , 2015
Proposal not ready for URR Approval Oct 23 , 2015
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Oct 20 , 2015
Proposal not ready for URR Approval Sep 10 , 2015
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Aug 27 , 2015
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Aug 27 , 2015
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Aug 27 , 2015
Proposal not ready for URR Approval May 13 , 2015
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Apr 21 , 2015
Student initial submits Proposal for committee rubric analysis Apr 19 , 2015
Program Director Approves Prospectus Jan 12 , 2015
Prospectus Ready for PD Approval Dec 30 , 2014
Student resubmits Prospectus for committee rubric analysis Dec 10 , 2014
Student resubmits Prospectus for committee rubric analysis Dec 09 , 2014
Prospectus not ready for PD Approval Dec 08 , 2014
Student initial submits Prospectus for committee rubric analysis Dec 08 , 2014
Student initial submits Prospectus for committee rubric analysis Nov 10 , 2014

I started the program in 2007, it's now 2016 and my proposal is still being delayed.


Sondra Beall-Davis MS, PMP
Senior Learning Architect/Consultant
sonjean51@att.net Cell: 469-222-7874


Sondra B. said
558 days ago
My name is Sondra Beall-Davis and a current student at Walden University. After 8.5 years in their Management Doctoral Program it has become evident that I am a victim of unfair practice. I have submitted my proposal multiple times making all changes requested, hiring editors to me Walden and APA standards and each time the review comittee gives me outstanding remarks on content and then hold my paper for multiple weeks, showing evidence that my paper has never been reviewed. The delay ultimately throws me into another $5000 per quarter session racking up now to 9 years in a program that should have only taken 5/6 years and more than &200,000.00 of debt in student and personal loans. I am now 60 years old and still trying to get a proposal approved to perform research and complete the school. I'had to ask for an extension which means more money and more time at Walden for a degree I'm being told I more than likely won't get because of the 10 year cut-off time. The committee has 14 days to get a review back to you, but have held my papers for more than 20 days and then rejected it even though I made all suggested changes within 48hrs. I've also discovered, that in most cases my papers were never even read.
My dreams of using a doctoral degree to advance my career has now vanished and created an overwhelming debt that I can never pay due to intentional delays of holding students back by Walden. I've kept documented records and could truly use some help. I live in Dallas, Texas and can be contacted at sonjean51@att.net or 469-222-7874. Any help or guidance you provided would be appreciated. Below is an example of the many submissions made and how long this unethical process has went on. P.S. there has also been complaints of this kind made on Walden in the past. See: http://www.complaintboard.com/walden-university-l4025.html

Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Jun 02 , 2016
Proposal not ready for URR Approval May 21 , 2016
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Apr 25 , 2016
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Apr 22 , 2016
Proposal not ready for URR Approval Apr 11 , 2016
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Mar 30 , 2016
URR Denies Proposal Feb 22 , 2016
Proposal ready for URR Approval Feb 12 , 2016
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Feb 02 , 2016
Proposal not ready for URR Approval Nov 10 , 2015
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Nov 01 , 2015
Proposal not ready for URR Approval Oct 23 , 2015
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Oct 20 , 2015
Proposal not ready for URR Approval Sep 10 , 2015
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Aug 27 , 2015
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Aug 27 , 2015
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Aug 27 , 2015
Proposal not ready for URR Approval May 13 , 2015
Student resubmits Proposal committee rubric analysis Apr 21 , 2015
Student initial submits Proposal for committee rubric analysis Apr 19 , 2015
Program Director Approves Prospectus Jan 12 , 2015
Prospectus Ready for PD Approval Dec 30 , 2014
Student resubmits Prospectus for committee rubric analysis Dec 10 , 2014
Student resubmits Prospectus for committee rubric analysis Dec 09 , 2014
Prospectus not ready for PD Approval Dec 08 , 2014
Student initial submits Prospectus for committee rubric analysis Dec 08 , 2014
Student initial submits Prospectus for committee rubric analysis Nov 10 , 2014

I started the program in 2007, it's now 2016 and my proposal is still being delayed.


Sondra Beall-Davis MS, PMP
Senior Learning Architect/Consultant
sonjean51@att.net Cell: 469-222-7874


Teresa F. said
558 days ago
PLEASE send your story to Jerome Corsi:
jcorsi@worldnetdaily.com

He's writing a story about how terribly Walden has treated us all.


Teresa F. said
558 days ago

Here's the article:

http://www.wnd.com/2016/06/students-claim-clinton-u-is-a-scam/


John P. said
557 days ago
Walden faculty blames students for their incompetence. It is a systematic abuse of student trust in Walden University (it looks like another Trump University) and its faculty. It is a systematic delay of student completion of their programs to gain more funds. It is putting student in financial difficulties with student loans getting to the $200,000 levels for a substandard education. What in the world is happening to the conscience and the decencies of these faculty members that are working at Walden University? This is a sad situation. The social change here is to awaken the conscience of Walden Faculty to see what the University that they are working for doing to student’s lives. I hope that they can help students in achieving their goals rather than increasing ravenous at any cost including putting the students’ in extreme financial difficulties.


John W. said
557 days ago
I too, am a victim of this sham. I was talked into starting the PHD program in public health promotion. I talked to several professors from the University, face to face at a Dallas conference. I was later kicked out of the program. I am also 120,000 in debt no means to repay and nothing to show for my years of work. I am glad to see there is someplace to turn to. I also am a lot less ashamed, as see I was not the only one taken in by this scam.


Jodi L. said
552 days ago
I am also a representation of the money mongering of this institution. I started my Ed.D program in September of 2008. I was told given the structure of the program I was in and study I chose, I could completed the program in 3 full years. I worked tirelessly , a 4.0 gpa. I did have a great chairperson of my committee. I did meet my class requirements and completed the first chapter of dissertation proposal, was told to make changes before project approved. It was approved, but as I crept closer to three year mark, and other committee members involved, I kept getting rejected. When I phoned the Doctoral department counsellor and e pressed my concern for finishing since, I
Would not be able to afford any more loans, I was told that I should just get a second masters and be done with it. I cried that day. I had to muster the courage to continue because at that point, had I given up, I still would have had the student loans and not much to show for it. My dissertation went on to be rejected multiple times and I had to collect data twice. In fact I had to change the process of measurement to use different measure of quantitative analysis entirely and redo 3 sections of the dissertation. It took me 6 full years to finish. I have exhausted all loans and will be buried with student loan debt until I am dead. What was supposed to set me apart and provide opportunity for me as a provider to my family, has become the noose around my neck. I have true economic hardship as a result of this university.


Teresa F. said
549 days ago
Contact Richard Cordray, Director of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/06/richard-cordray-wants-hear-you


Arthur P. said
545 days ago
Got a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Had professors drop out mid-way through quarters. No consistency. Professors didn't give effort. Big time in debt. If it wasn't for public service forgiveness I would never pay it off.


Stella O. said
544 days ago
Yes, I am having same issues with DBA dissertation and I know others like myself that Walden is using to collect government funded financial aid. Shame on Walden!


Ahmad R. said
543 days ago
Walden University has acted fraudulently and it is a total scam. When I applied to the university in 2011, the admission officer explained that the school had the best finance department but I discovered that my chairperson did not have a degree in finance or even had never taken any finance classes. He was not able to answer my questions and started to discriminate ... Even the chair deleted my academic post so that he could prolong the process. When I complained about it, I received a response that the chair did not recall it, without any proper investigation. In fact, an IT person from Walden or the Blackboard technician should have been able to find out about it. I requested the school to provide me another chair with a finance degree so that he or she could understand the concepts in my dissertation but again I received someone who did not have a degree in finance, and he admitted during week two of the class that he had difficulty understanding the finance concepts in my dissertation. I had to withdraw from his class in the second week. My request was to either reimburse me the tuitions, which I paid for the classes under the first chair (six classes each almost $4,000 for about $23,000) and remove the pending tuition for the two weeks under the second chair ($896) or the school should not charge me anymore and let me finish my dissertation but DBA program director does not get it.
WU is a trap and once students are in the dissertation phase, students face all kinds of issues so that the university can prolong the process and scam its students; some classmates and some others have spent more than 25 terms for completing dissertations but still the university does not deliver…. On the other hand, the university advertises heavily to recruit new students. Recently, I received some Walden ads through the Face Book showing the picture of a man, perhaps dead, ,who got his degree at the age of 90. I searched the Google to speak with Dr. Wendell Mayes but found out that his last post was in October 27, 2013 on the Face Book though he got his degree in August 2013 from Walden; it is obvious that the university spends millions on marketing, not on the quality of education, and intentionally prolongs the dissertation process.
I have worked hard all my life (top of my classes in graduate and undergraduate classes, received three masters degrees, teach economic and finance classes, on top 10% of the faculty list, teach Honors classes, received many times certifications of excellence and excellent comments from my students, received full scholarships based on competition from the U.S., which I am grateful for…). I have supporting documents, do not deserve this, and seek justice.


Ahmad R. said
541 days ago
Greetings all – I uploaded my complaints in the second week of March 2016 (101 days ago) and then the next day a message appeared under this forum that the case was already dismissed. I spoke with a lawyer in this case and he mentioned that the Judge asked the lawyers to settle it individually and not as a class action. If you read the case, there were three students (Yolanda Rene Travis, Leah Zitter, and Abbie Goldbas). Has anyone heard from them? Do they receive any funds from the Walden through the settlement? Let’s find out what these students say about the reason for dismissal. We need to initiate a real class action lawsuit that our names be included in the case. Meanwhile, it is a good idea to write to your Attorney General, Congress, Higher Learning Education, Better Business Bureau, and others so that people know about the scam and cruelty of the Walden which has inflected on thousands of students not only in the U.S. but around the globe.

In fact, the judge who dismissed the case is Honorable Marvin J Garbis. The class action lawsuit was going on and I tried to contact the lawyers, especially the one in Maryland, in November and December 2015 in order to include my name in the case but I did not hear from them. Even a friend of mine, who is a retired attorney, emailed the law firm, which is located in Greenbelt Maryland, but not heard from them. Then, I called again and was transferred to a lady (Kathleen) and she explained that the case had already been settled. Despite this, I uploaded my complaint here to the Got A Class Action forum, where hundreds of students have been uploading their negative experiences with WU since 2015. The next day a message appeared under this forum that the case was dismissed: “We have been informed that the matter has been dismissed.”
In the first class action law suit, there were three students but now hundreds have joined.

Unfortunately I do not have any documentation why it was dismissed but I heard from one lawyer that the judge decided to dismiss the class action lawsuit and asked the lawyers to settle it individually. It is obvious that all students almost have the same issue: “…systematic prolonging of the thesis and dissertation process” by the Walden University. This case was an eye-opening for me that, unfortunately, corruption exists not only around the globe but also in the U.S. so we must do something to change the world to a better place (remember things happen for a reason). The good news is that our former president, Bill Clinton, who was the Honorary Chancellor of Walden University, has resigned. Wish he had not accepted this position since it was one of the reasons which I really applied to Walden in September 2011.
Another thing: Please email John at john8palmer@aol.com, who is an active member of this forum and tries to find some law firms to take the case. He has created an email list and a group which you will receive daily emails relating to WU. I am glad I joined the group. Best wishes to all.


Ahmad R. said
536 days ago
When you complain to the school officials or student affairs at Walden, they ask you for more documents prolonging further dissertation process and frustrate the students. I am sure many have given up due to the nature of human beings (they know about psychology of people and their model is based on prolonging the dissertation process…) but we do not give up…given up is not an option. We all need to convince our policy makers to do something so that the school does not charge any more tuition when a student completes the 5th term of the dissertation or second term of the thesis (I heard some students complete their masters’ classes but for the final class or research or capstone, they spend another year or so… even in many for-profit schools, it takes just one term. Another suggestion to policy makers is to change incentives for the instructors at Walden. The university pays its instructors per student, about $650 per term, and that is why some of the unethical chairpersons are interested in prolonging the dissertation process. I am sure, the school pays well to the program directors also and that is why they do not care about others due to greed. When we criticize, we need to offer solutions... I am sure we will win and while some may pursue an individual lawsuit (even you can sue the university yourself in a State or a Federal Court) but the best way to win is to through A Class Action Lawsuit. Most probably, the university will settle it again so that no official file stays on the record.


Ahmad R. said
534 days ago
Greetings all – please click on the following link, provide your zip code, and send a letter to your congress representative. http://letter2congress.rallycongress.com/698/
You may mention what has happened to you since you started your dissertation or to a group member (stress, heart attack, homelessness, large amount of debt, waste of financial aid or government loans, loss of sleep, waste of time, and so on). Our policy makers act when they realize that something really bad has happened to people such as the mortgage fraud before 2008, which caused millions to lose their jobs, homes, and dignities during the financial crisis of 2008-2009. If our policy makers or congress can put a cap on the amount of funds the university receives from the students for thesis and dissertation (I suggest 5 terms which is also required by Walden for the dissertation), Walden will change its model of systematically prolonging the thesis and dissertation process.

However, please visit this site, Got A Class Action Lawsuit, regularly for reading new posts and information. Thanks.


Ahmad R. said
534 days ago
I just sent the following letter to our policy makers to congress ( I am sure the university, the lawyers in this case, and some other policy makers monitor this site as well):

Greetings and hope this letter finds you well and hope you can do something to prevent financial raping of students by Walden University. Please click on the following link to read what students have written about the Walden:

http://gotaclassaction.com/walden-university-and-laureate-education-inc-named-in-class-action-lawsuit-over-systematic-prolonging-of-the-thesis-and-dissertation-process/

However, some students have created a group (about 86) and they can explain privately what have happened to them (stress, heart attack, homelessness, large amount of debt, waste of financial aid and government loans, loss of sleep, loss of opportunities, waste of time, and so on) since they started writing their thesis or dissertation. I am sure you guys can act when you realize that something really bad has happened to people such as the mortgage fraud before 2008, which caused millions to lose their jobs, homes, and dignities during the financial crisis of 2008-2009. I suggest to you to please intervene and put a cap on the amount of funds the Walden University receives from the students for thesis and dissertation (I suggest 5 terms which is also required by Walden for the dissertation), Walden will change its model of systematically prolonging the thesis and dissertation process. Best wishes, ….


Tomara J. said
533 days ago
I would like to my money refunded as well the debt that Walden University has placed on my personal credit report after I left their school.


Ahmad R. said
532 days ago
Dear student A.C.C.,
I was reading the complaints under this forum and noticed your post, which you had posted 317 days ago…you mentioned you were told by the chair to change your study from the phenomenology to a case study.
In fact, my second chair, who did not have a finance degree and could not provide feedbacks, tried to encourage me to change my dissertation from a phenomenology to a case study too. He was criticizing the first chair for a poor job. He mentioned in a phone conversation that the DBA program is a “vicious game”. This is a pattern that no one takes responsibility and criticizes one another. Anyway, if you are part of John’s group, I just sent an email. If not, please email John8palmer@aol.com so that I know your name.


David S. said
527 days ago
Throughout my five semesters at Walden, there were numerous technical and human impediments to my getting accomplished the semester and program goals under which the university had originally promised and contracted with me to provide. To be frank, this “bait-and-switch” strategy began from the very beginning, in which I was presented with an official letter of “acceptance” into a “Self-Design (Mixed-Model)” program, but with an attached “Program of Study Form: for me to complete which substituted for my area of “specialization” the words “General (Mixed-Model)” which, unbeknownst to me would later be found out to have precluded my actual ability to have a “self-designed” program.

See first two attached exhibits captioned:
1) 071312_AdmissionNoticetoPhDEDSelf-Design-MixedModel.pdf
2) 071312_Attach2email_DavidSchiedA00248411PHD_ED_GEN_MM_POS.pdf

Over the course of my 5-semester studies at Walden, those delays were compounded to such an extent that I found I could not complete the fifth semester “core” research course in which I was enrolled. When I withdrew from that course, the “mentor” assigned to me in another course thereafter retaliated and failed me in that course too, despite that I had otherwise satisfactorily completed all mentoring assignments for that semester.

Walden professors had cost me all credit for my efforts and my work completed during the Fall, 2013 semester (i.e., the 5th semester in which I withdrew from my research class). That semester was such a wash that I ultimately realized that I could not nor would not any longer continue borrowing money to pay for such delays and mistreatment. My education stopped in its tracks.

The future employment that Walden marketers and residency professors had assured I would have in a “position of authority,” as a “specialist in my field” and a “pioneer” of new published research, and as a “professional trainer initiating social and political change, spearheading and defending my discipline system-wide, nationwide, and worldwide” came to a screeching halt.

Many of the initial delays were technical in nature and imbedded in the online curriculum design, such as by broken links to assigned reading material, inconsistencies between assignment instructions and the reference material needed to complete those instructions, by “beta” versions of curricula being “tested” on paying students before being adopted, by the plagiarism software wrongfully identifying and penalizing for the reiteration of written instructions or the use by students of required template information, server glitches and upgrades, and a major change to the user interface of the content management delivery system. These technical problems mostly cost me both time and frustration in trying to get assignments completed and turned in on time. It was primarily the delays resulting from human error, intentional negligence, institutionalized bureaucracy, varying forms of aggression, and retaliation against me that caused me the most time, the most grief, and the most in anxiety and frustration.

In regard to violations of the “14-day” policy for resolve of questions or problems, I have some examples, many experienced by others, for which I am willing to provide sworn testimony. For instance, each time I approached the Writing Center with the prospect of getting my work reviewed, I was told that I should need to give them more than two weeks turnaround on their feedback. When I asked about this problem to a speaking panel during my first residency, the panel members themselves expressed frustration and regret about this fact impacting all students. Given that students were given, on average, a total of one to two weeks to complete written assignments, the Writing Center’s policy prevented me altogether meeting the objective of getting my assignments turned in by their due dates. I was compelled therefore by the combination of course objectives, syllabus, grading policies to maintain the objective of getting my work completed on time instead. Thus, whatever portion of my tuition and fees used to support my right to access the Writing Center were lost.

During the Winter holidays, the entire student body of one research class received a delay of more than two weeks when our first research course professor (who lived in Sri Lanka) left wrongful assignment instructions for students to complete just before going on vacation and becoming inaccessible for correcting that error.

That subsequent Fall semester, another (second research course) professor found numerous reasons to place blame on his being more than three to four weeks behind in grading. First, he claimed it was because of his inability to retrieve student submissions from the plagiarism software. Then he rested upon the claim that he was getting unending delays from university “tech support” in resolving the first problem. Then he excused the delay on his being a “disabled” instructor having problems with his own disability. These and other delays in communication and grading at the beginning of these two research courses carried a ripple effect on student understanding, and delaying also needed feedback to all students for their properly completing successive new weekly graded assignments.

Most significantly, I documented whole-semester delays of issues during each of my two research semesters. The first of these two semesters I was constructively denied a “grievance committee” and misled to believe that I had already received such a committee to address my evidence of disparaging and unfair treatment with regard to the professor’s stated reasons why I was compelled to rewrite – three times – lengthy assignments, causing me to get nearly three to four weeks behind in not only my research courses, but also another research course.

As a result of my experience while taking that first research course, I was compelled to hold off during the second research semester on taking another “core” course along with the research course, which added a $5000-per-semester delay (plus living expenses) to my overall graduation plan. That second “research’ semester (of Fall 2013) I therefore took only the research and mentoring courses. Thus, after having to drop that second-level research course in mid-semester because of the unreasonable impositions forced upon me by that instructor, and by retaliatory treatment by both the research and mentoring instructors, I received no classroom credit whatsoever for the $5000+ cost of that semester.

Additionally, the $2,000+ cost of the residency I attended that fifth semester was also wasted, along with all the work I had completed the previous four semesters, when after linking up with others who had experienced similar delays at the “dissertation” level of their research program, I realized early on that the future funding of my education would be similarly wasted by more institutional delays were I to continue buying into the fraudulence of the Walden University “program.”

Moreover, my decision to stop attending Walden altogether at the end of that second of these two “research” semesters (i.e., my fifth semester at the university) was augmented by the fact that I was subjected to wrongful accusations and an unfair summary determination that I had “violated the code of conduct.” This was one of the retaliatory tactics used against me by higher levels of faculty and administration when I attempted to get redress of my evidence that the research professor was denying me the ability to pursue research into my chosen topic under claim that it was “not an approved topic;” while disregarding the facts that such denial by the course professor was: a) merely subjective, unreasonable, and unsupported; b) that such denial disregarded that my choice of research topics was consistent with my “mixed/self design” program objectives outlined by my university application and virtually every previous course I had successfully completed at Walden; c) that my research proposal was corroborated by previous professional research into this topic and for which my aim was to either duplicate or to fill a “gap” in that research; and, d) that even this very same professor had awarded me full points in approval of my stated research topic during the first two weeks of course work (and while subsequently waiting until the beginning of week 4 to notify me that my week 1 statement of intent for the semester was “unacceptable” and that he was then refusing to even “look at” my week 3 or week 5 research submissions already completed toward that previously “approved” topic area).

See the attached exhibit of an audio-recording that I captured of a phone conversation I had with this Walden research professor that clearly depicts his irrationality and disposition to flatly deny me the ability to “self-design” my area of research study and reporting. That audio exhibit is captioned:

“DrGrahamWalden_unacceptable.AMR” (audio file)

As result of these compounding difficulties, and the professor issuing a failing grade anyway when I finally complied with his wishes by changing my research topic altogether more than 1/3 the way through the semester, I was compelled to “withdraw” from my research course.

I also have evidence that, despite my proven performance and grading in the other (“mentoring”) course I was taking that last semester, that mentoring instructor also retaliated against me by “failing” me at the end of the course, because I had sought his help in dealing with the research professor and, like what occurred when I presented him with similar difficulties I was experiencing during the first research semester, this mentoring teacher provided nothing constructive but only served to complicate the never-ending resolve of the original issue being presented (which was that this professor had “approved” of my research topic by the end of week two and then turned around during week 4 to deny my numerous weeks of effort into this research area).

My “damages” include the cost of the entirety of my Ph.D. program education, which I stopped altogether in conclusion that Walden University would refuse me to allow me dissertation research into my long-established topic area (i.e., pertaining to public education about government operations and the public’s civic engagement with their own government) as a legitimate “educational” pursuit of a “specialist” field that was “self-designed”.

Damages have amount to all tuition, books, fees, out-of-state residency costs, and living costs I undertook – to include multiple tens of thousands of dollars in student loans for which I am being penalized for nonpayment after being out of school for more than 6 months – to support my goal of obtaining a Ph.D. in Education. These damages include the loss of my Ph.D. objective and program, under circumstances in which I have otherwise proven myself quite capable as a scholarly achiever.

Moreover, these damages include documented notifications to faculty and management about increases in my anxiety and frustration with their unprofessional and retaliatory tactics for evading their own personal accountability and responsibility for delivering upon what has been promised in educational opportunity, both in terms of reliable technology and competency and availability of teachers and support staff.

To rectify all this, I pray for relief in the form of elimination of all my delinquent student loans. I also pray for the financial cost of completing my Ph.D. program, either at Walden, or more preferably, at another graduate institution. (I have located a cheaper institution where I have been accepted for continuing my research into my chosen topic area and where all of my Walden coursework and program credit will be accepted as “transferable;” however, because that institution is not “accredited” the status of delinquency and pending default on my current student loan debts will not be alleviated.)

I look forward to hearing back from you in the event that you would like the attachments referenced above, as there is no way to attach them herein.
Cordially yours,
David Schied


Gail P. said
527 days ago
My name is Gail Pearsall and I would like to share my story with you as it relates to Walden University.
I was admitted to the PhD program at Walden in December 2001. Initially things seem to go rather well for me; although challenging the courses were fairly easy for me. I maintained a high GPA until I had some major health issues occur. During that time I failed several courses but immediately retook them the next quarter and passed them all so that did not present a serious problem for me academically. I continued with my coursework completing all of the required courses, only having a 2 week residency and my dissertation to complete. I was even able to obtain a chair although once he agreed to be my chair I never heard from him again. Upon completion of my last class I was advised by financial aid that I had exhausted all of my financial aid borrowing power. This meant that I would have to pay for the 5 dissertation courses out of pocket and I was not in a position financially to do that as they were an additional $15k. Without my knowledge I was enrolled in 2 dissertation courses and because I did not go onto the blackboard or engage in the classes I was given 2 F’s for those courses which significantly dropped my GPA. Approximately 6 months later I contacted Walden to see if there might be some type of scholarship that I might qualify for. I was advised that my GPA at that time would prevent me from qualifying for any type of scholarship but more importantly I was told that they no longer had my program and that I could reapply as a transfer student and they would give me 9 credits. I was in disbelief as every course I had taken was at that school and could not understand how they could do that. I continued to call periodically with the hope that I could somehow figure out how to finish my degree as I was $100k in debt just for Walden. Every time that I would call I would become more and more disheartened but determined not to give up. I continued to peruse their website from time to time to see what was going on. Approximately a year and a half ago I saw that they were accepting students from other schools giving them up to 50% transfer credits as well as grants. I spoke with an enrollment advisor who advised me to apply for readmission and once re-admitted petition to go back under my old program. I did as I was instructed; the admissions committee came back and advised that I had to do the admissions process as if I never attended there. I was required to submit a professional goal statement and references. I jumped through every hoop they put me through submitted the required documentation. I waited about 2 weeks no word; I contacted the enrollment advisor only to be told that I was denied readmission. I was devastated, had I not continued to call them I would have never known. I appealed the decision and was told that the committee based their decision on the Department Chair who refused to remove the 2 F’s for classes that I did not attend. I was advised that they no longer had the records and I needed to prove that I didn’t participate in the classes. I asked to receive this in writing but was never able to receive it. I contacted the Ombudsman who did noting, I waited two weeks to hear from him. I finally contacted him for him to tell me that he was just about to contact me to tell me that I needed to contact the Department Chair who had already prevented me from being readmitted by not removing the F’s for the dissertation classes. I feel that Walden has strung me along just long enough so that my courses are no longer any good and I would now have to literally do a complete program again. I requested a complete copy of my student file from Walden in May and was advised that they would provide it to me but they had 45 days to do so.



Lynn L. said
520 days ago
I thought it was me. I could not believe the number of complaints filed against Walden. I have an incredible loan amount because of Walden. They have switched my chair 8 times since I started in 2009. I unfortunately am still in the proposal phase. Everyone I started with is finish. People at my job have earned doctorates in the time I have been with Walden from other colleges.
I had really good teachers, but the chairs and organizational structure is not working. Just last year they abruptly fired several chairs. I am trying not to give up, but the recent revisions I received contradict what was previously suggested by the same person. I was actually searching for an online mentor to possibly help me, when I came across this site. I really don't know what to do at this point.


Valerie C. said
519 days ago
I've had the same problems as you, Lynn, and the others above.
I am so glad I found this site - I thought it was just me and have been having nightmares about this for years. I was in the doctoral program. I'm a single mother of three, and still was able to get through the course work in a reasonable amount of time, despite lack of guidance from some professors who had little or no interaction with me. Got though and paid for the internships and practicums.
Then came the dissertation. There was no guidance whatsoever. It took such a long time to get information back on the dissertation that it dragged on and on. Totally forget doing anything but a meta analysis because trying to get approved to even poll human beings costs over a semester. I even had one adviser say she had never advised anything but a meta analysis.
Anyway, long story, but I, like the others above, have maxed out student loans, years of wasted time and effort, and nothing to show for it. It's the stuff of nightmares and I'd even add has been traumatizing.
If there is a class action suit somewhere I'd like to be added to it, though it looks as if the case was dismissed. If so, I don't know how. T started this program with a friend and she has had the same problems...


said
519 days ago
Hello,

I am having the same issue and I am working on my proposal. I'm having such an hard time with this. I might have to change my topic. I'm also starting to think this is a joke.


Erica M. said
510 days ago
Hi.. My name is Erica. I attended Walden University. This school took advantage of my financial aid. After they exhausted my stanford loans. They enrolled me into another semester without my consent and billed me $18,000...
I attended three years and the professor's held up my paperwork and never graduated. .


Joseph M. said
501 days ago
Walden representatives and advertisements made it appear that the program was well able to be completed in a two year program, for which I budgeted from my own finances and calculated financial aid accordingly. As my enclosed documentation shows, I had completed the coursework in just over one year, 16 months. However, I was then in the dissertation semesters for over a year and was making very little progress.

Further documentation shows my stated goals for which I received minimal support or feedback from my dissertation chair. Further, after taking a semester leave for medical reasons, I returned to be told that I was being assigned a new chair who had expressed a serious lack of interest in my dissertation topic. I was refused the opportunity to have another chair appointed.

All the while, I was being forced to take out full semester costs in financial aid racking up debt that had exceeded my original and promised time for completion. It is my assertion that Walden was intentionally keeping the process ongoing to collect further tuition for continued profits. I was forced to withdraw as I could no longer afford to continue to accrue the massive debt that was befalling me.


Teresa F. said
500 days ago
If you have been screwed by Walden's fraudulent practices, contact Sondra at sonjean51@att.net. We have a group who is going after them.


Eduardo H. said
495 days ago
I am having the same issue and its time something happens


Eduardo H. said
495 days ago
I am having the same issue and its time something happens


Denise G. said
495 days ago
I really need to get a class action suit against them. My story is just like everyone else. Good advice, while you are still a student, take every one of your emails that have anything to do with these issues and forward them to yourself at a private email address. This way once you are locked out of Walden's site, you still have your paper trail in your own server.


Teresa F. said
495 days ago
Denise, and anyone else: Share your story at sonjean51@att.net. Also, write a letter to the MN Attorney Gen. The more stories they receive, the better chance we'll have.


Teresa F. said
495 days ago
Denise, and anyone else: Share your story at sonjean51@att.net. Also, write a letter to the MN Attorney Gen. The more stories they receive, the better chance we'll have.


Patricia M. said
492 days ago
I, too, have had the same problem with Walden. A process to get my Doctorate of Nursing Practice should have taken me about 2.5 years & it took me 4.5 years & I have debt over $150,000. I did, finally, graduate, but now I'm faced with that huge student loan.


chachadapa v. said
490 days ago
I am an international student of Walden University's doctoral program in Organizational Psychology. It took me 4.5 years to complete the required course, and almost a year for developing a Prospectus that goes nowhere.
My Prospectus got approval 2 times by my Dissertation Committees (previous and current ones), and got rejected 2 times by Program Director (PD). The first rejection was that the PD found my Dissertation Prospectus's title was not matched with my study specialization after I spent more than 3 quarters/9 months developing it and got it approved by my Committee. How can my Committee approve me to develop a wrong title/subject that long?

The university should show some responsibilities for such big mistakes that cause to me so much, not only waste of time, damage health (mental and physical) due to countless of long hours and lack of sleep to get the Prospectus done and attain the Committee's approval, and costs me so much money for tuition fees. And my first Chairperson left me helpless when I proposed for her to have a role swap with my Committee, so we could work smoother.

Walden did not pay any attention to my problem. Its Academic Advisor was so unhelpful and treated me bad. Now my new revised Prospectus got rejected again (after my new Dissertation gave me a pass) by the same PD who seemed not have enough info about my dissertation topic and methodology. I have resubmitted my Prospectus to the PD's approval for the third time (after 12 months altogether of my effort), I still wait to see how he will say.

Thank you.


LADANN T. said
488 days ago
I am having the same issue while working on my Masters.


Robyn H. said
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GLORIA B. said
481 days ago
I was wronged by Walden in many ways. I went to class for three weeks before the professor showed up. There are other issues of misconduct and wrong doing by Walden.


elizabeth W. said
481 days ago
Walden took me for about 140,000, they are the biggest scam in online education.


Eric D. said
481 days ago
Is it too late to join the lawsuit. Many of the stories were similar to my experiences with Walden. Also, what was the final results of this class action lawsuit, if it is already dismissed? Did anyone get their money back?


Dixie B. said
481 days ago
I graduated from Walden with huge debt. Prolonged 6 years to achieve. Have not benefited from it at all. I am probably not going to obtain PHD type employment or be able to pay the debt to obtain.


Dixie B. said
481 days ago
I graduated from Walden with huge debt. Prolonged 6 years to achieve. Have not benefited from it at all. I am probably not going to obtain PHD type employment or be able to pay the debt to obtain.


bill o. said
481 days ago
I have been in this school since 2007. My grades have been As and Bs. I finished all my classes in 2009. Since 2010, I have been on dissertation forever and what amazes me is that year in year out they pass you with Sterling grade and yet they won't let you graduate unless you are their favorite. This college is a huge scam. I have students debt now amounting to over 398000. The government needs to intervene on this. The worst school I ever saw. If Clinton is associated with this school, then am sorry!!!#


Schiamana B. said
481 days ago
Complete fraud. Need full reimbursement of tuition and fees.


Derrick S. said
481 days ago
Yes, I was a student with Walden University from 2006 thru 2010. After being rip off for the remaining GI Bill (36 months). I also took out student loans. The same items in the claim above were the items I experience.


Sharon L. said
481 days ago
I echo the remarks shared by other Walden students. I cannot even count the number of dissertation revisions I submitted. Stalling the progress and forward momentum was the significantly long lag time in turning around products for the Chair and Methods individuals. It appeared as if they were only reading one page at a time! And they would have me make changes to items back to my original writing after I had made changes they originally requested! Finally, everything was done and accepted...no so fast though. They pulled out a checklist and requested I make more changes! I have walked away...after 10 years no degree, over $120,000 spent...what I have gained is control. I will never, ever recommend this institution to anyone. Their predatory practices and for-profit goals certainly over-shadow if not bury their spin on "making social change agents."


Tanika P. said
481 days ago
I have experienced the same negative experience from Walden University. I finally got a master's after several years now can't get a good job cause Walden classified as a diploma mill. I have been force to go back for a second master's because of the scrutiny behind Walden's name. I have all these loans and paying out of pocket for a new degree. Something must be done because public universities are much cheaper than Walden.


Nicoel S. said
480 days ago
I have had all the same negative experiences with my PhD dissertation process as everyone else. I WANT THE LAWSUIT TO GO FORWARD AND BE PART OF IT.


Kimberly M. said
480 days ago
I have been trying to finish a masters for the last two years. I was put through so many hoops for my Practicum that I was unable to finish. I quit my job to get an internship and have the forms completed only to be given the run around by two different assistants to the dean. I could not complete my final class and all I had left was the practicum. They gave me a "D" grade for my research class based on one assignment and would not let me move forward for the practicum. I have not been able to complete my practicum in two years. They will not let me back in the school and have since then changed there curriculum so that I will have to take out loans for twice as much time as the "old" ( from the year before I was dismissed) bulletin. I have enrolled in two more classes in other schools and accrued more debt to prove that I am a fit candidate, at their direction. Only to be told that I cannot come back once more and to try again next year. I have now enrolled elsewhere and let go of a little less than half of my credits just so that I can be done. I have WAY more credits than I need to graduate, but they are not interested in getting students to their life beyond paying. It has been an undulating and redundant experience. A grave waste and pity to be so close to the end but never finish.


Audrene E. said
480 days ago
The dissertation process is prolonged.


Farah S. said
478 days ago
I want to join in the lawsuit. I was scammed by Walden. The bursar did not refund my extra tuition. My dissertation was passed without checking mistakes.


said
478 days ago
I too am having the same issues. I am in my eighth year with no end in sight. I do not receive support. I am on my third chairperson who basically described this process as an independent study. The one chairperson who did help me, Walden fired because she told a VIP at Walden that they were unethical. I am stuck because if I quit, I do not make enough money to pay my student loan payment. At this time, I am paying out of my pocket and struggling.


Tina Marie S. said
477 days ago
I lost my chair and was not informed which delayed my dissertation process. Walden found me a new chair who did not return my dissertation with feedback for 3 months and he was aware I was running out of student loan moneies. I had just completed the third chapter of my dissertation when I had to take medical leave due to a brain tumor reoccurring. I was very ill from the meds. When I went to return I was informed they changed the program, non of my credits would transfer even though it was their program and I would have to start over from day 1. I just completed the third chapter of my dissertation???


Ethel O. said
470 days ago


Kerrianne G. said
470 days ago
Walden University. I owe over 200, 000. I have to leave because I can't afford to pay the loan now. Dissertation is a very lonely process with minimal support at best. I am concerned as I never failed to graduate from a school. Will this impact by ability to be eligible for repayment plans with the federal government? I can't pay the full amount. I am depressed, and have lost weight. My mother is sick and I am trying to care for her. My son is on the autism spectrum. This is going to cause financial hardship.


Shawn M. said
467 days ago
I was enrolled in the Information Systems PhD program. I withdrew in 2009 after years of trying to figure out a confusing and changing system of requirements, KAMS, mentors, etc. Although I dropped out due to breast cancer, I would have dropped out anyways due to debilitating costs and loan pile-on. Instead of paying one price to complete a KAM, you had to take out additional loans if the KAM was not completed within their semester timeframe. I now have a huge debt, almost 52, cannot think about retiring, and don't know what to do.


Gregory L. said
466 days ago
Same as most people here. Classes went by just fine. Once the Dissertation started that's when the real problems started. Full semesters without any contact from chair, getting prospectus approved after a year, etc. Its a money scam and I had enough. ABD forever.


Ahmad R. said
466 days ago
We are 80 students trying to sue the Walden University. Walden leaders - change your bureaucratic methods and greed. See what U.S. media have started to broadcast>
http://www.nbcnews.com/video/inside-bill-clinton-s-lucrative-work-with-for-profit-education-company-749450307861


Ahmad R. said
466 days ago
Here is what CNN broadcast about Walden University. Walden University is a total scam; never go to this university or send anyone. I have negative experience with this university; Walden is very greedy; Shame on U.S. Congress and policy makers that let such university operate and deceive students around the world;
http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/09/07/laureate-international-universities-bill-clinton-griffin-pkg-ac.cnn


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Joan M. said
465 days ago
Same as all of you. No doctoral degree, and $192,000 in student loans. All because of Walden. We need lawyers!


M P. said
465 days ago
I entered into a program (Ed. D) in 2007 with the agreement that I would complete a doctorate program within 18 months and work for two years at $10,000.00 each year at a low-income, low SES, Title I, V, VII, and IX recipient schools with the condition that my loans that would be needed would be completely cancelled and forgiven once I completed the program. I took on 5 different positions because this school needed the help. I was told all of my loans would be completely canceled including the $4,000+ I had left from my Masters program. Walden knew my previous borrower. I don't know how but they did. I finished the program in December, 2012. I graduated in April, 2013 as they made me attend an extra semester as they told me it was policy. Yes, I was billed for it but was told it was all going to be cancelled out within a year of graduation. I have 16 years of public school teaching completed and I have always taught in the high areas of math and science and always taught in low income, low-SES school districts with extremely high needs. I completed my part of the agreement and I keep getting the run around about this. I told the program advisor that I did not have that kind of money to begin with and they assured me that with my qualifications and background that all of loans, including what remained from my Masters' program would be completely canceled and surrendered. It was not the public loan service program as I started this program before President Obama and Congress signed the new Public Service Loan into action. This was a teacher cancellation program that would cancel and surrender all of my loans because of my service, where I have taught, and the areas that I taught were high need areas. I was constantly delayed in being assigned to people (committee members, URR, etc.) as there was always an excuse. I was told, "Oops..we overlooked you" more than once. Once I started questioning delays, my emails from Walden were deleted. I never stopped or delayed my program but I did think of withdrawing as the expenses were mounting and the constant changes in my dissertation ( more than 30 full changes to my dissertation) going back and forth saying one thing, changing and revising it, and changing it back to or similar to what it was the first time, became frustrating. The choice of APA editors was limited but it was made clear that Walden could not require a specific editor but it was frowned upon if you used someone else. The editor that I used had specific ties to Walden and its staff. The payment was high and only suggestions with editing performed on the first few pages. The entire document, not even half of it was ever edited completely. So again, money was wasted. My research was published incorrectly as the committee said it would not be approved unless I went with what they wanted and I would have to repay all costs and fees. Again, I did not have that kind of money. So my research is sitting in the Library of Congress with incorrect information with regards to how students learn or acquire their first and any additional language. I told them how they wanted it was wrong, as a child/student has the innate ability to learn their first language; the second is acquired or learned. They did not agree with me even though the literature base proved it. I finished the program and completed my part of the agreement. I did try and utilize their employment placement services, but after a few sessions, they grew frustrated with me and told me that I had exhausted all services and there was no reason I should not be finding employment. I even applied at Walden but was turned away. Over the last few years, I have applied at numerous colleges, universities, and even public school systems. I have been told that Walden's degrees are not worth the paper they are written on, that they are the same as Corinth College degrees, and that I am over-representing myself (and I should stop including my doctorate degree on my resume) because Walden's educational program is not valid. I was laid off last November with the excuse of budget cuts but my degree from Walden and its credibility was reviewed "unofficially". Prior to that, the last district I was employed at (when I finished my program with Walden) told me they would not recognize the degree from Walden and I ended being classified as a substitute being paid $10,000 per year for two years, holding 5 different positions, (4 full-time and 1 part-time) (ISS, AEP, Credit Recovery, Independent Learning and Homebound Teacher) at the district working the entire school year without the full benefits of a teacher. When I questioned Walden about when my loans would be cancelled and forgiven, they told me that I would have to go through Sallie Mae to get them cancelled. Sallie Mae says Walden has to complete this. Walden's financial aid office has since told me that I would have to contact the President of the United States to get them cancelled and forgiven since he changed the prior program. I have tried, as ridiculous as it sounds, and none of my letters get through to President Obama. I get referred back to the Dept. of Education and Sallie Mae both who tell me that they are hearing numerous people from Walden with the same stories and that Walden must cancel my loans from their end. Now I have multiple, individual loans (not consolidated but with multiple individual account numbers) taken out through Sallie Mae from Walden totaling a massive amount of money (from $120,000 now up to $160,000+) and on my credit. The Dept. of Education told me that Walden should have done one, continuous loan but with them taking multiple loans, it allowed higher amounts to be taken instead of the same, consistent amount each semester. Now those same loans, including the one from my previous lender that was also supposed to be cancelled, are all outstanding and on my credit preventing me from getting a job (as good credit is required in education), preventing me from getting a home, and caused so much frustration and chaos. I cannot go back to college somewhere else. I cannot change career fields. I am stuck as Walden took the max on my loans. Since I graduated from Walden, I have not have a steady, good paying job. There has not been any advancement for me but regression. I have been unemployed. I am working now at a retail store for 1/8 of what Walden said I would earn once I finished their program. I wish I had never called them as they have destroyed all that I worked and cared for and I carry a piece of paper with no value.


Vanessa L. said
464 days ago
Since I graduated from Walden University I have been unable to use my degree. It is not a recognizable degree and Walden it is not consider to be an accredited school. Walden University preyed on my young age and ignorance. My student loans are slowly killing me, and I just do not see the way out. I have contacted the school and offered to send back the degree for a partial refund. Walden nor the department of education are willing to work with me. What should I do? I hold an invalid so called degree.


Joan L. said
463 days ago
I cannot imagine why this was dismissed. I have very similar issue and I am getting ready to move forward against these criminals. I had the State of GA review my case and they found them responsible for the problem they caused me. They are dishonest and hire too many incompetent folk. I am so disgusted that they get to show up at teachers functions......this is the only reason I even joined up with them. I am so sick of these criminals.


Teresa F. said
463 days ago
John L. I, too am from GA and faced similar problems from Walden. You can contact me at trferguson22@yahoo.com


Lori K. said
460 days ago
Wow. I cannot believe this. I am not alone! What a struggle this has been. Years in dissertation and still fighting to get my proposal approved. I fear now that I am in the same sinking boat that so many others are in.... What do I do?


Jae B. said
460 days ago
Wow. I am in shock. I just began my dissertation process and I feel like i am not ready. Mentally or Financially. Already at 175k in debt. I want to join this by far the biggest mistake of my life. I have to pay out of state fees, since i reside in CA.


Courage E. said
460 days ago
Same issues as previously stated by other students.


Ariana D. said
459 days ago
After 8 years of working towards my phd, a chair member change, and a committee member change, walden denied me being able to use any additional financial aid while at the end of my data collection forcing me to withdraw because i couldnt afford to pay out of pocket... now all this debt was for nothing, no defree, when it was their lack of assistance that made it take so long in the first place!


Dahn S. said
456 days ago
I have submitted a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission about Walden's use of misleading numbers to promote its graduate programs. If you believe Walden University made any false or misleading claims that affected you, email Brian Shull at bshull@ftc.gov


Bonnie B. said
456 days ago
I recently graduated from Walden with a PhD in Education and a whooping 178, 000 student loan debt. The dissertation process is terrible and all about money. Now it seems I won't be able to use my degree to further my career or finance.


Letha R. said
452 days ago
I had similar problems with Walden. I was enrolled in the PhD Public Health program. On the 7th year, I finally got to the point where I had to submit my proposal to URR Board - after a lot of back and forth with the chair and methods member. My chair and methods member both said that my proposal was really good and was most definitely ready. When I submitted the proposal, the URR responded very harshly to me in an email and stated that my proposal should have never been sent to him. He basically implied, that the chair and committee member did not know what they were doing. The revisions that I had to make were so substantive that it would take another year. After the comments from URR, of course, my chair and methods person had all of the answers. Where were these answers when I was submitting my proposal back and forth for input??? I was so frustrated!! I just quit. I did not have the time nor the finance to continue. I think they owe me my money and I wish I could sue their socks off!!!


CHARLOTTE S. said
445 days ago
Same issue!! Please tell me how to join the lawsuit! I am an international student but they are refusing to give me the credit for it. (Over 10,000 dollars owed to me) I am still trying to progress to stage 2.


Jeronimo A. said
438 days ago
Been there done that ... ended up ABD.


Robin W. said
438 days ago
THE LAWSUIT WAS SETTLED! I called the attorney's office here in Maryland. Got my own investigations brewing, so got to keep it vague, but Walden is super shady and pretty sloppy. Keep records and keep fighting! (And end any professional relationship with these con artists NOW. Or, if you're a prospective student, RUN!!!!!!)


Robin W. said
438 days ago
THE LAWSUIT WAS SETTLED! I called the attorney's office here in Maryland. Got my own investigations brewing, so got to keep it vague, but Walden is super shady and pretty sloppy. Keep records and keep fighting! (And end any professional relationship with these con artists NOW. Or, if you're a prospective student, RUN!!!!!!)


said
438 days ago
I have had the same experience during the dissertation process with Walden, it's been a ridiculous cycle of misinformation, and lack of support. I am building a case to request a "borrower's defense to repayment" for the $250,000 that I have invested on a degree that isn't completed nor means much.


Linda N. said
438 days ago
Do students who were in process who want to join the fight still have a chance with this lawsuit? Thank goodness my friend sent me this page. This school has some serious issues!!


Ahmad R. said
437 days ago
Greetings all – hope all is well. I just heard that the Attorney General of Minnesota, where the Walden University is located, has started a full review and investigation due to increased number of complaints it received from the doctoral students. However, if you have not yet sent your complaint, please do so and the following are the addresses you need to send your letter:

Institutional Licensing and Registration
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411


Ahmad R. said
437 days ago
Greetings all – please copy and paste the following link to your browser to read what the media have reported about the Walden:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/profit-walden-u-once-tied-bill-clinton-put-under-review-n661281



Nyesha R. said
433 days ago
I'm currently enrolled in the MSW program with this University. My program has been prolonged due to having difficulties with finding field placement with barely any support from the University, causing my graduation date to be pushes further and further back.


A. C. C. said
429 days ago
http://www.waldenuniversitylawsuit.com/

please join us. This is the website for the class action lawsuit as of October 6, 2016.


Melanie K. said
423 days ago
I am ABD and was going to fall financially short to finish my last 9 months with Financial Aid alone, I reached the max allotment. I decided to take a leave and resume when my credit recovers (from loosing my house, cars, business, and credit a few years back like most Las Vegas residents). I had one week of checking in with my chair, and decided to break. The last of my financial aid had been disbursed to the school and I knew that they would take their cut for the week that I had been enrolled. Evidently, I found out by threatening emails and a letter that they were demanding full payment of my outstanding debt. They sent all of the fin aid back and I was unaware. I am all good with Navient, but not Walden? I told Walden
’s collection crew that they should have let me know nine months ago and it would have been handled. I went online and paid $20.00 to show good faith, but they are telling me that they will still be coming after me. “You can’t get what I don’t have Walden!”

I am also concerned with the fact that I have been told repeatedly to write and rewrite, truly writing in circles. My industry is not written about much and that means that this process could go on for years. I am extremely frustrated and am unsure if finishing is even worth it. Who can afford $4,000.00 every eight weeks out of pocket (unless you are wealthy)?


Mason D. said
421 days ago
There's a new lawsuit against Walden. Here's the contact info:
Paul Lesko

Attorney-at-law

T 314.833.4826 (direct)

M 618.407.0506 (cell)

plesko@prwlegal.com


said
414 days ago
I attended Walden and had the same experiences noted here. It was a nightmare. I left Walden after I gave them $40,000.00 with nothing to show for it. I started in their KAM model and didn't get past KAM I due to losing my adviser and others stepping down, in addition to starting over when the new adviser came on she told me I would have to start over. So I did to meet her expectations. Most of the time I couldn't get in contact with her, she had no phone, was moving, etc. I found it interesting that when I was struggling she recommended that I buy the book she wrote. I asked for a new adviser and received one. I asked about a different program other than the KAM model. Then they suddenly told me they had a course model and put me in it. I received straight As. Weirdly, they also wanted me to continue on the KAM model to finish it because I complained that I had spent so much money with nothing to show. A person got in contact with me and told me I should ask for a leave of absence from my job as a professor and focus on my doctorate. This was a ridiculous suggestion since it was my source of income, but she insisted that it was the only way. I declined due to the unrealistic expectations and total lack of connection to the real world. At this point, I left Walden and enrolled at another university. Unfortunately the coursework nor the KAM work was transferable.


Angela B. said
414 days ago
I attended Walden and had the same experiences noted here. It was a nightmare. I left Walden after I gave them $40,000.00 with nothing to show for it. I started in their KAM model and didn't get past KAM I due to losing my adviser and others stepping down, in addition to starting over when the new adviser came on she told me I would have to start over. So I did to meet her expectations. Most of the time I couldn't get in contact with her, she had no phone, was moving, etc. I found it interesting that when I was struggling she recommended that I buy the book she wrote. I asked for a new adviser and received one. I asked about a different program other than the KAM model. Then they suddenly told me they had a course model and put me in it. I received straight As. Weirdly, they also wanted me to continue on the KAM model to finish it because I complained that I had spent so much money with nothing to show. A person got in contact with me and told me I should ask for a leave of absence from my job as a professor and focus on my doctorate. This was a ridiculous suggestion since it was my source of income, but she insisted that it was the only way. I declined due to the unrealistic expectations and total lack of connection to the real world. At this point, I left Walden and enrolled at another university. Unfortunately the coursework nor the KAM work was transferable.


Dahn S. said
412 days ago
My name is Dahn Shaulis. I am working to organize Walden students to compare information for a possible lawsuit. I have already made formal complaints to the Federal Trade Commission about misleading advertising and enrollment.


Dahn S. said
412 days ago
Brain Shull has been taking information about misleading advertising. His email is bshull@ftc.gov

I have also written an article about Walden University and its parent company Laureate.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/clinton-laureate-scandal-lots-smoke-gun-missing-dahn-shaulis?trk=mp-author-card


Marlene T. said
410 days ago
I pray this college is closed down. I now owe 360.000.00. My dissertation was stalled and I was told that as long as I am on the books I kept my dissertation active. The students have no ideal after leaving the loans escalate. I would would love to seek remedy and have all of my loans forgiven. I wish I had never attended Walden and would never recommend this program to anyone. I completed all core requirements for graduation and spent more than two years at the dissertation stage for something that should have taken less than a year....only to be stalled on research technique. I would also like to see this institution investigated.


Marlene T. said
410 days ago
I pray this college is closed down. I now owe 360.000.00. My dissertation was stalled and I was told that as long as I am on the books I kept my dissertation active. The students have no ideal after leaving the loans escalate. I would would love to seek remedy and have all of my loans forgiven. I wish I had never attended Walden and would never recommend this program to anyone. I completed all core requirements for graduation and spent more than two years at the dissertation stage for something that should have taken less than a year....only to be stalled on research technique. I would also like to see this institution investigated.


Marlene T. said
410 days ago
I pray this college is closed down. I now owe 360.000.00. My dissertation was stalled and I was told that as long as I am on the books I kept my dissertation active. The students have no ideal after leaving the loans escalate. I would would love to seek remedy and have all of my loans forgiven. I wish I had never attended Walden and would never recommend this program to anyone. I completed all core requirements for graduation and spent more than two years at the dissertation stage for something that should have taken less than a year....only to be stalled on research technique. I would also like to see this institution investigated.


Marlene T. said
410 days ago
I pray this college is closed down. I now owe 360.000.00. My dissertation was stalled and I was told that as long as I am on the books I kept my dissertation active. The students have no ideal after leaving the loans escalate. I would would love to seek remedy and have all of my loans forgiven. I wish I had never attended Walden and would never recommend this program to anyone. I completed all core requirements for graduation and spent more than two years at the dissertation stage for something that should have taken less than a year....only to be stalled on research technique. I would also like to see this institution investigated.


Sharlene M. said
403 days ago
I am a current Walden student and actively experiencing all of the above. I am on my 3rd 9000 course and have had my Prospectus rejected five times for ridiculous reasons! I am sick and tired of being patronized while paying for it with crazy course fees! I don't know what to do at this point....This experience is the worse that I have ever experienced by far and the BIGGEST mistake that I have ever made! How do I join this class action suit?


Dahn S. said
402 days ago
Just so this doesn't get lost in the flood of messages: There's a new lawsuit against Walden. The website is here:

http://www.waldenuniversitylawsuit.com/

Here's the contact info:

Paul Lesko, Attorney-at-law
T 314.833.4826 (direct)
M 618.407.0506 (cell)
plesko@prwlegal.com

And the Federal Trade Commission (Brian Shull) has been taking information about misleading advertising. His email is bshull@ftc.gov




Kerri D. said
402 days ago
Why is there not more media coverage if there are so many complaints? There is something very sinister going on here, and yet no one says a thing about it. We didn't realize that they have no reputation to protect, so they don't care about what they are doing to people. They don't care about social change. They are breaking the spirits of many naïve people. This is horrible, and needs to be stopped. Who will stand up for us and stop this? How do they justify the cost of their classes? The average cost of a dissertation course at a local state funded school is $90.00. I would advise all young people to do lots of research before they run off chasing their dreams as I did. This is horrible. I can't believe it is happening in the United States of America.


marsha f. said
399 days ago
I enrolled in the Walden Public Health Masters PhD program. After completion of my Masters in Public Health I received a Masters in Science diploma. When I called to complain I was told the school lost their accreditation in Public Health. I WAS NEVER NOTIFIED! I was sold a program that would open doors to new job opportunities and when the school fell short they never notified the students. I continued on in the PhD program so that I would have some sort of Public Health Degree. Once cleared to start the dissertation process I spent most of my time chasing down professors begging them to be my chair, getting a chair and then loosing them after a month or so. After 5 semesters of spinning my wheels I ran out of money and could no longer afford to enroll. No one called to check in.


Dominique W. said
394 days ago
I was charged for a class in my doctorial program that I never even took. During that time I even made contact with the teacher advising that this would be a class that I am not taking. I get a call that I owe 5,500.00 for just that class... I have asked to be removed from this debt and they are insisting that since I didnt let them know ahead of time that it was still due...


Laura C. said
394 days ago
It took me ten years to get my doctorate due to advisors dropping out on me and me having to search until one would finally take my dissertation, I finished my coursework in 4 years and the next six years I was charged so much money for these different advisors who wasted my time and when I finally got an advisor, i finished the dissertation in 1.5 years


OSAGIE O. said
394 days ago
ABOUT THE SAME


Denise R. said
394 days ago
Just so this doesn't get lost in the flood of messages: There's a new lawsuit against Walden. The website is here:

http://www.waldenuniversitylawsuit.com/

Here's the contact info:

Paul Lesko, Attorney-at-law
T 314.833.4826 (direct)
M 618.407.0506 (cell)
plesko@prwlegal.com

And the Federal Trade Commission (Brian Shull) has been taking information about misleading advertising. His email is bshull@ftc.gov


Jessica C. said
390 days ago
Same concern! Was a Walden student for several years, made good academic progress, then had to withdraw because I was maxed out with financial aid. All that was left was my dissertation.


Michelle P. said
383 days ago
Have had the same issues with my undergraduate then went into the MBA program. Professors are checked out, not engaged with the students.
The technology fee at Walden was 45.00 in 2010 and is now $180.00 they continually up the tuition with no notice. My MBA classes are now 2850 a class, not including all the added fees. I am also starting to learn that the degree is worthless employers look at Walden University as a degree mail so I am $100,000 in debt and I probably will never be able to get a good paying job that will keep up with the student loan payments that I have to make once I graduate .


Jeanne N. said
382 days ago
I am in the same boat as you Michelle P. I owe over 100k in loans and Walden will not release my transcripts or Diploma.. This is ridicules. I have contacted them as well as filed several complaints with BBB DOE and others. I have now contacted an Attorney. I want my Diploma and official transcripts and for Walden to adjust my balance to 0


Joybelle M. said
381 days ago
I have been encouraged to join this class action against Walden U. because of all the length of time it is taking to move from one phase to the next. The fact that I am in their Doctoral program which is semester based and I rely on financial aid is really throwing me for a loop. I currently owe 250K+ which is funded by the govt. & private student loans covering my education journey thus far. My chair all of a sudden is making sure I commit to any delays, he sounds nervous. Others in the class have opted to try other chairs but I don't really have the fight in me to start with someone new. This is so unfair! I pray we win and are compensated accordingly. Thanks to whomever started this forum/lawsuit.


Nancy E. said
380 days ago
I would like to join the class action lawsuit against Walden University. This happened to me, starting the end of 2003. I went to Walden for many years and could not get through the KAM process. I was only allowed to take 3 or 4 actual classes in approximately 5 years. By the time I transferred to Capella University, I had spent approximately $200,000. There is no way I can finish my dissertation for my PhD. It is not possible for me to get another Federal Loan. I retired at 62, last year.


Dianne B. said
380 days ago
I am also wanting to join this class action lawsuit, as I have created much debt and been at Walden University since 2005, trying to get a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. Enormous debt and lots of time.


GALE L. said
373 days ago
"I am ABD" reminds me of the sentence " I am an alcoholic"! Having begun in May 2006, finished all course work in Dec 2008, began work on dissertation Jan 2008, and withdrew in 2013, I think. I have been told I have 2 semesters left of am 8 year limit if I choose to return to finish and another 14,000 in tuition. No one told me there was a limit. I spent 75,000 on a 36,000 quote. Progress and then change the requirement, repeat.I paid for and attended a second residency seeking hope, advocacy and a motivational push. All this has lead to me doubting myself in all skill related ways, yet I have a related successful career. For 7 years, I stopped contributing to retirement mutual funds and paid cash for tuition. Wow! I'm sick.


Dahn S. said
368 days ago
FYI: Besides the lawsuit, NBC News has also been reporting on Walden students who have been misled. Here's the latest report.
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/student-sues-walden-university-i-wasted-six-years-my-life-n690706


maxie d. said
367 days ago
I completed the coursework at Walden for the Educational Psychology PhD program. Since entering the dissertation realm I have had three Chair persons, three Committee members, two Program directors. and each time I got a new chair I had to start over in addition to the project that was disallowed by me first program director. Now after three years of writing the same chapter I am being dismissed from the program as my latest chair has given me two Unsuccessful grades although I am a 3.85 student and never lack motivation. She went five terms without responding and when I complained she started giving Us. I am deep in student loan debt and am very distraught over the situation..I filed a petition both times and have filed an appeal thus far for the first petition which was denied but got no response. I was blindsided by this last grade during the thanksgiving break and had a 100% grade for class. I spoke to the ombudsperson and have a right to appeal again. I would like to join this lawsuit and have filed a complaint with the DOE as well..Thank you..My phone is off and rent and bills are due as they cut off my student loans when I was potentially dismissed but had not been officially..While trying to sort the situation out I received a dismissal letter from the Dean. Please help..


Chevonda L. said
366 days ago
I maxed out of money after having multiple chairs. Each chair and committee member tild me something different on my dissertation, and I made corrections to satisfy them. I am now paying a collection agency for my Walden delinquency. I am very frustrated. I need my transcript to apply @ another university, but according to Walden, they will not send if you have outstanding fees!


karen s. said
359 days ago
Teachers are required to answer emails within 2 business days, per the rules, but almost never do. Many never answer at all. They are also required to engage in the classroom, and many do not. Some teachers have worse grammar and punctutation skills than the students, like the one teacher who docked me points because she did not know that "abound" is a word. For those in programs requiring internships, they do not aid in finding a location. this is a huge downside to an online school. There are students who simply should not be in any grad program who are accepted to this school, regardless, who often blatantly plagiarize my posting. The school is a money-maker and nothing else. BEWARE.


Mary O. said
352 days ago


Joseph M. said
343 days ago
I began Walden in December 2005 in the PhD Clinical Psychology program. All coursework with the exception of dissertation were completed by December 2008. I secured a dissertation chair (Dr. Reginald Taylor) who strung me along until August of 2015. After multiple complaints and requests to obtain another chair I went through a long arduous process of obtaining another. The university failed to assist me indicating I had to find my own chair. By the middle of October 2015 I secured a chair and keep that individual for about 7 months before he had to drop due to medical reasons. I finally secured my final chair and was conferred the degree on 11/13/2016. However, the 11 year process compounded well over $275,000 in student loans. In addition, I had to pay out of pocket from 2012 until 2015. After having filed a formal complaint with the university about the scam forcing students to compile huge debit I was given 24 months to complete my degree without payment in May 2015. My major complaint with Walden is the entire dissertation process. After having gone so far with the degree it was impossible for me to start over again at another university. Walden destroyed my life, my marriage and my health as I experienced severe stress. I was diagnosed with cancer twice within the past two years and currently undergoing treatment. Walden should be charged with theft by conversation as they lure students in giving them false hope of achieving their academic goals. In addition, as a clinical psychology major I sought guidance in becoming a clinical psychologist in my state and never obtained information from either faculty or the university. I would never refer anyone to Walden for any degree program.


Joseph M. said
343 days ago
I began Walden in December 2005 in the PhD Clinical Psychology program. All coursework with the exception of dissertation were completed by December 2008. I secured a dissertation chair (Dr. Reginald Taylor) who strung me along until August of 2015. After multiple complaints and requests to obtain another chair I went through a long arduous process of obtaining another. The university failed to assist me indicating I had to find my own chair. By the middle of October 2015 I secured a chair and keep that individual for about 7 months before he had to drop due to medical reasons. I finally secured my final chair and was conferred the degree on 11/13/2016. However, the 11 year process compounded well over $275,000 in student loans. In addition, I had to pay out of pocket from 2012 until 2015. After having filed a formal complaint with the university about the scam forcing students to compile huge debit I was given 24 months to complete my degree without payment in May 2015. My major complaint with Walden is the entire dissertation process. After having gone so far with the degree it was impossible for me to start over again at another university. Walden destroyed my life, my marriage and my health as I experienced severe stress. I was diagnosed with cancer twice within the past two years and currently undergoing treatment. Walden should be charged with theft by conversation as they lure students in giving them false hope of achieving their academic goals. In addition, as a clinical psychology major I sought guidance in becoming a clinical psychologist in my state and never obtained information from either faculty or the university. I would never refer anyone to Walden for any degree program.


David R. said
339 days ago
Not being able to complete your independent study (dissertation), and then blame your lack of performance on everyone but yourselves, is not fair or accurate of what it takes to complete a dissertation. I welcome the opportunity to testify in opposition to each of you at your class action lawsuit. Everyone knows, that there is no guarantee of receiving a doctoral degree. Lots of people fall short of receiving their doctorate at every university around the world. It's not an assembly line process that spits out a certain number of cookie-cutter Doctors on a semi-annual basis. I'm a Walden Ph.D., and proud of it! I completed my Ph.D. in four-years while working full-time, with a family of four, and I worked my ass off. Dealing with obstacles and challenges is part of the process. If the doctoral candidate cannot cope, you are probably also not ready to deal with the sorts real world challenges, redicule and setbacks that researchers and scholars must regularly confront over their careers.

Walden has been exhonerated many times in previous "for-profit" witch hunts, by the same government agencies, politicos and similar lawyers. These repeated baseless attacks are devaluing Walden alumni academic credentials. What is is needed, is a class action against the attorneys and government agencies repeatedly attacking and devaluing Walden alumni doctorates for their own profit.

Below, are a few of Walden's great characteristics:

-Walden's 2016 student body is over 78,000 strong, making Walden Minnesota's largest university. Larger than the University of Minnesota.
-Walden practices positive social change. About 76% of the student body is female, and in the periodical "Diverse: Issues in Higher Education" (Formerly "Black Issues in Higher Education") Walden has repeatedly been ranked as a top 10 producer of African American doctorates (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/black-issues-in-higher-education-ranks-walden-university-a-top-10-producer-of-african-american-doctorates-74101657.html ).
-According to a recent St. Paul Pioneer Press article, Walden alumni have the second highest average salary of all universities in the State of Minnesota. http://www.twincities.com/2016/10/05/mn-college-earnings-high-school-graduate-chart/
-Walden alumni represent some of the lowest financial aid default rates.
-Walden alumni hold high positions in some of the most reputable and largest government, university and nonprofit organizations.
-Walden university is Walden University is a public benefit institution - not an alleged "for profit" corporation.
- Walden is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The same as every other major university in the state of Minnesota and region.




Rose H. said
337 days ago
My school loan costs was extremely high and I wish to be a part of this class suit


Samantha H. said
326 days ago
Originally I withdrew from a class because it provided no assistance or guidance. The materials at the time had not been updated for 3 years. After withdrawal I received a bill for 2,000 dollars. Disagreeing with the bill because there was no instruction in the course. Finally after month they said they would send me to collections if I didn't pay it. I also sat on hold numerous times attempting to speak to someone and got nowhere So in March of 2015, I paid 1,000 worrying my credit would be hurt. Five days later they still sent my bill to collections attending additional 742.00 dollars to my bill.
I'm not sure how it is ok for students to receive a bad educational service and still have to pay for it. Not to mention it is ridiculously difficult to contact anyone at that school.


Jean B. said
322 days ago
Yes, I am having the same issue. I was promised to graduate in 3.5 years working on the PH.D. I took off 1 year to focus on my Proposal. My first Chair did not give me any feedback when I asked questions; in fact I had to get answers from the Program Director, which later refused to talk with me. I have hard copy evidence of constant delays. They would only look at Chapter 1 and not the rest. I was told by other Professors that not all Professors know how to assist with the Dissertation Process. How many times does it take for them to review Chapter 1 only to find out they keep going over the same thing and adding questions at the URR level. Both Chair and Committee Members approve it, but it get rejected for new information. I too have been in the KAM program, which they no longer offer, but that Professor did not guide me. It took me three years to complete my first KAM based on a lack of instruction. The instructor for the KAM did not give me any support. It took other students to write a KAM because it is misleading. That is the process, you get no guidance. The templates and checklists are not clear. It takes the guidance of the Professors to present to you the hidden codes; and this will slow the process. Even if you pay an outside source, Walden's rigid system does not work; it fact it is so tailored and structured to bleed you to the max. I had friends tell me about this but I was so determined to win, but I cannot. When I filed a complaint, they gave me back a quarter's worth based on the documentation. They even refused my disability. When I submit my Proposal in Word 2010, it comes back in Word 1997 - 2003, or it gets rejected without any marks. I tried to stay on top of their system, but this has become a financial hardship.


Sylvia B. said
322 days ago
Everything that is being printed also applies to me. I am so shocked that I am not the only one. Not every program is accredited at Walden University. The PhD. programs and the DBA programs are not accredited. The system process is a scam. Employers know this and will not recognize this school. Walden's system is set up to bleed you. All instructions are not given. In fact they will not allow me to be in a class with other students to support my learning development. How many times does it take for them to only review Chapter 1 of the Proposal over and over again, only to find out that they will not look at chapter 2 or three, but the committee forwards it to the URR. The URR has a different twist every time, causing me to do additional research, changing my focus every time. By this time there is no way I will graduate, as the IRB takes 6 to 8 weeks. No IRB goes through for the first time; therefore, there goes another quarter I worked at ITT as an instructor; and it was closed down. How long is it going to take before the U.S. Department of Education steps in?


Sylvia B. said
322 days ago
Everything that is being printed also applies to me. I am so shocked that I am not the only one. Not every program is accredited at Walden University. The PhD. programs and the DBA programs are not accredited. The system process is a scam. Employers know this and will not recognize this school. Walden's system is set up to bleed you. All instructions are not given. In fact they will not allow me to be in a class with other students to support my learning development. How many times does it take for them to only review Chapter 1 of the Proposal over and over again, only to find out that they will not look at chapter 2 or three, but the committee forwards it to the URR. The URR has a different twist every time, causing me to do additional research, changing my focus every time. By this time there is no way I will graduate, as the IRB takes 6 to 8 weeks. No IRB goes through for the first time; therefore, there goes another quarter I worked at ITT as an instructor; and it was closed down. How long is it going to take before the U.S. Department of Education steps in?


Elizabeth K. said
321 days ago
I was enrolled in Walden msc nursing education on 10/30/15 .I took FASA and they paid my tuition fees .I drop my course on January 2016.after that I paid off my student loan.now Walden calming I didn't paid November fees.Called couple of times in financial services they said they sent to collections department.try to spoke with them they don't want listen anything.what I will do? I have all documents.


Derek G. said
319 days ago
Walden University is still systematically extending the doctoral program process through unfair business practices; placing students in the position to either withdraw or pay more tuition fees. The University is more concern with increasing its profits than providing the students with a legitimate education.


said
319 days ago
Any good characteristics of Walden are outdated, for the past five years, student complaints have escalated. I had friends that left and went to other colleges. Now the key is will Walden University improve its image? Will it keep the same instructors who do not know how to work with students throughout the Proposal process. Lately, they have been trying to settle disputes to improve their image. It is my hope that something gets done quickly before the U.S. Department of Education steps in.


said
319 days ago
Any good characteristics of Walden are outdated, for the past five years, student complaints have escalated. I had friends that left and went to other colleges. Now the key is will Walden University improve its image? Will it keep the same instructors who do not know how to work with students throughout the Proposal process. Lately, they have been trying to settle disputes to improve their image. It is my hope that something gets done quickly before the U.S. Department of Education steps in.


Brandy M. said
317 days ago
I received a U in my program and ended up having to do the Alternative Capstone Program because my professor told me that I wasn't resubmitting my work fast enough back to them. I spent 3 years in the proposal phase...never being able to get my proposal just right for them. Professsors on my committee were constantly giving me feedback that contradicted each other.
How do I get in on this?


Vanessa L. said
310 days ago
I dropped out after spending 12K realizing this was going to be an issue. I couldn't get passed KAM 1. It was a joke!!!



Nancy M. said
306 days ago
Although I did receive my degree, I do feel the loan I am now responsible for outweighs, by far, what I should owe. I received a masters degree, not a doctorate. My debt is reflective of a doctorate degree. What do I need to do to join this lawsuit?


KATRINA C. said
306 days ago
I have been in the same boat for years. I have been AbD and it has been embarrassing saying that I have yet to finish when people have been saying, "are you Doc yet?" I can't because... I RAN OUT OF MONEY...I exceeded the limit that is given for student loans!!! I have finished all the coursework and kept getting the run around on my proposal from one chair to the next. one would say its fine, the next would say fix this,...I would fix it and then they would gie me more to fix...I had to stop. I just couldnt do it. I STILL want my degree.!! I need to be in this suit...I owe almost 300,000 for nothing! I WANT MY DEGREE! ED.D


Sheneka W. said
304 days ago
N/a


D. W. said
297 days ago
Response - David R: If you have a Ph.D., then you should be smart enough to know that if these many students are all experiencing the same issue(s), there IS a problem sir! In fact, it does not take a Ph.D. to figure out that Walden has a problem and should be held accountable.


Tonya K. said
286 days ago
Walden University has been a pain. I have been at the Prospectus level for a year now. I am getting inconsistent feedback. One submission the rubric stated that I had all "Acceptances" but when I made the necessary revisions I received all zeros. This is ridiculous and is on-going. Therefore, I am having the same issues as everyone else.


Tonya K. said
286 days ago
Walden University has been a pain. I have been at the Prospectus level for a year now. I am getting inconsistent feedback. One submission the rubric stated that I had all "Acceptances" but when I made the necessary revisions I received all zeros. This is ridiculous and is on-going. Therefore, I am having the same issues as everyone else.


Blake W. said
283 days ago
I am in the same place as many of you.


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Natalie J. said
272 days ago
I have been a student with Walden University since 2003....I was to start my dissertation in 2007 however it has been prolonged and my program changed which caused me to have to


Michael R. said
265 days ago
I began my Walden University experience in 2007 (Part-time) and after having completed my class work, close to 1000 hrs of a practicum and 2500 hrs of my internship (to include having to give up my administrative job to pursue the internship) all I have to show for my efforts is the student loans in exceess of $4000.000.00 and the moniker of Ph.d ABD.


Cynthia H. said
258 days ago
I am also a victim of Walden incompetency when dealing with the PhD students. I was enrolled in the PhD Public Health Program. After completing all of my core classes, my frustration started with not been able to get a Chair person, I felt like I was pushed from one degree of the continent to the other. I reported the issues numerous times. Still whenever I spoke to a Chair person, I was told by all that they were filled and that they were only allowed to have a certain amount of students on their committees. After spending over $80,000, I felt beaten and hopeless. Right now I am up to my neck in student loans and still have not gotten the opportunity to complete my PhD. Each time I think of it, I feel so depressed. Walden U need to structure their programs in a better academic light, where students should not have to be left empty handed after spending so much unnecessary money and still walked away not earning the degree we paid for. I don't care if I every got a penny back, all I really need is to be able to complete my degree and move on with my life. Just give me that opportunity. That's all I am asking for. I cannot afford to pay any more money. This is not right. (Cynthia H.)


Josephine B. said
258 days ago
I enrolled in Walden (PhD in Public Health) s way back in the fall of 2007 and completed all my course work in timely manner. However, I got stucked in the Dissertation Process. It took 3 quarters just just for my Prospectus to be finally approved and not even my first 3 chapters of work. Reasons: turn over of committee members. At this time, I have already maxed-out my Financial Aid. I decided to take a leave of absence and finally withdrew in 2015. Now I am stucked with no PhD degree and a very large amount of student loans to be paid. ( Josephine B.)


Josephine B. said
258 days ago
I enrolled in Walden (PhD in Public Health) s way back in the fall of 2007 and completed all my course work in timely manner. However, I got stucked in the Dissertation Process. It took 3 quarters just just for my Prospectus to be finally approved and not even my first 3 chapters of work. Reasons: turn over of committee members. At this time, I have already maxed-out my Financial Aid. I decided to take a leave of absence and finally withdrew in 2015. Now I am stucked with no PhD degree and a very large amount of student loans to be paid. ( Josephine B.)


Josephine B. said
258 days ago
I enrolled in Walden (PhD in Public Health) s way back in the fall of 2007 and completed all my course work in timely manner. However, I got stucked in the Dissertation Process. It took 3 quarters just just for my Prospectus to be finally approved and not even my first 3 chapters of work. Reasons: turn over of committee members. At this time, I have already maxed-out my Financial Aid. I decided to take a leave of absence and finally withdrew in 2015. Now I am stucked with no PhD degree and a very large amount of student loans to be paid. ( Josephine B.)


Josephine B. said
258 days ago
I enrolled in Walden (PhD in Public Health) s way back in the fall of 2007 and completed all my course work in timely manner. However, I got stucked in the Dissertation Process. It took 3 quarters just just for my Prospectus to be finally approved and not even my first 3 chapters of work. Reasons: turn over of committee members. At this time, I have already maxed-out my Financial Aid. I decided to take a leave of absence and finally withdrew in 2015. Now I am stucked with no PhD degree and a very large amount of student loans to be paid. ( Josephine B.)


Josephine B. said
258 days ago
I enrolled in Walden (PhD in Public Health) s way back in the fall of 2007 and completed all my course work in timely manner. However, I got stucked in the Dissertation Process. It took 3 quarters just just for my Prospectus to be finally approved and not even my first 3 chapters of work. Reasons: turn over of committee members. At this time, I have already maxed-out my Financial Aid. I decided to take a leave of absence and finally withdrew in 2015. Now I am stucked with no PhD degree and a very large amount of student loans to be paid. ( Josephine B.)


Sobrasua I. said
257 days ago
I am a former student of Walden U, where I was preparing to obtain a Ph.D. in Public Health degree. I enrolled in Sept 2009 as part-time student. Prior to my enrollment at Walden, I had graduated from Clark Atlanta University (SACS accredited school) with a Ph.D. in biological sciences in May 1992. Three months after my graduation, I went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for my postdoctorate and received NIH's minority investigator award in 1993 and published several papers. I thought at various colleges and universities for at least 17 years when I lost my job as an assistant professor during the national financial crisis. I landed teaching jobs thereafter as adjunct/part-time for 5 years. So, I was not a novice - I just wanted a career change. I already know what I want to do at WaldenU except that the system was set up to delay the students’ progress and simply to collect the student financial aid money. I completed my course work on time. However, my mentor and I struggled for nearly two years before I could write and submit my prospectus. They are still not clear about the prospectus and the proposal. After the prospectus was accepted, I worked on the proposal with little or no difference in terms of progress. I had completed writing chapters 1 (Introduction), 2(Review of Literature) and 3 (Materials and Methods). Thereafter, I could not progress any faster. The quarter system is about 8-10 weeks and the dissertation committee takes almost two quarter to read or respond to what has been submitted. Although the academic programs appear well structured on paper, in does not work well in practice. Students are delayed unnecessarily. In my opinion the faculty has their hands tied. The system is set up in a way that every quarter you are automatically registered for course work or research and you are charged the maximum credit knowing your financial aid will cover it.
In 2013 I Spring Quarter I was making the last revision to my proposal (the external reviewer comments) and hoping to post it to my chair. Unfortunately, the next quarter, (2014), I was informed I could not register because I no longer am eligible for federal financial aid. Let me mention again, that I have had a Ph.D (biological sciences) degree prior to enrolling at Walden. I did not have any financial aid debt in all of my prior college degrees. It is very painful now to realize that I am owing over $200,000 in student loans and I have no degree for it.
The college is corrupt, their system is set up as a money making scheme, they use the students to partially meet the fiduciary needs of the school; they abuse the federal financial aid program by misappropriating the students financial aid money, they violate the federal governments trust by not fulfilling their promise. The school should be held accountable for these and many other problems they have caused students. Many students suffer emotional, physical and psychological trauma not only for incurring so much financial losses but failing to graduate and incurring other losses such as paying first, second mortgages and loans to fund their education at Walden U. I am owing over $200,000 to the federal government without anything to show for it.


Sobrasua I. said
257 days ago
I am a former student of Walden U, where I was preparing to obtain a Ph.D. in Public Health degree. I enrolled in Sept 2009 as part-time student. Prior to my enrollment at Walden, I had graduated from Clark Atlanta University (SACS accredited school) with a Ph.D. in biological sciences in May 1992. Three months after my graduation, I went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for my postdoctorate and received NIH's minority investigator award in 1993 and published several papers. I thought at various colleges and universities for at least 17 years when I lost my job as an assistant professor during the national financial crisis. I landed teaching jobs thereafter as adjunct/part-time for 5 years. So, I was not a novice - I just wanted a career change. I already know what I want to do at WaldenU except that the system was set up to delay the students’ progress and simply to collect the student financial aid money. I completed my course work on time. However, my mentor and I struggled for nearly two years before I could write and submit my prospectus. They are still not clear about the prospectus and the proposal. After the prospectus was accepted, I worked on the proposal with little or no difference in terms of progress. I had completed writing chapters 1 (Introduction), 2(Review of Literature) and 3 (Materials and Methods). Thereafter, I could not progress any faster. The quarter system is about 8-10 weeks and the dissertation committee takes almost two quarter to read or respond to what has been submitted. Although the academic programs appear well structured on paper, in does not work well in practice. Students are delayed unnecessarily. In my opinion the faculty has their hands tied. The system is set up in a way that every quarter you are automatically registered for course work or research and you are charged the maximum credit knowing your financial aid will cover it.
In 2013 I Spring Quarter I was making the last revision to my proposal (the external reviewer comments) and hoping to post it to my chair. Unfortunately, the next quarter, (2014), I was informed I could not register because I no longer am eligible for federal financial aid. Let me mention again, that I have had a Ph.D (biological sciences) degree prior to enrolling at Walden. I did not have any financial aid debt in all of my prior college degrees. It is very painful now to realize that I am owing over $200,000 in student loans and I have no degree for it.
The college is corrupt, their system is set up as a money making scheme, they use the students to partially meet the fiduciary needs of the school; they abuse the federal financial aid program by misappropriating the students financial aid money, they violate the federal governments trust by not fulfilling their promise. The school should be held accountable for these and many other problems they have caused students. Many students suffer emotional, physical and psychological trauma not only for incurring so much financial losses but failing to graduate and incurring other losses such as paying first, second mortgages and loans to fund their education at Walden U. I am owing over $200,000 to the federal government without anything to show for it.


Sobrasua I. said
257 days ago
I am a former student of Walden U, where I was preparing to obtain a Ph.D in Public Health degree. I enrolled in Sept 2009 as part-time student. Prior to my enrollment at Walden, I had graduated from Clark Atlanta University (SACS accredited school) with a Ph.D in biological sciences in May 1992. Three months after my graduation, I went to Mass. Inst. of Technology for my postdoctorate and received NIH's minority investigator award in 1993 and published several papers. I thought at various colleges and universities for at least 17 years when I lost my job as an assistant professor during the natiional financial crisis. I landed teaching jobs thereafter as adjunct/part-time for 5 years. So, I was not a novice - I just wanted a career change. I already know what I want to do at Walden


Sobrasua I. said
257 days ago
I am a former student of Walden U, where I was preparing to obtain a Ph.D. in Public Health degree. I enrolled in Sept 2009 as part-time student. Prior to my enrollment at Walden, I had graduated from Clark Atlanta University (SACS accredited school) with a Ph.D. in biological sciences in May 1992. Three months after my graduation, I went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for my postdoctorate and received NIH's minority investigator award in 1993 and published several papers. I taught at various colleges and universities for at least 17 years when I lost my job as an assistant professor during the national financial crisis. I landed teaching jobs thereafter as adjunct/part-time for 5 years. So, I was not a novice - I just wanted a career change. I already know what I want to do at WaldenU except that the system was set up to delay the students’ progress and simply to collect the student financial aid money.
I completed my course work on time. However, my mentor and I struggled for nearly two years before I could write and submit my prospectus. They are still not clear about the prospectus and the proposal. After the prospectus was accepted, I worked on the proposal with little or no difference in terms of progress. I had completed writing chapters 1 (Introduction), 2(Review of Literature) and 3 (Materials and Methods). Thereafter, I could not progress any faster. The quarter system is about 8-10 weeks and the dissertation committee takes almost two quarter to read or respond to what has been submitted. Although the academic programs appear well structured on paper, in does not work well in practice. Students are delayed unnecessarily. In my opinion the faculty has their hands tied. The system is set up in a way that every quarter you are automatically registered for course work or research and you are charged the maximum credit knowing your financial aid will cover it. The university started to make changes after students complained about delays in the structure.

In 2013 Spring Quarter I was making the last revision to my proposal (the external reviewer comments) and hoping to post it to my chair. Unfortunately, the next quarter, (2014), I was informed I could not register because I no longer am eligible for federal financial aid. Let me mention again, that I have had a Ph.D (biological sciences) degree prior to enrolling at Walden. I did not have any financial aid debt in all of my prior college degrees. It is very painful now to realize that I am owing over $230,000 in student loans and I have no degree for it. I took a leave of absence in 2014 and do not have any means of continuing the program.

The college is corrupt, their system is set up as a money making scheme, they use the students to partially meet the fiduciary needs of the school; they abuse the federal financial aid program by misappropriating the students financial aid money, they violate the federal governments trust by not fulfilling their promise. The school should be held accountable for these and many other problems they have caused students. Many students suffer emotional, physical and psychological trauma not only for incurring so much financial losses but failing to graduate and incurring other losses such as paying first, second mortgages and loans to fund their education at Walden U. I now owe over $200,000 to the federal government without anything to show for it.


Sandra B. said
250 days ago
I entered Walden in 2010. I had five chairs in the doctoral program. The 5th chair I had before completing an EdS would grade my papers sent to him a year earlier! He would take the full 14 days to do this, then when it was pointed to him that it was an older paper he returned, he would return this within a day! He would habitually tell me and others that he is at his child's school program and was unable to communicate. He took weeks before returning my papers. Often telling me I was exceptional, yet I could not move from section one of the proposal! Each time that the term end evaluation was presented, my course mates and I would give him an honestly deserved poor evaluation. He was still the chair the next semester. When I complained to the program director, she informed me that I was not being fair to him. I spent more than one hundred thousand dollars to get an EdS!


Natalie J. said
247 days ago
I enrolled in Walden University in 2003 to complete my PhD in Public Health. I am pursuing a PhD in Community health. I completed all the course work in 2006. At this point I needed to complete my dissertation. I had no guidance. I did reach out to Walden faculty and staff. I was provided with a list of professors to send my prospectus. I sent my prospectus to many professors from the list. I received no response for a dissertation chair person.

I became a self-pay student due to exhausting my financial aid. I had to leave school until 2012. In 2012, I was told the program had changed and I needed to take additional courses. I began classes until I was challenged economically and I had to cease my classes, again.

I tried to re-enroll, recently. I am being told that the program has changed again and I will have to take additional courses. I was also told that it is possible that I may have to start my entire curriculum over. As I re-enrolled in 2012 I was given until 2020 to complete my PhD.

At the present time I want to complete my PhD. I have paid Walden over $126,000.00 and with fees and other academic expenses my expenses have been much more. All funds used in pursuit of my PhD. I have had no guidance. It is as though Walden took the money as long as it was coming in however there is no follow-up or assistance for student's. Student's can be successful but as soon as there is no financial aid coming in, it does not matter because the lack of guidance then becomes lack of existence. It is as though they take student's money for courses but abandon student's on their journey for academic success. I have a Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work from University of South Carolina.

I need help in this matter. I am mentally and physically exhausted due to the financial stress and abandonment of Walden University faculty and staff. At this time the inability to complete my PhD is discouraging. I think I have wasted over 14 years of my life and well over $150,000.00. I can not afford to pay for courses and at the present time Walden will not let me register. I have been told I owe for a course. I owe for a course that I successfully completed. I owe for 1 course however Walden has been paid well over $100,000.00 in a successful pursuit of a student who has desired to complete Walden's Public Health PhD program.

This entire process has seemed to be a relentless in many ways. As student's are abandoned in their journey, time and finances are exhausted. There are relentless fees and academic completion is bleak due to financial, mental and physical exhaustion associated with Walden's academic programs.


Rosetta B. said
238 days ago
The courses were too long and required too much work. Furthermore, the credits given for completing these courses were only three hours which creates a long time to finish your degree even before getting to the dissertation process. Unfortunately, this depleted my financial aid. Now, I am unable to complete my DBA and even worst cannot find a job.


Renee S. said
238 days ago
I'm going into my 9th year and am finally completing chapter 4 this quarter, I hopr. How do I join?


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233 days ago
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Jennifer D. said
233 days ago
I have been going to Walden University for my PhD in education. I want to make a name for myself being an autistic adult and working with autistic children while studying special education (focusing on autism). Walden has depleted my financial aid now ruining my dreams of getting a PhD. Their courses are long and only hold 3 credits each. My friends who attended other universities are already finished with their PhD in hand. I am very upset. I need to join this suit


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232 days ago
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Yvette B. said
228 days ago
I would like to be a participant of the class action lawsuits and consult a lawyer on my legal rights and sign up for the class action lawsuits newsletter


Catheine P. said
226 days ago
I'm in debt with 246 K, I was have problems finding internship and practicums, they kept telling me to take more class, after exhausting all area of internship I finally stopped in hopes that I could file bankruptcy or have my loans dismissed. I can finish my Masters degree with only two classes left. I have been working on this issue since 2010.


Eddie G. said
225 days ago
I feel thoroughly used and believe that it will take divine intervention to stop or turn around the mental, physical, emotional, and financial damage that has been heaped upon myself and others by Walden University. Although I am praying about this situation, I am compelled to take a stand and fight against this injustice. Walden cannot continue to defraud its students and discard us like useless roadkill. Not even Walden can continuously do people wrong and believe they are standing on the side of right. We will be victorious, even against this evil threat. God will lead us to victory, because He is on our side!!!


Eddie G. said
225 days ago
I would like to join this law suit ASAP against Walden University . In the near future, I will post my complaint which started around 2005. We will be victorious against this evil threat because God is on our side!!!


Patrick K. said
214 days ago
I have been at Walden since the Summer of 2013 pursuing my PhD in Public Health concurrently with my MD degree at an offshore medical school. I have 2 quarters of my dissertation under my belt most recent ending winter of 2016-2017. I have submitted my prospectus 3 times and has been denied 3 times, each time citing something different to change. I decided to take a quarter off to regroup. During this time I thought the MBA program might be for me and began courses at Walden i the MBA program. I quickly learned it was not for me and withdrew. I then reapplied to the PhD in Public Health program. I want to give my dissertation another shot. I found out today that Walden has denied my re-entrance into the program and told me to re-apply in 6 months. How can a program and university I have dedicated the last 4 years to, obtained a 4.0 gpa, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on, deny me re-entry. They are basically saying "we took your money and now we are denying you your degree". This is unacceptable, especially since my academic performance at Walden has been impeccable. I want to join this action lawsuit since now I have to start over at a new program where NONE of my Walden credits transfer to and spend another $100k or more to get the degree I want. Walden owes me.


AUDREY E. said
213 days ago
I attended Walden University and completed all of the coursework. I spent a year trying to get members to be on my committee. When I finally had a committee, it was almost impossible to make any progress on my prospectus. The professors took their time in reviewing it and providing comments. I truly believe they think that the students are attending the program for free, because time is no concern to them. When I finally made progress on my prospectus, I received an email from my committee chair. It stated that I was taking too long to get the prospectus approved, and recommended that I seek another program. I reached out to the professor/committee chair and the program manager. Neither responded to my calls or emails. I had a 4.0 GPA!!! Words cannon express how hurt I was. I have spent thousands at this university, and I have nothing to show for it. Please include me in this class action suit.


AUDREY E. said
213 days ago
I attended Walden University and completed all of the coursework. I spent a year trying to get members to be on my committee. When I finally had a committee, it was almost impossible to make any progress on my prospectus. The professors took their time in reviewing it and providing comments. I truly believe they think that the students are attending the program for free, because time is no concern to them. When I finally made progress on my prospectus, I received an email from my committee chair. It stated that I was taking too long to get the prospectus approved, and recommended that I seek another program. I reached out to the professor/committee chair and the program manager. Neither responded to my calls or emails. I had a 4.0 GPA!!! Words cannon express how hurt I was. I have spent thousands at this university, and I have nothing to show for it. Please include me in this class action suit.


Michael A. said
211 days ago
I am in the same boat as all of the others here. (5 years in the program, 3 different mentors, committee members who cannot agree on structure, form, and content, changing guidelines in the DBA program itself, $130,000 in debt and out of money) The entire DBA program from 2010 through now has been a moving target,. I would like to join an class action to hold these people accountable.


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Herrington M. said
186 days ago
Same issues, especially with lack of staff support for tuitions, academic advising and general apathy to facilitate a timely and efficient graduation from the doctoral program.


Francine K. said
178 days ago
I was a Walden Student in the EDd higher education program and had the same issues 2009 thru 2012 and spen $72,74094 for a Doctoral Degree and couldn't complete it for the same issues as stated by other concerned students/claimants.


Rachel T. said
173 days ago
I had a chair who took months to read drafts, if he ever read them at all. Added at least 2 1/2 years and tons of money to finishing my degree.


Jackie L. said
172 days ago
I have been at walden for a year. I am a good student, i came into Walden with honors and stayed that way for the duration. I have exhausted federal loans, and just obtained my first plus loan. I had to take a leave of absence in the third weeek of an 11 week term, to help my daughter, a single mother of three kids under the age of 9, care for my sons two daughters age six and seven while my son competed boot camp. My petition for a leave of absence was granted at the cost of full tuition although the loan amount was adjusted and half of the loan disbursement for the term was rreturned to the lender, leaving an outstanding balance of $1604 for the term. This balance is still outstanding on the account. I petitioned for a refund since i had only actively participated for 3/11 weeks. The petition was supposed to be answered within 30-40 days as per Walden policy however it took sixty days to get an answer which only came after contacting student accounts the Bursar and academic advising on several occasions. The end result was a denial of the petition and an outstanding balance which has placed a hold on my student account. As if to add insult to injury that powers that be have decided only after receiving response that my original petition for leave of absence it is now expired by over 20 days so since I did not come back to class within the allotted time despite the fact that I was waiting on a response from them I was changed from leave of absence status and active to withdrawn from the schoto completely. Almost within hours of each other. Now i have a balance that prohibits my obtaining any records from Walden, a withdrawn status which has led to a demand for repayment on my huge loan debt, basically eliminating the option of continuing at another institution.


Jackie L. said
172 days ago
I have been at walden for a year. I am a good student, i came into Walden with honors and stayed that way for the duration. I have exhausted federal loans, and just obtained my first plus loan. I had to take a leave of absence in the third weeek of an 11 week term, to help my daughter, a single mother of three kids under the age of 9, care for my sons two daughters age six and seven while my son competed boot camp. My petition for a leave of absence was granted at the cost of full tuition although the loan amount was adjusted and half of the loan disbursement for the term was rreturned to the lender, leaving an outstanding balance of $1604 for the term. This balance is still outstanding on the account. I petitioned for a refund since i had only actively participated for 3/11 weeks. The petition was supposed to be answered within 30-40 days as per Walden policy however it took sixty days to get an answer which only came after contacting student accounts the Bursar and academic advising on several occasions. The end result was a denial of the petition and an outstanding balance which has placed a hold on my student account. As if to add insult to injury that powers that be have decided only after receiving response that my original petition for leave of absence it is now expired by over 20 days so since I did not come back to class within the allotted time despite the fact that I was waiting on a response from them I was changed from leave of absence status and active to withdrawn from the schoto completely. Almost within hours of each other. Now i have a balance that prohibits my obtaining any records from Walden, a withdrawn status which has led to a demand for repayment on my huge loan debt, basically eliminating the option of continuing at another institution.


Robin W. said
171 days ago
For those of you who were scammed by Walden, as well, there is an attorney's office handling student claims. The website http://www.waldenuniversitylawsuit.com/ has the details. So, if you, too, were conned by Walden, as many us have been, reach out to the attorney's office. Good luck to all of you!


Robin W. said
171 days ago
For those of you who were scammed by Walden, as well, there is an attorney's office handling student claims. The website http://www.waldenuniversitylawsuit.com/ has the details. So, if you, too, were conned by Walden, as many us have been, reach out to the attorney's office. Good luck to all of you!


Francine K. said
166 days ago
I am another Walden University student in the Higher Education Track that started in 2009 and completed 2012 but was informed in my last semester class that I was no longer eligible for funds and Waldenu Administratively withdrew me. I completed all of my requirements but could not pay the high tuition bill in a timely manner. I have paid Walden University in full and they keep giving me the run around. I was informed I had to re-submit my application to enter the school then possibility complete additional courses to my original contract that I completed in 2012. I'm praying that we will all receive our degrees that we paid for and completed. Justice I believe will be served to us. I would like the $72000 back to go towards paying my student loans I had to borrow. Francine K.


Francine K. said
166 days ago
I am another Walden University student in the Higher Education Track that started in 2009 and completed 2012 but was informed in my last semester class that I was no longer eligible for funds and Waldenu Administratively withdrew me. I completed all of my requirements but could not pay the high tuition bill in a timely manner. I have paid Walden University in full and they keep giving me the run around. I was informed I had to re-submit my application to enter the school then possibility complete additional courses to my original contract that I completed in 2012. I'm praying that we will all receive our degrees that we paid for and completed. Justice I believe will be served to us. I would like the $72000 back to go towards paying my student loans I had to borrow. Francine K.


Raymond C. said
163 days ago
I am another Walden University Doctoral student in the Higher Education Track that started in 2010, I stopped going after they drained my student loan funds, which were maxed out around 200K. Now I have loans with no way to payback. I was in the KAM program and completed a couple of the residencies. My instructor lost interest in the students and was slow to respond before being let go, which added even more time to the 3 years I attended. I did not receive a degree from Walden.


Mary J. said
158 days ago
I am having the same issue. I have been at Walden for 7 years and it is still the same. I dropped out last semester. I am burnt out.


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Jennifer B. said
153 days ago
I had the same issue with Walden and had to drop out of the DBA program after maxing out my ability to take federal student loans. I was taken in circles for years as I was told to write, and re-write my dissertation draft and then told to re-write again back to the way it was before, and then told to re-write again back the other way and so on and so on. I was in the program for I believe 5-7 years. I can't remember for certain without looking it up but it was at least 5 years. I'm now stuck with huge student loans, no degree, and trying to pay out of pocket to start my doctorate over at a different school.


Jessica H. said
151 days ago
I am in the same exact issue as Jennifer B. I have written my Proposal 30 times and had chairs change without notice. I have a large amount of debt and am going nowhere in my EdD program at Walden.


Margo G. said
131 days ago
I have a similar story. I completed all but my dissertation with a 4.0 GPA. During my dissertation component my chair gave me two U's for not making adequate progress without telling me what adequate progress was. I then had the same thing happen after appealing the process. Now I'm in debt and they will not allow me to enroll again. Other schools are only offering to transfer between 9-12 credits. This means I will basically have to start over, $100,000 later. I have called and begged to be able to complete the degree.


Lisa H. said
124 days ago
I had the same problems that everyone else listed above.


Dana L. said
123 days ago
How do I join the class action lawsuit?


melody f. said
121 days ago
I completed my courses but the issue was when I entered the dissertation process. It went on for years and years to where I maxed out on student loans and had to drop out. I never got my degree and got in over 150k student loan debt from this school. I would love to join this lawsuit!!!! Not to mention the costs of residencies, hotels, books etc... The list can go on and on but the loan debt is weighing so heavy over my head to where it carries over to getting approved for a new home loan etc cause of the student loans I took out for this school.


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TANYA G. said
115 days ago
I am in a similar situation at Walden U. PLEASE CONTACT ME


Coltena S. said
114 days ago
My experience was a complete nightmare once I got to the dissertation process. My chair was inconsistent with feedback. One minute do it this way. Different the next time.e


Gloria B. said
110 days ago
Yes,
I had trouble with my chair as well. It was brought to my attention thethe choar ws ineperienced. I had completely 6 8100 and 2 9000 and prostpectus not approved yet. I had to change the topic and now they like it but still not approved... I dont want to vent but I was wronged as well. I pray for all of you to get restitution too.
Be blessed.


Deidra B. said
97 days ago
My issues and overwhelming amount of debt came during the dissertation process. Not only was it slow and uncertain but even if you did not get anything done with your committee, I still had to pay. I am currently, 2 chapters away from completing my dissertation but because of my debt, I was withdrawn from the university.


Quancidine G. said
89 days ago
I had to drop out of my PhD Program because of "RETAILATION". I filed a formal complaint against Walden University with the Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission because Walden University was stealing the interest that they were making off of our refund checks by delaying the process of posting our money. This is how Walden University pays their stockholders their dividends. In my first semester I had this problem. I made an A my first semester. In my second semester it was a problem with transcripts that Walden University has lost or refuse to open when they arrive through Parchment. After 30 days Walden has made quite a considerable amount of interest off of the refund that is due to the student. In the meantime the student are going through unnecessary "STRESS". This has made me physically ill. I cannot go through this each semester and maintain my A grades and this is why I want to file a lawsuit against Walden University.


KENNETH F. said
88 days ago
Yes! I have a similar situation. After submitting Chapter one of my dissertation, it took the Professor over a year to respond to the Chapter one submission, only saying that it had been lost in the portal. I contacted my advisor and sent a chain of email communications to him to inform him of the delays that had taken place. Consequently, nothing was done and I ran out of the loans funds. Walden immediately sent a demand notice for $4,200.00 I am still without the PhD and I feel cheated.


said
76 days ago
I was denied reamissidion to Walden due to my disability. I wad told to reapply in six months and provide medical assessment confirming claim affecting school work and a treatment plan to prevent or minimize re-occurring health issues.


Deborah M. said
76 days ago
I feel trapped in this dissertation circle. I cannot quit and I cannot get pass the approva stage. I want to join this lawsuit. Every submission is a contradiction of the last submission.


Paula G. said
60 days ago
I am experiencing all the Sam issues! I have been attending Walden University since 2013 and I have not had my prodpecyus approved! I have had 4 Chairs during the dissertation process! The Chairs have repeatedly ignored me and prolonged the process! I have accumulated a large amount of students Liam's since attending Walden and still don't have any idea when I will complete my Dissertation! Please Help!


Charese W. said
51 days ago
I attended Walden several years ago and walked away from the doctoral program with only my dissertation left to complete. I was caught in the never ending cycle of submitting my proposal only to receive it back with a different issue each time. Also, I received an email from Walden regarding a payment that I owed and when I went back to view the email, after some time, I relieve it had been altered. I left messages with the person that sent the original email but never received a response. Right now, I still owe for my last semester spent at Walden because I could not afford to continue to pay. Again, this was several years ago and to know that they are allowed to continue in the same unethical behavior is disheartening and they need to be held accountable.


MELODIE P. said
49 days ago
I recently received information from the Florida Department of Education in regards to Walden's Class Action Lawsuit. I was told that the State of Florida does not acknowledge Walden's accreditation. I enrolled into the Ed.D program for Educators 2010. I finished 2 out of 3 years of my program. I had to stop taking classes due to my father's illness. Now I owe $39,000 without a degree or any credits that I can transfer to another institution in the state of Florida. So basically, I'm " up the creek without a paddle". I would like to join the lawsuit. Please let me know what I need to do to expedite this matter.


Adele C. said
48 days ago
I, like most of the above, spent and much longer time to completion which only happened because I ran out of money and was given to opportunity to graduate with an Education Specialist degree rather than the Doctorate of Education. My daughter had just died and I was left with her 4 children. I tried for another year after her death and just could not carry the emotional or financial burden. It was then I took their offer for the EdS. It was outragious that I paid over 200000 in tuition expenses and not have my EdD. I as many of the others had different chairs. The chair was interested in my topic and wanted us to get together and publish under his name. When I was hesitant to do that, he became difficult to contact or get any input from for my dissertation. With the EdS, my dissertation was accepted and I was done. I had no idea the university would work with you to stay in the EdD program. That was not even an option while I was in attendance. It irritates me so much that I am so horribly in debt, did not get what I had signed up for, and that it took so long because of in again off again chairs. I would like to know if there are any legal rights in this situation.


Jerry S. said
26 days ago
I began attending Walden University in September of 2014 as a doctoral candidate in the Ed. D program. Since that time, I have been completing the required coursework for the program. Although I have earned a 4.0 grade point average, I found that the coursework was a reiteration of topics that I had covered in my undergraduate and post graduate work. I have expressed my concerns about the curriculum on each course evaluation but have yet to receive any feedback. I did have an opportunity to speak to Dr. Miller (Education Department) and he told me that the curriculum is currently being rewritten but I would not benefit from this as I have already completed the coursework.

I had always been skeptical of Walden’s online doctoral program but since it is “regionally accredited” and my school district assists with tuition I decided to continue. I began the dissertation process with a course called “Completing the Prospectus”. This is a five page application to conduct research on a particular topic. I have been submitting drafts of this document since April of 2017 and still do not have an approved prospectus.

Although the Walden literature on the program states that I will have an opportunity to choose my first chairperson from professors I have worked with or someone’s work I admire, I was randomly assigned a first chairperson. The first chair did not introduce herself or give her credentials. I called the first chair for an introduction. I asked him how many other doctoral students she had chaired and was told that it is none of my business. Although the first chair said that my first draft was very good, I continue to get minor revisions and the prospectus has not been approved. I asked my chairperson what the difference is between a project study and a dissertation and she told me that I should have learned that in my research coursework. It was not covered. She told me at one point that I need to change my entire topic because it dealt with special education practices that may be out of compliance. I then ask her if I could do a single-case study or a study that used my students as participants. She told me that the information is located on the Walden Research Center webpage and that she does not know. I Googled the first chairperson’s name and could find no information on her credentials or other work she had published. Recently, I was informed that she requested to have her assignment changed. She is no longer my first chair and is being replaced by the person who was my second chair. The second chair assignment is above the first chair in the committee hierarchy. I do not understand how these positions are being assigned.

I had qualified for the Post 9/11 GI Bill and 70% of my tuition has been paid for by the Veteran’s Administration. My school district also pays for 6 credits per year. I have paid about $10,000 out of pocket. Walden University presented the program as taking between 3 – 5 years. It has become obvious to me that this time-frame is not accurate. With the delay in submissions and minor changes suggested on each draft, there is no way that I can afford this program. I am currently considering disenrollment due to the “bait and switch” tactics employed by the university. I have done further research on Walden University and have found that there are many other students who have had the same experience.

Even though I have asked about these issues, the university has not been able to answer my questions or explain how I could possibly finish in the time-frame given.


Jamie S. said
14 days ago
Walden University has delayed my success, and have evidence to prove it. This is costing me more time and FASFA. I would like to join the law suit.

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