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This school is all about Title IV money. They will drain you dry then spit you out! Without a degree (regardless of how long you attended the school or grades you have passed). They DO NOT CARE about students!
This University in (2002-****) at its 4 University Schools did not have qualified PhD faculty to teach its PhD Dissertation phase. There were no part time PhD faculty for these PhD students hired for this full time higher level PhD degree until after 2011. Nor was there any on-line program that was effective for the Faculty training of all PhD faculty developed until after 2012. In 2011 they laid off 110 faculty and staff disrupting many PhD students progress to that date. Then the University newly hired 65 Part-time with training requirement at this wholly on line school. The training took a good year. Finally by 2013 there were part time PhD Faulty for this full time PhD Dissertation phase. To get that training program the University used their committed PhD students to develop that training program that was suggested to take 10 weeks but turned into 2 years with the failures that followed this process. The PhD program itself was disconnected, incomplete and dysfunctional during most of this time from 2002-****. Capella then in 2009 hired 327 Paid Recruiters and added more chaos to the PhD Student Population-- That Chaos that resulted created havoc so the University followed this in 2011-**** used their Comprehensive Exam step to cut many students or dissuade them from their PhD as many were too long in the program already-(This Comp.Exam step is just prior in the PhD program ---to the student entering their PhD Dissertation were the trained faculty did not exist). So instead of progressing these students the University used the Comp. Exam to cut many (A&B) PhD students but only after taking much of their Student Loan FSA funds. NOTE: This Comprehensive Exam was given the quarter (@ $4500+) after those 1.5-2 years of PhD regular class quarters were taken by these committed PhD Students. Around 2010-11 this Comp. Exam worked as the guillotine to these PhD students already in the program for several years it stopped them right before the PhD Dissertation phase while for 2 years it trained a group of their PhD faculty. Then 2013 it provided that template to all the other University schools for their faculty training that takes minimally 2 quarters. Then after telling these long time students (formerly all A& B students-now that they failed this exam (by Univ. fraud & dishonesty) they had them repeat it and fail another quarter twice- Then Capella offered them a 2nd Master's degree instead of their earned PhD or dropping out, or being administratively withdrawn etc.. But they also had to take a few more courses to get the Masters $$$. (Meanwhile during this time 2010-****) there were also another succinct group of Capella PhD students (SoPSL) used to develop the university wide PhD faculty training program--to these PSL PhD Students it was suggested to take 10 weeks but later after 2 years it was finally developed. Many of these Capella PhD Students were let go-- as they had been corralled and/or recirculated too long in the program. Also because this a wholly on line University, they used their Courseroom #2 (CR2 Software) to manipulate the records so all of these infractions were easy to manipulate with complaining PhD students placed in private classrooms etc. & with no grievances answered they finally made that software disappeared. When the Cr3 Software replaced it. That Software CR3 was created 1/2013 to finally actualized the new PhD Faculty training program for all the 4-5 University schools at Capella with their PhD program, and; now with PhD faculty training program beginning on this newly hired 2011-now Part time faculty. This is only the beginning of the damage done to 8-10,000 PhD students who now are $250,000 + in debt and never to recover-with no PhD degrees. For the past 8 years we 53 former Capella University PhD students--have been seeking justice and wait still for the Minn. Office of Higher Education OHE to act on our many Capella Complaints. With PhD Students Complaints first filed in 2012--then the Minn. OHE deferred us to the NCA/HLC who cut the NCA division itself---instead of acting on their many Capella PhD complaints & while the NCA instead had attempted to work Capella through its "Change Management" new protocols & many failings. We 53 former Capella PhD students filed more Complaints with the Minn OHE in 2018. We wait still for the MInn. OHE Comm. Olson office to answer these many Complaints .....The Minn Ag office also has 25+ more Capella Complaints at their office. Lets not forget those filed also with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also or CFPB.How much longer do we need to wait for justice-they- the Minn OHE have boxes of physical evidence and do nothing yet---see Sen Harkin 2012 report on For-profit University fraud---You will find Capella University there and note--no graduated PhD students? Do not think this University is honorable--they have total disregard for their students. For that point forward @ 2011 Cap. instead used the term "Graduate Degree" to include those high numbers of 2nd Masters student #s--- who now received Masters again instead of their earned PhDs--That is how Capella continued to get more Federal Student Loan funds. We want justice still--even Coronovirus can not protect this fraudulent PhD program at this University. Now Capella is promoting a shortened program Flexpath Doctorate "Doctor of "degree---beware it is not a PhD and they will take your money & it may harm you. So today? Capella University is doing fine. There were 8-10,000 PhD students harmed from (2002-****) & many are sick and/or financially destroyed for their lifetime.

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How to Choose the Right Education Institution

Abraham Lincoln said that “Upon the subject of education ... I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in”. Getting an education is not only an essential qualification to get your dream job, but it is a necessity to keep the society and economy evolving. Therefore, you should carefully do your due diligence when choosing an education institution.

Types of Higher Education Institutions

Higher education institutions in the U.S can be categorized as follows:

Public universities and colleges. These are government run and offer a wide range of courses in the various fields. They are generally cheaper than their private counterparts. Each state has at least one state university and several state colleges.

Private universities and colleges. They are privately owned and rely solely on student fees to meet their operational costs. As a result, they are more expensive than public institutions of higher learning. However, students can access government funds in the form of student loans, favorable tax considerations, and grants to help them meet their fees requirement.

Community colleges. Also known as junior colleges, they offer associate degrees as well as other certificate and diploma courses on a wide range of subjects that last two years. After completing an associate degree, graduates can transfer their credits to a university to go on and to complete a bachelor’s degree or to enter the job market.

Vocational/trade school. These offer job-specific training at diploma and certificate level that take one year and a half and one year respectively.

Arts and design schools primarily offer arts programs such as graphic design, painting, and drawing.

Institutes of technology provide intensive training in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Liberal arts colleges cater to the fields of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Most liberal arts schools require students to study a broad range of subjects in the first two years before you can pick an area of specialization in the final two years.

Ivy legeau schools. They are the eight universities in the USA that offer bachelor’s course in liberal arts. The eight universities are Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Pennsylvania, Brown and Dartmouth.

Online colleges and universities offer distant learning via the internet. Online learning provide students flexibility in their schedule and require a high level of commitment and organization for one to perform well.

Tips for Choosing the Best High School

Getting the right high school education is an important milestone for your college or university education. When selecting a high school, consider the following:

  1. Cost. Private high schools charge tuition fees while public high schools are free. However, if you choose a public school factor in hidden costs charged for extracurricular activities, school supplies, transport, and special occasions.
  2. Sensitivity to cultural issues. In the globalized world we live in, it is important to develop a respectful attitude towards the different cultures. Go to a school that teaches various historical and cultural issues.
  3. The range of extra-curriculum activities. Aside from the regular education curriculum, find out whether the school offers extra-curriculum programs and activities that are in line with your interest. For instance, if you are interested in theatre, is there a theatre club or a co-curriculum drama classes?
  4. The school’s reputation. Check online high school reviews to get a sense of some of the best high schools in the area you are considering and the school’s reputation.
  5. Size of the school. Smaller schools offer more attention to each student while large schools provide more opportunities for relationship building.
  6. College enrollment rate. High school education serves as a stepping stone to higher education. Statistics on a school’s college enrollment rate can give you an idea of its ability to adequately prepare you for college or university.
  7. Teaching approach. When prospecting a school, take a tour around and check to see the nature of student-teacher interactions. Do the teachers interact with the students outside of class? Observe students’ mood and behavior around their teachers.
  8. Consider online high schools. You can exclusively pursue your high school education via online high schools or combine some online high school programs with the traditional high school curriculum. Online high schools offer a more flexible curriculum to suit the student’s interests, learning pace and prepare you for college. Check out reviews of online high schools to help you find a suitable one for you.

10 Factors to Consider when Choosing a University or College

  1. Whether the institution is private or public. Public education institutions enjoy government funding. Therefore fees are generally lower in comparison to private facilities that fully rely on student fees to meet their operational costs.
  2. Alumni satisfaction. What do students who have previously passed through the institution say about it? College and university reviews by the specific institution’s alumni can give you a sense of their satisfaction.
  3. Facilities available. The best colleges provide crucial academic facilities such as library, student study space, and field-specific facilities such as a moot court for law students. If you will be boarding on campus, pay keen attention to student residence and dining facilities on and near the campus.
  4. Cost. When factoring in costs, besides the tuition fees, consider how much you will spend in transport from your hometown to the university, accommodation, transport around the city, meals, stationery, and other miscellaneous expenses. Also, see what kind of financial aid and scholarships you can be able to access within the university or from the government.
  5. Location. Think whether you want to go to a college that is near your home or this is finally a chance for you to explore a new city or state.
  6. Your area of study. Different types of colleges offer different types of courses. To determine the best college for you, establish your area of interest and possible courses that you could undertake then identify institutions that offer that course.
  7. Your level of education. If you are looking to do a certificate or diploma course, vocational colleges and community colleges are most suitable while universities provide graduate and post-graduate level education.
  8. Graduation rates and graduate employment rates. Although the primary contributor to successfully completing your college education is your effort; graduation rates and graduate employability can be a sign of how well the college does in creating a good environment for you to succeed. Some employers provide college reviews on the employability of their graduates.
  9. Size of the college. Smaller colleges offer personalized attention to students. However, they may have fewer facilities. When taking a short course such as driving, opt for a smaller college.
  10. Curriculum design. Are you required to take several general courses in your first years in college before you can delve into the specific course? Does the college or university integrate vocational training and offer work experience opportunities to prepare you for the job market?

A Step-by-Step Guide to Choose a College or University that Is Right for You

To make the selection process of the higher education institution easier, you just need to keep in mind 5 important steps:

Determine the subject you would like to study and the type of courses in that area

For instance, you may be interested in the health care industry. Under it, there are various areas of study including pharmacy, surgery, nursing, public health, pediatrics, and many more. If you are unsure you could start with a general course in that area and specialize as you rise through the various levels of education. Consult with a career counselor, your previous high school teachers, and your family and friends to help you choose a course.

Do a college research

Bearing in mind the aforementioned factors to consider when choosing a college or university, come up with a list of what the right college or university would look like for you. Where would it be located? What amenities would it have? How big would it be? How much would it cost?

Embark on research to find a college that meets your specifications and provides the course you are considering. There are numerous resources you can use for your college research including college search tools and websites, student reviews and testimonial websites, specific college and university websites or social media pages, or asking around in your social circles.

College and university reviews will also give you a sense of the university’s or college’s reputation among its alumni, students, and the general public.

Attend a few college fairs and do campus visits

As part of your research, it would be helpful to attend a few higher education fairs and institution-specific open days to help you in choosing a university or college. During campus open days, the institution’s representatives take you through their application and admission processes, facilities and courses offered.

During the visit, you can attend one of the classes that interests you, eat at the dining facility, have a look at the bulletin board and talk to some students on campus. Visit various departments in the college to help you gain a clear understanding of the course offered. Both visits and fairs give you the actual feel of the institution and that you can use to compare colleges on the basis of first-hand information.

Make a short list and compare colleges

From your research, come up with a list of up to ten colleges and universities. Compare the colleges against your specifications, reviews, and ranking. Come up with a list of pros and cons for each college and use them to weigh what your best options are. If any questions arise in the course of your search, contact the specific college for clarification. Consider the admissions requirements for each institution and whether you meet them.

Narrow down to 3-5 institutions and apply

Basing on the outcome of your comparison and findings from the various college reviews, narrow down to 3-5 colleges and apply. Reach out to the specific colleges or universities for guidance on the actual application process.

Higher education is one of the most valuable investments you will make on your time and money. It gives you a good foundation to thrive in the world. To increase your chances of finding the best college or university for you, come up with an outline of your needs and budget and use it as the benchmark when analyzing university and college reviews.