I feel compelled to chime in here. Please note that I started at Walden in 2007 and recently completed my dissertation. Anyone who suggests Walden is a diploma mill and the curriculum is unnecessarily easy is incorrect. First, and foremost, Walden has both National and Regional Accreditation. Moreover, many of the schools have accreditation from their national professional bodies (i.e. Education, Counseling, etc). This means that their curriculum and methodology is evaluated against other traditional schools and was deemed to be comparable (or at a bare minimum satisfactory). Diploma mills, by definition, are unaccredited universities offering degree for a fee. This is certainly not the case at Walden. So the use of Urban Dictionary and other non-credible sources would not reach the threshold of scientific analysis.
Moreover, I would suggest that Walden has lower graduation rates than many brick-and-mortar schools. You have to be extremely independent to complete the program. To be intellectually honest, I will acknowledge that Walden's student support is not very good. This is the only legitimate criticism I read from the threads above. However, this should lead to longer time at the university, not shorter time.
In terms of professional development, I believe that Walden does not have to be a hindrance. While a student at Walden, I was able to publish several articles and serve several local, state, and national boards. Never did I get a response to the effect of "Oh, you're from Walden, we don't want you." In fact, my training is in Clinical Psychology and the licensure board has no problem licensing Walden graduates. Moreover, I was appointed as a full-time faculty member at a local State University This too is a traditional school. I would certainly encourage fact-checking. I welcome Jackie or anyone who has questions to feel free to email me. It is at the bottom of the email.
A final incorrect statement is that Walden is for people with poor grades. I earned a 3.93 GPA in my undergraduate psychology program and a 3.53 GPA in my neuroscience masters program. Please note that these were both at traditional programs. These grades were sufficient to receive countless honors and scholarships. My choice to go to Walden was more practical. I already had a family and did not want to lose momentum in working towards my doctoral degree. There are many people who are in the Military, live in rural areas, have families, etc. that select Walden because it provides an otherwise difficult to impossible opportunity.
I will close by noting that there are people who go to ivy-league programs and get a poor pedagogical experience and others who go to non-ivy schools who make the most of if and turn it into an ivy-league experience. For those of you who face the choice of Walden, the value of your degree will be what you make it.
All the best,
Daniel Kaplin, PhD
Walden University '14