It is very rare that I feel regret about the past, but joining W&M’s online program in school counseling was one of the worst decisions I have ever made. There are far more affordable options, but I thought that the university’s reputation warrants paying more. Huge mistake. Very few professors are trying to teach. Most classes are “taught” by adjuncts (and I use the word teach very liberally here). Teaching really only involves watching a few poor quality videos (some of which are from YouTube), read a textbook, and write a paper, on which you receive nearly zero feedback. I haven’t done a poll but a huge number of students are unhappy and would transfer if not for the money already spent. After nearly 2 years in the program, I am certain that only a couple of faculty member would even recognize my name – asking anyone for a recommendation letter, for example, would be impossible. The faculty really tries to spend as little time as possible on this program, seeing it as a quick and easy pay check. I will qualify that there have been a couple of professors who were outstanding, but they are truly an exception. Course reviews are never addressed and nothing changes. Suddenly, mid-program, the school of education raised tuition by 25% (!) citing inflation. They can and will do this arbitrarily. While this may sound like a rant it is not. I am simply hoping to prevent others from making the mistake that I have made. I was choosing between several programs and made the worst choice imaginable.
I have been considering this program and deciding on which grad school to attend. Would you say there are any pros?
3 months ago
Sure. While many of my fellow students have expressed disappointment and transferring as an option, many others seem to be Ok with the program. Haven\'t met someone who was super happy with it, tho. After a bunch of upset emails to the Dean, the school agreed to a compromise, making the hike in tuition more gradual. So at least they did engage with us, the students. High quality of students. Fellow students are very good and working with them on group projects is a good learning experience. Also, because we take courses in sequence, we work primarily with the same group of peers, getting to know each other and feeling a little less of the loneliness that can come with online study. Many professors just don\'t care about the student experience. Some do, however, and these classes have been very good.Among the more *brand\" universities, this program is not as expensive as most.For the two in person residencies, the campus is beautiful.Still, if I had to make my decision today, I would go with a cheaper program or, if possible, a brick and mortar one. I don\'t feel like it\'s been worth it, given how there are far cheaper options.
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