Background and History

Walden University was founded in 1970 by two teachers from New York. These teachers envisioned a student-centered learning environment focused on working adults needing flexibility in earning their degree. There is no campus for Walden University as all degrees are earned strictly online with offices based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Students worldwide can access over 75 quality degree programs. Walden University has a mission to provide opportunity for career professionals to better both themselves and society. According to results from Walden’s 2011 student survey, close to 85% of students are working full time or are self-employed.

Accreditation and Job Placement

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The Higher Learning Commission is recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Job placement rates are not posted, and employment is not guaranteed. According to a 2011 Walden graduate survey, more then half of the graduates who responded said Walden helped them gain a promotion at work. More then 60% of Walden graduates who responded to Walden’s 2011 graduate survey said that they received a pay raise within one year of earning their degrees.

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