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Mission of Advancing Social Change

Walden University, founded in 1970, predominantly delivers education programs in an online format. The university provides a diverse community of working professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change.

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Mission of Advancing Social Change

Walden University, founded in 1970, predominantly delivers education programs in an online format. The university provides a diverse community of working professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change.

Academic Excellence

Focused on Graduate Education

Walden is predominantly an online graduate institution with more than 85% of its students enrolled at the master’s and doctoral degree levels.1 The university offers over 80 degree programs including those in education, counseling, management, psychology, public health, social work and human services, nursing, public administration and public policy, and information technology.

Delivering Quality Programs for Students

Walden University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Additionally, several of its programs have earned individual accreditation from national accrediting agencies.

Accreditation

Walden is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and committed to maintaining the highest standards of quality.

Individual Accreditations

  • The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, named for the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness. In 2013, NCATE merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP is the specialized accreditor for educator preparation and administers NCATE accreditation. Walden University is eligible for and will seek accreditation based on CAEP standards beginning in fall 2018. Walden offers both state-approved educator licensure programs as well as programs and courses that do not lead to licensure or endorsements. Prospective students must review their state licensure requirements prior to enrolling. For more information, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.
  • The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).
  • The PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision; MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling; and MS in School Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • The BS in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), and PhD in Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The BS and MS in Accounting programs are also accredited by the ACBSP and have earned the organization’s Specialized Accounting Accreditation.
  • The MS in Project Management program is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for Project Management Education Programs.
  • The BS in Information Technology program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. ABET is the internationally recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

Walden has also received the following designation:

 

Walden University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security through the year 2019.

Additionally, Walden’s support services for students and faculty have been recognized by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and received OLC Effective Practice Awards in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Our faculty comprises...

MORE THAN 

350

current and past advisors and board members for professional and charitable organizations

MORE THAN 

300

honorees for excellence in teaching and mentorship

MORE THAN 

25

Fulbright scholars

MORE THAN 

100

Fellows and competitive grant winners

Contributing to the Greater Good

Walden University is a Certified B Corporation®, which signifies that a company has met standards of social and environmental impact, accountability, and transparency assessed against the proprietary criteria established by B Lab®, an independent nonprofit organization.2

High Levels of Community Engagement

More than 29,000 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other members of the Walden community and Laureate International Universities network participated in Global Days of Service in October 2017, helping to make a difference in the lives of people worldwide through more than 150 service projects totaling more than 280,000 volunteer hours.

66%

average rate of volunteerism among Walden alumni

compared with the national average among college graduates of 39%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016).3

Innovative Leaders in Distance Education

institution approved by the
U.S. Department of Education
to offer direct assessment competency-based education
In 2015, Walden University introduced Tempo Learning®, a competency-based education experience for students who want to earn a degree on their terms. The initial program offered through Tempo Learning was the MS in Early Childhood Studies, which was also the nation’s first competency-based master’s early childhood education program. Walden continues to expand its competency-based education offerings, including both degree and certificate programs.

Demonstrated Financial Aid Outcomes

According to data released by the U.S. Department of Education,

Walden’s 2015 3-year cohort default rate of 7.3%

IS BELOW THE 10.8% NATIONAL AVERAGE.4

Diverse and Inclusive

Our students and faculty are a diverse group coming from a variety of ethnical, educational, and financial backgrounds.

According to the 2016 Walden University Study: Career and Well-Being Outcomes, conducted by Gallup, Walden University masters and doctoral graduates are thriving and advancing in their careers.

 

Gallup conducted web surveys of Walden masters and doctoral degree holders and a nationally representative sample of graduate degree holders, including an online comparison group.

 

This study finds Walden alumni reflect a more diverse population than the other graduate degree holders surveyed, and the results demonstrate that Walden’s graduates fare well not only when compared with other online graduates, but also with graduate programs nationally.

MORE THAN 97%

of our graduates’ employers who responded to
our survey indicated that they would hire another

WALDEN GRADUATE.5

WALDEN
GRADUATE2

Most notably, among graduates who have been promoted, achieved a salary raise or changed careers since obtaining their graduate degrees, Walden graduates are more likely to cite their degree as being important to getting promoted (81% vs. 76% online comparison group or 70% nationally), achieving a salary raise (74% vs. 71% and 69% respectively), and successfully changing careers (82% vs. 76% for each of the two groups).6

WOMEN

compose about three-quarters of our student base7

55,000+ STUDENTS8

from all 50 U.S. states and more than 150 countries
RANKED

#1

among 372 accredited U.S. institutions for AWARDING DOCTORATES TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS9
for conferring graduate degrees in multiple disciplines to AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS10
for conferring doctoral degrees in nursing, public administration, and social service professions to HISPANIC STUDENTS10

Did You Know?

Minorities make up
more than half of our students.7

The average age of a
Walden student is 40.

Did You Know?

Minorities make up
more than half of our students.7

The average age of a
Walden student is 40.

Supporting Facts

126,000+

GRADUATES

make up the Walden Alumni network.

89% of our
Graduates

89% of our graduates who responded to our survey say they are very satisfied or satisfied with Walden.5

Doctoral
Education

A focus on doctoral innovation and progress through three alternative capstone pilots

87% Of
Employers

87% of our graduates' employers who responded to our survey said that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the Walden graduate employed at their organization.5

Over 940K
Downloads

Over 940K downloads of student and faculty research from 225 different countries in 2017 through our institutional repository.

Affiliation
agreements

Affiliation agreements with over 22,000 national and international sites.

132,000+

GRADUATES ›

make up the Walden Alumni network.

89% of
Graduates ›

89% of our graduates who responded to our survey say they are very satisfied or satisfied with Walden.5

Doctoral
Education ›

A focus on doctoral innovation and progress through three alternative capstone pilots

87% Of
Employers ›

87% of our graduates' employers who responded to our survey said that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the Walden graduate employed at their organization.5

Over 940K
Downloads ›

Over 940K downloads of student and faculty research from 225 different countries in 2017 through our institutional repository.

Affiliation
agreements ›

Affiliation agreements with over 22,000 national and international sites.

View Sources

Sources

1. Based on Fall 2017 enrollment data

2. More details at www.WaldenU.edu/about/b-corp.

3. 2017 Walden Alumni Satisfaction Survey; % calculated on total number of respondents to Walden’s 2017 survey. Comparison data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was reported last on February 25, 2016, using data gathered between September 2014 and September 2015. www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/volun.pdf.

4. Source: U.S. Department of Education on the internet at http://www2.ed.gov/oces/OSFAP/defaultmanagement/cdr.html (viewed online October 24, 2017).

5. www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey.

6. Results from the Gallup-Walden Study of graduate degree holders are based on web surveys conducted in early 2016. The online comparison group refers to graduate degree holders who completed at least half of their graduate courses online and who were interviewed via the national graduate study. www.WaldenU.edu/gallup

7. Walden University Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, based on 2016-17 enrollment and the 2016 Student Satisfaction Survey.

8. Total enrollment as of December 31, 2017

9. Survey of Earned Doctorates, National Science Foundation, “Table 9: Top 20 doctorate-granting institutions ranked by number of minority U.S. citizen and permanent resident doctorate recipients, by ethnicity and race of recipient: 5-year total, 2013–17,” on the internet at https://ncses.nsf.gov/pubs/nsf19301/data.

10. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, "2018 Top 100 Degree Producers," analysis of U.S. Department of Education reports submitted by institutions, 2016-17 academic year, on the internet at diverseeducation.com/top100.