Kennedy Western University
Review Averages: 5.7 out of 10 (48 reviews)Kennedy Western University ceased operating in March 2009.
Accreditation: NOT accredited
Kennedy Western University Reviews:
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Business PhD, not usuable throughout my career
May 14, 2010
I received my business admin PhD in 1995 but have yet to find any acceptance for it in the workplace, whether in the higher ed field or in private employment. My current employer does not recognize it or incent me for it, nor am I allowed to use it on any work stationery or communication.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Fake Degree, KW Eagle Poop
May 31, 2012
What a total rip off this degree was. They gave me a 50% coursework reduction for life experience (that should have been my first clue it was a fake). After 6 classes and long paper that nobody even read I had my worthless KW degree in my hands! After getting turned down by a potential employer I threw it in the trash where it belongs. I went back to school got a real degree and will not even ADMIT to anyone that I attended that fake school. In a real college your work gets progressively harder as the classes get tougher and tougher. At Kennedy Western you just ordered the book and took the test. 3 of the classes I passed without even reading the texts. It didn’t get accredited because it sucked.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
NON-Accredited Schools are FAKE
January 27, 2012
They sent me all kinds of certification including what appeared to be a genuine accreditation certificate. It turns out they lied to me. I didnt find this out until they had all my money and I finished my courses with them. I applied for a job as a probation officer, and found out that this school was just a diploma mill that no one recognized when you want a job that requires a college degree. I threatend to sue and they offed 1/2 my tution. i sent them back their check and demanded a refund in full. They agreed to this as long as I didnt sue them. I finished my degree online through Indiana State Univeristy and am now a Chief Probation Officer.
7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I do not regret it.
July 28, 2012
I do not regret getting a PhD from KWU. I got what I paid for. I do not list it on my resume because I know it is not accepted but I still make reference to the fact that I have a PhD in healthcare administration. I did study and I did learn. I already had a B.A., an A.S. and a M.P.A. from accredited universities. I am a nurse by profession therefore the courses I took at KWU were very apropos. This experience is what opened the door for me to study quantum mechanics and move on to other subjects. I believe that there are really no mistakes in life. Rather there are stepping stones to other dimensions.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Unaccredited, hokey, but OK self-study CPE
February 8, 2007
Yes, I've read the fake degree testimony, yes, I know it is an unaccredited "university" and is generally ridiculed. But... for an individual course, the text wasn't too bad as a self-study continuing education item. If you leave it at that, I think you can find some value here. try finding a Doctoral Level Healthcare Admin course, the field is pretty limited.
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
March 31, 2012
I chose Kennedy Western primarily because it was recognized by the US Government (including the military), and it allowed me to work at a pace that fit with running my own business. I found the course work comparable with universities in my area, as I checked first before committing to the program. I worked hard on the thesis and my adviser was first rate. I've been confused by all the criticism and would put my Thesis up against any other, and have had many requests for it over the past five years since its completion.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
No Better No Worse
September 3, 2011
I have 6 other degrees, including a professional degree via conventional programs. I chose to do K-W courses instead of going to seminars etc. for my continuation training. These courses were paid for by the federal government and I studied hard and used my grades to document completion to the tax payers. I found the study to be just as hard or easy as you wanted to make it. My dissertation I would put up against any program. And some of the course work was better than the conventional programs. K-W was strongly involved with distant learning long before state universities began offering distant programs. I think K-W got a bum rap when compared to some of the programs available at this time. Any agency that would hire solely on the basis of a PhD in my book is more corrupt than any so called diploma mill. I am retired now so the degrees mean nothing to me ... the education does and I gained an education from k-w based on the amount of work I put into the study.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Got what I put into it... NOT MUCH
July 14, 2011
Received 40% "life experience" towards my DBA. Took some fairly simple repeatable exams for coursework. Wrote a long dissertation that I found very rewarding and interesting, but nobody at the University ever read it that I could tell. So an interesting experience in limited self-study, but certainly not an academic acheivement of any sort.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I was told it was accredited
February 8, 2013
I was told when I enrolled in the school that it was accredited. I received my MBA in 2006 and am just finding out that it was not accredited. Was anyone else out there told the same thing?
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Unrecognized, Useless, & Out of Business
August 7, 2012
An unusable degree issued by an unrecognized business (should never have been called a University) that is now thankfully out of business. The only saving grace is that I was granted enough free credits for life experience that the cost wasn't too bad. Easy courses, take an exam (with or without studying) and get credit.
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