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Degree: Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2015
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After failing at a completed degree the first time around, WGU gave me a chance to try again. The online experience is flexible and very much at your own pace. Great for Working, single parents. You also have mentors to help you set goals and achieve them through accountability. I would recommend Western Governors University to anyone trying to accomplish their dream of a degree while still having room for whatever life may present to you! You can do it!

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Degree: Management Science
Graduation Year: 2013
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I came across this website and have read many of the reviews posted being a recent graduate from WGU I felt a need to post a very insightful review for perspective students. WGU is an excellent school for those who are mature, self disciplined and can self teach. If by any means you believe that you are unable to do then by all means do not consider attending WGU. I started my MBA with WGU with six prior years of college already on my resume to include many online classes so in turn I knew what to expect. I will now post a rebuttal to some of the negative comments that I have reviewed on here down playing WGU. I will first say can all of you who say there is no letter grades associated with WGU - I must ask can you read? - I have my transcript in my hand if you really have attended this university and have a transcript would you please look on the back of the transcript where it critiques WGU's Grading System - And I Quote ( Transcripts include 5 possible Marks - Pass: Certifies successful completion of a course of study. The student has demonstrated the required competencies by passing the final assessment with a grade equivalent of B or better or 3.0 grade points on a 4.0 scale.) Next all of you who say WGU's degrees are not acceptable one again can you read? And I Quote (Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council) This is one of the six accredited agencies for every college institution in the nation. This validates that WGU'S degrees are most certainly acceptable for any degree related advanced terminal degrees at other accredited colleges. I will conclude by saying that WGU is most certainly a reputable institution for anyone who wants to earn a degree and not just have it handed to them. The courses in the MBA program are challenging however if you apply yourself you will succeed. If not for WGU I would have not been able to afford nor relocate to another institution for my Masters and I am thankful to WGU for providing me a way to finish my graduate degree on my own time at an affordable cost. It frankly insults me to read reviews stating lies and misconceptions based upon other peoples failings because they could not cut it at WGU.

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General Education courses hold this school back.
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 0000
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Normally, colleges will tell you that you have to select a Science course, a Math course, an Arts course, etc. and then provide you a list from each category. You can then choose the specific course that either most closely aligns with what you want to do or is just more your speed. For example, I do better at Chemistry than Biology simply because my chosen course of study has nothing to do with the human body or plants or anything like that. If I were going into medicine I might prefer Biology over Geology, and so on. WGU doesn't allow you this type of choice. The program is given assumptive courses from the categories, often not making any sense. I had two Biology courses in an IT program. Why? What's more, I had 6 total Science courses, 4 Math courses, three English courses - unlike other schools where you only have one of each. There weren't enough courses around my desired course of study (IT!) The pacing of it all and the competency-based model are fine. But the handling of the GE courses is just poor all around.

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WGU RN to BSN Program
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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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RN to BSN program was perfect for full tim working mom of two. It was challenging and by no means easy, but it was very flexable and go at your own pace. I finished my BSN in 13 months.

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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2013
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Affordable, flexible, self-paced, accredited, perfect university for working adults looking to further their education!

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Timothy Dalhart - 8 days ago

This review sounds like an advertisement. Marketing much?

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Degree: Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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After obtaining a BS Business Human Resourcemanagement - it has opened my career up to other opportunities. In addition the certifications are highly regarded by employers. I liked it so much Iam back at WGU for the MBA program.

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Western Governors University Business Degree
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Degree: Small Business Administration/Management
Graduation Year: 2016
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BACKGROUND: Previously attended two nationally ranked highly recognized traditional state universities as a full-time on-campus student. Initially concerned about attending any on-line school due to being uncertain about quality of education. Now attending WGU as on-line undergraduate business student. WGU MODEL: Business program at WGU is top notch and easily competes with quality of education from traditional business programs. WGU online model is centered on student demonstrating competency in their field of study by completing online objective assessment / exam for each course. Student completes online objective assessment while being monitored live by a third-party proctor via web cam with audio. WGU KEY STRENGTHS: 1) Students are required to complete minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and pay only a single flat rate regardless of how many more additional courses are completed within the semester - in other words, once student has successfully completed the objective assessment / exam they can jump right into completing another course within the same semester for no additional cost! 2) There's no required homework - seriously! Students are given the material and resources needed to prepare for completing the objective exam / assessment and are given the freedom to self-determine what learning strategy / schedule best fits their needs. Another way to think about is, WGU doesn't worry about assigning homework because at the end of the day it's up to the student to prove they know the material by successfully completing the objective exam. 3) WGU gives each student a specific mentor to provide regular guidance and support (sometimes includes a needed kick in the butt), and the same person (mentor) stays with the student throughout their entire degree program. Mentor is someone who is also a professional within the student's chosen field - typically has at least MBA in addition to having real world experience. 4) WGU is cheap compared to other 4 year accredited universities (full time student typically pays $3,000 per semester). Overall WGU provides high quality education, provides the student greater flexibility on scheduling, and is cheaper than most other 4 year accredited universities. Would highly recommend Western Governors University to anyone. Overall

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Run from this place!!!
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Degree: English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Graduation Year: 2006
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I went to this school believing all the reviews about how a higher level degree would aid a person in obtaining a better position, as well as how much the school actually instructs their students. Every review was 100% wrong! The mentors at this school, and I use the term loosely, do not interact with the students on a level consistent with real learning. They are there to answer questions (if they ever respond at all) and collect a pay check - nothing more! Upon obtaining my degree, I found that it was useless, because all the educational institutions I submitted applications to disavowed my higher degree due to the fact that it was obtained via an online institution and not a true brick-and-mortar type. When I contacted Western Governors about this they replied with the following statement - "Our institution cannot be responsible for the assessment process of other businesses, be they educational or private." With that, I deduced that Western Governors University is not in the business of educating people. They are there to make money - another for-profit pseudo-educational business - nothing more! My advice is to steer clear of this place, as well as every other for-profit higher educational system and look for the traditional learning establishment. You and your career will be better for it!

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Brenda Redinger - 28 days ago

There are so many online learning programs that are utilized that I doubt an employer would disregard a degree earned at such an institution. I am completing my bachelors degree at the University of Phoenix online and I intend to pursue a masters at WGU. For a person like myself who is self-motivated this is a perfect fit. U of P requires posting comments so many days a week, which to me is just busy work. They also require team assignments which are a complete waste of time. I really appreciate the program WGU has which is self-directed.

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Boru1953 - 28 days ago

Brenda,

I agree with you regarding University of Phoenix and their method of teaching. U of P is one of those schools that is truly a waste of time, for they are there to make money - not educate students!

Having said that, self-directed learning is a wonderful thing, but interacting with oneself does not further your learning on all levels and in many diversified ways. The best and truest form of the educational process demands interaction with others (not U of P's idea of education), which allows one to express him or herself in the company of other students.

When a person utilizes self-learning as his or her only mode of education, he or she tends to overlook those areas that are either too difficult or uninteresting. Therefore, his or her education is lacking. Interaction, in the Socratic sense, does not allow this to happen.

WGU is "not" a Socratic institution of learning and cannot be hailed in any sense as a real educational institution!

Regardless, I wish you well with all your educational pursuits!

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Brenda - 27 days ago

I do not believe that it is necessary to interact with others in order to learn. As far as overlooking those areas that are too difficult or uninteresting, how could this be when there are educational requirements? If I had it my way, I would never take a math class. However, this is a requirement for a bachelors degree (it was for me anyway). Also, I am in no way saying that U of P is a complete waste of time. I am just saying that for me, team assignments served no purpose other than to drive me crazy because there are so many lazy people out there who will just let others do all the work. I can and have, learned much from reading books on my own and writing research papers. I do not need to interact with other people in an educational environment. I am going to school for a higher degree in nursing and I work with doctors who teach me so much everyday. If I need to interact with people and learn more, I can do it at work. This is why WGU is great for people who are already working and want to further their careers.

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Boru1953 - 26 days ago

Brenda,

If you believe that WGU and the University of Phoenix has been of value to you, then Brava! I wish you well on your life's journey. However, thousands upon thousands of people do not believe so, nor have they benefited from either institution. This is precisely because the vast majority of people do not learn properly from self-directed learning. Learning demands guidance and neither WGU nor University of Phoenix does so.

Most people require interaction in order to make their learning complete. You have stated that you learn from the doctors you interact with "everyday," which proves that you need interaction in order to make your learning complete. Without it, your WGU experience would be much less satisfying, albeit incomplete. I am positive that you get more instruction/learning from your medical colleagues than you receive from your self-directed learning.

No matter how you feel, the educational field demands the Socratic approach to learning and teaching. Without it, the student, whether the self-directed type or the vast majority of learners who require interaction, will learn less and quite possibly incorrectly. This has been proven time and time again in every true institution of learning, whether on the elementary, secondary, or higher level of learning, from the pre-school environment to the halls of Oxford University.

And some food for thought, those "educational requirements" you speak of - they are modified for the self-directed learner. The demands are lessened because of the lack of student interaction in the virtual learning environment. I know full well of whence I speak, for I have been directly privy to the creation of several of them at the University of Phoenix (as well as other online learning institutions), having been one of their instructions for a short period of time. I left because of those lackluster requirements! I did not wish to associate further with a company that cared naught for its students, but for the money it seized from them!

In closing, I do not wish to continue this inconsequential conversation, as you seem to be pleased with your education and would, I am sure, argue this ad infinitum.

I wish you well!

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Michael Anselmi - 26 days ago

Your posts has some valid points that I feel need to be represented in a more objective fashion.

1. WGU is a Not for Profit school.

2. WGU is accredited by the same institutions that the most prestigious schools are.

3. WGU degrees may or may not be as accepted at traditional brick and mortar schools. I don't have any real info on this. Remember that WGU is a fairly new school that threatens to undermine traditional universities. It is to their interest to cast aspersions as to the quality and/or validity of a WGU education. All other sources indicate that WGU provides a quality education, specially taking into consideration cost.

4. I would recommend WGU only for the following demographic: 30+ year old independent learners. If you expect a lot of hand holding, WGU is NOT for you.

5. I have attended WGU and other universities. WGU compares very favorably with other reputable universities. For me, it rates number 1 when factoring cost and convenience. No other university that I'm familiar with comes close.

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Brenda - 25 days ago

This is why online learning is for people who have JOBS and interact with other people on a regular basis! I have learned a lot in my self-directed classes, and I continue to learn. I do a lot of self-directed learning in my career. When I study for certification exams I do not have an instructor holding my hand, nor am I interacting with other people. I am told what I need to study, what is required of me to know a nurse in a particular field, and I study the material. My father was a self-directed learner and became extremely proficient in mathematics this way. An intelligent person does not require constant interaction with others in order to learn.

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Jonathan Harrison - 24 days ago

I am currently attending the school for an MBA certification. My background is Bachelors in Chemistry, Bachelors in Creative Writing with a minor in history from Texas A&M University.

I would still give my experience a toss up to WGU. Unlike a lot of the comments, I agree with the type of learning WGU offers. Self-taught learning is the way most adults learn due to our own hubris...it simply takes a level of dedication and drive. In fact, although I am sure not all WGU mentor's are created equal, I have had fair relationships with mine during my stint. I engaged more with the mentor than I ever did with a TA or professor at TAMU during my 5 years and 2 degrees.

Regardless, you have to look at what the individual seeks to get form this university. I would not recommend in any shape or form, using this university as the primary source of undergraduate education without significant career focused backing i.e. company paying for education or offering promotion. As someone who is now hiring people with more education than I currently possess, it more about the work experience than where they went to college. So for the people expecting to get a job simply because of an education, this is not the 70s...everyone has a degree now-a-days.

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JoAnne - 24 days ago

I went to WGU. I graduated from the RN, BSN program in 2014. I can tell you my education at WGU was top notch. All my classmates have landed great jobs right out of school. This would be my third degree. The first to were in brick and mortar schools. I can tell you I learn so much more from WGU then any other school. I was confident in the studies that I scheduled the NCLEX as soon as they would let me. I passed the first time!!!! Now I have a great job. This type of school is not for everyone. I did have lots of hands on experience. As a matter of fact I did more then most students. All the hospitals I did my rotation were more then happy to take me. I don't regret my experiences at WGU. I'm happy I went through them.

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Jeffrey - 21 days ago

WGU has great programs for adults who are willing to work. It is not a for-profit university; it is a not-for-profit, with state support from many different states. It requires a lot of work, but there are student mentors for each student and a course mentor for every course. They will meet with you every week at a minimum and more often if you wish. Additionally, there is a Student Service Center, librarians, a Student Success Committee and lots of IT support. You can pick up the phone at almost any time and get help if you wish; there is online help as well. Now they even have student cohorts for those who wish to have even more interaction with the faculty.

The best part is the lack of busy work and ridiculous group assignments. You are only tested on the competencies of the course, not “homework” assignments. Most of the students who fail do not realize this is a real degree and requires real time and effort on their part.

Full disclosure: I am both an employee and a student at WGU. I am not an official representative of the school and my comments are my own opinion, not that of the school.

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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2015
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I have attended the classic brick and mortar schools and this was my first "online" degree. The MBA Degree program involved competency based papers and some group work. The work was not terribly complex but the ability to research, understand, and produce results were all taught through these courses. This has helped me in my career as a manager and has given me a better understanding of what my CIO is looking for. I initially had trouble with a couple financial courses and I found that some of the classes had vague rubrics and caused me some distress. However, my mentor taught me a trick about the courses and what they are asking for and I found that that extremely helpful. I would recommend that before you start any course work or paper watch ALL the videos the course mentors put out on the respective courses. Each video ranged from 10 to 20 minutes but they provided invaluable ideas for completing the work successfully as well as tips on how to tackle the work. (These would include the gotchas) This has saved me countless hours of time and frustration. Over all I found the work challenging but the real challenge was the motivation to find the time and discover the answers to the courses through research, reading, online discussions, talking to mentors, and other professionals. If you are motivated and willing to do your own work this can be a school for you.

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Degree: Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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I love WGU. I will have my bachelor's degree in about 3 months. The classes are not easy, but the mentors are amazing. They offer tons of webinars and online groups to help you get through courses. You only pay for the semester, not per credit. You can add on classes, finish your degree faster and save money.

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Bill Ross - about 1 month ago

Just checking in...are you planning a job search?...Or, are you interviewing yet? Curious how employers are responding to your degree.

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KRISTINA ROBINS - 24 days ago

What was the total time from start to graduation?

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Alison Anderson - 22 days ago

I started June of 2012 and I will be done February of this year. I started off banging out classes, but then my life got insane. Some people have finished in a year. Bill I haven't job serached yet. My sister has her degree from here and it seems to help her.

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