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Western Governors University
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Avg. time to find work: Found a job before graduating
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Average reviewer salary: $55,862

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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2013
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The student and course mentors were great, when I had questions or issues, I always felt that they were on my side.

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Easy and cheap degree
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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2013
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The RN-BSN program is a cakewalk. I would give "0" stars if I could for quality of instruction if I could because WGU does not employ instructors- rather "course mentors" that did not truly help and seemed to only monitor the student message boards and post the rare Q&A to attempt to involve students. My degree helped my career and I would recommend it to others because it was so easy and cheap. It was basically a series of CLEP tests compared to a full 16-week semester at a regular university. Very few stars given overall because I honestly don't feel as if I learned any new information other than becoming the APA formatting queen. Will be going elsewhere for my Master's degree for a more challenging education

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David - 5 days ago

The quality of instruction you referred to is misleading. Like many other schools are going to, the approach in the school is "competency based", not instructional based. You don't have instructors because you are proving what you already know or learning on your own and then proving that you have a core competency.

If you didn't understand this going in then I can understand your confusion. This university is not for those who need course time to learn the subject matter, this is designed for career adults who have already mastered the subject matter and want to formalize it in the form of a degree.

There is still a lot of learning that can happen here, but not in the traditional manner.

WGU Worked Out Great For Me
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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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WGU is non profit so not as expensive and I like the way their program works. I had a student mentor that called me weekly the first six months then bi-weekly after. She helped me set goals and provided a lot of encouragement and assistance. Whenever I was having a problem I could count on her to either help me herself or get someone else at the university that was moire knowledgeable about my specific dilemma. You can get your Masters in two years. Semesters are 6 months and you work on a certain number of classes during that six months at your own pace. I heard about one student that finished all his requirements in less than a year, but it took me the full two years. As long as you finish all the classes, called CU's, you commit to taking each semester you can take as long or short a time as you need. I was working on a Masters in High School Math Education and I had an education class I finished in two weeks but I also had a math class that took me two months to get through. But I did it!! The classes are all pass/fail so your overall GPA will not show any real changes. Rather than conventional "tests" there are tasks you complete for each class. When you submit a task, it is reviewed and if changes are needed you work on it to fix it until it is correct. If you run into a problem, and just can't get past a task, there are course mentors that will provide guidance to get you on the right track. My diploma was mailed today. I cannot wait to get it

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Degree: Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Graduation Year: 2015
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Through my careful search for the right school, Western Governors University was the only school that met all my requirements. The school I would choose had to offer the degree of my choice; it had to have proper accreditation; and it had to be affordable. Not only does WGU meet the criterion, it exceeds all my expectations! Let me explain how. First, I wanted a school that offered the specific degree of my choice: Early Childhood Education. Many schools offer a wide variety of degree programs. But looking further, I also realized that most of the concentrations within the degrees offered are generalized. For example, if you are interested in education, most schools offer only one concentration in this field of study: Elementary education. Furthermore, this is the degree they will try their hardest to enroll you in. Whether or not you want to specialize in math or Special Education, or any other concentration, is not their concern. Western Governors University has an extensive Teachers College that offers nine pre-licensure bachelor’s degrees and four pre-licensure master’s degrees! (www.wgu.edu) In addition to this list are many post-licensure degrees, also offered in the Teachers College. This is unprecedented in many other online schools! Secondly, I wanted a school that is properly accredited, and would offer me a degree and / or licensure that would be recognized by my state’s Department of Education. Western Governors University not only has online accreditation, it is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Additionally, incorporated in their “online teacher licensure programs includes student teaching in an actual classroom, ensuring you’ll have the skills and know-how to handle a classroom of your own” (www.wgu.edu). Once you have completed your degree at WGU, you have nothing else to do but start your career! With the rising cost of education, my final concern was affordability. Although it seems inevitable, I did not want to incur thousands of dollars in student loans. Fortunately, that was not the case with Western Governors University! I am excited to say that not only is WGU extremely affordable, as a full-time student, you can pay your tuition without student loans or financial aid assistance! Note that financial aid is available if you qualify. Educating children is a wonderful career to pursue. Not only is it personally fulfilling, your participation will be part of the building blocks to a solid educational foundation for the children of our country’s future. While achieving your degree, the last thing you need is additional pressure to attend classes in a brick-and-mortar institution. Moreover, according to an article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek News, math and science teachers are in great demand! Being able to attend a school that offers plenty of specialized concentrations such as teaching in math, science, and Special Education can keep you motivated knowing that the degree you are seeking is valuable and comes with merit.

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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2010
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WGU is basically a way for people to get a degree without having to do all that messy school work. I can't quite comprehend the people who have said the program is hard; for me it was just a matter of doing a few hours of work a week and I managed to finish about 100 credits in three semesters (1 1/2 years). Several of the courses you can pass by passing a single multiple-choice test. If you're good at figuring out tests, you can easily get through those classes by skimming through the textbook, getting a basic understanding of the material, and sometimes just guessing. Other courses are passed by doing a handful of assignments. I don't think I had a single class that required more than, say, 10 hours of work to finish these assignments. The assignments I turned in were almost never rejected by the graders. If they were rejected, it was only for minor corrections that took a few minutes. The final capstone project (that was supposedly 9 credits) took me all of a week to complete. So the college saves you money by not employing professors. They have "course mentors" who are basically useless. Each class has a message board where students can post questions, and the course mentors theoretically give them assistance. I never used them for help because I never needed it, but a few times I would respond to other students' questions because the mentors would completely ignore them and not give any help, and I just felt bad for the students who were struggling. Despite what WGU claims, the degree does not seem to be taken seriously by employers. I never got anywhere near a position related to my degree; I had maybe one interview for an accounting clerk job which I didn't get. I eventually just gave up trying to get an accounting job. I will give my degree one bit of praise: I was able to get into graduate school (a real school, not WGU) with it. Though I suspect that my application was approved despite my degree, not because of it. (It's not an accounting program, for what it's worth.) I saw one review on here that stated the person had received a master's degree in three months. Others have finished a bachelor's degree in one semester (six months). I have to ask: do you really think that getting a degree in that short period of time means anything? There's no way that you could have learned anything substantive in a few months. WGU is part of the problem with higher education in this country - institutions granting degrees without actually teaching anything devalues the legitimate education that is pursued by people at universities with actual professors. WGU is at least better than the for-profit online schools like University of Phoenix, in that it costs students a lot less money to get a degree that isn't worth the paper it's printed on. But that's a very low bar.

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Tanya - 14 days ago

I believe you get out of your education what you put into it. I had a wonderful experience with WGU. It reminds me of a trade (for nursing), to be eligible to pursue a higher degree in the nursing program, you must be working as a nurse. EVERYTHING I learned in a course I was immediately applying to my place of work. By the time I graduated, I changed a hospital policy, joined 2 committees, and did multiple education presentations. I have another degree in a different area from a brick and mortar school and I laugh....I was 17 years old when I began and graduated at 20, I partied often and missed many classes and was on the president's list. I had a degree, but knew basics. Again, an individual has to want to learn and apply the knowledge to be successful and WGU gives you everything to help you excel.

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Rob Thomas - 7 days ago

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"I saw one review on here that stated the person had received a master's degree in three months. Others have finished a bachelor's degree in one semester (six months). I have to ask: do you really think that getting a degree in that short period of time means anything?"

How do you know that they were not close to graduation already? I have 120 SH from "real" schools (retired Army took classes when ever I could) but when I checked into "real" schools, I had to take anywhere from 15-45 SH, when I eventually enrolled at a "real" school to get a degree I had to take 30 SH because they would not transfer all the credit because it was to old or some other reason.

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M P - about 8 hours ago

I am not sure if the school has changed or not since you went but I am definitely learning a lot in my Special Education Bachelor's program. I started last year in July after receiving my associate's from a community college. I have passed all of my seven national and state teaching certification exams because of what I have learned at WGU. I also went into the classroom for the first time this week and was happy to see that the strategies being used by the teachers were the same strategies I had learned so I was able to jump right in to helping the students. I have started great lesson plans that WGU gave me the knowledge to write.

As far as the mentors, which all do have professor credentials, have been great as well. I have my advisor, or student mentor as they call her, who contacts me every couple weeks to check on my status. The course mentors, or professors, set up online sessions to go over assignments more in depth which have been great to get a better feel for what is expected for lessons I am writing. They are also available every day to set up phone calls or online chats if a student needs further assistance.

I will say that some of the assignments have been pretty quick to complete, but I have had many more that take a bit more effort than a couple hours. I have one task this semester that involves observing a lesson, creating a lesson, giving the lesson after teacher feedback, creating assessments, and four papers that go with the task; this is only one of the ten tasks for the course. I have gotten a good education from WGU and plan to use them for my master's.

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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2013
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I have read many online reviews about WGU and this website is of no exception. I graduated from the MBA program and I will clearly say this university is no paper mill every class is a challenge. I however will say if WGU continues to do nothing to ensure academic integrity as one reviewer pointed out then it certainly will become a paper mill in the long run. The fact that WGU does not change its course study material and paper outlines at least once a year troubles me. I am seeing many reviews from students who say the finished this MBA in 3 months! My response is are you kidding me? 3 months to research and write over 1000 pages of absolutely perfect research paper submissions and projects. Wow to me you people are either cheating or Clark Kent any way a hearty congrats to you. The one review where the student states you can purchase papers from other students is absolutely credible as I have looked into it. I have to say this greatly disturbs me and destroys the credibility and integrity of WGU's programs. I have to ask the question of why? It would take little from WGU to prevent and stop this from occurring. In addressing the course mentor claims of paid commissions yes it's true as i am friends with my mentor even after graduation and he spilled the beans. In addition it is also true the student mentors know nothing about your courses and they can't contribute any useful information. In addressing the course mentor issues I do not get this because I received helpful feedback from every course mentor that I contacted and the online web seminars are extremely helpful. The question of whether WGU hires it's own previous graduates is easily answered they do my mentor was a previous graduate and in fact being a graduate actually provides you more leverage in getting a interview I have been told. The degree is beautiful on quality paper with blue and gold trim with WGU printed in the background a hard earned treasure indeed. In addressing whether or not DBA or PHD programs at other institutions will accept your degree, absolutely yes! I don't know where some of the folks get their information but they are wrong. WGU is not for the weak minded nor the faint of heart if you need your hand held this place is not for you. In addressing the GPA issue and this I myself have issues with WGU states the student must demonstrate a B or better in every course to receive a pass folks a B in my many years of college experience is a 3.0 GPA I think that this is WGU biggest mistake and has pushed many perspective students to other institutions. Why! competition people I know I was a much better student than a 3.0 because I worked hard to perfect every paper and received top marks in every evaluation however I can't prove it nor can I show any perspective employer that I was an above average student, average student nor can I show I was only a poor student. I am not happy with this section of the WGU institution. The transcripts are not very helpful to any employer and in retrospect to one review when you proceed to apply for any state position that requires a graduate degree or to any teaching position or to any institution of higher learning for acceptance and you certainly you will see that your transcripts matter. I am happy and proud of my MBA from WGU I earned it. I would not however recommend this university to anyone who had a C average in a traditional college or to any one who can't self teach themselves and or have never attended any online classes. In closing and to come strait to the point, I believe if WGU makes some very necessary adjustments that it could truly be the college of tomorrow and the GPA / Transcript and the academic integrity issues should be at the top of their list.

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Marcos - 23 days ago

I would say that WGU has been a diploma mill for the past several years. One of my co-workers started working on his BS at WGU, and his English class is a perfect example of the low standard this institution has. He wrote one mediocre English paper and got an "A" for the class...enough said.

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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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Awesome university backed with amazing learning resources and best practices in education. I completed my MBA-IT management in 6 months of time. I must say it was tough, you need to spend a lot of time in analyzing the problem statement. But with the help of very proactive and supportive course mentors it becomes easy and your weaknesses start becoming you strength. I would always recommend this university to everyone.

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Highly Recommend
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Degree: Small Business Administration/Management
Graduation Year: 2013
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I was skeptical at first, however I'm glad that I took the plunge and continued my education with WGU. I went into the program with an AA and finished in about 9 months. I put in lots of hours to finish in that amount of time. The coursework was not always the easiest and the only complaint I had was with one course, QUAT, which was not written well and had poor mentors, however in any school you will find those instructors that are not the best. This program is cost efficient compared to other programs and I really liked the fact that I didn't have to depend on others in a group setting to get a passing grade. I could complete the courses at my pace. If you are motivated and put the time in you can complete the degree a lot faster than you could at a traditional school. I'm in the process of enrolling in one of their Master programs. Would recommend to anyone that has the self discipline and motivation to get a degree without having to pay a fortunate or be tied to a group.

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Jeannine - 22 days ago

I am not sure why it has a big red X, should not. I do recommend the school.

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Jeffrey - 20 days ago

Hello Jeannine I interested in applying at WGU just wanted to know how are the classes online and how much time did you put to finish that fast.

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Jeannine - 20 days ago

Jeffrey, I worked full time and spent most of the time on the weekends to get the classes done. Some classes require written work, i.e. I had to do a marketing plan for the marketing class, a write up recommending how a company should classify itself, etc. Other classes require some studying and then you take a test. Once you pass the proctored test (they send you a webcam), the class is completed and you move on. It really depends on how motiviated you are to complete it. I was motivated and wanted to get it done as soon as possible. Good luck.

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Antoinette - 11 days ago

Jeannine,

I am in the process of applying to WGU, but I am somewhat concerned with the mixed reviews that I have been receiving. I too have an AA degree and I would like to get done with my Bachelors quickly as well, but 9 months seems short to me. Did you graduate from the business program? I am interested in Education and I doubt that I would be able to complete that program as quickly since there will be student teaching involved.

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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2014
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Let me frame this by saying that WGU is neither a diploma mill nor a traditional school. What it is, however, is an affordable, accredited, and respected institution that provides the opportunity for working adults a chance at finishing their degrees. Like most WGU students and alumni I know, we started off with some college or even an AS degree but life got in the way and never finished our BS degrees. That being said, most of those I know were/are already established in their careers but had hit a wall in advancement as the next level required a 4 year degree or higher. The purpose of WGU is to allow a flexible program that would fit in to a working adult's lifestyle, providing the opportunity for them to invest time without leaving their homes or cubicles, to completing that degree. It does just that, and fairly efficiently I might add. The biggest pitfall is that you're essentially you're own teacher. This why this is not for everyone. If you have the ability to digest information and regulate it in a practical exam or assessment, then sure enough, this is just the right program for you. If you need a professor giving you homework and having physical office hours to pose questions to, definitely not for you. Mind you, I did go to a brick and mortar school and essentially all I did was go to class, take notes, and read chapters and get tested on it. The classes were just a high level overview with a salting of the professor's thoughts while the book had almost the same material. If you read the book, you could pass the exam. Same concept at WGU. Except here, you really have to know your stuff, at least to a certain degree. Most WGU proctored exams have a low cut score (some even at 60%) so as long as you knew more than half the stuff, you could get a pass in the class. That's one of the complaints I have about the system. I'm not sure you can truly measure competency with only 60% expertise in a subject. In the IT program, however, most final exams are actual industry standard certifications (CCNA, Network+, etc.) that are far from being remotely easy and whose cut scores are more around 80%. Essentially, all I have to say is this. WGU is legit. It holds the same weight as a degree from the University of Utah, Gonzaga, University of Washington, etc. I got into the graduate program at George Mason with WGU as my undergrad degree. Is it easy? Not remotely close. Do you have someone holding your hand all the way? Nope. You do have weekly/biweekly pep talks with a mentor to keep you on track though. If you don't have the guts to do whatever it takes to learn what you need to learn to get your degree, this isn't for you. You may get in. You may make it a few terms. But if you can't maintain momentum, you'll just waste a bunch of money.

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Chris Kinsey - about 1 month ago

As a student in the M.Ed. program who is just now waiting for his final grade on his final paper in his final class before moving in to Capstone project and degree, let me say "amen" to this review. Two points I think were a bit harsh. I have never had trouble getting to the class mentors, my student mentor was more than a cheerleader, and there are ample cohort, Webinar, and other resources. But, you do as this review mentions, be motivated enough to reach out and grab them. Far fewer hiccups than I have experienced at brick and mortar schools. Anyone who thinks this is a diploma mill, enroll and then talk to me after their rude awakening. Is WGU for everyone? No. Would I recommend WGU? Absolutely. Would I do it again? Heaven help me I am thinking about adding an additional Masters after I finish this one in about 8 weeks...

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Ok people this is one of the most honest reviews about WGU that you are ever going to read. I started attending WGU with very high hopes, I wanted to advance in my career field and latter pursue a Doctorate degree. I enrolled in WGU after completing three undergraduate degrees from a regional campus at Ohio University. I could not continue my graduate degree at the time with OU because only a portion of the courses were offered online and it would have required me to move to the main campus 3 hrs away from where I live and that was not an option. I conducted comprehensive research into online schools and Phoenix and WGU's ratings were at the top and both were accredited both regionally and nationally. After further comprehensive research into ratings for both schools I chose WGU and was happy with my choice up until the end of my first year when the trouble began. I started having problems with financial analysis and decision analysis as these are two of the toughest courses in the program. I proceeded to reach out to my mentor repeatedly and received no response after repeated emails and calls (except on Thursday). I did not give up I proceeded to reach out to the course mentors repeatedly and received no response. I contacted student services and they asked me if I wanted to change mentors I said no I just want the man to return my calls when i need him to, just not on Thursday of every week but when I needed him. The student services adviser had no answers for me at all, he just said I will pass on this information to the program manager. Nothing ever came of it! I was determined not to give up so I enlisted the help of my boss who had experience in financial analysis and he pointed me in the right direction with websites and books that would help so in turn I passed Financial analysis. The Decision analysis class was a completely different story, why? because the course video was broken and the video had the content that I needed for the final task and again after contacting my mentor and the course mentor I received no help or responses at all. I had to go to an outside source again to get the help I needed and I passed the course. I was at that point shocked by the lack of any help or guidance in any of the courses. The question of is WGU a paper mill certainly not the program was super challenging however there no student support at all, I am really serious about this and it is a terrible calamity to students who are giving it all to succeed. I do not understand how or why WGU operates this way during my time with WGU I witnessed many many many students drop out because of this very thing. I liked WGU, I really did up until the point when they left me hanging out to dry with no life jacket. I have to continue because I really want perspective students to realize what they are getting themselves into by choosing this school. In my 3rd term my mentor actually failed to enroll me into a class even though it was listed on my COS, I did not find out until I submitted my first paper and the course mentor contacted me and said that I am not enrolled, my response was what are you talking about I have all the course information and COS listed in my courses, she replied you may have but he did not call me and enroll you! I was shocked it was 6 weeks into the program, i asked what do I do! she replied you will have to take it next semester I said no way I will not make SAP! she replied I can't help you contact student services. I said to myself here we go again! I contacted student services and again they asked me if i wanted a different mentor at this point I was very upset, I said no because what difference will it make! In short I didn't make SAP that semester and was set back in my program. I am a busy store manager and could only have time for so much and i was on track to graduate from this program in 2 years after this incident it did not happen. I still did not give up and pushed forward with anger and relentless determination, it actually felt as if this school did not want me to graduate at times. In lieu of WGU's efforts to hang me out to dry, I completed this degree in 2- 1/2 years of unbelievable research and writing with absolutely no guidance or help from my mentor or course mentors in any way people, they will let you fail!, hear me they will certainly with no doubt let you fail. Once I graduated I received my degree in the mail on a piece of printer paper that you could see through it contained two signatures, one from the president of WGU Robert Mendenhall and one from the ex two term Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer. In continuing I received two complimentary transcripts that were the poorest excuse for a transcript that I had ever seen, only the courses name people! with no course content description whatsoever! None! with pass next to it! Give that to a perspective employer people seriously LOL after receiving this degree and transcript I new I had been took out to dinner and left with the bill. In closing I have applied to WGU over two dozen times for undergrad course mentors and evaluator positions among some others like learning resource specialist and academic integrity specialist not once have I been contacted for an interview. I called WGU's human resource department to inquire as to why the positions that I had previously have applied for have not been filled and have been readded to the job board ,why have I not been called. The HR representative stated that those are ghost positions and we will take them off the website, he further stated I need to go knock on doors to find employment these days in this tough economy and he will keep my name on the hiring list. I continued to investigate WGU and carried out further research and I found out WGU will not hire their own graduates I wonder why that is WGU. People this school is the worse you will ever encounter and a majority of these reviews on here are from people paid to market for WGU, you want real facts check out WGU's graduation rates and it will speak for itself. Do not choose this school unless you have a life experience PHD in the field you are choosing because you will not receive any guidance or answers at all on any course. After graduating I was so frustrated with WGU I started researching the academic integrity of their coursework to prove to myself what I already suspected, as academic integrity goes pick any course from WGU and Google it you will find many so called tutors online who are former students who will be happy to sell you there papers and that's how these people are finishing these degree in months. After seeing this I am very pissed I worked my azz off for thirty months to graduate from this program. I am sorry WGU you just are not competent in running a Academic institution and I want my money back, when the class action lawsuit begins my name will be at the top of the list.

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Lyann - about 1 month ago

It looks like this was you first experience with online learning setting. This is what online learning is all about. You are responsible for your own work and tutoring. Now I concern about the diploma you received. Can you post a picture of it to see how legitimate it looks?

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Ken - about 1 month ago

I'm not a shill for WGU. I am, however, a recent grad. WGU is definitely not for everyone. Most people I know who go to WGU are already in their fields and need the degree to add credentials their experience. I've never once had a prospective employer ask for transcripts, with the rare exception of having done so for government security clearance. A vast majority of employers look for the fact that you at least have a degree, and unless the firm you're trying to get into is very selective, they don't even care about the institution as long as it's accredited and respected, unlike UoP or Devry.

I disagree with Lyann where she says you're responsible for your own tutoring. The course mentors should be available for you. If they weren't that should have been brought up to your student mentor and escalated accordingly. I do agree, however, that you're responsible for your own progress. Again, it's not a fit for everyone but those who are motivated to succeed. At least you graduated, that's much better than most.

As far as WGU not hiring its own graduates, I can't speak for that other than you probably weren't a good fit for the positions you were applying for. Sounds like you app-bombed them. Not really a good look for any candidate. I think you're just spiteful because you've not been able to land a job because of your recent degree. Your networking skills may need some improvement if that's the case. Remember, just because you have a degree doesn't mean you deserve a job, it's just another piece of the puzzle.

Lastly, graduation rates do not reflect the authenticity or academic strength of a school. The fact that graduation rates are low points out that they don't just hand out degrees to anyone. I have a diploma from WGU and it's definitely not on printer paper unless you print your daily documents on resume quality sheets. I don't intend to sound harsh in this response, but if you'd like some help with getting networked, I can assist.

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Josh - about 1 month ago

I have to agree with Lyann and Ken. I am about to start an MBA program with WGU, and my wife is already about halfway through the same program. I'm baffled to hear about the mentor issues you're having. My wife's mentor only calls once a week for an update, this is true. That's standard. But she's readily available by email any time my wife has contacted her, without fail. My wife has not utilized the course mentors yet, so I cannot speak to that.

You said a lot of things that confused me in comparison to my wife's run through the program. Did you adhere strictly to the timelines they set out for each class/semester? If so, yikes! The point of their program is that you can move through each class as fast as you're capable. My wife works full-time, and has family life at home, and still has managed to get through all three classes of her first semester and start next semester's classes, and she's still got about two months left of the first semester! She's on track to complete this program in a year, but it's taken a LOT of hard work, hours every day of the week. I agree with Ken that you have to be motivated to succeed in this program.

I'll post my own review on here when I complete my upcoming program. See y'all in a year!

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Chris Kinsey - about 1 month ago

As someone just completing the WGU M.Ed. program I have to say that my personal experience is nothing at all like what is described. If you understand what you are signing up for when you go to WGU, and if you have the stamina for it, it is a great school. WGU is right up front with its students - they offer credit for demonstrated competence, not attending classes. It is not easy, but as someone completing an advanced degree at age 55 for my own reasons - not to get a raise or a job - I have been impressed. Sorry the other guy's experience was not the same as mine but sometimes people generate their own success or failure. WGU is for the former, not the latter.

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Lyanette Gonzalez - about 1 month ago

I am glad to read how great WGA is, I am about to start by M.S. in Management and Leadership and doing research to make sure this is agood school. I completed by B.S in Managment minor in HR with Kaplan University online. I am looking for more opportunities at work and I really like this program. Has anyone go thru this program.?

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Mary - about 1 month ago

WGU's compentcy based education an unacceptable degree I recently graduated from WGU in the MBA program and I am very happy to say its over. I have written well over 1000 pages during my time at WGU and I totally believed once I received this degree that it would further my career and it has not. I have applied for numerous positions within colleges and state institutions only to have this degree rejected because it has no GPA and the transcripts are so vague all it lists are the courses with pass or fail listed. I have been rejected by numerous college institutions for entry into DBA and PHD programs because there is no GPA associated with WGU degrees. Sure WGU states when you pass the courses you have obtained the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA but this is meaningless as WGU will not offer a letter to anyone stating this fact because I have requested it to no avail. As far as support my mentors previous job was a used car salesman and every time I had a question about course content he had no answers and quickly changed the subject. I am not going to go on and be negative about WGU because that's simply not my way however it is what it is, I will not be getting a better career nor will I be accepted into a DBA or PHD program with this degree having said that you make up your own mind.

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Samantha - about 1 month ago

This is a joke institution! After I completed my BA at Indiana University, I wanted to find an MBA program that did not require the 3-5 years management experience to be accepted. WGU had just come to Indiana as a new state school, so it seemed legit. I will admit I did not research it enough, as I was too excited to start and get moving on my MBA. I did classes for about a year, then decided I wanted to graduate from a stronger MBA program, as there are many online options. Below are the main problems with WGU: 1. Structure of School - WGU thought they could reinvent the wheel in regards to the standard structure of a university. Rather than the having an advisor, and a professor who teaches your classes and grades your papers, what you get is a personal mentor who calls you every week to check up on you, a class mentor who is basically just there to answer questions in regards to the class, and a third party grader who has no involvement in the class other than grading your paper. 2. Cirriculum - I was under the impression I would be having a standard syllabus with due dates on assignments flexible enough for the working person. Also, I thought there would be SOME multimedia and recorded lectures. What I got was a final project that you need to turn in to pass the class, and a bunch of material and quizzes that you can essentially bypass. They take random chapters from a variety of books and the final project has nothing to do with what you just read. 3. Grading system - When I enrolled they told me it was pass/fail but a passing grade was a 3.0 equivalent. To me, this meant that when an employer or university asked for my transcript it would show a 3.0 average. Not so... no GPA exists at WGU. 4. Going back to the structure of the university I will dive deeper in to the problems that plague WGU; a.)Personal Mentor - When you are new to WGU, you have a lot of questions, and it is helpful to have someone on call about how it all works. However, I am a very independent person. After a few weeks when I figured everything out, the calls got old quick. The mentor went from helping mode to essentially becoming my academic boss. They check up on you in a scheduled call each week, and start getting on your butt about getting the class finished. What I found out soon after is that mentors are paid commission for students they retain. If you fall behind or drop out they are denied commission. So they start panicking if you aren't up to par. Toward the end of my second session I seriously lost all motivation because I realized the program was both flawed and a sham. I just started ignoring the calls from my mentor, and he soon informed me it was required and I could be kicked out of WGU for failing to talk to him. Let's just say the mentor is an annoying pain in your side after the first month or so. b.) Class mentor - These were likely the most helpful people at WGU, as they actually understood the coursework. Unfortunately their help is of little good, as what they want does not coincide with what the third party grader is looking for. I even had multiple class mentors admit that while they prefer it a certain way, to simply stick to the ruberic you are given for the class in order to pass, which brings me to the next section; c.) Ruberic and third party grading - Unlike most professors who use a ruberic to a certain point but still have an understanding of the material you are writing, your paper gets submitted, then either approved or denied by a third party. Example, I finish a project for a class, submit a paper or project, then submit in their database. 5-7 days later I recieve a message saying that I did not pass, and must make revisions. Then you get a scale of 1-5 in each category, you must have a 4-5/5 in every category to pass. While the ruberic is acceptable, there are times at Indiana where the professor did not understand what I was getting at. When I talked to them and explained the situation, they accepted it or gave me feedback on what I did wrong. You get none of this at WGU, just accepted/rejected and numbers. You can have a different person grade your paper each time you submit. For example, I submitted an e-commerce project which required 10 links on the webpage. I have over 10... closer to 15 links. The grader just thought the links were blue underlined font and told me I only had 2 links. This would easily be resolved but there was no communication with them. I think they have updated this so the student can actually send a message back to the grader, but it is still third party grading... they literally outsource it to a company. To me this is unacceptable and I don't even know how these guys are accredited. I started the program in 2/2011, and left 11/2011. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I am now looking at an online MS from a decent program so that I can eventually get into a top tier AACSB accredited school, hopefully IU Kelley School of Business.

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Samantha - about 1 month ago

This is a joke institution! After I completed my BA at Indiana University, I wanted to find an MBA program that did not require the 3-5 years management experience to be accepted. WGU had just come to Indiana as a new state school, so it seemed legit. I will admit I did not research it enough, as I was too excited to start and get moving on my MBA. I did classes for about a year, then decided I wanted to graduate from a stronger MBA program, as there are many online options. Below are the main problems with WGU: 1. Structure of School - WGU thought they could reinvent the wheel in regards to the standard structure of a university. Rather than the having an adviser, and a professor who teaches your classes and grades your papers, what you get is a personal mentor who calls you every week to check up on you, a class mentor who is basically just there to answer questions in regards to the class, and a third party grader who has no involvement in the class other than grading your paper. 2. Curriculum - I was under the impression I would be having a standard syllabus with due dates on assignments flexible enough for the working person. Also, I thought there would be SOME multimedia and recorded lectures. What I got was a final project that you need to turn in to pass the class, and a bunch of material and quizzes that you can essentially bypass. They take random chapters from a variety of books and the final project has nothing to do with what you just read. 3. Grading system - When I enrolled they told me it was pass/fail but a passing grade was a 3.0 equivalent. To me, this meant that when an employer or university asked for my transcript it would show a 3.0 average. Not so... no GPA exists at WGU. 4. Going back to the structure of the university I will dive deeper in to the problems that plague WGU; a.)Personal Mentor - When you are new to WGU, you have a lot of questions, and it is helpful to have someone on call about how it all works. However, I am a very independent person. After a few weeks when I figured everything out, the calls got old quick. The mentor went from helping mode to essentially becoming my academic boss. They check up on you in a scheduled call each week, and start getting on your butt about getting the class finished. What I found out soon after is that mentors are paid commission for students they retain. If you fall behind or drop out they are denied commission. So they start panicking if you aren't up to par. Toward the end of my second session I seriously lost all motivation because I realized the program was both flawed and a sham. I just started ignoring the calls from my mentor, and he soon informed me it was required and I could be kicked out of WGU for failing to talk to him. Let's just say the mentor is an annoying pain in your side after the first month or so. b.) Class mentor - These were likely the most helpful people at WGU, as they actually understood the coursework. Unfortunately their help is of little good, as what they want does not coincide with what the third party grader is looking for. I even had multiple class mentors admit that while they prefer it a certain way, to simply stick to the ruberic you are given for the class in order to pass, which brings me to the next section; c.) Ruberic and third party grading - Unlike most professors who use a ruberic to a certain point but still have an understanding of the material you are writing, your paper gets submitted, then either approved or denied by a third party. Example, I finish a project for a class, submit a paper or project, then submit in their database. 5-7 days later I recieve a message saying that I did not pass, and must make revisions. Then you get a scale of 1-5 in each category, you must have a 4-5/5 in every category to pass. While the ruberic is acceptable, there are times at Indiana where the professor did not understand what I was getting at. When I talked to them and explained the situation, they accepted it or gave me feedback on what I did wrong. You get none of this at WGU, just accepted/rejected and numbers. You can have a different person grade your paper each time you submit. For example, I submitted an e-commerce project which required 10 links on the webpage. I have over 10... closer to 15 links. The grader just thought the links were blue underlined font and told me I only had 2 links. This would easily be resolved but there was no communication with them. I think they have updated this so the student can actually send a message back to the grader, but it is still third party grading... they literally outsource it to a company. To me this is unacceptable and I don't even know how these guys are accredited. I started the program in 2/2011, and left 11/2011. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I am now looking at an online MS from a decent program so that I can eventually get into a top tier AACSB accredited school, hopefully IU Kelley School of Business.

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Josh - about 1 month ago

Wow. The amount of people complaining because they went into it not knowing what to expect is astounding.

Samantha, for example, wanted to shortcut her way to an MBA ("that did not require the 3-5 years management experience"). I was told up front that it was highly advisable that I have previous management experience before starting this program. Let's look at her issues, with the understanding that Samantha has already admitted "I did not research it enough".

1. Structure of School - Complaining about the format of an online school vs a brick and mortar is just absurdity, but even more so because they lay out the format up front. If you're not comfortable with the format, you're not required to attend classes here. You can back out with no financial repercussions right up until the moment that you open the first class.

If you need to be hand-held by advisers and professors, then no, WGU is not for you. If you want the traditional college experience, go somewhere else. If, however, you're self-motivated, driven, and willing to be responsible for your OWN success or failure, WGU gives you all of the resources and guidelines to achieve their assessments. But it's up to YOU to take hold of that and run with it.

2. Curriculum - I refer you to the previous entry. Did you really not understand ANYTHING about the setup of this school before you signed up? As you were going through orientation? At any point before you started classes? It seems the problem was only that you wanted a "standard" setup from the non-standard program you enrolled in. "Flexible enough for the working person"? How about "whenever you make time to work on it"? It doesn't get more flexible than that! And they tell you, during initial sign-up, at the very beginning of the process, that it's recommended that you dedicate 20 hours a week to the program. They say that for a reason, it's a time-consuming program. They tell you that before you get anywhere close to starting for a reason as well - so that you have a chance to evaluate whether you can spare that much time for the program. That's your responsibility, not theirs.

3. This is a pass/fail program. You knew that going in. It doesn't matter what that means "to you". Why would you assume the University would fabricate a GPA number for you on a Pass/Fail program? If you didn't understand what "pass/fail" meant going in, then you should have asked. You seem shocked that there's no GPA, but in the same breath you say you knew it was a pass/fail course. I'm completely flabbergasted by this whole complaint. I'm not seeing that the issue lies with the school here.

4. This is downright childish at this point. You're complaining about having to check in with the mentor every week, even though it's told to you from the outset that you have to check in with the mentor every week? I agree, it sounds silly, but that's the program you signed up for, end of story. They tell you in orientation that you can be dismissed from the program for not answering your mentor's calls - they have no other way to know if you're still participating! This is yet another complaint about yet another detail of the program that is clearly and repeatedly communicated to potential students, yet you seem completely taken aback by it.

The course mentor is there because they know the overall material. But they're not there to write your papers for you. Do you know what the third party grader is looking for? The bullet points that are listed in the Task description. It's not a mystery. Also, the graders leave comments on exactly what what missing, or what needs expanded upon to receive a passing mark. No, you don't get the same grader every time. But the requirements for the paper are static. They do not change from grader to grader. And if you need to communicate something to a grader, there's an opportunity to write notes when you submit the paper.

I'm going to be honest. You said you dropped out after "I realized the program was both flawed and a sham". From what I'm reading here, it looks like the flaws were your understanding of the program you were signing up for, your ability to operate within the parameters you agreed to operate within, and your ability to handle criticism of your work and adapt said work to meet an acceptable standard. The only sham I see is your blaming a school for your own misunderstandings and failings.

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Talleagle2013 - about 1 month ago

Josh I can see that Samantha really stirred you up and that you do not appear to be a student. I can only assume that you are employed by WGU because you talk little about WGU's growing pains and go strait to insult someone. I too am a graduate of WGU and I do agree some of her points are totally unfounded however your accusation of whether or not WGU should fabricate a GPA is non-sense WGU totally implies a B or better to pass a course so by using a letter grade system also implies a 3.0 GPA.

I have visited many college review websites and the most reported complaints about WGU is that no Doctorate or PhD. program will accept WGU's degree's because of no GPA's. Further are poor mentors that are paid commissions if you pass and broken or missing course content. Statistically speaking not all of them could be wrong. I graduated from WGU and I did not have one issue it was a excellent program however I would only recommend WGU to subject matter experts in their chosen fields. Given that you can easily discern that's not what is happening WGU's recruitment process is flawed in such as to recruit any and all they can for the buck like all other colleges and you said it yourself WGU is not like all other colleges and that's why seriously low graduation rates. You take care Josh and Samantha I hope in spite of your problems you were able to succeed in your strives for higher education.

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Jenay - 23 days ago

My gosh, all of these comments are overwhelming and helpful on my decision to move forward with WGU. Listen, I am a Junior at Devry & a reservist in the Navy and have had the worst experience with Devry upon leaving for active duty and returning back to school from active duty. AND I found out I would need to pay 10K just to finish my bachelors degree. I was looking into WGU as my escape goat and finish my program quickly. Well, I put my application in online in around August 20th week. Here it is September 7th and I STILL HAVE NOT GOTTEN A CALL NOR EMAIL FOR THE ENROLLMENT PROCESS. It's been 3 weeks and still nothing. I called WGU and asked them isn't someone supposed to call me and send me the initial competency test. The person I spoke to didn't seemed that concerned. He said they will probably give you a call this week... Still nothing and I had my transcripts mailed to them and I still haven't gotten anything from them. SO, I got online and I'm reading the reviews and now I want to stay away. I'm worried I'm going to have to sue the School just to get my degree. HA, I'm not going to this school. I much rather pay DeVry an overly expensive, almost not worth it school, 10K to just simply get my degree and finish up!

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Christina - 1 day ago

I will be a first time college student, I was enrolled in a college at one time and attended a few classes. However, before my first term paper was due, I had to withdraw. My husband at the time was active duty military. Anyway, I am very interested in WGU Texas. I have done a lot of research and just came across this review site tonight. I like the feedback from current and former students. I see that most are making it clear that you have to able to work on your own to get the job done. I prefer working alone so this will not be an issue for me. I have taught myself many things through research. I am seriously ready to start. If I had to ask a question it would be: When I submit my information to attend this college, will I be flooded with 'sales calls' or will they genuinely be there to help me get started.

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