Western Governors University Reviews

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Student Reviews

Great program
cnpemt -
Graduation Year: 2016
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You MUST be motivated, that said, I love it. I started at UOP and wasn't impressed. I then transferred to Kaplan and hated it, completely useless. They recently changed the online testing company and it's made a world of difference. The old system was tedious, the new one is pretty close to perfect. While my mentor doesn't answer many technical questions, she has been amazing at directing me to exactly where I need to go for information or help. I completed 21 units this term so you can't beat the price either!

Some Positives Some Negatives
Bscott -
Degree: Marketing, Other
Graduation Year: 2015
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WGU is definitely geared towards those who have already had some college classes and/or have working in the real world for awhile. I would not recommend it to anyone who does not have any real world experience. The lack of having a GPA will quickly get you cut in the mix of job applicants if you do not have relevant experience. It should add the necessary "piece of paper" for those looking to advance in their career or with the current employer. It is self-paced so you can do a lot in one semester, save money and graduate in a reasonable amount of time. The things I have learned so far are definitely applicable to my career and hopefully my future. There are some hiccups though. As others have stated, the weekly calls with the so-called :mentor" are futile and annoying. They are definitely not a mentor in the true sense of the word. The competency-based grading system is confusing and annoying, and some tests can easily be passed without knowing much of anything. It is ironic because in one of the first classes I took, I learned that people will always work harder when a letter grade is at stake versus just passing or failing. So if I were a recruiter and knew this and saw someone from a reputable, competing university that had a good GPA, it would factor into my decision of who to hire. Additionally, it is almost impossible to transfer to another school or into an MBA program without letter grades which is a negative. The tests that are proctored via webcam are frustrating and annoying. I researched quite a few completely online schools and some brick and mortar schools that offer online degrees. None of them were perfect, including WGU, but it seems to be the best fit for me.

Stay away!
Jon Schneider -
Degree: Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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So far I have learned absolutely nothing from this school. Trivial task after trivial task. Even if everything is perfectly correct but a word is misspelled, the evaluator thinks you have an awkward sentence, or it isn't formal enough, you will fail the assignment. I literally got an assignment back because the person evaluating had not read all of it. The good news is, you can just copy and paste each task to Google and someone will have posted an answer that they have completed before. Be careful though, when you create a lesson plan it may pass, but the same lesson plan turned in again might be considered horrible by the evaluator. There is no consistency from the evaluators, and you will only get help if it benefits your mentor. What a horrible school, luckily it's easy to transfer out, oh wait...

A non-expensive, regionally accredite...
David Bailey -
Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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This is definitely a University for those that are self motivated and can work independently. This schools is designed for those with some real world experience. I would not recommend it for a graduate student just out off earning a bachelors degree or an undergrad just out of high school. This school is not for you. You will have good course and program mentors that will help guide you along the way but it is up to you to show that you have mastered the curriculum. A lot of writing is required. No traditional classroom teaching with professors. A great learning experience and very applicable projects and simulations. You will leave this school a well-rounded graduate. And YES WGU is regionally accredited.

Go elsewhere for an MBA
Begonia -
Degree: Health and Wellness, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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This program started out promising, but in the end......it is a diploma mill. The mentor process is annoying. You have to talk to this "cheerleader" every week. If you really need help, they can't help and refer you back to course mentors. Mine called on the wrong day, at the wrong time, and generally became one of the most annoying parts of my week. There is no option to not participate in these calls. The final project is a big joke.........it has nothing to do with skills at all. Students would be better served by doing a thesis type project. People defin. cheat at this school.......but staff do not want to hear about it, especially in the capstone part of the degree. I think this program had good intentions, grew too fast, and needs someone in charge who knows what they are doing. The mentor process should be optional once a student has shown they can do the work.

Review By Melissa Jones
Degree: Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2013
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Student mentors are actually a phone bank for 100+ students, with their only purpose being to call every 1-2 weeks and type what you tell them on a return email to you. There is not "mentoring" from these people......if you don't answer the phone on a scheduled call, they will essentially send out the UTah National Guard to make sure you speak into a telephone......real mentoring doesn't require a weekly phone interview.

Age appropriate.
John -
Degree: Insurance
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I dropped out of college 25 years ago, leaving about 80 credits on the table. 20 of those were specific to the school and (except for about 10) the remaining were not transferable to any of the schools I had considered (B&M or virtual). I essentially needed to start over, and was attracted to the industry certifications used for course content. Having worked professionally in the field for which I was studying made the program very doable, and I acquired my degree in about 5 terms. Now, having said this, and reading the negative reviews above (and agreeing with many of the points they make) I would NOT send my kids to WGU. I would not recommend WGU to anyone who is not actively in the workforce and has had sufficient exposure to the school of hard knocks. A WGU education is NOT equal to a B&M experience, but for a technical domain it will provide a measurable exposure to industry certifications alongside the necessary humanities courses to yield a BS.

Not That Different
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Degree: Information Technology
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I chose WGU because I hated the four year university experience. Nothing makes me crazier than redundancy, and BS. You will get both during your time with WGU, just not as much as you do at a state university. My first major irritation is that they ask you to have a call with a mentor weekly or bi-weekly. This is a waste of time. The conversation usually consists of "How are you?" and "What are your goals this week?". Not helpful. Also, you are on your mentor's time. If you miss a call they will threaten to start the process of withdrawing you. The mentors are only available during the work day and my mentor usually called about 15 minutes late which caused a lot of problems. My mentor also told me at one point that I needed to score ten points above the cut score on the pretest to move on in a class. This was not university policy and kept me from completing a course that semester. This semester I completed 5 tasks for one class and they sent an assignment back to me one day after the cut off over a very minor grammatical error. This again caused me to not pass a class this semester. I hate to call it a scam, but it does feel like they try to prolong your experience. Overall the content of the classes is solid, but if you need further instruction from a course mentor do not hold your breath. I just need a piece of paper that says I completed a four year degree at an accredited university, and this will provide it. I do feel like I have learned a lot, but it was all information that you have to go find independently. You will have to jump through a lot of hoops to finish this program which is not different from any other school. At least I can work at my own pace on my own schedule, and the "professor" can't see me roll my eyes on the other side of the computer at unnecessary tasks.

Review By Michael G
Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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Firstly, let me say that I did not go through the financial aid process so can't comment on that. That being said, I can only image that it is Byzantine at best regardless of the school you attend. Why WGU? It is accredited and it is online, allowing for the flexibility I needed to complete my degree. My work and business travel schedule prohibited me from going to a traditional school that has strict attendance requirements and rigid schedules. In addition, my salary did not allow me to apply for financial aid so their set tuition suited my needs. That is why the set tuition, regardless of credits completed, was great for me. Additionally, I liked that I could "set my own pace". There were some courses that I felt, after years of personal and professional development, were "tedious" because I already had knowledge of the content area. Granted, the self-pacing/self-study was daunting because you have to be motivated AND organized to handle this type of learning process. Luckily, I have always thrived in this type of environment. So be forewarned that your own personal motivation and organization are the key to your success. The courses (assignments and tests). The online proctoring of tests was tedious in that there are many technical requirements that need to be met (internet connection, virus software, operating systems/computer types, etc.). That being said, it seems to be this way every time technology is involved. I feel for our IT department at work dealing with the "confusion" of us non-IT mortals! :-D Regardless, I got through it. In addition, when turning in assignments, I found it helpful to use a software program such as Grammarly that would give me a % score with regards to possible plagiarism or duplicate online content. This is because WGU, like many universities, puts your written assignments through the Turn-It-In online system used by many universities today. The assignment is given a % score based on perceived duplicated content through an online scan/search. You MUST be aware of this and address the issue BEFORE turning in an assignment to save the need for revision. Also, I would recommend actually reading the rubrics of the requirements they will be looking for in each assignment. Having a rubric checklist that I "checked off" prior to submission helped to save time with regards to resubmission and corrections. The courses (tutoring and instruction) Finally, if you require significant tutoring on subjects, this university may not be suitable since it is primarily for working professionals with a strong sense of self-management and individual initiative. There are course mentors to call on but they will usually guide you to where to find the information you need. Some will also provide online study groups or learning sessions for those struggling. But you should not expect a "classroom teaching environment". If that is what you need, you should go back to university full-time in a classroom environment. All in all, I have to say it was a great experience that allowed me to complete my degree after years of wanting to but not having a higher education university model that could fit my full-time working needs.

Review By Michael G.
Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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Firstly, let me say that I did not go through the financial aid process so can't comment on that. That being said, I can only image that it is Byzantine at best regardless of the school you attend. Why WGU? It is accredited and it is online, allowing for the flexibility I needed to complete my degree. My work and business travel schedule prohibited me from going to a traditional school that has strict attendance requirements and rigid schedules. In addition, my salary did not allow me to apply for financial aid so their set tuition suited my needs. That is why the set tuition, regardless of credits completed, was great for me. Additionally, I liked that I could "set my own pace". There were some courses that I felt, after years of personal and professional development, were "tedious" because I already had knowledge of the content area. Granted, the self-pacing/self-study was daunting because you have to be motivated AND organized to handle this type of learning process. Luckily, I have always thrived in this type of environment. So be forewarned that your own personal motivation and organization are the key to your success. The courses (assignments and tests). The online proctoring of tests was tedious in that there are many technical requirements that need to be met (internet connection, virus software, operating systems/computer types, etc.). That being said, it seems to be this way every time technology is involved. I feel for our IT department at work dealing with the "confusion" of us non-IT mortals! :-D Regardless, I got through it. In addition, when turning in assignments, I found it helpful to use a software program such as Grammarly that would give me a % score with regards to possible plagiarism or duplicate online content. This is because WGU, like many universities, puts your written assignments through the Turn-It-In online system used by many universities today. The assignment is given a % score based on perceived duplicated content through an online scan/search. You MUST be aware of this and address the issue BEFORE turning in an assignment to save the need for revision. Also, I would recommend actually reading the rubrics of the requirements they will be looking for in each assignment. Having a rubric checklist that I "checked off" prior to submission helped to save time with regards to resubmission and corrections. The courses (tutoring and instruction) Finally, if you require significant tutoring on subjects, this university may not be suitable since it is primarily for working professionals with a strong sense of self-management and individual initiative. There are course mentors to call on but they will usually guide you to where to find the information you need. Some will also provide online study groups or learning sessions for those struggling. But you should not expect a "classroom teaching environment". If that is what you need, you should go back to university full-time in a classroom environment. All in all, I have to say it was a great experience that allowed me to complete my degree after years of wanting to but not having a higher education university model that could fit my full-time working needs.

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