Western Governors University Reviews
I am in the process of getting my MBA at WGU and honestly can't say enough positive things about it as long as you are a SELF MOTIVATED, hard working student. The experience has been an excellent one all along. (I already have three degrees from traditional colleges, including a law degree, so I have a good amount of comparison experience to offer). The coursework is actually interesting and relevant and you can basically set your own pace based on your life circumstances (something you could NEVER do at a traditional college - allowing almost anyone to do this type of online learning!). My mentor is absolutely great and I have already had a SIGNIFICANT promotion as a result of getting my MBA.
I am an MBA -Healthcare Management student at WGU. currently I am work song on my last class before possible graduation, the capstone. Like a good student I looked into the requirements of the capstone and started some things early. Name the part where WGU requires you to get a sign off from a third party, a business, that gives a "real world business problem" to solve and wrote about for your last 20 page business report. Because of the verbiage on this form I have an incredibly hard and long journey to get this form signed. As a healthcare management major my sign off must come from a business who can give me a healthcare related. Part of the form states that the person signing it must represent the organization in this matter and that the powers that be of that organization have reviewed and approved the document. This is where the major problem lies. Basically an executive level healthcare professional must sign off on this form. After three months of phone calls and in person meetings guess how many signatures I got? ZERO. It seems that as a student that just wants to take up there time zero people in professional healthcare arenas are interested in anything a student has to offer, because basically to them I am a nobody. I don't blame them either. So I contacted WGU with my dilemma. They said that I could do a healthcare styles project for a non healthcare business as long as the business problems was healthcare related. After that I got a signature within the week. I got verbally approval for my specific project from the professor and started to work on the 20 page business report. Then an email came form my professor stating my project could not be approved because it wasn't healthcare enough. I amended my problem statement to make it more related to healthcare. Still disapproved. I appealed and still disapproved. So now I have ZERO OPTIONS!!! The requirement of WGU to garner the willingness, cooperation, time, and executive level signature from a third party that is in no way affiliated with the college or the student in order to graduate is preposterous! I may not graduate now. And not because I'm not smart enough or won't work hard enough. But because I can't get the right sign off and business problem from executive level healthcare professional that don't have time for a student they don't even know. Furthermore, the unprofessionalism of a doctorate holding professor in approving and then disapproving a project is astoundingly ridiculous to stay the least. My entire program up until this point has been great. But after this, I CAN NO LONGER RECOMMEND WGU AS A COLLEGE ANYONE SHOULD GO TO! In all fairness perhaps I would recommend WGU to my worst enemy.......
Evaluators do not have a background in what they are evaluating. They have routinely rejected submissions for not including information that wasn’t in the requirements. They add their own interpretation to the instructions and will fail your assessment until it complies with their new requirements. The course mentors (professor like figures) will not evaluate your work and have no power to address mistakes by the evaluators. It’s discouraging to focus on expanding your technical knowledge in a graduate program, and then be evaluated by liberal arts majors who know next to nothing about your subject. They cannot accurately assess or understand more complex arguments on par with your discipline and they fail to recognize when submissions implicitly address the requirements when it isn’t on a liberal art major’s level. The only mechanism you have to address mistakes committed by the grader is to file an appeal. For example, if your paper is evaluated against a rubric with nine parts out of ten passing as determined by the initial evaluator, the appeals process reserves the right to reject areas that had passed previously.
I am transferring to another program- as this program lacks so much! They did not accept any of my sciences from my state university where I earned my AS in Nursing. Very disappointed I spent 4 months at this school! I encourage fellow nurses to investigate before committing any money to this program!
The program was well structured, difficult, and taught me discipline. I had been working in the Accounting and Taxation field for many years when I started and completed this program. Finishing the program increased my self-esteem dramatically and prepared me for the MBA program I am now in at CSU, Fresno.
Straightforward school. Entrance exam wasn't insane, they just made sure you could take life at a online university by testing your self-motivation through a written essay. I wrote about what the educational world would be like if robots were in control. The classes leading up to the capstone project were moderately difficult. I had to buckle down for the research theory section of the degree the most. This university is NOT for students who need their hand held. The online UI used to locate textbooks and find out what to read and study via the program outline is well-designed but not perfect. I am glad too. You need patience, logic, trial and error, and an appreciation for imperfection to survive in this university and those are some qualities which are paramount for real world survival so I am all for the early introduction. Student services sector was kind and answered my few inquiries fine. Lot's of support throughout the entire degree and especially at the end during the capstone project. This school is like the old wiseman sitting on an outpost at the edge of a village. Travelers approach the old man and ask what the village is like, to which the old wiseman responds, as wisemen do, with a question. "What is the place like from where you come?" "Horrible!!! Worst place I have ever been. This is why I come to this village", responds the traveler. "Interesting", says the wiseman, "But I lament for I fear this place will also be just as horrible for you". People who tend to see the silver lining will love this school, and people who always smell poop wherever they go will think this school sucks, and people like me, who are in the middle, will find that this school gets the job done.
My experience was top notch overall at WGU. I am a pretty self motivated individual, but there are times when I can also procrastinate. This probably describes most students, and I am definitely a blend. If it were not for the proactive, weekly progress calls with my student mentor, I don't think I would have been as successful at getting through my degree. She was awesome and provided excellent tips and advice.
I got my Masters Degree at WGU. The experience was an excellent one, the curriculum was challenging, I was in contact with my advisor on a weekly basis which kept me on track and on pace to graduate. I would recommend WGU to any person who cannot get to an on-site school.
I don't know if I would have ever finished school it it were not for WGU. After several starts and stops someone recommended WGU. the cost structure was great as it included books. I was able to apply the skills I learned immediately ang got a promotion on my current job before I finished the program. It took dedication but if you are serious this is a great program. I remember thinking I was too old to take 2 years out for school then I realized 2 years would pass anyway so now I have something to show for that time. It's never too late to go back!
I must give a counter review - a lot of the students here have been able to complete in much less time than planned. I haven't been that lucky. It's partially my fault, partially my circumstance and partially the fact that I won't blame it on a circumstance. WGU has been known to allow opportunities for students to move along a faster pace if they can sustain. I fully intended to but didn't. But with that, I am still graduating on time. And I cannot be more thankful for that. If I tried traditional brick and mortar (I hate that term), I wouldn't have made it. My circumstances have changed so much during my time that no one could have planned, yet I stayed "on-track" because I worked when I could. This is an amazing opportunity if you come across it. The course mentors and student mentors are there solely for your success. Use them, it took me a couple of semesters to realize their worth. I'd be a lot further ahead if I did sooner.