Western Governors University Reviews
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Other reviews have captured the details of the student experience at WGU well, so I won't recount them here. But the essentials are worth some emphasis: You *must* be very self-motivated and driven. It helps significantly if you have prior knowledge and/or experience in the subjects you'll be studying if you hope to graduate any sooner than you would from Brick-N-Mortar U, since the academic hand-holding WGU provides is minimal. That said, you will get the resources you need, but you must be prepared to buckle down and be comfortable with learning and studying very hard on your own. WGU is not a good fit for a recent high school graduate--you need to have some experience in your field of study, or you will have a very steep uphill climb. WGU could be a great stepping stone as long as you graduate--its credits are generally not transferable elsewhere, but most other US institutions I've looked at seem to accept WGU bachelor degrees for their masters program requirements. However, if you are interested in working overseas, like Europe, you will have a problem with your WGU degree--in Germany, WGU is not recognized as a normal university, and does not have the anabin H+ accreditation that the vast majority of US Brick-N-Mortar colleges and universities possess. (anabin is Anerkennung von Bildungsinstitutionen - German for: Recognition of Educational Institutions -- you can look up the WGU entry at http://anabin.kmk.org/no_cache/filter/institutionen.html, click on the 'suchen' tab, and enter 'Western' in one of the boxes labeled 'Suchbegriff' and then click 'Suche starten'). What you'll find on WGU's profile (in German) is that WGU is questionable because it gives college credit for 'life-experience' (Lebenserfahrung), which I believe is a misunderstanding on the rating organization's part of how the WGU credit-for-competency system works. Nonetheless, this lack of an H+ rating is a real handicap, more so because many other smaller European countries also use the anabin accreditation database to verify college institutions and degrees. You won't be able to qualify for an EU Blue Card for degreed professionals with your WGU degree, for example. Too bad I discovered this only after my time and financial investment in my sub-par (in European eyes) WGU degree. So in the end, do I recommend WGU? It depends: WGU has its place here in the States, but beware that WGU is not considered comparable (or as good as) a normal US university by an important international accreditation rating source. My personal hope is that WGU makes it a top priority to do what would be necessary to achieve the anabin H+ rating. Proper accreditation of a learning institution is fundamental in carrying out the objective of helping its students succeed in life and in the ever-more globalized workplace.
I started at WGU on April 1, 2017. Competancy based education is not for everyone, but in my case it works very well. For people that have active lifestyles and endeavors that must be completed during prime time, being able to work at your own pace during times most people are asleep is a worthy reason to consider WGU. I haven't found many setbacks with this school, and most of the courses are prepared well and offer an easy interactive solution. For those who think that WGU may be a diploma mill, you may want to consider applying and trying a term. I've been out of school for 27 years and haven't found one instance in any course where I could have bypassed the learning and earning process. If you are motivated to work on your own without the constant push from an instructor/professor, WGU is where it's at!
Excellent college and great experience... I love the competency-based program. The program worked perfectly to balance career, school, and family, and it worked fantastically with my company's career degree development tuition reimbursement program. I highly recommend WGU. The Mentor program helps keep you focused and on task. 5 stars out of 5.
I cannot say enough how much I love WGU! If you are self-motivated and willing to work, you cannot only earn a great education but also accelerate your degree program. Fantastic School, amazing staff support, and the ability to accelerate is awesome! Completed my bachelor's with WGU, and I'm on my last course for my masters. My wife is now beginning her Master's in education at WGU - love this school!!
I just graduated with by BSN and I am so excited. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time. This BSN program was extremely challenging and to complete this program you have to be very motivated. I treated it like a second job and was very committed. I would highly recommend this school as it is up to you how quickly you graduate or not I had the most amazing student mentor that always helped me when I was discouraged or just needed some advice. I plan to pursue my MSN and start in September. If you are going to commit the time you will be successful, the courses are hard, if you are not going to commit you will not succeed. I highly recommend this school if you are a motivated learner.
Very challenging and rewarding MBA! I've earned 2 degrees at WGU and it has enabled me to spend time with my family and complete my schooling. WGU is the future model that all educational institutions will be following. Rather than charging exorbitant fees and tuition, WGU provides astounding value and support from a highly respected institution that has made it possible for me to become credentialed in my field.
I have read several reviews that criticize the college. One such review stated it was just a way to get a rubber stamp degree. Others stated that you had to already know the information and just need a refresher. However, I must disagree with reviews similar to these. I held an AAS degree in Early Childhood Education when I started WGU. I have worked in the Social Service field for the past 20 years. I obtained a BS in business/human resources. I really knew nothing in regards to the business classes. I had to work and utilize all of the resources that were provided and then some. I hated accounting but I passed. I worked and worked at it. I attended webinars, I viewed recorded webinars over and over. There were several classes that I had difficulty with while enrolled. I talked with the student mentors on a few classes, more than once. I definitely think that online classes are harder than traditional classes but they are doable if you can be disciplined enough. Also, I usually obtained more than the required 12 cu's but not enough to finish very early. It took me two years. I used to get discouraged because I would see others that did have a background in business just breezing right through the courses, because as stated they knew the information. When I got to the human resource classes in my degree, I accelerated more than with any of the other courses, because I was more familiar with that aspect of the degree. Now if I had gone for the Education degree I may have accelerated more, but I wasn't able to do so because of the student teaching requirements as I work a full time job. I am considering going back for my Masters but I am a little scared. Because like I said I don't have a background in business. But I may after I take a year off. Good luck on your endeavors no matter where you choose to go.
Zero value certification (A+ cert) is not relevant to Data Management. I have been DM for 20 years...this ciricullum is a joke. Save your money and find a school that offers value added classes. The student counselor addressed me today in a short, angry manner (K**) when I shared my dissappointment. I felt cheated out of $3000.00 and she stated this was not alot of money. Sorry K**, to a father of a family of 4 children, this is alot of money.
I started out my WGU journey with some friction. At first I extremely disliked the pass/fail system. I felt as though sometimes my work would otherwise at worst be considered a "B", but if any portions were missing I would fail. This was frustrating until I got the hang of what was expected. With all things, there is a learning curve. Once I got the hang of it, it was smooth sailing. The curriculum was challenging and you can't beat the format/self paced study. It was the only option I had, as I worked more than full time. It satisfied a need and I'm grateful for the experience.
WGU is a good University, but you have to be self-motivate to handle this University. If not, you will quit and blame them for everything. I finished my B.A.B.S in 2013 and Master in 2016 in Information Technology Management. My student mentors were great, they are the one you will lean on the most to help you with issue as they arrive. Do not expect WGU to change the way they do something, they put a lot on the student mentor instead of the course mentor where it should be. During your first term you are require to have weekly calls with your student mentor, our calls was less than a few minutes, because I already knew what I was working on and at the pace I was going to do it. From the second term on, you can do bi-weekly calls with your student mentor. Some course mentor are better than others. I felt those that held webinars or provided weekly information were more helpful than those that do not. Main issue with course mentor, they were unlikely to look at your work, so it is hard to give advise if you do not look over the student work, I am just saying. Just remember if you have taken classes at brick and mortar colleges before, course mentor are not professor or instructor even though they are require to have PhD's to be a course mentor. They do not teach the class, they are their as advisor only is the best way I can say it. FYI- If you have master degree at any local university or college, you could apply to teach a class if you knew the material and passed all of their requirement, but at WGU they require course mentor again to have PhD's, which may not be in the field they are advising on. As a person that has worked in the IT field for over 18 years, I am sure I had a lot more knowledge than the course mentor over those classes. Again a good University for the value and is accredited national...