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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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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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I love WGU
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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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Very satisfied with the program
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Degree: Management Science
Graduation Year: 2014
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If you want your education and are driven to achieve, this is a great degree program. The only negative is that if you work and are enrolled, sometimes course mentor hours are not expanded late enough in the evenings or all day on the weekends for assistance, but there are some after hours help. It is easy to get help and you can get as much help as you need.

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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2014
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I have tried a few schools, but my experience at Western Governor's University was absolutely THE BEST!!! I just graduated with my B.S. in Accounting and am returning to the school to obtain my Master's in Accounting. Every experience I had with the school from dealing with my mentor to working with the finance department was A-1. Competency based learning isn't for everyone, so some will have negative comments about their experience, but WGU will always have a place in my heart an to me will always be the best.

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Degree: Education, General
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Stay away!!!! All they do is lie and then put you out right before you are suppose to graduate.

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Kathy Jackman - 18 days ago

My daughter is considering attending this school. Could you be more specific about your review? Can you be more specific about what happened? Did you have an expected graduation date? Why did say they "put you out"?

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James Pfau - 9 days ago

I find this an excellent school. They work with you to help you learn and pass the assessments. There is a lot of extra training in all areas. My wife has just received her MBA in Healthcare Management. And it is not expensive!!

Horrible Administration
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Degree: Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Graduation Year: 2016
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WGU's administration is absolutely awful. It's a nightmare trying to get anything accomplished. The school prides themselves on being different, yet they're just like every other big institution: inefficient and incompetent.

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Kathy Jackman - 18 days ago

I see that you're graduation date is 2016, and you just left this comment a month ago. I am wondering, are you continuing at WGU? Did you find a better option? Can you comment specifically on the mentorship aspect of this college? What specifically were you unable to do through administration? Any of this information would be appreciated.

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Zachary Cummings - 13 days ago

Yes, inefficiency and incompetency within educational institutions can be prevalent. And it is even found within WGU, but I have just graduated in August and I found that it is really up to the student.... what exactly were you trying to get 'accomplished'?

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Degree: English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Graduation Year: 2013
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Before signing up with WGU, I looked online for reputable online programs. Many universities were offering MBA-type programs, but not many public or private schools were offering education degrees. Most seemed like degree mills that mostly wanted my money. I had no trouble buying into WGU's philosophy; demonstrate competence, work at my own pace, become an expert in my field, and graduate with a real degree that will help my career. I had an excellent mentor (Anita!) and almost a year later, I still look back at my experience with WGU with fondness. It was hard work, but I had a lot of online support, lots of clear instructions, and plenty to do to sharpen my skills. Meanwhile, I've been promoted, had my degree recognized by schools (as it is regionally accredited and National Board certified) and even turned my master's thesis into a published academic article. If you're interested in WGU for the education department, I can say that I am very impressed with the learning I was able to do for the price. I'm currently enrolled in a different M.Ed. program but I'm not as happy with it - even though my current school is more recognized. Go figure :) Good luck and trust in WGU. I'm currently

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Elizabeth Salas - 14 days ago

Hello Matthew, what was your overall cost of your Eduaction Degree?

WGU a great career booster!
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Degree: Management Science
Graduation Year: 2014
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WGU is the right college for the working professional. Many resources to help learn the material and gain competency. The learning communities supply great resources as well.

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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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Joseph - 7 days ago

I am a IT professional with 15 years experience and some college under my belt. Looking to move up into management positions and I noticed you have IT consultant as your title. Would you recommend this program to fellow IT? Also was the course work challenging? What is the validity of the claim of getting you multiple certifications with the IT degrees is that true?

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Benjamin Johnson - 7 days ago

I cannot speak to helping you advance into management. I had started the course before I got into IT. It definitely helped me get the first job, and the certs and experience helped get the current.

The degree is based on acquiring certifications, I got 3 CIW, 4 CompTIA, and 1 Microsoft cert. These certifications are all considered entry level for IT, but could certainly help distinguish your from others for promotions or hiring considerations.

To those looking to start their IT career, or move up from entry-level, I would recommend this degree as it shows that you have what it takes to be a well-rounded IT professional.

With your experience in the field, and your desire to move into Management, I would suggest a more management focused 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 - 3 months 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.

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M Gibson - 3 months ago

If you are actually earning a post-secondary degree to "learn something," you're obviously going for the wrong reason. If you really wanted to learn about a subject, you would be doing that throughout your entire life. They grant you a degree for demonstrating your knowledge, for however a short a time you remember, when taking a test. You cannot learn anything in school that you cannot learn out of school. Go ask Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. But if you're so undisciplined that you need someone in the front of a physical classroom regurgitating a textbook for hours at 10 times the cost of learning on your own, a traditional brick and mortar school is definitely for you.

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Lennet Thompson - 3 months ago

Wow I feel like you are being attacked by these comments. Not every school format is for everyone. M Gibson why are you on here if you don't believe in higher education. I am glad to know that this format is designed to test your knowledge rather than teaching something new. I prefer the latter that doesn't mean that this model is not suitable for others.

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Mr. Roarke - 9 days ago

I wouldn't go so far as to accuse "undisciplined". There are different learning modes, and not everyone will excel in a traditional western classroom, just as not everyone will excel in an online mentor-accessible program. Find what works for you, and move forward without contempt for what others might desire or require.

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