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Western Governors University
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Western Governors University sets it self aside...
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Degree: Small Business Management
Graduation Year: 2016
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Western Governors University sets it self aside for other universities by offering a convenient new approach to continued education and its focus on providing the necessary resources to ensure every student succeeds. Being a full time working parent, it would not be possible for me to attend other universities because of my daily commitments and constant traveling arrangements. However Western govern university offers amazing flexibility in study times and the ability to study from anywhere with a Wi-Fi signal. Additionally WGU provides each student with their own student mentor who touches base with them on a weekly basis, this ensures that its students stay on track with their goals and have a source of knowledge for just about everything to do with their education. With no hindrance to studying and the wealth of information at my fingertips, I now have a clear path to my degree goals with no doubt that I will obtain them.

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Secretary earns Bachelor's degree!
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015
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I am about to graduate with a Bachelor's degree from WGU. All I can say is that I could not have finished a 4 year degree any other way. I am in my 40's, work full-time and finally found a way to afford to turn my Associate's into a Bachelor's. If you have an Associate's degree and know how to write and study at a college level, you can do this! This college is not for young, inexperienced students who need constant help and to have someone keep them on track. For someone like me, an honor student at my community college and up to the challenge, WGU is PERFECT. It is challenging...the college is extremely rigorous about ID...everything is done by proctor or via a webcam...no notes or books during tests...it is HARD! I finished my last 2 years of college in 6 months...if you put in 30-40 hours a week and plan your strategy carefully, you can accelerate like I have and WGU encourages you and stays out of your way while you do it! So, here I am....the secretary with a Bachelor's degree! I think I will get another degree and a Master's so I can put MBA behind my name next to the title of 'Secretary'...ha! Hopefully soon, I will be able to pursue some of my career goals. :)

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Great School for the IT Professional
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2014
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This school is for self-starters. If you are looking to learn IT by attending this school you will have a hard road ahead of you. If you are already an IT professional then this is the school for you. I see people complain about not having enough support. If you ask they will give you all the support you need. It is online learning you will be using your computer for everything. Physical book are not supplied and if you are the type who needs a physical book this will not be the program for you. I started this program with zero credits and sixteen years of IT experience. The general education was the hardest part and mostly because I don’t like to write papers. Nothing that will make a true difference in your life is easy and neither was completing this degree.

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Brian - 10 days ago

Hi Scott,

Thanks for the review. I'm currently going to start my second term in April, and was starting to question the effectiveness of attending WGU. I'm in the IT Security program, and look forward to finding a job in a network security field. I have about 4 years in the IT field currently. Just seeing how it has helped you in your career after getting your degree.

Thanks!

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Scott - 9 days ago

I was already a Sr. Network Engineer when I started the program. I earned my degree in the Security track as well and I feel it has helped me. I have since move up to management at another company with a hefty increase in pay and quailty of life. The best advice I can give is to just sit down and do the work. Once your mentor trust you and sees you can handle the work the more comfortable they are with letting you move faster "your mileage may vary".

" That won't happen to me "
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Degree: MBA in Management
Graduation Year: 2013
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I loved reading Western Google University and the reports the employees / mentors wrote. WGU will not accept credits in and good luck transferring any credits. You are not thinking of transferring but oh, you will. You receive NO GRADES. You get CU's. !? 2 CU. 6CU 4CU etc and they mean nothing. Every other college is 3 semester credit . With a grade. It is a business, not a school. The material is not difficult - their process is. Read about how they treat you when you try to advance fast. The third party graders shut you down. My course professor / mentor got mad and wrote my paper. He got a pass - a week after the term ended. $3, 300 cost to me. Keep thinking " That won't happen to me ! "

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Kathy A. Lee - 10 days ago

I didn't really understand what is being said here.

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anthony e - 6 days ago

I graduated from WGU in august of 2014 with a bachelor degree in business management. What I can tell you about this review is that it is a complete load of b.s.! I transferred in half of the credits I needed to get the degree, and they were from a technical college and a community college. The course work was easy in the beginning, but it was tough in the end. What would you expect, when you are a junior and senior the course work is always tough. I have not been a graduate long and I have transferred my degree into West Texas A&M's MBA program. I also received a significant raise from my employer. I would recommend this school to anyone who has a full time job and children.

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Nicol - 3 days ago

WGU DOES accept transfer credits! Like Anthony, I have to say this comment is a load of bull! I transferred in almost all of my AAS in Business Management credits!

Good concept, but too costly and risky
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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I earned my associate's degree from a local community college and had taken quite a few classes toward my bachelors at the local university when I heard about WGU. I decided to go to WGU as it sounded very convenient. I work and have a family, so WGU seemed ideal for me. At first it seemed wonderful... perfect! My degree plan showed I needed about 12 classes to finish, which was a couple more than what I would have needed through the university, but I felt that was a good trade off. The first term with WGU went well, but then my mentor stopped calling and would not respond to my email or phone calls. I was on my own. For the most part, this wasn't a big deal as I'm very organized and motivated to get my assignments done. I was getting concerned though as things were not going as they should and no one would give me any answers. I had asked for Elementary Education, but they put me in Special Education saying it was just a couple more classes and would be good for me, even though it's not the area I wanted. I couldn't get anyone to change it. When it came time for my 2nd term, my entire degree plan changed... it now had 33 classes!!! Special Education was still my degree, so that hadn't changed, but they added a LOT more classes. No one could tell me why all of those classes were added... what a shock that was to me! Eventually, my mentor was replaced, and she was very nice, but didn't seem to know much. She always had to get back with me and never had concrete answers for me. Very frustrating. Just a few weeks into the 2nd term, I started to get so concerned that I decided to contact the local university and see what my options were to finish my degree. Only one course I took through WGU transferred, the rest were not necessary... so I wasted a lot of time and money. My graduation date through WGU was going to be 2017, but through the university, it will be 2015! I think WGU is a great concept, but there are many kinks they need to work out. I wasn't able to put forth the money and time needed to finish at WGU. Plus, I must be able to fully trust and gain the answers and information I need. I did not feel that way with WGU. I have also been told personally that the lack of letter grade and grade point average can be a big deal for some schools who are hiring. I hear mixed reviews about how WGU is perceived with those looking to hire teachers. I couldn't take that risk either.

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Not for me
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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This school seemed okay at first, but after getting into some of the classes and talking with my mentor, I realized this school was not for me. The CDs they sent for my class and the videos they had online to help with classroom management and teaching strategies looked like they were from the early to mid-90s. Schools and students have changed a lot since that time so much of the information was unreliable. Secondly, I happened to get a temporary teaching job while attending this school. I could have stayed at that school since I was technically enrolled to get my license through WGU, but WGU would not let me stay at the school where I was being payed. They said I would have to leave that teaching job and be assigned to a school of their choosing and work for free. Of course I wasn't going to leave a paid job to go to a non-paid job. So I left this school and went to a cheaper and quicker state alternative teaching licensure program.

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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
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Attended WGU for one term for MSN (edu). This school teaches nothing and was a waste of my time and money. After that term I left and went to a real school eastern ky university for my degree. Needless to say they didn't accept any of my transfer classes. You have one assignment per class and you just keep redoing it until you pass. The learning is a page with different page numbers to read in your books. Mentors call and talk about their lives, so if you need a friend and a degree that you don't learn anything with, this is the place! Example of how this works: I turned in a paper, got returned and certain sections needed to be redone, one to be exact. I corrected and turned in again, meanwhile another teacher mistakenly graded it too, she picked completely different sections said they were wrong and the one that the original teacher said was, she said it was perfect?! Stay away!!!!

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Weston Hettinger - 18 days ago

WGU is not a school for those expecting to be spoon-fed all of their coursework. You have to do pretty much everything yourself, which is why it is inexpensive. In most classes, you finish by taking an exam, and the more advanced the course, the higher the cut rate and harder the exam is, which is why it is accredited. Contrary to what Jd says, you have dozens of assignments but they don't factor into any grade and you are only supposed to submit your performance evaluations once or twice (the "assignment" Jd is talking about).

Western Google University
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2013
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I nicknamed this school Western Google University. I felt like I went through my program in some sort of vacuum. Each class assigns tasks that must be completed before you can move onto your next class. My first session I sailed through each task with a simple "Pass" Never any comments, good or bad. Towards the middle of my 2nd semester I began getting wrenches thrown in my way. I would not get a Pass on my assignments but I would also be left guessing what deficient in men assignments. No comments or brief one word comments. I was told at that time by my advisor that I was moving too fast through the program and they would be losing money on me if I finished in 1 year and that the goal is to complete the program in 2 years. At the end of my first year I was completely finished with my course work and my masters thesis (Capstone) but the process of grading ground to a halt making me have to re take my last class the next semester. At that time I was assigned a" new" grader who wanted me to take my Capstone a completely different directions. It was so frustrating. I got through that nightmare only to have the same thing happen at the end of that session. I just stopped hearing from anyone from the university when it seemed I was going to finish my capstone in three sessions. ( I was actually told that my capstone advisor had left the country and would therefor not be able to validate my Capstone and listen to my defense. ) I basically had to get very assertive and call every day to get myself a new advisor to approve my completed project, but I still was not given a day to defend my master, which is basically a powerpoint of your research. I called that morning to state I had absolutely no intention of paying for another semester and low and behold at about 4 pm I received an email stating to be ready with my Power point at 5 pm ( they game my one hour to get home form work and get organized .) Miraculously, I made it and gave my beautiful power point online to a silent, invisible committee who had absolutely nothing good or bad to say about by Capstone that I had worked so very hard on. In addition you really have to be a self learner to get through this program. Most of the source material supplied really did not help me and I found the chat rooms to have very old entries. The instructors are non - existent.

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Vinod Surendran - 25 days ago

I really feel sorry for the difficult times you had with this university. I cannot blame you for such a review. I did my masters from the Teachers College which I see as one of the strengths of this university. It is in stark contrast to what I experienced. Now I see that the people who comes our way who make or break an educational experience. I am not here to promote this university but genuinely share my experience. I finished my graduate program in one year. I had very excellent team of professionals from the university throughout my program. My mentor, Ms Nicole Gordon-trivedi and the team of professors were accessible more than I could do during my first masters from the brick and mortar university. I do not think that I would get student support within minutes even on weekends and sometimes even late in the evening on weekdays. I earned my degree, the day before my second semester ended. They could have easily pulled me into the third semester if they wanted for the sake of 'money'. I agree with you that this involves a large degree of independent study but my work helped me to grasp the theory much easier. I could finish it in one year because of the dedicated time I set aside every day and my single living with no partying for one whole year!!

Outstanding!
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Degree: Curriculum and Instruction
Graduation Year: 2015
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I chose to study Curriculum and Instruction for my graduate program in this university. This is my second graduate degree with the first from a conventional university. My experience with this school has been very positive. I was lucky to have very supportive mentors throughout my program. The professors are all with doctoral degrees and the degree of support and inspiration they provided throughout the program was a welcome change from my conventional college learning experience. They always made sure that we maintained the standard set by the school..

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Andrea - about 1 month ago

Did you get a teaching job with your degree?

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Vinod Surendran - 30 days ago

I am officially finishing my course tomorrow with my oral defense as the last work on the last day of my course. I have already applied for a vacant position within my organization and should likely go through.

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Jaclyn - 27 days ago

I am interested in getting this degree. Does your state accept this degree? What state are you from? Thanks!

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Vinod Surendran - 25 days ago

I am from NC. My state accepts the degree and my employer provided partial scholarship too. Wish you the best!

Best Online Education Available!
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Degree: Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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I did a great deal of research before picking which Online University I would attend. The major components that drove me to WGU were the flexibility in scheduling, the accreditation, and the success rate. I knew that I would be relocating in the time I would be pursuing my Bachelor's Degree and needed the flexibilty to do so without missing deadlines or exams. I ended up moving 4 times while attending WGU and was still able to graduate on-time! Getting a degree from a university that lacks accreditation, like a lot of online schools, is like spending a few years to print out a fake degree that looks nice on your wall. These universities are why online education has a struggling image and why you will want to make an effort to point out that WGU is fully accredited when applying to new jobs. A lot of people assume that you were very easily able to cheat your way through your online education which is not the case at WGU. An Online Degree should require the same amount, if not more, effort than a traditional Brick-and-Mortar Degrees and WGU delivers that challenge while still offering the flexibility desired from Online Education. High drop-out rates and failure rates contribute to other Online Universities not receiving accreditation. A University needs to show a high success rate in order for state and federal institutions to back them and give them accreditation. Many employers will not even look at a resume with a school lacking FULL (being both state and federal) accreditation. In summary, WGU gives you an actual degree and education that you can use in the real world. This school is not for someone looking for an easily obtained degree, but for someone who is willing to put the time and effort into earning a degree. While there is still some skepticism to over come with an online education, WGU proves to stand above others and is easily seen by employers that are able to recognize real online educations v.s. sub-par online educations. I am proud to say that I attended WGU, and would recommend it to anyone seeking an online education. I shouldn't forget to mention the tremendous value WGU offers. I graduated with a fraction of the debt that my friends faced.

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