Western Governors University Reviews
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It is true that WGU costs less than traditional school, but I went through hell with the program at WGU. Instructions for the projects are not very clear. Projects are extremely time consuming. And worst of all, grading is unfair. My portfolio course which I submitted on time but does not get graded until 3 days after my term ends. I misunderstood the instruction and attached an IHI certificate of completion for Quality and Safety module instead of certificate of completion for the entire 16 modules and received a "not pass" on my transcript. It was useless trying to explain to them because they didn't care. Making me pay for the course again when in fact I resubmitted the correct certificate and already received a "pass" that same day my work was sent back for correction. No other school will fail its students for something that minor after they already went through explaining the situation and the circumstances. I am more than heartbroken because I now have a "not pass" on my transcript which will be my permanent record. No other schools will admit me to a Master's program because "passing" at WGU is equivalent to a "B", and a "not pass" is of course an "F". Even though I completed my course of study and received a degree, it served no purpose. There is no one at the school to contact besides your student mentor, who will not be on your side because she would say something like "it is up to the student to be accountable for their actions", like I did not hold myself responsible. I understand it is my fault for submitting the wrong IHI certificate, but the instruction under Quality and Safety specifically told me to submit "A" certificate of completion. That was the only reason I'd chosen to submit a certificate that I completed for the Quality and Safety module. This is killing me. How I wished I'd never enrolled at WGU.
I completed my MBA in IT Management at WGU in 18 months. I had previously gotten my BBA in MIS at Michigan. I found the MBA program at WGU to be exceptional. Sure, it was difficult and a lot of work, but that is what you expect in a masters program. As I was already working in senior management, all my work was done at night and on weekends. Without fail, during each course, I learned a major thing that I was able to put to immediate use as an IT executive. It was really hard to believe. I found every course to be very valuable, the reading materials were extensive and informative, the requirements for each paper I had to write were very clear, the grading rubrics were very clear, and the grading was tough but fair. If you are self motivated and self driven and can work productively on your own, I would absolutely recommend WGU! My undergrad experience at Michigan seemed like a huge waste of time compared to WGU. I'm not saying Michigan wasn't good - they are obviously world class. However, I spend thousands of hours sitting and listening to a professor drone on and on. The experience at WGU is much more focused and productive.
WGU is a absolutely great school, It took me 2 years to complete my BS in Accounting, I could have finished a lot sooner but I procrastinated on a few things. It was no cake walk by any means. The courses are challenging and provide real life scenarios to the course work. I have re-enrolled for my MBA, now that I know first hand how WGU works I hope to finish in 1.5 years max. I love this school.
I really Loved it........It was a great experience. Most of all it was a fast degree. Now I have a great job at one of the largest companies around..My student mentor Joyce was the best. She really guided me through it all my whole time there at WGU.
I am on track to finish my masters in one year ( with a 2 month summer break, included). I have loved this program. I have found value in the program without wasting my time on a lot of non essentials. You must be self motivated, however, and not need a lot of hand holding.
WGU is simply amazing. The best school ever, I cannot say enough good things about it. It is challenging, fun and flexible. I started my MBA last month and already finished my first "term" so I've completed 3 courses so far. I can't wait to graduate and apply to be a WGU Student Mentor! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS UNIVERSITY.
I love WGU. I recently completed my BSN in 18 months, but could have finished sooner if I wasn't such a procrastinator! You must be a self starter to do this program. Did I have kinks, sure! What program doesn't? Overall, this was the best choice for me in terms of flexibility, and affordability. I was able to work full time, raise two kids, and finish my degree on my terms, at my pace. If you want a brick and mortar degree, go to a brick and mortar college.
Great program which allows you to earn industry certifications, move at your own pace and meet other like minded students. Lots of online resources, tools and books available at your disposal. No need to step foot in any classroom. The only in person requirements are proctored tests for industry certifications.
I can not possibly say enough GOOD things about my academic experience at WGU! I enrolled in 2012 into the RN to MSN Education program, and with the gentle guidance of several student mentors along the way graduated as planned. The program offered rigor, relevance and relationships to real world settings and problems of practice. I have a Masters in Education from a brick and mortar university so I am able to compare apples to apples, and WGU's nursing education tract was heads and shoulders above in innovation, student-centered focus, advancement of professional practice for both nursing and education and evidence-based practice than my MA Ed program was. WGU offered the MOST academically rigorous program I have ever earned.....fostering independent life-long learning skills and critical thinking based on relevant research based evidence. The program opened my eyes to view my professional practice not as a static, fixed skill but as a dynamic, inter and intraprofessional collaborating, developing and evolving profession which relies on research, expertise and relationships. WGU afforded me opportunities to delve deeply into subject matters and apply ivory tower theories and academic concepts to solve real individual's, family's and community problems. I am appreciative of the WGU team's skill, dedication and ability to deliver such an innovative, dynamic and individualized professional development platform at such a minimal cost. If you are thinking of advancing your nursing education, I at the tender age of 60 and 30 years after completing my AAS Nursing degree, am living proof that YOU CAN DO IT!
Graduating from WGU has added a tremendous amount of value to my resume! I say this confidently as one whose career is in the realm of talent acquisition as a recruiting lead for a fortune 500 company. I would genuinely recommend WGU to anyone who does not have the time to sit in a classroom for 4+ hours each day, but sees the importance of an accredited Bachelors degree in today's ultra competitive market. One thing to note, however, is the coursework was extremely challenging so do not expect a cakewalk. You really must study for at least 20+ hours each week in order to be successful as there is either a pass or fail grade in each course -- which leaves absolutely no room for mediocrity. That being said, the course mentors assigned to each task are awesome in guiding you and are available during standard office hours. I would genuinely recommend WGU for a quality education that means something, unlike that other online for-profit university we all heard of :)