Western Governors University Reviews
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Greetings and salutations, I'm a recent graduate of Western Governors University. An entirely based online school, if you Google cheapest online college WGU will be the first to pop up. That is one reason I selected it, students can also expedite classes. Meaning once they have an understanding of the course or previous knowledge they can take the examination and finish early. Which is a phenomenal feature that WGU offers. The online structure offers convenience and flexibility but it lacks in accountability which you'll find at any online university. One thing I'm worried about is the validity of the degree and the feeling around online universities for being sub par compared to typical sit down classrooms. It is an accredited institution but the judgment is still there. It's a great cost efficient program but from a career aspect I wish that I would have chosen a different route which is why I'm pursuing an MBA now from a local classroom university.
I attended a local brick and mortar business school in 1998 for 1 year and it cost me more than my entire Bachelor's degree with WGU. I completed my Bachelor's degree with WGU in 2013 and have this year returned to complete my MBA. WGU is not a "diploma mill" and I do know people that have attended that have failed the program. It takes discipline and hard work to complete their classes but they are very student focused and will give you any tutoring help that you reach out for. They encourage student interaction and have several state brick and mortar locations. They are the perfect option for working adults and for those who have some working experience. Students just out of high school that are looking for an easy way to earn a degree in their pajamas better think again. I am proud to be a WGU alumni and my degree completion raised my salary from $53,000 per year to $75,000+. I know that is probably the exception to the rule but I am looking at $100,000 per year very soon. A degree DOES make a difference and WGU is a great place for those who have real world experience and are hard working and disciplined. They do not hold your hand but they do support you in making good decisions regarding your education. Their IT department is fabulous at dealing with any computer issues you might have. I even know someone personally that had a full computer failure and her mentor mailed her a laptop to use until she could get something else. I look forward to being a student mentor there some day. That is my new goal......
The work is self directed. If you can read and learn this is a great place to learn. I did have issues with finances, but WGU bent over backwards to make this work for me. I previously posted a negative review regarding this, but the came back and fixed it and honestly did more for me than I expected. I am very happy with them and their work.
Excellent program for professionals who buckle down and work. This style of learning is great for people who are driven and self-motivated. I studied 2-4 hours per night to graduate in a year. An MBA in one year - saved myself countless classroom hours away from home and $30k. With 20 years experience, I did not expect to gain much from the program (just wanted the three letters on my resume) but was surprised to find myself applying many of the concepts learned to strategic planning (great insight into general economics and global expansion). I do not recommend the program to people who need their hand held. If you find yourself blaming others when you fall short of your goals - you should spend $30k on someone coddling you through a traditional, two-year, on-campus program.
The information I received from my Mentor was inaccurate on many accounts. The costs for my last quarter were 75% higher than I was told would be the worst case scenario. I was told I could receive a free 30 day extension easily to finish my final term, but this was later denied, costing a lot of extra money. I do not believe this university complies with title 9. Overall I am generally displeased with this university and the level of honest and truthful communication I received from several parties. The education is adequate. Their competency and honesty needs work.
I am a current student at WGU. This college is not for students pursuing a degree in a field in which they are not currently employed. The material that is provided is very technical. In the IT program you are evaluated on your ability to pass national certifications. This can be fairly tough for a student, as myself, who is just entering a new field. One is required to dedicate hours of study time, which is difficult for the working adult. I sit at work all day and study and at home and feel like it is not enough time in a day for the material. The mentors...well I can only speak for my mentor, but I feel as though every time we speak that it is a recording. When he/she asks whether he/she can do anything to help and you explain whatever problem you have and are told that you need to speak to your course mentor. I feel as though the mentor that calls every week is useless. I miss the forum interactions and the class setting; this college certainly makes you feel like you are alone. I plan to do as many courses as I can in my six months and attend another institution for the remainder of my studies. Also many of the entry level jobs and internships, CSX and Boeing to name a few requires the pursuing of a bachelors with a GPA of at least 3.2 and since this school is pass or fail, well this makes that difficult.
THE WGU experience was great in proving my potentiality. A BSN and MSN in nursing was achieved. The online experience is not for everyone and the individual has to be committed to hard work, long hours, creativity, and submission to Mentors. Utilization of the Mentors, professors, IT Dudes/Dudetts, Student Services and the Library staff was the success of my completion. Everyone was always eager to help and assist in my success. The Math Team that assisted with the statistic course was the best! I look for the WGU way in everything I do. I want more and am awaiting for more creative programs to come. The professors were highly qualified and instrumental for success. Taskstream was an interesting tool and eventually mastered and appreciated. Truly loved the capstone project and the Resource Team assigned. I talk the WGU talk to every adult that wants to go back to school. Of course, it was very affordable. Success is dependent on giving 100% of one's self, seeking 100% from the resources, never give up and Always Always Listen to the Mentors. If the Mentor doesn't click, request a new one. Thank you WGU.
I will first add I completed a fully online degree at my local community college. The setup was traditional, with normal semesters. Each week entailed assignments, sometimes discussions, and a pretty structured online learning environment covering one topic at a time. The end of classes involved taking a multiple choice exam or term paper. Sometimes proctored or using things such as turnitin, etc. I had difficulty finding a reasonably priced school for a bachelors program. I didn't like the setup of most. Example, SNHU and ASU are year-round and require so many courses at a time. I didn't have an issue with the format so much as an issue with the cost. I did not want to incur such a high debt using that format. Obviously, I was sold with WGU's self-paced format and price. Most reviews indicate the courses are relatively "easy"...which I found to be far from true. Wasn't excited about the "mentor" thing but it didn't deter me either. WGU looked like my only option. I will add, I have no issue with motivation....getting on the computer and working on assignments and meeting deadlines. How I missed WGU's "one exam" concept when researching I am not sure. This concept became immediately frustrating. The mentor calls were not helpful with topics you needed help with. Essentially, at WGU, you are given the course, an ebook, and the rest is up to you. You Pass or Fail your one exam. No classes have assignments or study aides. Some have videos. With a full-time working schedule, it wasn't difficult to schedule study time, I was having issues retaining information though. I would study to death, and take the pre-assessments, only to fail because I wasn't focusing on the correct material. Each mentor will tell you only certain areas are important or appear on the exam. I did better with written assignments, but those too would be returned for very miniscule reasons. Literally a missing student ID would be cause for return. The grading was not consistent there. I am also finding the school's overall model to be useless because of this Pass or Fail concept. You have no GPA. Good luck transferirng credits. My peak of frustration came when I failed an assessment by about 2% from the cutoff. I studied immediately my "weak areas", only to be told the mentor had to have a long phone-call with me before "approving" me to take the test again. He was on vacation. My "mentor" couldn't move the process faster. After a long and boring phone-call 2 weeks later, my course mentor wasn't confident I fully understood the material. How he thought this is beyond me. I almost passed the whole course under the watching eyes of particular Indian proctors, so I stand by the fact I understood plenty about the course. The way I studied and understood things was just different from his point of view. I sought help for a few areas to please the guy on outside forums. Finished study questions he assigned me. Only to get an "academic dishonesty" warning from someone because I was discussing the material in outside WGU forums. Really??? Start to finish, this delayed me 1 month and a half working on this one course. It was annoying and frustrating to say the least. I have learned a very expensive lesson. I am only writing because with WGU having a graduation rate in the 20%, I am obviously not the only one who has struggled with this model. I am withdrawing out of pure frustration assuming I will face many more courses like this. I am not learning, if anything I am memorizing a common-core post education style(I have taken many of these same courses and learned far more). I obviously learn best one topic at a time, and in a different online environment. Being given a course and a final test is not sufficient for learning for most. During a time I should be excited to learn and work on school work, I dread every time I log on to this school! Buyer beware
My experience with WGU was horrible! The admissions staff do not communicate at all. I was told that I was officially accepted for the program, so I dropped all my classes at my current school. Only to find out a few days after that they I was not accepted yet and that I needed to take an English test. I don'tmind taking an English test however, to be told that i need to take this test in 2 weeks was not right. I even asked them twice if I needed an English test since im foreign educated and i was told I didn't have to. The worst part is that I dropped all my classes from my previous school thinking I was accepted so now I will have to take a semester off. If this is how disorganized they are with admissions I don't even want to think about how they are when you are actually enrolled.
Went from a 2 year brick and mortar community college to WGU. Impressed by the support, great, caring staff and management, and the quality of the program. REGIONALLY accredited, for the most affordable price, especially if you are one that can advance in your studies. No Regrets At All. My best experience so far are the great mentors for the courses and my current mentor. Mentors help to understand, hold me accountable, and help to keep me focused to succeed. I recommend WGU to everyone who is looking for the alternative to brick and mortar. 100 percent. Thanks.