Western Governors University Reviews
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This school is regionally accredited and very affordable. I appreciate the move-at-your-own-pace aspect of this institution. For the IT program, almost all of the upper division courses involve you doing online training and then taking a Certification Exam. If you pass the Certification Exam, you pass the course and you have one class down and another Certification under your belt. There is no homework and everything is Pass/Fail. You either complete the course or you don't, so if you're looking for a GPA to be proud of, that will not be possible at WGU. There are some down-sides as well. You have to speak to a 'Student Mentor' on the phone once every week to give status updates. If you miss too many calls, they will suspend your status at the school until you get that fixed. After the first term, you may be able to switch to every two weeks, but that is still very annoying. Additionally, if the end of the term is approaching, you cannot enroll in any new courses. Terms are six months long, so if it's nearing the end of your fifth month in the term and you want to enroll in a new course, your Mentor will likely not allow it. This is because you cannot take a course that spans multiple terms. This is quite frustrating considering that continual enrollment is required and it's supposed to be move-at-your-own-pace. This aspect puts a damper on things near the ends of your terms.
I don't know that I would ever have gotten my degree without WGU! The competency-based curriculum and flexible schedule/pace sealed the deal for me. The fact that the tuition was much lower than other universities was a huge selling point as well. It was great to have a mentor check in on me every week to see how I was doing, and there were always tutors available when I needed extra help.
There are fallacies with every school, you just need to find the one with the least amount for your personality. CREDITS / CLASS: So yeah, WGU has a weird credit system, 6 credit classes that I can literally study 1 night and pass the test while there are some 3 credit classes that take me 2 weeks. But it balances itself out in in the long run if you think about it. MENTORS: I had a mentor I didn't get along with and requested another, Boom! just like that I was given the worlds coolest mentor and we get along great. I've even had more of a motivation to work ahead (13 credits last term with old mentor, over 23 and still counting this term with new one.) The actual class mentors are helpful in a way where they want to see you succeed the first time and give you the recommended shortest path of least resistance for the average student. GRADING: This one is a bit unorthodox... 3rd party grading system that seems a bit robotic. There isn't much depth to the grading method, and it's all surface presentation. For example, this is my assumption of my grading method if I were a grader. Task: Write a paragraph explaining why 1 and 1 is equal to 2? Answer: Blah Blah blah not worth reading, (now the key words) IT IS EQUAL TO 2 BECAUSE MATH, blah blah blah (more in-depth stuff not really worth reading.) I'm basically saying, without those key words, no matter how in-depth you answer, your work will most likely get sent back. BUT this method works out well if you understand it. Since my first hiccup with this, I haven't had any work sent back because it's pretty easy not to mess this up. Those that keep failing, just don't get it. As far as the tests go, just study and don't underestimate the post test. I haven't failed anything yet and I'm no smarter than the average Joe. PASS/FAIL: You either pass, or quit the school. GPA is a straight 3.0 from day 1 to the last day which is the minimum most colleges look for when applying for a Masters Degree. TUITION: It's simply amazing. I pay for less than what I'm learning, It almost feels like stealing. REAL WORLD APPLICATION: As far as information technology goes, a select few of the degree programs truly get you ready for the job market especially in the private Dept. of Defense sector of government contracting. We've hired a good few people from WGU due to the certifications they bring with them.
Wanted to wait until I completed my first term to give a fair review. While I was attracted to the format of this program (online and self paced) it has some major flaws. First is that professors (or in the case of WGU course mentors) don't actually grade your work. You will go through the material (this part was actually pretty good) and then submit tasks. This is where my biggest let down is. The service, Task Stream, is just a 3rd party that, more than likely, have no idea what your field is. You can tell by their "copy and pasted" response they just grade on a generic rubric and look for buzz words. Even following the rubric you will get your work sent back multiple times. My guess is that Task Stream gets paid per grading so it's in their interest to make you submit multiple times. The rubric is very generic, such as, write in detail about X. I have had to just change wording around and finally got the task accepted. You are not writing to learn a subject, you simply write to make the people at Task Stream check off some blocks. If WGU found a better way to evaluate your knowledge it could be a good program, until then save your time. On a good note the program itself is a lot cheaper than many others out there.
Once you have completed Calculus, Linear & Abstract Algebra, & passed your Math Praxis, you must pass gov't edTPA or WGU TAKES AWAY YOUR MATH DEGREE (YOUR PROVEN SKILL) & REPLACES IT WITH A GENERAL ED DEGREE 'cause the gov says you can't teach! WOW!
I just started attended WGU and am not happy. I thought that this school offered a great program for me to work independent and I am not finding that to be the case. They need to be more forthcoming in the info they provide BEFORE you enroll and pay the application fee. Apparentlly you are required to have a mentor assigned to you with whom you must meet weekly, regardless of their lack of knowledge about you or your style of learning. I dread the meetings, find them a waste of time and demotivating. My lesson session with the mentor was so frustrating that I have not even been able to focus on my courses, which up until now i have been staying on top of and ahead of schedule. I personaly find it insulting to be hand held by someone who is just "doing their job" reading a script and disregarding what can help the student succeed. I will be withdrawing if WGU requires that i be babysat. I was looking to save money. I will pay the additional cost and attend a college that will treat me like a human and an adult
I just finished with my degree after 4 years of study (life wouldn't allow me to accelerate much). I have to say that I have learned quite a bit. Even in the subjects I have real world experience in. I completed the BS degree with three industry certifications to add to my credentials list. I only had a couple of conflicts with mentors or administrative staff but the issues were rectified immediately. Overall, I would attend for my masters but they do not offer what I want my Masters degree in at this time. If you are disciplined enough to pretty much work at your own pace and keep focused then I completely recommend this School.
I was a business major at WGU, studying Marketing Management. I graduated in 16 months with no prior college experience! All I had was a high school diploma! WGU has really made my dreams come true, always wanting a degree! I have seen some reviews of people saying "oh employers won't like that you graduated college so early because it shows that you 'took the easy way out'" when in reality, graduating early has helped me! They see that I am a hard worker and is very dedicated! Online school is not for everyone though, and college is not for everyone, so please keep that in mind before applying. I had a lot of support and help throughout the whole time and I'm forever happy I went to WGU.
You actually have to be smart and pass college level entrance exams to be accepted and attend a real university. WGU is for people seeking a shortcut in life. They may graduate in 6 months with an accredited degree, but try explaining that to any hiring manager, and they'll think your just trying to find the easy way out. One idiot even asked if WGU has PHd program lol.
I posted a positive review of this University in the past however not this time. I am very upset with WGU because I have come to completely understand that this University over the past few years has become a degree mill. Since graduating from this university in 2011 none of the coursework or materials has changed and now there are many students who are finishing this MBA in 3 to 5 months and four Year Bachelors degrees in 6 months. During the time I attended this University I researched & completed over two dozen 25 to 60 page research papers and completed nearly a hundred quiz modules over an accelerated 18 month period In all totalling over 1000 pages. During this time I was considered an accelerated student in that the program was originally developed to be 24 months. Now what I am seeing disgusts me as students can easily go to websites such as student of fortune-homework market-student lance-likeplum and many many others all over the internet and buy WGU papers on every course and with alittle editing graduate in a ridiculous timeframe. The fact that WGU is not auditing the third party grading system other than with turnitin is very disturbing. I recently have confronted many students in forums on facebook because they were bragging about finishing Masters and Bachelors degrees at WGU in less than 6 months & some in 3 months believe me once confronted and asked how they completed all this writing and tests this quickly they had nothing more to say. WGU I truly wish that I had never attended your University you have taken academic integrity and the value of a degree & tossed it right out the window. It is Universites like this that is making college degrees so common and worthless. I can only compare schools such as this to currency counterfiters the more degrees out there such as these the more worthless all others become. I know I will receive negative feedback from current students and perhaps faculty because no one wants to hear this however I have to let others know how worthless these degrees are becoming because WGU and other online schools will not change thier cirricullum and do such a poor job securing academic integrity. In the research that I have carried out I can tell any prospective student to forget about attending online colleges because the value of your degree as compared to a traditional school at any Job interview is worthless.