Western Governors University Reviews
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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 :)
I don't think any degree program is perfect. But I have learned a tremendous amount of real-world knowledge related to informatics. My mentor has been very receptive, and the same is true for the course mentors. There have a been a couple of classes that could have been presented in a more effective manner, but overall I am very pleased.
If you are willing to work hard and do the work, your mentor, class mentors, and classmates can help you get through. there were only 2 courses I had to seek a tutor outside of the WGU system. The people who don't succeed are people who cannot manage their time or lives.
I had a problem talking with the supervisor, they wouldn't get on the phone and had a middle person translating messages. I think it was very unprofessional and wouldn't recommend noone get involved with this school. They are very rude and assume you should automatically no things that was not communicated to yourself
I am currently in WGU BS-HR management and I am expecting to finish summer 2017. I had associate degree that I took 20 yrs ago and I attempted to get info from a couple of different online universities. My issue was always tuition. I could not commit $40000-50000 student loan when I enroll for two years to finish bachelor degree as single mom status. After long time research, I found WGU online and started very smoothly without huge financial commitment upfront. So far I am in 3rd term and I am doing well. This is really not for everyone but perfect for the people like me who have long enough work experience to pour that knowledge into your class. Most helpful part is to take one class at a time. Which university does this way? My friend is trying to finish her bachelor degree from local university, working part time keeping full time student status to keep federal grant. She is having hard time since she has always 3-4 classes to study. Since I have one at time, I can really focus and I even feel I cannot wait to study even I am having busy schedule taking care of children's activity. I cannot believe myself that I have this motivation to study! I have never had that when I was younger and forced to study just to pass the class. As WGU was selected 25th in some innovative company award a couple years ago, this university offers really innovative, motivate way to study. I really recommend this online school if you are seriously try to FINISH your degree.
I read a lot of reviews when trying to figure out if WGU was right for me. Some of the reviews really made me nervous but I went ahead and enrolled anyways. I loved my program and the course mentors. The self paced approach was really what I was looking for as I wanted to get this degree as quickly as possible. I was able to start in July 2015 and will graduate in Dec 2015-dont get me wrong it was a lot of work-45 papers, an exam, practicum and a thesis but I was able to get through the material quickly. You definitely need to be able to set your own goals and teach yourself most of the material-this isnt an issue for me because i'd rather do that than sit in classes-I didnt that for undergrad and my first grad degree. There are course mentors to assist you when needed and a mentor that follows you for support.
I am in the process of getting my MBA at WGU and honestly can't say enough positive things about it as long as you are a SELF MOTIVATED, hard working student. The experience has been an excellent one all along. (I already have three degrees from traditional colleges, including a law degree, so I have a good amount of comparison experience to offer). The coursework is actually interesting and relevant and you can basically set your own pace based on your life circumstances (something you could NEVER do at a traditional college - allowing almost anyone to do this type of online learning!). My mentor is absolutely great and I have already had a SIGNIFICANT promotion as a result of getting my MBA.
I am an MBA -Healthcare Management student at WGU. currently I am work song on my last class before possible graduation, the capstone. Like a good student I looked into the requirements of the capstone and started some things early. Name the part where WGU requires you to get a sign off from a third party, a business, that gives a "real world business problem" to solve and wrote about for your last 20 page business report. Because of the verbiage on this form I have an incredibly hard and long journey to get this form signed. As a healthcare management major my sign off must come from a business who can give me a healthcare related. Part of the form states that the person signing it must represent the organization in this matter and that the powers that be of that organization have reviewed and approved the document. This is where the major problem lies. Basically an executive level healthcare professional must sign off on this form. After three months of phone calls and in person meetings guess how many signatures I got? ZERO. It seems that as a student that just wants to take up there time zero people in professional healthcare arenas are interested in anything a student has to offer, because basically to them I am a nobody. I don't blame them either. So I contacted WGU with my dilemma. They said that I could do a healthcare styles project for a non healthcare business as long as the business problems was healthcare related. After that I got a signature within the week. I got verbally approval for my specific project from the professor and started to work on the 20 page business report. Then an email came form my professor stating my project could not be approved because it wasn't healthcare enough. I amended my problem statement to make it more related to healthcare. Still disapproved. I appealed and still disapproved. So now I have ZERO OPTIONS!!! The requirement of WGU to garner the willingness, cooperation, time, and executive level signature from a third party that is in no way affiliated with the college or the student in order to graduate is preposterous! I may not graduate now. And not because I'm not smart enough or won't work hard enough. But because I can't get the right sign off and business problem from executive level healthcare professional that don't have time for a student they don't even know. Furthermore, the unprofessionalism of a doctorate holding professor in approving and then disapproving a project is astoundingly ridiculous to stay the least. My entire program up until this point has been great. But after this, I CAN NO LONGER RECOMMEND WGU AS A COLLEGE ANYONE SHOULD GO TO! In all fairness perhaps I would recommend WGU to my worst enemy.......