Western Governors University Reviews
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In many ways I love WGU. Despite a lot of upheaval in my life while I have been a WGU student, it has been flexible enough for me to be able to continue making progress. But I cannot at this time recommend it. It comes down to two basic problems I see in both my own experiences and those of friends and family (some of whom have graduated and some of whom dropped out.) First, the mentor connection is important. If you do not have a good match with your general mentor, it will be much harder to make progress. I was lucky with my first mentor, we meshed well. Not everyone has been this lucky, and I have heard horror stories about the difficulties of trading mentors if there was a problem. Which assumes that, as a new WGU student, you really can recognize that a mentor is a bad fit rather than the system being the problem. I lost this mentor with no warning and was reassigned to someone with whom I did not have such a good fit immediately. While it developed over time, it was much more disruptive than I felt it needed to be. Course Mentors are also important, although for a shorter time, and how well you click with them also may determine if you get the type of help you need to understand a course. There needs to be a better method for students and mentors to be paired than random assignment. Second, I cannot recommend the school while they are using Acrobatiq to teach courses. My impression is there is no quality control for the material used in the Acrobatiq courses. The quality of writing has varied greatly between classes which use it, with the worst examples being very, very bad. In all cases, however, the questions (the ones that make it interactive and thus supposedly a better teaching tool) are flawed more often that not. I have seen questions marked wrong for selecting the right answer as explained by the quiz itself in explaining what the correct answer is, and I have seen the reverse. I have frequently see it ask for one thing and then want something else entirely to be calculated. I have seen so many unclear and poorly written questions. I have seen questions about things that are not in the text and questions about things that will not be taught for several modules. I have seen questions where not enough information is provided and answers where incorrect information or information different than what was provided was used. It is not user friendly on tablets (I use an Android--and have always had the newest OS for it-- and classmates have vouched for similar problems with iPads.) It does weird things with the questions, and loads incredibly slowly. And just in general I have seen many examples of generic sloppiness. Like duplicated graphs meant to illustrate different things, or duplicated answers for very different questions, or (in the body of the text) places with instructions to "fill this field with body copy". These things shouldn't be in the final copy used with students. Many of them shouldn't be in anything past a first draft. It is demoralizing to work with this, and never know if you are learning things properly or not because you can't trust the feed back and it contradicts itself. As long as they are using Acrobatiq for some courses, I would recommend that you be really honest with yourself about if you can deal with this. This is a second degree, I have a lot of confidence in my abilities, and I was questioning my intelligence and skills during these courses.
The best bang for your buck in a teaching career. Easy to do when trying to hold down a job. This is the most affordable school or masters' degree in the United States of America. However, I would recommend choosing a degree in a high needs area, like special education, science or math.
I just completed the Bachelor program in Human Resources Management. I work full time and have a family. I had an Associates of Arts degree, WGU was able to apply the AA degree to fulfill the general requirements. I have several years human resources experience and found the courses to be challenging in general. The program took 4 terms with a 1 month term break between the 3rd and 4th term. 18 to 21 competencies per term were doable but probably the most I could do while not neglecting my other responsibilities. I was able to complete all courses during the scheduled term.
Outstanding University with great resources, responsive mentors and advisers. This University supports the learner and monitors progress to promote success. BE PREPARED to work hard, meet deadlines, and be self motivated or one can get off track and waste tuition. The high academic standards prepared me for my doctoral program as well with the high standards required. My experience was excellent and with my years of experience, I felt prepared for the leadership role that I took immediately upon graduation. I would have returned for my doctorate if they had the program it was such an excellent and supportive school.
As a professional, I was used to self-study to get individual certifications. The additional benefit to WGU is that most of my certifications that I needed for classes applied to my job. I could not say that for any other university that I had taken classes at over the past 20 years.
As a working professional, this course of study fit well into my work/life schedule. The course material is broad and, like anything, you will get out of it whatever you put into it. That being said, the courses are well structured and offer a good deal of insight into business. Though I had a wealth of business experience prior to participating in this degree program, this program offered knowledge beyond what I experienced as a working professional. I love this school and highly recommend the degree programs.
The BSN program has many mentors and they will assist you with any difficulties. I highly recommend the program and encourage all Nurses wanting to further their education and opportunities. I continued the program non-stop and finished my MSN degree. Highly recommend this program for all working Nurses. The degree is well respected and I became a MSN degreed College Nursing Faculty as soon as I graduated. Good luck!!!
This program is difficult because of the amount of applied math involved. That being said, there is no reward without hard work from the student. Love this University. Attended brick and mortar for my first two years and this was a good transition. Not for the traditional student. If you have work, family, obligations, and can discipline yourself to put in the hours and effort, then this will be a good experience.
I graduated with a bachelor's degree in business management. The mentors were extremely helpful. The classes were well put together and high quality. The program is low cost especially if you can do a significant number of credits per term. The faculty was very competent and supportive. The assignments were actually very helpful. I would highly recommend this school for self-driven busy students.
Excellent school. The mentor's really help you move along and ensure you pass each course. I just graduated (2017) with a degree in MBA IT. I also used my Post 911 GI Bill and had no issues in payments (one of the reasons I chose this school; had good financial aid reviews).