Western Governors University Reviews
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Normally, colleges will tell you that you have to select a Science course, a Math course, an Arts course, etc. and then provide you a list from each category. You can then choose the specific course that either most closely aligns with what you want to do or is just more your speed. For example, I do better at Chemistry than Biology simply because my chosen course of study has nothing to do with the human body or plants or anything like that. If I were going into medicine I might prefer Biology over Geology, and so on. WGU doesn't allow you this type of choice. The program is given assumptive courses from the categories, often not making any sense. I had two Biology courses in an IT program. Why? What's more, I had 6 total Science courses, 4 Math courses, three English courses - unlike other schools where you only have one of each. There weren't enough courses around my desired course of study (IT!) The pacing of it all and the competency-based model are fine. But the handling of the GE courses is just poor all around.
RN to BSN program was perfect for full tim working mom of two. It was challenging and by no means easy, but it was very flexable and go at your own pace. I finished my BSN in 13 months.
After obtaining a BS Business Human Resourcemanagement - it has opened my career up to other opportunities. In addition the certifications are highly regarded by employers. I liked it so much Iam back at WGU for the MBA program.
BACKGROUND: Previously attended two nationally ranked highly recognized traditional state universities as a full-time on-campus student. Initially concerned about attending any on-line school due to being uncertain about quality of education. Now attending WGU as on-line undergraduate business student. WGU MODEL: Business program at WGU is top notch and easily competes with quality of education from traditional business programs. WGU online model is centered on student demonstrating competency in their field of study by completing online objective assessment / exam for each course. Student completes online objective assessment while being monitored live by a third-party proctor via web cam with audio. WGU KEY STRENGTHS: 1) Students are required to complete minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and pay only a single flat rate regardless of how many more additional courses are completed within the semester - in other words, once student has successfully completed the objective assessment / exam they can jump right into completing another course within the same semester for no additional cost! 2) There's no required homework - seriously! Students are given the material and resources needed to prepare for completing the objective exam / assessment and are given the freedom to self-determine what learning strategy / schedule best fits their needs. Another way to think about is, WGU doesn't worry about assigning homework because at the end of the day it's up to the student to prove they know the material by successfully completing the objective exam. 3) WGU gives each student a specific mentor to provide regular guidance and support (sometimes includes a needed kick in the butt), and the same person (mentor) stays with the student throughout their entire degree program. Mentor is someone who is also a professional within the student's chosen field - typically has at least MBA in addition to having real world experience. 4) WGU is cheap compared to other 4 year accredited universities (full time student typically pays $3,000 per semester). Overall WGU provides high quality education, provides the student greater flexibility on scheduling, and is cheaper than most other 4 year accredited universities. Would highly recommend Western Governors University to anyone. Overall
I have attended the classic brick and mortar schools and this was my first "online" degree. The MBA Degree program involved competency based papers and some group work. The work was not terribly complex but the ability to research, understand, and produce results were all taught through these courses. This has helped me in my career as a manager and has given me a better understanding of what my CIO is looking for. I initially had trouble with a couple financial courses and I found that some of the classes had vague rubrics and caused me some distress. However, my mentor taught me a trick about the courses and what they are asking for and I found that that extremely helpful. I would recommend that before you start any course work or paper watch ALL the videos the course mentors put out on the respective courses. Each video ranged from 10 to 20 minutes but they provided invaluable ideas for completing the work successfully as well as tips on how to tackle the work. (These would include the gotchas) This has saved me countless hours of time and frustration. Over all I found the work challenging but the real challenge was the motivation to find the time and discover the answers to the courses through research, reading, online discussions, talking to mentors, and other professionals. If you are motivated and willing to do your own work this can be a school for you.
I love WGU. I will have my bachelor's degree in about 3 months. The classes are not easy, but the mentors are amazing. They offer tons of webinars and online groups to help you get through courses. You only pay for the semester, not per credit. You can add on classes, finish your degree faster and save money.
If you want your education and are driven to achieve, this is a great degree program. The only negative is that if you work and are enrolled, sometimes course mentor hours are not expanded late enough in the evenings or all day on the weekends for assistance, but there are some after hours help. It is easy to get help and you can get as much help as you need.
I have tried a few schools, but my experience at Western Governor's University was absolutely THE BEST!!! I just graduated with my B.S. in Accounting and am returning to the school to obtain my Master's in Accounting. Every experience I had with the school from dealing with my mentor to working with the finance department was A-1. Competency based learning isn't for everyone, so some will have negative comments about their experience, but WGU will always have a place in my heart an to me will always be the best.
Before signing up with WGU, I looked online for reputable online programs. Many universities were offering MBA-type programs, but not many public or private schools were offering education degrees. Most seemed like degree mills that mostly wanted my money. I had no trouble buying into WGU's philosophy; demonstrate competence, work at my own pace, become an expert in my field, and graduate with a real degree that will help my career. I had an excellent mentor (Anita!) and almost a year later, I still look back at my experience with WGU with fondness. It was hard work, but I had a lot of online support, lots of clear instructions, and plenty to do to sharpen my skills. Meanwhile, I've been promoted, had my degree recognized by schools (as it is regionally accredited and National Board certified) and even turned my master's thesis into a published academic article. If you're interested in WGU for the education department, I can say that I am very impressed with the learning I was able to do for the price. I'm currently enrolled in a different M.Ed. program but I'm not as happy with it - even though my current school is more recognized. Go figure :) Good luck and trust in WGU. I'm currently
The RN-BSN program is a cakewalk. I would give "0" stars if I could for quality of instruction if I could because WGU does not employ instructors- rather "course mentors" that did not truly help and seemed to only monitor the student message boards and post the rare Q&A to attempt to involve students. My degree helped my career and I would recommend it to others because it was so easy and cheap. It was basically a series of CLEP tests compared to a full 16-week semester at a regular university. Very few stars given overall because I honestly don't feel as if I learned any new information other than becoming the APA formatting queen. Will be going elsewhere for my Master's degree for a more challenging education