Western Governors University Reviews
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I was skeptical at first, however I'm glad that I took the plunge and continued my education with WGU. I went into the program with an AA and finished in about 9 months. I put in lots of hours to finish in that amount of time. The coursework was not always the easiest and the only complaint I had was with one course, QUAT, which was not written well and had poor mentors, however in any school you will find those instructors that are not the best. This program is cost efficient compared to other programs and I really liked the fact that I didn't have to depend on others in a group setting to get a passing grade. I could complete the courses at my pace. If you are motivated and put the time in you can complete the degree a lot faster than you could at a traditional school. I'm in the process of enrolling in one of their Master programs. Would recommend to anyone that has the self discipline and motivation to get a degree without having to pay a fortunate or be tied to a group.
Ok people this is one of the most honest reviews about WGU that you are ever going to read. I started attending WGU with very high hopes, I wanted to advance in my career field and latter pursue a Doctorate degree. I enrolled in WGU after completing three undergraduate degrees from a regional campus at Ohio University. I could not continue my graduate degree at the time with OU because only a portion of the courses were offered online and it would have required me to move to the main campus 3 hrs away from where I live and that was not an option. I conducted comprehensive research into online schools and Phoenix and WGU's ratings were at the top and both were accredited both regionally and nationally. After further comprehensive research into ratings for both schools I chose WGU and was happy with my choice up until the end of my first year when the trouble began. I started having problems with financial analysis and decision analysis as these are two of the toughest courses in the program. I proceeded to reach out to my mentor repeatedly and received no response after repeated emails and calls (except on Thursday). I did not give up I proceeded to reach out to the course mentors repeatedly and received no response. I contacted student services and they asked me if I wanted to change mentors I said no I just want the man to return my calls when i need him to, just not on Thursday of every week but when I needed him. The student services adviser had no answers for me at all, he just said I will pass on this information to the program manager. Nothing ever came of it! I was determined not to give up so I enlisted the help of my boss who had experience in financial analysis and he pointed me in the right direction with websites and books that would help so in turn I passed Financial analysis. The Decision analysis class was a completely different story, why? because the course video was broken and the video had the content that I needed for the final task and again after contacting my mentor and the course mentor I received no help or responses at all. I had to go to an outside source again to get the help I needed and I passed the course. I was at that point shocked by the lack of any help or guidance in any of the courses. The question of is WGU a paper mill certainly not the program was super challenging however there no student support at all, I am really serious about this and it is a terrible calamity to students who are giving it all to succeed. I do not understand how or why WGU operates this way during my time with WGU I witnessed many many many students drop out because of this very thing. I liked WGU, I really did up until the point when they left me hanging out to dry with no life jacket. I have to continue because I really want perspective students to realize what they are getting themselves into by choosing this school. In my 3rd term my mentor actually failed to enroll me into a class even though it was listed on my COS, I did not find out until I submitted my first paper and the course mentor contacted me and said that I am not enrolled, my response was what are you talking about I have all the course information and COS listed in my courses, she replied you may have but he did not call me and enroll you! I was shocked it was 6 weeks into the program, i asked what do I do! she replied you will have to take it next semester I said no way I will not make SAP! she replied I can't help you contact student services. I said to myself here we go again! I contacted student services and again they asked me if i wanted a different mentor at this point I was very upset, I said no because what difference will it make! In short I didn't make SAP that semester and was set back in my program. I am a busy store manager and could only have time for so much and i was on track to graduate from this program in 2 years after this incident it did not happen. I still did not give up and pushed forward with anger and relentless determination, it actually felt as if this school did not want me to graduate at times. In lieu of WGU's efforts to hang me out to dry, I completed this degree in 2- 1/2 years of unbelievable research and writing with absolutely no guidance or help from my mentor or course mentors in any way people, they will let you fail!, hear me they will certainly with no doubt let you fail. Once I graduated I received my degree in the mail on a piece of printer paper that you could see through it contained two signatures, one from the president of WGU Robert Mendenhall and one from the ex two term Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer. In continuing I received two complimentary transcripts that were the poorest excuse for a transcript that I had ever seen, only the courses name people! with no course content description whatsoever! None! with pass next to it! Give that to a perspective employer people seriously LOL after receiving this degree and transcript I new I had been took out to dinner and left with the bill. In closing I have applied to WGU over two dozen times for undergrad course mentors and evaluator positions among some others like learning resource specialist and academic integrity specialist not once have I been contacted for an interview. I called WGU's human resource department to inquire as to why the positions that I had previously have applied for have not been filled and have been readded to the job board ,why have I not been called. The HR representative stated that those are ghost positions and we will take them off the website, he further stated I need to go knock on doors to find employment these days in this tough economy and he will keep my name on the hiring list. I continued to investigate WGU and carried out further research and I found out WGU will not hire their own graduates I wonder why that is WGU. People this school is the worse you will ever encounter and a majority of these reviews on here are from people paid to market for WGU, you want real facts check out WGU's graduation rates and it will speak for itself. Do not choose this school unless you have a life experience PHD in the field you are choosing because you will not receive any guidance or answers at all on any course. After graduating I was so frustrated with WGU I started researching the academic integrity of their coursework to prove to myself what I already suspected, as academic integrity goes pick any course from WGU and Google it you will find many so called tutors online who are former students who will be happy to sell you there papers and that's how these people are finishing these degree in months. After seeing this I am very pissed I worked my azz off for thirty months to graduate from this program. I am sorry WGU you just are not competent in running a Academic institution and I want my money back, when the class action lawsuit begins my name will be at the top of the list.
Western Governors University is an excellent institution. It allowed me to get my degree online, while still working full time, and do a good job of balancing both work and school. The program challenged me, and the professors were there every step of the way to give as much or as little help as I needed. Furthermore, WGU is affordable and I was able to finish my degree in less than a year!
WGU allows its students to work at their own pace. This is exceptional for the student that desires to accelerate and for the student that needs to take it slow. WGU also allows the student to use their life experience to gain competency in strong areas. I taught for 12 years at a christian school and decided to get my BA is Mathematics. I was able to "test out" of several classes and will be graduating with my BA in Mathematics and my teaching certificate in secondary math in under two years!! The student and class mentors were alway there to give assistance whenever I needed it, whether it was a word of encouragement or assistance with the curriculum.
I really enjoyed my WGU experience. The student mentors and course mentors are extremely helpful. I feel WGU is a perfect place for students who are self-starters and able to put at least 10 hours of work toward studying each week.
WGU made it possible for me to work full time, study for the degree I've dreamed of and still be able to take care of my family responsibilities. On top of all that, my school costs are way lower than a brick and mortar school and I have access to amazing mentors to help guide me through every course if needed and I can go at my pace.
Earning my degree was challenging! But worth it! And I was able to achieve this goal with the help of Western Governors University. Seriously! The support and communication that I had with my student mentor was outstanding. She was my cheerleader. As a matter of fact, I just received a card from her in the mail; checking in with me to see how I'm doing....and I graduated two months ago. I did not have this kind of support at the last university I attended. I also had a great experience working with the finance department, tech support, and course instructors. I always got a quick response when I was in crisis and needed help. Trust me, when your computer is having technical issues; or you are stuck on a Statistics equation; you are in a crisis. Most importantly, I had all of the resources available to help me be a successful student.
I am so appreciative of WGU I have been through so much in life and no matter what my mentor was there for me, the school really has helped me through all my trails and tribulations and I am a true believer that with people that are there to help in school you will succeed , there were times where I wanted to give up but I stat strong with the help of WGU and their entire staff , they are truly a blessing to me because they offer so many tools to help you get closer to your dreams and its up to you as a individual to put forth an effort to work hard study and use what they give you and believe me you will pass you will get through it and they will always try their best to accommodate you in anything you need , from counseling, to job seeking to guidance and I have come so far with them. I learn I am a online school student. Put the work in and you will get out what you need. WGU is a awesome school and the care whether to do well.
WGU Indiana has thought of the whole picture for working adults. Books, links, libraries, etc are all at your finger tips. No hidden costs. Student mentor for you through the whole program. Course Mentor for each course. 24/7 Tech support and many more venues for every student. Career center and resume assistance for those near graduation. Very personable. You are definitely not a student number you are recognized as a student, by your Name! I completed 2 degrees with WGU Indiana (BSN and MSN)! I would love to work for them someday!
This school is a great choice for students who need flexible scheduling. As long as you can manage your time and study/learn without being told specifically how to do everything, this is a great choice. I loved the fact that I could prove my knowledge without having to do a bunch of discussion board posts and other meaningless tasks like other online schools.