Western Governors University Reviews
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As a student who is just about to pass from Western Governor's, I feel obligated to let any prospective students what to expect from a Western Governor's degree program in IT - Network Design and Management. The idea of the college is great, it is a performance based program that tests you on your competencies. For someone who has been in IT Networking/Architecture for 19 years, this is a perfect situation. In general the program has it's pros/cons like any other school, however, the Microsoft aspect of this program is a different story. When initially registered, the Microsoft tests were proctored through Microsoft's certification program. This is a problem, because if you read the requirements of each test is requires a few years experience and hands-on experience. Not something that should be a college level test. WGU acknowledged the issue and brought the exams in house. The problem is that the tests are more difficult! I score higher with the Microsoft version of the exam than I do with WGU's internal test which seems to have quite a few technical errors. To compound the issue, as I mentioned I am a Network Architect with engineering background, but Microsoft is not networking but a systems technology. (For anyone disagreeing on this point, just ask yourself: Can a network exist without a router or a switch? How about a windows server, can it do switching and routing? (and please do not try the RIP approach, it is deprecated)) I have studied for each test for at least 250 hours per exam and still am hobbling through the tests. On the whole, if anyone is considering this degree program, consider whether or not you have Microsoft mastery. If the answer is, "no", then try some other school. If the answer is yes, than this may be a good fit. Just also be aware that the goal of WGU is to save the student on hours in the classroom, but the student makes up for it in homework and studying. There are not many "cake walk" classes in this program, and work at your own pace may mean spending 4-5 months on the same course (the 6 credit courses are brutal)
Completed MSN-Leadership and Management program while working as a full-time Director of a MST dept. in a year span. Don't let the time frame fool you as this program was demanding and challenging. The reason I was interested in completing my MSN program through WGU was the fact that you can accelerate through the program and the financial aspect was manageable without taking loans. Although I serve as a Director in a hospital as previously mentioned, I learned a great deal through this program. I highly recommend this University and I plan on taking the path for the MBA-Healthcare Management after I take a couple of months break to rest as I was very dedicated over the past year completing my MSN.
It is simple if you are a procrastinator or have had problems with online classes, this school is not for you. I am somewhat of a procrastinator and that made it harder than it should have been. My mentor is AMAZING! If you can I would request John Shumway. I have seen some reviews that call your mentor a cheerleader and I would say they are that and many more things. I have someone to answer to, which helps me stay on track. He is always positive, helpful and honest. This was perfect for me and if I could do it over again, I would definitely want John as my mentor and finishing faster. Course mentors will help you with your issues as long as you can explain in detail what your are having a hard time. You also need to keep up on announcements.
My experience at Western Governor's was very positive. An on-line degree program is not for everyone. But, for myself, I was already working in the IT industry and am an adult learner. The information and experience I gained from my courses and capstone project had a direct impact on my real world work projects. My mentor was instrumental in keeping me on track and graduating on time. Without his help I may not have ever graduated. I graduated a month late. I already had an associates agree at a community college. My degree has helped my career and is worth every bit of effort I put in to it.
Having attended both traditional brick and mortar college to obtain my AS and now WGU for my BS I can say WGU does a great job of preparing students for the real world. At work I do not have the option to have someone walk me through problem solving. When I have a project or issue I have to find the answer quickly and put the information together in a package that will be easily understood and accepted. The is classes at WGU prepare students for this type of work. No one is going to hold your hand and tell you how it should be. The information is presented to you and it is up to you to decipher and interpret it. My degree has filled in the gaps of my experience and education and made me a much more rounded individual. I use some of my new skills on a daily basis. I highly recommend WGU to anyone who is motivated and disciplined.
After finishing my degree program in March of this year, and waiting to write a review of WGU after a few months, I can honestly give the closest to an objective review of my experience here I can. I found the almost the entire program to an experience that was frustrating and torturous! This university's program is basically for people who are working or, perhaps, not really ready for the full university experience. I'm a reasonably intelligent person and found this education with "training wheels" limited and stultifying. While in community college, I discovered that I had a knack for writing. Almost every paper I received after grading were marked with comments of: "well written", "good research", and "interesting perspective." I love writing so much that I even took three journalism classes and wrote for the school paper. That love of writing was nearly ruined by WGU and the inane writing style you must adopt to pass papers and classes. This is done because all papers are graded by a third party and not by any kind of instructor. The people who grade your paper are looking for key words and phrases and not the serious content of your paper. I found out that I had to devolve my writing style to the ninth grade high school level and fill my papers with bulleted points and simple sentences made to be scanned easily by some disinterested person sitting six states away from me. I call this "assembly line" writing and it very nearly bored me to tears. And then there's the reading, there is so much duplication, I wonder if the people who decide what you read has actually read what they want you to read. For more than one class I had to read as much as twenty chapters from two books to prepare for a test. I have no problem with reading, but when there are five overlapping chapters between the two books. I certainly would have gotten through the reading quicker if I were not reading several duplicated chapters of information presented slightly differently. Lastly, the people in the Financial Aid office are only slightly nicer SEPTA train conductor or the Einsatzgruppen!
Great staff who are there to help in any possible. It helps to be self-motivated but they motivate you as well. I loved my program & I really miss it after graduating.
Obtaining a BS in IT provided the open door to a federal job with the DoD. My performance at work and technical skills are much better than peers who graduated from highly ranked state and private brick/mortar universities. My salary more than doubled, and I've been promoted several times. My degree from WGU was 1/3 the cost of other schools I was looking at, and the online environment allowed me to work at my own pace.
In WGU a student will get out of the program only as much as they put in. I can work at my pace and achieve great things.
I just wanted to say that WGU has been a great experience for me. It has offered me a graduate program that is affordable and credited.I could never afford to get my MSN any other way, the cost will be twice as much at least. Yes, WGU is a lot of work. Yes, you will work on your own, but you have mentors and Capstone Evaluators who work with you and guide you along the way. You get exactly what you put into it. The program is very doable. It has helped me developed the ability to work independently. Yes, you will do a lot of writing, but if you follow the rubric for each course, you will succeed. I have finished my MSN in 13 months. I highly recommend WGU to everyone.